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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.
It Hurts an essay about the pain of cult involvement.
Can Terrorists be 'Reprogrammed'?, by Patrick Goodenough, CNSNews.com 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.
Cult Survivors Handbook
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.
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 GelbergPaul Martin, formerly Panchajanya, comments on Steven Gelberg's On Leaving ISKCON an essay by a former ISKCON member.
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.
Amazon.com Award Betrayal of the Spirit won an award for best selling book in its category from Amazon.com.
Betrayal of the Spirit Excerpt an excerpt (Amazon.com 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.
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.