Has the 164-Year-Old Mummy of Buddhist Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov Moved Inside His Palace?

Has the 164-Year-Old Mummy of Buddhist Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov Moved Inside His Palace?

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The remains of lama Itiligov in the Republic of Buryatia in Siberia are world famous because their exceptional preservation 79 years after his death seem to defy science. Some have long believed the lama remains alive in a nirvana-like state. Now lama Damba Ayusheev, current head of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha, has claimed two video images show the lama had moved inside his 'palace' Ivolginsky datsan, some 23 kilometres from regional capital Ulan-Ude.

One image shows a grainy figure in the foreground, while a second one, a day later, shows a similar figure close to or on a sofa. 

Lama Ayusheev insists he is not joking and has dismissed claims that the CCTV footage shows a security man in fatigues, holding two plastic bags.

Lama Ayusheev insists he is not joking and has dismissed claims that the CCTV footage shows a security man in fatigues, holding two plastic bags

Lama Ayusheev insists he is not joking and has dismissed claims that the CCTV footage shows a security man in fatigues, holding two plastic bags Picture: Damba Ayusheev

'This is not a joke, that's for sure,' he posted. 'I see a figure of a man on the shot, as you do, and I know precisely there could not be anyone in the Palace of Khambo Lama Itigilov at this time. 

'There should be no-one there at 20.05.51. The lama is in five or six metres down the hall on his throne, and this place [where the man stands] is at the front door.'

He posted a second picture apparently showing lama Itiligov was on the move again, this time by the sofa. The images are poor quality and he has not released full footage but said: 'There is no video, only a flash from the body on the shot.' 

'I was taken aback by this image, though somewhere in the depths of the mind I imagined such a possibility, but it still was not ready for this,' said Lama Ayusheev.

The second image, a day later, shows a similar figure close to or on a sofa.

The second image, a day later, shows a similar figure close to or on a sofa. Picture: Damba Ayusheev

A spokesman for the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, Tubden Baldanov, agree that Lama Itigelov had moved and added: 'The fact that he appeared in camouflage ... We do not know. Maybe it's some kind of sign? Maybe he says something? Perhaps, that the international organisations should work on peace?'

In comments to Damba Ayushev's posts in Facebook, people suggest it a security guard. Some agree that a moving lama dressed in camouflage is the sign of coming war. 

Born in 1852, lama Itiligov was prominent in the spiritual life of tsarist Russia immediately before the Bolshevik Revolution. 

Normally lama Itigilov sits inside the special glass sarcophagus located on the second floor of his 'palace'.

Normally lama Itigilov sits inside the special glass sarcophagus located on the second floor of his 'palace'. Picture: Vasily Tatarinov, Datsan Photoshare

He took part in the Tercentenary celebrations of the House of Romanov in 1913, and opened the Datsan Gunzechoinei, the first Buddhist temple in St Petersburg. Tsar Nicholas II invested with the Order of St. Stanislas 1917 shortly before his abdication. 

The famous lama died in 1927, the year after warning Buddhist monks to leave the Soviet Union because they would be overwhelmed by 'Red teaching'. His final request was to buried in the lotus position, in which he had died. 

When his remains were examined in 1955 and again in 1973 the monks were astonished to note no signs of decay. They kept their knowledge hidden from the Soviet authorities. 

The remains were found to be 'in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago', extraordinarily well preserved and without signs of decay.

The remains were found to be 'in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago', extraordinarily well preserved and without signs of decay.

The remains were found to be 'in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago', extraordinarily well preserved and without signs of decay.

 

The remains were found to be 'in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago', extraordinarily well preserved and without signs of decay. Picture: REN.tv, The Siberian Times

In September 2002, Itigilov's body was exhumed once more in the presence of the leaders of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia. It was closely examined by monks as well as by scientists and pathologists. 

The remains were found to be 'in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago', extraordinarily well preserved and without signs of decay. Muscles and inner tissue, soft joints and skin remained intact, according to accounts of the observations.

Some have claimed that the lama was preserved in salt. Others say he is in a state of hibernation, nirvana-like, and is in fact still alive. 

Normally lama Itigilov sits inside the special glass sarcophagus located on the second floor of his 'palace'.

Born in 1852, lama Itiligov was prominent in the spiritual life of tsarist Russia immediately before the Bolshevik Revolution.

Born in 1852, lama Itiligov was prominent in the spiritual life of tsarist Russia immediately before the Bolshevik Revolution. Picture: Sangha Russia

Top image: Some have long believed the lama remains alive in a nirvana-like state. Picture: The Siberian Times.

The article Does this picture prove 164 year old Buddhist lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov has moved?  was originally published on Siberian Times and has been republished with permission.

Comments

These Buddhists starve and purge themselves to death in a cold climate and so their bodies don't decay any worse than all those of Everest climbers who run out of time, air and energy.
Buddhism is a Satanic religion and it is to be expected it will have lots of supernatural beliefs and practices.
The worship of the dead is a prohibited act anyway and will result in the death of all Buddhists when Jesus returns.

