Devoted to family, others
Local man was aboard Comair Flight 5191
by ANDREW SCHOTZ
HAGERSTOWN - When his work in Kentucky was done, Steve McElravy was eager to return to his family in Hagerstown on Sunday, his colleagues said, so he took a 6 a.m. flight.
Shortly after taking off - from the wrong runway - the plane crashed on a farm near Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, according to The Associated Press.
McElravy, 57, was one of 49 people killed. A pilot survived.
As a public health adviser within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for five years, McElravy was committed to preventing drug and alcohol abuse.
Bruce, who lives in Lincoln, said their father was in the U.S. Air Force, so the family moved around....
He practiced yoga, recycling and other ways of clean, earth-friendly living, Muhs said.
That included ANANDA MARGA, a movement that says it aims for
... Ananda Marga is a very dangerous cult; it does not hesitate to use violence. ...
Ananda Marga ... Arranging for long, off-campus events with institutions not formally associated with the University is a cultic red flag.
The Yoga club also hosted an Ananda Marga symposium last year. The keynote speaker of this symposium, Dr. Ravi Batra, was promoting his latest book and claimed that the United States would suffer a devastating and complete economic collapse early in 1998 after which it would be taken over by a military officer....
The INTERLACED TRIANGLES
Ananda Marga/Prout and Ananda Murti
One guru movement much in the headlines is the Ananda Marga (Path of Bliss), headed by the guru Ananda Murti (Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar), born in 1921 and known as "Ba’ba’". This movement, which now operates in many parts of the world, and its daughter organisation PROUT (Progressive Utilization Theory) represent, according to their own definition, progressive socialism; but in actual fact they look more like a new version of the older national socialism. 79)
The Ananda Murti himself is hailed as a god incarnate, called Tarak Brahma, a third incarnation after Shiva and Krishna. As a god he claims absolute obedience from his followers. Even as a young boy he is said to have exercised supernatural powers, and his life has been marked by a number of remarkable acts which identify him as a typical siddhi-yogi on the basis of Tantric ideology. He was probably initiated by his notorious uncle Subhas Chandra Bose, 80) an extremist politician who supported the Japanese and German forces against the English, whom Bose hated with life-long animosity.
The Ananda Marga started in 1955 and is centered on the person of Ananda Murti. One of the movement’s most characteristic features is the "war dance," during which the mantra "Baba nam kevalam" (The name of the father only) is sung/shouted again and again in order to arouse the dancers to ecstasy.
The political ideology which is the basis of the movement supports "the rule of the elite." A number of "sadvipras" are to govern the world. In practice, for the time being, the movement is run by a number of "acharyas", who govern the local ashramas and "avadhouts" who govern the various regions.
The Ananda Marga group was seriously wracked in 1971, when the guru Ananda Murti was arrested on suspicion of murder and put into an Indian jail. In 1973 a group of the leaders were interned, and many of the institutions of the movement were closed down. Finally, in 1975, the whole movement was outlawed by Indira Gandhi, and many more leaders were arrested. In 1976 Ananda Murti was convicted of instigation to murder on a number of counts, and spent several years in prison, often on a hunger-strike. The main prosecution witnesses in the case were his wife and a group of former leaders of the movement. 81)
Ananda Murti was released in 1979, however, and is again in power as the leader of a strong and militant guru movement.
His disciples reacted violently against the measures taken by the Indian government and the courts. They flatly deny all charges, and demonstrations have taken place in many parts of the world. Acts of self-immolation began in 1973, when two monks from the movements burned themselves in order to draw international attention to Ananda Murti’s condition, and since then a series of similar acts of violence have horrified the world.
The Murky Life of an International Gun Dealer
By RAYMOND BONNER
Danish-born man using alias Kim Davy hires British arms dealer, Peter von Kalkstein Bleach, to purchase Russian cargo plane in Latvia and use it to fly Bulgarian weapons to India, where they are dropped by parachute to violent religious sect; Indian authorities ground plane in Bombay and arrest Bleach; map; Davy, born Niels Christian Nielson, escapes; he is member of fundamentalist Hindu group Ananda Marga and has engaged in other smuggling, money laundering and counterfeiting; details of deal show almost complete lack of international controls on small-arms trading
2 February, 2000
Briton gets life in India arms case
Peter Bleach: Parachuted arms over West Bengal
British arms trader Peter Bleach and the five-member crew of a Latvian aircraft have been sentenced to life imprisonment for an arms drop over eastern India in 1995.
They had earlier been convicted of smuggling weapons, after several crates of arms, apparently meant for a militant Hindu sect, were parachuted out of a transport aeroplane over West Bengal.
But they were found not guilty of waging war against India - the charge that carries the death penalty.
Prosecution lawyers said weapons on board - which included AK-47 assault rifles, rocket launchers, anti-tank grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition - were intended for a religious cult in Bengal, the Ananda Marg. The men were arrested several days later as they flew across India from Thailand.
The judge rejected an appeal for clemency from the Latvian crew. The man alleged to have masterminded the entire operation, a Dane who uses the alias Kim Davy, has so far evaded Indian investigators.
But India's Central Bureau of Investigation admits that the mystery of the arms drop will continue to persist, according to BBC Calcutta correspondent Subir Bhaumik.
The CBI says Bleach and the Latvians merely carried out the drop in keeping with the instructions of Kim Davy.
Officials say that unless he is caught or surrenders and speaks up, it will never be clear who really planned the arms drop and who the weapons were actually meant for.