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THE BIG SLEEP

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Dead or just in "deep meditation"? Renowned Hindu guru Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, in his 70s, passed away in January (so concluded police in Jalandhar, India), but His Holiness' disciples have refused to release the body, keeping it in a commercial freezer, contending he's merely drifted into the deeper form of the meditation for which he is well-known — and will return to life when he's ready. The guru's religious order, not coincidentally, is a real estate powerhouse in the Punjab region and on nearly every continent, and the guru's family is certain the "meditation" is a ruse to allow the Ashram's continued control of the financial empire.

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