Aug 23, 2019

CultNEWS101 Articles: 8/23/2019

Transcendental Meditation, Podcast, #MeToo, Guru Hunter, Polygamy, Murder, Legal
"Recently, the Chicago Board of Education heard rather disturbing testimony from a substitute teacher and a student at one of the schools in which the so-called "Quiet Time" program was active during the past school year. "Quiet Time" is a euphemistic name that the David Lynch Foundation (DLF) uses to describe their Transcendental Meditation (TM) program that they have sought to establish in secondary schools in a number of countries, including public high schools in the United States. The DLF offers what it calls scientific evidence that such a program is beneficial to students, despite reviews and other research that indicate that, for many if not most people, such benefits are elusive to nonexistent, and that meditation may be detrimental for some individuals. 

In this instance, the program was implemented by TM teachers and others working for the DLF in several Chicago high schools, including the school that was the source of these objections, Bogan Computer Technical High School. According to a 2015 University press release and web page, the David Lynch Foundation was paid $300,000 by the University of Chicago's Urban Labs department to initiate this program in several Chicago public high schools, as part of what is claimed to be a scientific research study. The program is being supervised under the direction of several University of Chicago Urban Labs personnel. Students in the program are to meditate twice daily at the beginning and end of the school day, devoting at least part of two class periods that would otherwise be spent receiving instruction or doing other academic work, to meditation."

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"Hear about the far-ranging effects of cults from licensed marriage and family therapist, Rachel Bernstein, who has nearly three decades of experience working with former members. On her podcast, Bernstein interviews past cult members and experts with the goal of informing listeners about the risks posed by "predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations." She covers a range of cults and groups, including Christian Science and splinter groups of the Church of Latter Day Saints."

Fair Observer: Meet the Guru Hunter
"Emboldened in part by the #MeToo movement, former and current cult members and spiritual seekers have begun to come forward about sexual abuse."

" ... Scofield says she feels a responsibility to those left in the wreckage of cults she has exposed. Agama is such a case — a popular yoga tantra school on Koh Phangan, in Thailand, that has had thousands of students from around the world in the last 15 years. It was also a breeding ground of sexual transgression and misogyny, all in the name of wellbeing and spiritual growth. The allegations by 31 women against tantric guru Swami Vivekananda Saraswati, originally Narcis Tarcau from Romania, and some of his male teachers go as far as rape.

Long-term students were groomed to sleep with the yoga master, claiming he could heal them. Scofield's exposé sent Swami temporarily on the run, threw the island community into turmoil, alerted international media to the scene and led to two women from Australia filing rape complaints. The local police raided the school, and a yoga hall burned down. Agama was kicked out of the international Yoga Alliance. A six-part documentary about the "rape cult" is currently being shot on Koh Phangan.

Scofield has set up a websitethat supports the victims. 'It's not just about the people who step down. There's a whole community that gets destroyed with them. Even if some of them have turned awful, they're still brainwashed and controlled victims.'"

"Lafferty was sentenced to death for killing Brenda Lafferty, 24, and her 1-year-old daughter, Erica, in American Fork in 1984.

He and his brother Dan claimed they were following a revelation from God when they slashed the throats of the wife and daughter of their brother Allen. While Dan Lafferty was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders, Ron Lafferty received a heavier sentence due to a judge's belief that Ron Lafferty was the mastermind of killings, according to an Associated Press report.

The men established a small cult with other brothers, with a central belief in practicing polygamy, and cited divine revelation for the murders. But prosecutors claimed Ron Lafferty was mad at the woman for helping his wife divorce him."

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