Why is artificial refigeration chosen to preserve the body of Ashutosh Maharaj? For how long will he remain in a samadhi? Is there a fixed time frame?
These are among the 14 chapters penned in a book, titled “Samadhi — Neither a Comma, Nor a Full Stop!”, that was handed over to the Punjab Police at its headquarters by members of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) Monday.
On January 29, 2014, Ashutosh Maharaj alias Mahesh Kumar Jha, the spiritual head of the sansthan, was declared “clinically dead”, following which the management kept his body inside a freezer claiming that he had gone into a “samadhi” and would come out very soon.
In March this year, the Punjab and Haryana High Court gave two month’s time to the state government and the Sansthan to submit a reply about their decision to dispose the body of the “clinically dead” baba.
The DJJS members, who were accompanied by Jalandhar (Rural) Senior Superintendent of Police and an Additional Deputy
Commissioner, handed over two books (second one was in Hindi and had a different title ) to the Punjab Police led by Additional Director General of Police and Bureau of Investigation Director Iqbal Preet Singh Sahota.
Sources said the DJJS members urged the police to read the book in depth before they meet again ahead of the date fixed by Punjab and Haryana High Court for the reply.
The case is slated to come up for hearing on May 17.
Maintaining that the mechanism adopted to preserve the body has been based on contemporary and available means and explaining the reasons behind artificial refrigeration, the book states that Ashutosh Maharaj “has not assumed a short-term but a long-term samadhi (for which he has already delineated clear guidelines and instructions to his disciples). Secondly, Ashutosh Maharaj has entered into samadhi at his ashram situated in the Nurmahal town of Punjab. Certainly, it is not a naturally conducive environment where a body can be preserved but with the help of modern science, the Hypothermic and Hypoxic conditions of the Himalayas have been created in the premises of Ashutosh Maharaj’s room”.
Answering the burning question that for how long Ashutosh would remain in samadhi, the books states, “With the passage of time, this question is arising in the minds of many. But here we need to understand that Ashutosh Maharaj has not pre-informed anyone about the duration of his samadhi; though he has categorically revealed that he is going to come back.”
The book’s foreword has been titled as Samadhi — From the perspective of a Yogi.
It is an excerpt from Yoga guru Ramdev during his address at DJJS Bahadurgarh in February 2015 where the yoga guru had advocated that only hr dera followers have the right to take a call on the issue.