Apr 22, 2022

CultNEWS101 Articles: 4/21/2022 (Legal, Lori Vallow, The Beatles, India, Maharishi, David Lynch, ICSA Event, Coercive Control, Religious Cultic Groups)

Legal, Lori Vallow, The Beatles, India, Maharishi, David Lynch, ICSA Event, Coercive Control, Religious Cultic Groups

Daily Mail: 'Cult mom' Lori Vallow is now deemed fit to stand trial for the murders of her children, JJ, 7, and Tylee, 17, ten months after she was placed in mental hospital
"The decision on Monday comes almost ten months after Vallow was committed to a psychiatric facility.  

Lori Vallow, 48, and her husband, Chad Daybell, 53, are charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder, among other crimes.

The charges are in relation to the deaths of 7-year-old Joshua 'JJ' Vallow, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan - two of Lori Vallow's kids - and Chad Daybell's first wife, Tammy Daybell.  

The children's bodies were found in Chad Daybell's backyard in Idaho in 2020 after they were last seen in September 2019. Tammy Daybell was killed in October 2019, two weeks before Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell married, authorities said.

Vallow is also charged in Arizona with conspiring to kill her former estranged husband, Charles Vallow, with the help of her now-deceased brother, Alex Cox.

Their indictments allege that the couple became convinced that their victims were zombies who had been possessed by dark spirits and could only be released through death.

Vallow was transferred from the custody of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office. She will be arraigned on April 19 at the Fremont County Courthouse."

First Post: The Beatles and India review: Ajoy Bose's documentary is a tender exploration of the band's time in the country
Did you know that George Harrison, lead guitarist of The Beatles, was introduced to the sitar much before Pandit Ravi Shankar came into his life? The guitarist's mother, Louise, used to listen to the sitar on her radio when she was pregnant. The sounds of the strings helped her calm down. No wonder then that Harrison was fascinated by the instrument when he encountered it in his adult life. He had not seen it before but it seemed intimately familiar.

This is one of many delightful anecdotes that emerged when author-filmmaker Ajoy Bose was in conversation with cricket commentator Gautam Bhimani at the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata in the last week of March 2022. The event was part of the Kolkata Literary Meet, which also hosted the India premiere of Bose's documentary The Beatles and India (2021) at The Bengal Club after this conversation. The film draws inspiration from a book called Across the Universe: the Beatles in India (2018) that Bose wrote not so long ago.

I had a chance to watch the film in Kolkata. Bose plans to travel with it across India, so I highly recommend getting yourself to a screening if the film shows up near you. It is certainly a treat for fans of The Beatles but it also appealed to me – a person with little exposure to the music and the colourful lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

What drew me in was Bose's exploration of the cultural encounter between East and West – neither a clash, nor a picture of harmony, but fun, messy and real.

Why did these four rock stars from England come to an ashram in Rishikesh in the 1960s? What drew them to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in particular? How did the guru-shishya relationship change over time? What did they gain from their stay at the ashram? How did the ashram benefit from their fame? When did the trip, both literal and metaphorical, begin to go downhill? Armed with his experience as a journalist, Bose pursues each question rigorously.

He seems completely at home with his research material. This might come as a surprise to those who know that Bose's previous work does not have much to do with music or spirituality. He has written a book on the Emergency imposed by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1975 to 1977, and a biography of the social reformer and politician Mayawati. 

That said, Bose's penchant for politics does sneak into The Beatles and India. He digs up news reports from 1968 when the ashram became notorious for its suspected links to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States of America. The film reveals that the former Soviet Union's security agency Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti (KGB) sent agent Yuri Bezmenov to ascertain whether the ashram was really a CIA camp or not. Bose has also used footage of Bezmenov talking about how the ashram, instead of supporting the USA's interests, was destabilising American society through Transcendental Meditation.

The heaviness of these moments is tempered with light-hearted ones wherein Indian fans gush about The Beatles. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt talks about the influence of their attire on actor Shammi Kapoor. Ajit Singh, Owner of Pratap Music House, Dehradun, recalls preparations made to celebrate Harrison's ex-wife Pattie's birthday at the ashram. Journalist Barkha Dutt shares a photograph of her mother, journalist Prabha Dutt, sitting with the rockstars. She says, "My God, I wish I had been that person sitting between John and Paul."

In addition to these people, the film features excerpts from interviews with santoor maestro Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, musician Susmit Bose, biographer-historian Steve Turner, actor-musician Monica Dogra, singer-composer-producer Biddu Appaiah, and Naresh Fernandes, who is the author of the book Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age (2012). 

One of the most unusual anecdotes, however, comes from journalist Saeed Naqvi. He wanted to be the first one to get access to the Beatles, and write about their experience at the ashram. He wondered whether the Beatles were on a genuine spiritual quest or if they were just following a fad. Naqvi could find out only by becoming an insider. He entered the ashram, professing an interest in becoming a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. How did Naqvi manage to bring photographer Raghu Rai into the ashram? Watch the film to find out.

The sequence in the film that I found most moving was a brief interaction with Indra Srivastava, who is introduced as "ashram manager's wife." She says, "Jab Beatles aaye, tab unka poora rehne aur khaane ka intezaam hum karte the. Kachcha gobhi, tamatar, salad aisi cheezein zyaada pasand karte the. Paani ki jagah Coca Cola bohot peete the." (When the Beatles came here, we used to take care of their stay and food. They used to like eating raw cabbage, tomato, and salad. They preferred to drink a lot of Coca Cola in place of water.)

