Sceptic Challenges Guru to Kill Him Live on TV

From the Times Online:

When a famous tantric guru boasted on television that he could kill another man using only his mystical powers, most viewers either gasped in awe or merely nodded unquestioningly. Sanal Edamaruku’s response was different. “Go on then — kill me,” he said.

Mr Edamaruku had been invited to the same talk show as head of the Indian Rationalists’ Association — the country’s self-appointed sceptic-in-chief. At first the holy man, Pandit Surender Sharma, was reluctant, but eventually he agreed to perform a series of rituals designed to kill Mr Edamaruku live on television. Millions tuned in as the channel cancelled scheduled programming to continue broadcasting the showdown, which can still be viewed on YouTube.

First, the master chanted mantras, then he sprinkled water on his intended victim. He brandished a knife, ruffled the sceptic’s hair and pressed his temples. But after several hours of similar antics, Mr Edamaruku was still very much alive — smiling for the cameras and taunting the furious holy man.

“He was over, finished, completely destroyed!” Mr Edamaruku chuckles triumphantly as he concludes the tale in the Rationalist Centre, his second-floor office in the

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  • Zenc

    Doing shit like that is like picking on the retarded kid in High School.

    The only laughter that sort of thing ever got out of me was embarrassed laughter for both parties. (Well, except for that one time when we talked the retarded kid into peeing off the mezzanine onto the lunch line down below, that was good honest laughter.)

    What's worse, evidence indicates that after failures of this sort, the popularity and belief in a “mystic” will actually increase rather than decrease.

    • xen

      Sadly, your last point is dead on. People will believe more because they have to justify their previous belief. We as a species crave to be seen as consistent, even and especially when doing so will actively work against our best interests.

  • 5by5

    This is simply the Hindu version of Benny Hinn, and just as ridiculous. The “guru” should spend more time in meditation, and less time doing parlor tricks.

    These are the kind of idiots who according to legend, used to chase the Buddha around the countryside challenging him to spiritual “duels”. To which the Buddha would just go, “Uh yeah, fine. I'll meet you in the playground after school at 3pm,” then never show.

    From a religious perspective, one should also confront this guru and demand to know what objective value there is in being willing to try to kill another sentient being, just to prove you can. Dispensing with secularim altogether for the moment, even from a theological standpoint within Hinduism, that's about a thousand ways messed up.

    You're not supposed to kill ANY living being, and yet here you are trying to kill a person…. for what? TV?

    By his own hubris he's karmically earned some humiliation.

    • Hadrian999

      depends on what kind of hindu he is,
      pretty sure Thuggees wouldn't have a problem with it

  • jezebel

    Didn't this happen a couple of years ago?

  • Blah

    The only reason they did it was for ratings, next thing you know they'll get a new “guru” and tell the niave viewers that he's the real deal, or come up with some excuse. As long as they keep the money rolling in. Using people's religion and/or beliefs to con them, reminds me of TV evangelism.

  • Warhammer

    Mr Edamaruku is certainly braver than I am.

  • Warhammer

    Mr Edamaruku is certainly braver than I am.