When judges are asked to determine life or, uh, alleged death

Of course this is from Lowering the Bar:

Court to Decide Whether Guru Is Dead or Just “In Deep Meditation”

According to the Telegraph (thanks, Nathan & Matt), the family of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has asked a court to investigate the guru’s alleged death earlier this year, and, if he is in fact dead, to order that his body be released to them for cremation. Others are concerned about control of the significant assets held by the religious order Ashutosh founded. But according to reports, the guru’s aides have insisted that Ashutosh is not dead, he has just been holding his breath since January. [My emphasis, which is so not needed]

Not even kidding, really:

While he is thought to have died from a heart attack, his devotees believe he has simply drifted into a deeper form of the meditation he promotes as a pathway to self-realisation.

A statement on the group’s website reads: “His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji has been in deep meditative state (Samadhi) since 29th January 2014.”

According to one of his aides, who asked not to be named, “Maharaj has been in deep meditation. He has spent many years meditating in sub-zero temperatures in the Himalayas, there is nothing unusual in it. He will return to life as soon as he feels [ready] and we will ensure his body is preserved until then,” he said.

Oh, the other fact you need to know to explain that last paragraph is that they are currently keeping His Holiness in a freezer.

I suppose this is not a comedy matter to the Maharaj’s devotees, but I’m not one of them so I’m laughing.

Court to Decide Whether Guru Is Dead or Just “In Deep Meditation” – Lowering the Bar.

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