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The Controversial Guru Who Wants to 'Upgrade Civilization'

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  1. Lulu Black Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Bad interviewer imo

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  2. Baktash Zameer Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Looks like he attracts a lot of young ladies.

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  3. Soleil Ortiz Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This seems very white

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  4. Ash Burton Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Good topic but the interview was far too passive. Not enough questions being asked and really followed up. Duboc is very charismatic and great for some other things she has done, but I think things like this need a more cutting and prying approach. She didn't call him on any of his bullshit or wordsalad crap. I'm sure this is possibly the producers and possibly not down to her, but the coverage of the whole thing just seemed so mild. They didn't talk about why his speech seems so garbled, or any of the psychologyy behind this. I also get the sense there is a lot going on here that hasn't been dug into very deeply.

    There appears to be a lot of women, and the team just so happen to encounter a water fight with almost exclusively attractive topless men, and again the same with topless attractive men playing football later. This seems like it could well have been orchestrated by Bentinho, so as to exploit viewers of the coverage he is well aware of, and appeal to his main audience, using one of his most powerful tools: sexuality. He is also attractive and this is clearly a big part of how he operates. As @pablodarko84 says, he is a textbook narcicist; he uses garbled wordsalad and a charismatic and handsome smile to put people into an addictive trance-like confusion, that they confuse with a glimpse at enlightenment. This is of course mixed in with genuinely valuable mindfulness/meditation techniques, which he frames as if his own. Of course this doesn't work on everyone, but those it doesn't work on aren't the ones buying tickets. As we all know, people like this often want to be fooled, they want leadership and to recline into passivity. His whole silence and 'let go of all your points of view' thing leans right into this. Duboc briefly touches on this by hinting at how many vulnerable people come to places like this, but when he gives his garbled evaisive answer, nothing more is said. This could well be editing and not Duboc, but either way Vice as a team need to be more cutting. The evaisive answer is also a classic narcist's evaision, taking the implicit suggestion of him abusing vulnerable people and ending with saying that that makes him himself feel vulnerable.

    Also as @KnowSage says, people often go along with scams even once they know it is one, simply to justify it to themselves. This is how romance scams operate, often people will keep paying even once they realise they have been scammed, just to keep up the pretence to themselves.

    Maybe I am asking too much of Vice though. It is Vice after all, not Panorama, and perhaps this distant look is more inkeeping with their brand, but I do feel that giving a glimpse of something fucked up happening but not really talking about it is a bit strange. Maybe they should stick to people doing drugs in the rainforest… They're good at that. Even if it is getting a bit old.

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  5. Aidan A Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    what the fuck?

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  6. No Speaking! Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This peoples just look I do not know… They don't want to follow God but they follow a stupid man that teaches them nothing. Smh

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  7. Michelle Mitchell Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I hate to tell this guy but if this world don't get a grip on geoengineering we won't have a world in 20 years

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  8. Jay Murthy Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Hahaha this is 2019 how the fuck can cults still exist? This is some rich whitey shit

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  9. User5228 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Watches Alan Watts once…starts cult.

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  10. L4WNY Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I wonder how many of the women/ and or men he's slept with in the "name of spirituality" 😁🤣

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  11. Tina Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    We all have gurus. They are within ourselves.

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  12. Tongthang Haokip Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    The simple reason is we are not the same God made us all beautifully different but there are some beautiful beings in this world that can convince beings that what has already been created and make it their own story.

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  13. Ella Starbrook Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I lost my shit when everyone started dancing… Omf

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  14. John Robinson Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    It is all self. There is no love there. It is selfish smirking smoke and mirrors all full of its self and based on death. These beliefs are murderous…devoid of life. I dare you to show me words of spirit and Life. Only Jesus speaks those kinds of words

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  15. Laura Bowles Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    People naturally seek connections, community, and a deeper meaning for their lives. Perhaps even moreso in today's digital world and age of increased anxiety. Dude has just figured out the oldest trick in the book: peddling that to people and getting rich by it.

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  16. louis - Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Haha there pops up every a new religion fuck all religion. Thats why we killed each other.

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  17. karmakameleon113 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Hey Everybody, I decided after watching this that I'm starting a cult! If this guy can then so can I! I don't know what it's going to be based around yet but as soon as I figure that out I'll have a "revelation" and let you know. It'll be fun, I promise! My backyard is pretty large and we can dance around and hug each other and shit. Who wants to join me?

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  18. solo ist Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    How is any different than any other religion? But then again… why is he trashed?

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  19. Joshua Thompson Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    ~intense glowing eyes~ DEAD.

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  20. Joshua Thompson Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Lol I can blow on a bit of foil as well and call it telekinesis.

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  21. Joshua Thompson Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I mean there's something to say about being clear but then there's being just rude.

