Some Links and Info for Researching Religious Cults

(The Guru Trip is Over)

Contents of This Page

Links - What is a Cult?

Links - General Information on Cults

Links - Specific Groups

Documentary Films About Cults

Feature Films About Cults

Books About Cults

What is a Cult?

Wikipedia Article - Cult
Long, serious article addressing the many aspects of this complicated issue.
PLEASE READ above article if interested in this subject.

Wikipedia Article - New Religous Movement (politically correct term for "cult")

The BITE Model
Behavior control, Information control, Thought control, Emotional control.

Here are three more webpages which seriously discuss "what is a cult?":

Common Cult Characteristics (condensed from Revive website by A. Orange)

Key Cult Features (from SOS Europe website)

Totalism in Today's Cults - Jan Goenveld

The above 3 links are to pages on a large website critical of Alchohics Anonymous (AA). These pages refer to characteristics of cults in general, not necesarily to AA. I have no particular beef with AA myself, but I do think it interesting to analyze them. AA seems to have helped many people, though I know recovered alchoholics who did not seem to like or need AA. Here is a link to a page at that site discussing AA as a cult: Alcholics Anonymous as a Cult by A. Orange
(NOTE - above site is a "resurrection" of the orginal site which previously existed at

Janja Lalich - Definition and Explanation of the Word "Cult"
Janja Lalich -

Mind Control Made Easy or How to Become a Cult Leader - Carey Burtt - (Awesome Youtube video)

The above video illustrates some of the concepts of "thought reform" (also called brain-washing or mind control) put forth by Robert Jay Lifton.

General Information on Cults

Reddit Discussion Forum - Cults -

Reddit Discussion Forum - Cult Survivors -

ICSA - International Cultic Studies Association -
Publishers of Cultic Studies Review

Rick Ross -
Rick Ross Groups Listing -
Rick Ross Links Page -
Rick Ross is a "cult interventionist" and educator, his extensive site has a large list of groups with many articles and links. (site address was formerly, changed to in 2014) - thorough daily news roundup (from Rick Ross)

Janja Lalich -

From the Age of the Guru to the Age of the Friend - Dr. Greg Goode -
Very thoughtful discussion of the guru concept, including "enlightenment by transmission".

Why the Age of the Guru is Over - Charles Eisenstein:

Wikipedia Article - Guru

Sarlo's Guru Rating Service -
Very interesting website. Extensive listings of gurus.
"Revealing Self-Aggrandizement and Superstition in Self-Realization Since 2005"
Very fun and interesting site - keeps up-to-date with wacky guru stories. This site was moved to Facebook in 2010. I don't find it nearly as useful or accessible there, but I think the old site is still up for searching the archives.
Guruphiliac Facebook Page:

Steven Alan Hassan -

FACTnet -

Ex-Cult Resource Center

Allen Tate Wood -

Walter Martin -
Late Christian cult researcher - lots of videos available (I have not yet seen any of these), including 10-part series on Mormons and a video about Transcendental Meditation.

Stripping The Gurus - Geoffrey Faulk -
Subtitled: Sex, Violence, Abuse and Enlightenment.
An online book - no one is spared here - maybe even goes a bit too far. Highly recommended reading though. Includes links and a large bibliography of books about cults.

Cult Information Centre -
List of groups with links, list of books, some good general articles.

Cult Awareness and Information Library -
(as of 06/06/22, looks to be offline, but there is link there to the archived site at

Pair A Docks (blog) -

Cult Apologist FAQ - - a Swiss site, in German

Diane Benscoter -

How to Become a Cult Guru - Phil Milstein -

Anti-Cult Movement (Wikipedia):
Extensive article breaking down the various types of groups that oppose cults.

