With regard to 72 hours underground Samadhi by Pilot Baba, lot of controversies/misgivings have taken place about the organisers as also about the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi.
As several yogic programmes are organised/sponsored by various persons/institutions all through the country and are also demonstrated very regularly on T.V. we, viz. K.B.Sanghi, R.C.Thacker, S.R.Daga organised a Yogic feat of 72 hours underground Samadhi by Pilot Baba at Yeshwant Stadium between 11th and 14th February 1988.
The organising committee conducted the above programme successfully as announced. No financial contribution from anyone was collected or accepted.
Pilot Baba went into Samadhi at 1 p.m. on 11th February whereas we had arranged a press conference at 6 p.m. on 8th February. In this conference it was clearly stated by Pilot Baba and his organisers that it is simply a yogic feat. Pilot Baba while giving his introduction mentioned that human body is a most wonderful laboratory. He said that through Yogic power he can control heart beats and pulses and for that matter any function of the body.
On specific question about the samadhi, he mentioned that "when I go into Samadhi, I suspend all the functions of my body and mind and establish myself in my real being ie. SOUL. This is Dhyanyog. This results in keeping the body in tact. This is for doctors to tell how body functions in that state. One can prolong the duration of samadhi through sadhana. Because of this state, it does not matter if the samadhi is taken underground or in water or in a glass cabin."
From the above, it is very clear that the organising committee spent time and money believing that they are presenting before the Nagpurians a yogic feat of a rare kind at their own cost and demanded nothing in return. We, even organised on all the 4 days Bhakti Sangeet and rashtra geet performed by some artists of repute like Meera Puri of Nahan, Desh Bhandu Sharma of Himachal, Umesh Kumar (all vocal with harmonium, Kashinath Mishra (Sarangi), Mr.Sharma (tabla) all from Ranchi. Not only no money was collected from the audience, it was regularly announced on the mike that the audience need not even put any money on the samadhi.
Members of the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi knew the above facts through press and through announcements, they never contacted and questioned the organisers.
If Pilot Baba or his associates have made any claim to perform some other feat to the members of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi, it is between them to organise the same in consultation with Pilot Baba.
Sensing that Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi was suspecting some fraud in the yogic feat performed by Pilot Baba, we even invited them to associate with us and surface the fraud they had in mind. They were regularly visiting the samadhi place and taking photographs. They could have easily kept tight vigil, when Baba was in samadhi.
The organisers had even invited local doctors for medical check up of Baba, monitoring his physical state before the samadhi and after the samadhi.
While raising the controversy of increased weight of 2.5 kgs. after Baba came out of the Samadhi, the members of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi totally forgot that while going into samadhi Baba's weight was taken when he was wearing only a Lungi. After he came out of the samadhi, there was a monitor on his body which the doctors had fixed after they had taken the weight while he was going into samadhi. Baba was also garlanded immediately after he came out of his samadhi when the weight was taken. In addition, he was given a shawl which he was wearing on his shoulders immediately after the samadhi.
From the above it may be seen that Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi has not objectively examined the matter and unenecessarily raised controversy and disturbed the Baba's speech on 14th, thus depriving themselves and the curious public of a correct evaluation of the Baba.
The manner in which the members of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi challenged the Baba immediately after he came out of the samadhi created a total chaos which would have certainly caused injuries to the performers and the audience, had the government authorities not have been vigilant and kept proper police bandobast.
Inspite of the chaos at Yeshwant stadium, we arranged the conference of the members of the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi and Baba in the front of the press reporters and local doctors. During this conference Baba did not agree to perform a similar samadhi in a glass cabin on 19th February 1988 as was desired by the members of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi. This was because he was going on foreign tour on 21-2-1988. They thereafter shouted slogans on the outer gate of circuit house against the Baba.
We however persuaded the Baba and obtained a press note from him wherein he agreed to perform the samadhi on 19th February after Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi had made arrangements and obtained permission from the state authorities and communicated him at Delhi of the same latest by 18th February. A copy of this note was given to the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi.
Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi is either not serious to organise the feat on 19th February as was desired by them during the conference with the Baba or they are unable to organise this feat for reasons known to themselves. Baba had reiterated on telephone talks that if he is convinced that the organisers have made necessary arrangements to enable him to perform the feat on 19th February as desired by them he will be reaching Nagpur on the 18th night by plane.
We are aware that most of the members of the Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi are well placed in society. Their only intention was to find the truth. We are sure that if they have associated with us we would have rendered all assistance to them as we also were not interested in any falsehood.
We would have been very pleased if they had taken us into confidence at the right time and had reposed confidence in us as we are also equally interested in the well being of the society free from any Andhashraddha.
It is certainly not with a view to criticise anybody much less the members of Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samithi who are respectable friends, but purely with a view to state the facts that we are making this statement.
Lastly we sincerely regret and apologise if anybody's feelings are hurt on account of any lapse committed by us or the announcer at the samadhi sthal or other associates of Baba or even by Baba himself under provocation.
Challenge to Pilot Baba
Press Note by Akhil Bharatiya Andhashradha Nirmulan Samitee
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