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Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

By Kate Baklitskaya
02 February 2015

As police say lama found in lotus positon was destined for sale on black market, there are claims it was one step away from becoming a Buddha.

The mummified remains, covered in cattle skin, were found on January 27 in the Songinokhairkhan province. Picture: Morning Newspaper 

A mummified monk found in the lotus position in Mongolia is 'not dead' and is instead one stage away from becoming a real-life Buddha, it has been claimed.

Forensic examinations are under way on the amazing remains, which are believed to be around 200 years old, having been preserved in animal skin. But one expert has insisted the human relic is actually in 'very deep meditation' and in a rare and very special spiritual state known as 'tukdam'.

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: '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 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.

Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert


Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

The 'meditating monk' and the house in Mongolia where it was hidden. Pictures: Morning Newspaper 


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'.

The mummified remains, which were covered in cattle skin, were found on January 27 in the Songinokhairkhan province of Mongolia.

However, there is more to the story and now police have revealed that the monk had been stolen from another part of the country and was about to be sold off.

An unnamed official said that it was taken from a cave in the Kobdsk region by a man who then hid it in his own home in Ulaanbaatar.

He had then been planning to sell it on the black market at a 'very high price', with local media claiming he wanted to take it over the Mongolian border. Police uncovered the plot and quickly arrested a 45-year-old, named only as Enhtor. 

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.

Comments (194)

How do we consider that he is alive?

If he is meditating In such a extreme state why can't he able to breath?
harsha kv, Karnataka
08/02/2015 23:46
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Give him some vodka- he'll be fine..
R.i.p. shinqua shoi kata :D
Roland, latvia riga
08/02/2015 21:49
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Anyway, what is the harm in letting him sit there for an other 100 years and see what happens.
Kurt Ananda, Denmark
08/02/2015 12:32
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Life is as mysterious as death, and we understand so little of either. Is there something wrong with just allowing this monk to be mysterious? Either way, you must admire the power of his one-pointed focus, and open your heart to the compassion that clearly motivated him.
1hipdude, usa
08/02/2015 09:21
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As he cannot return the body to an animated state, for all intents and purposes, even if he's living off his kundalini (assuming there is such a thing), he's clinically dead. He cannot return to commune among the living. Nonetheless, he exercised great discipline to remain in that specific position, which would not have been maintained had he simply died of malnutrition. Were that the case, had his heart stopped beating as he sat there, his arms would have dropped down; they did not. He maintained them in a controlled position, indicating that he was very much alive and in control when the body went into rigormortis. Now that's food for thought.
Sunshine, Hawaii
08/02/2015 04:49
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Allow him some dignity. Dang, my knees hurt just looking at the photos.
TheCaffeinatedOne, USA
07/02/2015 21:13
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He's not dead. He's pinon' for the Fjords.
Philip, United States
07/02/2015 20:48
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The end goal is death. He's done his work astrally. It's nothing really an intellectual from the west could or want to know, so. lets try to find the hustle. lol.
sup troll, no
07/02/2015 20:15
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Dead or in deep meditation the question is more one of respect for the "man". The article refers to him as an "it".

Have these people got no concept of Resting in Peace?
Alicia, London
07/02/2015 18:30
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Dead or in deep meditation the question is more one of respect for the "man". The article refers to him as an "it".
Have these people got no concept of Resting in Peace?
Alicia, London
07/02/2015 18:26
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Let's be accurate. All we know is what our human senses report. They report a human form called human body is inanimate. In a dream, our senses report human forms called human bodies that are animate.
outside the box, Universalis
07/02/2015 17:06
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There ar various stages of dhyan and Simran. Belive it or not samadhi is when the life gets in to sushma nadi. I have heard heart stops,pulse is gone and the body does not decay for long durations. People won't tell you much, they say we can show you the path but you need to earn yourself. We Indian belive ramayan and mahabharat are myths but the west does not.
rd, delhi
07/02/2015 14:42
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This is easily explainable and nothing mystical or spiritual. Guy sat in a cold cave for several days or weeks meditating without clothes on and died from malnutrition and since he was in a cold cave the cold froze his body in a mummified like way. That's all there is to it. It's not strange.
J, USA
07/02/2015 14:40
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Without food also a person can live using 'KUNDALINI SHAKTHI' which will be folded under our back bone. Once we uncover it,it will give energy for our survival.
kumar, India
07/02/2015 14:15
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Don't quite know how to tell you this,

but someone HAS to !

His meditative state was concluded awhile back.

He's dead -- absolutely and utterly dead.

Sorry.
Ragnar, Centennial, Colorado USA
07/02/2015 12:23
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