In a standard Dictionary, the word CULT = Sect. The cult of Jesus Christ was the common name of Christians during the start of its spread. Back then the word cult simply meant a sect ---without the dark overtones of a Charley Manson, David Corresh, Svengali or the Coolaide drinking suicide group. The hare Krishna's are (vaishnava Hindus) are an orthodox Hindu sect that was transported out of India in 1965 amongst the Neo-hippie counter-culture revolution of the western Nations. The hare krishnas had their close call with cult-like leaders ... they were all forced out and/or ex-communicated ---because of the High strict standard of brahminical discipline required to live in the Hare Krishna Ashrams. The Hare Krishnas are well into it's 3rd generation of adherents. Apparently, you intell sources are 25 years behind the times. The infamous Mr "Rajneesh", aka, "Osho" [why he re-named himself after his disgracefull exciled from his own homeland of India, is a mystery I know nothing about, why should I] "Rajneesh", aka, "Osho" was a text book Hindu Cult leader. We are interested in bonefide representatives of Yogic Tradition ---that is what the Hare Krishna Chanting Vaishnav Yogis represent. Lunitik, You are far out of your field when addressing the Words Hare Krishna. Just dance with those snakes and speak in your tongues ... soon it will be squirrel & opossum season again, so look forward to favorite viddles just coming 'round the mountain when she does.