A recently discovered body of a buddhist monk who died almost 100 years ago, might not be dead but in a state of meditation, stated a scientist.
The body was discovered last week and was found in a very good state, sitting in the lotus position, covered in animal skins. It was found in the district Songinokhairkhan, near Ulan Bator, the capital of Mongolia.
The body was examined by medical experts, and officials believe that it belonged to a Lama, a wise man of Tibetan buddhism.
A Buddhist scientist stated that the mummy of the monk could actually find itself in a deep extremely rare meditative state called tudkam. Lama was sitting in the lotus position with his left palm open, and the right palm symbolizes the preaching of the knowledge of Sutra, a Buddhist belief, explained Ganhugiyn Purevbata, founder and professor of the Mongol Institute of Buddhist Art from the University of Ulan Bator. This might be a sign that Lama was still alive, being in a very deep meditative state, according to the ancestral tradition of the Buddhist wisdom, added Purevbata.
The mummified monk might be one of the masters of Dashi Dorzhho, a Buddhist monk from The Republic of Buryatia, who was born in 1852 and who is believed to have died in 1927 while meditating.
Dashi Dorzho Itigilov was famous for the perfect way his body has preserved after his death, with the passing of the years and it was said that his body didn’t present any sign of decomposer. The body of the monk, which has remained in the lotus position, had been evaluated by the buddhist monks in 1955 and 1973, and no trace of decomposer had been found.
Apparently, the body of Itigilov, was buried in a coffin filled with salt and has been left closed until 2002, when it was exhumed, after 75 years from his death. It seems that a number of tens of people have been present at the moment when the body was taken out, in order to confirm the authenticity of its preservation.
The good state of preservation might have been due to the fact that Itigilov had a defect in the gene that is usually involved in the process of cell decomposer after death, explained an expert in biomedical technology, Vladislav L. Kozeltsev. He added that, the salt might have had a contribution in the slowing down of the decomposing process, along with the soil and the state of the coffin, but also the secret embalming procedure.
Image Source: The Siberian Times
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