The naga of Loch Ness?

Interesting. The monster is no longer physical but “spiritual”.

Loch Ness monster is “spiritual” say Buddhists – The Scotsman.

The Loch Ness Monster could be confirmed as a “spiritual entity” when a new Buddhist centre opens in the Highlands, it was revealed today.

Britain’s first Buddhist Lama, who is heading up the new project, said Nessie is a “naga” – a water deity which brings prosperity in the religion.

Spiritual director of the project, Lama Gelongmo Zangmo, aims to create a new spiritual centre overlooking the Loch in the Drumnadrochit area this autumn.

I kind of like this idea. Loch Ness is a “magical” place to many people throughout history because of the scenery and ambiance. The new spiritual center will offer meditation and yoga.

I’m not a fan of the idea we have to make Nessie a “GOD” but it does now start the monster back down the path of legend instead of a physical creature. (Although some people assume that the spiritual naga is a real or based on a real unknown creature – it’s almost certainly based on a native snake, but embellished).

The supernatural is invoked as a last resort to make “sense” of the legendary serpent like creature. The Naga is a snake like entity that is not necessarily benign, found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism belief systems. It’s kind of interesting that they can bring the Naga out of the tropic regions of Southeast Asia to the cold waters of Scotland but it’s no less unbelievable than a relict plesiosaur.

  2 comments for “The naga of Loch Ness?

  1. BobM
    April 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Spiritual? As in tourist trap spiritual?

  2. H.K. Fauskanger
    April 29, 2014 at 3:55 AM

    Why not make Nessie a _tulpa_, a manifested thought-form? You know, lots and lots of people are imagining her, the cumulative effect has to count for something …

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