Biranchi Narayan Mishra, of Orissa, one of our members, sent me a newspaper cutting titled "Yogic Way to Ascertain Personal Qualities", published in the late city edition of The Statesman, Calcutta of May 30, 1988 on page 10, being the claims of one Manohar Harkare, alias, Yogiraj Manohar of Nagpur.
I had also received a whole file on this godman from Anand G.Mooley who was cheated by him of thousands of rupees on his promise to discover the cause of the premature death of his brother and sister and also predict his future and set right all wrongs and bad happenings in his life by supernatural powers.
Manohar Srikrishna Harkare in one of his publicity material claims to have ten branches in India and forty branches in other countries. Mooley became an ardent follower of this godman and also helped him to get more devotees and wealth for his Vaidik Vishwa. The cause of Mooley becoming a tool in the hands of Harkare was the shock of the deaths and other personal problems for which he could not find a natural solution as his thinking power was lost due to the calamities. It is thus he became an easy prey to the deceits of Harkare.
His rational faculty was awakened only after years of slavery to the godman by which time he had lost thousands and was also a party to get others also being squeezed by Harkare.
He had complained about this Manohar Srikrishna Harkare, alias Yogiraj Manohar to the Police Commissioner, Crime Branch, Nagpur on 27-4-1988 and 29-4-1988. As no action was taken by the police department, he complained to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Bombay sending him an estimated receipts of Rs.22,25,250/- by the godman from 1979 to 1988.
Though it is the government who have to come to the help of the citizens when people like Manohar Harkare take advantage of the precarious situation of the gullible to exploit them and ruin them in the guise of helping them,the Chief Minister also kept silent.
To create public awareness and get public support, Mooley called for a press conference and the local news papers gave a wide publicity to his complaint. The news which appeared in "Nagpur Times", is given below: Dated 4.5.1988.
Nagpur, May 3: Yogi Manohar Harkare, Tulsi Bag Road, Mahal, is alleged to be duping vulnerable sections of public with his claim of supernatural powers and under the cover of an Institution of the name Vedic Viswa.
In a complaint lodged with the Police Commissioner S.K.Seth, Mr.Anand Moolay, a Reserve Bank of India, Nagpur employee and resident of Dhantoli who has been under the influence of the said Yogi Harkare for about 7 years has alleged that Mr.Harkare along with some of his agents had cheated him of Rs.5000/- in addition to his substantial donations paid to Vedic Viswa stated that hundreds of people in police, administration and bank services have been cheated by Mr.Harkare with his pretentions of supernatural and yogic powers but many of them are afraid to come out in the open against Harkare fearing that he by his yogic power, may cause them irreparable damage or his agents may physically assault them.
Mr.Mooley complained that lakhs of rupees received as donations in the name of Yogic Viswa has been eaten up by Mr. Harkare. And the rights of some of the books published in the name of Vedic Viswa has been made in the name of Mr.Harkare's sons, who are working in the SBI.
Mr. Moolay stated that during 1981-82 one Mr. Ratiram Deshmukh of Manghal Bhavan Cooperative Housing Society approached Mr. Harkare and his agents for sale of plots and it was agreed between the society and Mr. Harkare his two sons and Mr.Pidiyar and Dhagamwar, employees of RBI, Nagpur that they will sell the plots to the followers of Vedic Vishwa and in return the society shall give one plot free to Vedic Vishwa and four plots to Dhagamwar and Pidiyar and the two sons of Mr.Harkare at nominal cost. After selling plots to Vedic Viswa followers, Harkare started collecting life time Guru Dakshina of Rs.57,000 with the proclaimed intention of constructing a Hall for Vedic Viswa in the free plot received from the said society.
A grand programme for receiving Guru Dakshina was arranged at Jawahar Vidyarthi Gruha for presenting Mr.Harkare with a purse of Rs.87,000 collected by Mr.Pidiyar and Dhagamwar from business community and Government Servants, according to Mr.Moolay.
But after collecting money from the public, Mr. Harkare got the said plot registered in his own name and the money collected was not used for constructing the said hall for Vedic Viswa but was swallowed by Mr. Harkare, he alleged.
Mr.Moolay stated that though Vedic Viswa has been registered under the Public Trust Act, no account have been submitted so far to the Charity Commissioner. He said that all the properties acquired through public money in the name of Vedic Viswa has been misappropriated by Mr. Harkare for his personal benefits.
Mr. Moolay demanded a thorough enquiry into the operations of Mr. Harkare and Vedic Viswa to protect the public from further cheating by Mr.Harkare."
Because of this adverse publicity to his frauds, Manohar Harkare with all his influence and money backing held a press conference and the PTI flashed the news of the supernatural powers of the self procalimed Yogi Raj, Manohar and thus the news in Hitawada and the Statesman of Calcutta titled:
Hitavada - May 30, 1988.
Bombay, May 29, (PTI): The days of quick crime detection and easy assessment of quality for high key posts are not far away if a claim made by a Nagpur-based spiritualist to yogic power of discernment is to be believed.
In fact, the idea of training people, or rather examiners, in this yogic branch of quality assessment has been appreciated for practical application by Mr. Manohar Harkare, a science graduate better known as "Yogiraj Manohar" among his well wishers in many branches of science.
He claims to have developed in his eyes the power of seeing auras around people after undergoing years of yogic self-training. He told PTI that these auras could, by their tinges, tell the spiritual and intellectual status of the people.
