Cattle skin? That's a cardboard box if I've ever seen one!
This is the 200-year old mummified monk that Buddhist expert and physician to the Dalai Lama Dr. Barry Kerzin claims isn't dead, just meditating really, really hard. Like, so hard he's only one step away from the state of Buddah. Now that -- that is RELAXED. Me? I fell out of bed night-thrashing last night.
[Dr. Barry Kerzin] has insisted the human relic is actually in 'very deep meditation' and in a rare and very special spiritual state known as 'tukdam'.
Over the last 50 years there are said to have been 40 such cases in India involving meditating Tibetan monks.
'If the person is able to remain in this state for more than three weeks - which rarely happens - his body gradually shrinks, and in the end all that remains from the person is his hair, nails, and clothes. Usually in this case, people who live next to the monk see a rainbow that glows in the sky for several days. This means that he has found a 'rainbow body'. This is the highest state close to the state of Buddha'.
He added: 'If the meditator can continue to stay in this meditative state, he can become a Buddha. Reaching such a high spiritual level the meditator will also help others, and all the people around will feel a deep sense of joy'.
Wait, so if you meditate till the tukdam state then all the people around you will feel a deep sense of joy? I wish somebody around me would meditate that hard. And if I had to pick, I'd want it to be my upstairs neighbor. No more stomping around, plus deep joy. Win/win.
Keep going for a full shot of the monk.
Thanks to Chris C, who can't meditate that well, but can sleep like a rock.