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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Delves into the formation and beliefs of the Hare Krishna religion, and its emergence in America against the background of Vietnam and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. From there the series focuses on the history of an extremist sect of Hare Krishna formed by a rogue disciple, Keith Ham, in the rural hills of West Virginia in 1968. The series also highlights the many criminal acts of the leaders of the sect, called New Vrindaban.
This true story about a cult that deals with criminal activity including abuse as well as murder has no positive messages.
Positive Role Models
This true story about a cult that deals with criminal activity including abuse as well as murder has no positive role models.
The founder of the Hare Krishna movement is Indian but nearly all of his gurus, including the man who's the focus of this series, are White. The followers living in New Vrindaban are mostly White with a smaller Indian population.
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Violence & Scariness
Stories of torture and suffering within the commune are recounted, with one member mentioning how their neighbors viewed them as a "baby-killing cult." There are chilling accounts of murder, accusations of rape, and stories of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse toward adults and children. One survivor shares an explicit account of being molested by one of the church leaders. Additionally, there are harrowing descriptions of shootings, stabbings, and a man being buried alive, all depicted in gruesome detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Stories of sexual affairs, rape, and the sexual assault of children. There are also stories of men having harems and being married to multiple women at once.
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Contains profanity including "f--k".
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The use of hallucinogens is discussed as a common means of escaping reality in the 1960s, highlighting the allure of these substances. The ethos "Stay High Forever. No More Coming Down" is presented as part of the Hare Krishna movement's ideology, with followers stating that they gave up drugs but became addicted to the swami's teachings. There are also references to alcohol consumption and marijuana use within the community. One woman shares her personal experiences, recounting how both her parents were alcoholics, and she herself began abusing alcohol at just 14 years old.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Krishnas: Gurus. Karma. Murder. is a docuseries with many mature themes, including alcoholism, hallucinogenic drug use, cults, brain washing, physical and emotional assault, rape, and the widespread sexual abuse of children. One survivor shares an explicit account of being molested by one of the church leaders. There are also harrowing descriptions of shootings, stabbings, and a man being buried alive, all depicted in gruesome detail. There's also regular profanity, including "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
A gripping exploration of the Hare Krishna movement in America and Western Europe, specifically an extremist sect in the hills of West Virginia during the late 1960s. The unbelievable tale told by Krishnas: Gurus. Karma. Murders. has hit men, whistle blowers, brainwashing, a man who believes himself to be a living god ,and even a few cameos by the likes of The Beatles and Steve Jobs. The storytelling doesn't shy away from portraying the grim living conditions at the commune, which, while morbidly fascinating, is also hard to watch, especially considering the children who lived there. Above all, this series offers another sobering lesson on the corrupting influence of power. Despite the numerous atrocities detailed, Krishnas: Gurus. Karma. Murder. manages to conclude on an unexpectedly hopeful note. For those seeking a thought-provoking and historically rich story, this series is a perfect fit.
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