Weird relic of a mummified monk found in the lotus position is “not dead” but is in “very deep meditation”. Academic Researchers claim.
Mirror publication disclosed that forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin.
But experts insist the human relic is actually in a rare and very special spiritual state known as ‘tukdam’ and is just one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha.
Founder and Professor of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University, Ganhugiyn Purevbata, said: “Lama is sitting in the lotus position vajra, the left hand is opened, and the right hand symbolizes of the preaching Sutra.
“This is a sign that the Lama is not dead, but is in a very deep meditation according to the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas.”
There are said to have been 40 of such cases over the last 50 years in India involving meditating Tibetan monks.
Dr Barry Kerzin, a famous Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, said: “I had the privilege to take care of some meditators who were in a tukdam state.
“If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks – which rarely happens – his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes.
“Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a ‘rainbow body’.
“This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha’.
He added: “If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha.
“Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy.”
Initial speculation is that the mummy could be a teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov.
Born in 1852, Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov was a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body.
The mummified remains, which were covered in cattle skin, were found on January 27 in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia.
The monk is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise at Ulaanbaatar.