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17 days ago
Greentrees44
Papaji's bad apples Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Apparently there has been an attempted suicide at > Mooji's ashram in Portugal. > Details are slim, but it sounds like the person > was taken to hospital, and is still alive. I was a 'follower' between 2008 and about 2013, I observed a few times that Mooji's crowd occa
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
All correct. People who attended the Zmar retreats probably had a more helpful experience - the fact that it was rented out and everyone was there temporarily would have helped a lot. One thing to consider regards the acolyte / follower: If they do get drawn into worshippy behaviour, its easy for them to tell themselves that they are being kind towards the 'master' - they can vi
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
corboy Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Brad Warner, a teacher in a non Advaita tradition > wrote an essay entitled More Reflections on How > Spiritual Teachers go wrong. > > > > Part of it is the business model too many of them > follow. > This pretty much nails it - if you think about it it's not that hard to under
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
I've also seen that they are now calling Monte Sahaja a 'monastery' on the website. I've been very familiar with the word 'ashram' but I always thought that meant a sort of 'religious centre' or at the most 'retreat'. I didn't realise it means monastery. 'Ashram' has been very casually used term by a lot of modern spiritual group
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
Yes he should have nipped it in the bud. Are you aware of any modern spiritual teachers who appear to manage this dynamic in a more ethical way? Personally and I'm just being honest here I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to be surrounded by worshippers especially if some of them are pretty young women. I don't know of anybody who has fallen into to the guru well and then cl
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
Yes he should have nipped it in the bud.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 months ago
Greentrees44
I was a follower between 2008 and around 2013. This thread has been some tough reading for me but I've read through most of it. I wanted to see people's testimonies. I only ever attended one event - in 2010. At that time the organisation was charging pretty low prices - £90 for a full weekend of satsangs - I felt this was pretty reasonable. Also the staff were all professional in de
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