Info on Specific Groups

My funny story on "Yogic Flying" and Transcendental Meditation.
Falling Down the TM Rabbithole - How Transcendental Meditation Really Works, A Critical Opinion - Joe Kellett

Wikipedia Article - Scientology
Note - this is the main article at Wikipedia. Click "show" on the yellow bar at the bottom of the page to see all the Scientology-related articles at Wikipedia - there are over 80 different articles. - Operation Clambake
Very extensive anti-Scientology site. "Undressing the Church of Scientology since 1996."
Mike Rinder was a high-ranking member of Scientology before leaving in 2007. A special fun feature of this website is the comic Regraded Being.

Fun from The Onion:,1327/

The Underground Bunker (Scientology Blog)
Tony Ortega is the author of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely Amazon.

Recovery from The New Kadampa Tradition - A Resource Center -
The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) is a fast-growing, empire-building Buddhist cult. There are many sects and variations within Buddhism. They all seem to respect each other, but most seem to be suspicious of the NKT. They emphasize following the teachings of "the guru", and teach that you can become enlightened only by direct contact with the guru. And their leader just happens to be not only enlightened, but is actually the "third Buddha".
Main official website: (they have many more)
NKT at Wikipedia:
This Wikipedia article seems to have recently been purged (early 2008) of lots of critical info, such as their beef with the Dalai Lama.

My page on Oneness Movement / Oneness Blessing / Sri Kalki Bhagavan (includes links)

Unification Church (Sun Myung Moon) at Wikipedia: Critical of Siddha Yoga - SYDA (the late Swami Muktananda)
Extensive site in English, Dutch, German, French and Italian.
Ex-followers of Guru Maharaj Ji, AKA Prem Rawat, AKA Lord of the Universe. In English, French and Spanish, with links to other similar sites.

"Wikipedia ruled by Lord of the Universe" - (amazing article) -

And a followup to the above article: "Lord of the Universe" disciple exits Wikipedia

The Dark Empire of Yogi Bhajan - Episode 1 of Vice's True Believers Series APR 9, 2022 (48-minute video) -
Large collection of info on Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini Yoga, 3HO. Lots of court documents.

The Wacko World of Yogi Bhajan -
(for many years was
"Live Your Life - Memoirs and Accounts from a Second Generation Adult Raised in 3HO Sikh Dharma"
Recently started (04/08) blog relating experiences with 3HO/Yogi Bhajan

Kundalini Yoga/3HO/Yogi Bhajan -
Collections of articles from Rick Ross's page for 3HO. This cult bugs me more than most, as I find yoga in general to be a serious and powerful method of healing, and this group continues to perpetuate the image of yoga as weird, wacky and cultish. And inexplicably, the yoga world seems to accept 3HO's "Kundalini Yoga" (not to be confused with actual kundalini yoga) as a valid form of yoga practice. They also claim to be Sikhs (hence the white turbans) but actually have nothing to do with Sikhism (which itself has nothing to do with yoga).
"devoted to exploring and evaluating the claims of Carlos Castaneda" (he wrote the Don Juan books)

The Dark Legacy of Carlos Castaneda - Robert Marshall - April 22,2007
(Lengthy and interesting article at about Carlos Casteneda):
Official site of "Tensegrity", the movement technique developed and taught by Carlos Castaneda and his followers.

Wikipedia Article - Heaven's Gate
39 members commited mass suicide in 1997 to board alien spacecraft hiding behind Hale-Bopp comet.
Very interesting article about the continued maintenance of the official website of the Heaven's Gate cult.

Wikipedia Article - NXIVM
NXIVM (Nexium), is a cult led by Kenneth Raniere, who was arrested in Mexico in March, 2018 and extradicted to the US. NXIUM is promoted as a personal and professional development seminar for the empowerment of women. Women are recruited and are "slaves" who can become "masters" after recruiting more women. Members of DOS, a secret sisterhood within NXIVM, are held down naked and branded with a symbol containing the initials of Kenneth Raniere and Allison Mack. Other celebrities associated include Kristin Kreuk, Linda Evans, Nicki Clyne, and Clare and Sara Bronfman. Examining the commercialization of yoga / yogilebrity/celebriyogi culture

