Reports Of His Meditation Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Followers of the Hindu spiritual leader Ashutosh Maharaj, who died of a heart attack several months ago, insist that he is not in fact deceased, but rather “in a state of transcendent bliss called samadhi, a central tenet of traditional yoga in which a yogi becomes one with the universe”:

This would seem to be at odds with the assessment of a team of local physicians who examined Maharaj in February. After performing an ECG that showed no heartbeats, noting that he had no respiratory movements, and seeing that his pupils were fixed and dilated, the physicians declared him “clinically dead.”

The sect’s website states, “His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has been in a deep meditative state (samadhi) since January 29, 2014.” Though, a representative from the sect did say on February 3, “About 4:00 PM yesterday, some changes were noticed in his skin (it became greenish). The body was then shifted to a freezer,” which may or may not be part of the traditional protocol for transcendent bliss.

The guru’s son and wife corroborate that he died of a heart attack in January, and that his followers are keeping his body in order to retain control of his financial empire, including the ten billion rupee ($170 million) estate where the corpse resides.

He is, of course, just pining for the fjords.