Buddishm a satanic religion?! How hard have you been hit on the head?!
Of all religions in the world Buddishm is one of the least idiotic, let alone satanic.

Jesus returns? Seriously, get you head out of your ..ss and snap back to reality, woman.

Also just to clear this up, Buddhism isn't a religion. Its a way of life, the whole point of Buddhism is that anyone can become enlightened, the exact opposite of any true dumbassery religion like Christianity or Islam where all you do is beg your maker.

Axel.... It is sad that your comment shows your lack of knowledge.......Christianity is not a form of begging your maker. but caring loving helping our brothers , giving thanks s and being grateful the son of God was sent into the world to rescue sinners.. Have you ever thought to study it? simple enough for a child to understand it is all in the teachings of Jesus Christ...
Mrs Ida Snow

Tell that to all the children that have been raped and molested at the hands of your gods representatives, or the witch hunts and burnings in your gods name.....sounds very loving....
With Bhuddism itis a wsy of life striving to constantly improve....

Actually the process of self-mummification takes many years. Often consuming so much toxic materials (certain tree-barks for food and tea etc), that even bacteria cannot live in their corpses. Thus the exceptionally well preserved state. There weren't many monks who did this successfully though.

Now I've heard it all! Buddhism is in no way a satanic religion...yet I notice how fundamentalist Christians are constantly talking about demons and Satan. They are always saying that they are under constant demonic attack. Now tell me, which religion is satanic?

I dont normally comment on threads that I come across on the internet, but this one I couldnt pass up. This might have been one of the most ignorant posts that I have ever read on the internet.
First Rose White, "Buddhism is a Satanic religion and it is to be expected it will have lots of supernatural beliefs and practices." As a fellow christian, I believe we do both our Lord and our faith a disservice when we claim that another religion or belief system is Satanic, because they do not follow the same dogma that we ascribe to. Buddhism is an beautiful belief system that fundamentally deals with helping to relieve oneself from suffering. In a nutshell without simplifying it any further the root of the teachings of Buddha is that the only way one can become "enlightened," is to let go of all fears, anxiety, worry, and attachments. Suffering ultimately is brought to us through these negative feelings. In the end isnt that really the goal of life, to no longer suffer all the negative consequences of the human condition? As a christian I would say that this philosophy shares some common ground with Christianity. Some scholars claim that they believe that Jesus during his "missing years," might have traveled to India or Tibet and studied the teachings of Buddha. If you do some homework you would find that both teachers have very similar teaching and quotes, now there could only be two possibilities to account for this,either Jesus did go to the region where they followed the way of Buddha and learned his teachings, or he didnt and both had similar views because of the universality of their teachings.
The next thing that you wrote Rose that shows your lack of understanding is your statement, "The worship of the dead is a prohibited act anyway and will result in the death of all Buddhists when Jesus returns." As a person who claims to be a follower of Christ, do you not worship a dead and risen savior? On the other hand, Buddhists do not worship the dead, they dont believe in the permanence of death, they believe in reincarnation. Buddha is not their God, he is just their teacher on the path of enlightenment.
I dont mean to put you on blast Rose, Im sure that in your heart your comments were given with the hope of trying to save people by showing them the errors in their beliefs, and have them redeamed. But honestly i believe your comments come out of ignorance, if you look into you would see that the world would be alot better place if more people followed the teachings of Buddha, instead of lets say Islam, which one could definitely describe as Satanic. Let the haters come who want to insult and threaten me for saying so, but prove me wrong. Islam wants to say that "Allah," is the same God that Jews and Christians worship, but that is one of the biggest lies ever portrayed on the human race. I could go on for days and days citing examples of the satanic influence of the prophet Muhammad, but I dont want to waste my time on that filth.

