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corboy
Vedia Bülent Çorak, Mevalana, The Knowledge Book It is very clear that dealing with the book takes an immense commitment. Many would contend that reading the Mahabharata or the Greek Scriptures or the Hermetica of Hermes Trismegistus would also entail such a commitment. QuoteThis book purportedly exists to help with the next crucial phase of our planetary evolution. How then could I
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
A discussion of "Mevlana" and her Knowledge Book here.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
Adnan Otkar's Atlas of Creation To give Otkar credit, the book is not ruinously expensive. As of today you can find a used copy on Amazon for about 35 bucks. A different Turkish sect leader named 'Mevlana' who has a secretive and very influential following, prices her 'Knowledge Book' at $120.00 plus $13.60 for shipping for the English translation of t
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
Mevlana has produced her hefty tome, "The Knowledge Book." Strangely, another wealthy and eccentric Turkish sect led by one Adnan Otkar, has its own Big Book. Is there a connection between the two groups? Or is it just a cooincidence that the respective leaders enjoy creating immense tomes? Quote"The Atlas of Creation" by the "Madhi of Armani", Harun
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
he Islamic Sex Cult Supporting Turkey’s Prime Minister MARCH 28, 2014 by LILY LYNCH QuoteQuoteFollowers of Harun Yahya wear drag make-up and practice a “sexed-up, Disney version of Islam” that helps promote conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision of a modern, Muslim Turkey. Step inside this surreal world where religious piety meets psychedelic softcore porn, led by the w
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
Here is another group active in Turkey. Quote Broadly's Three Day Investigation into the weird world of Muslim creationist Adnan Oktar provides viewers a glimpse at the (heavily-curated) life of Turkey’s “most notorious cult leader.” Oktar got his start in the late 1970s and ‘80s and considers himself and his followers the new face of modern Islam — a clan that includes
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
Yesterday
corboy
From Rachel Bernstein's list: 9. Is there only lateral growth of the individual resulting in continued immaturity? This is valuable, A disciple is not the same as an inmate. It is a bad sign when a group of adults continually gaze at a leader the same way a gun dog looks up to its owner.
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
2 days ago
corboy
QuoteThank you puddington for the Rachael Bernstein link. Corboy note: here is the link to the RB video ) 1. Is there a power difference between the leader and the follower that requires unquestioning devotion? 2. Do the teachings change over time to accommodate the whims of the leader? 3. Is there deception about what you are signing up for? 4. Are there secret teachin
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
3 days ago
corboy
Sex crimes to sieges: India's controversial 'godmen' Agence France-Presse Aug 28, 2017 QuoteNEW DELHI — India's self-styled "godmen" have legions of devoted followers but many are dogged by scandal and several have been charged or convicted of crimes. The latest example is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh — known as the "guru in bling" — who was senten
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
4 days ago
corboy
This remarkable autobiography is from a comment following an article in the Dhaka Tribune describing self radicalization amongst Bangladeshi youth. QuoteI was a little kid then. I remember something came upon me, and I started to visit the mosque five times everyday. I was becoming more and more forgiving, peace loving man. I was so much into religion that I started to go mosque earlier ju
Forum: Terrorist and Extremist Groups
6 days ago
corboy
Inside the ‘spiritual’ university where sex is seva Himanshi Dhawan | Jan 14, 2018, 01:00 IST QuoteSunday Times unravels the insidious power 'godman' Virender Dev Dixit wielded over his followers — to the extent they gifted away their money, land and even daughters in his 'seva'. "I don't know where my daughter has been kept, in what condition, I have not
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 days ago
corboy
Godmen and Godwomen of India - Toxic Not Exotic : Dirty Money, Dirty Politics Thuggish Disciples a Threat to Civil Order In search of 'sleaze racket', cops find maze of tunnels at godman's mansion Quote KOLKATA: Allegations of a sleaze racket being run by a selfstyled 62-year-old godman in Burrabazar on Friday led police to unearth an intricate maze of hidden rooms shie
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
8 days ago
corboy
Cheating and manipulation: Confessions of a gaslighter By Megha Mohan BBC Stories 11 January 2018 Gaslighting: The 'perfect' romance that became a nightmare 29 November 2017 How to Know if You're a Victim of Gaslighting Spot the behavior and the side effects, and begin recovery. Posted Jan 13, 2018 Psychology Today blog
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
9 days ago
corboy
Baba Ramdev expects 'free seva' from Patanjali employees, claims ex-CEO "Patanjali pays very little to the people who work for the company. Baba Ramdev calls it a ‘seva’," said former CEO SK Patra. Aug 05, 2017 Quotehe former CEO of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurveda has shockingly claimed that the company doesn’t want to pay salaries and wants its employees to work w
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
10 days ago
corboy
