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There are literally thousands of cults in existence throughout the world today From Christianity and other religious spin-offs to entirely new religions they are everywhere And they all have one common goal a utopia for all of its members A place where the people who are devoted can go and feel at peace with themselves and with the world Where they have no worries or cares to make their shoulders heavy I have focused on a man who started a cult with that objective and ended up creating mass panic and murder everywhere That mans name is Shoko Asahara who started the cult named Aum Shinrikyo Asahara was a partially blind boy born into a very poor family in China Throughout his entire life he had one solitary goal - to become a leader of some sort This started from an early age when he would run for class and school president every year in elementary middle and secondary school Being the unusual boy he was he would constantly be declined presidency as the other children feared his political standpoint and his threats According to Marty Butz a writer for a prominent occult magazine perhaps still ambitious for leadership Asahara realized his own divine appointment and religious calling While performing his normal religious routine Asahara claimed to have been visited by the Hindu God Shiva He also began to inform people that he had been given special powers that allowed him to do such things as levitate see the future read peoples minds make his wishes come true see through solid objects enter the fourth dimension talk to God etc He pulled together a large following by leafleting and street corner proselytizing He also had computer book and noodle stores in which he would recruit members By recruit I am of course referring to Asahara drugging and brainwashing a person into believing that Asahara was their king He had begun the Aum Shinrikyo
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