Bulgarian. With master Peter Deunov 1917-1937, then moved to France
to teach mainly there. "In
easy-to-grasp language he teaches us how to better: think, eat, breath,
love, conceive children and bring them to life, help others and
ourselves, etc . . . meditation, karma, visualization, reincarnation,
the aura, the Gospel, astrology, magic, Kabbalah [big-time], Kingdom of
God, Universal White Brotherhood." Name Omraam given by Neem
Karoli Baba. Mainly concerned with morality
and esoterica, though his sites evolving to more expansive offerings.
Site in five languages. More heft seen since
last evaluation, benefit of doubt.
American (CA) space cadet gathered others with partner Bonnie Lu Nettles
( aka Ti and Peep to his Do and Bo) for fame and
mass suicide. Group of 100s in 70s dwindled to 37 glassy-eyed loners –
half of them castrated men – prepped for alien rendezvous behind comet
Hale-Bopp. Site preserved by web.archive.org. Historical
interest only. Pointless tacky drivel, Darwin Award candidates.
Japanese. 8 years strenuous Yoga and Buddhism. Founded Aum Shinri
Kyo in 1987. Claims to have guided "more than 350 disciples to various stages
of enlightenment," but then again we're all in various stages. Also
claims expertise in science, medicine, music, writing, translation,
education, but omits mention of his nerve gas operation (11 dead in
Tokyo subway). Book = Declaring
Myself the Christ. Good luck! Had his
fifteen minutes. Still in jail.
American dir of Kabbalah Center in LA, many
branches worldwide, many celeb clients incl Madonna, prod lines incl $26
for a length of red string (anti-Evil-Eye), lots of cosmetics ($130 for
an eye cream), Kabbalah blessed mineral water cures cancer, etc. Wife Karen
Berg, sons Rabbi
Yehuda Berg and Rabbi
Michael Berg assist operation. Some history
altered but apparently really did study with Rav Yehuda Brandwein fwiw. Ya
pays yer money and ya takes yer chances.
Indian, guru Srila BR Sridhara Maharaja, "completely dedicated to the
sublime mission of rescuing all souls suffering in this world through
the transcendental sound vibration of the Divine Power Mantra . . . He
who meditates on this personal Power Mantra will undoubtedly see his
innermost desires fulfilled and all symptoms of good health and the
power of love will manifest in him . . . A full and sincere meditation
on the personal Power Mantra, the Power-Song of your life, is supremely
victorious over all types of afflictions." At least it's free. Wish Fulfillment 100.
Russian-American author, psychic, founded Theosophical Society,
first big western attempt at religious/esoteric east-west synthesis.
Quoting Kabalah, "Thou art one, the root of all numbers, but not as
an element of numeration; for unity admits not of multiplication,
change, or form." Remarkable for her time,
though this does not outweigh rumours of fakery.
Anti page is review of book (Madame Blavatsky's Baboon)
which blames Theosophy's influence for virtually all 20th century
"Dedicated to world peace and fulfillment of the
unlimited potential of the human spirit." "Peace
initiatives, heart-to-heart approach to global harmony, personal and
international harmony." Became disciple of Sri Aurobindo at
(orphaned) age 12. Champion weight lifter. 800 books, 8,000
songs and 135,000 works of art to his credit, etc. Celibacy shtick and
feats punctured at dirt site. Classier new home page. Former harmless guy
now just another exploiter. Let's see what happens now
after his death.
Chinese Filipino businessman, healer, Pranic Healing®
(=Chi Kung, Reiki, Xian, Tibetan synthesis), Pranic Psychotherapysm, Pranic Feng
Shui, Kriya$hakti®, Arhatic Yoga, Pro$perity, big org, many national
sites, HQ (Manila) site
consistently "unavailable because of bandwidth limitations."
Service-oriented "Meditation on Twin Hearts"
(not linked) the only sign of something "spiritual," ie other
than healing. Taking Master Mantak Chia
to court for plagiarism. Benefit of
doubt, some -ve rumours. Taking
1-2 yrs off in '07, very ill after overwork (heal thyself?) -- Ooops,
now permanently retired. Wiki
Wars: Choa's entry deleted
from English Wiki several times after tussles, stay tuned, German
Wiki article more viable and substantial.
