Am I a small part of a damn cult??
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I've been doing yoga for a year now, I picked it up after I started with this hell-ass job of mine because I knew I had some serious levelling out to do. The levelling out means drinking copious amounts of alcohol on weekends, doing yoga on Monday and say my prayers whenever I hit the hay sober.

Anyways, the yoga I practice is Dru Yoga. And it's really weird, if I do it, I don't reeeeally notice any change, I still get pissed off, I still hate stuff and I curse like a sailor. I feel good, but not better than in my pre-yoga years. I'm not at all zZzen. But, when I don't go for a week I start to get agitated and feel hard instead of soft. I can't really explain it. So yesterday, being all happy about my class the day before, I started to google this particular type o' yoga and I came across a lot of bad news about Dru Yoga. Mansukh Patel, the guy who started it all is supposedly a cult leader who has sexually harrassed his naive followers and lots of people who have exited the group (Life foundation) have made statements about the crazy stuff that's going on there.

And I just don't know... yoga makes me feel good and my teacher's a very sweet lady but come to think of it, the building is a very beautiful brownstone where people (voluntarily) work to fight against poverty. She teaches in her big ass living room. This all exactly fits the profile of the slandering websites. They say the teachers must donate all of their income to the organisation and the foundation buys lots of real estate (?!). The followers only get like some pocket change. She really does live like someone who doesn't (have to) have a lot of things. You know, second hand furniture and stuff. But I thought that was the way yoga teachers are???

Do I stay here and risk that I'm contributing to a cult by paying my fees??? Or do I find another yoga group in a normal setting? Djeez, I just wanted to chill the fuck out and then you read this shit!!

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Blogger Squirrel had this to say:

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April 26, 2009 at 6:04 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Then you do what you want to do and don't blame no-one else for your decision. Maybe you wont 'chill' anywhere when you are still cursing and bitchin. We are all in a cult in one way or another - its what holds us together. and pretty damn glad of it. Any type of yoga is cool. ask yourself what you get from it, you pay your price and get what you like and drop the rest. move towards what you want, not what you don't want, that way your subconcious drives you to your goal. - good luck!

November 16, 2010 at 9:47 AM 

Anonymous Louise had this to say:

I dont see Dru yoga as a cult, if you check out any other form of 'labelled' yoga you will find stories about them all.
People are small minded to change, if we go outside the box and try different stuff its seen as weird/stupid/culted.
I personally know someone who is training in Dru Yoga and the difference it has made in their life is phenomenal! This person was really unhappy and 'lost', now they are completely different. So much so that i have actually looked into finding a class myself

February 8, 2011 at 12:09 AM 

Anonymous Mary Swan had this to say:

I dont listen to slander about anyone or anything as Ive learn in life that what you say and do and (write) is who you are! Glad im not living with those negative mouthed people who spend their time downing others trying to do a bit of good for the world. why dont you listen to your own intuition, sense how you feel and enjoy your yoga! If you drink your coke or nestle milk/coffee etc - are you in fear of living like the directors or their multi national corporations who abuse the world? Get a grip, stop bitching about people you dont know, or go and meet them and see how they teat you! And relax and enjoy your yoga, and hey who says yoga teachers have to live in poverty? They have bills to and deserve a holiday... yoga is thousands of years old, make it work for you and change your attitude.

March 4, 2011 at 6:53 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Is Mansukh Patel's Dru Yoga a Sex Cult?

March 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM 

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March 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM 

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March 10, 2011 at 9:44 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Is Dru Yoga a Sex Cult? Founded by Mansukh Patel.

March 10, 2011 at 10:07 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Is Dru Yoga really a Sex Cult?

March 10, 2011 at 10:33 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Sex cults should be illegal.

March 10, 2011 at 10:39 PM 

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Sex Cult? Dru Yoga?

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March 11, 2011 at 1:11 AM 

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March 11, 2011 at 2:02 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Oh my god! Really? Is Dru Yoga a sex cult?

March 11, 2011 at 10:24 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I've done some dru classes and they were brilliant. I've got over my back pain, cope better with stress and am nicer to my family since doing the yoga classes. My opinion is - it's easy to make up stories about people who are trying to do their best to make a difference - don't believe everything you read online and make up your own mind by going to a class yourself!

June 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I am just home from completing weekend four of my Dru Yoga Teacher Training classes. I am in no sex cult. Nor will I ever be. Dru Yoga is different and controversial and not everyone tends to believe in it, although it has already impacted my life and my personality greatly! Dru Yoga is NOT a 'sex cult', maybe some man took advantage of people! But you cannot label something after one man's actions.

July 3, 2011 at 11:06 AM 

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"He siphoned off cash from charity funds"

April 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM 

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April 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Once upon a time i would have laughed at labelling Dru Yoga a cult, in fact i did laugh and call people small minded.
Turns out theres no smoke without fire! I say this with first hand experience!

May 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM 

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I cannot believe this is the post with the most comments. What the hell does that mean?

May 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

To answer your question. "No you are not part of a damn cult with Dru yoga." But you maybe a victim of your own self absorbed thoughts.

June 13, 2013 at 8:16 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

What is a cult?

May 23, 2014 at 5:14 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

What is a Cult?
Every cult can be defined as a group having all of the following five characteristics:

1. It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members

2. It forms an elitist totalitarian society.

3. Its founder leader is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and has charisma.

4. It believes 'the end justifies the means' in order to solicit funds recruit people.

5. Its wealth does not benefit its members or society.

Categories of Cults

Religious Cults

Communal living common.

Members may leave or not join society's workforce.

Average age at the point of recruitment is in the 20's.

Registered as religious groups.

Appear to offer association with a group interested in making the world a better place via political, spiritual or other means.

Therapy Cults

Communal Living rare.

Members usually stay in society's workforce.

Average age at the point of recruitment is in the mid 30's

Registered as 'non profit making' groups.

Appear to offer association with a group giving courses in some kind of self improvement or self help technique or therapy.

May 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Destructive Cults all share some of the following characteristics:

Cults use Mind Control to recruit and control members

Cults use Lies and Deception to recruit and will distort or omit information about their true purpose

Cults are Elitist Authoritarian Regimes with a Self Appointed Charismatic Leader accountable to no one

Cults have set up hundreds of Front Groups like ‘Management Courses’ ‘Meditation Centres’ ‘Yoga Schools’ ‘World Peace Organisations’ ‘Personal Development Centres’ etc.

Cults are focused on Making Money (usually from their members) and Recruiting new members.

May 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Cults are dissociative, separating members from families, friends and colleagues.

Cults tend to be psychologically manipulative or abusive in order to exploit and control members commercially or sexually.

Some cults can also be physically abusive.

The guru and/or upper ranks of the cult are supported in a relatively comfortable lifestyle by the exploitation of lower ranking members.

Cults are totalitarian in structure and thrive on master-slave dependency.

Cults are "socially addictive" and the harm they cause is similar in some ways to other forms of addiction such as gambling, and even drug or alcohol abuse.

May 27, 2014 at 12:22 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

How cults operate


Cults very seldom admit to the extortion, dissociation and manipulation brought to bear on their members. The face they present to the public and potential recruits is very different indeed.

When recruiting, cults do not make a full disclosure about what they are and how they operate. They may hand out leaflets or talk to passers-by offering friendship, love or relief from stress, for example. If someone, normally of above average intelligence and at a low point in their life, is enticed from the street by such conversation or literature, they may then be exposed to more of the same, except in isolation and mixed with hard-sales persuasion. This is not the basis for them to make a clear judgement about a group, especially one which has not made a full disclosure about itself.

A cult will not talk about any commercial activity unless it wants to be seen as a business, and commercial pyramid-sales cults will try to pass off extortion as legitimate business.


Cults use freedom of speech and freedom of conscience legislation to give themselves an air of honesty and respectability. They do not mention the isolation, impoverishment and abuse of their members who are not conducting public relations. Higher ranking members can wear impressive suits and wine and dine officials, paid for by extortion from the lower ranks. There are large deputations of representatives of cults and their front groups at conferences hosted by national and international government. How can they afford to pay for their voices to be heard apart from commercial activity or extortion?

How can cults afford their often impressively grand headquarters, whether in the heart of London or other large cities in the United Kingdom and abroad, or in large country estates? Where does the money come from? At the same time, the members whose tithes, labour, money and manpower pay for the grand estates live in often cramped and squalid dormitory conditions, or struggle to pay for their own small homes. Cults may also apply for grants available to religious charities, paid for by the tax-paying general public, and often obtain what they want without providing any proof of their activities or satisfying any criteria.

May 27, 2014 at 10:13 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:


Other cults have front groups of different names which provide education courses to discreetly pursue their cultic agenda with vulnerable and unsuspecting children and their teachers; some even maintain schools or universities; or offer management training to employees who know little or nothing until it is too late; others offer laudable-sounding literacy or drug-rehabilitation programmes which are untried, untested and make promises ungrounded in any science or research.


Cults will in some way isolate their members to prevent them from a balanced world view. This begins from the start, when the potential recruit is taken from the street and brought into a strange enclosed environment on their own, persuaded, cajoled and pushed into joining, rather than making a balanced decision in their own time and space.

On the whole, cults will attempt to diminish their members' ability to think for themselves by controlling information, being the only voice which knows what is right, what is best, and, in fact, where possible, the only voice at all. To a certain extent, this information monopoly can also be attempted as public relations tactic on the outside world.

Cults will make demands on their members to fit the cult's requirements, and in a black-and-white worldview, anything seen not to fit these requirements is seen as wrong, a failure to be shunned or shamed, or the enemy to be excluded or hounded. These demands are often justified with mystical or spiritual reasons which purport to give powers or benefits to those who observe them, or terrible (sometimes divine) afflictions to those who do not.

The worldview given by the cult is the only truth, and nothing else can be accepted. Those who do not accept it are liable to punishment or dismissal, because many cults maintain their own corrective regimes, courts and systems of justice which pay little or no heed to the real law of the land. This monopoly on "truth" and judgement may be supported by the use of a code, language or jargon which makes the group more inscrutable to outsiders and help maintain a feeling of superiority or separateness to insiders.

A cult member may be made to confess sins or faults, sometimes presented as counselling or advice but often kept for the purposes of blackmail. The cult members' own thoughts and ideas are increasingly subjugated or overridden by the doctrine of the cult as it pursues its totalitarian ideas to complete its control over its slaves. The control may be aided by hypnotic or other mind-altering techniques to induce extra suggestibility.

The process of taking an enthusiastic recruit, who may see certain aspects of the cult as being exciting or different, and then making this the chief weapon by which they suborn all other ideas in the member, is amongst the most disingenuous and manipulative of crimes to enslave an individual without their knowing it.


