My Book is Now Available on Amazon – Look For “Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus”

by Karen Jonson

Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus book

The cover of my book, now available on Amazon.

I’m happy to report that my book is now available for sale on Amazon, currently as a print book and in a day or two as a Kindle ebook.

I traveled a long and bumpy road to get to this point. The first challenge was, of course, writing the book. That process took me five years, counting from the date that I started journaling after learning that I was a member of a cult, after 15 years of believing I was on a pure Hindu spiritual path.

I self-published the first issue of my book as a PDF on my blog on February 15, 2012. I chose the date to coincide with the opening of a massive temple in India by my ex-cult. I received wonderful feedback from the people who knew me or knew about me, and followed my mission to reveal the truth about my ex-cult.

But I needed to launch the book on a larger world stage in order to fulfill my mission of exposing this dangerous organization, which I learned amounted to little more than a sex factory for the gurus (including the notorious Kripalu Maharaj, who is secretly an old-school tantric master with an insatiable desire for underage girls).

To get my book into the hands of a larger audience, I needed Amazon. But it took me seven months to get there, for a variety of reasons. The biggest reason was that I wanted a life. I had been writing my book on and off for five years, and to finally have it complete was a huge relief. The first thing I wanted to do was live my life without having to relive my experiences in the cult. But by summer, I knew it was time. Time to get it on Amazon and time to begin the next phase of my outreach project — public speaking.

The best way to warn people about my cult will be to get in front of them and tell my stories in person. I want to share my process and my speaking engagements with you, BUT, I have to warn you that I live with cult members watching and tracking my every move online. As such, I can only report on many things after the fact, because I do not want them knowing, and attempting to thwart, my plans.

Nonetheless, I am equally committed to sharing details of my self-publishing experience with everyone.

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Jerry L. Martin January 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

This glimpse into your personal story certainly got my attention. Something similar happened to my wife before we met. She was a devotee of a guru in New York, who was spiritually luminous, until she — in this case — started sleeping with the guys. The halo disappeared. But when my wife tried to warn others, she met a cult-like wall of resistance. It was she who was shunned. I am attracted to many aspects of Hinduism but have wondered about the doctrine of slavish obedience to the guru. Your book should be an eye-opening warning!


Karen Jonson January 18, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Hi Jerry, Thank you for sharing your (your wife’s story). I think I heard about that “guru.” There are a bunch out there. All fake. However, it’s important to separate Hinduism from the fake Hindu gurus. I’ve spoken to many Hindus from India who are upset by these charlatans. The wall of resistance is impenetrable — after all, it’s hard to admit that you made such a grave error and fell for a con man or woman. Better to live in the delusion that you are special and found a great saint. I hope my story does open some eyes. I’ve found though that it has worked best to support those with doubts. The hardcore true believers are behind that wall.


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