Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Guru And He

File under: Blogs of Note and Gurubusting

This morning's first batch of email included a note from South Africa resident, Avarim, author of a blog called The Guru and I. He was happy to explain essentially who the "guru" is, but isn't ready to tell us his name yet:
The blog relates to a group in the Rosicrucian/Golden Dawn genre, claiming disciplic authority from an ancient mystical tradition. (Like 20 zillion other groups out there.)

The guru is the usual egotistical admixture of complementary urges for money, power and ass. People have been abused, hurt, and financially damaged through their connection to him. The techniques he uses to cement his hegemony are textbook strategies in suggestion and mind control. As always, his groupies are too scared to ever call him out on his failed prophecies and insights - a fear rooted in their belief he is in possession of special powers and has connections to high spiritual places. He is always reluctant to demonstrate his powers (for obvious reasons) but is very quick to take the credit when something happens which is potentially attributable to his mostly non-existent abilities.

The membership is relatively small and the impact of the group negligible. But it remains an interesting, if not entirely unique, study in how ordinary people make assholes of themselves (including myself) when there is a guru in town.
A name won't tell you what this "guru" really is: a self-deluded narcissist who is convinced he has "spiritual power" due to some unfortunate referential dementia supplying deep and powerful meaning to random events – and that's the best case. At worst, he's a criminal who has gotten good at playing the guru game: claim to be God, or in possession of God's powers, and watch 'em drop like maple leaves in Maine, in the Fall, at your feet.

There's a whole lot more at the blog, for which the turban comes off in thanks and praise.

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2 Comments:

At 11/01/2007 3:28 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

Is there anyone out there as ancient as I, who remembers the "Amazing Kreskin"? He had a TV show, and also did stage shows... I remember him performing in Atlantic City shortly after casino gambling was introduced.

In addition to great card tricks, he could hypnotize people and get them to perform amazing feets. (He insisted on not using the word "hypnotize," and instead said he was demonstrating the power of "suggestion." He, as well as his subjects, insisted throughout the performance that there was no "trance" involved. Perhaps his point was that hypnotism is just an extreme example of a much more common phenom.)

Finally, he could read the minds of his audience. Y'know... "Someone here has a relative they care about... I'm seeing the letter 'R'..." He was more talented in his "cold reading" than the current crop of "talk to the dead" bozos like John Edward.

I'm not even sure if Kreskin is still alive. Too bad he never revealed his tricks a la Penn and Teller. In any case, he was better than any of these gurus. Made Satya Sai Baba and the rest look like a high school talent show. It such nonsense when people claim that some guru's miracles are unprecedented. Ammachi can turn water into yogurt or something? Oh wow!

People who believe in these gurus' special magical powers really need to go to a magic show or a hypnotism demonstration. The Answer to all such mysteries can easily be found in Las Vegas.

Stuart
http://stuart-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/

 
At 11/03/2007 9:02 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Stuart, not sure you'll like the company but I remember watchin the Amazing Kreskin even before that TV show he had. I loved him! The man made me feel better about wearin big black glasses! I looked him up and the old bastard is still alive!

http://www.amazingkreskin.com/

 

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