Someone just emailed me a link to a BBC News story, "Haynes Park Science of the Soul fined after man's death."
Science of the Soul is another name for Radha Soami Satsang Beas, a spiritual group headed up by an Indian guru that I used to be a member of.
I'm not at all surprised to read that the organization was fined £364,000 for an attempted cover-up after scaffolding collapsed at the Haynes Park meeting center, which equals $484,000 in dollars.
Amrik Blaggan, 57, died in hospital two days after he fell about 2m (6.5ft) from a platform at the Science of Soul centre in Haynes Park, Bedfordshire,
The scene was cleared despite the group being told to leave it untouched, Luton Crown Court heard.
Science of the Soul had pleaded guilty to health and safety offences.
Police attended the scene on the day of the fall in April 2014 and told the group that under no circumstances should the scaffolding platform be touched because experts would need to examine it.
However by the time environmental health officers arrived for an inspection, the tower had been removed and there was no evidence of how it looked and functioned, the court was told.
However, a police constable who attended the scene on the day had luckily taken photos of the tower in situ before he left.
Ethics often takes a back seat when a religion such as the Science of the Soul feels threatened by worldly authorities.
One would think that people involved with a "spiritual" organization would be extra-careful to be honest and open with a health and safety investigation, but obviously one would think wrong in this case.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas volunteers -- sevadars is the Indian term -- tend to think that whatever they are doing in the name of the guru is OK, even when it isn't. Here someone died because of gross negligence.
Sentencing the group, Judge Barbara Mensah said an expert who looked at the photos taken by the officer had concluded the tower was "unsafe".
Prosecutor Michael Vere-Hodge QC said a meeting hall had been constructed in the grounds either in 2009 or 2010, without planning permission.
Mr Blaggan, a volunteer at Science of the Soul, climbed a mobile scaffold as lighting was fitted, and sustained serious head injuries when he fell..
Mr Vere-Hodge said the scaffold was "grossly unsafe by anybody's reckoning".
He said police and paramedics were called but said there was an "attempted cover-up" as the scaffold had been removed and the roof repaired before investigators arrived.
Shameful. But I wouldn't be surprised if many Radha Soami Satsang Beas true believers consider that the man's death was the result of the guru's will, or at least of the man's bad karma.
Which is crazy, of course. Along with every other sort of supernatural religious belief.