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Guru 'sleeping'

An Indian guru pronounced dead by doctors more than a month ago is in a state of deep meditation and will wake up in about six months, his aides said yesterday, Reuter reports from Khchar, India.

Thakur Balak Brahmachari has been lying since 5 May on slabs of ice in an air-conditioned room of his ashram. Asked what will happen if the Brahmachari does not rise from his icy bed, an aide said: 'If I am proved wrong 70 million followers of Baba will reduce me to dust.'