Hi. I want to talk about my experiences with the Ching Hai cult.
This is not a hate blog. A lot of followers of Ching Hai will some to her defense and say that she is a nice woman who preaches about peace and love. Those who are sane will take one look at this self-proclaimed “God” and laugh. Unfortunately, I was one of the weak ones who fell victim to this cult.
It really is an attractive idea.
I was in the cult for such a long time. I joined when I found myself in a pretty dark place. My mother had just passed away and I found myself becoming depressed. I was an easy target and Ching Hai was a soft spoken woman who talked about love and peace. I was willing to overlook the odd bits about being called “Master” by every follower or calling herself a “God” because I wanted something. It seems so foolish now that I look back on it but this is why cults are dangerous. They get you when you are weak, alienate you from your family and take all of your energy and money.
At first I did not realize that it was a cult. Everyone seemed so nice. Especially Master Ching Hai.
Eventually the nice feeling faded away though. I was tired and frustrated. I begun to constantly put myself down because of ridiculous things like having a hard time going vegan. I felt like a horrible person because I was not a full vegan like the others. I also felt like I was not being a kind and good person because I was not worshipping Ching Hai as much as I felt I should have. I felt that I had to constantly give more of my time to the cult. At one point I had the Supreme TV station playing practically 24/7 on my computer. Not to mention all the money wasted on Loving Hut and books. I was frustrated with myself and the world and in the back of my mind I always had a feeling that something was not right.
It turns out that the “something not right” was this so call religious group. I stopped watching the tv channel and going to vegan restaurants. Somehow I was able to come to my senses. I don’t really know if there was one single thing that woke me up or if it was the combination and built up of everything, but I am grateful to be out of the Ching Hai cult.