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  22. AOC yeah you know me Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    His eyes say it all, "Even he can't believe people believe this SHIT". Money and greed are a mother fucker

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  23. Lila Cruz Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Omg people with money can do some crazy stuff

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  24. Insane Collective Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    White people are crazy. Sincerely, a white person.

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  25. Matt Gallagher Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Why do Vice videos always have so many dislikes?

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  26. Jeremy Colli Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    the first thing spirituality teaches you… there is no financial price to acquiring knowledge. Any who require cash are charlatans.

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  27. swapnesh4u Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    God! You will feel so much better if you are able to help out towards a noble cause with that kind of money..

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  28. FemBot Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Its unfortunate but I used to listen to him all the time. Then I started getting a weird vibe, he used beautiful women half naked in his videos and talked about how expensive everything was and made sure to let the audience know how rich he was. It was all fake and he just rented out spaces to pretend he was rich. He faked it until he made it obviously. Its unfortunate that people are so stupid and have not woken up to his manipulation. Oh and if you disagree its because you are not enlightened enough! I actually had an argument with him on one of his videos about his use of females to sell his product. He agreed he used them and he made no apologies but that if I was enlightened I wouldn’t see it as a problem. I told him it was intentional manipulation which is the opposite of enlightenment. Hugging people is direct manipulation, he does a lot of these types of things and plays on peoples insecurities. You can see easily the type of person he appeals to. He has a new young, naive, beautiful girlfriend every week!

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  29. tits mcgee Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Straight edge hippies …. dudes weird as fuck

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  30. Rye Cota Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I absolutely LOVE him I’ve been following him for almost 9 years I’m so happy vice gave him this opportunity #wakeuppeople

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  31. beha8tin Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Omg i can't stand this clown. Just listening to his foolishness irks me to no end. He sounds like he escaped the mental ward. Somebody needs to shoot him up with thorazine. I don't get how folks even understand his stream of consciousness ramblings??

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  32. Linda Keaton Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    So sad people looking up to a chump-type guy who speaks large piles of bull manure. So sad that so many people are bamboozled by a man who thinks he's "seriously present" in his "silence of being" yikes. A bunch of doe-does.

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  33. PolSkiSki Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Bunch of loosers/weirdos. Throw points of view away?
    Another bullshit religion that says there is no right or wrong and let's use everything or nothing. Everyone so lost looking for answers when they already been given. It's a cult for wierdos.

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  34. vegan fit mumma Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Just went on his ig
    He just talks utter rubbish and drivel
    Hmmm
    Found this
    Sounds the same
    Just watch
    https://youtu.be/X3ess8txBX0

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  35. K Momma Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    I can’t wrap my mind around how stupid people have to be to follow this guy. He isn’t even a good cult leader and is a terrible speaker.

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  36. matthew austin Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    "Feel a little bit more miserable about yourself when you're being fucking retarded"

    I was thinking if you want to make a cult. When he touched her shoulder it seemed pertinent. I bet they're very tactile With more touching. Manson got girls first, then he got men by using the girls. I bet once the group kicks off you get a snowball effect.

    Real fucking creepy tactile. Like Owen Wilson in Zoolander. All fucking hands and tantra. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MGV7ioTM7o

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  37. monolith94 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    At least with the gun cult you get to have fun shooting guns at the range

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  38. Carolyn Adams Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Try Jesus he is the only Way.

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  39. Carolyn Adams Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    These people are so ridiculously pathetic!

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  40. The Souvlakinator Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    snake oil.

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  41. Katie L Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    this is easily the whitest thing i've ever seen

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  42. cbeartv00 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Ah I see, he's so intelligent he knows he smarter than God, so of course #Obviously you should follow him!! Not cliche in any way 🙄

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  43. Cosmic Lotus Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    This reporter is entirely atheistic. Spirituality does not have a goal of practicality nor an intention which is entirely accessable to a plethora of concepts in which she is seeking to compartmentalize. What she should have focused on was the leader and did more digging there. In my perspective it may be a behind the scenes homoerotic sex cult…

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  44. Cosmic Lotus Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    It would have helped if the reporter wasn't entirely clueless about spirituality. These are basic teachings of most paths not "new age buzz words."

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  45. dcoleman4444 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    People are seeking and they are vulnerable and they want to belong. They so easily give their power away to whoever the "guru" is. It doesn't mean the guru isn't giving relevant information, it just so easily turns into a co-dependent group of people looking to the guy in the front to feel good and exist. Not feeling this guy.

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  46. markus falcon Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Yes, Another Joel Osteen. It has been reported that Osteen stopped taking a $200,000 salary. His estimated net worth is $40 million. He also lives in a$10.5 million 17,000 square foot home with six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three elevators, five fireplaces, a guest house and pool house. Now, that is a smart dude!!

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  47. markus falcon Posted on May 31, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Buddha must be asking himself, What is this guy doing? Well, this is the Antichrist and those Who believe in him, will be punished with eternal agony in Hell. Hail Satan is waiting.

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