Some historians in the West have serious doubts about the very existence of a man called Jesus Christ.3 And almost all historians agree that if he existed at all, nothing can be known about his person or teaching because all contemporary sources, Christian and non-Christian, are either silent or unreliable regarding the subject. Thus all we have is the Jesus of the Gospels which are now regarded as theological statements rather than a record of historical events. And Jesus of the Gospels is a questionable character. He makes tall claims about himself, and curses all those who do not accept those claims. He denounces his own people as sons of the Devil and killers of prophets.
In due course, Christian theology came to proclaim that Jesus was the only-begotten son of the only true god; that he had been sent down in order to wash with his own blood the sins of mankind by mounting the cross; that he had risen from the dead on the third day and appeared to his apostles in flesh and bones; that he was the same as his father whose divinity he shared in full; that those who accepted him as the only saviour had all their sins washed by his blood; that he had entered his apostles as the holy ghost and entrusted them with the mission of saving all mankind from eternal hell-fire; that the Church founded by the apostles and joined by the converts was his body and bride; and that the whole world had been mandated to the Church by the father and the son and the holy ghost.
What one finds striking about these ridiculous statements is that none of them can stand the test of human reason or experience. The Church declares them to be mysteries beyond the reach of human understanding. The apostles had tried to sell these mysteries to the Jews in Jerusalem. The only response they met was dismissal with contempt. Next, they tried these mysteries on Jewish communities settled in Syria, Asia Minor and Greece. They had some small success but most of the time met with considerable resistance. Finally, they took this merchandise to the metropolitan mart at Rome where their business found some firm footing for the first time. It was in Rome that the methods of missionary salesmanship were matured over a period of time. The structure of the Roman empire provided a model for the structure of the Church. The missionaries got busy building a state within the state.
In the next two centuries, the Church became a rich and powerful organisation with members in many leading families of Rome. It found many adherents among politicians who wielded power, among military commanders who were superstitious or in need of political support, and among merchants who had money but no brains for philosophical questions. The mother of emperor Severus (222-235 AD) became a Christian. So did emperor Philip the Arabian (244-249 AD). Helena, the mother of Constantine, was also a Christian convert. Now the Church extended the Divine Right to rule as a despot to anyone who was prepared to declare Christianity as the sole state religion and suppress all pagan religions. Constantine who wanted to secure a dynastic succession for his family - a practice unknown to Roman politics so far - saw his opportunity in this new doctrine, and proclaimed in favour of the Church. The common people in Rome resisted this royal renegade. So he removed his capital from Rome to Byzantium which was renamed Constantinople.
The precedent set by Constantine in consolidating a dynastic despotism with the help of the Church was copied by many crowned heads all over Europe in subsequent centuries. The king in pagan societies was only the first among equals. The Church enabled him to become an unbridled autocrat who derived his authority not from the community over which he ruled but from God Almighty. The conflicts which developed between these autocrats and the powerful Church with a Pope at its head, came much later, after the common people all over Europe had been enslaved and deprived of their traditional institutions which safeguarded their fundamental freedoms. For quite some time, the Church cooperated with the kings to convert the common people everywhere into hewers of wood and drawers of water.
This was one part of the story. Another was a large-scale destruction of ancient religions all over Europe, Asia Minor, and North Africa where the Church spread its tentacles with the help of despotic rulers. All pagan schools were closed, all pagan temples were demolished or converted into churches, and all pagan images were publicly defiled and destroyed. Pagan books were burnt and pagan priests were killed, mostly by Christian monks who led Christian mobs after lecturing them into fevered frenzy. That is how Christianity triumphed over pagan religions and societies - not by the power of its moral or spiritual superiority or the logic of its doctrines, but by the power of the sword wielded by despicable despots.

Go Rosy White Go. 5 comments posted within 40 minutes, all extolling the virtues the Christian faith or righteous condemnation of others believes and traditions. Go Go Go Rah Rah Rah.

This is all fine as you do have the ‘right’ to your beliefs and to express them, so please allow myself to do the same thing.

Your expression of your beliefs also reveals a great deal of ignorance which over time seems to be a condition that many Christians seem to suffer from.

In particular referring to those who follow the teaching of the Buddha as being satanic worshippers.
UNBELIEVABLE. Do you know anything about these traditional teaching’s. Have you ever bothered to pick up a book any book and read and learn anything. I bet you have never once done so.

Have you ever heard of a hoard of Buddhists invading another country destroying all before them as Christian armies have done in the past and some would say continue to do so. Putting to death all ‘non believers’ as they have done for the last 1,700 years or so.

Have you ever heard of Buddhist ‘priests’ raping and abusing children as we know Christian priests have done.

Have you ever heard of Buddhists enslaving others as Christians have done and again some would say in certain ways continue to do so today. Ie; the factories in Asia and other places manufacturing goods for you to buy.

Have you ever heard of Buddhists torturing others to have them ‘confess their sins’ then burn them at the stake as Christians have done. And on And on And on.

Ignorance is again reveled by your misinformed belief that they ‘worship the dead’. GOOD LORD. Where and how do you come up with this dingle berry stuff.

Then to say they will ‘all be put to death’ with the return of your GOD LORD SAVIOUR, who died for YOUR SINS-taking on a scapegoat persona for your sins. Who is going to put them to death. Your Christ? These are the teaching or your Lord? Very Strange.

How very Christian of you.

world is full of ignorant people. best way is not to look at them or bother, will make your life easier. and up to them to believe what they want. if no such people around, the world would be united under 1 common language and as 1 race.

Itigilov Lama left a message, but the new generation of monk is not familiar with the secret intellectual, and physical exercises for restarting the body . When said to the Dalai Lama, he just smiled and said that there are yogis who can meditate in a very long time ....

I think that he’s just a mummy and they have some ghost problems.

--Still learning--

I think everyone went off on a tangent. The camo clothing the image appears to be wearing in the first photo is probably due to a combination of a poor camera, the reflective orange robe and the flowered rug he is standing on. That was my first impression when I saw the picture. I actually had to go back and take a second look when I read he was wearing camo. As for the Lama to be walking around, who knows. Maybe he is in a deep state of meditation. No one will ever know that for sure unless he wakes and actually speaks.

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