Terror attack: Synchronicity aide, daughter slain in Mumbai
Along with his 13-year-old daughter, a leader at a Nelson County spiritual retreat center has been slain in the Indian terror attacks, according to the center's website. As first reported in the Lynchburg News & Advance, Alan Scherr, a Vedic astrologer and leader of the Synchronicity Foundation, and his daughter Naomi were gunned down in a restaurant inside the Oberoi Trident hotel while on a meditation visit organized by the center.
According to the report, four others in the 25-member entourage were also shot in the Oberoi carnage, but survived.
"It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of two of our loved community members Alan and Naomi Scherr who were tragically killed in the recent events in Mumbai," reads a message on the front page of synchronicity.org. Scherr's wife, Kia, the mother of the slain girl, lives at the monastery but did not go on the trip.
Synchronicity was founded in 1983 by Charles Cannon. Now known as Master Charles, he utilizes audio and meditation to achieve inner peace and transcendent thought. An alleged 2006 sighting of the so-called "Blessed Mother" at the Nellyford-area retreat center brought renewed interest as well as skepticism to the Synchronicity program.