We define as the following organization.
- is exclusive
- claims to own special secrets
- shows a strong inclination to favor its members.
We define it as a group with the following characteristics.
- It has “carefully graded and progressed teachings”.
- Teachings are “available only to selected individuals”.
- Teachings lead to “hidden (and ‘unique’) truths”.
- Truths bring “personal benefits beyond the reach and even the understanding of the uninitiated.”