Cults will often encourage the separation of loved ones within families, business associations or friendships if it leads to unwelcome attention to the more unsavoury aspects of their dealings, or the hurt they cause. They will carry out harassment of critics who go to the press to highlight the damage they inflict, or disseminate negative publicity about their critics in the press or on the internet, to draw away attention from any directed at the cults themselves. More persistent critics may be subjected to a grinding process of litigation, which can, at times, continue into bankruptcy.

at a glance

Abusive cults use deception to recruit members and hoodwink the outside world.

They extort from their members and make false claims for public funds.

They isolate, coerce, control and abuse their members.

They infiltrate society with front groups, and separate, harass and litigate against families.

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May 27, 2014 at 10:14 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Some of you will have recently heard that Mansukh Patel was arrested on a charge of rape. To our knowledge this is totally untrue.

What is true is that he was arrested and taken to Caernarfon police station, where he gave a sworn statement. He was then released on bail. But the charge was one of Assault.

The person he assaulted will be well known to all of you ­ it was Mira (Muller-Grosse), and she has been a loyal and much-loved member of the LIFE Foundation for 16 years. Why she was assaulted will be a mystery to all of us who know her.

The facts

On Christmas Eve, 2004, Mira came over from Germany, where she had been on outreach for the Foundation for many years. She wanted to say farewell to her friends and particularly to thank Mansukh Patel for all the benefits she had received from him. They met in the small office at the Ty Gwyn farmhouse and were joined by three other members.

In Mira’s sworn statement to the police she gives, literally, blow-by-blow details of what happened to her during the unprovoked assault. The police officer handling the case has confirmed seeing the clearly visible, blood filled contusions around her neck. Her other injuries, suffered over a period of 20 minutes continuous violence, caused her pain for weeks.

Mansukh Patel stated to the police that the only physical contact that he had with Mira was to shake her hand in friendship (which in itself is unusual in the community). The three witnesses, Andrew Wells, Kate Cauldwell and Yamuna (Sally Langford) supported his statement. We must pity these three witnesses, for they were also accomplices to what happened.

Pity Andrew Wells: when Mira asked for someone to help her he stood back, watching a woman being assaulted ­ and pity Kate and Yamuna, watching one of their sisters being humiliated. They did nothing either.

When Mira managed to leave Ty Gwyn she went straight to Snowdon Lodge to collect her belongings. She met a sister and told her what had just happened to her. In the farmhouse, she was given some food by other sisters and brothers, and she also told them that she had just been assaulted by Mansukh Patel and that she was leaving. She was shocked and in tears and they could not have failed to see how distressed she was.

That same evening she reported the assault to Bangor Police.

As in so many cases, after carrying out a full investigation, the police could not proceed with charges against Mansukh Patel due to lack of proof. Truth nevertheless remains the truth, even if unproven. Therefore it will be up to each of us to find out for ourselves and make our personal choice, what we want to support, what we want to associate with, where we want to stand.

June 11, 2014 at 10:41 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

That is the reason why we feel we owe you this information. What you do with it remains fully up to you.

Many of you have contacted us after receiving our first email about Miras assault. A few criticised us for publicising the incident. We have been trying to respond to everyone’s questions and comments but it may become too big a task. If so, we will try to answer several of you at a time in subsequent emails.

We were criticised about our anonymity: “It was not brave of us”, one person said. Remaining anonymous was a difficult decision for us to make. We are sorry about this but hope that you will understand, that because several people have made allegations of receiving barely-disguised threats of physical violence in the past if they did not remain quiet about some of the things that were happening in the Life Foundation, we felt we had no choice.

Some have found it difficult to reconcile the unpleasant violence that Mira was subjected to by Mansukh Patel with all the inspiring things the LF are publicly doing. They do not doubt what happened to Mira but cannot imagine how it could have happened. You have to understand that his violence has been well concealed, but people have experienced this part of his behaviour over many years. This can be a shocking discovery, which sadly we now know to be true.

A number of people have commendably gone straight to the LF and asked for an explanation. The answers they received were contradictory. Some have been told, “Nothing happened at all”. Another was told that, to Mansukh’s very great regret, he did have to use physical force on Mira (though why was not explained). Guru Rita admitted to another person that violence did take place. The most recent excuse was that Mansukh had to shake Mira to help her spiritually.

Now compare those four differing answers to what Mansukh Patel told the police in a sworn statement. All he did, he said, was to shake hands with Mira when she was leaving! As we know, the three direct witnesses to his violent assault on Mira fully confirmed his statement. This was shameful.

Please remember. In recent years we have all been strong supporters of the Life Foundation and do not have angry feelings towards our friends there but we do now feel indignation. We know that some of them genuinely do not know the truth about Mansukh Patel. Did you know that nearly 1/3rd of the long-term membership have left since 2002 ? And those who leave are often treated with contempt, hostility and personally discredited by the Life Foundation. Although we parted company with the LF for varying reasons there seems to be common agreement among us all that the organisation had deteriorated so much that we no longer wanted to remain there. We now know the truth about what had really been happening behind the scenes and which had been concealed from us. One man’s megalomania.

All we can do is to suggest you all have a responsibility to discover the truth about Mansukh Patel for yourself. Keep on asking questions; don’t accept easy answers; join up the dots and see what picture emerges. That is what we had to do and it is not a comfortable experience. But if you are interested in the truth, you have a responsibility to find out the facts ­ and like us, you may feel you have to make them known.

(augustus 2005)


June 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:


Dear Friends, We had one intention, when we started sending out these emails, and that was to tell as many people as possible that Mira Muller-Grosse was severely assaulted by Mansukh Patel on Christmas Eve 2004. This is why we signed ourselves 'friends of Mira'.

As we stated before, Mira gave a full statement to the North Wales Police, they subsequently arrested Mansukh Patel and in his statement he avoided telling the truth, we assume, to protect himself. He would only admit to 'shaking hands' with Mira and because three of his closest associates gave the same story the Police could not proceed with a court case.

The LF then claimed he had been 'totally cleared' by the Police; this is a clearly untrue but typical of their small respect for the truth.

They have now issued a statement to all their supporters. They don't say what happened of course, they just say the contents of our emails are completely untrue.
Many will believe them, perhaps because they want to believe them and they don't have the true facts with which to make a clear judgement.

In this statement the LF lists various occurrences, linking them to the people who are sending out the emails. We would like to assure you that these actions are not a part of our approach. Here is the truth about these accusations.

We have no knowledge of who might have made 'personal threats to, presumably, members of the LF. We deplore the use of violence.
We have no knowledge of who might have painted abusive slogans - it certainly was not one of us.
We do not know anyone who might have damaged their property. We do not approve of such actions.

Please remember, we are not outsiders who have a grudge against cults, and the Life Foundation in particular. We were all insiders, for many years. We left because, in so many instances, the LF no longer practised what it preached. We now know about the many unpleasant things that Mansukh has done, or encouraged others to do which were hidden from us for so long. They are hidden still from the many good and sincere people who are still members of the LF.

Peace and many good wishes to you.

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June 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Article in BEST-magazine (2003) Dru Yoga, Life Foundation, World Peace Flame, guru Mansukh Patel:

"Tiptoeing downstairs, my heart pounding, I padded to the front door, terrified that somebody would see me and ask why I was leaving the house in the dead of night. Then I was outside. I didn't look back - I just ran as fast as I could, determined that nothing would ever persuade me to go back there...

Ten years ago, I did a yoga teaching course. Some of the others mentioned that they went away on spiritual breaks run by the Life Foundation and urged me to come. They explained that the foundation consists of about 60 members and their guru Mansukh 'Manny' Patel. They all lived together in Wales and had taken a vow of celibacy. At the time, I lived with my boyfriend, but I was only 30 and felt that something was missing from my life.
The residential courses cost £330 for seven days and £150 for weekends, so I decided to sign up for a weekend, hoping I might find some answers. The instructors told us how we'd all be much happier if we hot up at 6.30am to reflect on our life and look at ways to make it better. I realise now they just wanted to control us, but I came home feeling so positive. "I'm definately going back," I told my boyfriend, but he seemed uninterested.

We started to grow apart and finally our relationship broke down. I needed a new start, so I gave up my job as a nurse and joined the Life Foundation. They offered me everything I needed - which was, of course, just a way of manipulating me. They took away the need to make my own decicions. I worked in their health shop and was on the cleaning rota. I didn't make any very close friends as this was discouraged. Instead we were advised to confide in our elders.

June 11, 2014 at 10:53 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

We were sent onto the streets of the city to find new members. We were always told to look for beautiful women. It was only later that I realised why - one day a friend told me people in the cult were sleeping with some of the women. I was devestated.
That's when I ran away. And that's the reason everyone leaves - since last Christmas about 15 people have left. We all believed he was absolutely pure and then we found out differently.

The guru works on a process of slowly getting more intimate with the women, making them feel special - like 'chosen ones'. It's just a massive ego trip for him.
Since I've left, I've had a call from one of the elders who told me I was mad for leaving. I let him have his say, then put the phone down.

I was living with the Foundation for five years and a part of the group for 10. This will be my first Christmas in a long time when I'm free to do what I want.
Although I don't have a partner at the moment, I don't feel I need to look to others to make me happy. I've learnt to do that myself.

June 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

A shocking discovery
Dear people,

It seems to me that the Life Foundation International has marks of a dangerous cult. These are:

Its founder leader (Mansukh Patel) is self-appointed, dogmatic, messianic, not accountable and charismatic.
Members and teachers only get pocket money and the organisation’s wealth does not benefit its members or society, but is used to buy real estate etc.
It uses psychological coercion to recruit, indoctrinate and retain its members. This varies between ‘love-bombing’ and cross-examinations.
It believes 'the end justifies the means' to excuse disreputable methods and practices.
It forms an elitist totalitarian society, isolated from the outside world.

The consequences for members can be immense: Loss of choice and free will, diminished intellectual ability and physical deterioration, mental problems (which by the way is often used by the organisation against their members: “Ex-members are mentally unstable and you shouldn't listen to them or believe them!”), reduced capacity to form flexible and intimate relationships, malnutrition, poor judgement, reduced sense of humour and capacity to rationalise, etc. etc.

Please consider that you support the organisation (implicitly) before signing up for a Dru Yoga course or volunteer work, before you donate money to the World Peace Flame or buy a book published by Life Foundation Publications. You can find more information about the dangers of cults on the internet.


June 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

My experiences with the Life Foundation - a personal report
(translation of original German statement at

Life Foundation (LF) is known as a peace organisation, by it´s Eurowalks in the 1990´s, by it´s World Peace Flame and the World Peace Flame monuments. Their plan is to establish such monuments all around the world in prominent places, such as the one that has recently been publicly erected in front of the Peace Palace in den Haag. To my knowledge further monuments are currently planned in Prague, Berlin, the European Parliament in Brussels and even Hanoi.

The LF has formalised a specific form of Yoga, Dru Yoga, a heart-centred and flowing yoga style and the so-called, Dru meditation. They run various courses including yoga and meditation teacher training courses.

