Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus: How I Was Conned By a Dangerous Cult - and Why I Will Not Keep Their Secrets The two Hindu gurus in this book call themselves saints, divine beings, jagadguru, and God incarnate–they are, in fact, evil incarnate. One is an accused child molester and rapist, who maintains a daily schedule of “charan seva” (body massages) and “private time” (sex) with female devotees and underage girls. The other is a fugitive from justice, who was convicted on 20 counts of indecency with children in Texas in March 2011–before he fled into Mexico, then India, and escaped justice. Together, they worked for over six decades to build a cult following of thousands, huge ashrams in India and the U.S., a harem of women, and trust funds stockpiled with hundreds of millions of dollars of other people’s money. These were my “gurus” for 15 years—until I learned their dark secrets. Now, I will not keep them. This pulls back the curtain, opens the bedroom doors, shines a light, and lays bare the secrets of a dangerous cult headed by two wicked men–Kripalu Maharaj and Prakashanand Saraswati–who for decades were hell-bent on satisfying their insatiable all-too-mortal desires. And who operated their psychopathic con game with impunity. At its core, "Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus" is a memoir about one spiritual seeker’s journey to hell and back. It’s also a thriller about bringing to justice one of the gurus—only to have him escape into thin air before being put behind bars for molesting children. But most importantly, it’s a cautionary tale for all spiritual seekers—showing them why they should look before they leap onto a spiritual path that might not be what it seems. 10 Reasons To Read "Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus" 1. See inside the unnatural world of a cult, including how it operates far outside of the values and mores of traditional society. 2. Follow the journey of a sincere spiritual seeker as she takes a very wrong turn down a road that leads into the clutches of a dangerous cult. 3. Learn how easy it is for people to pose as God and convince others to perform acts they would never have participated in under normal circumstance. 4. Learn how cults work, including their “tricks of the trade” to understand what can happen when a sociopath has full control over a large group of people. 5. See how a sociopath operates. While few people will come face to face with a sociopath as despicable as the two gurus in this book, everyone should be aware of the propensity for 4% of the population to perform evil acts to such a degree. 6. Gain important knowledge to stay cult-proof. Learn important tips on how to discern the real from the unreal when it comes to men and women claiming to be “gurus,” to protect yourself, your friends, your family, and your children. 7. See inside the criminal trial of a man whose power, influence, and wealth nearly let him get away with his crimes of abusing children. While he escaped justice, he completely lost his life as a free man. 8. Learn by example how to appropriately question people in positions of authority, so that you are never emotionally, psychologically, or physically abused by them. 9. Read the harrowing story of someone who actually stood up to evil people. As media reports indicate, far too few people speak out when faced with the reality of a child molester or other criminals in their midst. 10. Gain strength by the author’s personal David and Goliath experience, as she worked tirelessly to expose a dangerous cult for all the world to see. “This book exposes a world that few have ever seen and that many deny even exists.” — Sheridan Burman “All I can say is wow … and amazing.” — Suren Pandya “This perfectly captures the twisted, insular, and secretive world in which we all lived.” — Kate Tonnessen “It is a great expose of these two ‘holy crooks.’” — Rahul B. “It’s so much more than just a story of gurus.” — Jai Hari “I like your honesty and truthfulness.” — Sandeep S.
Meet Author Karen Jonson Nothing in my pre-guru years hinted at the direction my life would ultimately take. I had no clue that I would one day become the equivalent of a renounced Hindu nun living in the U.S. ashram of two men I called guru. Nor did I imagine that I would eventually learn that they were both nothing more than conmen dressed in orange clothing. And I certainly would never have guessed that I would one day expose their dark secrets to the world. But that is exactly what happened. My commitment led me in several directions — including talking to a newspaper investigative reporter and an FBI agent, organizing a group of ex-devotees to support the gurus’ victims, sharing insider information to prosecuting attorneys, and starting a blog and a Facebook page. The culmination of my effort was writing this book. My hope for this book is that it will give readers a rare inside of this dangerous cult. It is shocking story of a spiritual con game, including what the gurus were actually doing behind closed bedroom doors, how it has ruined hundreds of people’s lives, and why no one has stopped this organization’s fake gurus from raping underage girls, taking people’s money, and ruining people’s lives. If my book helps to keep even one family out of the clutches of these sociopaths and their entire international organization, then it will have been a success. Other readers will also find the book interesting for several reasons: It is a thriller on the level of any piece of fiction (yet, this story is real, proving that the truth can be stranger than fiction). It is also a crime drama, proving a detailed documentary of the legal process necessary to prosecute a con man. And it is a cautionary tale for any person seeking spirituality from someone who professes to be God incarnate. While telling my story, I have been stalked and slandered by members of the Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat cult. At one point, I created the penname Rishika Xcult to keep my identity a secret. However, in the end, I decided to use my real name to show that no one needs to live in fear of this organization. The irony of my penname Rishika is that it means "saintly" in Hindi. I lived in the ashram of two gurus who called themselves saints, yet were anything but saintly. Meanwhile, I actually gave up worldly pleasures in the pursuit of God. As a result, I lived a more saintly life than the two men who call themselves saints. Learn more at www.rishikaxcult.com.