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Guru Seti was originally inspired by a classic essay by Alan Watts, titled “The Trickster Guru”. Watts outlined a novel similar to Thomas Mann’s Confessions of Felix Krull, about a confidence artist who establishes himself as a guru or yogi, and proceeds to make a fortune conning the gullible with questionable words of wisdom and dubious practices. Combining humor and valid examples of paradoxical practices taught by yogis, gurus, and Zen roshis, Watts ended the essay with profound questions: Can a trickster enlighten others without having to be sincere? Can a trickster become enlightened? What is enlightenment?