Samadhi DVD

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A look at some yogis' death-defying abilities

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Samadhi, which means death in Hindi, refers to the “virtual death” experienced by yogis when they enter a state of suspended animation. These men and women from the Himalayas can be buried alive, enclosed in airtight glass blocks or remain underwater for days on end. Even without air, water, food or the ability to move – and while enduring extreme temperatures – the yogis emerge unscathed. Director/writer/photographer/producer team Andre and Jessica Vaillancourt had the privilege to be invited to film the Samadhi event at a Kumbh Mela gathering. This DVD is the first comprehensive documentary produced on the subject of Samadhi. It delves into the true mechanics of life itself and challenges the boundaries of our pre-existing concepts. Filmed in Dewas, Nainital and Allahabad in India and in Berkeley, CA, this film is an intimate look at an ancient, secret practice that is now being revealed. 95 minutes.

Rated 3 out of 5 by 1 reviewer.
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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
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