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Midnight Mania! Renzo Gracie bitch-slaps man for blowing airhorn in his ear, takes airhorn home for his grandson - MMAmania.com

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 00:02

MMAmania.com

Midnight Mania! Renzo Gracie bitch-slaps man for blowing airhorn in his ear, takes airhorn home for his grandson
MMAmania.com
It reads as though the Gracie family founded a cult, which is exactly what they did. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu often functions as a cult, the same way Crossfit, bodybuilding, or other spiritual communities work as cults. They are tribes often centered around ...

False prophets and bizarre cults - Part I - Merinews

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:07

Merinews

False prophets and bizarre cults - Part I
Merinews
Maria Konnikova, a psychologist who has devoted her career to the study of conmen and cults, points out that the border lines between men of religion, fake confidence builders and cults are very fuzzy. It is very easy to befuddle people by making them ...

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Seen At 11: Some Meditation Leaders Offering Enlightenment Are Ripping People Off, Customers Say - CBS New York

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 23:51

CBS New York

Seen At 11: Some Meditation Leaders Offering Enlightenment Are Ripping People Off, Customers Say
CBS New York
But experts said the practice is deeply rooted in the spiritual, with many different branches. And there are some people looking ... It's a model similar to some cults, except the leader is called a guru, said psychotherapist Daniel Shaw. “In the end ...

6 Lesser-Known Cults That Will Give You More Nightmares Than American Horror Story - Gizmodo

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 12:01

Gizmodo

6 Lesser-Known Cults That Will Give You More Nightmares Than American Horror Story
Gizmodo
Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati was the founder of Kashi Ashram, a spiritual group that became famous in the 1990s and early 2000s, and was beloved by celebrities like Julia Roberts. The religion promised kindness and compassion, but ex-members accused Ma ...

In the absence of welfare, religious sects continue to fill the void in India - Global Times

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:23

In the absence of welfare, religious sects continue to fill the void in India
Global Times
Some Indian grassroots people's reliance on religious cults is also a result of the charitable campaigns and free services that the religious groups offer. Dera Sacha Sauda claims itself as a non-profit social welfare and spiritual organization. It ...

Mob violence linked to political tolerance of cults, 'godmen' - Asia Times

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 05:03

Asia Times

Mob violence linked to political tolerance of cults, 'godmen'
Asia Times
On August 25, a special court set up by India's Central Bureau of Investigation pronounced judgment in a criminal case involving Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, 50, leader of the cult Dera Sacha Sauda, who was accused of raping two young devotees back in 2002 ...
Spirituality Gone Awry in IndiaLittle India
Civil indigenceHindu Business Line
Settling inheritance cases of godmen has never been easyTimes of India
Mid-Day
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Spirituality Gone Awry in India - Little India

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 03:46

Little India

Spirituality Gone Awry in India
Little India
Religious and cult gurus in India are celebrities who have a tremendous impact on spiritual matters and on the lives of their followers. Their close association with politicians allows them access to political power and wealth. They can belong to any ...
Civil indigenceHindu Business Line
A look at the future of Godmen empires after they are put behind barsMid-Day

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Of spiritual gurus and impostors - The Sunday Guardian

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 13:50

The Sunday Guardian

Of spiritual gurus and impostors
The Sunday Guardian
Some of these groups also resort to practices condemned in mainstream religious worldview, as in cases of deviant mystic cults resorting to intoxicants for artificial ecstasy. One medieval group, which particularly draws attention in the present ...

State must look after the safety of women, children in 'spiritual' communes - Hindustan Times

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 06:51

Hindustan Times

State must look after the safety of women, children in 'spiritual' communes
Hindustan Times
Most of these spiritual leaders seem to, if nothing else, understand the human psyche, especially that of women, much more than we give them credit for. If a marginalised community finds validation in these cults, within the marginalised, the very ...
Spirituality gone awry: What is Dera and what you should know about Ram RahimBusiness Standard
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Spirituality gone awry in India: What is Dera Sacha Sauda, and who is its jailed leader? - The News Minute

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 04:37

The News Minute

Spirituality gone awry in India: What is Dera Sacha Sauda, and who is its jailed leader?
The News Minute
Ram Rahim is the congregation leader of Dera Sacha Sauda (meaning “abode of fair deal”), a religious cult established in 1948. Its main centre is situated in the city of Sirsa in the state of Haryana, northern India. The cult has 50 ashrams across ...

