envoys sent to Lhasa
In order to obtain further details I sent yet another person to
Tibet. He came back with virtually the same information. During
this time I continued my investigations concerning this child.
I sent a third person to Lhasa to seek out the family. The father,
a well-known Lama, was frequently asked to assist people with advice
in various matters, as he is regarded as a spiritual master. Many
Lamas live in the same area of Lhasa in which the family lived.
All of them keep their homes open to people. Anyone can just drop
in to ask for advice or a blessing. It's not like here where you
have to make an appointment. I instructed the person I sent to
Lhasa to contact the family casually on the pretext that he was
seeking advice. He was to visit the family frequently on this pretext
with a view to observing the young child.
When he arrived in the
Bakhor district, he circumambulated the temples there. Then he
went to the house of the family where, he
told me, he met a young child with a very fair complexion, who
immediately said: "You've come to look for me." The person
in question didn't reply but asked to see the father. The young
child led him into the house where he asked for guidance in some
This person stayed in Lhasa only for a short time. He then returned
with information very similar to that which I had previously received.
That the young child told this person he knew he had come to look
for him indicates that he isn't an ordinary child. Only reincarnates
of high spiritual capacity have this kind of ability:
a heightened perception on the basis of which they are able to
know about, for example, a person's purpose. The fact that the
young child exhibited this quality is an event frequently encountered
in the historical records of previous reincarnations. It's an exceptional
quality that someone of high spiritual capacity possesses.
To be able to arrive at a decision about who the young child was,
I decided to do a meditation retreat, to obtain indications through
This is a method traditionally used by Lamas to verify their choice
of a reincarnation. To ascertain the whereabouts of a reincarnation,
it is not enough simply to think up some sort of a mission and
then just forge ahead. This was thus the appropriate method because
the late Karmapa - for reasons unknown to us - had not left instructions
behind that could be revealed at the time. The only way reliable
indications can be obtained in such circumstances is through meditation,
and it was my concern that the authentic reincarnation be found.
In the early morning
of the seventh day of the retreat, the late Karmapa appeared
to me in a dream. He was sitting on a seat performing
a ritual carried out on behalf of deceased persons, to free them
from the suffering of the world. This practice is also performed
for the gravely ill. In the dream His Holiness told me "I've
liberated those I set out to liberate. Now I can come to wherever
you want me to be".
The next day I spent praying to my Yidam (a manifestation of the
enlightened state). I had now become almost certain that the young
child in Lhasa was the authentic reincarnation because of the information
and the indications that I had obtained. But I also wanted to obtain
evidence that he would serve the Buddha-Dharma to an extent consonant
with this status.
In answer to my prayers for indications I had another dream on
the following day.
I dreamt that a golden Buddha statue of enormous proportions appeared.
In front of the statue were rows of offering bowls filled with
scented water. In the dream I was in the process of consecrating
the statue. As most of you probably know, it is customary during
such ceremonies for the Lama to throw grains of rice towards the
object that is to be consecrated. The rice grains that I scattered
in the dream multiplied and turned into a rain falling on the Buddha
statue. Behind the statue there were innumerable other Buddha statues.
In their midst there was a very large butter lamp filled to the
brim. In the centre of the butter lamp, where the flame should
have been, there was a luminous ball from which light radiated.
Of course, since this was just a dream nobody can possibly confirm
it. However, I felt strongly it was an indication that the young
child in Lhasa was the authentic reincarnation. I became very excited
and decided to go to Lhasa, travelling incognito.
I had planned to appear as an ordinary businessman, to do the rounds
in the vicinity of the temple in the Bakhor district as is customary,
and then to enter the family's house on the pretext of requesting
advice but actually in order to observe the young child.
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