In 1927 while meditating in lotus posture, Hambo Lama Itigelov left this earthly plane. His body, however, did not decay.
On September 10, 2002 the body was exhumed and transferred to Ivolginsky Datsan where it was closely examined by monks, scientists and pathologists. An official statement claimed there had been no decay in the muscles, inner tissue, soft joints and skin. Russian professor Viktor Zvyagin declared “the body is no different from the body of a person who died 12 hours ago.”
Hambo Lama is also known as “The Buryat Nostradamus” and theologians have found a book written by the Lama allegorically in the old Mongolian language in which events of the 1920-1930's are predicted.
Buddhists treat Itigilov as a living person who is in a special state of body and mind, who fully realized Void, or Ultimate Reality and cleansed his body to such an extent that it became incorruptible. He is thought to have bridged the living and the dead, stretching across time and prophesy, religion and science, belief and the flesh.Tweet