|Or if the
spiritual teachings of India are mentioned, they are regarded as "cults," even
though they have been the fabric of one of the greatest civilization of the world through
history. It appears that any religious teaching not part of traditional Western culture is
liable to be called a cult in the Western press, particularly if it gains any following.
How would Western people feel if predominant Western
religious were called cults in the Eastern world? How would Christians feel if the news
media of India called Christianity a cult? Christian missionaries in India have broken up
families and sowed distention in Hindu society far more effectively than any so called
Hindu cult leaders in the West.
The Waco Texas incident in 1993, in which ninety followers
of Christian cult leader David Koresh were killed, has been used to attack Hindu and other
Eastern religious groups in America as cults, in spite of the fact that Koresh, like Jim
Jones, the other recent cult leader who led great numbers of his followers to death, was a