Having been a member for many years of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), a mystical/meditation-based spiritual organization headquartered in India, I'm still somewhat interested in going-on regarding the group's current guru, Gurinder Singh.
So when someone I follow on Twitter shared a link to "Radha Soami Sect Chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon returns from Singapore hale and hearty," I was curious to read this Punjab News Express story. Note: Dera refers to the main RSSB center in the Punjab; "lac" is a hundred thousand.
Punjab News Express/Jagmohan Singh
AMRITSAR: Radha Soami Sect Chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon today who had flown to Singapore following the advice of Fortis Hospital while cancelling his all schedules last week on Feb 10 arrived at the sect head quarter Beas.
Confirming his arrival today dera official said, he arrived last evening after being declared fit and fine by the team of doctors at Singapore.
During his weeklong stay in Singapore Dhillon underwent complete body scan and all related medical tests by the team of doctors.
Today Dhillon appeared before his devotees, looking fresh. He also held meeting with the dera officials with regard to dera functioning and other arrangements. Since this time, two days after on Sunday a heavy crowd of Radha Soami followers expected to be thronged at Beas. Dera volunteers have been asked to take all possible measure for regular and uninterrupted of vehicular traffic flow. This time dera officials expected the gathering above two lacs devotees, since followers are curious to have the glimpse of sect chief after his return from Singapore.
On Sunday there is religious congregation at Beas headquarter nearly forty five kilometres from the city of Golden Temple Amritsar.
Dhillon had flown to Singapore on Feb 10, after the team of Fortis Escort hospital referred him to move immediately to Singapore for complete medical check up. Dhillon was suffering some gastritis problem but can’t take any medicine without consulting the doctors at Singapore where he was already getting treatment.
It may be added here two years ago Dhillon was diagnosed Throat Cancer, got regular treatment from one of the famous hospital in Singapore. During treatment he was administrated chemotherapy causing hair shedding besides impact on voice box but after few months everything was normalised. He also underwent time to time PET (positron emission tomography) scan test which had indicated that all infected cancer cells were cleared in the body.
Senior BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Minister L.K Advani, Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi are also follower of Radha Soami visit at Beas headquarter time to time besides meeting with him at Delhi when Dhillon’s schedule is fixed for Delhi.
Dhillon has been given Z-Plus Security Cover and his security was enhanced significantly when ADGP Security of Punjab Government visited the Dera Radha Soami Beas town to review the security arrangements.
Dera Radha Soami also known as Dera Baba Jaimal Singh at Beas town nearly 45 kilometers away from the Amritsar city being headed by the sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon having large number of followers across the nation.
Earlier in July 2010, an attempt to kill the Dhillon was foiled well in time by the police in Vienna, Austria with the arrest of four persons carrying explosives with them; thereafter his security here in India was enhanced significantly.
Basically, this is an account of how an Indian man has been dealing with health problems, including a bout with throat cancer. However, Gurinder Singh is regarded as God in Human Form by his devotees, so I have little doubt that there's been much speculation about what these illnesses mean in the great cosmic scheme of things.
My view is, nothing more than what they are: fairly common health problems.
But likely some RSSB devotees consider that Gurinder Singh's ailments are a sign of the guru taking on the karma of his disciples, much as Jesus supposedly did when he "died for our sins."
I also find it interesting that God in Human Form needs so much security. From one point of view this makes good sense, because the Punjab is home to serious political conflicts, some violent, that are rooted in religious beliefs. Yet if someone possesses divine powers, would they need armed guards to protect them?
(I have no answer to this question, since I no longer believe in divine powers.)