Has the 164-Year-Old Mummy of Buddhist Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov Moved Inside His Palace?
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 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. 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'. 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. 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. 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.
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.
I think that he’s just a mummy and they have some ghost problems.
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 ....
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.
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.