LF has it´s mothercentre in North Wales, near Bangor, Great Britain and runs it´s own course centre there, a healthfood store, Dimensions, and they have several houses in the area. They work worldwide and are specifically popular in the Netherlands and Australia.

The following websites belong to the Life Foundation:

My personal story

In 1988 I joined the Life Foundation (LF). Here, I finally found people who were fully living their ideals, which were also mine. I felt they were looking in the right direction for a positive change in the world to happen: to change ourselves. They were not blaming others, the government, the society or circumstances but were sincerely concerned to find what they themselves could do to improve any situation. For me, even today this is a very important principle. It is the core of a truthful and powerful way of living.

They were also doing spiritual practises, individually and communally. We were doing practical things to contribute to society and help people: e.g. we organised containers of food for Bosnia during the war, collected shoes for people in Moldavia. We also did Peace walks, where we walked from place to place as a group for periods of time, giving seminars on route, which I found very powerful.

The unconditionality of the people we met was refreshing for me and day and night, we were ready to serve our common ideals. This created a great inner freedom, as one was not caught up any more in one's own inner emotional and psychological turmoil and problems, but we were doing something positive together!

The simplicity of the lifestyle was also refreshing for me - for many years I was sharing a room with several other women. We all only had a few cardboard boxes to contain our clothes and other bits and pieces. Each of us had a small personal shrine and at night we would roll out our mats and sleeping bags in our corner of the room. During the day the sleeping gear was cleared away and the room could be used for work, meetings, etc.

It was a good time, a good 16 years. I learned a lot about myself, other people, community, spirituality. I have had support and have done things I would not easily have done by myself (e.g. teaching, giving talks and interviews). I have experienced great love from people who believed more in me than I did myself. I have experienced people being truly selfless, putting the interests of others before their own - with joy and freedom. I have matured emotionally, in my personality and as a human being as a whole. I have found my self-confidence, am strong, positive and hopeful - just because I feel connected with myself and by that, also with others.

June 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

People in LF are good and capable. I am convinced that the good that has come out of the organisation is a credit to the selfless service of the members.

However - in the course of time I became more and more disillusioned: the humanitarian projects were only one-offs and became less frequent. The detraumatisation work for people from war zones was done only by a few selected members of the team, whereas many of us had the skills and could have done much more to help others. Our job was simply to promote. After about two years the work was stopped altogether.

The walks turned more and more into car-drives as we did not really have the time to walk. The PR became more important. I remember one walk when I spent most days in phoneboxes ringing people from different address lists and the yellow pages inviting them to our seminars. One or two people would walk with Mansukh, the teacher (guru) of the organisation, so that for the PR and media we could say it was a walk. However most of us were just promoting.

Over the years the humanitarian work seemed to become a PR tool. For years there has not been any work done in war zones, but it is still heavily used by the Life Foundation in the profile of the organisation and its promotion materials. This "big talking about little doing" has felt very bad to me for long time. Therefore, several times I personally have done projects with friends (with the permission of the organisation) like collecting vegetable seeds for people in Bosnia after the war, collecting second hand bikes and sewing machines for projects in Africa, and I, personally and privately took up the work with a project in Chechnya, after LF has stopped working with them.

More and more our work was geared to rich and influential people. The reason that was given for this was the following: If people who have high positions change their lives and become more spiritual, through their influence they will affect more people and create greater change at large than when a simple person changes their life. Extra events were organised just for business people in the USA - and special products were created, for "special" prices of course! Due to this, the simple lifestyle I loved so much also changed. Everyone had to wear better clothes, many women started to wear make-up and coloured their hair and suddenly the outer appearance became more important.

At the same time we were still saying we were rooted in the teachings of St.Francis of Assisi and Mahatma Gandhi and the power of simplicity - in my heart I could not accept that Gandhi or St. Francis would have approved of what we were doing!

There was always never ending work and I always felt bad if I took a break or even wanted to meditate. At the same time we were told that we were responsible ourselves for our own balance. But in daily life one was always at full stretch and was continously asked "could you just..., please?" And because everyone was tired and exhausted, of course we wanted to help each other.

I also experienced that the leaders were continously tired. They were trying to help but I always felt guilty of asking for their help when I needed it. Sometimes I took work off them so that they could relax and recharge but I found they were doing something else - and were not resting. This was very hard for me as there did not seem to be a way out of the "always too much work situation." No way out for me, or others.

June 11, 2014 at 10:57 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I realised that work simply was created; new projects were being lauched without planning at all, there was a lot of bad planning and due to that, enormous wastage of resources: peoples work, money, materials. Almost every LF project that I have been part of was run inefficiently and more importantly in my view, irresponsibly, regarding the use of resources. Even at the time, I was feeling that and often pointed it out. The way the management was working and structured was totally unclear. And there were some people in the community that were trained in management, were very skilled in that field and could have managed the organisation much better but they were not allowed to. So there was no way for me to instigate changes. I felt exploited and got to the point of saying to myself: "I am not taking this anymore." I was there for my spiritual growth and if there was no time and space for contemplation, and I always fell asleep out of exhaustion when trying to meditate, I did not want this. Therefore, in the last few years I certainly was a bit of an outsider in the community and often I was made to feel this subtly but also directly to my face.

It was very painful to me to note again and again how, because everyone had so much to do - at least I believed this to be the reason - there was not a real good human care for needy people such as ill community members and elderly ones. Everything was running at the speed of 140 m.p.h and whoever could not keep up, very quickly felt left out. One did not receive up to date information, one was being forgotten to get invited to meetings or celebrations - staying part of community running became a really difficult task and a great effort. Those who had influential friends, or if they were at the top of the hierarchy, had more support when they were ill than the average community member. People who could not keep running at a fast pace just did not have a valued place in the group. I have seen several people leaving the LF for that reason.

The most difficult thing for me was the helplessness within the organisational structure. We were told that it was our organistion and each one of us was responsible for it, but in practical terms there was no way of inducing changes. It was very hard to know how and where decisions were being made. At some point a democratic grassroots system seemed to be put in place, but in reality the orders, changes, and instructions actually came from somewhere else. Therefore there was no clear point to address questions and problems to. I used to give my question/criticism/problem to one of the elders (those in the top of the organisation and the inner circle around Mansukh Patel, the guru) and perhaps I would get a reply, but more often, not.

Over the years I did however realise that all decisions were being made by Mansukh Patel personally. Even those that had leading roles like directors, project managers etc. were totally at his command. They could run the work themselves but if Mansukh wanted anything different he simply over-rode them and their views. I have myself witnessed several times, people in their respective positions putting really good moves into place which would create beneficial changes for the community members - and Mansukh came along and told them to stop. And they did immediately. I felt so sorry for them! I am sure that if certain people had been allowed to run the community, the conditions for the members would be much better there.

June 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

The members of the LF have no rights. Last year they all had to sign a paper in which they renounced all their rights towards the Foundation. They all work as volunteers, get little pocket money and no pension. It might not be a problem when you are in the community, but will be a big one when, after 15 or 20 years, someone decides they need to move out.

In the summer of 2003 a rumour reached me that Mansukh had been having sex with several of his female devotees. This rumour had appeared from time to time before and seemed to be circulated by those ex members who felt hurt and disappointed about the LF. This time I decided to find out the truth behind it. I talked to various women who had left the Foundation who had experienced it themselves and had found it very difficult to deal with (though certainly there will be women in the LF who love going to bed with him). I learned that from the very beginning of the organisation this had been Mansukh's habit. It was a big shock for me and shattered my belief that we were a celibate-based organisation and that Mansukh was just a loving, faithful married father of three children.

There was no way of talking about it to Mansukh himself - some of his female students, knowing how I felt, made sure that I was never alone with him so they could control the conversation. (One of them told me straight that that was her strategy to protect him from awkward questions from me.) I talked about it with one of the elders and said that I felt it was really time to stop denying that he was sleeping with his women followers, so that the hurt and pain, the guilt and denial could stop and the whole thing could be cleaned up. I said that until it was cleared up it would always come back at them. The elder, in response, explained to me that it was impossible to admit as people would only think that he was having common sex and lust, but what he was really doing was quite different. He only did it to help the girls spiritually, she said.

Twice Mansukh has groped my breasts. Both times very unexpectedly. And I simply froze out of disbelief and shock as I just could not place what was happening to me - he was, after all, my spiritual teacher! Over a long period of time these experiences have given me mental and emotional problems and I have never talked to anyone about it.

June 11, 2014 at 10:59 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Over the years I realised what was really going on within the internal structures. For about 8 years I lived in the LF centres in North Wales near Bangor, and for the next 8 years I lived on 'outreach', as it was called, outside the community. I stayed as a guest in other peoples houses or in my own rented places. This gave me some distance, time and space to reflect and question what I saw was going on in the organisation. After many attempts to change things, to stimulate ways of reconciliation, to change the approach to ever-returning conflicts and to establish clarity, I had to realise that it simply was not wanted. I would do better to put my energy somewhere else rather than into a dream that was already dead. So the time had come to say farewell. And I wanted to do this properly as we never had said farewell to people who were leaving. We had never openly thanked them, never released them properly even though vows and commitments were considered binding for us, and to each other. Most people that have left, suddenly disappeared and when I had asked the leadership where they were, it was said it was for personal, private and family reasons why they had gone, or they were taking a sabbatical - from which they simply never returned. There wasn´t really time to enquire into it properly anyway...

When I actually said good bye to Mansukh, thanking him and telling him that I wanted to release him from his personal commitments to me so we could be free from each other, he suddenly lost control and attacked me physically, several times, over a period of about 20 minutes. He was shouting and swearing at me and being very violent. He even nearly strangled me, so hard that you could see the bloodfilled imprints of his fingers on my neck for many days after. And three of the elders - amongst them one woman who I very much had appreciated as a guide and friend over the years - were just watching it happen, not helping me, even when I asked for help. Maybe they were afraid that Mansukh's anger would turn on them...

I reported this incident to the police, but as is the case with many crimes, although it was fully investigated, it had to be filed away due to lack of evidence.

I remember very well a teaching we received once: the scriptures say, that there are sometimes exceptions to having to speak the truth. One is to save someone's life and another is, to protect the guru.

So, what else could I have expected of the three witnesses? Once in the past I had received light physical violence from him; and now the recent very severe violence from him. The sexual connections with his female devotees in the community is a way of binding them to him and making them sexually and emotionally dependent on him. On uncountable occasions Mansukh has sworn and shouted at me which generally was accepted as a way for him to teach his nearest students. In public he appears as the most gentle and kind person of extreme love, so that we saw it as a great blessing when he shouted at us. We were told that only a few people receive this "grace" and so I never talked to outsiders about it. They would not have been able to believe it anyway..

