What is Desteni?

Bernard Poolman & the Desteni Portal  

The core group known as 'Desteni' resides on a farm near Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Why it should be named 'Desteni' and not 'Destiny' when Desteni is a girl's name has never as yet been explained by anyone in the group.

Its founder Bernard Poolman died On Sunday 11 August 2013. There is the indication that he had been ill for some time and the cause of death was heart failure. Poolman had claimed to be an ex-policeman with a degree in law and an ex-New Ager. He launched the first Desteni website in 2007. The tributes to Poolman written by members of Desteni portray him as a saint, a Christ or Buddha-like non-individual with no ego, a hero and father-figure who did all he could to 'support all life'.

Poolman had many critics and was often made fun of in YouTube videos. Here is one from Istenenergia on the Desteni agenda with clips from Poolman's actual speeches:

Poolman claimed to have been 'enlightened' but 'Found, under the Veneer of Enlightenment, Alchemy and Love and Light – the Greatest Evil'. Transcripts of his speeches feature in the blog, Creation's Journey to Life, in which he talks to a fetus, says Parents Create Hate, recommends Candy Crush Saga, slags off atheists, charity workers, political activists and so on.

In Is God a Reptilian, Poolman said: 'It is also Worthwhile Studying the work of David Icke. His Research is Meticulous in terms of the Global Problem', but that 'he was just an Pawn in the Hands of these Reptilians'. Conspiracy theorist, David Icke and his supporters, however, do not support Desteni.

Poolman has also said that religious people belong to suicide cults, the human should be eradicated at all costs, teeth represent a crown of thorns, mass movements are controlled by ectoplasm, Adolf Hitler should be forgiven, pornography, prostitution and child rape are caused by masturbation or 'the family', elite 'rulers of the world' control events at the behest of Anu, a reptilian god, that Everything that you are as a Human: can be Traced back to a Reptilian God and Desteni is 'the message of Jesus', which is atheism. 

Desteni is centred on the pronouncements of Poolman, but more particularly the young woman whom he admitted served as his mouthpiece: Sunette Spies AKA the 'Desteni Interdimensional Portal'. Most people signed up to Desteni were drawn in less by writings or talks by Poolman than the videos of Sunette Spies. Poolman described the 'Desteni Portal' as 'Possibly the Greatest Miracle Ever on Earth'.

During his life Poolman was never seen publicly in any videos except with a still image or in cartoon form represented as 'the Beast', but Spies has appeared talking to camera in thousands of videos. She is presented as the 'upgraded channel' for 'mind consciousness systems' of countless different dead people, fictional characters, mythical beings, reptilians, aliens, inanimate objects and so on. 

Spies claims she has something called a 'Portal Placement' 'in and as' her body which was put there by Poolman and enables her to communicate as anyone and everything. 

For example, she has said she is speaking on behalf of an AK-47 rifle, Marilyn Monroe, a leprachaun, Joseph Stalin, a petrol pump, Carl Jung, a coffee cup, Albert Einstein, Kurt Cobain, a panty liner, the consciousness of an elephant and a snail, Elvis Presley, various reptilians and aliens, a grain of sand, Adolf Hitler, Audrey Hepburn, Aleister Crowley, Colonel Gaddaffi, a vibrator, Freddie Mercury, Leonardo Da Vinci and a piece of toilet paper. Here's a video by AntiDestonian, a mash-up of various of the absurd 'portallings' of Spies:

Many of Spies original videos are at the DesteniFamous YouTube channel.

According to the official story, Spies was trained by Poolman for around two years prior to her public appearance on the Internet in 2007. Around that time Poolman was almost never mentioned and only sometimes referred to as 'Eagle'. He and his partner, Esteni De Wet (who, like Spies
is also said to have 'interdimensional' capabilities) found Spies aged around 20 working in a café. She had recently suffered the death of her mother.

Recordings of Spies' speeches make up a large part of the products sold via the Desteni-run Eqafe affiliate marketing business. The Desteni 'portal' is what's known in sales marketing as an idiot test.

Both Poolman and Spies' communications are incoherent, monotonous, full of contradictions and so nonsensical and ridiculous as to be bordering on the insane. Everything they talk about revolves around obvious plagiarisms and dull re-interpretations of self-help pop psychology, Spiritualism, pseudo-science, New Age philosophy, quack medicine, religion, conspiracy theories and occultism, all of which are re-packaged in Desteni as what they call 'equality'.


