Katsuya Takahashi, 54, a former Aum Supreme Truth cult member who was arrested Friday in Tokyo after 17 years on the run, sits in his police cell in the lotus position and chants a cult mantra, according to investigative sources.
Takahashi, under arrest for his role in the cult's deadly sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, uses specific terms associated with the cult to answer investigators, including such remarks as "I was arrested because of karma," according to police.
The word karma, meaning cosmic justice, was commonly used in the cult's religious training.
Takahashi sometimes performs a typical cult ritual called "ritsui reihai," according to the sources. This practice of prayer, also employed by Tibetan Buddhists, involves a person throwing his body forward to the ground then resuming a standing position.
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