June 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

My criticism also goes to the inner circle around Mansukh Patel, the elders and gurus that he initiated. They are prepared to cover for him, to lie for him, to manipulate facts, to blackmail people - and three of them stood by watching when he attacked me physically. The paradox is that on stage in front of 2000 listeners, in the media and within the community they are all projected to be the great peacemakers of today and Mansukh Patel as "the young Gandhi".

My criticism also goes to all the members of LF, because they are prepared to take a lot of personal suffering and they are prepared to watch other members suffer in the belief that it is OK because everything that comes from Mansukh is divine - because God and Guru are the same. This for me is clearly denying one's own responsibility, one's own inner morals and values and the voice of the inner heart of compassion. Yes, it would surely need some courage to speak up..


Groups with a powerful leader often can generate an enormous communal energy and power, which also can aid spiritual growth. This would surely be positive!
I want to encourage everybody to go out and search for a lifestyle that is true to themselves and to try new ways without fear. In my understanding today, however, it remains very important to make our choices very consciously. When I consciously enter an experiment of living I will always grow by it and will learn a lot, even if I learn this is not the final way! If I just follow what others are doing, blindly accepting what I am being told and adopting values without reflecting them in my own heart, then I am in danger of regretting, when I look back one day, about what I have done - simply because I was not then being true to myself.

Therefore one should be very careful, when in the teaching and/or the practise of the group, the word of the guru becomes the highest law - as happens in LF with Mansukh. Even in the Indian tradition this is not meant to be so and it simply is a misuse of the so important teacher : student relationship. And - it makes one unfree.

Therefore I want to encourage everyone to search for other ways of living and believing - but stay closely with yourself. The highest reference point must remain within ourselves, in our hearts. To be able to hear the voice of our heart clearly might need a bit of space and silence - it is not our thoughts, our will, our feelings, our ideals, nothing from outside - it is softer and stronger at the same time - my inner knowing what is right, my inner guidance.

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June 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Life Foundation's Love Bombing

When I went to Wales for the first time, just a year ago, I didn’t know anything about Mansukh Patel. I didn’t read one of his book and never heard of saw anything about him. I went to Wales to have a nice week for myself, with some yoga, some meditation and some walking outdoors. I wasn’t ‘looking’ for anything in my life, I was feeling great, had a nice job, a wonderful family and lot’s of great friends. What could I wish more?

In Wales, I was completely overwhelmed by the love, the beautiful friendships that were born and by the wonderful teachings. I couldn’t believe that this really excited, it seemed like heaven on earth.

Now, one year later, so much has happened, and I can see how, through the manipulation of the Life Foundation, I nearly lost everything I loved.
When I came back from Wales the first time, my family thought that I’d changed enormously. I spoke different, I was absent and all the things that mattered to me in the past didn’t seem to interest me anymore.
My oldest son, 20 years old, told me than that he was afraid that I’d joined a cult. Of course I denied and told him it was prejudice. He was not the only one who said this to me.

Every time I came back from the course centre in Wales, I was feeling like a stranger for weeks. I had the biggest problems with adjusting to my life at home with my family. I couldn’t see them as normal anymore. They lived in an illusion according to my vision and were only interested in unimportant stuff. I for myself lived in the true world and felt like I had refound myself, the person I wanted to be.
The gap between “Wales” and the outside world was getting bigger and bigger . I experienced the world as a storm that was around me and going through me.
The non-communication with my friends and family made me feel very lonely and I only felt really understood by my Life friends.

Last spring, the last time I came back from Wales, I felt completely lost. I had nightmares or didn’t sleep at all, I couldn’t take the most simple decisions, I had a severe lack of concentration that made it even dangerous to drive a car. I felt so strange and awful, I couldn’t get my mind straight and I lost my interest in everything. My energy level was below zero. I was walking on my gums ( Dutch saying) and had to call in sick at work. When I told this to Anita Goswami, one of the Life Foundation Guru’s, she explained to me it was a transformational thing, a letting go of the ego problem and possibly also a detox- side- effect. She understood that my family didn’t understand me and told me that I knew what to do. That I found my way to God and that my husband would never understand this. That my kids were almost grown ups and didn’t need me anymore.

This was the last push that made me leave my family. I had found my way to God and with that a new family that understood my needs.
One the very day that I packed my belongings and settled in my new home, my stuff all around me, still packed, I got a telephone call that saved me. This was the eye-opener, the most important call in my life.
It was a friend I’d met with the Life Foundation but who had already left. She told me the story about de German Woman and I knew instantly that she told the truth. How horrible it is, I had to face the naked truth. My eyes are completely opened now in matters of Mansukh Patel and the Life Foundation and I have to review all the things that I thought that were so wonderful. I also have to review and revalue my family and friends how tried to warn me.
My marriage is saved and I am still recovering from this experience. I am still tired and not my old self yet. But, for the first time in my life I feel really free and I thought I felt free when I was with the Life Foundation. This was an illusion.

June 11, 2014 at 11:02 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

What is so scary is the fact that you don’t see or feel what is happening to you but I know now that during the relaxations, they use mind-control techniques to break down your ego and with that, your free will. Your inner-guide, your intuition that tells you when something is wrong, is explained by them as your ego and interpreted as Resistance. It makes you not trusting your first feelings. Every doubt has to be seen as a trick of the ego. The love-bombing, the Making-you-feel-special, is part of the tactics. We were all sooo special but isn’t every person special anyway?
The teachings are recorded on CD and it is recommended to listen to them as often as you can. This way the manipulation is continuing when you are at home.

The people that leave the organization are supposed to be under negative vibrations, or to be seen as people who cannot handle their own shadow, who are afraid to let go of their ego, etc. And of course, the ones that stay, are even more special, the true carriers of the light!

I still believe in Peace and in rightness. I am standing in my own power again and feel very awake. That is how it feels, wide awake. I learned a lot from this, especially to trust my own feelings and that I don’t follow another person as I did.

Somebody who pretends to life for Peace and Non-Violence, who is called the young Ghandhi but cannot handle his own anger and feelings of lust, is not an enlightened Guru but just a man. Let us not forget this and pray for his soul.

"Everything I have written in the article "Love Bombing", is totally and only written by me. It has been written from my heart, in all sincerity. Not because I want to throw mud, or to hurt anybody but I only wanted to warn people. Everybody is free to choose if he/she will listen to my story or not. Nobody advised me or told me to write this down and nobody changed even one word. The people behind "the Truth Unlimited" I got to know as very sincere people who are absolutely against any form of violence and who are against spreading lies. There is only one Thruth and that doesn't have to be defended. I believe that no matter how great and impressive the lie is, the simple Thruth is always stronger in the end."


June 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:


Questions for the Life Foundation according to their website information: (

Learn more about Dru Yoga and The World Peace Flame

Who is we, how many of you are there, what are your names, where and how do you live ? Are there employees or just volunteers?

You are non-governmental, but also a non-profit peace-making organisation ? Or do you make a profit out of your peace-making?

As individuals, do you each take responsibility for the circumstances you live and work in, and for your future? Or do you delegate it to your Guru Mansukh Patel or to your other Guru’s Rita Goswami, Anita Goswami, John Jones, Annie Jones, Chris Barrington or Savitri McCuish?

Are you all registered and insured health professionals? What is your education? What is your profession?

Which war zones do you work in at this moment, and how many of you are engaged in this? How much time did you spent teaching?
How is the physical, mental and emotional state of all your members?

Do you really help people to transform themselves or do you make them dependent on you?

Why not write more information about your organisation and beautiful projects on your website?

How many volunteers do the work for you at current events?

Who developed the Dru Yoga and how? Why is the teacher course (a 4 year study) not recognised as such by the European Association of Yoga Teachers?

How many of the volunteers who support and donate to your World Peace Flame worldwide are manipulated by you?

Feedback for the Life Foundation (International)
What we as former members, volunteers, students, participants, teachers and supporters have seen and experienced in Life Foundations communities worldwide is:

Members are often tired, sometimes confused and have difficulties with focussing and concentrating. (Dru Yoga student/ helper, 4 years)

June 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

People are not treated equally. Some have more power than others. (DY student, 2 years)

Members change while living with Life Foundation, their personality and character seem to become more superficial. Their talents sometimes seem to vanish into the background. (Volunteer worker, 4 years)

What I see at the LF is that people try to give up there ego and everything (for which I do have lots of respect), but if it goes wrong, mentally or physically, then they are left to themselves and they are told that they are responsible for themselves. But how can you take control and responsibility, when you have already given it away? (Pathfinder student, 3 years)

What I notice at the LF is that people are so impressed by someone else that they forget how beautiful, unique and talented they are themselves, and how important it is that they should take good care of themselves. (Volunteer worker)

Some LF tutors are presented as counsellors on the courses. Course participants are invited to meet them on a one to one basis and disclose their personal problems. The tutor will then suggest LF products and courses that they think will help that person. At the end of the course, the tutors have to report back to Mansukh or another elder with a summary of what they have sold and how many people they persuaded to book on courses. In the past, if they have not done well enough, they have been severely berated. The pressure to succeed is huge and ones place in the hierarchy and level of acceptance in the community is largely based on this. (Member 10+ years)

In the LF I have worked and prayed with some lovely, kind, genuine people and watched them over many years, compromise their values and struggle to accommodate the pressure of the massive workload, losing sight of why they are really there. (Former member 17 yrs)

What I see is that Mansukh is spoiled by everyone, he is treated like a little prince or a God. Members drink from the same cup as him, they put food in his mouth, carry his bag and are all very quiet and submissive when he speaks. (Volunteer worker, 4 years)

What I do not understand is why, within a peace-organisation that has World Peace as their purpose, conflicts with members cannot be solved in peace and good harmony. In my opinion ex-members should not be left behind with negative experiences from an organisation that likes to be an example for others when it comes to living peacefully together. The directors do not take any responsibility, and always blame others for the disharmony. (DY student)

I have experienced that the Life foundation is very, very eager to get my money (Supporter / donor)

I was shocked at times, to hear personal details about course participants that should have been confidential, being discussed amongst members. I am sure that course participants assume that when they talk to a tutor or elder in the LF, that what they share will be kept in confidence. One would assume that since these members are presented as elders and experienced tutors and counsellors, that such a basic principle would be adhered to. What I learned, was that since they are not accountable to anyone (eg. a professional registering body), they have not been trained and have no respect for these basic principles. LF members who disclosed personal and at times, distressing information to Mansukh in confidence also had no guarantee that it would be kept private. Personal details have been used against members as a way of discrediting them after they have left the LF. (Member 10+years)

I could not cope with the hierarchical system, I felt treated like a child. (Dru Yoga Teacher, 7 years)

When I decided not to join the community as a member, suddenly their behaviour towards me changed. I was no longer the beautiful light being to them, but in their eyes, I became a person with ego-problems. (Volunteer worker, 3 years)

