Aum Shinrikyo

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A Japanese religious movement founded in 1984 by Shoko Asahara, which is a composite belief system based on Asahara's idiosyncratic interpretations of yoga, Buddhism, Christianity, and Nostradamus. Aum gained international notoriety in 1995 when it carried out a sarin gas attack in the Tokyo subway system that killed 12 people
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He thus enters the "game" of the Holy War predicated by the Aum cult. Although aware of the fatal consequences of sarin gas infection, he does not oppose the order to take part in its release: "When asked by Asahara's legal team whether he could have refused if he had wanted to, Hayashi replied: 'If that had been possible, the Tokyo gas attack would never have happened.'" (17).
After postuniversity studies, he declines any job offer and converts to the Aum cult, becoming an important member of the "Ministry of Sciences and Technologies".
The books of the Aum cult, Beyond Life and Death, Initiation, Mahayana Sutra, starting from the explicit idea that world is inherently bad, also seem to satisfy the expectations of people suffering from people-phobia, from various reasons:
However, the Aum cult changed the initial precepts of Buddhism: "[...] but at Aum I found myself developing a Buddhist mind-set completely new to me." (37), turning its teachings in a "way to control the mind", although claiming spiritual power, discernment, perfectionism as "targets" of the doctrine:
However, Endo was found innocent in the fifth case, in which he was accused of hiding two AUM members, who were wanted by police in a separate case, at an AUM cult facility in Kamikuishiki village in Yamanashi Prefecture in April 1995.
A firm run by two human right activists plans to hire AUM Shinrikyo followers to work at a personal computer sales outlet in Tokyo as part of their program to protect the human rights of AUM cult members, sources close to police and the company said Thursday.
The AUM cult, which now calls itself "Aleph" and used to run computer shops to finance its operation, denied involvement in the launch of the new computer outlet.