I just watched Kumaré, a documentary about a man named Vikram Gandhi who decides to impersonate a guru to demonstrate how easily people are misled. I went into it not feeling sympathetic — I’m not a fan of the “make fun of people for their beliefs” crowd, even when those beliefs are odd. To my relief, it didn’t really take that route. And as I watched, I realized that this movie had a point, and it might even be a point that Mr. Gandhi missed:
He was, at some point, no longer impersonating a guru. He had become a guru.
Take the psychic who does a past life reading and talks about the long line of previous Kumarés who stand behind him. That’s all nonsense, of course: he made up the title and his yoga moves are often just air-guitar-like flailing around. But by the same token, she’s…
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