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Researchers describe the phenomena of “post-mortem meditation” as “a trance that lasts several centuries.” Scientists are intrigued by Tibetan meditation because of the body’s peculiar responses.

Buddhist monks’ corpses, for example, do not decay since they are eternally locked in the lotus position. Furthermore, the brain appears to take significantly longer to perish than in normal persons.

“Everything appears to be alive.”

Buryatia is home to a shrine that is revered by tens of millions of Buddhists. Every year, pilgrims from all over the world visit the Ivolginsky datsan in Ulan-Ude to witness the primary miracle: the immutable body of a monk preserved in one of the dugans (temples).

“This is Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov, who lived a century ago.” He assembled his students in 1927, sensing his impending death, and instructed them to visit his cemetery every 25 years. “Then he sat in the lotus position and meditated,” the local datsan explains.

He was put in a cedar casket in this configuration. Only in 2002 was the corpse discovered. “It seems like he died just a few days ago: no signs of deterioration!” claims a local monk. “Not even my hair has altered.”

Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov

Specialists from the Russian Center for Forensic Medical Examination verified this. They claim that the hairline has the same qualities as a living one. Despite the fact that the corpse is dead, the body temperature is barely twenty degrees.

Scientists have spent over two decades trying to figure out how this is feasible. Furthermore, Itigelov’s phenomena is not unique. Other countries have comparable “monastic mummies.”

“We didn’t think so.”

A Mongolian monastery discovered the body of a monk who died in 1852 seven years ago. “He died while meditating, according to reports.” The so-called tukdam occurs when pupils gather around the lama to absorb his energy. There is hardly no moisture left. According to anthropologist Gankhugiin Purevbata, “the brain operates and awareness is retained.”

There was outrage. Some specialists believe the monk is still alive, despite the fact that his body temperature is below average. Others shrug and say, “It can’t be.”

In tukdam, a person controls his own consciousness, according to Buddhist beliefs. Some lamas continue in this position for a week, a month, or even years, as though awaiting death.

According to some experts, this fundamentally alters the concept of death. “In Western medicine, there are only two states: living or dead. “Biological processes, on the other hand, are not an on-off system,” explains American psychologist Richard Davinson.

“It is impossible to lose consciousness.”

As a result, the notion is that human awareness “lives” for a while after all biological functions have stopped working. It’s likely that Tibetan monks discovered this years ago and learnt how to “manage death.”

Hundreds of Buddhists in the tukdam were probed by Davinson’s team. Both during meditation and after death, the body’s key indications were measured. It became discovered that the body decomposes significantly more slowly in this state.

Another consideration is the brain. Electroencephalography revealed no signals in the brains of the 13 people who died.

True, the scientific community brought up an essential point: the monks were analyzed 26 hours after they died.

According to anthropologist Dylan Lott, “Unfortunately, most Buddhist monasteries in India are placed in difficult-to-reach regions.” “However, indirect evidence implies that the brain continues to send messages after several hours after the critical organs have stopped performing. And it appears that consciousness does not disappear throughout this time.”


Various variants

Scientists are particularly interested in the initial few minutes following cardiac arrest. This is due to the fact that science is grappling with problems concerning the nature of consciousness, such as what it is and where it exists. As a result, the specialists turned to ancient religious rituals.

The first to accomplish so were Russian scientists. The Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of the Brain reached an agreement with the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, two years ago to build two research facilities at monasteries in southern India. In profound meditation, lamas were also examined.

It was discovered that the body reacts to signals from the outside world far less during the “immersion.” And it happens without the involvement of mind.

In tukdam, this phenomena is particularly noticeable. The deceased’s corpse appears to have fallen asleep: there are no symptoms of decomposition and the skin is pliable.

“Any normal individual experiencing separation, hesitation to approach, and discomfort upon entering a room with a deceased person.” But there’s nothing like that with tukdam — there’s even a sense of tranquility,” says Academician Svyatoslav Medvedev, chairman of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of the Brain.

It is unclear why this is the case. Perhaps the brain, in which some type of activity is kept, maintains the tone of the body after death.

“Another theory is that when people die while meditating, certain chemicals are produced that prevent cells from degradation,” the expert says. However, no solutions to these questions have been found thus far. The phenomena of “post-mortem meditation” will be studied further.


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