Some Documentary Films Related to Cults

David Wants to Fly (2010 - 96min) David Sieveking
Can watch at Amazon Prime (as of late 2019):
Wikipedia (the film):
Wikipedia (Transcendental Meditation):
(This main artcle links to over 40 other TM-related Wikipedia articles)
IMDB: (GERMANY) (DVD 11/26/10 PAL Region0):
(checking this page at 10/26/19, DVD appears to be out of print, but some copies may be available. there may also be a "German edition" - Region 2 PAL - cover says DAVID CHCE ODLECIEC) (DVD 11/26/10 PAL Region0) :
(checking this page at 10/26/19 - no copies currently available)
About David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation. A German filmmaker wants to make a documentary about his idol, David Lynch. Lynch invites him to a "creativity workshop" in Fairfield, Iowa. Unbeknownst to Sieveking, Fairfield is the headquarters of the TM cult. So his film turns out to be a close look at the wacky world of TM, including "yogic flying". (See my yogic flying page). As of 08/011, not yet released on DVD in the US. (David Lynch and TM may succeed in preventing this). I went ahead and ordered the European PAL DVD. I think I got it from a third-party seller at Can also order from and might find on The German DVD is region-free and has English subtitles. PAL DVDs will play in most newer DVD players. (can put in Saved queue at Netflix - hopefully they will have it someday) This is an awesome film - unbelievable stuff (but all true) - highly recommended. One of the best and most interesting looks at a cult.

Guru: Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard (2010 - 98min) Sabine Gisiger, Beat Haner
Official Site (Swiss site, in German):
Wikipedia: (GERMANY) (DVD 02/11/11 PAL Region2) :
About Osho (Rajneesh), from the points of view of his long-time secretary and his long-time bodyguard. No telling when or if American DVD will be released. Can order German PAL DVD from, which I finally did in DEC 2011. Wow! I wasn't sure what to expect from this and I have to admit I had not really looked much into the whole Rajneesh trip. A little ways into this I stopped it and went to read the Wikipedia article on Osho, which was mind-blowing. Going back to the film, I was impressed that it covered all the main points in the history of this major cult. This is a very interesting film for sure! This is a Swiss film, but everyone in it speaks English, so its in English. There are optional German subtitles. All the text on the DVD box is in German. Very thought-provoking and highly recommended.

Wild Wild Country (2018) Chapman Way, McClain Way
Netflix TV series looks at the Osho cult during their time in Oregon (1981-1985). There are six episodes, each a bit over an hour. This is one of the best things I have seen about cults. Notable for providing both sides of the story. Lots to think about. Lots of archival footage and lots of current interviews with local residents and cult members, including Ma Anand Sheela. (Netflix streaming, no DVD)

Kumare (2011 - 84min) Vikram Gandhi
Subtitle: The True Story of a False Prophet
Official Site:
Official "Fake" Site:
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 03/12/13 Kino Lorber):
Article by the Director:
Mind-blowing awesome. The director grows a beard, heads to Arizona and impersonates a guru. He easily develops quite a following. I waited for this a long time and it did not disappoint. Very entertaining as well as very interesting. I was HOWLING when I watched this. An essential watch for anyone interested in the cult/guru trip.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015 - 119min) Alex Gibney
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 10/06/15 Filmrise):
Amazon (Bluray 12/04/15 Filmrise):
Master documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney's extensive look at Scientology, based on the 2013 book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright. Totally amazing, as expected.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath
Leah Remini's A&E Channel documentary TV series exposing Scientology, mainly through interviews with ex-members, many of whom were born into Scientology as 2nd or 3rd generation members. Season 1 (2016-2017) includes 7 regular episodes and 3 special episodes. Season 2 (2017) includes 10 regular episodes and 4 special episodes. Each episode is about 45 minutes. I questioned whether I really needed to see this, but I was hooked right away and watched every bit of it. I also found Mike Rinder's blog, which includes an excellent comic series about Scientology, called Regraded Being -