Indian renaissance man – endocrinologist, Ayurvedic medicine, physics,
advaita, master of all trades.
Praised by President Clinton and Time Magazine. Site is dedicated to mass
marketing, all things to all people: Ask
Deepak, Spiritual Law of
the Day, Recipe of the Week, Creating
Affluence, Ayurvedic Jam, etc. Still, good guy,
Magick, Ordo Templi Orientis, 666, etc. "Do what thou wilt
shall be the whole of the Law." "Not a license to indulge in
every passing whim, but rather the mandate to discover one's True Will
and accomplish it; leaving others to do the same in their own unique
ways." Will, power, control. This is
truth? Visitor feedback includes impressive assessment of
aka David Hoffmeister
American ACIM grad. "David's descent into [Bryce Canyon] is
symbolic of descending into the mind." Massive web of sites all
over, most pages just collections of links to each other. Link-wanker. Now
has new site, Awakening Mind,
better graphics, more sophisticated appeal for tax-deductible donations.
Based in Cincinatti.
Used cars, Scientology history, although probably neither side proud
of this. Also with Oscar Ichazo. Long intense confrontative seminars (est, Forum) promise
"Greater confidence and self-esteem . . . better relationships . .
. less concern with approval and opinion of others . . . less fear or
anxiety." Big money + snake oil + manipulation.
Wiki page has lots of info, links pro and con, controversy re taxes,
Hunger Project, abuse of wife, daughters.
American. "Ancient Teachings of the Masters
(ATOM) . . . 972nd Living Master in an unbroken line of
Bourchakoum Masters that date back to the beginning of time . . .
contact with other Bourchakoum Masters besides Peddar Zaskq (Paul
Twitchell), such as Rebazar Tarzs and Fubbi Quantz." Was
Twitchell's successor at first but then excommunicated. Site features an
annual discourse. Their
God is called Sugmad, so be careful.
Anne Hamilton-Byrne * F
aka Evelyn Grace Victoria Edwards, The
Teacher, Ma Yoga Shakti
Australian, group = The Family, or Great White Brotherhood, now shut down.
Adopted suitably blond babies, raising them in isolation as her natural children, with
collusion of adult followers. Page, one of many devoted to Muktananda
"heirs," is a major excerpt from a book by a survivor. Whole book can be found at "Moore of Sarahji's Photoes2" (somewhat difficult to navigate).
Deservedly out of the biz, historical only.
Fallout continues with wounded
survivors suing H-B for abusive cult upbringing. Also 2
tipping balance to no redeeming value.
American (AZ) shrink, author, kinesiological "calibrations" used
to support R-wing politix, "Power vs. Force", celebrated in
Korea, complex "Levels of Consciousness" system derived in part
from Lester Levenson. A new-age Lyndon LaRouche? Shifting
URLs, ended up back to his (self-)publisher's site. W'pedia page deleted,
apparently amid concern re actual "notability." Bio page is the site of
his biographer, long-time adherent Scott Jeffrey, now disillusioned
(see the free pdf of the first three chapters of second book, Power vs
Channeled by Jon C. Fox. "There are between 70,000 and
7,000,000 NADI... 1st Strand of each nadi (Prana Energy) unlocked by
First Degree Omega with Parashakti Level 1... Vyana Energy... Seventh
Degree Omega with Fourth Light Attunement." etc. Puhleez!
Omega Shakti System. That
link lost. Hey! Wanna go to Atlantis
instead? Oops, that's gone too! Also muse to Nostradamus, see
Charlton. Good News! Jon C Fox
[Caveat in The Road to Happiness] "If you find any words
in this book you do not know, look them up in a good dictionary. If you
do not, then misunderstandings and possible arguments can arise."
Failed naval officer, pulp fiction writer turned authority on everything. "Let's sell these people
a piece of blue
alt-bio includes unacknowledged Aleister Crowley connection. BFM an
unauthorized bio. Big
money, heavy-handed org. Anti-orgs
everywhere, hard to choose. Operation
Freakout tips balance into
buds. Though there is redeeming value in some programs, and org has
"settled down now to harassment within the limits of the law, the organization
as L Ron ran it was unambiguously criminal and destructive."
