Cults exist and their power is far reaching
When I was studying at a university in Japan, a professor’s wife decided to become friends with a number of students, including me.
She soon began to talk about her “Buddhist” religion and invited me to a prayer session. I agreed to go, though at the time was unaware that it was really a Soka Gakkai cult get-together. Over the next few months, I was reluctantly dragged to several of these meetings. Most of them involved the religious community getting together in a large hall to watch video recordings of their precious Daisaku Ikeda painting pictures or speaking, to which the attendees always reacted in admiration. It was almost like what you see in documentaries about North Korea–just complete adoration of an infallible leader.
The woman was so nice and blindly devoted to her religion that I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, but I eventually sent her a long email explaining that I wasn’t interested in joining the religion, that it clashed with my own Christian beliefs (though in reality I am not religious) and asked her politely to never take me to another Soka Gakkai event again. She apologized and said that she was never trying to get me to join the religion, and she promised not to take me to another event. We agreed to meet again for lunch some time soon to make up.
That “lunch” turned out to be another large Soka Gakkai event!!!! It was like she was completely blind to what she was doing. I gave up and just cut ties with her after that. (kojikib)
Infected With Evil
I was 18, I just wanted to start a new life and they seemed so inviting. I told my mom I was going to school in the states. She didn’t ask many questions, my dad had just passed and I told her they offered me a scholarship. I left in January.
I was greeted by many foreigners who had just graduated high school. I think in total there was 55 of us. They didn’t have a place for us to live when we first got there. We ended up living in an abandoned hospital. I was scared, but everyone else around me acted like it was normal. The second day they took our passports to “scan them in case we lost them” that was the last time I saw my passport for 3 months. When I questioned them about it, they said the scanner needed repairs but it was high on their priorities.
The second week was a struggle, one of the leaders called me out amongst the entire group and send I had been infected with evil and was demon sent. This lead to me being cast away from the group. I tried to find friends in the locals but instead found cocaine for my first time. Went on a good 2-week binge spending nearly 800$. Eventually, they invited me back, they held me on the ground and had an exorcism to remove the evil. I was so scared, I was so high, I played along.
This went on for almost 10 months on and off being attacked. I got my passport and fled back to Canada (my home country) with one of the girls who was also enrolled. (MeYouArt)
My long ago girlfriend told me to always put the lid down on the toilet at her house. Her mom was part of a stupid religious “cult” that told her the demons would escape the toilet if the lid wasn’t closed.
She said the “cult” label was just a joke. Sure, the religion was hokey, but it was harmless.
A year later the mom went to stay at a retreat. At first it was ok. Meditation and spirit journeys. Then they told her to cancel her flight and stay longer. Then they told her to wire most of her money to the religion so that they could help her manage it.
Every time she asked to leave they talked her out of it. She started becoming scared. She refused to transfer her money (claimed her husband wouldn’t allow it), and one day snuck away to use the office phone. She called a best friend and told her to fly to the retreat and come to the front gate and tell the people at the gate that my gf’s mom’s daughter was extremely ill.
She packed all of her things and the next day her friend arrived. She quickly and firmly told the cult leaders that she needed to go to help her daughter. They would only let her leave after she swore up and down that she would return immediately.
Once she got past the gate she never went back. (party_squad)