Dec 9, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 12/9/2021 (Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Freedom, Kyrgyzstan, Legal, Amma, Book Review, Love Has Won)

Jehovah's Witnesses, Religious Freedom, Kyrgyzstan, Legal, Amma, Book Review, Love Has Won

"A court in Bishkek has refused to deem publications from the Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist, rejecting a step by authorities toward completely outlawing the religious group.

The Birinchi Mai district court in the Kyrgyz capital on December 3 rejected a request by the Prosecutor-General's Office to recognize 11 books, two brochures, and six videotapes belonging to the Jehovah's Witnesses in Kyrgyzstan as extremist.

The materials in question were confiscated in 2019 from the religious group, which has operated in the Central Asian nation for more than 23 years, by the State Committee for National Security (UKMK).

Investigators then concluded that the materials "instigate religious hatred," while the Prosecutor-General's Office asked the court last month to recognize the literature and videotapes as extremist and ban the group's activities in the country."

The Jehovah's Witnesses were officially registered in Kyrgyzstan in 1998. Currently, there are some 5,000 followers of the religious teaching.

"Amma, "The Hugging Saint", Mata Amritanandamayi or Amrita, went from a simple Indian fisherman's daughter in the late seventies to an international phenomenon worshiped by millions worldwide.

Jacques Albohair (aka Sarvatma), who belonged to the initial inner circle of disciples in the early eighties, contributed to her early reputation as her first European representative and translator until he quit more than a decade later. He provides a captivating insider testimony of his life as an early disciple and of the development of the organization from the simple "family business" to the "global empire" it has become today.

He delivers a detailed investigative analysis of the philosophy, the ethics, the communication, the practices and the reality of this sprawling organization . He reveals the corruption and deception at the heart of the Amrita-system covering a wide range of fields: economic, fiscal, charitable, educational, sanitary, land and real-estate, ethical and spiritual, in words and deeds. He demonstrates how the guru herself is at the origin of the omnipresent ambiguities and doublespeak. The author's close and intimate personal experience combined with quality testimony, documented evidence and a wealth of sources is nothing short of an eye-opener.

His critical review of the official biography , thanks to his hindsight and experience, is especially enlightening as it lays bare in simple and clear terms the reality of the person, her evolution and realizations.

As a lover of India and a believer of its ancient wisdom, he broadens the debate by clarifying common misunderstandings on some of the founding principles of Hinduism , and explores the criteria of the real spiritual master , of a healthy master-disciple relationship and the means to empower oneself when regaining one's autonomy .

His book caters as well to admirers of India, to cult critics and to devotees in search of answers. In the wake of Gail Tredwell's testimony , Amma's former personal assistant for twenty years, "Holy Hell - A Memoir of Faith, Devotion and Pure Madness" published in 2013, this is the second major critical insider testimony on Amma and her movement .

430 pages, printed and electronic versions available at, and other international sites."
"Love Has Won cult leader Amy Carlson died of natural causes after years of alcohol abuse, opioid use, anorexia and chronic ingestion of colloidal silver, a substance that some believe can boost the body's immune system, according to an autopsy report prepared by the El Paso County Coroner's Office.

The report, which was finalized last month, found alcohol, narcotics, marijuana and high levels of silver in the 45-year-old's body. Carlson, who was 5-feet-4-inches tall, weighed 75 pounds when she died, the report said.

The autopsy results were first reported by Guru Mag, an online publication that reports on cults, and were confirmed to The Denver Post by Rising Above Love Has Won, a group that tries to rescue the group's followers.

The autopsy also reported that there were no signs of cancer, despite Carlson's followers saying that she was suffering from it. Her followers, who called Carlson "Mother God," also had said she was paralyzed. Those who follow the cult said there was no sign that she was paralyzed, although the autopsy report does not address that condition."

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