"Roster" a wiki, with members' positions and links to their
stories, over 1000.
"The message of The Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness [or
MSIA, pronounced "Messiah"] is
that God is in heaven, that there are greater realms, that you don't
have to die to experience them, and that you can know the divine reality
while you live on this earth." Split from Paul Twitchell, whom he
allegedly plagiarized. Ariana Huffington land. Which
is not a high recommendation.
Brit, pronounced Ike, as in Eichmann, not Icky. "The most controversial
speaker in the world." Org = Bridge of Love. New Agey, Green politix
mutating to neofascist conspiracy theories. Anti-Illuminati,
pro-extraterrestrial lizards, Sumerian serpent kings, "What we call the
New World Order is the reptilian fourth dimensional agenda." Prolific writer but quantity isn't everything.
American (IN) alternative Xian based in Guyana. Started recruiting
followers even as a teen, socially progressive "People's
Temple" but carried away by authoritarian tendencies. No
successors, in fact 914 murder-Kool-Aid-suicides in Guyana jungle ended movement
with a thud. Site a thorough review, book is a "sympathetic" view.
The definitive modern destructive cult, historical interest only.
Belgian born in Congo established Solar Temple in Switz and French
Canada, along with lesser-known Joseph di Mambro. 15 minutes of fame
consisted of flameout mass murder / suicide events in both Canada and
Switz, ~100 in three separate events. Like Jones above, there is an
apologist book, and similarly, like Jones, added
for historical interest only.
Innovative emotional processing-cum-meditation methods (said to be
taken uncredited from psychologist Lou Stolis), alloyed with Xian trappings. "Speaks on behalf of Lord
Gourasana, The Golden One, a current-day incarnation of God. She is His voice."
Rumoured to have been with Hare Krishnas before MOL career.
MOL® triple-play includes The
Lady, now (2010) the only survivor. Trappings
+ big money + pretentious crap = unattractive. Site
now returned to vapid no-info format. Death may finish group off, new Anti-site
good on cult analysis, "teachings," short on personal
testimony, alleges lots of recreational drug use.
"Gives inner guidance through dreams, Soul Travel, and the
Spiritual Exercises of ECK. Eckankar always has a living Master, who is
given respect but not worship." Current leader of Eckankar (see Paul Twitchell).
Got there by dumping Darwin Gross. Lightweight, blathering discourses.
Channels Ramtha, model for Doonesbury's Hunk-Ra, a 35,000-year-old
warrior who chose her to demonstrate that women are as divine as men.
"Ramtha is a state of Consciousness. It is where all of us want to
go." Big author. Benefit of doubt.
Waco flameout held by some extreme right-wing Xians to have been martyred by Big
Government. Classic tragic childhood with single teen mother, abusive
alcoholic stepfather, etc. Joined Branch Davidians and rose to top after
many struggles (ousted at gunpoint, violent and convoluted internecine
plots, etc), visions of self as messiah, interpreted Bible to justify
his polygamy, including sex with 12-yr-old sisters of "wives,"
etc. Epilog = mother stabbed by her sister in 2009. Like
Jones and Jouret above, added
for historical interest only.
Dr Ilchi Lee
aka Seung Heun Lee
multi-author no bio or info, was involved with Moonies for a while
(learning the trade?) "Dahnhak [study of ki] aids the individual
to recover his/her physical health and ethical foundation on the way to
becoming a 'spiritual' person who is nonetheless successful in the
everyday world." 5-step bland "Brain Respiration," site used to use
images of young cheery women, now redirects to brainrespiration.co.kr/,
even error msgs in Korean. Many centres around world, lots of
anti-sites. Refried brains?
American. "I consider Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis,
Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Jean Reno, Meryl Streep, Clint
Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Linda Hamilton, Sean Connery, Jodi Foster, and
Denzel Washington to be some of the best actors and actresses in
Hollywood today." Suicide said to have been because of terminal
illness. Learned the biz as recruiter for Sri Chinmoy.
self-promoter, expert on everything. Philanthropist too.
