Superhuman Abilities of Himalayan Monks Stun Harvard Scientists

Superhuman Abilities of Himalayan Monks Stun Harvard Scientists

When it comes to Buddhist monks, most of us know that they are smart and that they meditate. However, science had never really looked into these amazing people until now.

Their abilities are far greater than a normal human being and to start to understand that we had to use science.

Professor Herbert Benson from Harvard School Of Medicine with his group of researchers went to the Himalayan mountains to explore the superhuman abilities that these people possess. It is an incredible fact that these people have the power to manipulate their bodies. Such as raising the temperature of their bodies as much as 17 degrees and even lowering their body’s metabolic rate by up to 64%.

“In a monastery in northern India, thinly clad Tibetan monks sat quietly in a room where the temperature was a chilly 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a yoga technique known as g Tum-mo, they entered a state of deep meditation. Other monks soaked 3-by-6-foot sheets in cold water (49 degrees) and placed them over the mediator’s shoulders.

“For untrained people, such frigid wrappings would produce uncontrolled shivering. If body temperatures continue to drop under these conditions, death can result. But it was not long before steam began rising from the sheets. As a result of body heat produced by the monks during meditation, the sheets dried in about an hour.”

Furthermore, many of the yoga techniques that are used today for stress reduction were actually developed by these amazing people. One of that technique is called “g Tum-mo”.

The team of researchers was stunned when they witnessed monks drying cold, wet sheets with body heat. Moreover, with only a woolen or cotton shawls they are perfectly fine to meditate on the 15,000 feet high in the Himalayas where the temperature are zero degrees.

Professor Benson noted that better understanding of these medications can greatly contribute to the medical treatment. Especially for patients with stress-related illnesses.

“More than 60 percent of visits to physicians in the United States are due to stress-related problems, most of which are poorly treated by drugs, surgery, or other medical procedures. If such an easy-to-master practice can bring about the remarkable changes we observe, I want to investigate what advanced forms of meditation can do to help the mind control physical processes once thought to be uncontrollable.

“My hope is that self-care will stand equal with medical drugs, surgery, and other therapies that are now used to alleviate mental and physical suffering. Along with nutrition and exercise, mind/body approaches can be part of self-care practices that could save millions of dollars annually in medical costs.”

Scientist and a professor at New York University Dr. Zoran Josipovic in 011 conducted some tests with a Buddhist monk. The monk was placed into functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines to track the blood flow to their brains while they were meditating.

“The brain appears to be organized into two networks: the extrinsic network and the intrinsic, or default, network. The extrinsic portion of the brain becomes active when individuals are focused on external tasks, like playing sports or pouring a cup of coffee. The default network churns when people reflect on matters that involve themselves and their emotions. But the networks are rarely fully active at the same time. And like a seesaw, when one rises, the other one dips down. This neural set-up allows individuals to concentrate more easily on one task at any given time, without being consumed by distractions like daydreaming.

“[But] Some Buddhist monks and other experienced meditators have the ability to keep both neural networks active at the same time during meditation – that is to say, they have found a way to lift both sides of the seesaw simultaneously. This ability to churn both the internal and external networks in the brain concurrently may lead the monks to experience a harmonious feeling of oneness with their environment.”

The famous, neuroscience Richard J. Davidson in 2008 conducted a research on Tibetan Buddhist monks at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They discovered that:

“Over the course of meditating for tens of thousands of hours, the long-term practitioners could dramatically increase neuroplasticity and had actually altered the structure and function of their brains”.

Source: Thinking Humanity

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