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When does a group belief become a cult and why?

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posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 03:52 PM
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In the Gnostic group we were told not to accept anything taught there but to know it ourselves through direct experience. Now is that a cult? Maybe, I dont know and dont really care, it served me.


This alone is not an advise characteristic for cult.
But watch out for small print




posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 04:03 PM
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I left, so it does not matter but I am not a novice at these matters.
I have a rather extensive list of BS spiritual credentials. LOL
No seriously and I am no spring chicken.

Yes that fine print can have its consequences.



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 04:10 PM
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Originally posted by cindymars
reply to post by DangerDeath
 


I left, so it does not matter but I am not a novice at these matters.
I have a rather extensive list of BS spiritual credentials. LOL
No seriously and I am no spring chicken.

Yes that fine print can have its consequences.


You don't sound like someone who would join in with weak people (my first impression of you).

Live long and prosper



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 04:22 PM
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Why thank you.
What makes you think they are weak?

PS: Nice poetry, have you been published?



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 04:38 PM
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Originally posted by cindymars
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Why thank you.
What makes you think they are weak?

PS: Nice poetry, have you been published?


I don't think your friends (the one's you left, gnostics) were weak. They could have been much worse, that's what I meant.

I am a poet. Yes. But I rarely write in English, that's not my language. This one I wrote in English though. And the other one about Fractal Frog.

I will give you one in your comments space, if it can fit there



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 05:05 PM
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What is TSOL?

What happened to Paul?



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 05:15 PM
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Originally posted by Nichiren
What is TSOL?

What happened to Paul?


Its of no matter, if you had read my thread you would have no need to ask. Just forget it, it is in the past. I ask you and and everyone else to look to the future. No more on this subject please, its ended.

Thankyou.



posted on Mar, 5 2009 @ 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by headlightone

Originally posted by Nichiren
What is TSOL?

What happened to Paul?


Its of no matter, if you had read my thread you would have no need to ask. Just forget it, it is in the past. I ask you and and everyone else to look to the future. No more on this subject please, its ended.

Thankyou.


Excuse me, but who are you to tell me not to ask certain questions? If you're bothered by it just don't reply.

I ask again what is TSOL?



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 06:23 AM
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I would just like to thank you personally headlightone, ATS should be proud they have a member like you; this has to be one of my fav threads of all time. The main reason being, I have seen and experienced what cults can do to people “I’m sure Mr Green will fill you in on who I am, as I cant u2u yet” Keep up the good work pal, now I all this can be put in the past.

Thank you so much.




posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 06:33 AM
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There is a search button at the top of the forum, also not sure if you noticed but you can also click on a members profile. So if you really wanted to know who Paul_Richards is or who TSOL is simply do a search.

I also would recommend just forgetting Paul_Richards and TSOL was ever mentioned, many members on here have been through a pretty rough and confusing time and I’m sure people just want to forget about it. If you must though do a search, there is no need to post about the matter once you do find out, some want to forget about the past as already mentioned.


[edit on 6-3-2009 by IamNow]



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:18 AM
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Fair enough. I had no idea it's such a sensitive subject. Sorry!



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:44 AM
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Just did my homework on TSOL


I agree, let's move on


[edit on 6-3-2009 by Nichiren]



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:55 AM
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I don't usually like to get into the middle of an ugly fight (though I have jumped into a dog-fight once, and got bit by both parties for thanks...), because if you are not one of the principles, it can confuse the lines, and I'm no footsoldier.

It looks like a cheery end to the battle:

The bad guys are defeated. Really? This thread was immediately invaded by the opponents of the authors ideals. Did he 'win?' No, he found a loop-hole that served the purpose, if I am not mistaken (though there may be an undercurrent u2u battle I'm unaware of). Recruiting on ats was a no-no, and that was the rope used to hang the guilty.

But guilt and proof still really remain hidden (some are mystified). I saw it all, but was not a partaker in the struggle, just a battlefield medic, who decides no war's outcome.

So, you now see how insidious this all is. The dark came in and proposed all the conceptual contents of the righteous, and only those who had been mercilessly abused knew the truth (prisoners of war, usually slotted for execution). Think about that statement. Check the insertion of presentation: 'defender of innocents.'

Regardless, my meaning here is to show two things: A loop-hole is not a win, merely a glitch in the system, shutting it down temporarily. Here, on this site, are many more workers in the light,..er..dark...er...light..?

You, with your spiritual training, had no idea. You were discussing concepts; same thing happened to me on another thread. People came and said: get your head down, dummy! there's a war going on! I ducked for cover, as I didn't have a gun.

However, I have plenty of ammo and weapons against another hated enemy, but the lines are blurred once again, just as they are here.
Who is this enemy?

I will tell you who your Hidden Enemy is: It is the Master(s) you all love, blindly, for you will not listen to the testimony of escaped prisioners (they are feverish!).

