Sunday, December 17, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Monks leave mystery 'pearls' in remains


Posted on Sunday, 9 March, 2014 | Comment icon 18 comments

Sarira are formed during cremation. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Heinrich Damm
Some believe that Buddhist monks are able to accumulate a mysterious substance within their bodies.
Known as sarira, these strange pearl-like objects are considered both rare and sacred and are said to be found in the cremated remains of only the most accomplished of Buddhist monks.

Due to their scarcity there have been very few studies in to the nature of sarira and the few samples that do exist are considered too sacred to be submitted for scientific testing. A team of researchers at Stanford University however recently managed to gain access to some of the objects for study and later presented their analysis at the "Toward a Science of Consciousness" conference.

"I felt a tangible radiation of exquisite energy flowing from the relics to my heart center," said lead author Nisha J. Manek. "It was highly private and personal, and yet conveyed an immense sense of Oneness or unity with everyone and everything. It had no counterpart in ordinary experience."

Mainstream scientists however believe that, far from being a metaphysical manifestation, the sarira may simply be the result of crystalline structures forming from the bones under certain conditions during the cremation process.

Source: The Epoch Times | Comments (18)

Tags: Sarira, Buddhist

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Awake2Chaos on 9 March, 2014, 22:58
Calcim deposits in the body are very common. Nothing mystical about it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by davros of skaro on 9 March, 2014, 23:08
Calcim deposits in the body are very common. Nothing mystical about it. Yep..I had a tiny ball of calcium surface to my skin which I removed with a razor blade.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Junior Chubb on 10 March, 2014, 9:48
ngible radiation of exquisite energy flowing from the relics to my heart center," said lead author Nisha J. Manek. "It was highly private and personal, and yet conveyed an immense sense of Oneness or unity with everyone and everything. It had no counterpart in ordinary experience." I struggled to read past this quote, and that was the second paragraph...
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 10 March, 2014, 14:57
Nothing spiritual here, just natural mineral deposits. Picking through the ashes of your deceased monk brothers to find them however, is gruesome
Comment icon #13 Posted by FLOMBIE on 10 March, 2014, 15:57
Nothing spiritual here, just natural mineral deposits. Picking through the ashes of your deceased monk brothers to find them however, is gruesome I don't think so. Not any more gruesome than displaying a dead body in a stiff suite and in an unnatural posrure under a bright spotlight. I see it as a respectful tradition, among the lines of the bone picking after a Japanese cremation, for example.
Comment icon #14 Posted by maximusnow on 10 March, 2014, 16:07
Its possible , I have had such pearls. Very , Very Painful to pass! I did enter a state of euphoria (Nirvana) when they left my body. Maximus
Comment icon #15 Posted by Mikko-kun on 10 March, 2014, 20:40
What I didn't find out is does this happen with other humans too, and how much. Maybe because I'm not in the cremation business.
Comment icon #16 Posted by coldethyl on 11 March, 2014, 0:40
I don't see how the monks selling the pieces for a low sum is any different than televangelists stealing life savings from dying grannies. What they are doing is nothing like that. They don't have a huge church where people come in weekly and a plate is passed around and people are asked to give money they don't have because the Bible says so.
Comment icon #17 Posted by ambelamba on 11 March, 2014, 1:12
People who are on the good path of Buddhist principle won't really care about relics. But... Most people, regardless of their backgrounds, are simply unenlightened. And monks and sages hesitate to tell the public about the truth about spiritual path because... ....it all boils down to politics and conflicts of interests...Sad.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 11 March, 2014, 10:18
If we don't know what they look like or are made of, how can we so easily dismiss it? I assume they observe other bodies, and the pearls are not found..? Just monks bodies? Also, stones and calcification, don't look like pearls. Theyre eluding to them being like pearls. Who knows? I mean lots and lots of shell fish live in the sea, but only a handful of them can make pearls. Maybe they're very religious. Heh


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6056711
259837
171734

 
Rare rhino has been endangered for 9,000 years
12-17-2017
There are now fewer than 100 Sumatran rhinos left on Earth, but exactly who or what is responsible ?
Footage of US nuclear tests published online
12-16-2017
The 62 newly declassified videos show nuclear bomb experiments being conducted between 1945 and 1962.
'Extinct' mammal found alive in Australia
12-16-2017
The crest-tailed mulgara - a small carnivorous marsupial - was thought to have died out a century ago.
Glowing trees could replace street lights
12-16-2017
By embedding nanoparticles in leaves, scientists at MIT have created plants that glow in the dark.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Slow motion wrecking ball
Posted 12-16-2017 | 1 comment
The Slo Mo Guys record the destruction of a vehicle using a 9000lb wrecking ball.
 
Einstein's brain
Posted 12-13-2017 | 0 comments
After he died, legendary physicist Albert Einstein's brain was preserved for study.
 
Is happiness contagious ?
Posted 12-12-2017 | 0 comments
Is it possible to become happy by hanging out with other people who are happy ?
 
Megalodon - the largest shark in history
Posted 12-11-2017 | 1 comment
A look at Megalodon - a truly monstrous creature that once roamed Eath's oceans.
 
Pizza night - in space
Posted 12-8-2017 | 0 comments
ISS astronauts try their hand at putting together pizzas high up in orbit around the Earth.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Mysterious Headlights
12-10-2017 | Morgan County, Alabama
 
Possibly a child ghost
12-10-2017 | Edgewater, Maryland
 
True story about black-eyed kids
12-10-2017 | Portland oregon
 
Alien or paranormal encounter ?
12-10-2017 | United States
 
Ouija board experience
12-10-2017 | Ohio
 
Strange occurrences
11-15-2017 | Fife
 
Mysterious music box song
11-15-2017 | U.S.A
 
Haunted military house
10-23-2017 | New Zealand
 
Sleep paralysis or real encounter?
10-18-2017 | United Kingdom
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