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Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus: How I Was Conned By a Dangerous Cult-and Why I Will Not Keep Their Secrets

Paperback |English |098817510X | 9780988175105

Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus: How I Was Conned By a Dangerous Cult-and Why I Will Not Keep Their Secrets

Paperback |English |098817510X | 9780988175105
Overview
Meet Author Karen Jonson Nothing in my pre-guru years hinted at the direction my life would ultimately take. I had no clue that I would one day become the equivalent of a renounced Hindu nun living in the U.S. ashram of two men I called guru. Nor did I imagine that I would eventually learn that they were both nothing more than conmen dressed in orange clothing. And I certainly would never have guessed that I would one day expose their dark secrets to the world. But that is exactly what happened. My commitment led me in several directions — including talking to a newspaper investigative reporter and an FBI agent, organizing a group of ex-devotees to support the gurus’ victims, sharing insider information to prosecuting attorneys, and starting a blog and a Facebook page. The culmination of my effort was writing this book. My hope for this book is that it will give readers a rare inside of this dangerous cult. It is shocking story of a spiritual con game, including what the gurus were actually doing behind closed bedroom doors, how it has ruined hundreds of people’s lives, and why no one has stopped this organization’s fake gurus from raping underage girls, taking people’s money, and ruining people’s lives. If my book helps to keep even one family out of the clutches of these sociopaths and their entire international organization, then it will have been a success. Other readers will also find the book interesting for several reasons: It is a thriller on the level of any piece of fiction (yet, this story is real, proving that the truth can be stranger than fiction). It is also a crime drama, proving a detailed documentary of the legal process necessary to prosecute a con man. And it is a cautionary tale for any person seeking spirituality from someone who professes to be God incarnate. While telling my story, I have been stalked and slandered by members of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat cult. At one point, I created the penname Rishika Xcult to keep my identity a secret. However, in the end, I decided to use my real name to show that no one needs to live in fear of this organization. The irony of my penname Rishika is that it means "saintly" in Hindi. I lived in the ashram of two gurus who called themselves saints, yet were anything but saintly. Meanwhile, I actually gave up worldly pleasures in the pursuit of God. As a result, I lived a more saintly life than the two men who call themselves saints. Learn more at www.rishikaxcult.com.
ISBN: 098817510X
ISBN13: 9780988175105
Author: Karen Johnson
Publisher: Rishika Books
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2012-09-10
Language: English
PageCount: 358
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.9 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 21.6 ounces
Meet Author Karen Jonson Nothing in my pre-guru years hinted at the direction my life would ultimately take. I had no clue that I would one day become the equivalent of a renounced Hindu nun living in the U.S. ashram of two men I called guru. Nor did I imagine that I would eventually learn that they were both nothing more than conmen dressed in orange clothing. And I certainly would never have guessed that I would one day expose their dark secrets to the world. But that is exactly what happened. My commitment led me in several directions — including talking to a newspaper investigative reporter and an FBI agent, organizing a group of ex-devotees to support the gurus’ victims, sharing insider information to prosecuting attorneys, and starting a blog and a Facebook page. The culmination of my effort was writing this book. My hope for this book is that it will give readers a rare inside of this dangerous cult. It is shocking story of a spiritual con game, including what the gurus were actually doing behind closed bedroom doors, how it has ruined hundreds of people’s lives, and why no one has stopped this organization’s fake gurus from raping underage girls, taking people’s money, and ruining people’s lives. If my book helps to keep even one family out of the clutches of these sociopaths and their entire international organization, then it will have been a success. Other readers will also find the book interesting for several reasons: It is a thriller on the level of any piece of fiction (yet, this story is real, proving that the truth can be stranger than fiction). It is also a crime drama, proving a detailed documentary of the legal process necessary to prosecute a con man. And it is a cautionary tale for any person seeking spirituality from someone who professes to be God incarnate. While telling my story, I have been stalked and slandered by members of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat cult. At one point, I created the penname Rishika Xcult to keep my identity a secret. However, in the end, I decided to use my real name to show that no one needs to live in fear of this organization. The irony of my penname Rishika is that it means "saintly" in Hindi. I lived in the ashram of two gurus who called themselves saints, yet were anything but saintly. Meanwhile, I actually gave up worldly pleasures in the pursuit of God. As a result, I lived a more saintly life than the two men who call themselves saints. Learn more at www.rishikaxcult.com.

