Indian guru exposed (sort of)

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Indian guru exposed (sort of)

#1  Postby bert » Apr 03, 2011 10:13 am

This fragment from a BBC documentary shows a guru performing miracles (a coconut moves by itself, clearly violating physical laws).
http://www.boingboing.net/2011/04/02/su ... l#comments

And there is a happy end (and a lesson for some).

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Re: Indian guru exposed (sort of)

#2  Postby John P. M. » Apr 03, 2011 11:07 am

I remember another guru (professing to be the real thing though) 'levitating' only holding on to his cane, but it turned out he was sitting on a platform/chair hidden under his robe, and attached to the cane. And another one who had been fasting for... was it years? Anyway, some impossible amount of time, and it turned out he had (gasp!) smuggled in some food to eat.

"If the supernatural does not exist, it is necessary to invent something imitating it" (to paraphrase Voltaire), I guess would be these people's thinking.

It's like... they really want to believe they have supernatural powers, and want those to exist, but eventually they give up and go for the next best thing; to create a deliberate hoax illusion and fool the credulous. Then they get the attention and respect they feel they deserve(!).

Money is probably also a factor. :ask:


Oh - guess I should add that it's great that there are these kinds of groups in India exposing them and their methods. They really need it to counter people's superstitious bent. Heck - even though it's a very secular country, we could need some of that here in Norway as well, since 'new age' woo of various sorts is all the rage.
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#3  Postby james1v » Apr 03, 2011 11:39 am

:cheers:
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