ziddina - Thanks for raising the issue of getting enough sleep. In the link transhuman68 provided, a poster noted the requirement of chanting the hare krishna mantra for a specified number of repetitions can eat up a lot of time and lead to not getting enough sleep. My friend did just tell me she has a cough and hasn't had enough sleep lately. I'm not sure if it's related to the chanting requirement or if she's just busy.
still thinking - Good point. Positive behavior does not mean the doctrines are true.
jgnat - Thank you. I was wondering if that kind if thinking existed in this group: telling people they will never be happy if they decide to leave the group. JW's do the same thing. Very manipulative.
Londo111 - I plan to be as sensitive & gentle as I can, e.g. not belittling. She knows I try to think critically. One of her previous boyfriends was an atheist, and she said he challenged her - she didn't say whether she felt the challenging was good or bad. She seems open-minded and says she occasionally has doubts about it. Nevertheless, she says she simply likes to hang out with the devotees. From my perspective, sure, it's all well & good to hang out with people, but I wonder if they are playing some head games. For example, they refer to conventional scientists as "nay scientists" as in "nay sayers."
transhuman68 - Thanks for the link.
umadevi - I am aware of the official Hare Krishna website and literature just as I am aware of the official Watchtower website and literature. I am looking for information that the official website and literature avoids yet is important for understanding what is going on with these groups. That is why I asked for the other side of the story.
rip van winkle - Yeah :) I sure know how to pick em don't I? LOL. All my life I've tended to hang out with eccentric people. I do agree with you. Even armed with some background reading plus first-hand experience with cult recruitment tactics, one must still be careful.