Category: Weird Articles
Published on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 00:00
A mysterious mummy dressed up as a monk was found perfectly preserved in a lotus position last month. The mummified monk has since caused a whole lot of controversy after a well-known expert in Buddhism claimed that he isn't dead, but in a deep meditative trance.
The monk came to the attention of the authorities after a man attempted to sell him on the black market in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia. Wow, I would really love to see what else is being sold there. Mongolian police arrested the man and placed the mummy in the safeguard of the National Center of Forensic Expertise at Ulaanbaatar. They believe that the peddler might have stolen the mummy from a cave in the Kobdsk region and then hid it in his home.
Scientists are currently conducting forensic examinations on the 200-year-old mummy that was found wrapped in cattle skins. They are trying to figure out how the body could be so well-preserved, and they hypothesize that it could have been attributed to the nation's cold weather.
The monk seemed to have departed our world a long time ago, but a physician to the Dalai Lama begs to differ. Dr. Barry Kerzin made the outlandish claim that the monk isn't actually dead, but in a rare form of meditation known as 'tukdam'. He explained that if a person manages to achieve the state and remain in it for more than three weeks, the body starts to shrink very, very slowly. In the end, all that will remain of the person are the 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.”
“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,” he added.
Though the identity of the monk is still yet to be confirmed, it is speculated that he is the teacher of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, who was also found mummified. Itigilov, who was from neighbouring Buryatia in the then Soviet Union, apparently told his disciples in 1927 that he was going to die, and that they should exhume his body in 30 years.
When he was dug up as per his instructions, legend has it that Itigilov’s body was found intact and perfectly preserved. Fearing interference by the Soviet authorities, the followers buried him once more. He remained that way until 2002, when he was dug up again and still found well preserved. His body was then placed in a Buddhist temple to be worshiped by his followers.
Over the last 50 years, there are believed to have been at least 40 cases such cases in India, involving Tibetan monks. In fact, Dr. Kerzin said that he has had the privilege of taking care of some meditators in a tukdam state.