Holy Hell (2016 - 100min) Will Allen
Official site:
Amazon (DVD 05/09/17 The Film Sales Company):
Rotten Tomatoes:
Review at Gawker 05/26/16:
Review at CNN 09/01/16:
A look at the Buddhafield cult, formed in Hollywood in the mid-80's (later moving to Austin, and later to Hawaii). The director joined the cult in 1985 and was a key member for 18 years, as "the teacher's" right hand man and the group's official documentarian. I watched this the day the DVD came out, after a long wait for it. It was every bit as amazing as I was expecting. Very well made film. Definitely one of the best films about cults ever. Especially interesting as the director was in the cult for a long time. Lots of footage through the years and lots of recent interviews. A very personal film for the director and for everyone in it. The ballet angle is especially interesting and unusual. Highest recommendation for anyone interested in the subject of cults or just human psychology.

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006 - 90min) Stanley Nelson
PBS / Paramount / American Experience / WBGH Boston / BBC
Excellent, serious documentary covering Jim Jones and Jonestown, a classic example of a cult and the tragedy that can result (the largest mass-suicide in history). I have come across some mutterings that there is a whole other dimension to this story, which we would not expect to be revealed in this mainstream film. (google Jonestown CIA).

Transformation - The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard (2006 - 77min) Robyn Symon
Amazon (DVD):
Official site:
Wikipedia (Werner Erhard):
Wikipedia (est):
Very interesting, wellmade film on a very interesting man. est was a big deal in America in the 70's. After Erhard left in 1991, the organization was renamed Landmark Education. This film leans toward showing the good side of Werner and est. Here is a website critical of est, Landmark and other LGATs (Large Group Awareness Trainings): One very interesting revelation in the film is that Werner claims the reason he left the country was due to harrassment from Scientologists, having been declared an "SP" (suppressive person) and thus "fair game" by L. Ron Hubbard.

The Deep End (2022 - 4 episodes, 43minutes each) Jon Kasbe
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon Prime:
Official Site:
Wikipedia - The Deep End:
Wikipedia - Teal Swan:
Teal Swan's Official Site:
Podcast - KIOS At the Movies - Interview with Jon Kasbe (21min audio):
Article at The Guru Magazine: The Gucci Guru: Inside Teal Swan's Posh Cult - Be Scofield 12/26/18 -
2022 TV documentary miniseries about Teal Swan. Originally on Hulu, is available on Amazon Prime. Somehow the director had very close access to Teal Swan and her inner circle for several years. There are many videos on Youtube relating to this show, including many with Teal Swan's responses.

A (1998 - 136min) Tatsuya Mori (Japanese with English subtitles)
A2 (2001 - 131min) Tatsuya Mori (Japanese with English subtitles)
Wikipedia (Aum Shinriko):
The film A and its sequel, A2, (both released on DVD in 2006) give a close inside look at a community of members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult, which became famous in 1995 when poison sarin gas was released into the Tokyo subway by members of the cult. Shoko Asahara, the group's leader, carried out this attack to divert attention from the group, which he had learned was about to be raided by police in connection with another crime. These films deal more with the day to day lives of some of the members after this incident occurred. The poison gas incident or the general history of the group are not explained in the films. I found them interesting, many people would find them long and slow.

Join Us (2008 - 97min) Ondi Timoner
Amazon (DVD):
Looks at a group of families as they leave a small Christian cult in South Carolina. Talks to a lot of "cult experts", explores the subject of cults in general. Amazingly, one family moves all the way to Montana to leave the cult behind only to discover that they are now right next door to one of the biggest and wackiest cults ever (Elizabeth Clair Prophet's Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), formerly the Summit Lighthouse), and they are knocking at the door with books in hand. Very good film. Netflix has this.

