Our team consisted of Gareth the producer, Brendon his son, Gurmith the photographer, Savitri Choudahry the arranger, Dr. We had cooked up a story for the astrologers- that Gareth was a wealthy textile tycoon and Savitri was his guide for all India, Ganesh for Tamilnadu and I for Karnataka.We were appropriately dressed for the occasion with large vermillion mark on the forehead and me in a long Khadi jiiba to hide my physique which would have made them suspicious of my claim to a poor retired laboratory technician now working as a tourist guide.
Of course, they were to be done by a person whom the priest knew very well.
The rich white man was told to make the payment in advance and the offerings would be sent to him by post at regular intervals as prescribed. The way they were trying to get the info was quite interesting and not a very good example of cold reading.
Every morning they would visit the temple and obtain the leaves of all those who were preordained to visit them and it was inevitable that those who were to arrive would do so!
A really wonderful explanation for anything that could happen!
When we went after lunch two separate readings were arranged for us- the master and the servant.
The master was told a lot of things about him which hitherto were unknown to him. But, it was nothing he did in this life that was the cause, it was his past life!
Though I was sorely tempted to confront them and expose their fraud I had been told specifically by the producers of the program that we should not do so.
However, the modus operandi was very clear- get the victim to give them the needed info and then whatever that could not be gathered would be elicited either by the process of elimination or deduction.
He, as a Brahmin in Srilanka in his past life, had impregnated a servant woman. It was this sin of his past life that was weighing heavily upon him in this life too and making him do all the bad things that he was doing. When we had arrived to visit the temple, we were directed to this place to have our leaves read.