When it comes to helping other devotees, the priority always goes to the ones that are very well established in the group.
If anything happens to the so called “advanced” teachers, I am sure that money will flow as well as 100 servants to the rescue.
And not to forget the kids of the so called advanced devotees. They get special treatment and even they break all regulative principles, they are still welcomed.
Just because they are the kids of those close Butler associates.
Not only they are untouchables so are their kids, people married to their kids...
Let us not forget that the cult of personality does not only apply to Butler but also to the so called advanced devotees.
It is so sad to see so much partiality in a spiritual group.
After the special advanced devotees, the ones that everybody look up to are those who are the most surrendered, talented, useful...
Meaning those who work day and night on projects.
It is not so much a spiritual community. At times it feels more like Hollywood.
Those kind of connections and who is who is more a show business mentality.
I want others not to fall for the candies that fall from the sky and keep accepting abuse because something magical happens here and there.
I am here to tell others that no amount of extraordinary dealings with unseen forces should keep them in a situation where they are treated like stray dogs.
"Oh I think (Guru X) is a genuine guru because he answered the question I had n my mind in today’s lecture. Falling for synchronicities that van be so easily created."
Who arranges the transcendental dealings? And why?
What loving entity keeps souls hostage in such a toxic setting?
These are all valid concerns and questions.
And even if everybody thinks my views are absurd or crazy, I am doing this to expose the forces who know very well that all am saying is true.
And that they could no longer fool ME with all their luring tricks.
When I see people go back with their tails between their legs after years of being put in the dog house, I know exactly what pushed them to go back.
That addiction to phenom and feeligs that are superhuman. That makes them believe they have come across the spiritual world and god.
No devotee is truly masochistic by naure and if the pleasure do not surpass the pain, they will just vanish.
Steel reveals members of cults usually experience a triggering event prior to joining...
A triggering event may be something like a divorce, the death of a loved one, or another event that’s traumatic, or perceived as traumatic...
Durkheim referred to this personal feeling of change (loss of existing rules, values, beliefs) as “anomie”, which basically means everything in your life has gone to shit, producing a desperate need to find meaning, belonging and control again (or perhaps for the first time).
Dr. Jackie Johnson, a former self-described cult member and a cult recovery specialist based in Savannah, also noted that cultic abuse can take place in any setting.
“A book club can be a cult. An equestrian center can be a cult,” she said.
The characteristics which set it apart can often seem benign: The group may be intent on meeting new members, it might see itself as very tightknit, or maybe its members just seem very zealous about their beliefs. But to Johnson, these groups and the abuse within them amounts to social crisis.
“If a group can manage to control our most primal urges, like our sex lives and our sexual identity and shunning your own children, it can really do anything else to you,” she said.
“It is often during times of transition when people are most apt to get involved with something of this nature,” said Van Meir.
Former House of Prayer followers claimed to USA Today Network journalists in previous reports that the church specifically targeted military service members, setting up seminaries near six different military bases throughout the United States. Patterson thinks those allegations square with recruiting tactics typical of cults.
“It certainly fits the pattern when you think about it,” said Patterson. “People in the military, especially if they're living on base, likely aren't living close to or with family. They may not have a lot of other social ties outside of the group.”
For many, the realization for what they truly are involved in comes too late.
“No one really wakes up and says, ‘I want to join a cult today,’” said Van Meir. “And often by the time they realize there are issues, they have gotten so in over their heads that there is a ton at stake in leaving.”
The road to recovery
It is profoundly difficult for members to leave a cult.
“Despite all of the terrible things they endured, there usually was something positive that attracted them in the first place,” said Van Meir. “There are relationships, memories and the feeling of being part of something they thought was making the world better.”
Johnson agrees. After many failed attempts, she left an abusive cult for good when she was 52. Though she had a background in therapy, she found that few of her peers understood cultic abuse.