Guruphiliac: Asahara's Daughters Want To Know Why

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Asahara's Daughters Want To Know Why

File under: Gurus Doin' Time

Today's LATimes explores the plight of Mayumi and Kaori Asahara, the daughters of subway-gassing AUM guru Shoko Asahara, who is in the pokey waiting to be executed. The girls are working hard to get dad off the hook, claiming–as his lawyers have been–that he is insane and therefore not able to understand what is happening to him. Nor has he seemed able to provide his daughters with an adequate explanation for what he did:
They desperately need something back from their father too. They are seeking an explanation of why the man who taught them to cherish life, even that of an ant, could be a cult leader responsible for Japan's worst terrorist attack.
Geez. Insanity seems like the best explanation for that. Maybe Asahara really shouldn't be dropped down the chute.

But the Japanese public will not have it. Asahara shook up Japan that way 9/11 did to us:
When Japanese close their eyes they still see Asahara as he was when he was orchestrating mayhem: A white-robed guru with a flowing black beard and glass eye, a man who twisted the minds of well-educated men and women who seemed indistinguishable from everyone's else's sons and daughters. The image has become the icon of evil in modern Japan.
Crazy or not, it doesn't look good for Asahara or his daughters. It's their family tragedy on top of all the tragedy that Asahara brought to Japan. We're feeling sorry for them all right now.


At 4/04/2006 11:21 AM, Blogger RITA said...

This guy has passed beyond what can be accepted by the human community. He should be put down like a rabid dog and then burned to ash. His daughters should be grateful he didn't kill more and let the bastard go.

At 4/04/2006 11:25 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

Yay Rita!

You GO girl!

At 4/05/2006 6:21 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

Rita Returns!

Hi Rita.

I don't believe in the death penalty. Not even for that animal.

How about solitary confinement without any media or visitors for life? He could contemplate what he did for some time. Better, yet, he could be assigned daily visits from a right-wing Christian Evangelical as his punishment. And he'd would be prohibited from talking about the visits, so there would be no possibility of publicity.

I like that punishment!


At 4/05/2006 9:46 AM, Blogger facedog said...

You could be right about that form of punishment, OTOH. I once had an old house and the crawl space became infested with skunks. I put a radio under there tuned to the local christian radio station. It worked like a charm!

At 4/05/2006 9:53 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

I'm with Rita. The limp wristed punishment suggested by otoh is like something She She himself would come up with. I'm still wondering if otoh isn't a She She supporter in disguise, trying to drum up sympathy for his puny guru.

I say gas Asahara with his own private mix, burn the carcass and shoot the ashes from a cannon.

At 4/05/2006 10:00 AM, Blogger guruphiliac said...

burn the carcass and shoot the ashes from a cannon.

The Hunter S. Thompson treatment is too good for Asahara.

At 4/05/2006 10:42 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

Then just bury him alive and let it go at that.

At 4/05/2006 3:32 PM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

Chuck --

You really have it in for me Chuck. What's your exact problem? What I said about Ravi Shankar is truthful. I left his organization because I found it to be dishonest and him to be a fraud and cheat. If anything, you are the one who I would suspect of being his ardent supporter, since you are so upset with me since I posted against him.

So I'm anti death penalty? So are lots of liberals in this world. I'd hardly call being anti-death penalty "limp wristed". Everybody can't be a Bush riding cowboy like you.

BTW, Ravi is pro-death penalty privately.

As usual, we disagree.

At 4/05/2006 4:12 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...


I'm just having a bit of fun at your expense. If you weren't a limey you would understand that. However, I resent being called a racist by you when I was simply defending an Indian economic and social minority who are used and abused by higher ranking Indians. That is not racism. If it is, then you are also a racist.

At 4/05/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger CHUCK said...


By the way, Bush is no cowboy. He's just another rich kid like yourself from a carpetbagger family of yankees who came to Texas after WW2 to rape the land. He and I have very little in common.

At 4/05/2006 4:45 PM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...


Have fun! Sorry you resent what I said. I just feel that the situation inside of India is the business of Indians to solve, not some outside "superior" country's problem. Too often, Americans (I'm assuming you are one, correct me if I'm incorrect) feel they have the right to dictate moral rights and wrongs for the entire world. I truly believe that India can solve her problems of economic inequality, given time. Things are getting better. But it takes more than 50 years being out from under the thumb of so-called superior people. I don't believe in either communism (everyone is equal, blah blah blah) nor in the kind of mess you find in young countries where 100 families own everything at the cost of the remainder. I say "young" countries, but even Mexico, not so young, falls into that category of a few rich and many poor. There has to be something in the middle of those models that works for the world. I believe the world is headed in that directions, slowly but surely. I'm just an optimist at heart, I guess.

At 4/06/2006 8:30 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

otoh said, "Too often, Americans (I'm assuming you are one, correct me if I'm incorrect) feel they have the right to dictate moral rights and wrongs for the entire world."


Your hatred of Americans is again noted, as is you pomposity. Hey, you would make a fantastic American yourself!

At 4/07/2006 9:00 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...


Disagreement with one's attitudes towards others need not, and in my case, does not, indicate hatred of that person or people.

I disagree with the attitude you seem to have, and that many Americans seem to have, that they have the moral authority to dictate to the rest of the world. This disagreement is just that -- a disagreement, not hatred. I do not hate any nation, nor any particular group of people.

You continue to "note" things that I have not said, assuming things about me that are simply untrue.

I, in this case, note your continued tone of insult, and write it off as you having yet another bad day in the life of Chucky. Sorry for that. Hope you feel better soon, dude.

At 4/07/2006 10:20 AM, Blogger CHUCK said...

otoh said,
"...many Americans seem to have, that they have the moral authority to dictate to the rest of the world."

You started this insulting between us and by continuing with this popular anti American rhetoric, you are simply trying to draw in support for your imagined injuries. That's really how it started between us. Your devotee, Kalyani was bubbling over with praise for you, so you had to malign me when I pointed out the obvious about her own hypocrisy. The truth is that by now a majority of Americans do not support Bush's war. I never did. The man is an asshole. It was you limeys who made a mess of India, with the help of the Indian rich. Why not mention the tendency of millions of Islamics and billions of Chinese who want to dictate to the rest of the world. The fact is that Americans are some of the best hearted and most generous people the world has ever seen. Still, as I said before, we deserve Bush and you deserve Blair. Before that you deserved She She. Before that you deserved Maharishi. Don't confuse your adolescent desire to bash your spiritual parents with some noble desire to save others from your fate. Whatever you went through with She She seems to have made a better, stronger and fiercer poodle dog out of you.


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