Chinese, no bio. Falun Dafa/Falun Gong derived from Qigong.
"Characterized by the cultivation of a Falun (Law Wheel), located
at the dan-tian (lower abdomen). Absorbs energy from the universe and
relieves the body of bad elements. The rotation of Falun synchronizes
with the rotation of the universe, is a miniature of the universe."
A different cosmology. Exercises said to be useful. Persecuted by Chinese gov't,
can't be all bad.
Taiwanese based in US (WA), millions of
followers, prolific author, True Buddha School. "After 27 years of daily
cultivation, I have put the jewel of my life in 120 books I wrote. I guarantee
that it is true that Shakyamuni Buddha gave me the title of 'Flower Light
Self-mastery Buddha.' . . . After spiritual cultivation, my wisdom has
increased tremendously." Big-time grandiose.
aka Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Seventh Lub Reb, son-in-law of 6th. "The Master Plan of
Creation" page begins: "It is no accident that you
picked to read this item. Nothing that happens in our lives is mere
circumstance or coincidence." Org = Chabad. Apocalyptic extreme
right-wing Jewish Hassidic fundamentalist. 613 commandments, lots of
morality. Anyone for fire and brimstone?
American, after varied background settled on Mer-Ka-Ba, ancient
Egyptian sacred geometry teaching. "Flower of Life" symbol one of
these. "There are five Melchizedeks here on Earth at this time, but
only two of them are in the 3rd dimension . . . I am not allowed to
give their names at this time." Etc. Benefit of doubt.
American. Apparent successor of John-Roger
in MSIA. (More of the Same Inane Albatross.)
aka Bhagwan Beast, East (Erhard Anand Sudesh Thomas),
German. Gives "digital satsang" wherever people will let
Rambling bitterness against any and all authority
alternates with poetic humour and detachment. Demonstrates
occasional expansiveness but basically trolling for rejection. Multiple
websites in German and English. Insisted on being listed. No
relation to Werner Erhard. See also Klopapier.
Dave Oshana *
aka Dave Lee
MORE (links to specific GRF posts) BONUS*
"London lad," stand-up comedian, "The acid test is
this: Can the teacher produce enlightenment? If a teacher is real, they
can give enlightenment very quickly." Not much info, a lot of
posturing. Age and 30-year spiritual work history reconciled by starting at age 5.
PR debacle on GR
when "graduate" held up as enlightened backed off. John
de Ruiter, etc. All PR all the time, fails acid test.
"BONUS" page an oldie preserved by Archive.org, a London-based
chat board where Oshana announces his enlightened graduate (click on
American "educational psychologist" (said
to have faked credentials) into mental
procedures, "mission . . . to catalyze the integration of belief
systems." Doesn't mention his Scientology background but various
anti-sites do. Workshops expensive, cheaper
alternative (Sourcecourse.com, 99% off) now unavailable, 404, but resisted
legal pressure for a while. Bogus vibe,
hype, shifting sites, offset by personal testimonials.
New dirt site has detailed claims, hype, cult pressurings, etc.
Dr Baskaran Pillai *
aka Maharishi Brzee, Sri
Dattatreya Siva Baba
"Tamil Siddha Master" based in US. "Sri Siva – That's my name. My
beloved devotees have given me more. Some call me Swamiji and others
call me Maharishi, etc but most of them call me Guruji, with a lot of
love and affection. I hail from . . ." Well, you get the picture. Nadi
Astrology = Your Personal Future inscribed on palm leaves. Gave the 'Ahhh
Meditation' to Wayne Dyer. Was nadi astrology travel agent, now mind science prosperity wallah. Anti page an account of
grasping wish fulfillment workshop in TO. Names, sites and trips keep changing, new URL
Better-known successor to hubby Mark. Channels Ascended Masters.
"The Holy Christ Self initiates and guides the soul to union with
God (Ascension). Through meditation and a unique mantra-prayer called
decrees, we gain a new empowerment . . . protect ourselves and loved
ones from negativity and danger." Now said to be afflicted with
Alzheimers, org faltering. Gobbledygook
+ doubletalk + heavily-armed survivalism.