They have this beautiful smile when they teach and talk to you, but when they turn away their faces become distressed. (Dru Yoga student, 3 years)

June 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

What about the ego's of the Guru's of the LF? Why are some of them always so dominant and strict and always wanting to take control over everyone, giving orders constantly. (Pathfinder student)

Some real good, professional, confident and dedicated people are turned into insecure, low self esteem & traumatised beings by ‘mind games’. Mansukh deliberately creates chaos, conflict and confusion by constantly changing his mind, giving them projects which he has no intention of seeing to completion and creating competition among the members. I soon discovered that despite constant group feedback & discussions on improving management systems, no real change ever occurred over the years. It is my observation that Mansukh has no intention of creating efficiency and or effectiveness in the organisation, as this would give members time & space for themselves, to meditate, to think discriminately & question. So, often he keeps them busy with unnecessary work, to sheer exhaustion. For a so called spiritual ‘Guru’ who claims to want world peace & teaches yoga as a de-traumatising technique, it was real sad to see many good souls traumatised, disempowered and become so completely dependant on him. ‘Boost them for public presentations & knock them when inside the ashram, all for their own spiritual growth!’ Of course he does not take any responsibility, ‘it’s their karma’ or ‘their trauma is from their past lives’ (Member 10 yrs)

I felt there was no room for me at all. People did not acknowledge me as a person, they did not care about my wisdom and talents. I have so much to give but they were only interested in exploiting me. (DY Teacher, 12 years)
What I find at LF is that the teachers are very good at bringing the best out of their students, giving them all the warmth and love people need so much, but they neglect themselves and each other. (Pathfinder student)
I didn't make any very close friends as this was discouraged. Instead we were advised to confide in our elders. (Member)
I often wonder what it is they really do for World Peace, I actually cannot think of anything important. (Life Conference participant)

They kept promoting their one to one consultations, for which, of course, we had to pay a lot of extra money. (Dru Summer congress participant)

Parents find it a struggle to meet the needs of their children. Their value is judged by what they can contribute to the organisation. Parenting is not considered as any kind of contribution to the organisation and what it purports to be working toward (ie world peace, or whatever). Being a parent is considered to be your own private business that has no intrinsic value beyond this. Parents end up having the choice of side-lining their family to get really involved, or being considered a slacker and ending up doing a lot of washing up / cleaning etc. plus you're considered less of a spiritual person. Many parents have been advised that if they look after God then god will look after their children ie. don't worry about what's happening while you're so busy helping us. Maybe this is true, but is looking after the life foundation, god? It is a painful feeling to look back on how you might have spent your child's childhood years after the event. (Ex-member 15 years)

What I notice at LF is that lots of members and volunteers have a traumatic background of some kind. I worry about them and wonder whether LF is the best place for them to live and work. I am afraid that it is actually the worst place for them, for unfortunately, it is very easy to manipulate and exploit them. (Volunteer worker, 5 years)

I could not understand why members and directors were so negative about ex-members that had left or why nobody talked about those who left. Are they not teaching us to love everyone, and that we are all one, all brothers and sisters ? (Volunteer worker)

June 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I was really really shocked when a member said to me: "I have surrendered completely to my Guru. If Mansukh uses violence, then there is a reason for it, so I cannot be against that violence". (Dru Yoga teacher)

I have spent all my money and spare time in courses in the last few years but now I feel fooled. This is not a peace organisation for sure, I will never ever go back there again. (Participant)

They all know that Mansukh has used violence, he even held a teaching about it in a gathering with all his members. Now everyone thinks he is a God who knows what karma to put his devotees through. I think they have all gone mad or are severely brainwashed. (Volunteer)

Suddenly the magic was gone. I felt they could not enchant me like they did before. Their meditation skills did not work for me any longer. It was like I could see through them and their practices. (Dru Summer congress participant)

Working closely with the life family, I noted that, the enormous effort the ‘gurus’, teachers & members had to make to appear joyful, centred & inspiring at the public events, courses, & conferences was so draining for them that after the events, they often became ill. On stage they projected a happy united family but behind the scenes they were positively nasty & denigrating to each other. The public peaceful front is rather a ‘good show’. One could see how superficial, shallow and distant new members, who once were your good friends, became in time living in the community. An arrogant, self-righteous attitude replaced the once genuine caring & loving individuals. Of course when they needed your skills, money or help, they would shower ego-boosting praises again. (DY student, Volunteer 3 years)

I normally have lots of energy to do anything that comes onto my path but since I went to the LF in Wales everything went wrong, my energy level dropped dramatically, I could not sleep properly, my head was spinning. I felt that they took my female energy for my own use. I felt that I was dependent on them without knowing it and that they still had an influence on me when I went home. My chakras were totally messed up. I had to go to a special therapist to heal. (Dru meditation student)

In my conversations with teachers of the LF, I experienced a lot of frozen ideas and stiffness. They were not at all open to my experiences and questions. They often just said that I should read the Bhagavad Gita better and more often. (DY student 4 years)

At one point, I realised that they were no longer an example to me because of their arrogant behaviour towards others. I hope I will never have such an attitude towards my students. (DY student 2 years)

I had a unique experience. It happened in DC when Mansukh and all of the "higher ups" where in town staying at my friends house. I was new to the group and the experience. Mansukh came to my office to use my work phone as it had a conference call feature and it allowed Mansukh and Andrew to use the line at the same time. After the call, Mansukh asked everyone to leave my office and spoke to me privately. He asked me what I wanted in life. I told him I wanted to get married and have children. He told me that this was my ego and desire talking and that if I wanted to follow the path I would have to let go of those thoughts and that he could be my family and help me fulfil this desire. Just the beginning of manipulation and control.

June 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I wonder whether some of the teachers are properly trained as yoga teachers at all since they cannot even demonstrate the postures correctly. How are we supposed to teach their yoga when they do not even teach properly themselves? (DY student 3 years)

Once, I witnessed a member jump up and hurry to do some work when Mansukh arrived. She seemed nervous, as if she felt guilty for having a little break to eat something. (Volunteer worker)

Mansukh made a really nasty comment about his wife Radhika (Jane), whilst she was on stage singing for him and hundreds of people. (Life Conference participant)

They were making jokes about sex and adultery. I couldn’t understand what was so funny. Is it because they are frustrated about sex because they are supposed to be celibate? (Life Conference participant)

Manny Patel would often say that he has very little time on this earth and is putting pressure on his ‘devotees’ because they have to ‘get to a certain spiritual point in order for him to take them with him’. That he cannot help people spiritually unless they move in the ashram. That he has to be harsh on the members because he loves them and wants them to ‘go with him’ when the time comes. He has been saying he has very little time on this earth for more than 20yrs and he is still here!! Does anyone ask him, where he is going to take them & why is he so conditional? To newcomers, he reassures that they do not have to move into the ashram, then once he has gained their trust & faith, the subtle conditioning/mind manipulation starts. Over the years I have seen how he tells people what they want to hear and gradually ‘suck’ them in. In recently years, his well trained ‘gurus’ use the same tactics (Ex-devotee 10 years)

When Mansukh walked out of the Conference room with the world peace flame, people really got hysterical. Some were crying, others wanted to get in front. I felt that I was suddenly part of a mass hysterics. This scared me and I asked myself ‘What the …. did I get myself into!?’ (Life Conference Participant)

Where are the examples of members who really had a great education at the LF and now live a wonderful spiritual life after so many years of hard work and practice. It seems like no-one ever ‘passes the exam’. (Pathfinder student, 3 years)

People say that some members of LF have the power to put a ‘spell’ on you when you leave them and that they will use black magic on you. But I am not afraid because I know that the source of love and light is so much bigger than any negativity. One look at nature, a forest or the sea, is enough to know that. (Volunteer worker, 4 years)

What I experienced at the LF gives me a glimpse, I feel, of what it would be like to live in a country where you have no voice, no rights, nor the opportunity to develop the things that are important to you. And where you are watched carefully in case you might do anything against the rules. Since leaving the LF, I feel happy and free again. (Volunteer worker)

June 11, 2014 at 11:10 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Often the hard working members suffered from sleep depravation & inadequate nutrition. Instant energy boosters were sought in high sugar foods. Food was abundant when Mansukh Patel was around or visited the ashrams but insufficient otherwise. Members would often squabble about someone having eaten their food. Whilst teaching the public healthy peaceful living, Mr Patel neglects his own family members. Often he stated that he ‘eats only a couple of crackers a day & he is working at his ‘highest optimum’. I have observed members take up 7 day, water only fasts after such ‘teachings’ from the ‘Guru’. Reward of such practices was ‘personal’ time with Mansukh (likes slim women). Eating disorders are rife among the members. Behind the scenes, the ‘Gurus’ are well fed and looked after with prompt breakfasts & dinners prepared by ‘devotees/personal assistant’ (food for their Hindu idols, if anyone should ask). (Pathfinder student /helper, 7 years)

I think Mansukh Patel is a genius. He knows exactly what people need, what to say, when and how to say it. He has the incredible talent to enchant people, maybe even hypnotise them. That makes him dangerous, very dangerous. (Conference participant)

An incident happened at my friends house where everyone was spending the night. Mansukh, Savitri, Louise, Andrew and others were there. I had found an eagle feather and wanted to give it to Mansukh as a gift. I had wrapped it up in a red cloth and proceeded down the stairs to the room he was staying in. Savitri was like a bull dog at the door and completely bit my head off (energetically as well as verbally) for knocking on the 'guru's' door without permission. I was absolutely shocked at the level of bitterness from her and from that day on never trusted her. What was even more shocking was when she realized what I was doing, giving a gift to the guru, she instantly turned on the sweetness. She did later apologize to me. However, after that experience I realized she was a fake. When I explained my disappointment in her actions, and how could someone who was so enlightened get so annoyed, the LF family said, “Oh she is over extended and wants things to go smoothly”. What I wish to tell everyone reading this is when the fire in the belly lights, listen to it softly. That is where your truth lies. Your body never lies to you about the truth. Even if you can't identify it, listen to the feeling. It is where your protection lives in your soul and body. (Ex supporter)

I was disturbed to realise that the LF members who are in the role of counsellor on the courses have no professional training or ongoing supervision. Although they may have good intentions, they are not insured as counsellors and are not registered with a professional counselling body. Personal details of course members were often handwritten after the ‘counselling session’ and not treated in confidence. On more than one occasion, I read information about course participants that had been left lying on a desk in the office. These details were gathered so that tutors could give teachings based around the groups problems. The course participants would then think that something divine was happening when the tutor ‘miraculously’ talked about their personal problems. (Member 14 years)

My experience of Life Foundation is that it’s all about cash, or cheques, or credit cards. Money. (…Is the root of all evil today: Pink Floyd) (Ex Supporter)

It is not the lovely people who work and live there, it is Mansukh that I do not trust anymore, he gives me the creeps ! (Pathfinder/ helper, 5 years)

