You come to our blog for the weird and wacky, and this item will not disappoint. We promise. It’s not about eminent domain or real estate, but it is about a legal case like non other.
There are articles where one can become more informed about the case, but in a nutshell, His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has been either dead or meditating for several years, depending on who you ask. Let’s explain further. Members of His Holiness’s biological family say he died of a heart attack. Others, such as members of the religious order he founded, say he is just in deep meditation. We read that those who claim deep meditation would also like to be in charge of his extensive assets.
Apparently, in order to stay in such a deep meditation, you also need a really big freezer. For example, the one the members of his religious order have been keeping His Holiness in since January 2014.
Now for the legal blog part: A judge ruled in December 2014 that he was, in fact, dead, and should be cremated within 15 days. Seems that the legal proceedings are also in a state of meditation… The appeals from that order are still pending. The court where everything is pending has put off the hearing and decision dates. No one knows for sure why, but it’s either for its own reasons or because the parties involved have asked it to be this way.
Also holding things up is a request from the state for a medical opinion as to whether it was even possible to preserve a clinically dead body by freezing. Interesting!
This article published by the Indian Express in November says that Ashutosh Maharaj is currently residing in a building at this ashram. The ashram is in a rural area of Punjab, India. This is all being protected by extensive security including metal detectors and more than 50 police officers. Perhaps meditation is dangerous.
According to the article: The judge who held Ashutosh should be cremated held that the “deep meditation” belief was not integral to Hinduism and so not entitled to protection, or at least that (as Sanjeev the wiseass put it) “preserving his body in a refrigerator appeared not to be in consonance with any Hindu ritual or tradition.” The High Court and/or the state has been putting off a final decision for years now.
The court has adjourned the matter several times and we haven’t found a date where it will be revisited. Sounds like we may need another update soon!