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Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Author: Wondery

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When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.

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Introducing: Guru

Introducing: Guru

2020-06-1602:355

A search for spiritual guidance leads a group of strangers to seek help from a self-help guru. He’s part of a growing number of entrepreneurs giving workshops and seminars all over the US in the 2000s. His unorthodox methods and blend of self-improvement philosophies and economic advice have won praise from Oprah and others. His career seems to be taking off, but his ever more extreme methods push his pupils to their limits. What are they seeking? What does he offer? And what happens when it all goes too far, and people die. Listen on Apple Podcasts starting July 1st.
Spiritual Warriors | 1

Spiritual Warriors | 1

2020-07-0142:1714

Ginny and her daughter Kirby attend an event featuring self-help superstar James Arthur Ray. Ginny has some concerns about him, but Kirby is drawn in. She spends her life savings to travel for a week-long event in the desert. But when things turn deadly, Ginny is left to figure out what went wrong.Support the show by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Listen to Murder in Hollywoodland: wondery.fm/MIH_guru
Black Bags | 2

Black Bags | 2

2020-07-0140:5313

Eight rounds. Scalding fire rocks. Oppressive heat. What happened to Kirby and the other participants at “Spiritual Warrior”?Support the show by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.Listen to American Scandal: wondery.fm/americanscandal_guru
James’ Good Story | 3

James’ Good Story | 3

2020-07-0341:298

When Detective Ross Diskin first arrives in Angel Valley in Sedona, he wonders if what he’s seeing is the result of a mass suicide . Now, his search for answers will take him from Angel Valley into James’ history. And it will lead him back to one particularly famous talk show host.Support the show by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Comments (9)

Francesca D'Oriano

anyone with even a basic understanding of physiology would know that what he suggested was extremely dangerous. idiots

Jul 3rd
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Francesca D'Oriano

anyone else thinking "what absolute dumbass is going to listen to this guy telling them to overheat themselves to death??" I am being judgemental because I'm sick of hearing about people falling for bullshit self-development "Guru's" who request $$$$$$ to regurgitate thousands of year old philosophies which you can learn by reading any book on Buddhism, Yoga and even Catholosism... I'm with the lady who didnt go in to the sweat cabin at the beginning telling all the participants not to go because it's crazy. she was likely one of the only sane people there.

Jul 3rd
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Six String Disco

I generally listen to almost all of Wondery's podcasts due mainly to their extremely high production quality. Recently however they have become more of a long Wondery advert interspersed with some short sections of stories. It's a shame, they've gone more for revenue than content.

Jul 3rd
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loveslaughing

Did this man basically say if you die you die. Listen that's my cue to exit. I'm sure there were some before but. .. I don't need that kind of enlightenment

Jul 3rd
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Nancy W

Anyone who asks you to give up your autonomy is suspect and should not be trusted - no sane or trustworthy person desires a group of adults to hand over their intelligence and worship them as a Deity. To defy logic and remain in a situation that is deadly because @3:13: "no one wanted to disappoint him" (James) is beyond my comprehension...I am trying not to judge as I have never found myself in a situation quite like this one but I do know for a FACT that I would have left that ridiculous retreat the minute I realized I spent thousands of $'s to sleep in a tent and play "dead".

Jul 2nd
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Math Robs

More adverts than content!

Jul 1st
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Miriam DeWitt

I'm hoping the host interviews someone who knows about traditional native American sweat lodges so people listening don't conflate this dangerous fraud with legitimate native American religious/spiritual practices. I'm just your regular working class white person, but I grew up with hippie parents attending "Native American Church" ceremonies and what this guy is doing is wrong on soooo many levels! These people should have realized he was full of shit sometime between paying thousands of dollars and crawling in a "lodge" with plastic tarps! (you know because um.... oxygen)

Jul 1st
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