Episode 4: Dangerous Lady of Light: Jasmuheen

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Jasmuheen, an Australian guru who became media catnip in the 90s, seemed kind of spacey and silly. Sure, her belief system was totally wild—she told the world that she lived off energy alone, and hadn’t eaten actual food in years—but her teachings didn’t seem all that serious. After all, her fridge was stocked with food, and her website was covered in purple fonts, and no one really believed her, right?

Then people started dying.


“Air Diet Guru Under Fire For Deaths,” The Age (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia), 24 Sep 1999

“I haven't eaten for 5 years,” Electronic Telegraph, 24 Oct 1999

“All they need is the air…” BBC News, 22 Sept 1999

“Starvation cult victim's diary reveals final cravings,” The Sunday Mail (Australia), 24 June 2000 

“Quest for inner peace led Lani to a cruel death,” The Australian, 20 Nov 1999

“Scotland Woman 'starved herself to death,’” BBC News, 21 Sept 1999 

“Living On Light Leader Under Fire As 'Dangerous,’” Newswire, 5 April 2000 

Breatharian Pathways - Memories & Motivations, by Jasmuheen

Rhythms of Love: Jasmuheen’s Travel Journal, by Jasmuheen

“Starvation guru given hostile reception,” The Times (London), 6 April 2000 

“Swiss woman starved after 'eating' only light,” The Local Switzerland, 25 April 2012

“The Lying Game,” The Observer (London), 14 Nov 1999

60 Minutes report on Jasmuheen (YouTube)

Meditation Cosmic Pranic Feeding with Jasmuheen (YouTube)

The Age of the Breatharian (YouTube)


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