Some Destonians sporting 'Guardians of the Universe' Equalitee shirts
(available to order from equalitees.net

People who say they are members of the Desteni group call themselves 'Destonians' but why they don't use the word 'Destenians' has never been explained. They appear to devote their lives to the Desteni business to promote its products and courses. Although their main message is supposed to be 'equality' and they claim they are opposed to leaders, Destonians are apparently training to become leaders at the Desteni leadership forum. Almost all are ex-conspiracy theorist New Agers.

Their writings are often made up of Capitalised Gibberish. Their vocabulary is usually dominated by repetitive catch phrases, buzzwords and obscure jargon such as '1+1=2', 'Best for All', 'walking the point', 'standing up in Oneness and Equality as breath as me', 'have a look', 'fascinating', 'I am 1 vote for World Equality', 'self-forgiveness', 'applying the tools', 'all as one as equal as life', 'the equality equation', 'Equal Money System', 'the polarities', 'I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to...', etc., the tedium of which is only ever occasionally relieved by the Unintentional Comedy of some of Their Own and Poolman and Spies' Output.

The group's practices include viewing tens of hundreds of videos of Sunette Spies, and listening to audio recordings of rants by Bernard Poolman, reading convoluted sub-literate texts, making confessions of perceived personal faults with daily affirmations of self-forgiveness privately and in public, training in how to conduct themselves in sexual relationships, constant breath awareness, a four-count breathing exercise, and sleeping only 4-6 hours a night to 'stop the mind', and frequent blogging and v-logging to record their 'process' and advertise courses and products sold by the group via multi-level and affiliate marketing schemes. One of the main activities of the group involves the Destonians purchasing working holidays at the Desteni ranch compound.

The Destonians
say that humanity is possessed by 'mind demons' and that the only hope for its future is through equality. Despite this, they are opposed to diversity and regard free speech or free choice as only valid when it conforms with the precepts of the Desteni doctrine.

They are in favour of eugenics and Holocaust revisionism, want to ban alcohol, pornography and psychiatry and have everyone in the world microchipped. They are opposed to privacy and say everyone should have their data mined and exposed. They adhere to strange fictional versions of human history. They assert that Desteni can help treat or cure phobias, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, mental illness etc, yet none of them are formally experienced or qualified to give such treatment or advice.

Destonians imagine Desteni is a 'threat to the system' and makes other people fearful because it is the only group in the world that knows anything about 'equality', and everyone else not in the group is a 'brainwashed' victim of 'the system'. They have often complained of being unfairly persecuted by those who criticise or question them, whom they label 'abusers of all life' and accuse of 'hate speech'. Destonians often ban or block anyone who criticises or questions their ideas. They have issued numerous copyright violation notices against YouTube channels with videos ridiculing them, but backed down when challenged. 

Poolman made the false allegation that some critics of Desteni are cyberbullies who have been linked to suicides. Desteni imagine criticism of their ideas is a hoax or scam and believe they have been made subject to attacks by anonymous trolls funded by an unnamed shady organisation. On the rare occasions when they respond to criticism, the Destonians, without fail, always resort to gobbledygook (see: Trolling Desteni / Cry me a river, Darryl).

In their Anti-Hate videos and customer testimonial Witness Blogs, the Destonians list personal experiences, beliefs and group-related activities as if to prove that the organisation is not a scam or a cult. They refer to mundane changes in their lives like gaining confidence or giving up looking at porn or smoking weed as if they could never have taken place without Desteni

The Destonians are encouraged to remove their personalities and
instructed to view parents and the family as protectors of the evil system, and friendship as subject to it. They say that parents create hate by means of fear and control, and at the same time pretend to be qualified to offer advice in parenting. In articles such as Friendship Relationship - Day 29 or Friendship Suspicion Character Part One friendship is defined as inherently false, bad or evil unless it is made to follow the tenets of Desteni. 

Desteni members all used to have shaved heads but not any more. They abandoned their campaign to get 100 million people to shave their heads. 

Some of the more well-established Destonians are: Marlen Vargas Del Razo, Darryl Thomas, Anna Brix Thomsen, SpamAnn, Matti Freeman, Gian Robberts, Andrea Rossouw, Bella Bargilly.

The group has never been known to have held public talks, meetings or events anywhere. At present there are around 100-150 active members of Desteni world-wide.

The Process

PowereDucation (click for large image)

The Desteni I Process (DIP) is related to Bernard Poolman's previous software business, PowereDucation, the Desteni Vocabulary Purifier and the all-Destonian run offshoot business, Techno Tutor. The DIP was originally called the 'Desteni Income Plan'. Poolman stated 'the Most Important Position on Earth at this stage of our Existence is that of World Teacher' and the DIP Pro version is 'where World Teachers are being Trained'.

