29 November, 2020

God On A Phone Line

That is what our godmen are to most Indians: present on call

Nilotpal Baruah
God On A Phone Line
outlookindia.com
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One Two Ka Three

New Age godmen are of three kinds, and Indian devotees are known to seek a mix of them

  • Reason-Defying Miracle Men Eye-popping visual tricks and sleights of hand are the name of their game. They materialise objects out of thin air and claim other superhuman feats, like rain-inducing prayers, to advertise their “supernatural” powers.
  • Veda-Expounding Wordsmiths Their forte is discourses that explain arcane holy texts in simple words and help join the dots.
  • Yoga And Wellness Gurus Life coaches who help disciples to worldly success through a step-by-step guide to physical fitness and mental peace, with a dash of music, meditation and alternative medicine tips

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It was the last miracle by the man who flew in the face of reason and defied the sceptics for seven decades. As 85-year-old Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s emaciated body was lowered into his...

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