The revelation that love cult guru, Keith Raniere, was having sex with his closest followers strikes me not too differently than the promise for the Muslim martyr who dies to enjoy 72 virgins, or the temporary marriage of the Muslim in sojourn, or the polygamy of the Mormons, and their “spiritual” marriages; the Vaishnava myth of Krishna who beds 10,000 Gopis every night; the Tantric yogi who claims to use coitus to attain higher states of consciousness, or the sects of Vamachara where they gather in secret at night for ritual sex and return in the morning to their daily work never mentioning the night that passed or the night to come.
Or Rasputin or Crowley or Jules Bois.
Rajnesh or David Koresh.
Raniere was enjoying his female followers.
He mixed being their teacher with being their sex partner.
Raniere relentlessly punishes his enemies and beds his female followers.
Many of these women have stayed with him for years.
A number of them left him with revulsion.
And when a female follower leaves him, he often makes her his enemy and relentlessly pursues her.
Some of Raniere’s ex-girlfriends are hiding from him.
A number of them have been sued by him.
He has been able to use his influence and money to get two former girlfriends – women that he once promised that he would father a child with – indicted.
Several have claimed Raniere will “go to the ends of the earth” to punish women who have left him.
While some of his female followers say he is like a Buddha or Christ, his unforgiving pursuit of enemies is more like what many people imagine Satan to be like.
We picture a compassionate Buddha or a gentle, forgiving Christ.
Raniere, is a punisher, a hater of his enemies.
Quite the opposite of Christ.
And Buddha, many would imagine, would not know such a hater – his very touch would be poison to the compassionate one.
In what was to be a very embarrassing episode for both NXIVM and the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama at first agreed to deliver a talk sponsored by Raniere followers, Clare and Sara Bronfman.
After a spate of negative publicity, and two universities declining to have their name linked to the event – because of Raniere – the Dalai Lama canceled the lecture.
The two Bronfmans dashed off to India to see the Dalai Lama and promised to donate one million dollars to the Dalai, according to top NXIVM sources, and the Dalai once again agreed to speak on stage with Raniere.
The NXIVM group had hoped this association with the Dalai Lama would bring them new credibility and help them lose their “cult” label.
It backfired as people boycotted the event which was poorly attended.
The publicity made everyone look foolish.