Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Cult’s ‘Chosen One’ Comes Clean

FREEHOLD, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Being named “the chosen one” by a cult since birth can be a lot of pressure on a person.

Growing up wasn’t easy for writer Jayanti Tamm, who spent the first 25 years of her life living under the constant rule of cult leader Sri Chimnoy, who considered her his chosen disciple.

Tamm recounts the lies, manipulation, and pressure she endured in the cult in her book Cartwheels In A Sari: A Memoir Of Growing Up Cult (Harmony Books), which hits shelves today (Apr. 14).

She says, “Sri Chimnoy was our God so we had to obey his every wish and whim to make spiritual progress.”

It was especially tough for Tamm, who as the chosen one was expected to lead by example.

She recounts, “Part of my challenge was that I was expected be the perfect disciple so there was nowhere to go but down. I was expected to be like the Peter to his Jesus, but I couldn’t.”

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