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I say spontaneous because everything happened totally unexpected, on January 1st I decided I wanted to go to India for this important event, Kalachakra, and on January 3rd I was already on a 17 hour journey, now on a miserable bus on the way to the location in question – Bodh Gaya, a “hamlet” that gets hundreds of thousands of pilgrims on this wonderful occasion. I recalled everything in detail HERE – how this dream materialized and how I managed to organize myself so fast. As in that article I talked about the actual experience, which I can honestly say shocked me, for the better, as well as for the worse, I now want to talk about the spiritual, mental and emotional accomplishments that I’ve had during my meetings with the Dalai Lama.
To explain in more detail… This event lasted 12 days and every day, the Dalai Lama would guide us in meditation, recite mantras, make initiations and hold lectures. As of 7 in the morning up to 14:00. But if you wanted to catch a good spot, you would nicely settle in as of 4-5 o’clock in the morning. Everything would take place in a huuuuuuuuge tent, each time you entered you would stand in a huge queue, then pass through a metal detector and then your bag would be checked. You weren’t allowed with any kind of electronic device – no phone, no camera, no voice recorder, nothing. That’s why I only have about 2-3 pictures from an official event photographer.
Once you neatly sat in the 60 square centimeters you could take up, you would spend most of the time trying not to be trampled or not to fall asleep and fall on the Tibetan in front of you.
After the morning meditation, which lasted about two hours, the actual teachings began – taught by his Holiness, the Dalai Lama, though in Tibetan language. There were translators for approximately 6 languages, including English, and we were connected with headphones through a radio, but the connection was so bad that there were very few times when I understood something clearly. So, I spent most of the time meditating, listening to lectures in Tibetan, hoping that they would be installed at an energetic level, there was no point in trying to understand it mentally because I would only end up being frustrated. Most of the foreigners did the same thing.
In the Buddhist vision, any action, dream, idea or even any material thing, starts out from a higher plain, from a void, a place where anything is possible. A place with infinite potential from which all is then materialized. For me, this idea was revealing, it was proof of a feeling that I’ve had for years, that anything is possible and that we not only have the power but also the responsibility, to create and materialize great ideas and wonderful things in this lifetime on Earth.
It was a great epiphany to know that even the Dalai Lama is afraid! Yes! Even he said that fear is a natural emotion, lingering deep within our being, it is the one that keeps us alive, but that doesn’t mean that we have to let ourselves be incapacitated by it. We often strive to not feel this negative emotion but I don’t think is possible. Though we can detach from it and all the negative thoughts that precede it. Thus, we no longer give it such importance, we listen to it, but don’t act as if blinded by it. I think it is the best thing we can do – detaching from fear.
In all those hours when he would talk, he would recite mantras and make initiations every 10-20 minutes, surely the whole crowd would break into laughter. If somehow I wasn’t listening to my headphones, I would quickly ask around about what happened. Naturally, the dear man had told another joke. For example, in the last five days he had a bit of a cold, so from time to time you would see him stop and take a pill or a sip of tea. He once looked at us so proudly and said “If you’re the Dalai Lama, everybody gives you Strepsils” :)). Or another time, before prayer he said, “The Dalai Lama has to spit out his gum before starting the prayers”. Such a sympathetic old man. But according to his saying and that of many spiritual masters, a sense of humor is not useful only in case you want to loosen up the atmosphere, but also if you want to relieve the pressure of negative thoughts or fears. Fear can be defused through sense of humor. Laugh at those negative ideas, laugh at those fears, in doing so, you take away that energy on which they feed. Try it, it works.
Any action made from a conscious perspective, any actions rooting from a correct intention, becomes pure. Whatever we do, it would be wise to act on it with this state of mind, conscious, with intention and grace. Even if we take out the trash, even if we help someone or even if you recite a mantra, it would be wise to purify any action we take. In this case, the result will follow the same note and the materialization will be more graceful. Do things as if we were God or as if we were doing it for God. This is what the philosophy of Yoga says. Then, whatever we may do suddenly reaches a much higher vibration.
OM MANI PADME HUMThis is the main mantra of Tibetan Buddhism and it symbolizes enlightenment and translates something like this: “depending on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform the impure body, speech and mind into a version of a pure enlightened body, speech and mind of Buddha”. The reciting of this mantra can be beneficial for the mind, body and soul of a practitioner. I, for one used this mantra while I was at the Kalachakra and I can honestly say that it helps me get into a state where it is easier to detach from chaotic thoughts.
How many of us understand what exactly modesty is? Is it the lack of ego? Though without an ego we may not be able to have individuality and this does not go well at all with our everyday life. That is why the Dalai Lama claims that ego is beneficial, though not as we use it today. The ego has taken over a large part of our presence. It can, however, be counterbalanced by modesty. Not humility, modesty and compassion. Even in Yoga, the “remedy” for an unharmonious ego is community service, helping those around us, without expecting anything in return, not even a “thank you”. Modesty is something we can all cultivate, a state of self-love and love of the surrounding reality, utter gratitude towards what we are and all that is.
The Bodhisattva is the soul with a body that is delaying enlightenment until the entire planet raises its level of consciousness. It is the soul that, in Buddhist perspective, may escape from the cycle of reincarnation but consciously choses this out of compassion for others. Though Bodhisattva is a state I only intuited during that experience in India. It is a state beyond boundaries, identifications, beyond the mind and senses. It is a state in that void that I mentioned in point one. It is a limitless state, so hard to describe in words. We are all born of that energy, and the process of “enlightenment” is not one of learning or accumulating something in order to get to that level, but it is a process of dissolution of beliefs and perceptions about ourselves and about the surrounding world. We reach enlightenment when we no longer believe and no longer feel anything, we merely exist in the magnitude of our existence as souls.
The Buddhist philosophy is much less accessible than the philosophy of Yoga, which is why it is very hard to find principles applicable in the everyday life of the 21st century. Though I can recommend some amazing books that I started reading since I came back from India.
Buddhism is one of the most scientific spiritual philosophies and it is a superb way of mastery for the more cerebral and perhaps even skeptical of people.
The Dalai Lama is truly a magical presence, through his modesty and serenity. I am immensely happy that I had the wonderful opportunity to sit in his presence, even more so as it is said that this is his last incarnation given the Chinese occupation over Tibet. You can learn more about this from the movie The Last Dalai Lama.
I have felt what he wanted to convey to people, his humanity, but also that magical and spiritual vision of reality. His naturalness and compassion towards all and everything. Modesty and that heartfelt, perhaps even childish smile. I hope that we also learn something from this magical vision that he tries to share with the world…
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