religious pilgrims flocked by the thousands at the weekend to Nyaunglaybin
township, 160 kilometres north of Rangoon, to witness a "miracle"
of multi-coloured light beams appearing from a Buddhist monastery."
( Source: DPA, Germany, March 1997 )
Residents of Nyaunglaybin
say the light beams have been occurring since March 9, and has drawn
increasingly large crowds to the small town.
At the centre of
the phenomenon is a Buddhist monk named Sayadew.
In recent years
the monk has become known for his hour-long sermons at which listeners
are required to remain perfectly still with their eyes closed. But this
year he changed his technique, shortening his sermons to 20 minutes
and insisting that people keep their eyes wide open, with no blinking.
Earlier this month
some of Sayadew's followers claimed to see "relics of the Buddha",
or mortal remnants of the Lord Buddha who died more than 2500 years
ago, on the monk's robes.
have it that those who have been blessed with the experience of looking
at the relics would be distanced from Hell by 92 worlds," Sayadew
told his followers on Sunday.
Witnesses also say they have seen rainbow-like colours coming from the roof of Sayadew's home.