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Riddle of the incorruptible Lama puts science to a standstill

March 17 2005

The body of imperishable Hambo Lama Itigilova is in a state between life and death, say scientists who spoke at a lecture in RSUH, Interfax reported. This lasts for 80 years. Currently, the official science can not unequivocally answer the question why his body was preserved, despite the years.

Hambo Lama Itigilov since 1911 headed the Buddhist community in Russia. After 1917 he resigned, but continued to profound spiritual practice. June 15, 1927 Itigilov gathered his disciples and sat in the lotus position and encouraged to read the Buddhist prayer, "good wishes to the outgoing." The astonished monks could not utter a word of prayer, usually designated a dead person. Hambo Lama, then read it myself and stopped breathing. Before leaving Itigilov said: "Come to me in 30 years. Look at my body. And after 75 years I have come back to you."

In accordance with his will, the students wrapped the body in the finest silk Lama, was placed in a pine coffin and buried to a depth of five feet.

The first time the monks learned body Lama born in 1957. Making sure that it has no signs of decomposition, buried it again

In 2002, Ivolginsk datsan an official exhumation of Hambo Lama , in the presence of his relatives and forensic experts. The body remained in the lotus position itself, which took Itigilov, when meditating, dies. As in previous times, traces of decay were found.

From this point on the body of Hambo Lama remains in Ivolginsk datsan and is an object of pilgrimage of Buddhists.

In 2004, staff at the disposal of the Russian Center for Forensic Medicine were fragments of hair, nails and pieces of skin Hambo Lama. The results of spectral analysis revealed no destructive changes. Trace of embalming the body Lama were found. On mummification is also not similar. Moreover, scientists, touching the "stasis" body hands in amazement show: its temperature to the temperature of the body of a living person.

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