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Dead Indian guru in freezer for 'deep meditation'

Published on Mar 13, 2014 1:35 PM
 
In this photo taken on Jan 29, 2014, followers of Indian spiritual leader Ashutosh Maharaj gather outside the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in Nurmahal on the outskirts of Jalandhar, after his death. An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesman said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CHANDIGARH (AFP) - An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them, his spokesman said.

Devotees placed Ashutosh Maharaj, whom authorities declared clinically dead on Jan 29, in the freezer and have been watching over his body in the sprawling ashram in a small town in northern Punjab state.

Maharaj, reportedly in his 70s, is one of India's many gurus or god-men who headed the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission) and claims to have millions of followers around the world.

Mission spokesman Swami Vishalanand insisted their leader was not dead but was in fact in a state of samadhi, the highest level of meditation, and was therefore still conscious.

 
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