Abraham Kovoor Abraham Kovoor Dr. Abraham Kovoor was a well-known crusader against superstition and obscurantism and the scourge of Satya Sai Baba and other godmen in India. His assertion was that all those who claim to possess psychic, para-psychic and spiritual powers were either hoaxers or mentally deranged persons suffering from cryptesthesia. They exist only in the pages of scriptures and sensation-mongering newspapers.
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Abraham Kovoor Abraham Kovoor Dr. Abraham Kovoor was a well-known crusader against superstition and obscurantism and the scourge of Satya Sai Baba and other godmen in India. His assertion was that all those who claim to possess psychic, para-psychic and spiritual powers were either hoaxers or mentally deranged persons suffering from cryptesthesia.
They exist only in the pages of scriptures and sensation-mongering newspapers. His father was Rev. He completed his basic education at the Syrian Christian Seminary in Kerala and and received his higher education along with younger brother Dr Behanan Kovoor who was at Yale University and United Nations , at the Bengabasi College, Calcutta, where he specialised in Botany and Zoology.
A Dr Kovoor was very much attached to the rational teaching of Buddha because Buddha was a great social and religious reformer of India, rebelled against Hindu dogmatism and taught a more rational and tolerant philosophy than any others. As he gradually matured he became a free thinker and adopted rationalism as his philosophy.
While Dr Gould is right in saying that debunking is an activity that must be done for a safe and sane life, it was not considered as an unglamorous one — at least as far as Professor Abraham Kovoor was concerned. Professor Kovoor who took debunking as a full time activity after his retirement from his teaching job became extremely popular in India and Sri Lanka, the citizenship of which he accepted after leaving Kerala. He was a popular guest in radio talk shows in Sri Lanka. He had close association with Sirimao Bandaranayke, the then Sri Lankan president.
Following the success of the film, it was remade in Tamil as Maru Piravi. The only two books collections of his essays which were published during his life-time Begone Godmen and God, Demons, and Spirits, published by Jaico Books, Bombay have never been out-of-print as of today.
These two books have been translated into various Indian languages Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, and Tamil and have been hits with the readers.
Professor Abraham Kovoor was indeed a celebrity rationalist! Abraham Kovoor was born in Tiruvalla, Kerala on April 10, Thus, in this year we celebrate his th birth anniversary too. His father, Rev.
After his education in Kerala and Kolkota, Kovoor took up teaching as a profession, first working in Kottayam Kerala for a short period and later in Sri Lanka. Though Prof Kovoor had been investigating paranormal claims for decades even while he was in service, it was only after his retirement in , at the age of 60, that he openly came out challenging godmen and proponents of paranormal phenomena.
That itself is rare in that many people who in their younger days are staunch atheists, marxists, and social revolutionaries often turn, in their twilight years, to ideologies and religious dogmas they denounced earlier. This prompted him to throw an open challenge to them.
The first of his challenges was made in and was published in the Ceylon Daily Mirror on 17th June He offered an amount between Rs. The amount offered was subsequently enhanced to Rs. Though his challenge was in force until his death in , Prof Kovoor did not lose a single penny because of his challenge. On the contrary, he gained on a couple of occasions, when gullible followers of godmen accepted the challenge on their behalf by depositing the earnest money and later the godmen themselves failed to turn up!
Prof Kovoor — the brilliant science educator It is not only because of his famous challenge that Prof Kovoor became a celebrity but also because of his essays and lectures that were suffused with rigorous scientific analysis.
His essays on life-after-death, rebirth and reincarnation — the pet topics of Indian paranormal-mongers -are splendid examples of his brilliance as a science educator. Life is generated in all living cells in my body, and is sustained by the oxidatory chemical action which goes on in them.
This chemical action is maintained by my breathing and blood circulation. It is not much different from the production of heat and light energies during the combustion of the hydrocarbon in a burning candle. Heat and light do no depart from a burning candle when it is put out, and return to it when re-lit. Similarly there is nothing to get out from my body when it dies as a result of termination of breathing and blood-circulation. I began to die some 70 years ago.
I started my life as parasite on my mother. About one-eighth of my body died in the form of the umbilical cord and placenta on the day I terminated my parasitic mode of life.
From that day onward I have been dying as well as growing. While numerous cells in my body died daily, numerous new ones were born. Large quantities of dead tissues have escaped my body by way of cropped and shaved hair, peeled off skin, cut nails, dropped teeth, and the million of internal cells dead and discarded as waste during urination and perspiration.
Even after the death of all the cells in my body, the cornea of my eyes will continue to live in the eyes of a lucky stranger. Then, as well as now, I shall be breathing out carbon dioxide and water vapour. He along with his team members directly confronted a number of prominent godmen in their den.
The confrontation his team had with Sathya Sai Baba, the number one spiritual fraudster in India for decades, is memorable. By the time Kovoor arrived, the godman had absconded and left for his ashram in Puttaparthy. He infused a new vigor into the existing rationalist groups in India. It also resulted in starting new skeptic groups in various parts of the country. This offer will remain open till my death or till I find the first winner. Read the serial number of a sealed up currency note. Produce an exact replica of a currency note.
Stand stationary on burning cinders for half a minute without blistering the feet. Materialise from nothing an object I ask. Move or bend a solid object using psychokinetic power. Read the thought of another person using telepathic powers.
Levitate in the air by yogic power. Stop the heart-beat for five minutes by yogi power. Stop breathing for thirty minutes by yogi power. Walk on water. Leave the body in one place and reappear in another place. Predict a future event.
Develop creative intelligence or get enlightened through transcendental or yogic meditation.. Speak or understand an unknown language as a result of rebirth or by being possessed by a spirit, holy or evil. Produce a spirit or ghost to be photographed. Disappear from the negative when photographed. Get out of a locked room by spiritual power. Increase the quantity by weight of a substance by divine power. Detect a hidden object. Convert water into petrol or wine.
Convert wine into blood. Vadlaimudi, C. Teerthangar, R.
Oxford University Press. Kovoor: The Rationalist of Indian Subcontinent". In Satya Pal Ruhela. Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the Press, Publications Pvt. Current Books, Thrissur, Kerala, India. Yukthivadam Rationalism - Translated by Joseph Edamaruku.
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Mozilkree Amila rated it it was amazing Mar 16, A lot of cock-and-bull stories about the miraculous genesis and divine powers of the godmen are published in books and newspapers. Return to Book Page. He completed his basic education at the Syrian Christian Seminary in Kerala and and received booms higher education along with younger brother Dr Behanan Kovoor who was at Yale University and United Nationsat the Bengabasi College, Calcutta, where he specialised in Botany and Zoology. The variety of material gives a real insight into the intensive research and thoughts of this outstanding rationalist. In recent years a new type of hoaxers have cropped up in India in the form of incarnations of one or other of numerous gods of the Hindu pantheon. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.