Courts are not appropriate to interpret Samadhi: HC on Ashutosh Maharaj

In today’s arguments in Ashutosh Maharaj’s case, Senior Advocate Sunil Chadda, who is representing the disciples of Ashutosh Maharaj, explained the concept of Samadhi. After listening to this, the Hon’ble Bench of Justice Mahesh Grover and Justice Shekhar Dhawan said that the court is not equipped to interpret the concept of Samadhi as it is a subject of religion and spirituality. With limitations of the court of law; it can interpret the law but not the principles of theology. Therefore, the court cannot comment on Samadhi. The disciples’ lawyer responded that it was essential to go into the concept of Samadhi in order to establish it as a core part of Hinduism, which accords it protection under Article 25 & 26 of the Constitution. To this, the Court said that under this provision the followers have every right to believe in Samadhi but the Court is not the appropriate forum for interpreting such purely theological subjects such as Samadhi. Justice Mahesh Grover also said that the Court cannot comment on the powers of Yogis. The Court also observed that it is not disputed that Ashutosh Maharaj was a Sannyasi and he had renounced the world. When the petitioner and the disciples both admit that he had renounced the world and taken to Sannyasa, then no question of disagreement arises here.

Advocate Chadda also put forward the historical instances of Samadhi taken by Swami Vivekanand and Sai Baba, to which the court observed that there are many examples of saints going into Samadhi and that nobody is refuting the concept of Samadhi in Hinduism.

The court raised the question that if Samadhi is integral part of Sansthan’s religious belief then Ashutosh Maharaj must had taught the same to his disciples. Sadhvi Tapeshwari Bharti, one of the disciple, sought the permission of the Court to speak and said that after Sai Baba took Samadhi, none of the followers were asked to perform the same. It was same in the case of Adi Guru Shankaracharya and in all the other cases of Samadhi. If a Guru takes Samadhi it is neither mandatory nor a practice for the disciples to do the same. Even if the disciples do not perform the same feat the Samadhi of their Guru cannot be held void as per historic incidents. Sadhvi further added that their belief in their Guru’s Samadhi is in adherence to the ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’, which is in the core of Hinduism and as Ashutosh Maharaj had mentioned to them about his Samadhi, it is hence their duty to abide by it.

She further explained that as for microscopic world we need a microscope to analyze and similarly, for quantum realities we need quantum level of perfection in methodology of analysis. Sadhvi put forth that when scientists say that 90% of matter in Universe is dark; it is not that the matter is dark, but because science today doesn’t have the tool to gauge into that dimension of universe. Similarly, the subject of Samadhi and preservation of Ashutosh Maharaj is of a different consciousness, a different order. If we employ gross approach and mindset, we will never be able to establish it. And if we employ right mindset and right methodology to this subject we will be able to discover that Samadhi is not irrational but supra-rational.

Further, the Court inquired that whether Ashutosh Maharaj had ever said about Samadhi in his discourses or is it mentioned in any of the Sansthan’s literature. To this, the official publication of Sansthan was read in the Court, which had directly quoted Ashutosh Maharaj, and his views on the subject of Samadhi. The court also observed that all these are matters of evidence and can only be proven in the Civil Court. Advocate Chadda responded that all these are matters of evidence, which could only be taken up in Civil Court, and they were not taken up in the Writ Court and a judgment by the Single bench was given, without considering the important question of facts.

After the disciples’ lawyer had completed the arguments, the Court asked the lawyer of the petitioner (alleged son) to advance his arguments. The lawyer of the petitioner could not produce any law to substantiate his claim of fundamental religious right to cremate the body of Ashutosh Maharaj.

The hearing of the case is adjourned for 1st March, 2017 where the State of Punjab will advance its arguments.


11 Comments on Courts are not appropriate to interpret Samadhi: HC on Ashutosh Maharaj

  1. Nikhil Ashunita Singh // February 7, 2017 at 6:12 pm // Reply

    Samadhi defines rich spiritual culture of Bharat. what problem court has with it and anyone linked should have.. Why only hindu saints always become prime target In india.

  2. Amit Kumar Tyagi (Rinku) // February 8, 2017 at 2:15 am // Reply

    Samadhi is tradition of Hinduism and in past many saints had taken samadhi. We should respect of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji Samadhi.

  3. A Guru need not necessarily ‘teach’ samaadhi to His disciple(s). If spirituality is a ladder, then Samaadhi is its topmost step, and regular meditation are the other steps. Analogically, samaadhi is the most advanced stage of meditation, which a person can achieve only by practising meditation regularly.