The Source Family (2012 - 98min) Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos
Official Site:
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 06/18/13 Drag City):
Interview with Isis Aquarian at Reality Sandwich:
Official Site of The Source Family:
Very interesting look at a cult from the 60's/70's. This might possibly be a case of a "benign" cult. (NOTE: checking DVD listing at Amazon in May of 2017, only a few very high priced copies are available from 3rd party sellers. You can get the DVD from the official site for $17. Also - I rented DVD from Netflix in 2013, still available in 2017)

Re-Visiting Father and the Source Family (2005 - 148min) Evan Wells
An earlier, more primitve look at the Source Family (see above). Very interesting. Tons of archival footage. Netflix has this.

Prophet's Prey (2015 - 90min) Amy Berg
Amazon (DVD-R 12/13/17 CBS):
Looks at Warren Jeffs, leader of the The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Based on a 2011 book by Sam Brower. The distributor of the "DVD" has chosen to make it available only as a "burned" DVD-R. See also Sons of Perdition.

Sons of Perdition (2010 - 85min) Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten
Official Site:
Looks at young men exiled from the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints), a radical polygamous sect of Mormonism. See also Prophet's Prey.

Karmageddon (2012 - 120min) Jeff Brown
Official Site:
Bhagavan Das Official Site:
About Bhagavan Das, who became famous when Ram Das published his classic book Be Here Now. I don't want to be too judgemental about this one, and could have filed it in the Spirituality section on my main docus page, but I think this gets into enough relevant issues to be of interest in cult/guru studies. (you see a bit of Bhagavan Das at the beginning of Kumare).

Deprogrammed (2015) Mia Donovan
Official Site:
About the "father of deprogramming" Ted Patrick. Hhave not yet seen - looking forward to it. No DVD. Found on Vimeo 06/22. There is also a feature film about Patrick in the works -

Carlos Castaneda: Enigma of a Sorcerer (2004 - 91min) Ralph Torjan
Amazon (DVD 06/01/06 Indican):
Very interesting film, though the "psychedelic" presentation could be a bit irritating. Helps if you are familiar with Castaneda. Check out the links in the section above.

Aliens From Spaceship Earth (1977 - 91min) Don Como
Amazon (DVD UFOTV):
Sort of a random sampling of film footage of some of the most popular gurus of the 1970's. Lots of archival footage, including: Swami Muktananda, Hare Krishnas (Madonna Slavin kidnapping case), Guru Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat), Satya Sai Baba, Swami Satchidananda, Yogi Bhajan, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Father Yod, Elizabeth Claire Prophet, Baba Ram Das. Presented and narrated by Donovan and Rennie Davis. Netfix has this.

Holy Cow, Swami! (1996 - 3hrs) Jacob Young
Director's Website:
New Vrindaban:
Palace of Gold:
Wikipedia - Kirtanananda Swami:
New York Times Article on His Death:
Looks at Kirtanananda Swami Bhaktipada, founder and former leader of the New Vrindaban Hare Krishna commune, near Moundsville, West Virginia. After serving some prison time, he moved to India. He passed away in October of 2011. Have not yet seen.

The Group - (2014 - 96min) Jacob McEndollar
Looks at a network of adolescent drug abuse programs known as "The Group", created by Bob Meehan and operated by his son-in-law Clint Stonebraker. The director spent 5 years from age 13 to 18 in drug abuse programs, including some that were part of The Group. Very interesting. I don't think this film has been released on DVD. The director has made it available to watch on Youtube in high-definition at no charge.

Mind Control Made Easy or How to Become a Cult Leader - (2009 - 12min) Carey Burtt
Awesome humorous 12-minute short. Check it out on Youtube. This is one of the most informative things you can watch about cults. Illustrates ideas of mind control put forth by Robert Jay Lifton. Links to youtube are all over the web, but it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. (note that there are several versions of this on youtube, the link above is to a high-definition 360p version, as opposed to the lower quailty 240p versions).

Lord of the Universe (1974 - 58min)
Watch Online:
Expose on 16-year-old Guru Maharaj Ji, (later known as Prem Rawat). Documents Millenium 73 event at the Houston Astrodome in 1973, in which Maharaj Ji was supposed to levitate the building (uh, didn't happen).

