GURU BUSTERS a shocking documentary

#GuruBusters”, a popular documentary film produced and directed by the British film maker Robert Eagle, portrayed Indian Rationalists exhibiting and teaching many apparently “supernatural” stunts such as levitation, flesh piercing, live burials, fire walking etc. This documentary film, about the Indian Rationalists’ movement to obliterate superstition, religious hoax and quackery in India, provoked controversy with its vivid depiction of the activities of leading Indian rationalist campaigners. It showed that the alleged miracles of India’s god-men are little more than a magician’s petty tricks. The film was broadcast on Channel 4, BBC, UK, in the year 1995. Packed with startling action footage the film goes on the road with India's Rationalists, who are campaigning to rid their country of superstition and witchcraft. The campaigners' main targets are the “godmen”, gurus, holy men and holy women who claim to have divine powers. From tropical Kerala to the slums of Kolkata they confront the godmen and stage public demonstrations to debunk their supernatural claims. They amaze crowds by showing them how they can eat fire, walk through bonfires and stick skewers through their cheeks without feeling pain. A veteran guru buster teaches young men how to levitate, bury themselves alive and haul heavy vehicles with hooks threaded through the skin of their back. Campaigners confront a fraudulent fakir who claims to heal people by baptising them with fire. A healer who offers a magical cure for snakebites takes up a challenge from the Rationalists to prove that his therapy works. In front of a crowd of several thousand people the healer uses spells and incantation to try to save a dog that has been bitten by a cobra. When he fails, he has to make a public declaration promising never to use this treatment again. It's not just poor, uneducated people who line the pockets of dubious gurus and quacks. Politicians and scientists are devotees of the godmen the Rationalists are trying to expose. One of the most famous, Satya Sai Baba, has millions of followers. He impresses his celebrity guests by materialising valuable trinkets from thin air. Guru Busters was the first documentary to show suppressed Indian news video of Sai Baba that allegedly reveals the guru using a stage magician’s trick to produce a gold necklace. Astonishing clips from the film, featuring India's best known guru busters Basava Premanand, Sanal Edamaruku and #PrabirGhosh demonstrating stunts such as levitation, flesh piercing and burial alive, can also be viewed at film maker Robert Eagle's documentary.

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