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: