When Eva was a 1 year old in Texas, her mother met the guru. From then on out, until age 16, she would be removed from school each year to spend half the year at an ashram in India. There she received little education and inadequate medical care, suffering from a range of illness and a poorly treated broken arm.
Back in Texas, she would have to lie about about what they were doing in India. It was hard for a young child to keep all the lies straight. But why lie?
It’s a really convoluted logic,” she said. “If you tell the truth to someone, it creates bad karma for you because you have given them the opportunity to have bad thoughts and feelings about the guru, who is God. Hard for a little kid to grasp.”
She didn’t fit in in the US. She didn’t want to be in India. She just wanted to live in America and go to school. Her mom didn’t agree. When Eva was 15, her mom kept her in India and hid her passport so she couldn’t leave.
Now Eva is a family physician. How did she get to where she is today? What did she go through physically and emotionally? How did her upbringing affect her relationships with other people?
Find out on the inaugural episode of Generation Cult, releasing on iTunes, Stitcher and where ever else you get your podcasts June 20.