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2 days ago
corboy
This was written about a group called Eckankar, but may apply to some Sufi or Theosophical groups where "initiation" and "Levels of Realization" (3rd Plane, 4th Plane, 5th Plane, 6th Plane, 7th Plane/Avatar) are considered important. A lot of this is not based on actual level of attainment, but money and bureaucracy. QuoteOne often may hear eckists parroting that suc
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5 days ago
corboy
.The Declaration of Independence states Quote“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….” The mission statement for the United States of America was written by a non Krishna devotee, by a karmi named Thomas Jefferson. Fro
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5 days ago
corboy
The Founders who wrote the Constitution of the United States of America were, from standpoint of Chris Butler, karmis. Repeat, from the standpoint of Chris Butler, from the standpoint of Chris Butler Krishna devotees, from the standpoint of Srila Prabupada and of his Krishna devotees, the Founders of the United States of America were karmis. A karmi is someone who does not share the bel
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
7 days ago
corboy
Yo, glad you're well! Am busy these days, but maybe will pop over. Lots of fascinating discussions take place on reddit these days. When I am curious about a particular news story and cannot find enough citations for news coverage, I check and see if anyone is talking about it on reddit.
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
7 days ago
corboy
Veracity wrote: "Regarding Tulsi, the question is if she can serve two masters? Or is she surreptitiously serving only one master?" Here is where I see an important difference between Western culture and Hinduistic belief systems. This is much, much more than doctrine. Your entire mindset, what I am calling "operating system" will, when it comes to moral assumpt
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
11 days ago
corboy
Anything to do with money and property is a hot button. Especially if there is a chance that the shenannigans could call into question whether this would raise eyebrows - and questions - at both the IRS and states where tax may be owed on property sales and transfers.
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
12 days ago
corboy
Women’s NGOs angry at cult leader exploiting women QuoteDirectors of two leading non-profit organizations for women lashed out at Adnan Oktar, a flamboyant cult leader whose TV show was fined for exploitating women. Oktar is known for his online videos where he speaks out on a number of subjects from religion to foreign policy, peppered with bizarre dances bordering on obscenity by his female
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12 days ago
corboy
TCIM was supposedly dictated by Jesus to one Helen Schuchman,* a respected academic psychologist. What is interesting is that Schuchman's mother was an adherant of Theosophy. Scuchman's channeled material is typical of Theosophical literature. Quote ACIM dictates that guilt, fear, illness, and sin are only states of mind. I argue that it drains such terms of their rich and appr
Forum: Large Group Awareness Training, "Human Potential"
13 days ago
corboy
The Cult of Debt Forgiveness VICE Indonesia investigates Swissindo World Trust International Orbit, a bizarre cult that attracted a global following by promising to wipe away its followers' debts. Quote"The Indonesian cult Swissindo World Trust International Orbit has attracted a global following by promising to magically make debt disappear—a power rooted in a thorny conspira
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15 days ago
corboy
Cult televangelist hit by fines, suspension 2/6/2018 QuoteCult televangelist hit by fines, suspension The famous Turkish televangelist Adnan Oktar’s television channel has been handed a five-show suspension and been hit with a top-level administrative fine by Turkey’s broadcast monitoring agency after receiving thousands of complaints, the Turkish business news site Patronlar Dunyasi rep
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
16 days ago
corboy
Cults in our Midst:Psychological Persuasion Techniques Jossey-Bass Publishers San Franciso By Margaret Thaler Singer (with Janja Lalich) Chapter 9: The threat of Intimidation QuoteOne of the most illogical positions taken by the apologists is their claim that only current cult members tell the truth. However, the findings of many researchers, as well as my own numerous interviews with
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18 days ago
corboy
Former Mexican President Carlos Salinas reportedly trying to ‘save’ American cult leader who brands women QuoteBy Frank Parlato; Sources tell Artvoice that Carlos Salinas, former president of Mexico, is intervening to protect Keith Raniere in Mexico and possibly the USA. His son, Emiliano Salinas, is one of Raniere’s top lieutenants. Raniere ls under criminal investigation by the F
Forum: Celebrities associated with "cult-like" groups
18 days ago
corboy
And...a new documentary Manic opens in theatres on Friday, Feb 2. My father was a cult leader By ALEX ROSE Quoten paper, there’s nothing particularly unusual about 28-year-old filmmaker Kalina Bertin’s early life. Born on the Caribbean island of Montserrat to a Québécois mother and American father, she moved to her mother’s native Quebec at age six following her parents’ divorc
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20 days ago
corboy
Here's why Jesus was not a cult leader. He was the one who was betrayed. His own account sold him out. He faced the judges and torturers all by himself, with no one to speak on his behalf. Most tellingly, Jesus had no fixed residence, no place to lay his head. He did not build an ashram, either.
