Resources at This Site . . .

Books and Links - memoirs, and other books and sites to explain how cults work.

abcs   The ABCs of Cults - articles by Nori or collected by Nori on the common characteristics of cults, and what to do about cults.

How to Overcome Cult Superstitions and Negative Thought Forms Strategies to fight cult mind control adapted from the book On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder. Presented at the ICSA Regional Conference, Santa Fe, November 5, 2017, by Nori Muster.

iskcon   ISKCON Information - articles by Nori or collected by Nori on the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, the group she belonged to in the 1980s.

narasimha-tn   Born or Raised in a Cult Nori explains the story of the first cohort of children born or raised in the Hare Krishna organization, including news articles, timelines, and essays. Story Matters, the essay section, examines scriptural stories about child abuse. Prahlada was victimized in a boarding school; Krishna was born into a situation so dangerous, his father had to smuggle him out to the countryside to protect his life.

bookcover   Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement - Nori's memoir of ten years in ISKCON. This link includes the book's synopsis, excerpts, reviewes, and documentation.

childofthecult-cover-tn   Child of the Cult by Nori - this concise book tells the stories of five women who each grew up in a different religious cult. Nori has a master degree based on working with abuse victims and perpetrators, and this is her main book on child abuse.

handbook-cover-sm   Cult Survivors Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life by Nori - a guide for former cult members, including a chapter for people who were abused in a group.

"It is easy enough to enter such a spiritual prison but extremely hard to get out or even to realise once one has entered the value of what one has lost. The pressure of the Guru and his favourite acolytes can be overwhelming even in less obviously coercive groups, and recovery, if it every comes, is likely to be an extremely painful process involving grief, self-loathing, and rage."

- Alexis Sanderson
Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics
University of Oxford