What is so incongruous with the fact that people who offer some measure of a new experience also need to make a living? ["The Guru Game," Weekend, January 5.] It seems odd to me, in light of all the billions of dollars that exchange hands in this country, that some small part of it should not go to a small number of people who offer something that, for all the criticism it gets, offers a substantial amount of good to those who participate. Where else would you have them spend it, on the ski slopes?...

Your article was aloof and analytical. Did [Art Harris] experience anything, or [is he] as locked into [his] own head as so many others who might benefit from a little introspection and some uncontrolled movement? ... In spite of all the entertainment we are offered there is little that succeeds in achieving much above a "ho-hum" or a "wasn't that interesting."

If these gurus are offering us something we need, how can it then be so different from McDonald's, "You're in Good Hands" or "Fly the Friendly Skies"? If you feel you need the product, then buy it, be it spirituality, a hamburger or trip to Hawaii! The object does not change, only you change as