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Meet Author Karen Jonson Nothing in my pre-guru years hinted at the direction my life would ultimately take. I had no clue that I would one day become the equivalent of a renounced Hindu nun living in the U.S. ashram of two men I called guru. Nor did I imagine that I would eventually learn that they were both nothing more than conmen dressed in orange clothing. And I certainly would never have guessed that I would one day expose their dark secrets to the world. But that is exactly what happened. My commitment led me in several directions — including talking to a newspaper investigative reporter and an FBI agent, organizing a group of ex-devotees to support the gurus’ victims, sharing insider information to prosecuting attorneys, and starting a blog and a Facebook page. The culmination of my effort was writing this book. My hope for this book is that it will give readers a rare inside of this dangerous cult. It is shocking story of a spiritual con game, including what the gurus were actually doing behind closed bedroom doors, how it has ruined hundreds of people’s lives, and why no one has stopped this organization’s fake gurus from raping underage girls, taking people’s money, and ruining people’s lives. If my book helps to keep even one family out of the clutches of these sociopaths and their entire international organization, then it will have been a success. Other readers will also find the book interesting for several reasons: It is a thriller on the level of any piece of fiction (yet, this story is real, proving that the truth can be stranger than fiction). It is also a crime drama, proving a detailed documentary of the legal process necessary to prosecute a con man. And it is a cautionary tale for any person seeking spirituality from someone who professes to be God incarnate. While telling my story, I have been stalked and slandered by members of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat cult. At one point, I created the penname Rishika Xcult to keep my identity a secret. However, in the end, I decided to use my real name to show that no one needs to live in fear of this organization. The irony of my penname Rishika is that it means "saintly" in Hindi. I lived in the ashram of two gurus who called themselves saints, yet were anything but saintly. Meanwhile, I actually gave up worldly pleasures in the pursuit of God. As a result, I lived a more saintly life than the two men who call themselves saints. Learn more at www.rishikaxcult.com.
ISBN: 098817510X
ISBN13: 9780988175105
Author: Karen Johnson
Publisher: Rishika Books
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2012-09-10
Language: English
PageCount: 358
Dimensions: 6.0 x 0.9 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 21.6 ounces
Meet Author Karen Jonson Nothing in my pre-guru years hinted at the direction my life would ultimately take. I had no clue that I would one day become the equivalent of a renounced Hindu nun living in the U.S. ashram of two men I called guru. Nor did I imagine that I would eventually learn that they were both nothing more than conmen dressed in orange clothing. And I certainly would never have guessed that I would one day expose their dark secrets to the world. But that is exactly what happened. My commitment led me in several directions — including talking to a newspaper investigative reporter and an FBI agent, organizing a group of ex-devotees to support the gurus’ victims, sharing insider information to prosecuting attorneys, and starting a blog and a Facebook page. The culmination of my effort was writing this book. My hope for this book is that it will give readers a rare inside of this dangerous cult. It is shocking story of a spiritual con game, including what the gurus were actually doing behind closed bedroom doors, how it has ruined hundreds of people’s lives, and why no one has stopped this organization’s fake gurus from raping underage girls, taking people’s money, and ruining people’s lives. If my book helps to keep even one family out of the clutches of these sociopaths and their entire international organization, then it will have been a success. Other readers will also find the book interesting for several reasons: It is a thriller on the level of any piece of fiction (yet, this story is real, proving that the truth can be stranger than fiction). It is also a crime drama, proving a detailed documentary of the legal process necessary to prosecute a con man. And it is a cautionary tale for any person seeking spirituality from someone who professes to be God incarnate. While telling my story, I have been stalked and slandered by members of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat cult. At one point, I created the penname Rishika Xcult to keep my identity a secret. However, in the end, I decided to use my real name to show that no one needs to live in fear of this organization. The irony of my penname Rishika is that it means "saintly" in Hindi. I lived in the ashram of two gurus who called themselves saints, yet were anything but saintly. Meanwhile, I actually gave up worldly pleasures in the pursuit of God. As a result, I lived a more saintly life than the two men who call themselves saints. Learn more at www.rishikaxcult.com.

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