On November 16 of last year, a revered monk passed away in Bangkok, Thailand at the age of 92. Just two months after his death, his followers removed him from his coffin at the very temple in which he faithfully served in. To their surprise, the body was incredibly well preserved, but what was especially alluring was the expression on his face. Fascinatingly enough, the monk, Luang Phor Pian, was seen still smiling.
Upon this discovery, it is believed that this is evidence that the monk has reached true nirvana, which is a spiritual state where your sense of self and the cycle of death and rebirth, known as samsara, is gone.
This is the ultimate goal for Buddhists, who live their lives in hopes of achieving this in the afterlife. Perhaps, this is why he is still smiling.
Originally born in Cambodia, Luang Phor Pian had taken himself to Thailand to live the life of a dedicated Buddhist in order to attain Nirvana. He became a spiritual guru in the central Thai province of Lopburi, where his body was brought back and laid to rest upon his passing. Buddhist monks try to achieve spiritual enlightenment, which will essentially liberate them from the cycle of existence.
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