The curious case of the Indian spiritual guru residing in the freezer

Indian gurus are no strangers to controversy. But the rumours around Guru Ashutosh Maharaj, said to be in his 70s, are particularly unusual: is he dead, or just meditating?

Those who have seen him, including the doctors who declared him clinically dead on 29 January this year, are in no doubt. But members of his “socio-spiritual-cultural, not-for-profit organisation”, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS), believe he will return from the deep meditative state of ‘samadhi’ when he chooses.

He currently resides in a freezer in his ashram (spiritual retreat) in the Punjab village of Nurmahal, says Timothy McGrath on NBC News [...]

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