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Totalist Cult

NKT is a totalist cult.

The International Cultic Studies Association, founded in 1979, is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic and other high control environments.

ICSA shared this 1986 definition of a 'totalist cult'...

"A group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea, or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g., isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management suspension of individuality or critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of leaving it, etc.), designed to advance the goals of the group's leaders, to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community."

Totalist cults are likely to exhibit three elements to varying degrees: (1) excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment to the identity and leadership of the group by the members, (2) exploitative manipulation of members, and (3) harm or the danger of harm.

Cults arouse concern because of their unethically manipulative practices and their lack of consideration for social mores or for the individual's needs, goals, and social attachments. These practices often result in harm to persons, families, and society at large.

Documented harms include:

Mental or emotional illness, impaired psychological developments physical disease, injury, or death of cult members.

Fragmentation of families.

Financial exploitation of members and their families.

Tax evasion.

Fraudulent acquisition and illegal disposition of public assistance and social security funds.

Pursuit Of Political goals while operating under the rubric of a non-political, charitable, Or religious organization.

Deceptive fund-raising and selling practices.

Organizational and individual stress resulting from pressuring employees to participate in cultic management training and growth seminars.

Misuse of charitable status in order to secure money for business and other non-charitable purposes.

Unfair competition through the use of underpaid labor or "recycled salaries."

Infiltration of established religious groups in order to recruit members into the cultt.

Some of the larger, more powerful cults have branches in many countries, extensive property holdings, subsidiary organizations with special names for special purposes, and a growing degree of influence.

ICSA's mission is to provide information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships."

It is as if Gyatso used the 1986 definition of 'totalist cult' as a template for creating NKT in 1991, perhaps the second largest and wealthiest cult in the world (behind Scientology).


Editors Note
Previous infamous cults...

Jim Jones' The Peoples Temple. In 1978, Jones convinced members of his congregation to kill themselves by drinking a concoction of cyanide-laced, grape-flavoured Flavor Aid. More than 900 people died that day, including 276 children.

The Manson Family. Charles Manson borrowed philosophy from Satanism, from Scientology, the Process Church and many other religions. In August 1969, the group broke into the home that was leased by Roman Polanski and his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate. They murdered several people in the house including Tate and Abigail Folger, the coffee heiress. The following evening, they murdered a couple in the same neighbourhood and wrote messages on the wall in blood attempting to frame the Black Panthers for the murder.

Heaven’s Gate was founded in the 1970s by two Americans – Marshall Applewhite and Bonnie Nettles, who believed that they were the two witnesses referenced in Revelations 11. They gained followers by preaching their apocalyptic prophecies in California and Oregon, telling listeners that a spaceship would come for the worthy and their bodies would be kept in a cocoon state to be transformed for Heaven. In 1997, the 39 members of the group were found dead from what was believed to be a suicide to prepare them for their transition to heaven.

Gyatso's NKT is a form of Satanism, using a Tibetan demon known as Shugden to inspire, guide, conduct political protest rallies around the world, assault and threaten their survivors, and protect their cult. At least hundreds have been harmed. Gyatso himself noted that his heir's sexual abuse led to one of Gyatso's nuns try to commit suicide.

In Gyatso's email to his heir, "you tried to spread a sexual lineage...After you left many people confessed to me that you had had sex with them. You had sex with so many students and through your deceptive actions one nun tried to commit suicide because of your sexual behaviour towards her."

About Gyatso's demon god Shugden, fom Rene de Nebesky-Wojkowitz's 666-page 1993 book about her research in the 1950s, 'Oracles and Demons of Tibet: The Cult and Iconography of the Tibetan Protective Deities,

"(Shugden bears the title) "enemy god." (During offerings Shugden) "is given a gtor ma consisting of meat and bone, a libation of blood and bile, skull-drums and thigh-bone trumpets..."

(During the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, a) "lama suffocated himself by stuffing a ceremonial scarf into his mouth. After his death the chief disciple placed the body on the pyre, to which he set fire with his own hand...Soon after this event great calamities befell the provinces of Central Tibet. Diseases raged in towns and villages, which killed people and animals... oracles soon discovered that a vengeance-seeking spirit was the cause of all this trouble."

"The heavenly abode in which (Shugden) is believed to dwell...is filled with various destroyed beings...There are countless springs overflowing with red and white poison...Human corpses - mummified, fresh, and in decomposition - are lying scattered around. Waves of blood and fat billow tremendously...Inside the palace, corpses of men and carcasses of horses are spread out, and the blood of men and horses streams together forming a lake. Human skins and hides of tigers are stretched into curtains...On all sides are hung up as tapestries fresh skins of elephants and skins drawn from corpses...A human skin serves him as his carpet...His forehead is contorted in terrible anger. His three bloodshot eyes stare full of hatred...On his head he wears a crown of five dry skulls, from his shoulders hangs a garland of fifty freshly severed, blood-dripping heads...A great number of various objects and substances is offered to (Shugden) at the time of his worship: heart-blood in which yellow-red bubbles rise one after the other, quivering flowers made out of the organas of the five senses...The strong smelling liquid consisting of brain, blood, and bile, the heep of food composed of the organs of the five senses, hearts, meat, and bone..."

This is what Gyatso/NKT fight for in their rituals, prayers, protest rallies, web sites and Internet assaults/threats against disbelievers.

Gyatso/NKT claim they are the purest Shugden protectors. They are Shugden's best hope. If 'he' is so powerful, why does he need protection? Is their hate and revenge worth it?

For a clear overview, The Association of Geluk Masters, the Geluk International Foundatin and the The Association for the Preservation of Geluk Monasticism published in 2019 'Understanding the Case Against Shukden'. Another recent book is also helpful, 'Dolgyal Shugden: A History', published in 2014 for Kindle.

Of course, Gyatso/NKT say the Geluk tradition of Tsongkhapa (ie, the true New Kadampa Tradition...not to be confused with Gtyatso's NKT-IKBU) is corrupt and marches against them with raised fists and loud anger.