Materialization of vibuti, lingams, laddu sweets… now easy to learn!
Posted by robertpriddy on September 17, 2013
India is experiencing a most welcome insight into the tricks of so-called ‘godmen’ who pretend to materialise “holy” objects. These tricks can now be learned in a school for frauds (at a price). Only problem is that it will most likely also mean a proliferation of cynically false swamis (and India has had a glut of them already).
Magic lends godmen divine halo T S Sreenivasa Raghavan | TNN Nilambur (Malappuram):
Taking to sanyas once meant renouncing all that is worldly. But, these days, it’s being seen as a sure passport to prosperity. And where else would aspiring self-styled godmen head for but Nilambur in Malappuram district, which produces the largest number of magicians in the country.
Here, students, mostly aspiring godmen, sit in classes for their favourite subject called the ‘materialisation act’ or producing objects, preferably holy ash, siva linga and laddu, out of thin air.
Small time, upcoming godmen from Tamil Nadu and even Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are thronging Nilambur to take magic lessons from professional magicians here.
Kerala’s most famous magician R K Malayath, who caused a sensation teaching magic to superstar Mohanlal, told The Times of India that the trend of godmen coming to Kerala to learn the tricks of the trade started a few years ago. Malayath gets his ‘holy’ customers from Thanjavur, Madurai, Vellore, Erode and Coimbatore districts.
‘They’re regular visitors. Initially, I didn’t entertain them. But anyway they are being taught magic by others,’’ he said. It is learnt that magicians here charge Rs 5,000 per session that often lasts four days.
“They are only interested in the materialization act. Their idea is to astound their devotees by producing ‘bhasmam’ (holy ash), siva linga or laddu out of thin air,’’ Malayath said.
Another magician from Nilambur who has trained a dozen ‘sanyasis’ in the last four years said he now charges about Rs 15,000 per session. “They have lots of money,’’
<em>chuckled the magician, who did not wish to reveal his identity. “The students stay in a lodge here during the course. Classes begin at 6.00 a.m. It doesn’t take long to teach the tricks. But, we make them rehearse several times. Otherwise, the act will look clumsy,’’ said Malayath.
Advising people not to believe in the supernatural powers of godmen, Malayath said it’s not possible to create something which doesn’t exist.
“We employ various tricks to materialize things. In our parlance we call it ‘loading.’ When godmen produce holy ash from thin air, you should know it’s already ‘loaded’ within his reach,’’ he explained.
Malayath claimed he was divulging such information since the atrocities of fake Godmen were on the rise in the country. “I may lose some money because of this. But, I don’t mind. It is for a good cause,’’ he said.
THINK FOR YOUR SELVES! YOU KNOW THE ANSWER.
This enterprise is another fitting comment on the newly-revised book ‘Modern Miracles’ by Professor Erlendur Haraldsson, which has long been widely referenced in order to promote the miracles attributed to Sathya Sai Baba. Read a first account of this book here Professor Haraldssons Final Verdict on Sathya Sai Baba and his Western Critics by psychologist Chris Dokter.
For an extensive critical overview of Haraldsson’s flawed and amoral writings on Sathya Sai Baba see also http://www.saibaba-x.org.uk/30/index.html