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Highly Recommended Documentary: Kumare

Have you guys seen this documentary, called Kumare? It's available on Netflix streaming. Wow. I found this to be a powerful experience. Everyone on the DP Ark should watch this. It's the story of a guy who became a fake Yoga guru to see if he could attract followers, and how the experience changed him. I think this is now my favorite documentary.

I am curious to see if anyone else has watched Kumare and what you thought of it. If you haven't seen it, check it out on Netflix.

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Just finished watching

This might sound cynical, I don't mean it to. It's amazing the things that other people can trick you into believing and what you can trick yourself into not believing.

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It's weird you reccommended this when you did. I just finished reading this book,

Be Love Now by Ram Daas. I mean, I just finished it last week. This also discusses gurus and their different roles they can play in your life and the relationships that can be formed. It's a beautiful book.

I thought it was interesting in this documentary how desperate some people are to have a spiritual guide. But then I realized, everyone is kind of. Even Kumare himself.

In a way, I didn't even see it as him duping them. He was still guiding them. What did he lack that other gurus have? Just because he was pretending, he wasn't setting out to hurt anyone. He still offered spiritual guidance even though he wasn't an actual technical guru.

But you don't have to be a mystic from the East to have an impact on someone's spiritual journey and if you are able to do that, aren't you in fact that person's guru in a way?

Also, he himself noted at one point in the documentary that he was happier with the Kumare version of himself, so maybe that is who he was supposed to be...

What an interesting sociological experiment and just a great documentary and like I said, it lined up really nicely with a book I had just finished.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Ever listen to Duncan

Ever listen to Duncan Trussell's podcast?

No but I saw the Mitt one

No but I saw the Mitt one yesterday. Actually made him look human for the first time.

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I'm tempted to reup with Netflix

Just to watch these two.

Thanks Ed, thanks TJV.

He's the man.