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Indian court asked to decide whether revered Hindu guru is dead or just meditating
National Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | Dean Nelson, The Telegraph

Posted on 05/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT by Loyalist

New Delhi — 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 US$167-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 put his body in a commercial freezer at their ashram to preserve it for when he wakes.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.nationalpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: guru; hinduism; india
This parrot is no more. He has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot.

--Monty Python

1 posted on 05/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist

hes not dead, he’s just pining for the fjords


2 posted on 05/29/2014 11:26:36 AM PDT by Mom MD
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To: Loyalist

The older I get the more the world resembles an acid-flavored sit com.


3 posted on 05/29/2014 11:27:11 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Loyalist

“I don’t want to go on the cart”.


4 posted on 05/29/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Loyalist

“’E’s pinin’ for Nirvana, Sir.”


5 posted on 05/29/2014 11:28:45 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Loyalist

Perhaps he’s only mostly dead.


6 posted on 05/29/2014 11:29:07 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ecomcon

“There! Now he’s dead”

(Bring out your dead!... DONG! Bring out your dead! ... DONG!)


7 posted on 05/29/2014 11:30:15 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Loyalist

There are stories in India about gurus whose bodies went into a deep trance for years. No vital signs. But they didn’t need refrigeration to keep from rotting. And they eventually woke up.

So, this guy is a phony guru and definitely dead.


8 posted on 05/29/2014 11:31:22 AM PDT by Veto! (OpInions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Loyalist
dead parrot photo: dead parrot deadparrot01.gif
9 posted on 05/29/2014 11:31:32 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Loyalist

It would help if Maharaj mentioned he was planning to come back.


10 posted on 05/29/2014 11:31:43 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Loyalist

11 posted on 05/29/2014 11:32:47 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Mom MD

Beautiful plumage!


12 posted on 05/29/2014 11:34:29 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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13 posted on 05/29/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Billthedrill

The Munchkin Land Song (ding-dong The Witch Is Dead)

(Glinda)
Come out, come out wherever you are
And meet the young lady who fell from a star
She fell from the sky, she fell very far
And Kansas she says is the name of the star.

(Munchkins)
Kansas she says is the name of the star

(Glinda)
She brings you good news, or haven’t you heard
When she fell out of Kansas a miracle occurred!

(Dorothy)
It really was no miracle
What happened was just this:
The wind began to switch the house to pitch
And suddenly the hinges started to unhitch
Just then the witch, to satisfy and itch
Went flying on her broomstick thumbling for a hitch

(Munchkin Man)
And oh what heppened then was rich

(Munchkins)
The house began to pitch, the kitchen took a slitch
It landed on the wicked witch in the middle of a ditch
Which was not a healty situation for the wicked witch!
The house began to pitch, the kitchen took a slitch
It landed on the wicked witch in the middle of a ditch
Which was not a healthy situation for the wicked witch
Who began to twitch, and was reduced to just a stitch
Of what was once the wicked witch!

(Munchkin 1)
We thank you very sweetly for doing it so neatly

(Munchkin 2)
You’ve killed her so completely,
That we thank you very sweetly

(Glinda)
Let the joyous news be spread
The wicked, old witch at last is dead

(Munchkins)
Ding-dong the witch is dead
Which old witch? The wicked witch!
Ding-dong the wicked witch is dead
Wake up you sleepyhead
Rub your eyes, get out of bed
Wake up the wicked witch is dead
She’s gone where the goblins go,
Below - Below - Below
Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong’s the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low
Let them know the Wicked Witch is dead!

(Mayor)
As mayor of the Munchkin City
In the county of the land of Oz
I welcome you most regally

(Judge)
But we’ve got to verify it legally
To see...

(Mayor)
To see...

(Judge)
If she...

(Mayor)
If she...

(Judge)
Is morally, ethically

(Munchkin 1)
Spiritually, physically

(Munchkin 2)
Positively, absolutely

(Munchkin Men)
Undeniably and reliably dead!

(Coroner)
As Coroner, I thoroughly examined her
And she’s not only merely dead,
She’s really most sincerely dead

(Mayor)
Then this is a day of independence for all the munchkins
And their descendants
Yes, let the joyous news be spread
The wicked old witch at last is dead!

(Munchkins)
Ding-dong the witch is dead
Which old witch? The wicked witch!
Ding-dong the wicked witch is dead
Wake up you sleepyhead
Rub your eyes, get out of bed
Wake up the wicked witch is dead
She’s gone where the goblins go,
Below - Below - Below
Yo-ho, let’s open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong’s the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low
Let them know the Wicked Witch is dead!

(Lullaby League)
We represent the Lullaby League
The Lullaby League, the Lullaby League.
And in the name of the Lullaby League
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land

(Lollipop Guild)
We represent the Lollipop Guild
The Lollipop Guild, the Lollipop Guild.
And in the name of the Lollipop Guild
We wish to welcome you to Munchkin Land

(Munchkins)
We welcome you to Munchkin Land
Tra la la la la la la la la la la la

(Munchkin 1)
From now on you’ll be history

(Munchkin 2)
You’ll be his...

(Munchkin 3)
You’ll be his...

(Munchkin 4)
You’ll be history

(Munchkin 1)
And we will glorify your name
You will be a bust...

(Munchkin 2)
Be a bust...

(Munchkin 3)
Be a bust...

(All)
In the hall of fame
Tra la la la la la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la la la la la
Tra la la la la la la


14 posted on 05/29/2014 11:41:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Loyalist
This parrot is no more. He has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It's a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain and joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot. --Monty Python

I don't care what religion you are, this is funny!


15 posted on 05/29/2014 12:05:38 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Loyalist

Thatcher did it better.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT by pleasedontzotme
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I came here just to see this picture.


17 posted on 05/29/2014 12:27:52 PM PDT by MissNomer
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To: Billthedrill
"Perhaps he’s only mostly dead."

So, go through his pockets and check for loose change?

Having been to India, I can understand the confusion. The odor of a swami is no indicator of his actually having gone to explore the Great Beyond...

18 posted on 05/29/2014 1:01:02 PM PDT by jonascord (Laeti vescimur nos subacturis)
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To: Veto!

Demon possession is a scary thing.


19 posted on 05/29/2014 1:55:20 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Loyalist

Will they try this with the Obamas to keep them in the WH forever.


20 posted on 05/29/2014 3:34:34 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Loyalist

Fakir.


21 posted on 05/29/2014 7:09:57 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Talisker

I wanted to be a lumberjack! Funniest skit ever, maybe, tied with Biggus Dickus.


22 posted on 06/04/2014 1:51:35 PM PDT by TStro (Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.)
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