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How far would you go for enlightenment? Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India. While many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead. Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening.

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Charlie Marinelli’s story is not surrounded by theories. In a first hand interview, he provides answers about hitting a spiritual edge in India — a journey he barely survived. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The spiritual edge Charlie Marinelli chased in India the summer of 2019 forced his parents on a desperate race against the clock to try to rescue him. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
In November 2018, Russell flew to Rishikesh seeking the “next level of spirituality,” but it’s a quest he would never return from. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
The Beatles saw the holy city of Rishikesh as a fast track to spiritual awakening, guided by the renowned guru, Maharishi. We’ll experience their trip first hand through the stories of someone who was there…But, we’ll also explore other ways gurus use their influence, and it’s not always for good.  Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Journalist Jonathan Spollen disappeared in Rishikesh, India in 2012, and though there’s still no evidence of his death, what was found where he went missing has raised many questions and keeps this cold case shrouded in mystery. Also, a peek behind the curtain: hear what happens when things fall apart in True Crime. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Did Justin Alexander Shetler - nomad, ninja and epic adventurer - meet his match in India when he disappeared in 2016…Or is a cryptic message in one of his last instagram posts proof that he doesn’t want to be found? Michael Yon, a former green beret and combat correspondent, who helped with Justin’s investigation offers his insight while sharing his own favorite pastime in India: Cannibal Hunting. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Did Ryan Chambers vanish in India in 2005 due to the influence of the mysterious phenomena, India Syndrome…or were other forces at play? India Syndrome is examined by an expert who assesses whether the cryptic phenomena is a myth or legitimate risk. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
India Syndrome, a psychosis that’s said to affect Westerners seeking some sort of spiritual enlightenment in India, is identified as the cause for both a suicide and disappearance of two Westerners called to India, and ultimately led astray there... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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2021-02-0303:012

How far would you go for enlightenment? Westerners have long been drawn to the spiritual mystique of India. While many find what they’re looking for and return home, some vanish without a trace or even end up dead. Astray investigates those who pay the ultimate cost in search of spiritual awakening. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (6)

Brittney Tipton

I love this! any other suggestions?

Mar 23rd
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Ann Wand

This is a really powerful podcast. I appreciate that these episodes were not easy to write, which makes the work you have done even more impressive.

Mar 21st
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Ralph Holtom

There is also Jerusalem syndrome

Mar 12th
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