Rated 3 out of 5 by 1
Rated 3 out of 5 by GMan Have an open mind, but think critically.
I have always been fascinated by people that can do extraordinary things. Often these people are Hindu or Buddhist with extensive experience in meditation. My favorite example is that of Thich Quang Duc (born Lam Van Tuc). On June 11th, 1963 this man protested the South Vietnam government by allowing himself to be dowsed with gasoline and set on fire. Using his meditative skills he sat calmly until he died. Video proof of this can be seen in the documentary movie "In the year of the pig". Sitting calmly until death proves this man had control of his body and mind like few others.
I eagerly purchased this DVD with the hopes of seeing another extraordinary feat. In the DVD, Pilot Baba is made out to disappear while performing Samadhi. Nobody sees him disappear or re-appear, because drapes are closed around him during the disappearance and re-appearance. I believe the explanation was that Pilot Baba requires privacy during his public performance of Samadhi. At certain intervals the drapes were opened briefly and the audience could see he was there or not there.
I'm sorry, but this is just not believable. As Carl Sagan once said, "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." I would LOVE to believe it is possible, but I'm not that gullible.
I considered returning this DVD because of my belief the performance was a fraud. I decided to keep it because I still find it very interesting and it contains many stories I can explore.
This DVD saddens me, because I know of many documented cases of amazing body control. I've seen credible accounts of monks controlling bodily functions which are not normally controllable. I've seen people drastically slow their heart rates down with a heart monitor right there to show it. I've seen people demonstrate the ability to ignore pain. Seeing these feats and the self immolation of Thich Quang Duc has proven to me that meditation is no joke.
So this DVD will stay in my collection, but not in an honorable way. In the meantime, I will continue to think critically, but with an open mind.
August 6, 2012