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Weekend Binge: 6 films about creepy cults that Gurmeet Ram Rahim should be made to watch in jail - Hindustan Times

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 00:03

Hindustan Times

Weekend Binge: 6 films about creepy cults that Gurmeet Ram Rahim should be made to watch in jail
Hindustan Times
How they command the devotion of their followers; the promises they make - both spiritual and monetary; the rituals they practice - these are all mysteries the films on our list try and get to the bottom of. The upside: Most of these weirdos got what ...

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The guru's patronage - The News International

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 19:06

The guru's patronage
The News International
Being an officially secular country, India's syllabus projects all religions and denominations in a positive light which encourages people to look for spiritual satisfaction in various religious groups and cults. The government hardly does anything ...

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Of shepherds & their flocks - Economic Times (blog)

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:10

Economic Times (blog)

Of shepherds & their flocks
Economic Times (blog)
In the West, such organisations are described as cults. A cult is a social group that has a defined set of religious, social and philosophical beliefs, with a common interest, and often excessive devotion to a particular person, goal or object. Some ...

Of shepherds & their flocks - Times of India (blog)

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 14:03

Times of India (blog)

Of shepherds & their flocks
Times of India (blog)
In the West, such organisations are described as cults. A cult is a social group that has a defined set of religious, social and philosophical beliefs, with a common interest, and often excessive devotion to a particular person, goal or object. Some ...

Civil indigence - Hindu Business Line

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 04:18

Hindu Business Line

Civil indigence
Hindu Business Line
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan had a long and gaudy tenure as head of the Dera Sacha Sauda, a religious cult which claims the allegiance of a vast flock stretching across contiguous parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. The fury that followed his ...

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Spirituality gone awry: What is Dera and what you should know abour Ram Rahim - Business Standard

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 00:31

Spirituality gone awry: What is Dera and what you should know abour Ram Rahim
Business Standard
Religious and cult gurus in India are celebrities who have a tremendous impact on spiritual matters and on the lives of their followers. Their close association with politicians allows them access to political power and wealth. They can belong to any ...

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Neither Ram nor Rahim: Inside five of the most notorious cults around the world - The New Indian Express

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 00:34

The New Indian Express

Neither Ram nor Rahim: Inside five of the most notorious cults around the world
The New Indian Express
Aleph, formerly called Aum Shinrikyo, meaning "supreme truth", began in the 1980s as a spiritual group mixing Hindu and Buddhist beliefs, later adding apocalyptic Christian prophetic elements. The group's founder, Master Shoko Asahara (real name: ...

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Spirituality gone awry in India: what is Dera Sacha Sauda, and who is its jailed leader? - The Conversation AU

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 21:19

The Conversation AU

Spirituality gone awry in India: what is Dera Sacha Sauda, and who is its jailed leader?
The Conversation AU
Religious and cult gurus in India are celebrities who have a tremendous impact on spiritual matters and on the lives of their followers. Their close association with politicians allows them access to political power and wealth. They can belong to any ...

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Superstition and society - The News International

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 20:03

Superstition and society
The News International
Such practices are not uncommon at other places, with spiritual healers responsible for rites of exorcism that involve lashings people with leather straps, sticks and other forms of terrible violence. People have died as a result of these practices ...

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Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers In Limbo - Global Voices Online

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:31

Global Voices Online

Rape Conviction of an Indian Cult Chief Leaves Millions of Followers In Limbo
Global Voices Online
Dera Sacha Sauda is one of the largest religious cults in India, with a follower base of approximately 3 million Indians. Most prominent in the states of Haryana and Punjab of India, the religious cult declares itself a social welfare and spiritual ...

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