Jagadguru Kripalu denies link with wanted godman Prakashanand Saraswati

New Delhi, Oct.14 (ANI): A trust founded by Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj issued a statement over the weekend, refuting and rejecting suggestions and allegations of his link with wanted godman Swami Prakashanand Saraswati. Saraswati has been declared a criminal in America, and a spokesman for the Jagadguru said that the spiritual leader was not in ...

TM-Free Blog: Skeptical Views of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

TM-Free Blog: Skeptical Views of Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Jagadguru Kripalu denies link with wanted godman

4 October 2012India News By IANS New Delhi : Jagadguru Kripalu Ji Maharaj and organisations functioning under his guidance have denied any connection with Swami Prakashanand Saraswati who has been declared a criminal in America, his trust said in a statement here. Reacting to some media reports, the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat-Shyama Shyam Dham said the ...

Religious Conflict Resolution: A Model for Families

Patrick L. Ryan and Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Research suggests that in the West hundreds of thousands of individuals join and leave cultic groups each year.  Research studies also suggest that at least a sizeable minority of those who join cultic groups are adversely affected.  The families of these group members, and probably many other ...

On Using the Term "Cult"

Herbert L. Rosedale, Esq.Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. Even though we have each studied cults and educated people about this subject for more than 20 years, neither of us has ever felt completely comfortable with the term “cult.” No other term, however, serves more effectively the linked educational and research aims of ICSA (International Cultic Studies ...

The Definitional Ambiguity of “Cult” and ICSA’s Mission

Michael D. Langone, Ph.D. (This essay is a follow-up to “On Using the Term Cult.”) A central component of ICSA’s mission is to study psychological manipulation and abuse, especially as it manifests in cultic and other groups.  Different people, however, attach different and usually imprecise meanings to the term “cult” (On Using the Term Cult).  Those ...

Group Says Movement a Cult

By Phil McCombs Washington Post Staff WriterThursday, July 2, 1987; Page C03 On the eve of a “yogic flying” demonstration by followers of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi set for the Rayburn Building of the U.S. House of Representatives next week, a group of concerned parents and others known as the Cult Awareness Network (CAN) ...