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Episode 147: You Made It Weird
Vikram Gandhi

You Made It Weird #147: Vikram Gandhi

Vikram Ghandi (star and director of the incredible documentary Kumare!) makes it weird.

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  1. Patty Marvel says:

    Since meditation was discussed in this episode, I thought I’d share this Straight Dope column I just found on the subject.

    “Does meditation make your brain work differently?”

  2. Dan who resides in Anchorage says:

    Pete, have you heard of ASMR? It’s the tingly response you feel when you’re getting a haircut from a lady person and it’s really quiet and she’s just breathing and you’re breathing and she’s working on your bangs and staring right in your face and cutting tiny snips and, oh, that feels good. There is an entire community of people who try to give each other the tingles using role play videos and such.
    When Vikram did the Blue Light walkthrough at the end of the show, holy shit I was in some kind of state. Walking through the grocery store shopping for a Memorial Day barbecue and just feeling that FEELING so strongly. So thanks for that.
    So reddit has a great ASMR community:
    It awesome. Check out face painting videos. Brrrrrrr.

  3. Tyler says:

    Great episode! Not really Comedy, Sex, God, but ebbed and flowed through all of those subjects. You should totally split out the Blue Light meditation bit, I really enjoyed trying it at my desk even though it’s not “real.” I was a little afraid my manager was going to come stop me though so it was a little tough to focus…

  4. Kim says:

    gah! “accepted”.

  5. KIm says:

    Hi Pete,
    This is the first time I’ve listened to your podcast. Last night I watched Kumare, googled it today and ended up here. You asked the questions that I wanted to ask, thanks for that. Without getting too much into my background, my experience with new age spirituality, shamanic apprenticeship, etc. has been exactly what you are talking about.
    There are SO many layers to this movie that I would love to talk about I don’t even know where to begin.
    But I will say this, everyone wants to be seen, acknowledged, excepted, loved. And Kumare gave them this. And he created a community to to support each other. So in the long run the people who really felt that connection were not offended with the unveiling. And the people who seemed to be in it to exploit it, or approached it as a business were the ones who were out.
    Great interview, thanks. I will tune in again.

  6. I loved Kumare and watched it due to Pete’s suggestion before listening to the podcast. So worth it! Funny/sad/inspirational all wrapped in to one!

    And it’s official, I’m the saddest woman alive if Petey Pants has a girlfriend.

  7. Anna says:

    This was interesting, but a few things made it hard for me to sit through. The dismissal of science as not addressing the “shitting eating and fucking” aspects was baffling to me, as was Pete’s assertion that former science students don’t revere their science professors in a similar way as a guru, an English professor, etc. If you listen to Neil DeGrasse Tyson or any of the big guys talk about their former professors, or just talk to a scientist you know about their educational experience, there will almost definitely be a teacher that transformed them and touched them in a similar way. When I listen to Carl Sagan or NDT talk about how we’re all made of stars and explain the more broad concepts of the universe as we currently understand it (I stress that part, since it’s constantly evolving) I feel every bit of that sense of wonder and awe that you talk about so often. This is all not to say that you should feel that way – we all get our sense of fulfillment and connectedness from different sources – but just to try to point out that science isn’t just a cold motionless structure of facts and data, but a means of understanding the big, beautiful, fascinating universe we’re each stitched into. You may find the means to be boring, but many people – myself included – find the scientific process to be a quite illuminating way of looking at the world, and just as capable of fueling philosophical and moral journeys quite similar to the ones you enjoy embarking upon.

  8. Brian says:

    Hey Pete,
    I resonated with your being disappointed with Sedona/spiritual community/jewelry/clothing thing and the loneliness feeling. I had that most of my childhood and beyond then had an out of body experience at age 36 that changed my perspective on life/spiriuality. I just wrote a blog on it (16 years later). Loved the Kumare movie too by the way as it is in the same vein as my personal experience(s).

  9. “Its not offensive to me that he’s having sex, it offensive how he’s having sex” – Pete Holmes
    The idea that you would lose faith by watching how banal a Spiritual guru enjoys his sex is hilarious. An absurd visual.

  10. Alec says:

    The slightly-too-clever name for a negative placebo effect is ‘nocebo.’ The scary part is that while the placebo effect usually comes from something a person is seeking out, even hearing a *negative rumour* about something in your life can trigger nocebo symptoms.

  11. Elin says:

    Pete! Pete! Pete!

    So you know your brain tumor/pedophile “how much free will do we really have, maybe a lot of it is biology and how we’re wired” spiel? Well Terry Gross did a great interview with a psych professor about that very topic on one of the recent episodes of Fresh Air. Go get it! They even talk about meditation and mindfulness! It’s so up your alley.

    I don’t see it on the Fresh Air website but it’s on iTunes, titled “criminologists believes violent behavior is biological”.

    Anyway, love you and the show. Congratulations on the pilot!

  12. Bridgid Long says:

    Thanks for this interview. Love me some Vikram Gandhi–so appreciate his discernment, humor, honesty, and respect. And beard.

  13. Patty Marvel says:

    Wait, about half-way through, Pete starts to say something about, “My girlfriend…” Does our Petie have a sweetie?!?! Awwwwwwwww….

  14. jaybn says:

    this reminds me of derren brown’s 2005 “messiah” where an illusionist goes into another country and convinces a lot of people he is sort of supernatural.

  15. John says:

    Great ep, free podcast! I got chills when Pete was talking about aligning his back, and Vikram said (paraphrasing here) that people born with or who develop imprefections should not be viewed as disadvanted when it comes to spirituality.

  16. akshay says:

    Great episode, also the name “god particle” was phrased by media, it was actually referred to as “goddamn particle”. Sauce

  17. Mary says:

    Thanks for the heads-up about this film, Pete. LOVED it. And love Vikram. What a supremely cool fella.

  18. Patty Marvel says:

    Just saw the movie so I can start the podcast. I would recommend everyone watch it even if the director was NOT being interviewed. It helps you understand how/why people fall into cults, but also how little people really need them if they just trusted themselves more. “The Great Unveiling” alone is worth the watch.

    And now to the podcast…

  19. Kevin says:

    Hey Pete,

    Dr. Gary Penn came up in my dream a few nights ago! I just thought you’d like to know.

  20. Josh says:

    Petey was exxxxtra verbose in this ep. Vikram was fairly subdued, so I guess it’s OK.

    Great listen. Thanks.

  21. Pete Holmes says:

    Oh! Thanks!

  22. APA6988 says:

    Hey Pete, the word is “Malevolent,” not “Manevolent.” Love the podcast – keep it up!

  23. ItsAlrightPodcast says:

    I cried during the Kimberly part in Kumare too, Pete. THANK YOU SO MUCH for recommending that film–it’s beautiful, touching, intelligent…much like the best YMIW shows, bro. 🙂