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Nori Muster


Please write to me if you have questions about your involvement with a group, or a loved one's involvement.

Experience in the area

I was a member of ISKCON, the Hare Krishnas, from 1978-1988, then wrote a book about my experiences. Betrayal of the Spirit came out in 1997, published by the University of Illinois Press, and became the best seller in its category on

Since that time, I have written two additional books for cult survivors, and have been a guest speaker at ex-cult conferences, and have published many articles on the subject.


International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), which helps families, children who were born or raised in a cult, and people exiting a cult.


Cult recovery books by Nori:
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life Behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Cult Survivor's Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
For a full list of writings, see


Master's of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (psychology, counseling, and criminal justice), Western Oregon University, 1991.

Awards and Honors

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement won an award from for best selling book in its category.

What do you like about this subject?

Spreading the word about dangerous cults and how to counteract the cult leaders' hypnotic attraction makes the world a better place.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Frankly, my goal is to get away from having to study cults. I only stay involved because I have written books on cult recovery. My experience was difficult, but at least I can use what I learned to help others.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cults are much more of a problem now than they were in the 1960s. There are many more dangerous small cults, and many more people get hurt by it now.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

Cultish behaviors appear even in mainstream institutions. Cult leaders are often simply immature, childish people, who never learned effective life skills. They are often acting out the abuse they suffered as children, or are fixated in an immature stage of development.

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2013-11-28 feelings on the outside:

Oh, Pavitra. Yes, I remember you and your daughter from L.A. It is difficult to go through the holidays missing loved ones. My stepfather, who was married to my mother for forty-three years, died peacefully

2013-11-28 feelings on the outside:

hello Pat, thank you for your letter.   Are you feeling alone and outside this Thanksgiving day?  It is sad to feel separated from Krishna, especially.  How long were you in for?  I was in Los Angeles

2009-11-26 mom age 83:

I would still recommend drawing a sacred circle around yourself to protect yourself from your mother's anxiety and criticism. Allow her to work out her fears in her way. Be a compassionate witness, but

2009-11-26 mom age 83:

Hi Debbie,  You are a year older than me.   You are already living on your own.  Do you live with your mother?  Sorry, I was all confused.  As far as the crystal, you could use anything special to you

2009-11-26 casting spells:

Studies show that depressed mothers often take out their anger on their children.  If this is what is happening, I wish that I could help you. Your collections of jewelry and clothes sound great, a way


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