American. Ten years with Muktananda.
Leads "meditative inquiry seminars, spirit-based corporate
retreats, serves as an executive advisor to visionary leaders of
numerous organizations . . . has been interviewed extensively by the
media. Questioning leads to silence, silence to clarity, clarity to
revelation, revelation to passionate action. Clarity, Awareness,
Leadership." Corporate motivational salesman.
French journalist and race-car driver based in Quebec. Major UFO site in 19 languages. Principal
aim to establish "Embassy" for ETs for when
they come in 2035, financed by tithing. "All the major religions
were founded by ambassadors chosen by the Elohim," Elohim being an esoteric concept appropriated from
Genesis, here meaning the ETs who seeded Earth with humanity. Very big in
actual scientific cloning research. Group
unconventional in many ways, apparently life-affirmative. But
with some martyrdom / suicide rumblings: Hugo
Guru was LSD then Neem Karoli Baba.
Laid-back books. "I
don't have a model. All I can see is that I am a teacher. The peculiar
predicament that I'm in is that I go back to the feet of this little old
man in a blanket [NKB] and I'm in the relation to the guru of chela.
It's his trip, not mine anymore. I am in the role of service."
Moved to Maui after stroke, reduced output. Not
a master. Nice guy but lingo grates.
The "T" stands for Tuesday, the day on which the Tibetan entity entered
and took over the body/mind of Hoskins, formerly a British plumber.
Before adopting that explanation, Hoskins claimed flat out to BE Rampa,
a Tibetan high incarnate lama. Lots of books, esp The Third Eye. Was
hard to find a supportive site for a while but the books still sell, so
now has one. Debunker traces history via Blavatsky. Irrelevant,
From The Urantia Book: "Jesus now prepares to spend a
short period on Urantia to experience the ascending morontia career of a
mortal of the realms. Although this time of the morontia life is to be
spent on the world of his mortal incarnation, it will be in all respects
the counterpart of the experience of Satania mortals who pass through
the progressive morontia life of the seven mansion worlds of Jerusem."
Morontia indeed. Schisms and lawsuits arising from UF control. Wanker.
Canuck disciple of Osho. In the biz
virtue of pronouncing judgment on others. Fake humility, detachment and
humour hide ego of enormous proportion. Middle Path
+ belief system demolition = mediocre beyond belief. Mindfuck artist.
American (CA) author, martial arts, bodybuilding, Rosicrucians, Swamy
Nagananda, Sathya Sai Baba, Muktananda, etc, etc, endorsed by Laura Lee.
Sites shift according to what's being flogged, "Enlightenment 101"
shtick bagged, now it's Spiritual
Java – same price as E101 – featuring also
better-known diet book author wife Marilyn Diamond (now aka Swamy Leelananda).
Oh, now that's gone too. Then there was "The Initiation," that too gone the way of the dodo. Oh well, there's always Ghost
inspiration for Sarlo's Law of Inverse Hype. And in 2011, he`s back, now relatively hype-free, unless you doubt his personal encounter with Babaji.
Medical doctor in China and trad Chinese medicine doc in China and Canada,
founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment, multi
author, a sort of Chinese Deepak Chopra except . . . "book campaigns"
resulting in Amazon and NYT bestsellerhood" said to be orchestrated using followers' mass purchases. Divine has given
him "authority to transmit divine blessings, download golden, rainbow and purple light
systems, download new souls from the Divine [$5000], clear personal karma
[$2000] and ancestral tree karma, create divine healers, writers, editors and more."
Books said to be readable and useful but No Sale.
of exploitation almost creepy.
Silva Method of Mind Control to "use the untapped
power of your mind to accomplish whatever you desire." Whatever.
