Going back to the question of the number of members of Desteni, there are 112 registered on the private forum:
(Note the symbol of the eagle again.)
I would say that is an accurate representation of the current number of serious Desteni disciples.
Desteni is promoted on YouTube with what's known as "sub-whoring" or sub4sub. In fact, to be considered a full member of the group the person has to maintain a YT sub-whore channel, which is not regarded as having much credibility in the YT community because the channel doesn't get real views just clicks.
On the public Desteni forum, a member cannot automatically delete their account. They have to make a specific request to the moderators. Of course many people who wish to cancel their membership will not bother to make that request. So the number of active members will appear to be more than it is.
They have to be on the Structural Resonance Alignment Training course to join the private forum, where they are given special attention from Poolman and the other trainers.
Here's an official Desteni video introduction to SRAT:
"Satanic Ritual Abuse is Religious Brainwashing" -- [www.youtube.com
I doubt there are many people who'd go for that. It looks like it's being aimed at those with an interest in "Satanic Ritual Abuse". Compared to publicity produced by the more well-known cults, all the PR material for Desteni is amateurish.
I'm sure an ex cop would not find favour in a south african jail...
Well, there is no actual proof that Poolman is an ex-cop and he is clearly an inveterate liar.