krishna Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
by Nori J. Muster

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The ABCs of Dangerous Cults - a concise explanation of what dangerous cults groups are and how they operate, by Nori.
Dr. Robert J. Lifton's Eight Criteria for Thought Reform, written in 1989, remains the standard definition of coercion, and how a dangerous groups operate.
Marcia Rudin's 14 Common Characteristics of a Cult concise description of dangerous cultic groups.
Positive Steps to Becoming Less Vulnerable to Influence and Authority an essay about the influence of cultic groups, by Sharon Presley.
Letter to a woman who lost her friend to a cult a good resource for anyone in a similar situation, by Nori.
Western Mind and Gurus thoughts on why the path of discipleship may not work for Westerners, by Nori.
Cults and Mental Disorders an essay on whether dangerous cults cause mental disorders, by Mark Dunlop.
Post-Cult Guilt Art Therapy three drawings and a brief explanation, by Nori.
It Hurts an essay about the pain of cult involvement, by Jan Groenveld.
Beware if You Follow Your Destiny an essay about the consequences of taking part in a cult, by Nori.
Can Terrorists be 'Reprogrammed'?, by Patrick Goodenough, International Editor.
Boundaries a list of healthy emotional boundaries for cult survivors and abuse survivors, by Nori.
The Nature of Cults, questions explained, May 13, 2002, by Nori.

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

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Book Reviews Publisher's Weekly, Yoga Journal and more. interview published when Betrayal of the Spirit came out. Award for Best Seller.
Betrayal of the Spirit Excerpt from Chapter Eight, "Who's Watching the Children"
Excerpts at click book cover for "Look Inside" preview.
Synopsis of Betrayal of the Spirit chapter-by-chapter summary of the book.

Other writing by Nori:
Media interviews with Nori:
Other books on cults by Nori: Cult Survivors Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life, and Child of the Cult.

Nori's papers published by the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Can Cults Change: The Case of ISKCON essay in response to a 1999 ICSA panel discussion on whether ISKCON had changed.
Myth and Themes of Ex-membership essay explains the emotional experience of exmembers (unabridged), 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
Writing Betrayal of the Spirit: Autobiographical Writing As Therapy
ICSA Index of Nori's writing published by ICSA.

More info. specific to ISKCON

In Celebration of a Masterpiece: "Inside the dark secrets of the Hare Krishnas," Nori's commentary on an article by Ralph Jones.
A Letter to ISKCON on its Fiftieth Anniversary Nori's opinon on where ISKCON stands after fifty years.
Then and Now: Thirteen Years After Leaving ISKCON, by Nori, July 30, 2001.
The Betrayal Files an archive of documents discussed in Betrayal of the Spirit.
Hare Krishna in the Movies the best collection of movie clips on the Hare Krishnas.
Death of ISKCON Founder-Acharya A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada an affidavit regarding the death (alleged 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, by Nori.
Women in ISKCON essays, editorials by Nori.
ISKCON as an Addictive Organization an essay that analyzes ISKCON in terms of the book Addictive Organizations, and compares ISKCON to an addictive organization, by Nori.

Essays by Steve Gelberg, a former ISKCON member and graduate of Harvard Divinity School.
A personal message for anyone thinking about getting involved in Krishna consciousness (Hare Krishna, ISKCON, etc.)
Oh, The Things I Learned! Lessons from Seventeen Years in the Hare Krishnas
On Leaving ISKCON
Porque Me Fui del Movimiento Hare Krishna (ISKCON) - en Espanol
"On Leaving ISKCON" was published in the 2004 Columbia University Press book, Hare Krishna: The Post-charismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant, by Edwin Bryant, Ph.D., and Maria Ekstrand, Ph.D., eds.
India in a Mind's Eye: Travels and Ruminations of an Ambivalent Pilgrim
Paul Martin, formerly Panchajanya, comments on Steven Gelberg's On Leaving ISKCON an essay by a former ISKCON member.

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
Children of the Ashram the story that broke the silence on ISKCON child abuse.
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.

Children of Cults

My Study of Child Abuse in Cults, by Nori, published in Take Back Your Life
Authoritarian Culture and Child Abuse in ISKCON
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 Stories from Krishna's life and other Vedic scriptures that condemn child abuse.
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.
Child Abuse in the Hare Krishna Movement:1971-1986, E. Burke Rochford, Jr.
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

Links, books, other resources

Nitty Gritty on Cults links and books on the subject of dangerous 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, by Nori