Kumaré is an American 2011 documentary film directed by Vikram Gandhi.
To record the documentary, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, by adopting a fake Indian accent and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers.
Kumaré premiered at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), where it received the festival’s Feature Film Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Gandhi came up with the idea of a fictional guru while recording another documentary film about yogis and their followers.
I did a muggle review for this but here, I will do this from a sorcerers POV.
What I find interesting, overall, with this mans journey is that he actually took the steps to becoming a self professes, self initiated guru of sorts; he learned from others, put in some time in practice, etc. So while becoming a fake guru for his documentary, he kinda became a somewhat close representation, lol.
I really enjoyed this book. Not for any magickal purposes, just story wise.
It has a very casual tone to it, it’s like I’m just really along for the ride. It’s also very interesting since I’m a big fan of the eastern culture and magick and for the longest time, there wasn’t any information available for consumption – whereas these days, information is not that scarce.
Pick this up if you have the time or if you like a casual, magick oriented read or if you like eastern stuff in general.
Errrr, one of those Finbarr releases so…..
It’s very basic, I thought I could’ve gleaned some hidden tech that I could use but basically – it’s very Witchcraft involved techniques, nothing new under the sun.
I like to read every type of books out there because you can always find something interesting or a hidden gem that you can use in your practice or it can spark an idea that can lead to improvement in your practice. Sadly, I don’t think I found anything useful in this book, for me at least. It’s ok for beginners but anyone past that level may find this book, a little lacking.
P.S: Can’t believe people were still releasing these kind of material at 2000. I thought the material presented itself very similar to the NAP presentation, very 70′s with the stories and the way it was written.
Hmmm, this was an interesting read.
To be honest, my main diet of chaos magick literature was anything from Phil Hine or the internetz. I did eventually read Carroll, Spare, Fries etc but that was much later in my magickal life.
This review might be a little biased though but that’s because I consider myself a ChM alumni.
Basically, I thought it was a decent if you dig into it hard but to me – it didn’t give me the chaos magick feel I fell in love with. It just seemed like it was trying too hard to be legit. When I mentioned biased before, I meant it as technically – I am a purist of chaos magick; which meant practical, results based magick w/o the dogma or mysticism.
To me, this book felt like it was trying to be the very thing it was trying to get away from originally.
As a book, I felt that it didn’t explain enough or clear enough in its explanations. Especially with a subject such as magick, concepts needs to be explained better.
Anyways, decent read for nostalgia purposes.
This book came highly recommended for those who want to steep themselves in the LHP but to me, as a practitioner who straddles the borders of both paths, it’s just a book about magickal techniques for communicating with certain entities.
To be fair, there’s nothing new in this book that one can’t find by checking the “classics”. What I like about the book though is the easy to follow learning curve – the author somewhat hand holds you through the process but you, the practitioner, won’t even notice it. (That only applies for beginners thought, anyone past that level might notice…..)
There isn’t alot of fluffy theory squeezed in between – it’s like that fat of theories has been taken out and what’s left are the lean practical techniques and in all honesty, that’s all what people really want – jump in there and perform some magick.
Also, and I enjoy this quite alot, are the narration and experiences shared by the author. I love reading that in a book because, especially in magick, where case reports of how techniques are used are seldom shown in public.
If you’re looking for a gateway book for LHP or just “demonic” conjurations in general, this is the book for you.