Saturday, March 30, 2013
It's easy to be a false guru
Posted by Joe at 3/30/2013 12:14:00 PM
The movie "Kumare" (http://goo.gl/IZrC4) is a must-see. The filmmaker was skeptical of gurus in general and so experimented with becoming a guru himself. He made up some unique teachings and practices on his own, dressed for the part, adopted a guru-like accent and hit the road. He was highly successful at gathering followers.
It's demonstration of how trivially easy it is to become a fake spiritual leader. Here's another example of how easy it is: http://goo.gl/DZc0Z. Derren Brown is a "mentalist". Mentalism is a branch of stage magic wherein the performer emulates having supernatural abilities. Brown is using trance and suggestion to induce "spiritual experiences" (See "How did he do it?" at http://goo.gl/u9fNj).
What Brown and the Kumare filmmaker are both demonstrating is how trivially easy it is to start a cult. Either of them could have continued on to cement their hold over their followers.