    Of course, Guru is indispensable here, but His role is like that of a person X already up the ladder, standing on a platform somewhat away from the ladder. Another person Y rising the ladder will need X’s helping hand to rise above that last step and hop onto the platform. In other words, Y will be able to benefit from X’s presence at the top only after he himself makes an effort to climb up to the final step. Now, X may not lend Y a helping hand, if he feels that Y needs to perfect his ladder climbing skill or overcome a shortcoming which could trouble him on the platform. In such a case, Y will need to practise further and perfect his skills!

    In the same way, a disciple needs to regularly practise meditation and reach the stage from where his Guru takes him into the world of Samaadhi. Once there, his Guru decides whether or not to put him into the eternal world of samaadhi. If he is deemed as not yet ready, the disciple needs to practise meditation further.

    A Guru is not bound to teach samaadhi to His disciples.

  4. Keshav Narang // February 8, 2017 at 3:31 am // Reply

    How can High court refuse to argument on Smadhi..Hindu Sant Ashutosh Maharaj Ji and his followers rights must not be cinned…At time of Hinduism and Hindus’ , where our constitution and Secularism go?….,nobody know ….

  5. Narender Seema // February 8, 2017 at 4:12 am // Reply

    It’s really shameful in a great country of culture that a saint required permission to keep our culture alive.
    Judges must thought of it many times

  6. Kalpna Sengar // February 8, 2017 at 5:01 am // Reply

    Our culture and history has many examples of Guru samadhi. Why judges are not able to take right decision in this case. Ashutosh maharaj ji sure in samadhi if all his sisya believe in that. We should respect the belief and samadhi of Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji.

  7. The concept of samadhi is something that came in limelight only when this saint made SAMADHI come to existence in today’s world. Today almost every part of the country somewhere is in a state of shock and dillema of what is the actual case but just the fact that the entire state is thinking and putting questions against this thought in today’s time enough that finally we are opening back the granth’s that were put back in this social world and finally we have all come together in taking out answers from the history that we somehow forgot! Hats off to this saint for just making people talk about samadhi!

  8. The statement by sadhvi tapeshwara bharti ji makes complete sense that “dark matter ” doesn’t mean there is dark matter its means that science has not been able to decipher it .
    Similarly since science cannnot comprehend the “samadhi” it doesn’t mean honourable Court should apply the logic of gross to examine such important subject .
    Ideally the body of a true saint should be allowed to be taken care and preservance by rightful disciples of divya Jyoti jagrati sansthan .

  9. Shilpi Bamola // February 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm // Reply

     महर्षि पातंजलि के बताये हुए राजयोग के आठ अंग हैं ।
    (1) यम,(2) नियम,(3) आसन,(4) प्राणायाम,(5) प्रत्याहार,(6) धारणा,(7)ध्यान,(8) समाधि 
    समाधि के विषय में मैंने विवेकानंद जी की कई पुस्तकों में पढा है, बचपन से पढ़ती आ रही हूँ वो सारी समाधि की बातें और कई सारी विवेचनाएं।
    अब तो 21 जून को योग/प्राणायाम दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाता है,
    अब हम प्राणायाम को मानते है, ध्यान पद्धति को मानते है तो अवश्य ही समाधि का भी अस्तित्व है, महापुरूषो की बातें मिथ्या नहीं होती हैं . समाधि को नकारना के अर्थ है..स्वामी विवेकानंद जैसे महा पुरूषों को ही सिरे से नकार देना। I Support Samadhi. धन्य हैं भारतभूमि जो आज भी महान संत पंजाब में समाधि में रत है, अहोभाग्य !! दुर्लभ होता है ऐसा समय काल। मेरा प्रणाम पहुचे उन संत तक। 🙏

  10. meenakshi goel // February 9, 2017 at 5:40 am // Reply

    This is also mentioned in Patanjali yogsutras that there are five levels of mental life (chittabhumi) determined by the relative dominance of sattva, rajas and tamas
    i. ksipta – restless state, rajas and tamas dominate, mind is attracted to sensory pleasures and means of attaining power.
    ii. mudha – torpid state, pre-dominance of tamas, mind tends towards vice, ignorance, sleep, etc.
    iii. viksipta – distracted state, predominance of rajas, mind has tendency towards virtue, knowledge however it is a state of temporary concentration followed by distraction.
    iv. ekagra – concentrated state, there is manifestation of sattva, mind is able to concentrate on any object for prolonged times to reveal its true nature – preparatory stage for cessation of modifications of mind.
    v. niruddha – restrained state, predominance of sattva, cessation of all mental functions including concentration, leaving the mind in its original ripple-less state.
    It is the last two stages that are conducive and correspond to two main kinds of samadhi
    i. sampragyat samadhi – mind is focused on an object and assumes the form of that object.
    ii. asampragyat samadhi – nothing is known or thought by the mind

    Samadhi is a core part of Hinduism.Court should not interfere in this matter

  11. We should definitely preserve body of ashutosh maharaj ji as it is as per facts written in holy books and it for betterment of society


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