Tantric guru in India fails to kill skeptic

Tantric guru in India fails to kill skeptic

Tantric guru in India fails to kill skeptic

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March 23 2010 11:56 AM

Tantric guru in India fails to kill skeptic

With all the religious nutbaggery going on in the US of A, it's sometime easy to forget that there's a whole planet of wackiness out there.

The outspoken and hard-working Indian rationalist Sanal Edamaruku had enough. When the "guru" Pandit Surender Sharma claimed he could kill a man using nothing but magic powers, Edamaruku challenged Sharma to kill him on live TV in India.

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For some reason, Sharma eventually agreed, and what played out on the air is pretty funny to watch:


Gee, this would've looked silly without the dramatic music. If any BABloggees in India would post a transcript in the comments, I'd be grateful!

My favorite part is Edamaruku constantly smiling and shaking his head, giving Sharma exactly what he deserves: derision. Still, millions of people in India follow gurus like this purveyor of nonsense, so it's serious business. I imagine that Sharma will lose exactly zero followers after this, given people's ability to rationalize failure (not to be confused over being rational about failure).

I'm very glad that this guy was exposed on national TV in India, but I have to think that Mr. Edamaruku could've saved quite a bit of time and effort had he pointed out one simple thing:

If this guy is so powerful, why does he wear glasses?

Tip o' the turban to Mike Wagner.