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Panel Round One

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Deep-Freeze in Thought.

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news.

Jessi, the family of a spiritual guru in India says the guru has died, but they had to go to court because his followers say he is just what?

JESSI KLEIN: Sleeping?

SAGAL: Not quite, he has a guru.

KLEIN: Levitating?

SAGAL: No.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: If you lean close, you can almost hear his mantra.

KLEIN: Meditating?

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to his family, the guru, whose net worth of $170 million, passed away in January, and is being held illegally by his followers who only control his assets while he's alive. See? However, his followers have reassured the family that, sure the guru's alive, he just went to live on a big beautiful ashram where he does nothing but meditate and chase rabbits all day.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So this much though is true - the guru is now residing in a walk-in freezer on his property. Family says look, he's in a freezer - he's dead. The estate belongs to us now. His followers say, no, no, no, he's not dead - this is true - this is what they say - he spent years in the Himalayas learning to meditate really deeply at low temperatures. Now, this is what they've told the court. And the fact that his arm just fell off and he didn't even wince - power of mind, people.

MO ROCCA: He's not decomposing, he's getting back to nature.

PETER GROSZ: It's like "Weekend at Rajiv."

(LAUGHTER)

KLEIN: I don't know - I don't believe that he's meditating, 'cause I feel like if he was meditating, he would just keep talking to people about it. 'Cause that's what happens in Brooklyn.

SAGAL: Really?

KLEIN: Yeah, if anyone meditates, you'll hear about it a ton. You got to try it. You got it try it.

SAGAL: You'll hear about it that night at the bar. Two more shots, I've been meditating a lot.

KLEIN: I've been meditating a lot.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLEASE DON'T BURY ME)

JOHN PRINE: (Singing) Please don't bury me, down in that cold, cold ground. No, I'd rather have 'em cut me up and pass me all around. Throw my brain in a hurricane and the blind can have my eyes. And the deaf can take both of my ears if they don't mind the size.

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