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Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness


John-Roger, 80, a coal miner’s son who founded the controversial new-age Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness church in the 1970s, which had thousands of followers, multimillion-dollar enterprises, and celebrity endorsements, has died in Santa Monica, California. John-Roger had been in frail health for several years and died of pneumonia, said MSIA board member Mark Lurie. (Los Angeles Times, 10/22/14) [IT 6.1 2015]

Araina Huffington, who has for many years been involved with John Rogers’ Movement for Spiritual Inner Awareness (MSIA), “made” two of her employees attend a seminar in 2007 run by Insight, which is closely associated with MSIA. Huffington is said to give ten percent of her income to the organization, a tax-exempt church that has been characterized as a cult. A follower told the Los Angeles Times that he happily gave the group $500,000 without knowing how it would be used. The newspaper’s exhaustive reporting in 1988 and 1994 on the organization portrays John Roger as a paranoid, highly controlling leader who wired the rooms at Insight headquarters, tapped phones, and warned that critics were “infested by a powerful and contagious negative force known as the Red Monk,” a spirit that terrifies members. He reportedly removed their “negative entities” in an exorcism-like ceremony. The articles said followers were organized in a complex hierarchy that included a Melchizedek Priesthood and an inner, elite circle of attractive young male ministers known as “The Guys,” some of whom had sex with Rogers “as an important spiritual favor.” [csr 8.1, 2009)

Movement for Spiritual Integration into Absolute (MISA)
Yoga “Master” Arrested for Practices
Gregorian Bivolaru, yoga “master” of the Bucharest-based Movement for Spiritual Integration into Absolute, has been arrested by Romanian authorities following complaints from parents and several of his disciples that his discipline involves sexual practices and urine-drinking therapy. The movement, which has attracted thousands of followers from around the country since its founding in 1990, allegedly recruits mostly young people with “adaptation problems,” promising it will help them “get to know themselves,” which usually includes abandoning school and family. (Dan Carbunaru, Violeta Fotache, Internet, 3/19/04) [csr 3.3 2004]

Movement for Spiritual Integration into Absolute (MISA)
Yoga “Master” Arrested for Practices
Gregorian Bivolaru, yoga “master” of the Bucharest-based Movement for Spiritual Integration into Absolute, has been arrested by Romanian authorities following complaints from parents and several of his disciples that his discipline involves sexual practices and urine-drinking therapy. The movement, which has attracted thousands of followers from around the country since its founding in 1990, allegedly recruits mostly young people with “adaptation problems,” promising it will help them “get to know themselves,” which usually includes abandoning school and family. (Dan Carbunaru, Violeta Fotache, Internet, 3/19/04) [csr 3.2 2004 2004]