It Takes a Cult (2009 - 90min) Eric Johannsen
About the Love Family. Have not seen. (DVD not yet available? 06/29/14)

Guru Busters (1995 - 50min) Robert Eagle
Official Site:

Cults - Inside Out Rick Ross
Cults - An Educational Volume Rick Ross
Come across as an advertisements for his services (which I guess it they are), but clearly discuss basic issues of cults.

Scientology: The Science of Truth or the Art of Deception? (2012 - 60min) Dr. Rainer Fromm
have not seen. from a Christian point of view.

Some Feature Films Related to Cults

Holy Smoke! (1999 - 114min) Jane Campion
Rotten Tomatoes:
Harvey Keitel is a hotshot cult deprogrammer sent to Australia to deprogram a devotee of an Indian guru, played by Kate Winslet. May have met his match. Interesting film by feminist filmmaker Jane Campion.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011 - 102min) Sean Durkin
Rotten Tomatoes:
Excellent film, based on kind of a modern Charles Manson type of cult.

Sound of My Voice (2011 - 85min) Zal Batmanglij
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 10/02/12 Fox Searchlight):
Very well-done psychological thriller about a cult based around a woman (Brit Marling) who claims to be from the future.

Mouth to Mouth (2005 - 101min) Allison Murray
Official Site:
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 09/25/07 Strand Releasing):
Starring Ellen Page as a runawy girl who gets involved with a cult.

Happiness Runs (2010 - 90min) Adam Sherman
Rotten Tomatoes:
Amazon (DVD 08/03/10 Strand Releasing):

Savage Messiah (2002 - 94min) Mario Azzopardi
Amazon (DVD 08/26/05 Alchemy/Millenium):
Based on true story of a cult in Canada, led by Roch Theriault (AKA Roc Tremain).

Bright Day (2010 - 86min) Maggie Rowe
Official Site:
Amazon (DVD 01/08/13):
Satirical and quite silly mockumentary about "Pyrasphere" - "Hollywood's fastest-growing new religion." Its a low-budget indie. Maybe not the greatest film, but I find it hilarious. Have watched a couple of times. Bill Mauer makes an appearance. As does Richard Belzer. Very fun.

The Master (2012) Paul Thomas Anderson
Rotten Tomatoes:
Not exactly about Scientology, but the backdrop for most of this story seems to be the early days of Scientology and the character played by Philip Seymour Hoffman seems to be based on L. Ron Hubbard.

Ticket to Heaven (1981 - 102min) Ralph L. Thomas
Rotten Tomatoes:

The Rapture (1991 - 100min) Michael Tolkin
Rotten Tomatoes:

Safe (1995 - 119min) Todd Haynes
AKA: [Safe]
Rotten Tomatoes:
Essay by Julie Grossman:
Amazon (Bluray 12/09/14 Criterion):
Amazon (DVD 12/09/14 Criterion 2-disc):
Amazon (DVD 09/21/01 Sony OOP):
Wikipedia - Multiple Chemical Sensitivity:
Stars Julianne Moore as a housewife suffering from exposure to environmental chemicals (MCS - multiple chemical sensitivity). Well-reviewed, the Village Voice calls it "the best film of the 90's". Original Sony DVD was out of print for awhile. Reissued on Criterion in 2014. An interesting aspect of the film is the retreat center that she winds up at, which turns out to be kind of a new-age self-help cult run by an apparent charlatan, who teaches both that "the world out there is toxic" and that "you caused your own sickness". The ending is ambiguous. Many people will find this slow and boring. I would agree with the critics who consider it a masterpiece, and I recommend it most highly. (this one is also listed on my Feature Films page)

Faults (2015 - 93min) Riley Stearns
Rotten Tomatoes:
Very interesting black comedy-drama involving a cult deprogrammer.