June 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Spiritual practises and visualisations can be extremely powerful and at times, long buried and distressing experiences can be uncovered. Once, when a new and inexperienced tutor was leading a course group through a deep visualisation, one of the participants uncovered a hidden trauma and broke down in tears. She left the room to avoid disrupting the session. Afterwards, this lady reported that none of the LF members present had the ability to support her or even just be with her. Eventually she had to seek professional counselling. (Member, 12 years)

For me one reason to be anonymous is: I would like them to remember me as a friend who loves them, so if they ever decide to leave and they need help they will know I am there for them. (DY student / helper, 4 years)

I am afraid of what they might do to me when they find out what I have written. Now or in the future. You never know how long the organisation lasts and goes on with there practices. They could get more criminal as well. (Volunteer)

About the anonymity: It's because in the past, ex-members have been threatened verbally and physically and have felt unsafe if they disclose their names. If LF have names it is highly likely that they would contact those people and threaten them with legal action. (Member, 12 years)


"When you meet the friendliest people you have ever known, who introduce you to the most loving group of people you've ever encountered, and you find the leader to be the most inspired, caring, compassionate and understanding person you've ever met, and then you learn the cause of the group is something you never dared hope could be accomplished, and all of this sounds too good to be true-it probably is too good to be true! Don't give up your education, your hopes and ambitions to follow a rainbow". (Jeannie Mills, ex-member of The People's Temple, later found murdered)

Address: BCM CULTS, London, WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: 0845 4500 868

June 11, 2014 at 11:12 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Dru Yoga sucks

June 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Address: BCM CULTS, London, WC1N 3XX, UK
Tel: 0845 4500 868

June 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM 

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Life Foundation / Sex with mansukh lifted you to a higher level
by Elma Drayer - 21/05/06, 12:52
The popular British Indian apostle of peace Mansukh doing Netherlands Monday again. Ex-followers tell their story. "Then he said: Take off your clothes and come to bed with me."

This is the story of Mansukh Patel, guru Wales. He developed his own variant yoga, wrote numerous spiritual books, and is a respected advocate of world peace. Princess Irene feels in his own words "very related" to him, Deetman mayor gave a speech at the unveiling of his "World Peace Flame in The Hague, Rik Felderhof interviewed him for the NCRV, and Ikon two documentaries dedicated to him.

In 2001 Trouw did confirm "the young Gandhi:" In his frugality and good conduct - also perfectly married and proud father of three "beautiful" children - let him not easily compare gurus roemruchter name and fame. "

Bridget Ancel lived four years in the ashram of Mansukh Patel. "We worked together on a book," she says. "Come sit with me, he said. Now you are my wife. My number one. He put a hand on my chest, I pushed it away. Shame on you, he said, I just wanted to feel your heart. Then he said, take off your clothes and come to bed with me. I refused. But I thought there was something wrong with me, with my ego, I do not want this. He's my teacher? Later he told the other residents that he had rejected me. That is why I was acting so strange. "

Jane - not her real name - was fifteen years his follower. "I woke up,'' she says, 'and discovered that he had crawled. In the sleeping bag with me That night we had sex for the first time. The next morning I was really confused. He said to me: I know what's best for you. You know, I was so enchanted, I believed everything he said. The elders knew. They said sex with mansukh is something spiritual. I was just glad that he had chosen me. Sex with him would lift me to a higher level. Against the outside world, I had to be silent. That would never understand that it was not him sex. "

Sue Turner wrong eighteen years in its vicinity. "Around 2002,'' she says," finally dawned on me that he's a power-hungry megalomaniac. Only when I left - quietly, I was so afraid of him now - I heard what he had done to my daughter. One night he groped her and kissed. She was then seven years. My daughter has the courage to say anything. All these years She wanted that I would not have to feel to choose between him and her. "Forced

This article is based on the testimony of seventeen former followers of Mansukh Patel. Most come for the first time with their experiences outside. Some want to remain anonymous: because they are threatened when they got out there. because the guru still attribute magical powers ("He can also be used for evil energies), because they have started a new life, or simply because they are dead embarrassed. However, they all say, we can no longer remain silent. "Because we kept quiet for years, he got away with it," says one. "This man must be stopped," said the other.

The guru career Mansukh Patel - born in Kenya to Indian parents, moved to England at the age of thirteen - began in 1978 in North Wales, he founded 22 years old, with some college friends, the Life Foundation.. Through yoga and meditation courses they wanted to help people find their way. "Creating a sustainable world" was the dream.

June 11, 2014 at 7:09 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

In the mid eighties, the club began to grow into an ashram with various branches. The simple lifestyle of Gandhi and Francis of Assisi, including austere diet, gold as an example.

Who arose, had to take earthly things. Farewell Did you really detach, then you should see your ego to lose. Job, savings, family ties - they were your karma, but in the way. Men and women were, even if they were a couple, celibate. Sex according Mansukh Patel led off the commitment to God. The guru himself took a wife, with whom he had three children.

The Life Foundation had much appeal to highly educated spiritual seekers. They had once occurred, very tough work: cleaning, cooking, office work, teaching. Karma yoga is called: no whining take menial tasks on your behalf for your spiritual growth. Received no salary, just a little pocket money. That was good for your karma. "I've seen a night's work the next morning in the trash disappeared," says a former follower. "That still does not, then it was said. You work for God? "

The hierarchy Life Foundation was as tight as a classic. In the middle course Mansukh (Manny) Patel. Around a small circle with his trusty elsewhere (later they were also the guru status). Then the resident devotees who together formed the family, the brothers and sisters. Around the extended family: supporters who are equally disinterested efforts, but continued to live outside the community. And finally, the circle of friends: sympathizers Yoga courses followed (in the self-knitted variant Dru Yoga), a week of spiritual uitwaaiden in Wales, were on the mailing list.

At his devoted followers Mansukh slogan used themselves as Ascended Master. He was, he claimed to be an incarnation of the Hindu god Krishna. Living in its vicinity, heard the disciples, was a very special privilege. Hundreds incarnations needed you had to get this far. Who wanted to achieve his spiritual destiny was crazy to run it. Opportunity Ex-members tell them to bend. Leader for Like the disciples sat at his feet - so too are spiritual light shone upon them. And they harbored a picture, for example, his feet on their personal altar. There they prayed every day.

Walter Devine, five-year member of the family: "Mutually there was a fierce competition to be as close to him in the neighborhood. To drink from his glass to jump. Been used in bath water I have seen women drank the water in which he had washed. "His feet

Were mostly male followers, they say now, do not notice what is happening during the night happened during the sisters. Sporadically there was a follower who got out - usually in secret. Against the astonished stragglers she was depicted as "mentally disturbed" and "traumatized by events in her youth."

In the nineties Life Foundation began to focus on the outside world more and more. The followers raised money for cancer projects ("The Life Cancer Center), for 'detraumatiseringscursussen' in war zones. Mansukh Patel kept many a 'peace walk', where the press was welcome. His fame grew.

June 11, 2014 at 7:11 PM 

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Gordon Turner joined in 1990 by Life Foundation. About eight years he did the bookkeeping. "Manny certain financial policy. When I started my job was given to understand that it was customary to keep. Ten percent of all transactions outside the books I That money was used for private transactions. A percentage of the money that was raised for charities such as the detraumatisatieproject in Bosnia, also went to private accounts. Shoes collected for Bosnia, were never sent. Sewing for Africa even who were eventually dumped. "

Mansukh Patel hit its wings to the United States and Australia. Around 1996 Life Foundation established a branch in Putting, heart Betuwe. The message of the guru hit in the Netherlands - not least thanks to the aforementioned Ikon documentaries. Meditation and Dru Yoga courses proved very popular. ,, There's really something, "says a former follower. ,, Why they are able to bind. "So many friends to himself estimated that the organization knew about 6000 supporters here and 700 in Belgium. Among them was Princess Irene, her home in Wijk bij Duurstede opened to Dru Yoga sessions. But Hein Stufkens, popular author and speaker in the spiritual circuit, walked away with Mansukh Patel.

In the Netherlands quickly arose an extremely diligent branch of the extended family. The members often gave up their paid jobs, traveled back and forth to Wales, worked their ass off - without receiving a penny salary. If they were married, the marriage was not rare "under great pressure" to stand. Now they say, to see how the organization used them. "Look how credible is Life Foundation. This works very ordinary volunteers. "

According to the former supporters of the atmosphere began to change late nineties. The "commercial thinking ', they say, was introduced. Mansukh Patel showed increasing expansionism. His good news was to penetrate into the highest echelons. Thus, the argument was, could the world get closer sooner.

Marc (not his real name) heard Mansukh Patel speaking at a seminar. "Weeping, I went to him. I want to work for you, I said. Sign him up, he told an employee. Of course, she quickly realized that I had a good link to the business world. I have donated thousands of dollars, made air travel worked hard at his own expense. I was about to give up everything and to enter, when I met my current wife. She immediately said that man plays stage. Mansukh gave me strongly advised to set out. My marriage There were more important things than a relationship with a woman. "

The World Peace Flame was the project that the guru wanted to spread his work. Widely In 1999, seven flames from five continents were flown to the headquarters in Wales. From there, had spread over the earth, for the salvation of mankind the flame. The Pope, Tony Blair, Herman's Hermits - they all got a gift. And in The Hague, seat of the International Court of Justice, was built in April 2002 the first World Peace Flame Monument. Mayor Deetman said in a speech a great honor to find his city.

Meanwhile Life Foundation did, according to the ex-members committed to impeccable come across. "We were hugging each other with the cameras there. That would give a strange impression. "The followers from the outside world also had to say Mansukh Patel was not a guru. When a camera crew from Channel 4 would make shooting in Wales the Altar Room (which was full of Hindu images) was rapidly converted into a neutral Interfaith Meditation Room. "The center of our spiritual life", say a former supporter. "We were so upset."

Within the family the grumbling about the new course grew. The profiling outdoors, they say, at the expense of the members. The hard labor climate, austere diet, sleep deprivation, verbal abuse - it broke them. "Whatever you did, it was never enough," said a woman who lived in the ashram eleven years. "I was exhausted."

June 11, 2014 at 7:13 PM 

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lcuthrFollower Sue Turner: "The more famous he became, the greedier he was nominated. Eventually it was all about money. And he behaved terribly against us. Shouted do this! Take that! I thought this. I do not want My husband and I decided to break up with him. He said if you do that, could something bad happen to your children. He meant: I can not protect them energetically. My husband thought it was blackmail, he left. I was scared. I believed the guru. Still do. "

Meanwhile, the rumors about his sexual escapades were persistent. Follower Walter Devine came in late 2002 by chance a former member against which told him what Mansukh Patel was doing with the sisters. And not recently, but for years. He was, he says, "utterly bewildered." For days he rang around; other retired sisters could only confirm the stories. He explained his findings to the guru. Who was angry, but he denied nor confirmed. One of the recommended elsewhere Walter Devine take much to meditate and pray. Peace

On Christmas Eve 2004, it was enough for Ingrid (not her real name), related to Life since 1988. She wanted a nice way to say goodbye to Mansukh Patel. But the apostle of peace was under her tantrum, scolded her skin full and flew her to the throat. Ingrid went to the police, who could do nothing: it was her word against that of the guru and three witnesses. Later the disciples heard it had been a 'karmic' spanking. Question here by way of explanation Ingrid would ever be grateful for. It was a blessing that the guru only distributes to his dearest disciples.

