School for occult sciences: Supernatural only for the rich?
* Class of 50 students graduates in first batch
* Future Horizon chairman says most students attending institute are wealthy
* Students say they studied the occult to find solutions to problems without any help
By Abdul Manan
LAHORE: Offering over 18 subjects, with each course costing Rs 20,000 or more, the school for occult sciences has ensured that studying the “hidden depths” is best suited for the wealthy.
The first batch of 50 students of the institute recently passed out from Future Horizon, a school launched by a non-governmental organisation, the Pakistan Astrological Council, in Gulberg six months ago. Initially offering six-month certificate courses for beginners in the subjects of Astrology, Jaffar (using teachings from the holy Quran to diagnose and solve life’s problems), Palmistry, Tarot Card reading, Numerology, Runes reading, Reiki, Meditation, Telepathy, Aromatherapy, Colour Therapy, Sound Therapy, Gem Stones, Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Hypnotism, Magnetism and Yoga. Following the success of its initial programme, Future Horizon has decided to start three-month diploma courses for its graduates.
Rich families: Referring to the high cost of the courses, Future Horizon Chairman Munem Khan told Daily Times that most students attending the institute in pursuit of their desired courses belonged to rich families and could easily afford heavy fees. He said that classes were held three days a week, adding that Future Horizon was Pakistan’s first state-of-the-art institute for research and education of occult sciences. He said that the institute aimed to provide research facilities in all fields of occult sciences through renowned practitioners, as well as knowledge of the science. He claimed that no other institute, with ultra-modern facilities, had ever been established in Pakistan for the seekers of occult knowledge, adding that experts in those fields also lacked platforms to conduct research into their chosen profession.
Addressing the future of the institute, Khan said that Future Horizon would offer three-month diploma courses to its graduates, which would be based on extensive study and practical work. He said that the courses on offer would not only enhance the students’ ability to practice the knowledge of their subject, but would also improve their analysis of dreams and visions in addition to improving their application of visions to real life. The institute, which boasts a faculty of 10 foreign-qualified teachers, also claims to improve the students’ inherent skills through the courses offered. Munem, one of the teachers, told Daily Times that he belonged to a religious family and had acquired basic knowledge of jaffar from his father, who was a chemist and an expert in the field. He said that he had travelled to Sri Lanka to get a degree in occult science.
No help required: Talking to Daily Times, the graduating students said that they had studied various courses to assess themselves and find solutions to their problems without the help of fake pirs and fortune tellers. The institute was very helpful in unlocking their full potential, they added.