Sri Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who has come to America to spread his teachings. Kumaré sets off to Phoenix, Arizona to build a following. He takes with him two disciples — Kristen to teach yoga and Purva to book events — who will become Kumaré’s first followers and greatest public messengers.
At first it is easier than he imagined — everywhere he goes, people revere him because of how he looks and behaves, despite his lack of a substantive teaching. When people ask to be blessed, Kumaré tells them that when their foreheads are pressed against his, a blue light will shoot onto them from his head. Then something amazing happens. People really start to feel the blue light. After three months in Phoenix, Kumaré has found a group of devoted students who embrace him as a true spiritual teacher.
More and more people begin showing up to his events, and soon a core group of devoted students emerge. Kumaré builds his teaching around the one thing he feels strongly about: that his disciples don’t need a guru — that the guru is inside each of us. He calls his teaching The Mirror — Kumaré is only a mirror that people can use to gaze upon their own infinite potential, which is already deep inside themselves. Kumaré begins to proclaim this message, and all who hear it are receptive. At the same time, something happens which Kumaré could never have anticipated: for the first time he starts to feel the blue light himself.
Beneath his long beard, deep penetrating eyes, and his endless smile, Kumaré has a secret he is about to unveil to his disciples: he is not real. Kumaré is really Vikram Gandhi, an American filmmaker from New Jersey who wanted to see if he could transform himself into a guru and build a following of real people .
There is truth in Yoga. At the same time, it is also difficult to distinguish the real Guru from the fake one. This movie brilliantly demonstrates how easy it is to masquerade as a Guru. When you enter an atmosphere permeated with incense and devotional chanting, it disrupts the senses and triggers something deep within the emotional core. In this vulnerable phase, the wall of rationality dissolves and you become awed by the Guru in front of you and eventually start attributing all kinds of magical powers to him or her.
Sri Aurobindo once observed that aspirants guard jealously many of the things that the Divine wanted them to surrender, but the one thing they did surrender with alacrity was common sense .
- The description of the movie comes from http://kumaremovie.com/synopsis
- Dilip Kumar Roy. Sri Aurobindo came to me, Appendix I.
- The Mother Mirra Alfassa as a Guru
- Anandamayi Ma as the Guru
- How does a Guru act?
- Can I have more than one Guru?
- Handling Rejection by the Guru
- Obsessive-compulsive spirituality
- Explaining the Ascent-Descent in Integral Yoga
- Are Indians more spiritual?
- How an Egyptian discovered Sri Aurobindo
- The subtle sounds which indicate progress in Yoga
- Four austerities and four liberations
- Why does Yoga give you a “high”?
- Silviu Craciunas has a dream of Sri Aurobindo
- Sri Aurobindo’s interaction with an American soldier during World War II
- Summary of Savitri by Jyotipriya (Dr Judith Tyberg)
- Various ways in which the Kundalini rises