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If you value your mental and physical health, please don’t even consider joining any nontraditional religion, with or without a guru-figure at its helm, without having first researched it through these websites:

Freedom of Mind Center (Steven Hassan, author of Combating Cult Mind Control, Releasing the Bonds, and Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults, and Beliefs)

Cult Education Institute

Cult News

Sarlo’s Guru Rating Service (some of Sarlo’s higher ratings should absolutely be downgraded on the basis of the information presented throughout Stripping the Gurus)


International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), Cultic Studies Review

Ex-Cult Resource Center

Cult Information Centre (UK)


BEWARE the Cult Awareness Network — (this is now a “Scientology-related” entity)

Information on Specific Spiritual Leaders and Organizations

Adi Da — Lightmind

Andrew Cohen — WHAT Enlightenment??!, Jekyll Hyde

Buddhism — American-Buddha

Chinmoy — Sri Chinmoy

Hare Krishnas — Krishna Today

Kriyananda, Ananda Church of Self-Realization — Ananda Awareness Network, Ananda Uncovered

Joya, Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati — Another View

Maharaji, Divine Light Mission — Ex-Premie, Prem Rawat AKA Maharaji

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — TranceNet, Suggestibility, Don Krieger

Muktananda, SYDA — Leaving Siddha Yoga

Paramahansa Yogananda, Self-Realization Fellowship — SRFBlacklist, Yogananda-DIF, SRF Walrus, Kriya Yoga Discussion Board

Satchidananda — Operation Pink Igloo

Sai Baba — Ex-Baba, Field of Righteousness, The Findings, Brian Steel

Scientology — Operation Clambake, FACTNet, Lisa McPherson Trust

Zen — DarkZen

For archives of sites which move or disappear: The Internet Archive Wayback Machine

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