Nobody knows for sure! From the Independent.ie, we have this hilarious piece (an excerpt is below):
His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order, with a property estate worth millions, 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.
. . . Punjabi police initially confirmed his death, but the Punjab High Court later dismissed the police report. Officials said it was a spiritual matter and that the guru’s followers could not be forced to believe he is dead.
First of all, how it is possible for a frozen guru to wake up, even if he is alive? He’s frozen—a Gurusicle!
Second, whether someone is dead or alive is not a spiritual matter, but an empirical matter. That’s independent of whether his crazy followers believe he’s alive.
Third, doesn’t his body belong to his family?
Here’s Schrödinger’s Guru when he definitely was alive. I’m not sure what the groinal point means:
And a funny headline from the Mar. 2 Times of India:
45 thoughts on “Schrödinger’s guru: dead or alive?”
>>Third, doesn’t his body belong to his family?
If he has written in his will, that his body belongs to his follower rather than his family, then the answer is no.
But if his followers don’t believe he’s dead, how can they appeal to his will for support?
“completes 1 month in freezer”? Sounds like someone thinks this is a real accomplishment. I wonder what his goal is.
One month? I have fish sticks with a better track record than that.
Ha ha! I think I have ice cream that has been in their for months if not a year. It’s freezer burned though.
No,it is ‘protective ice’
But have your fish sticks written endless tomes of (variably) sophisticated theology on [insert topic of disinterest here], to the acclaim of other (variably) sophisticated theologians? Or even, if you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, Deepakitty himself?
They’re dictating it to you as we speak? L.Ron Hubcap had better watch out!
Eternal life in the freezer, obviously.
Guinness Book of Records?
There’s probably stiff competition.
All claims would have to be rigorously investigated…
And – abracadaver! – we’d have our winner!
Insert obligatory “dead parrot sketch” quote here.
I’ll go with a Red Dwarf quote, “Death isn’t the handicap it used to be.”
“Bring out yer dead! Bring out yer dead!”
“I’m not dead!”
Now you are.
Someone (I thought it was Zaphod Beeblebrox, but apparently not) in Hitch hikers guide spent a year dead for tax reasons, perhaps this guy is just trying to cut back on filling in the forms!
Hotblack Desiato lead guitar of the rock band Disaster Area.
…played from orbit to avoid the shockwaves from the speaker stacks. The best listening was was supposed to be from distant nuclear bunkers.
Hotblack Desiato — as others have no doubt posted by now. Also part-time estate agent.
He’s pining for the fiords.
I have a memory from maybe the ’80s that the body of someone of considerable wealth (I seem to recall some connection to a nationally-prominent circus) had been kept in a freezer in Florida(?) for a half-century, while the estate wrangled over burial details. But various searches turn up nothing. Anyone recall anything along those lines?
Could you be thinking about the baseball player Ted Williams?
Gurusicle! That’s a good one. Trademark that one.
Re the groinal point:
1. Look, it’s ALIVE!
2. If you experience an erection lasting
more than four hours…(update; four
I think he was just scooping something out of the guru’s lap…
I wonder if he’s planning to attend Chopra’s conference.
I think a “Weekend at Bernie’s”-style lecture by the quantum consciousness of Ashutosh Maharaj would be every bit as insightful as one by Deepak, and a whole lot less embarrassing to listen to.
Jerry could offer the guru his invitation. That’d be an ice gesture…
I see what you did there;)
You mean so they could chill and hangout?
Might make for a frosty reception.
I predict that this will only last until the next power black out.
What silly people falling for such superstition. Now Jesus on the other hand …
No comments from Uncle Ebeneezer on this thread?
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“Good career move”
Reminds me of an old tagline: ‘Death: Elvis’s optimal career move’.
Well, in the case of The King, it arguably worked.
“a Gurusicle” – very good!
Well, no one will mistake him for a popsicle…
How well does a gold Rolex work if kept in a freezer? Enquiring minds want to know.
Groinal point? This particular disciple thought the guru was dead even though he seemed alive, since he had been sitting in that position with raised hand and fixed smile for two and a half years (and there was a certain odour of sanctity). So he thought he would check his pulse. The femoral artery is pretty indicative if the subject isn’t ticklish or doesn’t resent invasion of his private regions (or is in fact dead).