The departure of these two widely beloved followers had a small exodus result. Even Peter (not his real name), who with his wife fulltime inzette decade, broke all ties. "Then we received anonymous threatening phone calls. We brought the police informed, but could do nothing. A week later we got a lawyer on our roof. Very intimidating. He invited us for an interview, but then we had to immediately stop spreading stories about Life. We declined. But we have, on the advice of a cult expert, but agreed to meet. So they were allowed to come to court, never say that we were not prepared to talk. There has never been such a meeting. "Natural

On behalf of Life Foundation spokesman Jan Maat responds to the stories of ex-members. They are people who, according to him "for many years known to shun any means to bring the good work of Life Foundation discredited legal measures notwithstanding. Moreover, these are supposed to events that have been introduced for many years from anonymous corner over and over again in the limelight. Life Foundation can not defend against it. "

The organization strongly denies any wrongdoing. According to the spokesperson, there was no mention of mental or sexual manipulation or physical aggression on Christmas Eve 2004. "After extensive research, declared inadmissible for lack of evidence. Life Foundation more than deny that such an act of aggression has occurred, can not. "He also notes that of 'malpractice' definitely not 'in the books was the case.

The Master himself will arrive Monday in Groesbeek to lead. A four-day retreat there Who wants to join, is on the waiting list.

Thanks to Jan Bongers of

June 11, 2014 at 7:15 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Life Foundation

We have already called attention once before in previous Little ones to "international peace organization" Life Foundation. There is now a stream of negative reactions got going after the newspaper Trouw published a scathing article in which the great helmsman of Life Foundation International on 20 May this year - Mansukh Patel - accused of sexual harassment and the diversion of many pennies. On the internet pages of the Theorem, we have a large portion of all media messages among themselves put: see / SIMPOS / LifeFoundation.htm
There are now about 120 responses received on the web-pages of Allegiance, all equally beautiful to read . Why do people keep so desperately seeking gurus and holy beans? The Life Foundation is another shining example of a club that many well-meaning people find loyalty. Even all kinds of top-level operating officers, ambassadors, international peace activists and politicians fall for the sweet talk and impressive projects that are presented with a lot of fuss. In short, again: "No guru, no transfer!"

June 11, 2014 at 7:18 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Dipping into Dru

Thursday 28 August, 2008

The Yoga Abode team spent an informative, enjoyable day at the Dru yoga summer conference, held for the first time in Surrey, Epsom.

dru yogaThe Dru organisation (read an introduction to Dru here) is now the second largest yoga school in the UK - and offers an impressively diverse range of events and retreats.

As well as yoga, mantra and meditation workshops, there are weekend and week-long retreats and a two-year teacher training course.

The annual conference allows people to try some of these strands, either on a day basis or as an overnight (or longer) guest.

Dru's notable trait is its accessibility. I have never tried this type of yoga before - which draws on martial arts such as T'ai Chi - yet was impressed at its ability to work in subtle but strong ways on a physical and energetic level.

In an age where dynamic and vinyasa yoga is all the rage, it was also good to see so many older people at the conference - one lady I spoke to had been attending for the last 20 years.

Now the organisation's focus is to entice a generation of younger people to give Dru a go - and it's hoped the introduction of workshops teaching a more dynamic form will do just that.

Postscript: on Wednesday this week, accusations were published that Dru has been engaged in cult activities.

June 11, 2014 at 7:25 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

The catalogue of templated web sites that are all linked to Dru include:,,,,,,,,,,,

But you would be foolish to imagine that the Dutch website is Dru’s first brush with controversy. Back in 2006, UK newspaper The Mail On Sunday published an article about allegations from former members about the various “goings on” at Dru. Sue Corrigan writes in June:-

To the outside world, the Life Foundation is a spiritual organisation campaigning for world peace – but now, for the first time, angry ex-members claim it is a destructive cult and accuse its leader of intimidation, corruption and sexual abuse of his devotees…

Later that year another UK newspaper, The Observer wrote in an article about Paul Clarke:-

…he thought he’d found a reason to live. A few years later, he was dead.

DRU (UK) accounts show a turnover of over three-quarters of a million English Pounds, and “Administrative Expenses” of over half-a-million.

Other articles going back to 2008 also suggest that, despite targeting not inconsiderable resources held through a worldwide network of linked companies – these latest efforts seem to suggest that Dru is still having problems shaking off its less than creditable reputation.

July 2, 2014 at 1:13 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Worldwide Yoga Corporation Gears Up Reputation Crisis Activities

Dutch based, “anti-cult” website disappears from search results by sophisticated crisis management strategy.

A set of web sites has been created to effectively silence critics who have published allegations of serious sexual misconduct, corruption and intimidation against former leader of worldwide yoga corporation Dru Yoga’s, Mansukh, (“Manny”) Patel – formerly known as the Life Foundation School of Therapeutics.

Dru Yoga, who describe themselves as, “one of the Uk’s leading yoga teacher training schools” and who are registered by UK based yoga teacher training support company the Independent Yoga Network offer a range educational courses and products in the UK, but also in The Netherlands, across Europe and in Canada,

The Dutch web directory, SIMPOS were amongst the first to collate a series of articles, under the title of The Life Foundation, but the story has since been overshadowed by the John Friend scandal. The story surrounding the founder of Anusara Yoga has been flogged to death by social media in the US.

Dru Yoga has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and on at least one occasion has forced a newspapers to printing an official apology for implying there has been any medical neglect. They have responded to the accusations of impropriety by suggesting that critics have a chip on their shoulder, (and reading some members accounts – you might understand why they might even have a chip on both shoulders).

But as recently as 2011 Dru Yoga have been registering and setting up many web sites that are linked together in order to raise their internet search engine ranking for keywords such as: “dru yoga cult”

This demotes almost all criticism to the lower reaches of search results where it is estimated that as little as only four per cent of all internet searches ever go – the overwhelming majority of clickthroughs stem from the first page only.

July 3, 2014 at 5:54 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Worldwide Yoga Corporation Gears Up Reputation Crisis Activities

A leading crisis management company that specializes in this type of work says:-

"We devise a strategy to quickly push that site down to the second page of Google using state of the art search engine optimisation techniques."

The Dutch website features a series of links to writings of ex-members and journal articles.

We have not been able to speak to Mr Patel in person, or either of its current, active directors, Chris Barrington or Rita Goswami about the apparent cover up but the ex-leader is still listed as having a business in Bangor, Gwynedd - and although having been sidelined from the organisations promotional materials, he still appears to be in the vicinity of Dru’s headquarters in Snowdonia, North Wales

The Independent Yoga Network did not respond to a request for their view on the ongoing troubles at Dru where multiple domain name registrations and spammy, LiveJournal and typePad accounts such as and have resulted in other, overtly critical and damning websites (to all intents and purposes), “disappearing” from all internet searches.

July 3, 2014 at 5:57 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Worldwide Yoga Corporation Gears Up Reputation Crisis Activities

The catalogue of templated web sites that are all linked to Dru include:,,,,,,,,,,,

But you would be foolish to imagine that the Dutch website is Dru’s first brush with controversy. Back in 2006, UK newspaper The Mail On Sunday published an article about allegations from former members about the various “goings on” at Dru. Sue Corrigan writes in June:-

To the outside world, the Life Foundation is a spiritual organisation campaigning for world peace – but now, for the first time, angry ex-members claim it is a destructive cult and accuse its leader of intimidation, corruption and sexual abuse of his devotees…

Later that year another UK newspaper, The Observer wrote in an article about Paul Clarke:-

…he thought he’d found a reason to live. A few years later, he was dead.

DRU (UK) accounts show a turnover of over three-quarters of a million English Pounds, and “Administrative Expenses” of over half-a-million.

Other articles going back to 2008 also suggest that, despite targeting not inconsiderable resources held through a worldwide network of linked companies – these latest efforts seem to suggest that Dru is still having problems shaking off its less than creditable reputation.

July 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

I've just completed two modules on the teacher training course at Snowdonia. I Accor equate these alarming reports with my own experience. What is going on here?

July 13, 2015 at 1:20 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

Dru Yoga helps a lot of people.

The techniques really DO work xx

October 21, 2016 at 11:30 AM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

As the supposed reincarnation of the Hindu god Krishna and a self proclaimed ‘Young Gandhi’, Dr Mansukh Patel has risen a long way from the Kenyan town in which he was born. Devotees who live and work in the quasi-religious ‘ashrams’ Patel has established in Britain and India scramble to scoop up their guru’s fingernail and hair clippings and to shower him with money and gifts. So revered is he that members of the LifeFoundation, the organisation he founded in Bangor, North Wales, in 1978, splash themselves with – and sometimes even drink – the lukewarm water in which his feet have been ceremonially washed.
Meanwhile, married couples willingly follow the commandment of the man they call Guru Dev to remain celibate.
A proponent of world peace, 50-year old Patel proudly describes the eternal peace flame that burns at his international headquarters as ‘the Jewel of Snowdonia’. Miners’ lamps holding candles lit from that flame – on sale for £90 – have been presented to such dignitaries as the late Pope John Paul II and Tony Blair.
But it appears the truth about Dr Mansukh Patel is far darker than the saintly image presented in the glossy brochures, books and websites which promote yoga and meditation courses, spiritual retreats and alternative healing services. Together they have attracted more than 40,000 people worldwide.
Until now, no one who has experienced the inner workings of Patel’s Life Foundation has dared to speak out. Like former Moonies, members claim they are threatened with dire consequences for attempting to break free from the movement. Even if they do, many are too traumatised – and ashamed of their past naivety – to describe their experiences.
Today, however, a number of former members have spoken for the first time to The Mail on Sunday about Dr Patel and his Life Foundation.
Far from being a centre of spiritual peace, they claim the Foundation conceals sexual abuse, intimidation, financial improprieties exploitation.

