Effect: Transformation of mud into Haldi (turmeric powder) and
haldi into Kumkum.
Once while in
Bombay, a youth approached me to help him.
His mother, a widow, was not able to get her daughter married without dowry and
was approaching many godmen to bless her. At that time, a particular godman was
visiting their home to conduct -prayers. The youth needed my help to expose
After prayers the Baba asked the daughter to bring a little mud, which he wrapped in a paper. After chanting some mantras, he gave it to the girl to open. Surprisingly, the mud had been transformed into haldi powder. He declared that god was very pleased as haldi is the sign of good luck. Again he touched the haldi powder and it was transformed into Kumkum, the sign of marriage. He blessed her and predicted she will get married within two months. Pocketing five hundred rupees the fellow left.
I did not want to denounce the man then. But I told the youth that we should wait for two months until his mother herself realized the man was a fraud. Then I would talk to her
Later, when I visited
Bombay again, the youth
met me and took me to his home. The daughter was still not married. I then
demonstrated the same trick of the Baba and explained how be had done it.
Props: Two pieces of paper of same size and quality. In one a little haldi is packed. Slaked lime container in your pocket.
Method: Palm the haldi packet. Keep the other paper in hand. Keep the slaked lime container in your pocket
Ask a person to bring a little bit of mud, wrap it in the piece of paper the same way haldi was packed and bring it near your face. While chanting mantras, palm the mud packet and bring the haldi packet forward and give it to the person to open. He will be surprised to see haldi. While the attention of the people is on the haldi, put your hand into your pocket and touch the slaked lime on your index finger. Stir the haldi powder with the index finger and it will change to red kumkum (saffron).
I explained to her that no prayers can help anyone. We must all struggle to fill our six inches of belly for no prayer can ever get it filed up. I requested her not to worry about religion or caste, and allow the girl to choose her own husband and marry. Later, she found someone and got married.