Beating The Bad Karma Away
File under: Gurus Doin' Time
A couple of ex-disciples of Aum guru Shoko Asahara have been convicted in the beating death of a new recruit for an Aum breakaway group. Yoko Takahashi gets six years, and her partner who flipped: a 3-year suspended sentence.
Apparently, they beat the woman to death with bamboo swords, while they were on drugs. An accepted practice among Aum folk, along with various other methods of torture. It's all to facilitate the dropping of bad karma, they say.
No wonder seemingly intelligent people followed Asahara right into prison. After going through all that, they had way too much invested to just leave at the prospect of mere mass murder.
The idea that a beating and torture will remove bad karma is just the sort of infantile reasoning you'd expect from the diaper-clad jailbird. Either that, or it was a frighteningly Machiavellian method of mind-control. Or maybe it was both. They just regress so fast these days.
By way of [ReligionNewsBlog]