May 10, 2017 at 2:21 PM 

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Sue Turner first met Mansukh Patel in the Midlands town of Bilston, near Wolverhampton, in the mid-Eighties. Like many others before and since, Sue, then 31, was attending one of the seemingly innocent yoga days organised by the Foundation. ‘Mansukh was very charismatic,’ she recalls today. ‘If you’re feeling a little vulnerable or insecure, he has this way of making you feel completely at ease, as though he has all the answers for your spiritual search.’
So taken in was Sue by Patel’s approach that what began as yoga classes soon developed into something more serious.
‘I started going over to help out in the office as a volunteer one day a week, then it gradually built and built until I was working day and night, without pay.’
It wasn’t long before she persuaded her accountant husband Gordon to become involved in Foundation activities, joining their ‘Walks for Peace’ around Britain. Eventually the Turners and their three young children moved into one of the houses owned by the organisation in Bilston.
‘As we got more and more drawn in, we stopped seeing all our old friends because we got the impression this would help demonstrate our commitment to the organisation,’ says Sue. ‘Once you become live-in members, visiting family or friends is frowned upon because the theory is that whenever you go outside the ashram, you dilute the energy the guru has given you.’
The guru himself came from suitably humble beginnings. Born in Kenya in 1955, Mansukh Patel moved to Britain with his Indian parents at the age of 13, fleeing the violence of early postcolonial independence. In a memoir, he recounts how, as a young boy, he was taken by his parents to a farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley for a picnic, only to discover that Mau Mau warriors had slaughtered all the inhabitants. He tells how his mother ‘looked at her child later that day and said, “I hope the events since sunrise this morning have taught you never to hurt anyone in your life.”’

May 10, 2017 at 2:22 PM 

Anonymous Anonymous had this to say:

After graduating from Bangor University with a PhD in biochemistry at the age of 22, Patel – together with several fellow students who acclaimed him as their ‘guru’ – moved into a small terrace house in the town. Here they began offering yoga and meditation classes, claiming to follow the austere lifestyles and spiritual values of Mahatma Gandhi and St Francis of Assisi. Rapidly attracting followers, the Life Foundation soon expanded from North Wales to Bilston, where it established its first ashram, Maristowe House.
‘The Bilston ashram contained a “shrine room”, full of Hindu symbols, and up to seven people to each small bedroom,’ says Sue. ‘While Mansukh was the sat guru – in Hindu tradition, the highest form of guru – he was also surrounded by the core group of early followers, known as “elders”. In fact, we were practically falling over “gurus”.’ But Patel himself was the star attraction and he clearly exerted a powerful influence over his followers.
‘In gatherings, he would sit on a raised seat, with his legs crossed and tucked under his body, while we’d all sit on the floor, looking up at him ecstatically,’ says Sue. ‘He could talk for up to 12 hours at a time, late into the night, asking each person in turn what they had contributed. He talked about making money and how to expand the business and attract more people to his courses. It was all about wanting to make money.’
Followers were instructed to draw people in through the Foundation’s Dru yoga classes, encouraging them to sign up for more intensive courses on ‘ spiritual awareness’ that would run for years.
The Foundation quickly grew, with 700 teachers spreading the word in centres across the globe. In 1992, the organisation acquired Snowdon Lodge, a former 30-room motel in Snowdonia National Park. It became the international headquarters for the Foundation’s work, which included many well-publicised ‘peace walks’ and the lighting of a ‘peace flame’ in The Hague in 2002.
‘There are two distinct sides to the Life Foundation,’ says one former member who wished to remain anonymous. ‘One is the public side, which is all about yoga, meditation, spirituality and world peace. But in the other, which is kept deeply private, Patel exercises absolute authority and power.’
Former members say that during the Nineties, while much good work – including humanitarian missions to war zones in Bosnia and Croatia – was seemingly going on in public, Patel was turning increasingly autocratic. All members were expected to be on call, around the clock, to service his needs and those of the ‘elders’.
‘I would get a call at midnight telling me that one of them was arriving back from a trip somewhere and to prepare a meal,’ says Sue Turner. ‘We ordinary members had a very basic and limited diet, but whenever Mansukh was visiting, no expense was spared buying him the finest delicacies. ‘However much you did for the Foundation there was always a feeling you should be doing more. Gordon and I donated £30,000 of our own money but the only response was disappointment that it wasn’t more. Many members handed over their entire life savings.

May 10, 2017 at 2:23 PM 

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‘Members were also expected to move around from centre to centre, wherever the elders decided to send you. One day, Gordon was suddenly moved to the North Wales centre to do the accounts, without any consultation with me, which split us up as a family.’ Around this time, rumours began surfacing that Patel, who fathered three children with his long-term partner Radhika yet nonetheless preached the spiritual benefits of celibacy, was having sex with young female devotees.
‘If you really wanted to get involved in the Foundation, you were told to rid yourself of all ego, which meant following what Mansukh or the elders ordered you to do without question,’ says Sue.
‘If you did well, you began the initiation process into the inner circle. First you received a white shawl, then a white robe, then a yellow robe and finally, at the very top, a red robe. I advanced only as far as a white robe. I didn’t know this at the time but I later discovered that for women, receiving a yellow robe made you eligible to sleep with the sat guru.’
There was, according to Sue’s daughter Heather, another, more disturbing secret that was kept from her. Heather, now 27 and living in Spain, claims that while on a ‘peace walk’ with her mother and other Foundation followers around the South of England in 1986 – when she was seven – Patel molested her. She alleges that after inviting her to spend the night in his caravan, Patel said: ‘If you come and sleep in my bed, I’ll take you to Disney World.’ She says he then kissed her passionately and put his hands under her shirt.
‘It didn’t occur to me to tell anyone next morning,’ says Heather today. ‘Patel often kissed his followers, and a kiss from him was always regarded as a privilege, a blessing. But I can remember hating him kissing me on the lips, and I told my older sister. Eventually, when we were teenagers, we rebelled and refused to go to any more gatherings or events.’
At 16, Heather and her sister moved away from their parents, both of whom remained in Foundation houses. But for years, she said nothing to either of them, fearing they would simply not believe her allegations about a man they idolised.
‘When he turned up at a centre, there would be chanting and bowing at his feet,’ says Heather. ‘He’d be decked with garlands of flowers. People even had photographs of Mansukh’s feet on their personal shrines.
‘To begin with it was all good fun. But gradually, observing the behaviour of the adults, we kids started to call the Foundation “the funny farm”. But the adults couldn’t see it. It was like they were hypnotised, robotic.’
Heather has since told her parents, who in turn have informed Bangor police.

May 10, 2017 at 2:23 PM 

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‘At the time, Gordon and I had no idea this was going on,’ says Sue. ‘Our marriage eventually broke up and my devotion to Guru Dev caused me to neglect my two older children in their teenage years. I can’t believe I was so blind.’
Gordon, who left the Foundation in 2000 and now lives with his second wife in Canada, was also horrified to learn of his daughter’s allegations. ‘Her account of what happened to her when she was just a little girl was the final betrayal,’ he says today. ‘It is heartbreaking that she felt she could not say anything to either her mother or me for so many years, while we were still under Patel’s sway.’
As company secretary, Gordon managed the Life Foundation’s finances throughout the Nineties – and claims to have witnessed a string of financial irregularities. ‘Mansukh dictated the finances,’ he says. ‘When I started my job, he made it very clear that ten per cent of all transactions were to be kept off the books, siphoned off for private purposes.’
Gordon alleges that a percentage of public money supposedly raised for charitable purposes also disappeared into private accounts. He says: ‘Some of the shoes collected for Bosnia were never sent – there are piles of them still sitting in a Birmingham warehouse – and sewing machines gathered for Africa were also dumped.’ He adds that he is now more than willing to disclose everything he knows about the Life Foundation’s finances to UK tax and company regulatory authorities, should they decide to investigate.
‘Mansukh Patel is a very clever man who regards himself as totally above the law,’ he says. ‘When I went to Mansukh and told him I’d decided to leave, he said to me, “I’d advise you that you don’t.” When I asked why, he replied, “Because one of your children is going to get seriously ill.” I laughed and walked out.’
Sue Turner finally ‘came to her senses’ in 2003, and later discovered Patel was sleeping with a number of female devotees. She says she feels fortunate that she was able to slip away one day, without telling Patel or any of the elders, as she has since heard many reports of people being threatened and even attacked when they attempted to leave.

The Turner family are by no means alone in denouncing Patel and his organisation. Last month, the Dutch newspaper Trouw published a lengthy account of Patel’s activities, based on interviews with 17 former followers. In Holland, Patel is a minor celebrity, with Princess Irene, a member of the the Dutch royal family, among his many admirers.
But according to Bridget Ancel, another ex-Life Foundation member, there is little about Patel to admire. She believes he regards sex with many of his female devotees ‘as a way of exercising psychological power over them’.
Ancel, who now lives in Wales, alleges that she was a victim of an unexpected sexual advance, before fleeing one of the Foundation’s ashrams 12 years ago.
‘There was a group of women in a room with Mansukh when I walked in one evening. He suddenly dismissed everyone there except me,’ she says. ‘He then put his hand on my breast, and I pushed it away. He told me I should be ashamed of myself. Then he said, “Take off your clothes and get into bed.”
‘As he started touching me, I asked him what on Earth he was doing, as I thought he preached celibacy. Mansukh replied, “Don’t worry, I am just re-aligning your chakras.”
‘I was very tired at the time from working extremely hard and not eating much food, and all I could think of was the constant message we were always getting from him and the elders that you need to surrender yourself to your guru to attain true spirituality. So I gave in to him.
‘When it was over he said to me, “Now you are my consort, just like the god Krishna, who also had an official consort.”
‘I felt very special for a while, until I discovered that he was sleeping with some of the other sisters as well – many of them. And their daughters, too.’

May 10, 2017 at 2:24 PM 

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Ian Howarth, of Britain’s Cult Information Centre, says these lurid accounts of the secret inner workings of the Life Foundation are typical of the disturbing stories he has heard from ex-members. ‘We have received many complaints over the years about the Life Foundation,’ he says. ‘The concerns raised with us are on a par with those involving Scientology and the Moonies.’

Police in Bangor have also confirmed that they have received a number of complaints about Patel and the organisation, though none is being currently pursued, they say, for lack of evidence.

Last week, Dr Patel would not comment on any of the allegations. Rita Goswami, spokeswoman and one of the founder members of the Foundation, said: ‘We do not have any ashrams.’ She insisted that Patel has never styled himself as the reincarnation of Krishna, nor described himself as a Young Gandhi. The Foundation also hotly disputes claims about Patel’s sexual activities. According to Goswami, the allegations are being made by people ‘who are total obsessives, and whose stated objective is to destroy our organisation’. Asked why they would want to do that, she said it was because some ex-members had found the Foundation’s ‘self-development’ work too confrontational and were now angry and embittered. ‘The campaign centred on one of the five founders, Mansukh Patel, has recently become very personal, with everybody’s story becoming more exaggerated the more often it is repeated,’ said Goswami. ‘It has at times been very frightening for us, with threats and damage to property.’
When The Mail on Sunday asked to speak to Patel himself about the claims of sexual and financial improprieties, Goswami replied: ‘It is not possible to speak to him.’

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