Integrative Psychology in Melbourne has kindly sent in two more documents to add to our resources section. The first explains in detail the psychology of the charismatic leader and is highly recommended reading. The second outlines the process of exit counselling for those who feel they might be in need of that kind of professional support after leaving Shiva Yoga. You can view them by clicking on the links below:
The charismatic leader fact sheet
Exit counselling for former members of cults and other abusive groups for clients
“Cult leaders can exhibit problems with impulse control (otherwise referred to as acting out). This acting out normally takes a number of forms, the most common of which are sexual and physical abuse. This behavior is often known only to a select few yet when it is publicly known complex explanations are offered… Thus there is often a claim to a special kind of teaching; this is particularly the case in sexual exploitation…” – Integrative Psychology
“It is well-known that our lineage is a Tantric path, involving worship of the Goddess with strict disciplines. Swamiji has never claimed to be a sexual renunciant nor demanded celibacy from any of his students, and until now Swamiji has kept aspects of the teaching and his personal activities secret in line with age-old Hindu Tantric scriptures.” – Stephen & Vani on behalf of the Management Committee, Shiva Yoga Inc.
And here you have it from the horse’s mouth:
Shiva Yoga’s management committee spokesman Stephen Stanford said details of the mediation process “are confidential and we do not wish to comment further”.
Or comment ever.
We were informed today by an ex-Shiva Yoga community member who took part in the mediation process that Callum Campbell apparently presented his findings to the Shiva Yoga management committee within the last few weeks.
Further, Callum Campbell is no longer allowed to communicate with the people who participated and the person who contacted us was told that in order to discuss the matter further they must contact the Shiva Yoga Management Committee.
Considering that the “Management Committee” is now simply a group of Kruckman’s most hardcore devotees, to approach them in search of answers is the same as going to Kruckman himself.
As predicted, Shiva Yoga‘s way of handling the fact that so many people have been hurt by the organisation and its leaders is to do and say NOTHING and carry on with the show.
Integrative Psychology in Melbourne has emailed through the following 2 documents for your perusal:
What is a cult
What’s the difference between a cult and another organisation
We will make them permanently available through the resources page. Feel free to contact Integrative Psychology if you feel you need counselling or more information.