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Title Ramakrishnananda
Founder David Har-Tzion AKA Swami Ramakrishnananda
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From a former member: Alternative Names: Vishwa Dharma Mandalam. Names In the past: Har-tzion institute for Yoga; Har-Tzion institute for MUDAUT IVRIT (Jewish-Hebrew consciousness), Ramakrishnananda yoga institute. Leader(s): Swami Ramakrishnananda AKA David Har-Tzion Lately Avadh Ramakrishnananda Babaji Maharaja . In the past: Montesinus, Vishnu-Pad. Named by his followers as: Gurudev, in the past: Rabeinu (our Rabbi). Established: 1994 (the current ashram Vishwa Dharma Mandalam in 2003) Current News: According to the group s site: In 2011, one of his gurus named, Brahmananda initiated Ramakrishnananda as avadh (which became one of Ramakrishnananda s current titles.) This means that he is no longer a swami, i.e. a monk. After this declaration, Ramakrishnananda and his followers published some texts regarding tantra activities. Ramakrishnananda consideres himself to be a completely enlightened being.

Behavior
Control
1. Regulation of individual's physical reality
  a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with
  b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears
  c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects
  d. How much sleep the person is able to have
  e. Financial dependence
  f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations

2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals

3. Need to ask permission for major decisions

4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors

5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative).

6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails

7. Rigid rules and regulations

8. Need for obedience and dependency.

1. Regulation of individual s physical reality a. Where, how and with whom the member lives and associates with Yes b. What clothes, colors, hairstyles the person wears Yes c. What food the person eats, drinks, adopts, and rejects Yes d. How much sleep the person is able to have Yes e. Financial dependence Yes f. Little or no time spent on leisure, entertainment, vacations Yes 2. Major time commitment required for indoctrination sessions and group rituals Yes 3. Need to ask permission for major decisions Yes 4. Need to report thoughts, feelings and activities to superiors Yes 5. Rewards and punishments (behavior modification techniques- positive and negative) Yes 6. Individualism discouraged; group think prevails Yes 7. Rigid rules and regulations Yes 8. Need for obedience and dependency -Yes

Information
Control
1. Use of deception
  a. Deliberately holding back information
  b. Distorting information to make it acceptable
  c. Outright lying

2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged
  a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio
  b. Critical information
  c. Former members
  d. Keep members so busy they don’t have time to think

3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
  a. Information is not freely accessible
  b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid
  c. Leadership decides who “needs to know” what

4. Spying on other members is encouraged
  a. Pairing up with “buddy” system to monitor and control
  b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership

5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda
  a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc.
  b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources

6. Unethical use of confession
  a. Information about “sins” used to abolish identity boundaries
  b. Past “sins” used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution

1. Use of deception Yes a. Deliberately holding back information- Yes b. Distorting information to make it acceptable- Yes c. Outright lying- Yes 2. Access to non-cult sources of information minimized or discouraged a. Books, articles, newspapers, magazines, TV, radio- Yes b. Critical information- Yes c. Former members- Yes d. Keep members so busy they don t have time to think- Yes 3. Compartmentalization of information; Outsider vs. Insider doctrines Yes a. Information is not freely accessible- Yes b. Information varies at different levels and missions within pyramid- Yes c. Leadership decides who needs to know what- Yes 4. Spying on other members is encouraged- Yes a. Pairing up with buddy system to monitor and control- Yes -some times b. Reporting deviant thoughts, feelings, and actions to leadership- Yes 5. Extensive use of cult generated information and propaganda a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audio tapes, videotapes, etc. - Yes b. Misquotations, statements taken out of context from non-cult sources- Yes 6. Unethical use of confession a. Information about sins used to abolish identity boundaries- Yes b. Past sins used to manipulate and control; no forgiveness or absolution- Yes

Thought
Control
1. Need to internalize the group's doctrine as "Truth"
  a. Map = Reality
  b. Black and White thinking
  c. Good vs. evil
  d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside)

2. Adopt "loaded" language (characterized by "thought-terminating clichés"). Words are the tools we use to think with. These "special" words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous "buzz words".