Amer, claimed developer of "Sacred Merkaba" techniques, does not acknowledge Drunvalo (above,
who first brought techs through), claims to be the 10th Jesus (Jesus
was 8th, Shiva first, appearing every 1000 years), gazillion other
claims of New Agey supreme achievement, Thoth, Quezatcoatl, healings,
etc, failed end-of-world predictions. Many similar but independent
sites (>12) linked from Tribe forum page. No bio whatsoever except,
oddly, the offsite "Author's den." Anti site (Rick Ross forum, 16+
pages) features long scolding email from Drunvalo and worries about
trance induction in voice recordings. No sale. Rick Ross sold domain 2013, Smith link lost in shuffle (temporarily?)
American (UT) founder of Summum. Mummification + cloning
= immortality. Met blue aliens ("Summa individuals") in 1975.
"Summum Transcending Meditations" not described, require absolute
devotion. "The universe was created with a Big Bang
through the Masturbation of God." Philosophy sexually open, apparently
life-affirmative. Somehow thriving in Utah, must
be the Art Bell factor.
"The Art of Multi-Dimensional Living® is, paradoxically,
a spiritual science expressed in astrological language, as well as,
secondarily, an astrology based in spiritual science. However, to
compare it in any way to conventional astrology is ludicrous." 8
Great Paths to God ™, 8-Fold Ayurveda ™, 28 quintessential
questions, 224 major archetypes. And a Partridge in
a pear tree.
Korean. Multiple childhood tragedies and hardships, large bump on third
eye. "The Man With The Third Eye has come. Who is he? Why did he have
to come to us? . . . One day he questioned himself and at that time
something came up in his brain . . . he saw himself as someone who had
attained the Enlightenment that nobody could attain for a long time." Two "T"s and an "A" short of a full load.
your friend and brother, not a God. It is true my Father
has, once again, sent me to you . . . Naught that I say shall disappoint
you; naught that I do shall cause you fear. Know, my friends, my
brothers and sisters, that I am your friend, your Brother of Old,
re-treading the Path of Old." Apparently channeled, though this is
not stated. Retread, world-class megalomaniac.
Martial arts from boyhood, zazen from
Zen master Nomura Roshi. Indian guru, Sant Keshavadas, told him to
"heal the African-American soul." On the difference between
no-self and self-mastery: "When an enlightened person is still,
that’s enlightenment, but the moment they move, it becomes
self-mastery, because the moment you move, you have to act in the world
of particulars." Book Soul Sword. Unprepossessing
site but carries himself well. Evolving
shtick has him now as Zen master, various orgs: Soul Sword Zen Community,
American Vishwa Shanti Zen Mission
his org/movement survives with a living Mahanta,
currently Sri Harold Klemp. Soul travel, dream
work, etc. Indian-flavoured Christianity. Initiated by Kirpal Singh
in his first American tour, 1955, set up shop 10 years later. Also owes
a debt to L Ron Hubbard.
Anti site a collection of links + a few personal stories.
(Zen Master) Umi*
aka Tom Lodge,
Swami Anand Purno
Brit/American, former Radio Caroline DJ set up in Californialand. "BreatherapySM is a trademark of Lloyd's
Mayfair Group, Inc. . . There is nothing for you to
obtain. This is like the flu. You catch it. Be with Umi and you can
catch it." Inspired to go into the biz by Mikaire.
High-turnover crew with olde Arthurian names. All
shtick, no substance. May '09 update: Arthurian shtick
gone, now "Zen," BreatherapySM became Dharmabreath. Improved?
MORE page updated. Let history be the judge.
HH Master Wan Ko Yee*
aka Yangwo Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu,
Ven Vimalakirti II, Buddha Vajradhara Dorje Chang Buddha III, etc
Chinese based in US (CA) multi-faceted artist turned Tibetan master, extolled in 100s
of puff-piece pages from Amazon.jp to purported "endorsements"
from Sakya Trizin, Gloria Romero, Kevin Shelby, Long Hui and Corrine
Brown, etc. Art achievements include "Yun sculpture,"
calligraphy and painting, "like a golden dragon breaking away from
the earth’s crust and soaring in the azure sky above the blue sea,
free at will, unbridled and unrestrained, all worldly dust whisked away,
ever changing, and beautiful beyond compare!" No coherent home
site, no one ever gets to meet him, pic
with silly wig, etc. Site PR Wan Ker.