FALSE PROPHET: THE AUM CULT OF TERROR
A New Age
Hideo Murai was one such convert. A brilliant astrophysicist, Murai had turned his back on the corporate world after reading an Aum leaflet in a public library. Hideo was a small, quiet man seemingly incapable of a single violent thought. However after meeting Asahara, he became caught up in his new masters apocalyptic vision and was destined to become Aums chief scientist and the architect of the terror that Aum was about to unleash on the world.
Masami Tsuchiya walked away from a brilliant career in organic chemistry to join the cult, and Fumihiro Joyu had received an advanced degree in telecommunications. He was at the beginning of what was considered a great opportunity for any young scientist, researching and developing artificial intelligence for the National Space Development Agency. Sadly, lured by the magic of Aum, he quit after only two weeks on the job.
The Astral Teleporter followed. The device was a system of wires that were connected to Asaharas meditation mat to "record the vibrations of the masters mantras." The resulting vibrations were then pulsed through the mats of the followers so that they could, "clean their astral dimensions through the masters mantric vibrations."
With many talented scientists and physicians joining the cult, Asahara planned to create an Astral Hospital and Cosmic Science Institute. The hospital was to be the first that, "incorporated medicine from a higher dimension." The science institute was to become responsible for such things as the newer version of the original blood initiation ceremony. DNA was "extracted" from the masters blood, which already had "magical properties" and, when ingested, would result in the recipient gaining an even higher level of enlightenment and amazing "supernatural powers." The cost of such a treatment? Why, $7,000, of course. Asahara was elated -- his new band of scientists had transformed his original "miracle cures" into a new high-tech industry.
The euphoria was short lived because, beneath the surface of Asaharas god-like demeanor, burned the ever present desire to strike out at the world that had originally rejected and ridiculed him.