A 200-year old mummified monk was discovered in the lotus position and is considered to be ‘not dead’, but in a ‘very deep meditation state’, academics have claimed. Forensic examinations have taken place which have determined the remains to be roughly 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin.
However, experts have a totally different theory. They insist the human relic is actually in a rare and very special spiritual state known as ‘tukdam’ and is just one state away from becoming a real-life Buddha.
Ganhugiyn Purevbata, who is the founder and professor of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaanbaatar Buddhist University, 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 have been 40 such reported cases in India over the last 50 years involving meditating Tibetan monks.
A famous Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, Dr. Barry Kerzin 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 states that the mummy could possibly be the 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.
An unnamed official said that it was taken from a cave in the Kobdsk region by a man who then planned on selling it on the black market at a “very high price”. Police quickly uncovered the plot and hastily arrested the man.
According to Article 18 of the Criminal Code of Mongolia smuggling items of cultural heritage are punishable with either a fine of up to 3million roubles ($43,000) or between five and 12 years in prison.
The monk is now being guarded at the National Centre of Forensic Expertise at Ulaanbaatar.