Most of us are
prisoners of our own mind, of our mental blocks and beliefs that are not based
on logical conclusions.
After one of my
demonstrations on myths of magic and miracles, I was confronted by one of the
eminent lawyers presumably also a devotee of one well known godman. He expressed
his desire to talk to me after all the guests had left the auditorium.
me for my performance and expressed his admiration for my mission of exposing
fake godmen. "However, I have one personal request to you. Baba, so and so is
genuine. You please omit performing the items he performs, as you give an
impression that he is a fraud," he said.
"I have not
mentioned the name of any one, nor did I say anyone is a fraud during my
performance. I had requested all of you who had assembled, to think about the
illusions produced during the demonstration and form your own impressions about
these," I added.
have not specifically mentioned, it is implied because you are able to perform
every thing he is able to do." he contended.
At this stage I
had to tell him that instead of his asking me to stop these demonstrations, why
not he request his godman to perform Miracles which cannot be duplicated by
others? I cannot restore severed limbs, give eye sight to the blind, normal
brain to the retarded and so on. Why not he request his Baba to perform these?
Then I continued, "Now that you have mentioned the name of your godman, let me
know what you have to say to this!"
I told him,
"The godman you mentioned had given a Swiss watch, allegedly produced from thin
air by waiving his apparently empty hands,to one of my brothers. Any dispute on
Then, let us go
into the facts about the watch so produced." I said.
"One of the
possibilities explained is that, prior to giving this watch, the godman
transforms himself into another form and appears in Switzerland, Hongkong, Japan
or such other place, lands in a watch shop, buys the watch and then reappears in
his original form before his devotee and presents the watch. Mind you all this
is supposed to have happened in a split of a second."
"Granting this was true, then the godman did not go through customs and
immigrations before he left his country. He purchased a watch paying foreign
currency not released by the Reserve Bank of India and again returned without
the knowledge of customs and immigration authorities. This would amount to
smuggling the watch. It is not only to my brother that he had presented the
watch. He had given to thousands of others. Would this not lead to the fact that
your godman is involved in a smuggling racket?"
"If this is not
the version, the second possibility explained is that on account of his divine
powers, he is able to move things from one place to another. If this be so, I
added, "You all say that your god man does not accept anything from any one and
if he has no other business or occupation, he could not possibly have any
possessions, and so it should be concluded that this watch did not belong to
him. Still he has managed to produce it, and it amounts to stealing the same
possibility is that as he has claimed to be the Creater himself, he has the
power to materialise this watch from thin air! "If this is true", I said. "Had
he created his own brand, possibly we could not have said anything. But he has
created duplicate watch of well known foreign company's watch with their
monogram, serial number etc., without their knowledge, consent or license to
produce. This amounts to infringement of their patent rights."
possibility I can think of," I said, "is that some devotee like you might have
presented him one watch which he hid some where in his person and brought it out
mysteriously as a magician would do. But you all deny that he would do so. If
his production is not like that of a magician, the other methods, if true, would
amount to a fraud! That is all your honour", I said. The lawyer not being able
to give me any logical explanations to the questions posed by me, left the place
remarking, "YOU ARE INCORRIGIBLE."