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Indian court asked to rule on whether Hindu guru dead or meditating

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The family and followers of one of India's wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation.
His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.
However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.
According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar, he simply went into a deep Samadhi or meditation and they have frozen his body to preserve it for when he wakes from it.
His body is currently contained in a commercial freezer at their Ashram.


The late – or living – guru, who was in his seventies, established his sect in 1983 to promote "self-awakening to global peace" and to create a world "wherein every individual becomes an embodiment of truth, fraternity and justice through the eternal science of self-realisation".
Today the group has thousands of followers around the world and owns dozens of large properties throughout India, the United States, South America, Australia, the Middle East and Europe, including its British headquarters in Hayes, Middlesex.
While he is thought to have died from a heart attack, his devotees believe he has simply drifted into a deeper form of the meditation he promotes as a pathway to self-realisation.
A statement on the group's website reads: "His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji has been in deep meditative state (Samadhi) since 29th January 2014."
According to one of his aides, who asked not to be named, "Maharaj has been in deep meditation. He has spent many years meditating in sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas, there is nothing unusual in it. He will return to life as soon as he feels and we will ensure his body is preserved until then", he said.
His body is held in a guarded room in a deep freezer on his 100 acre retreat in Nurmahal, Jalandhar, where only a few elders and sect doctors are allowed to enter.
Although Punjab Police initially confirmed his death, the Punjab High Court later dismissed its status report and local governmental officials said it was a spiritual matter and that the guru's followers cannot be forced to believe he is dead.
Now his wife and son have filed a court application calling for an investigation into the circumstances of his death and for his body to be released for cremation.
His son Dilip Jha, 40, claims his late father's followers are refusing to release his body as a means of retaining control of his vast financial empire.
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Replies

  • Fish HaidFish Haid Posts: 8,417 Admiral
    It took 8 years for them to figure out Ronald Regan was dead! And the Queen of England is still faking it!
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  • rock_fishrock_fish Posts: 12,223 AG
    I feel like curry and naan for dinner
    Proud supporter of the anti fishing, terroristic (lol what?) movement known as Greenpeace.
  • micci_manmicci_man Somewhere in FLPosts: 14,901 AG
    people are crazy I tell ya...
    Common Sense can't be bought, taught or gifted, yet it is one of the few things in life that is free, and most refuse to even attempt to possess it. - Miguel Cervantes
  • tankardtankard Posts: 7,030 Admiral
    100 million pounds is nothing to....freeze at.
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    This is EZPZ...

    Take him out of the freezer...If he stinks (more than anyone else over there :grin )...it is because he is decomposing...that means he's dead.
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    Even in India...Follow the money.

    Now his wife and son have filed a court application calling for an investigation into the circumstances of his death and for his body to be released for cremation.
    His son Dilip Jha, 40, claims his late father's followers are refusing to release his body as a means of retaining control of his vast financial empire.


    Or as we say here in AMERICA... " I want my F**kin' money!! "
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • johnDjohnD WC FLPosts: 6,427 Admiral
  • mindyabinessmindyabiness Posts: 7,150 Admiral
    If he's frozen. He's dead.
    I am not a doctor.......
    Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon... No matter how good you are, the bird is going to crap on the board and strut around like it won anyway.
  • got ants?got ants? Posts: 9,139 Admiral
    johnD wrote: »

    Ah yes, brings me back to 1978, Aspen Colo, and seeing Baba Ram Das and the Dalai Lama. Very enlightening just to be in his presence.
  • barrydbarryd Posts: 301 Deckhand
    If he frozen. He's dead.
    I am not a doctor.......

    Yep..
    Barry
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,253 AG
    got ants? wrote: »
    Ah yes, brings me back to 1978, Aspen Colo, and seeing Baba Ram Das and the Dalai Lama. Very enlightening just to be in his presence.

    I'm considering going to Colorado myself....After a quick trip to get some "medicine"...I can imagine seeing all manner of interesting things....
    I expect it will be very enlightening.... :rotflmao
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
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