In 2015, in the Songhino district, near Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as a result of a police operation, a mummified body of a Mongolian monk sitting in a meditative lotus position was found. Scientists have determined that he is about 200 years old. His head reportedly continued to grow, although it was 130 years after his alleged death. Therefore, some believe that the monk is still alive.
Dr. Barry Kerzin, a Buddhist monk and a Dalai Lama's doctor, said that this monk is in a tukdam — a deep meditative state, and not really dead.
Many monks tried to achieve enlightenment by sitting in meditation for a long time. Over the past half century, at least 40 mummified Tibetan monks have been found in India alone.
Kerzin explained: “If a person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks, which happens rarely, his body gradually shrinks, and in the end, only hair, nails and clothes remain of the person.”
“Usually, people living next to such a monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. If the meditator remains in a meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Having reached such a high spiritual level, he will also help others, and everyone around him will feel boundless joy, ”he added.
The National Center for Forensic Examination in Ulaanbaatar conducted a study and confirmed that the mummified monk is dead. He was identified as Corszha Sanjjava, who died at the age of 70 and was a student of Ovgon Geser Lama, a famous teacher of Buddhism, who also died in a state of meditation.
Leading researcher Ganghugiin Purevbat, who is the founder and professor of the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art in Ulan Bator Buddhist University, said:
“When I first learned about the unusual discovery, I sent employees to Arkhangai (a district of Mongolia) to check the assumption that this could be the imperishable body of Zorzh Sanzhzhava, a student of Geser Lama. I wasn't sure about that. ”
“However, a special committee found that the imperishable body really belong to Coryu Sanjavu,” he added.
Sanjav was buried next to his mentor, but his remains were stolen. One of the Mongolians intended to sell the relic abroad. In 2015, the mummy was found and buried again in the same place.
Although hair and nails may appear to grow after death, this does not last long. Pulling in the skin around the hair follicles gives the impression of constant hair growth.
But in this strange case, the hair continues to grow after 134 years after the monk's “death” – is it possible?
There is another case where the remains of the lama, which have been remarkably preserved for 92 years after his death, defied the laws of science. Buddhist Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov died in 1927 in Buryatia, when he was 75 years old. There were no signs of decomposition on his body even after he was exhumed three times: in 1955, in 1973, and in 2002.
According to the Daily Mail, in 2002, when the mummy was researched by scientists, it looked as if “a man died 36 hours ago.” On a surprisingly well-preserved body there were no visible signs of decomposition. Lama sat in a meditative lotus pose with legs crossed. According to observations and studies, the skin, muscles and internal tissues were left without damage, the joints retained flexibility.
Source: Epoch Times