We Are a Broken Hearted Family Who Have Loved Ones Living at SAT Yoga.
This is our story.
We would reveal our identity in giving this testimony if we didn't have family members currently living at Sat Yoga. In talking to other family and former members of Sat Yoga, we understand any questioning by family or a disciple exhibiting a desire to leave or reunite with family is vehemently met by Shunamurti – Robert Shubow. He instills an all out effort at the psychological, spiritual, physical levels including encouragement of drug use creating dependency, to keep his disciples trapped in the warped web of deception Shubow has created. We are very concerned about the safety of our loved ones currently in Robert Shubow’s grip. We love and care deeply about them.
In talking to many former members of Sat Yoga, we now realize what blame, shame, and guilt these previous members, who are now victims, continue to carry for many years after exiting this cult. We freely use the term cult, as all indications from former members and family of Sat Yoga and in our communications with our loved ones there now, clearly indicate that self appointed guru Shunyanurti – Robert Shubow satisfies all categories of the cult definition; authoritative, deceptive, manipulative, demanding of unconditional reverence and obedience to him.
Families experience the same feelings of blame, shame and guilt. Robert Shubow seems a master at encouraging this narrative of shame, blame, and guilt in the minds of his disciples in the guise of “healing.” He only perpetuates, augments, and exploits any and all areas of vulnerability each disciple reveals to him confidentiality. He reportedly manipulates them psychologically, spiritually, physically, and financially for his own gain. Our loved ones entered SAT with the promise of healing of personal issues and achieving enlightenment and instead have been imprisoned in a den of deception.
The family experiences much confusion, bewilderment, guarding of our own feelings of rejection, and sometimes having to detach from the agony of a continued situation with our loved ones that we know in our hearts is destructive. In Robert Shubow’s continued teaching of giving up egos to reach enlightenment, we feel our loved ones have lost the ability to judge and discern truth for themselves and to tap into their inner knowing and their own instincts.
When an adult loved ones reports what they are doing is what they want to do;
deplete any and all funds they entered Sat Yoga with, separate ties with family and friends, change their birth names to Robert Shubow given names, address their families by their first names elder or not, increasingly become indifferent to anything concerning the lives of family and friends other than asking for financial donations at the end of any and all communications, being financially dependant, working long hours billed as “ karma yoga” and not getting paid, no system of security, to never allow family and friends to visit, pleading for financial assistance to build houses on property without a deed… family reaches and grapples for the ability to accept, and searches for answers and truth of circumstances other than what they are being told.
Over the years there has been little outside information of the actual “goings on” at Sat Yoga.
And thanks to the courage of many former members, friends and family, you will now have the perspective of those who have actually experienced the deception of Shunyamurti – Robert Shubow, a master of mind manipulation!
We offer you this article on Why People Join Cults. It is most apparent and revealing in talking to many former members of Sat Yoga that it can happen to anyone, of any profession, highly intelligent, skilled, talented, and spiritually mature and seeking spiritual growth. Beware of the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing who preys on innocent victims!
Who Joins Cults, And Why?
The following article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing).
Is there a certain type of person who is more likely to join a cult? No.
Individual vulnerability factors matter much more than personality type when it comes to joining or staying in a cult or abusive relationship. “Everyone is influenced and persuaded daily in various ways,” writes the late Margaret Singer, “but the vulnerability to influence varies. The ability to fend off persuaders is reduced when one is rushed, stressed, uncertain, lonely, indifferent, uninformed, distracted, or fatigued…. Also affecting vulnerability are the status and power of the persuader…. No one type of person is prone to become involved with cults. About two-thirds of those studied have been normal young persons induced to join groups in periods of personal crisis, [such as] broken romance or failures to get the job or college of their choice. Vulnerable, the young person affiliates with a cult offering promises of unconditional love, new mental powers, and social utopia. Since modern cults are persistent and often deceptive in their recruiting, many prospective group members have no accurate knowledge of the cult and almost no understanding of what eventually will be expected of them as long-term members.”1Many cults have flourished in recent decades, and changes in recruitment styles and targets have occurred. In the 1970s and early ’80s, primarily young adults, either in college or some other life transition, joined these groups. At that time, cults were extremely active (and some still are) on college campuses and in places where young people congregate. Today, however, increasing numbers of people in their late twenties and older are joining cult groups or getting involved in abusive relationships. In fact, the majority of inquiries to cult information resources involve new recruits or adherents who are in their thirties to fifties, or even sixties. Still no single personality profile characterizes cult members.
Most experts agree, though, that whether the joiner is young or old, certain predisposing factors may facilitate attraction to a cultic system, the success of recruitment and indoctrination efforts, and the length and depth of involvement. These factors include:
A desire to belong
Unassertiveness (the inability to say no or express criticism or doubt)
Gullibility (impaired capacity to question critically what one is told, observes, thinks, and so forth)
Low tolerance for ambiguity (need for absolute answers, impatience to obtain answers)
Cultural disillusionment (alienation, dissatisfaction with the status quo)
Susceptibility to trance-like states (in some cases, perhaps, due to prior hallucinogenic drug experiences)
A lack of self-confidence
A desire for spiritual meaning
Ignorance of how groups can manipulate individuals
A wide range of human susceptibility emerges when we combine the list of predisposing factors with the potential vulnerabilities mentioned above. The stereotype of a recruit is a young person worried about leaving college or uncertain about “facing life.” The reality, however, is that anyone, at any agein a moment of confusion, personal crisis, or simply a life transitionmay become attracted to or drawn in by a cult’s appeal. “New in town, lost a job, recently divorced, a friend or family member just died, need a career change, feel a little blue?” The unstable and anxious feelings experienced at such times make a person vulnerable, whether that person is twenty or seventy years old. If a vulnerable person happens to cross paths with a cult advertisement or personal recruiter putting forth even a mildly interesting offer, then that ad will likely pay for itself and that recruiter will stand a good chance of making her mark. According to Michael Langone, “Conversion to cults is not truly a matter of choice. Vulnerabilities do not merely ‘lead’ individuals to a particular group. The group manipulates these vulnerabilities and deceives prospects in order to persuade them to join and, ultimately, renounce their old lives.”
While we are at it, let’s shatter another myth: people who join cults are not stupid, weird, crazy, weak-willed, or neurotic. Most cult members are of above-average intelligence, well adjusted, adaptable, and perhaps a bit idealistic. In relatively few cases is there a history of a pre-existing mental disorder.
Anyone is capable of being recruited (or seduced) into a cult if his personal and situational circumstances are right. Currently there are so many cults formed around so many different types of beliefs that it is impossible for a person to truthfully claim that he would never be vulnerable to a cult’s appeal. Cult recruitment is not mysterious. It is as simple and commonplace as the seduction and persuasion processes used by lovers and advertisers. However, depending on the degree of deception and manipulation involved, the resultant attachments can be even more powerful.
This article has been excerpted from Take Back Your Life: Recovering from Cults and Abusive Relationships by Janja Lalich and Madeleine Tobias (Bay Tree Publishing).