No one knows if the Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, who was (is?) a prosperous religious leader in the Indian country of Jalandhar has either died or is meditating. It is going to take a court of law to decide which, and the Maharaj’s $170 million estate is on the line. His own family has declared he is dead, having passed away from a heart attack back on Jan. 29 of this year.
However the members of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, founded by the Maharaj back in 1983 and which describes itself as being a spiritual and cultural, not-for-profit organization, stated that he is not deceased at all but that he was instead in a profound state of meditation called “Samadhi.”
One of his followers stepped forward and described in detail about the Maharaj not being dead but instead meditating. He explained that Ashutosh had spent numerous years meditating in below zero temperatures in the Himalayas, so there was nothing unusual in what he was doing now. The follower exclaimed that his leader would return to normal when he felt like it and that all the members of the Maharaj’s group would make sure his body was taken care of and preserved until that time.
Indian country police at first established that the Maharaj was deceased, but the Indian High Court decided that his condition was instead a mystical matter and they had no right to make such a decision. So now the Maharaj’s wife and son have decided to try to file a court claim where they can seek to have his death officially confirmed by officials. They are filing on the claim that all his followers just want to take over and steal all his money.
While the decision is worked on again in court, the Shri Ashutosh Maharaj gets to stay right where he is, inside an industrial type of freezer. Apparently even the possibility of his money being taken away has not been enough to bring him out of his meditative state.
Some believe that is exactly what he is in, while others think he is pulling some sort of magic trick. Still others individuals are positive the act is one of the worst attempts ever to try and deny reality. Whatever they believe, the author of this article wants to assure every reader that no one is trying to poke fun at the dead (?) Indian guru or mock his followers’ faith. If they believe in him, more power to them. However it is very true that one person’s religious beliefs most often sound ridiculous to outsiders.
The late (?) Maharaj was (is?) somewhere in his seventies and started his clique to “push global peace though the eternal science of self-realization.” The sect has grown to where there are over thousands of followers all over the world. It has its headquarters in Middlesex, England.
This seems to be the real reason why the Maharaj is said to still be alive through meditation. It is said to be part of what he considered to be his own self-realization. He probably never realized he would have to die (?) to achieve it. The Indian High Court needs to face the fact that the Maharaj has been inside a freezer since January. What his spiritual life was really should not counter into their decision when they attempt to make it again.
The Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, who was (is?) a prosperous religious leader in Jalandhar, India, has either passed away or is meditating.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Global Post