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20 days ago
corboy
Quote Tevangelist Harun Yahya enters war of words with Turkey’s top religious authority Controversial TV personality Adnan Oktar, who is known abroad as Harun Yahya, has entered into a war of words with the head of Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) following the latter’s criticism. “ earn their salaries from income and taxes coming from casinos and beverage factorie
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22 days ago
corboy
Friends, if you want to see what happens if a human being is born knowing not with the mind but with the heart, someone who is totally unconditionally trusting of everyone and everything: Go read about a condition called Williams Syndrome. Persons with this condition are biologically incapable of distrust. Persons they are born unconditionally trustful, wearing their hearts on their sl
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22 days ago
corboy
Inspirational slogans are all very well, but we are looking for something different here. This thread was started by 'gradient'who was very worried for the well being of a friend who became involved with this "Knowledge Book" group. So far, no one who has been in this group and left the group has come forward to provide any information about Mevlana, 'The Knowledge
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
24 days ago
corboy
Dangerous Cult Leaders Dangerous Traits of Cult Leaders Posted Aug 25, 2012 This person survived a narcissistic parent who exploited Christianity. Change the terminology and this happens in non Christian families as well. When a Narcissist “Gets Religion,” You Get Screwed! By Lenora Thompson THE GOD DRUG: WHEN RELIGION BECOMES AN ADDICTION By Valerie Tarico PACIFIC STANDA
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24 days ago
corboy
Narcissistic Brainwashing: How Larry Nassar Thinks By Lenora Thompson (small excerpt of a longer article - see above) QuoteIf you too have come out of the narcissistic fog, hold onto your truth. Don’t allow yourself to fall under the brainwashing again. It’d be so easy because then they’d “love” us again. Don’t do it! Cling to your truth with your fingernails, toenails and teeth if nec
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25 days ago
corboy
How Oprah Helped Spread Anti-Vaccine Pseudoscience Avinash BhunjunSaturday 27 Jan 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Celebrities associated with "cult-like" groups
28 days ago
corboy
Sheesh. I live in a town where the CO$ people have a table and advertise the famous free stress questionnaire/test. This is right by the main tourist attraction and there's nearly always someone sitting there getting tested. Either people still fall for this, or perhaps CO$ has some of their own members act as shills so as to encourage unsuspecting members of the public to step righ
Forum: Former Cult Members and Affected Families
30 days ago
corboy
(Disgusted and horrified) Years ago, I heard a rumor from an ex Scientologist that only people who confessed to having done really heavy s**t were promoted to the highest ranks in CO$, because this could be used against them if they tried to defect or blow the whistle. Persons who'd lived clean lives were less likely to get promoted - they had nothing to fear! BTW: This contrast
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4 weeks ago
corboy
Getting written confessions from people, writing them down and filing them - that is a surefire way to instill fear. What does a confession contain in order for it to be confession? Stuff we are ashamed of. The area of our lives where Jesus wants to clean up and heal -- and where the Devil wants in. I heard someone say once that some stuff is so confidential that it must not be shared
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4 weeks ago
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"
4 weeks ago
corboy
A discussion of "Mevlana" and her Knowledge Book here.
Forum: "Cults," Sects, and "New Religious Movements"
4 weeks ago
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
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4 weeks ago
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
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4 weeks ago
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
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