Cults: Faith, Healing and Coercion, Second Edition by Marc Galanter

By Marc Galanter

From the mass weddings of solar Myung Moon's Unification Church to the ritual suicides at Heaven's Gate, charismatic cults and their devotees became proof of yankee existence. utilizing fabric gleaned from twenty-five years of direct encounters with cults and their detractors, in addition to wide study, Marc Galanter deals the main huge mental research of those companies to be had. Cults explores not just how individuals think and imagine in any respect levels in their involvement, but additionally how higher social and mental forces strengthen person dedication in the cults.For this revised and newly-illustrated moment version, Galanter has extra 3 new chapters on cult improvement within the Nineteen Nineties, non secular restoration routine, and substitute medication.

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It did not, and she continued to use drugs, setting into life as a street person. After a month in Colorado, Ellen met some members of the Divine Light Mission. She immediately felt comfortable with them and soon began to appreciate the merit of their religious devotion. She wanted to become part of the group to salvage herself from a profound sense of desolation. Each day she went to their ashram where she was accepted warmly, began to cut down her use of drugs, and attempted to meditate. " Now, ten months later, she reported only occasionally using half a marijuana cigarette.

The program moved along smoothly from one event to the next, whether singing for the guru ("He's Got the Whole World in His Hands") or listening to various leaders deliver satsang. The group's congeniality apparently extended to anyone designated as acceptable, as long as the proper signal was made. Thus, because Beth, who held a position of respect in the group, had labeled my colleague and me "okay," we were acceptable. After being introduced to the appropriate parties, we were greeted warmly and made to feel a part of the group.

The gift of Knowledge that Maharaj Ji has given me is so deeply satisfying and joyfully constant that I can't imagine another being conveying the truth as he has revealed it. Beth accepted the guru's transcendent message in a way that others before her might have embraced the prophets and messiahs of old. This literal faith was hard to understand since it came from a woman whom I had known some 34 SHARED BELIEFS 35 years before as agnostic and even cynical, and was clearly at variance with the underlying attitudes one would expect in a person with her background and pluralistic views.

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