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The Making of Kumaré with Vikram Gandhi

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The Making of Kumaré with Vikram Gandhi (2013)

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Learn more about the provocative film Kumaré when Regina Meredith talks with Vikram Gandhi, the man who pretended to be a spiritual leader as part of a larger social experiment. What did the filmmaker learn? Did his "followers" understand his ultimate message?

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robripert, posted on July 9, 2014

I have had a similar experience in real life being a yoga teacher for children. I knew going in that I was not really a yoga teacher, and I was good with that because even though I had not lived what I would consider a yoga teacher's life, I could be someone that could give them a genuine experience because I could get my ego out of it. Yeah I love yoga and practiced it for a few years but I could not consider myself to be yoga teacher material. I knew the kids didn't know anything about yoga and I had to learn on the fly how to apply yoga teaching to a dysfunctional situation. How do you discipline a child who won't participate. The Karate teacher would insist that I had to make them respect me, but I knew in my heart that I couldn't force them. I had to earn their respect by being someone that wouldn't judge them and demand something from them. Just like Kumare, I found that being open and childlike myself got the best results. I know that because I was humble, the universe gave me all I needed to make the most out of each moment with them and it was the most profound experience imaginable.

cm, posted on January 24, 2014

Maybe the comments about his movie were glowing to begin with, but I also read a lot of outrage and indignation in the comments (watching it months after it premiered). Not everybody LOVED it as Regina says. It is an 'interesting and thought provoking' movie. But it seems that some of the levels of what makes it so go right over his head. As did some of Regina's comments to him (Regina, I think you were projecting a lot of good onto him which wasn't there ... or was there in the essence of Kumare but not in this young man's 'real' personality). I get how he (and his team) wanted to debunk religion but he also threw out the baby with the bathwater in terms of spirituality and energy. And threw some nice people under the bus (apparently something he slept soundly thru or so he says). Something about this whole thing makes me really angry. Like the TED clip. Seekers being duped, used and laughed at. Gurus are fair game as targets. But the sweetness that he evoked within himself and that his participants evoked within themselves and to him is not a laughing matter. Those folks that could embrace him afterwards are remarkable. Good luck to him in integrating the two sides of himself. My heart goes out to the meditation teacher who got squashed in the process --- the blue light meditation she took so to heart was in its essence still powerful despite his unawareness of what he was really playing with. I'll be thinking about this movie and its themes for a while even though right now I think the guy is an arrogant #*@!

RedcatMac, posted on March 18, 2013

Thank you, Regina for this lovely follow up to the movie. I, too, cringed and squirmed through a large part of Kumare. But, in the end, the humanity that we all share came through, and Vikram Ghandi made a beautiful movie that helped me see the magnificent being that I am.

Lolk, posted on March 18, 2013

floydan, posted on March 16, 2013

What this movie is about, and what people are taking away from it-consciously-are not, necessarily the same thing. I hope Gary Zukav, Steven Hairfield,Marriam Williamson, and Wayne Dyer see this movie. I don't remember who it was(I've seen so many people on Gaiam,now) but it's been brought out that humans live by telling ourselves stories.Even science can be considered a story that changes as we-as a human race-acquire knowledge. I know you couldn't afford to read my whole review. My ultimate point would likely be met with vehement opposition.And that's not a story!This movie helps break down those barriers. Vikram is too modest to say this, but he could only have carried this off unless he was really all this,somewhere, in himself.

Lolk, posted on March 16, 2013

I'm glad other folks have commented so wonderfully, because I couldn't get my words together! Thank you, Vikram for making this very beautiful film, and I'm so happy you did this interview, Regina. There is some kind of very visibly felt "universal love" all over this thing, and it is applicable in so many areas of our experiences do I love it? Let me count the ways... :)

Melody W, posted on March 14, 2013

I loved the interview and learned even more about the inner Guru from it.

Angela Kaiser, posted on March 14, 2013

I enjoyed the interview. I had a lot of questions about his perspective on the film and the sensitivity of the relationships formed. I feel he carried on the role with the utmost integrity. I felt sorry for the followers who were hurt by the charade. I would have rather learned the lesson of the false prophet from Kumare" rather than a real false prophet. This film teaches the most important part of the spiritual journey regardless of spiritual path and that is recognition of spiritual sovereignty. Thank you for following your inner guidance and staying the course to make this film.

rocky, posted on March 12, 2013

I agree with heathersickels. Such a joy to watch! I LOVED the disciples! I loved seeing them open their hearts, and their sincerity and honesty. And to watch them transform and become confident aware open hearted individuals. Little did they know that THEY were transforming KUMARE! It puts a smile on your face. Absolute joy! Loved it! We are all indeed our own Gurus.

heathersickels, posted on March 11, 2013

This documentary is amazing! I needed this--best teaching on illusion and how we as spiritual seekers let illusion sweep over us. Kumare calls out spiritual bullshit while at the same time validates and opens your heart to the deep deep truths of why and how to seek happiness. Do not underestimate the humor and beauty of Kumare, a perfect American new age parody.

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