Mr. Harkare is aware that the nascent technique of kirlian photography using kinetic photo lens for high frequency shots has succeeded in capturing auras around non-living and static objects. He feels that the same technique can later help photograph the auras around people indicating their spiritual development.
In his view, a reference to light which is continually emitted through physical organs is there in Bhagwat Gita. The auric tinges change according to the tendency and quality shown by the person in question.
For example, persons of high culture and tendencies radiate white auric tinge like moon light. Self-respecting persons fighting against injustices and dishonour emit a reddish auric tinge. Those alert to profit and benevolence radiate a yellowish tinge and the ones given to selfishness and ignorance project a blackish aura.
According to Mr.Harkare, the concept of aura is enunciated in Bhagwat Gita in the following verse:
"Sarvadwareshu Dehesmin Prakasha Upajayate, Jnanam Yada Tada Vidyatwivruddam Satyamityuta (the manifestation of satva can be experienced when the doors of one's body emit light of knowledge and talents.)"
He believed that a day might come when the kirlian photography science would illustrate all the principles pronounced by Vaidik rishis who actually perceived these auric tinges of "varnas" with the help of their clair eyesight.
Asked whether his power of clair sight could be utilised for non-spiritual aspects such as crime detection and selection for highly responsible posts requiring intelligence and integrity, Mr.Harkare replied in the affirmative.
Mr. Harkare did not rule out the possibility of fashioning the yogic knowledge hidden in the Bhagwat Gita into a highly specialised skill after intensive training and discipline.
Every verse in the "Book Divine", he said, could be practised. One only needed to deserve, desire and work.
Mr.Harkare's views on the discriminatory power of clair sigh thave relevance to the themes that emerged from the first international seminar on bio-electrography in medicine held at Jipmer, Pondicherry, over a month ago. During the conference, the practical uses of kirlian photography, which captures human aura (corona) were brought in juxtaposition with the ancient principles of yoga and many of the rites and rituals of Hinduism.
I do not know if PTI had cared to verify whether Harkare is a science graduate. And whether at the international seminar at Jipmer, Pondicherry, on bioelectrography the delegates had discussed on the practical uses of kirlian photography with the ancient principles of yoga and many of the rites and rituals of Hinduism.
Moreover before publishing the claim of Harkare, whether PTI considered it necessary to verify the claims as the harm such unverified claims would do to the gullible was immense. They could have atleast tested one claim of his that he has developed in his eyes the power of seeing around people after undergoing years of yogic self training.
They ought to have also gone through his past life to know whether he had really undergone years of yogic self training.
It would have been very easy for the PTI reporter to verify the claim mentioned above. He ought to have asked Harkare to see the aura around him and requested another reporter to look into the eyes of Harkare to note whether the aura that Harkare is explaining is found in the image of Harkare's eyes!
B.Premanand, Convener, Indian Committee for Scientific Investigation of
Claims of the Paranormal,
10, Chettipalayam Road, Podanur 641 023.
Shri Manohar Srikrishna Harkare,
Vedic Vishwa, Tulsibagh Road,
Mahal, Nagpur 440 002. (Maharashtra) Regd. Post Ack.Due 28-7-1998.
In the article flashed by PTI on your press conference and published by Hitavada, Nagpur and The Statesman, Calcutta in their issue of 30-5-1988 you have claimed the following:
1. That you are a science graduate. I shall be glad if you will kindly inform me from which college you graduated and the year of graduation.
2. That you have developed in your eyes the power of seeing auras around people after undergoing years of yogic self training. Kindly inform me for how many years you underwent this yogic self training and from which year you started the training.
3. That these auras could, by their tinges, tell the spiritual and intellectual states of the people.
4. That you are aware that the nascent technique of kirlian photography using kinetic photo lens for high frequency shots has succeeded in capturing auras around non-living and static objects.
5. That the same technique can later help photograph the auras around people indicating their spiritual development.
6. That there is a reference in Bhagwat Gita to a light which is continually emitted through physical organs.
7. That the auric tinges change according to the tendency and quality shown by the person in question.
8. That persons of high culture and tendencies radiate white auric tinge like moon light.
9. That self respecting persons fighting against injustices and dishonour emit redish auric tinge.
10. That those alert to profit and benevolence radiate a yellowish tinge.
11. That the ones given to selfishness and ignorance project a blackish aura.
12. That the concept of aura is enunciated in Bhagwat Gita in the following verse:
"Sarvadwareshu Dehesmin Prakasha Upajayate, Jnanam Yada Tada Vidyatwivrudhham Satvamityuta. (the manifestation of satva can be experienced when the doors of one's body emit light of knowledge and talents.)
13. That the kirlian photography science would illustrate all the principles pronounced by Vaidik rishis who actually perceived these auric tinges of "varnas", with the help of their clair eyesight.
14. That your power of clair sight could be utilised for non-spiritual aspects such as crime detection and selection for highly responsible posts requiring intelligence and integrity.
15. That yogic knowledge hidden in Bhagwat Gita could be fashioned into a highly specialised skill.
16. That at the first international seminar on Bio-electrography in medicine held at JIPMER, Pondicherry, over a month ago, the practical uses of Kirlian photography which captures human aura was brought injuxtaposition with the ancient principles of yoga and many of the rites and rituals of Hinduism.
Well, please let me know whether you are prepared to allow me to investigate into the above claims you have made. I shall also be glad to know your comments on the news which appeared in Nagpur Times dated 4-5-1988 under the title "Yogi Duping People"
Hoping to hear from you, and for your reply by Regd. Post Ack.Due. I am enclosing herewith a postal order for Rs.10/- made in your favour.
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