11 episodes

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.
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Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 3.6 • 6.4K Ratings

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud.
New episodes will come out weekly.

    Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek

    Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek

    A divided community in the desert. A prophet with total power. A battle over family, home, and the limits of religious freedom. Unfinished: Short Creek, is the latest investigative true crime podcast from Witness Docs, and Critical Frequency. Visit shortcreekpod.com to learn more. 

    • 13 min
    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga

    Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

    Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/Guru_BB

    • 6 min
    Cult Buster

    Cult Buster

    Matt Stroud speaks with cult expert Rick Ross about his controversial “cult busting” career and how it led to his involvement in the James Arthur Ray case.

    • 35 min
    Seeking Safe Self-Help

    Seeking Safe Self-Help

    Matt Stroud, Ginny Brown and Laura Tucker sit down with Laura Beil, host of Dr. Death and Bad Batch, for a live Q&A at the GURU virtual listening premiere.




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    • 40 min
    The Business of Redemption

    The Business of Redemption

    Ginny gets an unwelcome interruption before Thanksgiving. And a fan of James Ray’s faces a stark choice.




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    • 37 min
    Play Full On

    Play Full On

    The trial may be over, but Ginny’s family are not finished with James. And when another incident from James’ past comes to light, they get another chance to confront him.




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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
6.4K Ratings

6.4K Ratings

CynthiaSaidIt ,

Good to Know

I believe in a person’s ability and capacity to create the life they want. And I’ve always wondered about the “gurus” who help them tap into that power.

I remember when The Secret was a hot topic but I never looked into it. I’m glad that this story was told so that those of us who might have given Ray our money and time can think about who this man might be and what he may be about. Think about if we really want to give him our time and money.

Chelley449 ,

Riveting

I thoroughly enjoyed the series. I had never heard of Kirby’s death. It’s so sad but also very aggravating to learn that her murderer is free to continue to swindle others.
Excellent podcast. I highly recommend it.

PianoTooner ,

Download our app! Download our app!!!

This series was okay but I couldn’t even enjoy it because of all the ads. And not the product ads, I actually don’t mind those, but the ads for the Wondery app. Ever two minutes it was ‘you know, if you download our app you can listen without commercials’. I seriously couldn’t get into a rhythm at all with it. If you take out the ads for the app this is maybe a two episode podcast. Like I said, the content is decent but I couldn’t enjoy it.

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