The Four Heads of the Beast!
It was Posted earlier in this thread. Better read it this time, for the lines are still blurred, knowledge has not won: The Legend of the return of a helpmate for humanity is just that: A platform for Injustice, built upon the backs of Ignorance & Innocence alike:

ELOY - OCEAN (Partial - 1977)

All of a sudden appears a light,
horizons open wide
voices fill the air
And The Gods Made Love!
The layers tremble and raise in staggering
and words transform into flesh and blood

The act of uppermost magic has begun
impulses working on and on
movement here and there
Vibrations Move The Atmosphere!

Transcendental forces penetrate
the planet we call Earth
and all spheres of the universe
All the elements burst!

A warm powerful breeze inspires inanimate matter
and a creature, shaky reeling on two legs
extends it's hands shivering against the sky
Primary procreation is accomplished!

MAN arises out of dusty clouds
eyes are staring all around
ears are noticing unknown sounds
legs are pounding on the ground

Now MAN knows he's not alone
so his hands take up the stone
anxiety to hold his own
fighting for the creatures throne

MAN forms tribes to enlarge his chance
to survive the primeval living-dance
the strongest ones fight for leadership
and by these fights they attain the grip
on the weaker ones who become suppressed
by their violence so are we possessed
by the same ideas in a world
that's full of fears and tears and "progresses".

surrounded by a golden wall
and inside he placed his holy law

Son of god and daughter of earth
they created ten sons, human creatures
who've been of supreme beings at birth
of pure essence and perfect features
what a divine possibility to overcome evil
so listen what man did!

Decay Of Logos

Overbearing secular creature
my worshipped king
king of wisdom and pain!

You are the one, the mighty one
ruling so wise
you're the universal sin!

Guardian of justice
offering help
favorite victim of your self-made gods!

Four-continent-king
empty shroud
who runs to the indigents aid!

Oh my perfect hero!
Ah my mighty friend!

You're the prince of principle
wiping out disobedience with your might,
autocratic might!
You don't stand for backtalk
so you root it all out by your weapon's light,
the Atomar light!

You are born into your violence
and you live against superior truth!
You are born to live the ignorance
and you're proud to kill your spiritual youth!

From the upper sea of the setting sun
you submit all mankind to toe the line!
You commit your frightful arms
against the palaces and treasures of our mind.

That's why your should remember
the duty that's required by your life.
Or is it true that you did surrender
your possibility to survive?

In taper indented triangles
sterilized drops of blood
are wildly raving along and their shadows -
they are crossing my horizon!
Concrete becomes liquid, sweats along
and pours along through my legs - Alright!
Extensive feverish stuff.
Rough surface - murderous red!
Even in the air,
which is still gliding quiet,
quiet and understandable!
I feel the slippery, whispering,
rainy dead end street.
Hanging deep above the vaporing sea!
The final signal for low truth approaches!
Fear did die?
Vanity - insanity, warm, hot and true,
who cut the enemy down? We are betrayed!

That's why you should remember
the duty that's required by your life,
by our life!
Or is it true that you did surrender
our possibility to survive?
You play with all our life!


[edit on 6-3-2009 by SS,Naga]



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:37 AM
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ATS is also a Cult.

Seriously...



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:40 AM
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Originally posted by DangerDeath
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ATS is also a Cult.

Seriously...


Certainly is....

Incarnate into the Atmosphere, and you Clothe your Spirit in it's
Contamination....There is only One Escape.....Integration.



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:42 AM
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I'm a tourist in Hell...

Dante



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:50 AM
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Well nags the ATS community is a real community and as such their will be streets in that community that will have problems and feuds.
If a belief doctrine [virus]is drip fed into that street it could cause illness.
If that withdrawal from the virus is prevented by foul means the resistance could turn ugly.
Since 2004 a similar situation may have or have not evolved which you inadvertantly stumbled upon.who knows??
The feuds never end they just change direction.
Cult behaviour has been used by fictional authors down the years.
J K Rowling in her famous Harry Potter books had the cult scenario.
The Dark Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters blindly following him.
Dumbledort The Order Of The Phoenix battling them.
The bystanders caught in the middle.
Does Art immitate life or does life immitate Art.
Below Link.
This the typical fictional cult leader ,or is it typical. ??



www.hp-lexicon.org...



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:11 AM
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So are we victimizers or victims?
I prefer neither. Although my ego constantly wanting me to be one or the other.

There are no bad guys just different agendas,
just my opinion.

PS: DD thanks for the poem on my profile page,nice!



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:13 AM
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You can't create drama without an opposition between a personality and institution.

Cult is an institution.

Your example (HP) is very good.



posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 11:25 AM
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The reflective universe
WE ARE ALL ONE
If I sin should I be punished
Should I punish Those who sin.
Its another circle.
What we do normaly is for our own best interest or for the whole, we make the choice which suits where we currently are.
The balance is always restored at source.



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