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'Kumare' And The Allure Of Otherness

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

A man with a long beard, exotic accent, flowing robes and a staff enters the mainstream American culture of Phoenix and becomes a beacon for the most assimilated people in the city. It is as if his otherness transmits an aura of authenticity, spiritual profundity and religious truth.

Kumaré: Tales of a Phony Guru

Sara Davidson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Sara Davidson

He traveled to India, where he found the swamis "just as phony as those I met in America." He came up with an idea: What if he pretended to be a guru and made a film about it? Would people start following him or see through it?

The Time I Became A Guru

Vikram Gandhi | Posted 09.05.2012 | Religion
Vikram Gandhi

I'd always wanted to make a movie about 'us' -- about our inner, "spiritual" lives. So, I impersonated a wise guru from the East named Kumaré and started a following of real people in the West.