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The ABCs of Dangerous Cults - a concise explanation of what dangerous cults are and how they operate, by Nori Muster
Dr. Robert J. Lifton's Eight Criteria for Thought Reform, written in 1989, remains the standard definition of a cult, and how a cult operates.
Marcia Rudin's 14 Common Characteristics of a Cult a list that explains what a cult is.
Positive Steps to Becoming Less Vulnerable to Influence and Authority an essay about the influence of cults.
Myth and Themes of Ex-membership essay explains the emotional experience of exmembers (unabridged 9,195 words, as published in ICSA e-newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1).
Letter to a woman who lost her friend to a cult a good resource for anyone in a similar situation.
Western Mind and Gurus thoughts on why the path of discipleship may not work for Westerners.
Cults and Mental Disorders an essay on whether cults cause mental disorders.
Post-Cult Guilt Art Therapy three drawings and a brief explanation.
It Hurts an essay about the pain of cult involvement.
Can Terrorists be 'Reprogrammed'?, by Patrick Goodenough, International Editor.
Boundaries a list of healthy emotional boundaries for cult survivors and abuse survivors.
The Nature of Cults, questions explained, May 13, 2002.
International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) more of Nori's writing on cults, published by ICSA.

Links, books, other resources

Nitty Gritty on Cults links and books on the subject of cults.
Hare Krishna Link Page Index index of all link pages related to ISKCON.
Parenting Workshop and Bookstore good parenting books, and books for abuse recovery.

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More info. specific to ISKCON

The Betrayal Files roughly scanned documents that went into writing Betrayal of the Spirit, including newspaper articles about ISKCON.
Hare Krishnas in the movies take a trip down Memory Lane—check out the Hare Krishna in the Movies Channel at Youtube. Best collection anywhere in the world!
Death of ISKCON Founder-Acharya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada an affidavit regarding the death (possible murder) of ISKCON's founder.
Can Cults Change: The Case of ISKCON Nori's essay in response to a 1999 ICSA panel discussion on whether ISKCON had changed.
Governing Body Commission Nori's 1988 speech to ISKCON's board of directors in Towaco, New Jersey.
Bhagavad-gita an essay about the lessons of the Bhagavad-gita regarding the fate of dishonest people.
ISKCON in the National Enquirer, Sept. 16, 2013
Women in ISKCON essays, editorials.
ISKCON as an Addictive Organization an essay that analyzes ISKCON in terms of the book Addictive Organizations, and compares ISKCON to an addictive organization.

Essays by Steve Gelberg, a former ISKCON member and graduate of Harvard Divinity School.
On Leaving ISKCON, by Steve Gelberg
Oh, The Things I Learned!, by Steve Gelberg
Porque Me Fui del Movimiento Hare Krishna introduction.
Porque Me Fui del Movimiento Hare Krishna essay.
Paul Martin, formerly Panchajanya, comments on Steven Gelberg's On Leaving ISKCON an essay by a former ISKCON member.

Betrayal of the Spirit:
My Life behind the Headlines
of the Hare Krishna Movement

by Nori Muster

"A delightfully written narrative tapestry."
- Dr. Larry Shinn

Betrayal of the Spirit, by Nori Muster

Synopsis of Betrayal of the Spirit chapter-by-chapter summary of the book, written in 1998.
Book Reviews Betrayal of the Spirit reviewed in Publisher's Weekly, Yoga Journal and more. Award Betrayal of the Spirit won an award for best selling book in its category from
Betrayal of the Spirit Excerpt an excerpt ( also offers excerpts).
Nori's graduate work on juvenile justice, child abuse, and art therapy, including her master's thesis.
Interview with Nori Muster June 19, 2008.

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) articles:
     Myth and Themes of Ex-membership (unabridged 9,195 words,
     as published in ICSA e-newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 1).
     Authoritarian Culture and Child Abuse in ISKCON
     Book Review: Servant of the Lotus Feet, by Gabriel Brandis
     Book Review: Modern Religions, by Elliot Benjamin

Books by Nori Muster on the subject of dangerous cults: Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement, Cult Survivors Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life, and Child of the Cult.

Betrayal of the Spirit is Nori's memoir of ten years with the Hare Krishnas.
Contact Nori always happy to hear from readers.


Children of Cults

ISKCON Child Abuse History index of the Gurukula section, regarding children raised in ISKCON.
Child Abuse Symptoms symptoms of child abuse, more information for survivors.
Child Abuse Information an index of all child abuse information available through this site.
Gurukula Veterans Journal Index
Story Matters scriptural stories about child abuse.
Stories of Lord Krishna the stories.

ISKCON Child Abuse History an index to articles about the ISKCON child abuse lawsuit, as follows:
Media Coverage ABC.
Media Coverage ABC 20-20.
Media Coverage L.A. Times
Media Coverage Asia Times.
Media Coverage Associated Press.
Media Coverage Associated Press.
Media Coverage Associated Press.
Media Coverage ISKCON bankruptcy.
Media Coverage ISKCON bankruptcy.
Media Coverage BBC.
Media Coverage Boston Phoenix.
Media Coverage CNN.
Media Coverage Dallas News.
Media Coverage Dallas News.
Media Coverage Dallas Observer.
Media Coverage Deccan News.
Media Coverage India Express.
Media Coverage KCTS.
Media Coverage L.A. Times.
Media Coverage The New York Times.
Media Coverage London Telegraph.
Media Coverage in Spanish translated into Spanish.
Media Coverage The New York Times.
Media Coverage People magazine.
Media Coverage Portland Mercury News.
Media Coverage
Media Coverage
Media Coverage Religious News Service.
Media Coverage Reuters News Service.
Media Coverage Professor Burke Rochford.
Media Coverage
Media Coverage American Idol star Sanjaya Malakar raised in ISKCON.
Media Coverage San Francisco Chronicle.
Media Coverage The Age, Australia.
Media Coverage Toronto Star.
Media Coverage Toronto Sun.

child of the cult

Child of the Cult, by Nori Muster

The ISKCON Timeline

ISKCON Timeline the timeline with links to the following material:
Linea de Tiempo de ISKCON timeline translated into Spanish.
Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON the lawsuit timeline.
In Memory of My Friend Ananda McClure
En memoria de mi amigo Ananda McClure
Children of the Ashram the story that broke the silence on ISKCON child abuse.
Dhanurdhara Swami description of one of the abusers in Spanish.
ISKCON Timeline Documents documents referenced on the timeline.
From a Teacher memories of the Dallas school, part 1.
From a Teacher memories of the Dallas school, part 2.
Gurukula Grads Speak statements by former gurukula students.
ISKCON Child Abuse Lawsuit Documentation referenced on the lawsuit timeline.
Mother's 1988 Letter an early complaint about child abuse, before the truth came out.
Results of 1988 GBC Survey a survey about child abuse awareness.
Standards for Boys document spells out typical gurukula discipline.
ISKCON Child Abuse statement in Spanish.
ISKCON Child Abuse statements in English.
ISKCON Child Abuse statements in Spanish and English.