Discover the fascinating remains of a mummies monk: The history and mystique of the lotus stance
It is a rare day when Mogolia enters the interdimensional space. Despite the city’s expansive area, its population has shrunk to fewer than 3 millio in recent years. But every now and again, something exceptional emerges from its illustrious history, like a Geghis Kha fid, to seize the attention that has previously been given to it.
One of those days is right now.
According to stories in the Siberia Times and local Mogol media, researchers are examining the remains of a man who, according to them, was frozen to death in a variety of positions 200 years ago. The right hand represents the preaching Stra, and the left hand is open, according to Gahgiy Prevbata, a professor at the Mongolian Institute of Buddhist Art at Ulaabaatar Buddhist University, who spoke to the Siberia Times.
None of this has been independently verified or detailed in a publication that has undergone peer review.
Though plausible, there is undeniably a long history of scientists finding alleged “accidental mummies” in extremely cold regions like Mongolia. A 9,000-year-old mummified bison was discovered in Siberia last year. Many Rassia archaeologists discovered a cache of accidental mummies covered in copper plates. It seems that even powerful forces like decomposition will occasionally pause in the face of ferocious chills.
Maybe tonight for a number of positions.
The Siberia Times, which also broke the story on the mysterious Siberian crater, stated that the rock came from north central Mongolia on June 27. He had cattle ski all over him. The Mogolia’s Morig Daily reported that the mummified body was sitting in a lotus position and appeared to be still thinking. Specialists who only had time to perform rudimentary visual examinations say they think the remains could be around 200 years old. When that news first appeared a week ago, Mogolia’s Morig Newspaper said that it was unaware of many of the specifics surrounding the origins of the mummified mok.
Yet, those specifics now seem to be filling in with a mixture of intrigue, geopolitics, and mystery. There is a gravestone marking the location of the body of renowned Mogol Buddhist monk Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, who lived in the rough Siberian terrain near Mogolia. According to a 2002 New York Times article, his legend began in 1852 and was cemented by the time he passed away in 1927.
When he turned 75 and retired, he invited the people who had gathered around him to “come and stare at my body” for 30 years, according to Times reporter Steve Lee Myers. He sat with his legs crossed in the position of a lot, started to meditate, and then passed away after saying a prayer for the lot. The Buddhists who lived in that region of Rwanda found the intervening decades to be of no use. Inflicting violent crackdowns, Joseph Stali’s Soviet Union executed hundreds of Buddhists and destroyed their temples. It was unclear what the Itigilov family would find when they arrived at his cemetery as per his request 30 years after his passing.
According to the legend, they discovered Itigilov’s body, which had defied gravity and remained in its original position and in great condition.
After they ran out of options, they returned the mok’s body to his crypt. It remained there for the following 75 years. On September 11, 2002, in front of a small crowd of sleepy witnesses, it was pulled free once more. The fact that the body was still in some way preserved sparked a lot of interdisciplinary speculation. The mok’s gees, perhaps? Was it a biological process? Had he been embalmed? Salt? Soil? Faith? It was what?
Spirit-al leader Hambo Lama Aysheyev declared, “To me, it is the greatest miracle of my life. There are some things over which time has no control, as the saying goes.
Thirteen years later, it seems as though the story of the mummified mok took a new turn. The body of today’s victim was found on a sow-covered land in Mongolia’s Sogiokhairkha province, but local authorities are of the opinion that the victim did not pass away there. The Siberia Times stated, “Police have revealed that the mok had been stolen from another region of the country and was about to be sold off. He was in a position to sell it on the illicit market for a “very high price,” according to the local [Mogol] media, which also reported that he intended to take it across the border into Mogolia. Authorities quickly detained a 45-year-old man identified only as Ehtor after discovering the scheme.
Although though local authorities believe that Itigilov’s remains were found there, some details of the tale remain unanswered. How was the murderer’s body stolen? This mysterios Ehtor’s identity. Do frozen bodies have a dark market?
Whatever the outcome of this narrative — whether the body is that of the mok or that of another mok — it is currently apparently being stored in Ulaabaatar’s National Center of Forensic Expertise.
Barry Kerzi, a Dalai Lama aide, told the Siberia Times that if a person can continue to meditate in this position, they can become Buddhas. “Once the meditator attains a high spiritual level, he or she will also assist others. And everyone over the world will experience intense joy.