Ulaanbaatar: A mummified monk found in the lotus position is believed to be in deep meditation.
This is an impressive claim put-forth by certain prominent academics.
Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing body remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin.
But experts insisted that the human relic is actually in a rare and very special spiritual state known as ‘tukdam’ and just one stage 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 that the Lama is sitting in the lotus position called vajra whose left hand is seen opened while the right hand symbolized a preaching Sutra.
According to the Professor, the mortal found in the lotus position is still meditating in the ‘tukdam’ state
He is of the opinion that the Lama is not dead, but still performing a very deep meditation.
This belief is as per the ancient tradition of Buddhist lamas.
Over the last 50 years there are said to have been 40 such cases in India involving meditating Tibetan monks.
Dr Barry Kerzin, a famous Buddhist monk and a physician to the Dalai Lama, said that he had opportunities to take care of some monks who were in a tukdam state under meditation.
According to him, if a person can remain in this state for more than three weeks, then his body gradually starts shrinking while the hair, nails, and clothes remain unchanged.
Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk can see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days.
This means that he has found a ‘rainbow body’.
According to the Doctor, this is the highest state close to the state of ‘Buddha’.
If the meditator can continue to stay in this yoga posture, he can also become a Buddha.
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.
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