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  1. Hi. A decade and a half ago I first heard about “John Chang” aka The Magus of Java. I know that many people in the forum are aware of him, and since I recently got to Ubud, Bali, I am wondering if anyone knows of a local school similar to the one he had in Java, that involves Nei Gong or Tenaga Dalam. Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a respectable Manku/Balinese priest who’s willing to share knowledge about the Balinese esoteric tradition? I’m aware that there are many who offer to teach a kumbaya version of it to New Age tourists, I’m hoping to get a chance of meeting someone honest who knows theirs tradition. Thanks in advance for your time, Vuk
  2. A millionaire Chinese mystic and friend to the stars who claims to have miraculously cured more than 50,000 people has vanished after he was accused of being a fraudster. Chinese mystic Wang Lin claims he can conjure snakes from thin air and cure diseases Wang Lin, a 61-year-old "healer" from China's Jiangxi province, has conjured up a considerable fortune through his career as a spiritual adviser to a host of senior politicians and A-list celebrities including billionaire Jack Ma, the actors Jackie Chan and Jet Li and even Suharto, the former Indonesian president. He reportedly owns one Rolls-Royce, three Hummers and a luxury five-floor mansion in Jiangxi province. But Mr Wang's supposedly supernatural talents – which he claims include curing cancer and conjuring snakes out of the blue – have done little to shield him from a sudden barrage of bad press and, now, an official investigation. Mr Wang's current fix began earlier this month when the mystic was accused of threatening to place a curse on a Chinese journalist behind an expose that claimed he was a charlatan and convicted fraudster who had spent time in jail. The snakes that Mr Wang supposedly conjured up had in fact been purchased at a local market, it was claimed. Mr Wang, who is a practitioner of Qigong, a form of spiritual exercise, reacted furiously to the Beijing News report. "I am telling you, you will die miserably, and your family will follow," he told its reporter, according to the newspaper. That outburst opened the floodgates to a cascade of negative reports that picked apart some of Mr Wang's most outlandish claims and painted him as a rogue. The Global Times published a mocking info-graphic detailing the mystic's "repertoire of wizardry" and "enigmatic therapies" alongside a chart mapping out his rise from "swindler" to "worshipped Qigong master." Another newspaper reported that while Mr Wang claimed to have cured a monk from liver cancer, no such monk existed. Question marks were also raised over claims that Mr Wang had cured himself of a brain tumour. Mr Wang's media lynching continued over the weekend and on Sunday evening the state-run television channel CCTV dismissed him as a con artist and a "vulgar magician". The following day, authorities in Jiangxi province announced they were investigating him for the illegal practice of medicine. By then, however, Mr Wang appeared to have done a disappearing act. On Tuesday morning it was reported that he had fled overland to Hong Kong, where he owns an apartment and has permanent residency. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10210486/Chinese-mystic-vanishes-after-being-accused-of-fraud.html