Does anyone here have experience with Hinduism, Vaisnavaism or any of that?
This semester at school I got involved with Vaisnavas a bit, but ultimately got severely weirded out by them. Something that bothered me the most was that they encourage other people to do japa while just presenting it as a means to relax, concentrate, meditate or whatever have you. They don't tell people what it is. Of course, I knew and did it anyway since I wasn't sure I really believed in Christianity any more. Now I wish I had pointed out to them that they are being deceptive and misleading people by not being completely frank about what it is they are doing.
After the end of the semester I suddenly realized it seemed demonic. The Bhagavad Gita, alone, sounds so good, spiritual and everything. But when you find out all the other things they believe (and leave out) it starts to seem evil. Making idols out of cow dung, believing God has intimate relations with endless wives, on an endless number of planets that he manifests on... Of course, none of it is in the introductory literature. I guess they hope they will have people in it deep enough that by the time they get to those books they will overlook it or something.