Resources

Below are links to additional blogs/websites, books, films and other resources to dig deeper

Blogs/Websites

Accessing Your Higher Self – ex-SRF monk, Bruce, on spirituality, creativity and energy healing

Amazon Book Reviews by Skeptic Meditations – reviews of books read

Britton Lab – clinical neuroscience studies of meditation at Brown University

Cult Education Institute: SRF – information about the Self-Realization Fellowship

Dangers of Yoga –  warnings and adverse effects of yoga and meditation

Dr. Arthur J. Deikman – psychiatrist’s pioneering studies on meditation practices

Freedom of Mind: SRF – information about groups that control members, SRF

Gold Scales: Yogananda Stuff Exposed – critiques of the guru and his teachings

Kriya Yoga Info – independent source of info on Kriya Yoga

Meditating in Safety: Raising awareness of mental health issues in relation to meditation practice

Modern Yoga Research – information and scholarly research

Psychology of Belief: Miguel Farias – author, researcher on meditation practices

Rants within the Undead God – essays, philosophy, religion for outsiders

Sandehakari (सन्देहकारी) –  Nepali blogger, former Hindu and skeptic of yogis

Skeptic Meditations on Facebook – like and follow us on Facebook

SRF Blacklist – forum for former-members & doubters of SRF

Triangulations – playful, analytic explorations of Eastern religions and more

Yoga Critiques – critical, historical & secular perspectives for former seekers

Books

50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True, Harrison, G. New York. Prometheus Books. 2012. Print.

A History of Modern Yoga: Patanjali & Western Esotericism, De Michelis, E., Continuum, Paperback, 2005.

The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies- How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, Shermer, M. 2011. Print.

Cults: Opposing Viewpoints,  Espejo, R. 2013. Print.

Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, Epstein, G., Print.

On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not, Burton, R., Print.

Think: Why You Should Question Everything, Harrison, G.,  2013. Print.

The “Yoga Sutra of Patanjali”: A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books), White, D. G., Princeton University Press, 2014. Print.

Videos (see also movies below)

Burden of Proof. Makers of supernatural claims have an inescapable burden of proof.

Sam Harris: Mindfulness Meditation, 7:22m, Guided meditation at Celebration of Reason conference

Podcasts

Atheist Experience, streaming TV or podcast, live call in show geared at a non-atheist audience. Website says: “Every week we field live calls from atheists and believers alike, and you never know what you’re going to get!”

The Critical Thinker Academy videos and podcasts. Exploring what it means to think critically and independently about the issues that matter most to you.

Matter of Doubt, podcast, “for atheists and people having doubts about their religion. Listen to de-conversion stories, interviews with authors, bloggers and podcasters”.

Reasonable Doubts, radio or podcast, “Your skeptical guide to religion: for people who won’t just take things of faith”

The Secular Buddhist Podcast, explores mindfulness meditation practices and resources from a secular (non-religious and non-supernatural view)

Movies

The Amish: Shunned. PBS: American Experience. 4 Feb 2014. Web Video.

Cult Witness (Cult Documentary). Real Stories. 2016. Sharing disturbing firsthand experiences of Cult Witness director Samuel Stefan and six others who have freed themselves from cults

From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians. PBS Frontline. Parts 1 & 2. Epic story of rise of Christianity. 4 hrs explore the life and death of Jesus, the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we now know as Christianity.

Kidnapped for Christ, 2014. Documentary about controversial Christian behavior modification that abuses thousands of U.S. teens.

Kumare, 2011, trailer, 2:05m, movie available on Netflix and DVD. True story of a false prophet who encourages followers to find the guru within.

The Mormons. PBS: American Experience: Frontline. 2007. Web Video.

The Nature of Existence, 2010, trailer, 2:05m, movie available on Netflix and DVD. Must see documentary of interviews with spiritual leaders, gurus, scientists, artists, and everyday people answering questions about why we exist.

Rajnesshpuram, Oregon Public Broadcasting. 2012. Web Video.

The Story of the Jews. Aired 3/25/2014. Prize winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a five-part documentary series.

Articles

36 Arguments for the Existence of God, PDF, compilation of 36 of the classical arguments and commentary

An Introduction to Science: Scientific Thinking and the Scientific Method, Schafersman, S., Dept of Geology Miami University, 1997. Web.

Has the science of mindfulness lost its mind? Miguel Frias and Catherine Wikholm, The British Journal of Psychiatry (BJPsych) Bulletin 2016 Dec; 40(6): 329–332.

Associations, Communities

American Humanist Association, Advocating progressive values and equality for humanists, atheists, and freethinkers. See also The Humanist Hour podcast above.

The Clergy Project, For current and former religious professionals without supernatural beliefs

Recovering from Religion, For people who have doubts and questions about changing or leaving faith: a hotline to call, support groups, and services for individuals.

Secular Therapist Project, Matches you with a secular mental health professional in your area.

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