Pinnacle Sociology & Anthropology

September 2015, Vol.2 (1).

© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Divine Light Mission: Cultic Commitment Over A Lifetime Story

Elliot Benjamin, Ph.D.

Accepted 30 August, 2015; Available Online 3 September, 2015.


This article describes the commitment to the religious organization Elan Vital (whose original name was Divine Light Mission) over a lifetime through the author's intermittent correspondence with a childhood friend for over 40 years. Elan Vital was rated by the author in his previous work has having a moderate degree of cult dangers. This article gives a firsthand account of what it is like to be a lifelong committed member of this organization, from the author's perspective.

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