NEW YORK, US, 21 October 2016
A few days ago, the world was appalled by the insurmountable display of public mourning, when the God King of Thailand, Bhumibol, died at the age of 88. It was a surreal experience to say the least, watching on TV the whole country grieving in historical proportions, mourning in all black attire and crying incessantly, as if someone from their own family had died. Thousands had shaved their heads as a symbol for the loss. It felt dubiously orchestrated on a national scale, but it was not.
I have seen a similar display of public grief and outcry of anguish at the death of an erratic North Korean leader many years ago, but that was pure orchestration tuned for the media, where it was believed that people would get killed or tortured into gulag for getting caught on camera showing a poker face. But not this one. In Thailand, the public’s wake on their beloved God King’s death was genuine, spontaneous and outright sublime.
When I first saw those images of public grief on the news, and those incessant cries on the news channel, many of the Thai faces that resembled those of Tibetans, I was instantaneously taken into a parallel universe, not scientific but rather spiritual and transported to a future where the inevitability of human mortality would one day bring millions of Tibetans to tears, the day I would never wish would dawn on us but tragically, time awaits for none and worse still, there are dictatorial States waiting to capitalize on such frailty of the law of nature.
Tibetans, pretty much like the Thais, revere their spiritual and once their temporal leader, a God King, with as much passion, love, faith, reverence as they would do to their own parents in manifold. This unconditional love, unbridled respect, and celestial faith is not enforced upon their citizens like the totalitarian North Korean leaders would do, but sowed with centuries of people’s unwavering allegiance, deep certitude, heartfelt endorsement, student-teacher devotion, and fatherly-son relationship.
The hegemony of China over Tibet since their invasion, and fast-forward those atrocious years to this time and age, where their attempts to fully win over Tibet both politically and spiritually have proved futile and a far cry from realization. They have now for over a decade carved a stratagem, as we all know starting from the kidnap of Panchen Lama to try to politicize, influence, and win over and defeat Tibetans in our own moated spiritual strengths. This has but become their prime objective now.
Their conspiratorial narrative and contradictory rhetoric, with their shielded atheistic communist ideology, to attempt to interfere with the affairs of the workings of Buddhist reincarnation and control the continuation of the Dalai Lama institution on their own terms for political ends, has become but a situation of a laughing stock similar to the story of where the cows at the farms are duped into believing that the pigs could actually fly.
We might not have all the leverage in the world to play international diplomacy and politics with China at this time, as some might try to bring back the proof of life to this idea. In this age of a symbiotic, globalized, economically enmeshed web, it’s almost impossible to bring China into a diplomatic table at the expense of losing moral support from our international sympathizers for their material gain.
There was a time when it was assumed that when America sneezes the world economy would catch cold. Now add China to the list that can infect the world when they get sick . But I think that we can play politics in their own dirty game without getting ourselves defiled. I strongly feel that we could counter-punch within the realms of our own Buddhistic gloves stitched with Dharmic values and wisdom. That we can pray and publicly request His Holiness to delve on reincarnation, as not to seek as a means to a political end, but foster sustenance of a moral struggle that has now become synonymous with the existence of HHDL, and for that matter, to seek a preemptive emanation of the 15th Dalai Lama within the lifetime of the fourteenth, a manifest, a virtuous feat only a supreme being like HHDL might be capable of emanating. At the same time, to fulfill what would be an unfinished task and hold the beads from breaking away from the thread that keeps not just the Tibetans united but also China vulnerable.
This would not only bring down the Chinese conspiratorial house of cards and lay to rest for good their manipulative theory, but also revamp and fortify our spiritual moat that China is so longing to break and entrench themselves into.
It is imperative that His Holiness the Dalai Lama should reincarnate within his lifetime at a place of his choosing, to charter an unfinished course and embolden our spirits, to captain and weather through this tumultuous storm as he has done for decades.
Even though we have a democratically-elected prime mister at the helm, still there is no comparable entity that would shape and define the future of Tibet more so than his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Leaving the Church and State debate for a later time, when time is not of the essence.
Whether we accept this or not, a vacuum without a reincarnation or no reincarnation at all, and Chinese power-mongering politics at play, could alter the course of our history beyond recognition. Therefore, a symbolic eternal presence of HH without any gap between reincarnations is crucial. And better still, if we get to see the HHDL15 when HHDL14 is still around. I don’t know if this is possible. But from a spiritual perspective, for a higher realm to be able to manifest in different forms in different areas at the same time is not inconceivable either. Manifestation of such an emanation would be a knock-out blow to China and a lifeline to the relevance of the Tibetan cause.
About the author
Ugyen Gyalpo lives in Woodside, New York, and works as an insurance agent for United Health Group, New York.
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