3. Only "good" and "proper" thoughts are encouraged.

4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down "reality testing" by stopping "negative" thoughts and allowing only "good" thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism.
  a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
  b. Chanting
  c. Meditating
  d. Praying
  e. Speaking in "tongues"
  f. Singing or humming

5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate

6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful

1. Need to internalize the group s doctrine as Truth a. Map = Reality b. Black and White thinking- Yes c. Good vs. evil- Yes d. Us vs. them (inside vs. outside) Yes 2. Adopt loaded language (characterized by thought-terminating clichés ). Words are the tools we use to think with. These special words constrict rather than expand understanding. They function to reduce complexities of experience into trite, platitudinous buzz words . Yes 3. Only good and proper thoughts are encouraged. Yes 4. Thought-stopping techniques (to shut down reality testing by stopping negative thoughts and allowing only good thoughts); rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism. Yes a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking- Yes b. Chanting- Yes c. Meditating- Yes d. Praying- Yes e. Speaking in tongues f. Singing or humming- Yes 5. No critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy seen as legitimate- Yes 6. No alternative belief systems viewed as legitimate, good, or useful- Yes

Emotional
Control
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person's feelings.

2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader's or the group's.

3. Feeling-stopping. Like thought-stopping, this is the automatic suppression or blocking of feelings that are not acceptable by the cult identity- such as feeling "homesick" or feeling "depressed" or feeling "resentful".

4. Excessive use of guilt
  a. Identity guilt
    1. Who you are (not living up to your potential)
    2. Your family
    3. Your past
    4. Your affiliations
    5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions
    6. Social guilt
    7. Historical guilt

5. Excessive use of fear
  a. Fear of thinking independently
  b. Fear of the "outside" world
  c. Fear of enemies
  d. Fear of losing one's "salvation"
  e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group
  f. Fear of disapproval

6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows.

7. Ritual and often public confession of "sins".

8. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader's authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group.
  a. No happiness or fulfillment "outside"of the group
  b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: "hell"; "demon possession"; "incurable diseases"; "accidents"; "suicide"; "insanity"; "10,000 reincarnations"; etc.
  c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family.
  d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group's perspective, people who leave are: "weak"; "undisciplined"; "unspiritual"; "worldly"; "brainwashed by family, counselors"; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll.

1. Manipulate and narrow the range of a person s feelings. Yes 2. Make the person feel like if there are ever any problems it is always their fault, never the leader s or the group s. Yes 3. Excessive use of guilt- Yes a. Identity guilt- Yes 1. Who you are (not living up to your potential) Yes 2. Your family- Yes 3. Your past- Yes 4. Your affiliations- Yes 5. Your thoughts, feelings, actions- Yes b. Social guilt- Yes c. Historical guilt 4. Excessive use of fear- Yes a. Fear of thinking independently b. Fear of the outside world- Yes c. Fear of enemies- Yes d. Fear of losing one s salvation Yes e. Fear of leaving the group or being shunned by group- Yes f. Fear of disapproval- Yes 5. Extremes of emotional highs and lows. Yes 6. Ritual and often public confession of sins . 7. Phobia indoctrination: programming of irrational fears of ever leaving the group or even questioning the leader s authority. The person under mind control cannot visualize a positive, fulfilled future without being in the group. Yes a. No happiness or fulfillment outside of the group- Yes b. Terrible consequences will take place if you leave: hell ; demon possession ; incurable diseases ; accidents ; suicide ; insanity ; 10,000 reincarnations ; etc. Yes c. Shunning of leave takers. Fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family. Yes d. Never a legitimate reason to leave. From the group s perspective, people who leave are: weak; undisciplined; unspiritual; worldly; brainwashed by family, counselors; seduced by money, sex, rock and roll. Yes

Group
Websites

ramakrishnananda.com ramakrishnananda-ashram.com vishwadharma.org vishwadharmafoundation.com vishvadharmainstitute.com swamiramakrishnananda.com ramakrishnanandayogafl.com

Critical
Websites

The True Story of Ramakrishananda