According to Russian Buddhism religious leaders, the mummified remains of a Buddhist monk lama, who died 89 years ago were seen wandering around the museum.
The preserved remains of Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov – a Buryat Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, best known for the lifelike state of his body – are normally kept in a glass sarcophagus located on the second floor of his ‘palace’ near Ulan-Ude in Siberia.
But now local religious leaders claim CCTV footage shows the lama moving both on Sunday and Monday night, in what they say might be a call for world peace.
However, as usually there are people who doubt the following claims, and suggest that CCTV grabs look like security guard possibly wearing military fatigues, carrying two bags and wearing shoes. But the current head of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha, Lama Damba Ayusheev thinks such pictures are not a joke: “This is not a joke, that’s for sure. 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.”
Lama Itiligov was a prominent in the spiritual life of Russia Empire before the Bolshevik Revolution. The famous lama monk 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 be buried in the lotus position, in which he had died.
After examining his remains in 1955 and again in 1973, the monks were astonished to see none of the signs of the decay. But this knowledge was secretly hidden from the Soviet authorities. After another check in 2003 and another extraordinary fact that all the remains are still well preserved, many tend to believe that lama was preserved in salt, while others suggest he is in state of hibernation, nirvana-like and is in fact still alive.