The DIP Pro runs as a form of Multi-Level Marketing and is said to bring about 'self-purification' within seven years or more. It involves lessons in 'Mind Constructs' and pseudo-scientific instructions on 'Structural Resonance Alignment' and how people can supposedly de-condition themselves from the pre-programmed slavery of mind control put in place by inter-dimensional reptilians.

Destonians are encouraged to devote excessive periods of time to Desteni-related activities and receive in depth personal advice through the 'buddy system' of the DIP. The aim of the process is to 'stop the mind' so that Destonians can be 'birthed as life as the physical', and along with their bogus political campaign called the Living Income Guaranteed (which has superseded their previous Equal Money System) this is what the group say will bring about 'equality' and 'heaven on earth'.

Living Income Guaranteed is designed to recruit people into joining the DIP and buying Eqafe products under the false pretense that it can transform global politics and the world economy. Desteni claim to be opposed to charity yet they solicit charitable donations for their 'Equal Life Foundation'. See: Equal Life Foundation: NPO for Equal Rights -- or Money & Food for Destonians?.

They rip off the already established Basic Income Guarantee campaign in order to solicit donations: see Equal Life Foundation & Living Income Guaranteed and the article, You can also abuse the term Basic Income for personal gain by #EMS #ELF #destini.

Because of their relentless spamming to promote their income plan, as well as pro-Adolf Hitler content, YouTube banned Desteni channels, DesteniProductions and BernardPoolman in August 2011. Not long after, they were also banned by Vimeo for violation of the terms of service. Their previous web host, Hetzner.co.za made objections to the main Desteni website and they had to change hosts. 

The Desteni group has been widely ridiculed and criticised on numerous different websites, forums, in videos and blogs, where they are variously described as lunatics, communists or fascists, a bizarre or potentially dangerous thought reform cult and /or a money-making scam.

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[Please note: any links on this blog to the desteni.co.za forum no longer work. They made their main forum available to practising Destonians only in July 2011 without giving any reason, and started a new one, the Introduction to Desteni forum. Links to YouTube videos from DesteniProductions and BernardPoolman also no longer work due to termination of these accounts by YT, August 2011]


Anonymous said...

I assume it's called Desteni because prior to Poolmans involvement the farm was known as Desteni Farm, where, best to my knowledge, no clearly defined reason for the farm existed - other than caring for horses and "getting to know yourself through caring for horses". Desteni derived from Esteni, and once again to best of my knowledge, Esteni was the original owner of the farm.

Anonymous said...

As far as I know the real name of the Desteni Farm or Ranch is 'Mountain View' and members of the group rent it from a private owner. Maybe it was called the 'Desteni' Ranch as a play on words while it was run by Esteni De Wet but why this name should then be applied to the group world-wide has never been explained.

It could be that Esteni has had far more influence over the development of the group than has ever been made public and that in naming the group Desteni Poolman intended to pay her tribute. Otherwise, why not just call it 'Destiny', as in 'the destiny of the world'?

Anonymous said...

Poolman is/was a twisted puppet master...

Anonymous said...

This is an inaccurate and twisted assessment of Desteni and therefore should be taken down.

Desteni Cult blog said...

In what way is the article inaccurate or twisted?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this blog. I think it's good that people have the opportunity to receive an external objective account of all the claims, beliefs and practices of this group. There might be confused individuals who have somewhat lost their ability to rationally discern and decide for themselves, thus this blog is a useful and plausible route to clarifying oneself. Cults feed off people's psychological insecurities and confuse taking advantage of many people's willingness to contribute to a better world. Some of us as human beings, are so desperate to answer the ancient burning philosophical questions: who are we, why do we exist, what is the purpose of life, that, will buy into any explanations which are offered and seem plausible to them. I know this from personal experience.
So again thank you for your time and dedication and ironic touch (is always good to laugh these things off at one point and not take them too seriously) in writing this blog. This is not a twisted assessment, and it is pretty accurate.

Desteni Cult blog said...

Re: the previous comment – Thanks, glad to hear you have found the blog useful.

Kura Yamino said...

Thank you for this blog. Unfortunately this freaks are making their videos with that bald girl in spanish.

But, Why are this people expanding theirselves over Internet? Does people are bored about using their minds and philosophizing without new-age/oriental shit?

Can anyone carry me to 17th century when all people used to think?

Anonymous said...

Bernard Poolman's Facebook account is still active. That seems to be as far as it goes for Desteni atm.

Desteni Cult blog said...

Poolman's Twitter account is also still in use, which makes it look like he's still alive.


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