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Anand Krishna’s Tibet Connection

This short story below is taken from book Soul Quest – Journey from Death to Immortality by Anand Krishna.

Meeting with Mysterious Lama in 1991

Anand_Krishna_ReceivesKhataI had just had a blood transfusion, and my Hb level had gone up to 4,7, but I was certainly not in a position to make the trip to Leh. It was unimaginable.

The ride from Leh’s airport to the Himis Monastery left me exhausted. I began to doubt my sanity in taking the trip. Because of early snow that year, the road was bad, very bad.

When I finally got there…

True to his saying, I found the Lama waiting for me at the main entrance of Himis Monastery: “So finally you are here. Welcome.”

The Lama was standing right before me” “You have chosen a right place to die. Look at the Majestic Shindhu with its graceful flow. This is a beautiful place. Where on earth can you find another place like this? You have done well by coming here. Right place to die…”

The Lama was standing right before me” “You have chosen a right place to die. Look at the Majestic Shindhu with its graceful flow. This is a beautiful place. Where on earth can you find another place like this? You have done well by coming here. Right place to die…”

Death, here I am…

“And yet Indonesia is your Destiny. India has enough Gurus and charlatans. The West has its share too. But Indonesia is dry. That is your work place, your Karma Bhoomi.” said The Lama.

Still in Leh, I saw a statue of someone called Dharmakirti Svarnadvipi. The name Dharmakirti did not ring any bell, but the last name Svarnadvipi did. In olden days the island of Sumatra in Indonesia was called Svarnadvipa. Both, Sumatra and Svarnadvipa meant one and the same thing – The Island of Gold. Svarnadvipi would therefore mean, “One from Svarnadvipa”.

The Lama confirmed it, “Yes, yes, yes… Sage Dharmakirti lived in Svarnadvipa. He was a great teacher of meditation. We Tibetans revere him as Guru of Atisha, the celebrated Indian Sage who taught us ‘Seven Points of Wisdom’. Students from the Indian Subcontinent and China would, in those days, travel to Svarnadvipa just to meet the Sage. It took them months to get there and many died on the way, never getting back to their homelands. Atisha not only got back to India after spending years in the ashram of Dharmakirti, but also spread his Guru’s teachings on Boddhicittato Tibet. From where it traveled to China and then to Japan.”

For the next few nights thereafter, my last nights in Leh, I had dream visions of both Atisha and Dharmakirti. It was like watching a television serial on their lives and teachings.

I saluted the Lama and left Leh.

Between 1991 and 1995 I tried many times to find his whereabouts. No one could direct me to him. Some people even laughed at me, “Why didn’t you ask his name”” Okay, I did not – I was foolish.

Meeting with Dalai Lama in 1995

Then in 1995 I had the opportunity of meeting the Dalai Lama in his exhile in India. We talked about many things, including Tibet’s link with Indonesia through the teachings of Dharmakirti and Atisha. Then all of a sudden : “I can see you know a lot about Tibet. What makes you interested in the culture and religion of Tibet?” The Great Lama, the Dalai Lama, asked me.

“Four years back, Sir, I was dying of cancer. Then, I met a Lama in Leh and he changed my whole outlook towards life.” I did not consider it appropirate to enter into details of the story.

But he thought otherwise and insisted, “What happened then, what happened?” It was a very innocent child-like curiosity.

And I told him the rest of the story, including my efforts in trying to locate that Lama – to know his whereabouts.

He laughed. And it was a hearty laugh, “So what happened with the Lama then?”

And once again he laughed.

I felt like laughing too. In his laughter I found the whereabouts of the Lama. I had located him. I had no reason to go on looking for him again.