Originally posted by harveydodds
The group I was in Eckankar rewrote the words to the
public domain song Amazing Grace and called it Amazing
Hu , after the mantra the group believes contacts god.
Music deepens experiences and has been whored to
everything from advertising cars to mystic experiences. Why
should cults miss out on this?
A lot of what goes on in the business world revolves around cults of personality like Britney Spear's, Madonna, etc.. In the Jewish world, Lubavitch and the Baalei Teshuva movement (especially when one considers the songs of personalities like Avraham Fried and Shlomo Carlebach) songs went a long way to recruiting people into groups that really weren't very good for them.
Most people who got hopped up on Shlomo's music later on got burnt out by him and left. Music, like Sabbath dinners and Passover seders, comprise the fun experiences that are used to entice someone into a religious group. Then, once in, the powers that be lower the boom and say, "it's not all fun and games you know."