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Harold Camping Predicts End of the World, Again

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Harold Camping, the Christian broadcaster who predicted the end of the world would come last May, says the true end is now near. He was off by five months, he says; the real day is Oct. 21.

“What really happened this past May 21? What really happened is that God accomplished exactly what He wanted to happen,” says a post on Camping’s website, “That was to warn the whole world that on May 21 God’s salvation program would be finished on that day. For the next five months, except for the elect (the true believers), the whole world is under God’s final judgment. To accomplish this goal God withheld from the true believers the way in which two phrases were to be understood. Had He not done so, the world would never have been shaken in fear as it was.”

Camping drew national attention in May with his prediction, and was said to be “a little bewildered” when it didn’t go as he’d said. Now 90, he suffered a stroke in June and has been recovering at home in Oakland, Calif.

The Family Radio website has the full text of his latest prediction where he states, “Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period,” it says. “On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.”

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Miracles or Magic Tricks? Questioning the 'Divine' Talents of India's Gurus

Are the miracles of gurus truly blessings from a higher being, or simply an elaborate magic trick to attract fame and followers? Courtesy - Getty Images(GUJARATA, India) -- A land of mystics and gurus, Swamis and saints, India is a country enraptured with religious beings, where stories of miracles seem almost ordinary.

Tales of divine intervention float out of local villages, telling of young girls who cry tears of blood, yogis who can lie in roaring fires, healers who can cure the sick with a single touch, Sufi shrines that ward off bad spirits, and Hindu holy men who live for decades without a single drop of water or crumb of food.

But are these miracles truly blessings from a higher being, or simply an elaborate magic trick to attract fame and followers?

One such proclaimed prophet, 82-year-old Prahlad Jani, lives in the state of Gujarata. He is a Swami -- or religious teacher -- who claims he hasn't had any food or water in more than 70 years.

"We examined him twice under close monitoring, once in 2003, another time in 2010," said Dr. Sakir Shah, director of neuroscience at Sterling Hospital in Ahmedabad.

"We cannot say anything about his claim for 70 years, but during these 10 days of 2003 and these 15 days during 2010, me, my colleagues, the team from defense institute very assertively confirmed that Mr. Prahlad Jani did not eat anything, did not drink, pass urine, did not pass stool," he said.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a person cannot survive more than three-to-four days without water, and not more than about a month without food.

"This is one of the most interesting, exciting experiences of my life," Shah said. "Scientifically, we have no explanation."

ABC News was granted access to the tiny temple high up in the village's hills where Jani practices, and the holy man talked about his mysterious abilities.

"My powers come from yoga and God," Jani said.

Describing himself as a living deity, Jani said when he was 11 years old, a goddess touched his tongue to rid him of the need for food and water.

"People in India used to live 100 or 200 years but then came the influence of Western culture," he said. "Now the only exercise people get is with their remote controls."

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