Indian guru devotees with mass delusions
Posted by robertpriddy on December 16, 2014
Jalandhar: Crowds Gather to Fight for Guru’s Body Kept in a Deep Freezer Declared clinically dead on January 29th 2014, a high court recently demanded that his body be cremated within 15 days.
‘Maharajji will emerge from samadhi. Thousands of devotees pay homage to clinically dead guru Ashutosh Maharaj as court battle over his remains rages on. While the Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) claimed the number of followers to be around 60,000-75,000, the Jalandhar district administration put the numbers at a comparatively modest 25,000.’ (Read more) (Note: Though most guru cults exaggerate the number of followers they have, some on a massive scale such as Sai Baba & his cult did in claiming hundreds of millions of followers, no proper survey was ever able to discover more than a few millions world-wide, the number of religiously indoctrinated Indians who rigidly cling to such false beliefs is still quite massive).
However, since petitions to the High Court claim that Ashutosh is only in deep meditation etc., the court has since extended the process until a decision on February 9 2015. It is intriguing to consider how the followers imagine things will go… will the guru have to be unfrozen when his meditation ends, or should he remain in a deep freezer for ever? Or maybe he will have to be buried at some time in the future, or even cremated? Unlike Elvis and many other Western idols, he does no have the benefit of being cryogenically frozen down, so melting him would be too messy for a future regenerative wonder surgery. Interesting to compare which of these idol mythologies East and West and the craziest and most hysterical. Surely, it is the fear of death – of oneself being extinguished forever – that must be the biggest factor behind beliefs in spiritual reincarnation or medical reincarnation.
Likewise, many of the dwindling following of Sathya Sai Baba religiously have believed since his death that he would resurrect himself any time soon, or – failing that – he will reincarnate himself as Prema Sai in South India at one of two different places he prophesied at different times! Wishful and vain hoping was encouraged greatly by the constant outpourings of such speculative and scientifically totally unfounded ‘ancient wisdom’ by Sathya Sai Baba. Most of the symptoms of cultist religious sectarianism were promoted by Sai Baba on a major scale with considerable success, but especially since Sai Baba’s totally unexpected demise a decade before all his varying predictions of his death, the numbers of adherents have declined drastically, not least due to manner of his death, suspicions of foul play and the aftermath in which his hidden hoards of treasure were discovered under his huge bed and packed in all places. (See overview)