The Profit (2001 - 128min) Peter N. Alexander
About Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard (they say it isn't - but it is). I found out about this when I was looking through a list of banned films on Wikipedia - Scientology succeeded in preventing this from being released. Search around - you might find a torrent or someplace to watch online.

Some Books About Cults

As you might imagine, there are stacks and stacks of books written by ex-members of various cults. Full of crazy tales, stranger than fiction. These are just a few that I happen to have listed. There are much more extensive bibliographies on this subject elsewhere. Check out:
Over 600 books listed. Categorized, with Amazon links.
Over 600 books listed. Alphabetized, with Amazon or other links.

Terror, Love & Brainwashing - Alexandra Stein
Subtitled: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarian Systems
2016 Routledge 246 pages (paperback $33.95) ISBN10:1138677973 ISBN13:9781138677975

The Guru Papers - Joel Kramer, Diana Alstad
Subtitled: Masks of Authoritarian Power
1993 Frog Books 408 pages (paperback $19.95) ISBN10:1883319005 ISBN13:9781883319007
The classic work on the guru trip.

Feet of Clay - Anthony Storr
Subtitled: Saints, Sinners, and Madmen - A Study of Gurus
1997 Free Press 275 pages (paperback $18.95) ISBN10:0684834952 ISBN13:9780684834955

Under the Banner of Heaven - Jon Krakauer
Subtitled: A Story of Violent Faith
2004 Anchor 432 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:1400032806 ISBN13:9781400032808
Krakauer looks at the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) and at a murder commited by brothers Ron and Dan Laffery, who were members of a splinter group of fundamentalist Mormons called the School of Prophets. Also looks at the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS).

A Piece of Blue Sky - Jon Atack
Subtitled: Scientology, Dianetics, and L. Ron Hubbard Exposed
1990 Lyle Stewart 428 pages (paperback) ISBN10:0818140499X ISBN13:97808181404993

Inside Scientology - Janet Reitman
Subtitled: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
2011 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 464 pages (hardback $28.00) ISBN10:0618883029 ISBN13:9780618883028

Enlightenment Blues - Andre van der Braak
Subtitled: My Years With An American Guru
2003 Monkfish Book Publishing 240 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:0972635718 ISBN13:9780972635714
About experiences with Andrew Cohen.

The Mother of God - Luna Tarlo
2009 Epigraph Publishing 320 pages (paperback $16.00) ISBN10:098245306X ISBN13:9780982453063
About experiences as a follower of Andrew Cohen - by his mother.

Cartwheels in a Sari - Jayanti Tamm
Subtitled: A Memoir of Growing Up Cult
2009 Harmony 304 pages (hardback $22.99) ISBN10:0307393925 ISBN13:9780307393920
An insider's view of the world around Sri Chinmoy.

Monkey on a Stick - John Hubner, Lindsey Gruson
Subtitled: Murder, Madness and the Hare Krishnas
1990 Onyx 462 pages (out-of-print) ISBN10:0451401875 ISBN13:9780451401878
Amazon: (some chapters online here):
Hare Krishnas (ISKCON).

Betrayal of the Spirit - Nori J. Muster
Subtitled: My Life Behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
2001 University of Illinois Press 256 pages ($25.00 paperback) ISBN10:0252065662,ISBN13:9780252065668
Hare Krishnas (ISKCON).

The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Yo Ho Wa 13, and the Source Family - Isis Aquarian, Electricity Aquarian
2007 Process 308 pages ($24.95 paperback) ISBN10:0976082292,ISBN13:9780976082293
(See films above).

Transcendental Deception - Aryeh Siegel
Subtitled: Behind the TM curtain - bogus science, hidden agendas, and David Lynch's campaign to push a million public school kids into Transcendental Meditation
2018 Janreg Press 224 pages ($17.99 paperback) ISBN10:0999661507,ISBN13:9780999661505

"Avoid gurus and religions. They're bad for your mental health and they want your money." Richard Sutphen

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