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A few years ago I took a class on the philosophy of religions. During the class we briefly discussed a Hindu school whose people achieved somewhat amazing feats like finding and completing a maze blindfolded and finding a card with something important written on it, again blindfolded, and guided by meditation/breathing exercises. The school is headed by, I believe, an American woman who claims she received Rama into her body at one time and does so still when she addresses the students.

I'm now in a religion-based history class and my wife and I were discussing various religions and I can't find any web references to this school or the lady I spoke of.

Does anyone know the name of this school and/or woman?

closed as off-topic by Pandya, SwiftPushkar, Triyugi Narayan Mani, The Destroyer, Swami Vishwananda Nov 11 '16 at 6:54

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  • When you say "completing a maze blindfolded", do you mean actually being put in a giant labyrinth blindfolded, or do you just mean solving a small wooden maze blindfolded? If the latter, this study shows that yoga improves performance in solving wooden mazes blindfolder: ijpp.com/IJPP%20archives/2000_44_2/197-201.pdf – Keshav Srinivasan Oct 29 '14 at 20:33
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    There are a lot of big misconceptions being propagated by academia about Hinduism. It's a type of new-colonialism. Completely distorts Hinduism. If you want to read a good scholarly response about these misconceptions, there is a book, Invading the Sacred. It's available as a free download at - rajivmalhotra.com/books/invading-sacred – Swami Vishwananda Oct 31 '14 at 4:01
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    @SwamiVishwananda Unless you actually know which specific group/variety/sect/whatever the OP is talking about, I think it might be premature to write it off as having "nothing to do with real Hinduism". You might turn out to be right in the end, but then again, you might not. – senshin Oct 31 '14 at 17:49
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    Spiritualists who say they become possessed by this or that being are people who are either 1)crazy, 2) charlatans, 3) weak minds who allow themselves to be possessed by ghosts. It is not peculiar to Hindus, it exists in all countries. 98% of the people in the West are unfamiliar with Rama. Bhagavan Rama does not take possession of a person so that he can act like some sort of radio host. Any mischievous ghost can call themselves Rama and duly impress ignorant people. When Rama enters your heart once, it will change your life forever; it will be silently and with no outward manifestation. – Swami Vishwananda Nov 1 '14 at 4:17
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    @moonstar2001, I think the post is an example of open-mindedness. What both of you say comes from a mind-set that seeks to oppose these views - at least it seems. It may be my wording that is poor or outright wrong. However, given the forum, I'm not willing to accept that type of rhetoric or "supposed" truths. Historically, minority sects always get flack from their contemporaries. I'm not interested in getting into a debate of whether these people are worthy of "your" praise but simply their name. Did Jews accept Christians, Muslims accept Christians? What value do their opinions hold? – ChiefTwoPencils Feb 9 '15 at 8:25

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