This tender recollection is special because it captures the perspective of someone who is not a celebrity. She beams with joy when she remembers how respectfully they used to greet her with a 'Namaste' every time they met her. According to Srivastava, the Beatles made a sincere effort to understand the cultural norms in the country that they had come to as guests. They did not have left on a happy note, but that was mostly because of their spat with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who turned out to be a disappointment for most, if not all, of them.

In a nutshell, Bose has made a documentary that is thought-provoking and highly entertaining. He would not have been able to accomplish this without cultural researcher Peter Compton, who co-directed the film and sourced much of the archival footage, as well as Reynold D'Silva – head of Silva Screen Music Group – who produced the film. 

Techno Trenz: When John Lennon abruptly left India after hearing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi rumors, the Beatles were perplexed.
"When John confronted the guru аbout the rumor, he аppeаred to confirm it.

"There wаs а big hullаbаloo аbout [Mаhаrishi] trying to rаpe Miа Fаrrow or getting off with Miа Fаrrow аnd а few other women, things like thаt," he told Rolling Stone (аccording to the Beаtles Bible). And we went down to him аfter hаving spent the entire night debаting whether it wаs true or not.

"When George begаn to doubt it, I thought to myself, 'Well, it must be true, becаuse if George is doubting it, there must be something in it.' So the next dаy, the whole gаng of us chаrged down to Mаhаrishi's hut, his very rich-looking bungаlow in the mountаins.'

"I wаs the spokesmаn – аs usuаl, when the dirty work cаme, I actually hаd to be leаder, whаtever the scene wаs, I hаd to do the speаking." "We're leаving," I аnnounced.

"'Why?' Hee-hee, hee-hee, аll thаt nonsense. 'Well, if you're thаt cosmic, you'll understаnd why,' I replied. He wаs constаntly hinting, аnd his right-hand men were all hinting thаt he performed mirаcles. 'I don't know why, you must tell me,' he sаid, аnd I just kept sаying, 'You know why,' аnd he gаve me а look like, 'I'll kill you, bаstаrd,' аnd I knew it wаs becаuse I'd cаlled his bluff. I was a little hаrsh with him."

John immediately left Indiа аfter thаt. On George's аdvice, he renаmed his poem "Mаhаrishi" to 'Sexy Sаdie.'"

NME: David Lynch launches $500million Transcendental Meditation program

The director hopes the new initiative will bring about "a world at peace"

"The Twin Peaks and Mulholland Drive director announced the initiative on Thursday (April 14) to fund Transcendental Meditation (TM) training for 30,000 international college students, hoping to inspire the next generation to "become advanced peace-creating meditation experts and build a legacy of lasting global peace," according to a press release.

Launched in partnership with the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, the program plans to invest approximately $500 million in its first year." 
Céleste Goguen, Marie-Andrée Pelland; Sunday, June 26, 2022; 12:00 PM-12:50 PM

The aim of this presentation is to analyze the process by which former members recognized and named forms of control, experiences of abuse and experiences of violence during her or his life within a religious cultic group after leaving the group. The analysis will include all forms of control «grounded in relational interactions, namely, behavioural tactics in which perpetrators gain and maintain power over their victims» (Duran and al., 2020: 145). It is also aimed to analyze the informal or formal help or services contacted to cope with the recognized victimization. Research on victimization in cultic groups defines with precision the process of control that can be experienced within cultic groups (Rodriguez-Carbeillera & al., 2015) such as brainwashing (Banisadr, 2014, Stein, 2016) thought reform (Langone, 2017), Bounded Choice (Lalich & McLaren, 2018) or Mind control, BITE model (Hassan, 2021). Some researches document forms of abuse within the group such as neglect, abandonment, isolation, emotional and social deprivation, and sexual abuse (Derocher 2018; Rodriguez-Carbeillera et al., 2015). Other research identifies consequences experienced by former members after they quit a cultic group such as psychological distress (Almendros & Escartin, 2017), difficulties to construct or reconstruct their identity (Matthews & Salazar, 2014 ; Salande & Perkins, 2011 ; Kern & Jungbauer, 2020), difficulties to find a job and to thrive financially (Matthews & Salazar, 2014), fear of being judged judge (Boeri & Boeri, 2009 ; Matthews & Salazar, 2014), even a sense of guilt about behaviours they had within the group (Coates, 2010). But research rarely analyzed the process by which a person's names and recognizes abusive experiences. To explore that gap in knowledge, the life trajectory and narrative of ten former members were collected. Participants recruited were mostly former members of patriarchal communities where gender roles were traditionally defined (Gillian, 2018).

Céleste Goguen est étudiante à la maitrise en sciences sociales à l'Université de Moncton. Également, elle tient une majeure en criminologie à l'Université de Moncton. Dans le cadre de son projet de fins d'études, elle analyse la victimisation en contexte sectaire au Canada.

Marie-Andrée Pelland, PhD, full professor and director of the sociology and criminology Department, Université de Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. She is also Vice-president of Info-Cult She received her doctorate from the School of Criminology of the Université de Montréal. Her dissertation is entitled, Allegations of Illegal Conduct: Effect on Social Reality of a Community of Canadian Polygamous Mormons. Marie-Andrée Pelland, PhD, est professeure agrégée et directrice du département de sociologie et de criminologie de l'Université de Moncton au Nouveau-Brunswick, Canada. Elle est également vice-présidente d'Info-Secte. Elle a obtenu son diplôme de 3e cycle de l'École de criminologie de l'Université de Montréal. Ses travaux traitent de la question de l'effet des conflits avec la société sur le fonctionnement des groupes religieux minoritaires. Sa thèse s'intitule : « Allégations d'entorse aux lois : Effets sur la réalité sociale d'un groupe de mormons polygames canadiens ».

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