Extreme groups like Amish, Skinheads, and Self-Realization Fellowship Order promise followers “paradise”.
“If I lived in a monastery I’d be happy and peaceful praying and meditating all the time.” A monastic routine teaches lessons in self-discipline, contemplation, and obedience.
Every Sunday, in the SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship) Order, the monastics had a strict rule of observing silence.
Monastic life was supposed to be an exalted path to self-realization, spiritual enlightenment, and God.
Disguised in political, spiritual, or mystical garb, a psychological contagion breeds self-mistrust, guilt, and makes one susceptible to authoritarian control.