Books have been written about the “vulnerable state” of many Western spiritual seekers visiting India such as Karma Cola by Gita Mehta.

I am coauthor with Dr. Margaret Singer of Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in Our Everyday Lives (Jossey-Bass, 1995), and as well as coauthor with Madeleine Landau Tobias of Captive Hearts, Captive Minds: Freedom and Recovery from Cults and Abusive Relationships (Hunter House, 1994). Celebrating 100 years of spiritual awakening with the anniversary of Yogananda’s arrival in the West. This is just one more accolade arranged by diehard SSS devotees and the guru’s old political cronies since his death on October 6, 2004. Where does your authority to teach Kriya Yoga come from? Ananda Village is the beginning, in a sense, of the fulfillment of Yogananda’s vision of World Brotherhood Colonies.

Richardson was the keynote speaker at this event. Due to public health interest and safety Ananda Village is closed to the public at this time. Between Paramhansa Yogananda’s passing in 1952 and Swami Kriyananda’s separation from Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1962, Swami Kriyananda served on behalf of SRF in several important roles: as a minister and kriyacharya, as the head of the monks, as the minister in-charge for the SRF Centers Department and the SRF Hollywood Church, and as a member of the SRF board of Directors and as the first vice-president of SRF. I founded it in the name of, and did my earnest best to carry it on in the spirit of, my Guru Paramhansa Yogananda, and of his line of gurus: Jesus Christ, Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Swami Sri Yukteswar. Under “Counseling” there is Scientology ad offering “free personality, IQ and stress testing.”, Not everyone knows the background of 3HO and Scientology. I am the coordinator and facilitator of a San Francisco Bay Area support group for former cult members that has been meeting monthly since May 1993. Ananda Village is a cooperative spiritual community dedicated to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, founded by his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda. Bhajan was also known for his astute political connections and New Mexico was his main sphere of influence. More, There are many ways to be a member of Ananda — from being an Ananda Sangha member to total immersion in the Ananda lifestyle as a resident at an Ananda community. He also marketed teas, herbs and assorted health food. 2003. I am the author of the chapter, “A Little Carrot and a Lot of Stick,” in Recovery from Cults: Help for Victims of Psychological and Spiritual Abuse(W.W. Norton, 1993). If you have more questions or would like greater clarification on anything that we have shared, we are happy to answer you and invite you to write us personally. Unlike secluded spiritual communities comprised solely of monks and nuns, Ananda Village included those with spouses and children, as well as formal renunciates. Marshals Service.

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