I just got an email message from a friend about an attempt in Vienna, Austria to assassinate Gurinder Singh, the guru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB), which is headquartered in the Punjab, India.
I was an active member of RSSB for over thirty-five years and volunteered several times for security work at large meetings in the United States and Canada where Gurinder Singh gave talks.
At a Honolulu session in the 1990s I remember getting the job of peering into trash receptacles and such to search for explosive devices. This seemed sort of unnecessary to me at the time.
After reading a translation of the Punjabi newspaper story about the July 28 attempt to kill Gurinder Singh, obviously it wasn't. For quite a while fundamentalist Sikh extremists have been threatening gurus in the Punjab who don't conform to their notions of what "true" Sikhism is.
This is another instance of how dogmatic religiosity leads to people doing crazy things. Here's the story that was sent to me. I've copied in the English translation below.
Download Attempt on Baba Ji's Life in Vienna
English Translation of the Jagg Bani Punjabi Newspaper Article
Assassination attempt on Dera Radha Soami Chief Foiled
Vienna Police arrests four persons; Baba Gurinder Singh Ji is unharmed; continues Satsang program.
Jalandhar, July 28 (Report by Dhawan)
Today an attempt on the life of Baba Gurinder Singh, Leader of Radha Soami Beas, was foiled by the Vienna Police in Austria. Police arrested four persons carrying explosives with them.
According to news obtained from Vienna, Baba Gurinder Singh was going to hold satsang in a hall. Vienna Police had been tipped off before the arrival of the extremists and had tightened security around the meeting hall.
It is said that the Police nabbed the four suspects in the parking lot of the hall. Baba Gurinder Singh is absolutely fine and later he gave satsang to the audience.
Previously some people of Indian origin had fatally shot Sant Rama Nand, the leader of Dera Sachkhand (of Ballan in Punjab) in Vienna and his companion Sant Niranjan Das was injured. Since that assassination attempt the Vienna Police had been on high alert during all programs of satsangs held by Indian Spiritual Gurus. Unconfirmed reports say that the Police recovered hand grenades from the suspects.
Another report says that the suspects were wearing Security Employees’ Uniforms so that they could enter the hall unnoticed. Baba Gurinder Singh is on foreign trip to meet with his followers. It is reported that after the arrests of the suspects, a high alert is in place and Baba Gurinder Singh has been provided with extra security during his stay in Europe.