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Kumaré

KUMARÉ is a documentary about a man who impersonates a wise Indian Guru and builds a following in Arizona. At the height of his popularity, the Guru Kumaré must reveal his true identity to his disciples to unveil his greatest teaching of all.

Director: Vikram Gandhi
Year: 2011
Time: 84 min
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Recognize, if you are in need of spiritual guidance, the difference between spiritualism and blind worship when seeking assistance.

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Read the full article by Vikram Gandhi here.

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