Joe Orso: Lama Ole: Buddhist teacher or charlatan? By Joe Orso For the Tribune Nov 15, 200 QuoteIn our region there are some very kind people who are Diamond Way Buddhists, which made me hesitate writing this column. And it should be said that Nydahl is connected to a lineage in Tibetan Buddhism. As Matthew T. Kapstein, Numata visiting professor of Buddhist studies at The Univ
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 days ago
corboy
No one has to answer any of these questions about the back room meetings Puddington mentions. I came up with the questions just in case they help clarify what people remember and wish to describe. Since those back room meetings were kept a secret, no one who was not in those meetings can have full knowledge about LW -- or have knowledge of the entire cost of discipleship. If new trolls
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
12 days ago
corboy
Puddington wrote: QuoteIt was said often (in back room meetings) that to have “Marilyn’s thinking” was to have the mind of Christ. 1) What proportion of people in LW were also attending the back room meetings? 2) Were these back room meetings generally known about, or secret. 3) What did a member have to do before he or she was allowed or invited to attend these back room meetings>
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
13 days ago
corboy
Hey folks, lets ignore A for awhile. Two new members have joined the discussion: Reepicheep and TheycalledmeJonah. Attention given to A will distract from what our new members can share. See, A is probably trying to bait us, rile up our emotions, get us distracted. Quote Meanwhile, 8 or 9 years involvement is plenty of active time in any religious/ideological movement or organiza
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
13 days ago
corboy
" Uma said that this was the repressed parts, “beasts” even, that come to be tamed by the “master” (her). That it all comes out because of the magical “magnified field” of Uma herself." When small children (and not so small children) are unsupervised, look how often bullying ensues. Philip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrates what happens when people are rando
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
13 days ago
corboy
Corboy opinion: I think there is something suspicious in the news story given above concerning Virendra Dixit's family of origin. The future guru's previous eight baby sisters all died in infancy. His only surviving sibling, another sister, was born 12 years after he was. Eight baby girls all dying as infants. This death pattern in one family is far beyond what can be accounte
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
13 days ago
corboy
Hardlook: The cult of self-styled godman Virender Dev Dikshit Behind the dozens of ashrams under scanner for forcibly confining women and minors is 75-year-old Virender Dev Dixit, who grew up obsessed with religious texts, resented his father, and shared a fraught relationship with women. Written by Anand Mohan J , Alok Singh | New Delhi | Published: January 8, 2018 2:54 am Q
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
14 days ago
corboy
Rohini ashram sex scandal: Baba hides behind 'fake' letter Letters written to fake godman Virendra Dev Dixit purportedly by ashram inmates alleges sexual harassment by inmates' own relatives. Sneha Agrawal | Posted by Manas Joshi New Delhi, January 5, 2018 | UPDATED 12:05 IST QuoteScores of letters confiscated at the ashram run by Baba Virendra Dev Dixit have come under
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
14 days ago
corboy
Friends, it may be mere coincidence but... Reepicheep arrived and began contributing to this discussion on December 12, having been in The Walk from childhood. Jonah began contributing this this discussion on January 4th. QuoteThis is the first time I am posting, but I have been following the forum off and on for quite awhile. I am so appreciative that it is available. I came into “
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
14 days ago
corboy
This discussion fellowship began February 22, 2004. As of this morning (1/6/2014 6:33AM PST) this thread is at reached 554 pages. Some reflections on Rick Ross's list of characteristics of a potentially unsafe group or leader The group/leader is always right. This makes it hard for persons harmed by the leader to obtain a hearing. Result is that the fellowship gets only the lead
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
15 days ago
corboy
Gates of Praise Eva's Eden Animal Rescue Pastor Sheryl/ – Sheryl Ruthven Blog: We Survived Sheryl Rose Ruthven Google search - a lot of citations for Eva's Garden come up when cult used as a search term Unorthodox teachings, estranged families and a cat rescue operation named Eva's Eden Bob Smietana Sep 8, 2016 5 AM (Excerpt) The Rev. Sheryl Ruthven and a
Forum: Destructive Churches
15 days ago
corboy
Gates of Praise Eva's Eden Animal Rescue Pastor Sheryl/ – Sheryl Ruthven Blog: We Survived Sheryl Rose Ruthven Google search- a lot of citations come up when cult is used as a search term. Feature length article: When Strange Belief Turns Harmful By Bob Smietana 1-05-2018 Apocalypse Meow: How a Cult That Believes Cats Are Divine Beings Ended Up in Tennessee
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
16 days ago
corboy
Cult leaders want to monopolize your entire social network. Why? Because you come to believe that there is nothing for you outside the cult. Inside of a cult, we no longer make social connections on our own initiative, certainly not with total strangers. We lose practice in knowing how to give that extra shove of effort needed to instigate first contact with a stranger and then that secon
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