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Wayne Dyer, self-help guru and advocate of positive thinking, dies at 75

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Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help guru whose wrote the best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” as a guide to better living, has died at 75. Dyer was promoted by Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities. While self-help advice is typically harmless and may be advantageous to some people, the disturbing role of Dyer was to suggest that…

The legacy of Sai Baba continues to do damage: Ashrafi convicted

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UPDATE (19-Feb 2015): Leicester faith healer conman convicted. Ashrafi was sentenced to 9 years in prison for fraud. Originally published 26-Jan 2015 Alleged fraudster used conjuring tricks to get people to give him money. ‘Con artist masqueraded as a faith healer to dupe vulnerable victims out of £650,000 in a series of scams’, court told |…

Frozen guru in the ashram is causing a stir in the town

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The NY Times covers the Frozen Guru story. Where a Holy Man Lies Frozen, Threat of a Standoff Looms – NYTimes.com. But somewhere inside the ashram, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, hidden away in a secret chamber, is the frozen body of its spiritual leader, Ashutosh Maharaj, who was declared clinically dead of a heart attack…

Mother jailed for nearly starving her son on advice from guru

Guru dude seems all too happy to be sentenced to jail time for nearly starving a child to death.

In Germany, a mother and her partner, a so-called ‘guru’, were found guilty and jailed for failing to obtain proper health care for a child, using meditation and healing foods instead. The lawsuit was brought by the victim years later. Guru and mum refused sick son medicine – The Local. The regional court of Nuremberg-Fürth jailed…

Gurubusters teach schoolkids how say no to superstition

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A small group of people are doing some fine work talking to school kids in India about how NOT to be fooled. Who ya gonna call? Gurubusters!. Standing in front of the schoolchildren at Desu Madra Secondary School in Mohali, in the Indian state of Punjab, Satnam Singh Daun spreads his props out on the…

India’s Superstition Industry

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The latest issue of Frontline – India’s National Magazine – features several stories of interest in the theme “Superstition Industry”. Check it out. Frontline : In-depth analysis of issues and events in India and around the world. The main feature is on the charges against a famous guru. In the name of faith | Frontline. Asaram…

Asaram Bapu, spiritual guru, charged with sex crime (UPDATE: In jail, no bail)

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Another sexorcism? This one is described more as assault. Controversial Indian guru in custody over sexual assault charge on a minor. Asaram sexually assaulted her on pretext of exorcism, alleges victim : North, News – India Today. Police may Monday take spiritual guru Asaram Bapu to his ashram near Rajasthan’s Jodhpur city where a 16-year-old…

Caution: The irony will kill you

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Mike Adams (of Natural News – worst pseudoscience site on the web is telling you how to avoid scams. Does he mention himself? He should know, he pushes lots of shit.) give us the epic fail of the day (although Discovery Channels Megalodon Shark Week garbage is neck and neck). Are you dead from astoundation?…

Sweat and squeeze guru is free to build empire again

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I can’t help but think of the new season of Arrested Development. But, this is neither funny nor fiction. Motivational speaker that pimps “Harmonic Wealth” is free from prison after two years and looks like is on track to continue his business. They’re watching as guru in sweat lodge case goes free – CNN.com. New…

Children associated with cultish leader Pontbriand taken into custody

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Youth protection takes 10 children among followers of ‘guru’ – Montreal – CBC News. Youth protection officials from Quebec’s Montérégie region have taken custody of 10 children who had allegedly been living with followers of a self-styled prophet of the apocalypse in Arizona. Marcel Pontbriand, a former businessman from Beloeil, Que, who claims he can…

Deepak Chopra, honored as Indian leader, to launch video channel

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Deepak Chopra won’t apologize for success . Deepak Chopra isn’t the usual spiritual guru found in history books. He makes no apologies for that distinction — or his success. Unlike gurus of the past, this famed physician and alternative medicine advocate boasts a following of one million people on Twitter. “It’s given me more access…