Jim here, enjoying smelling the Rhodedendrum meets saffron scent coming from these original tara incense sticks I bought in Dharamshala, India. Accompanying the incense was me questioning if reincarnation actually exists after my close up with H.H the 14th Dalai Lama.
The Discovery, Recognition and Enthronement of Tibetan Lama have always been mystical and strange for most Westerners.
All I ask is for an open mind as I share with you some of the things I heard in Dharamshala.
After the 13th Dalai Lama died (?) various signs were witnessed that indicated the reincarnation would be in north Eastern Tibet in 1936. When the 13th Dalai Lama died his body was placed South while his head kept facing east.
Clouds were said to have formed in auspicious shapes on the North east horizon, snapdragons blossomed where they normally didn’t and star shaped fungi appeared in the North East of the tomb of the 13th Dalai Lama……
Following these signs and traveling on horseback several young male 2 year old candidates were tracked down ready for the selection process…..
The bodies one passes in and out of need not be human. One may have been a Doberman in a past life, and one may be a mite or a carrot in a future life. Some tribes avoid eating certain animals because they believe that the souls of their ancestors dwell in those animals. A man could even become his own daughter by dying before she is born and then entering her body at birth.
…..which included spotting mannerisms the boys exhibited and then asking them to select items from a table, some of which belonged of the 13th Dalai Lama – an ivory drum, a walking stick and a rosary.
Most, if not all, ancient religions with a belief in reincarnation, the soul entering a body is seen as a metaphysical demotion, a sullying and impure rite of passage. In New Age religions, however, being born again seems to be a kind of perverse goal. Prepare yourself in this life for who or what you want to come back as in the next life. Belief in past lives also opens the door for New Age therapies such as past life regression therapy, which seeks the causes of today’s psychological problems in the experiences of previous lives.
More auspicious signs followed at the house of the chosen boy such as people carrying barrels filled with curd, milk & water, monks gathering at the sounds of conch shells and reflections on a nearby lake and on it goes as Tibetans celebrated the discovery and arrival of their new 2 year old leader.
I ask you – do you believe in reincarnation? Regardless of what others might say – what is your take on it, wherever you are in the world, in this life or the next. Auspicious signs or generalisations?
A website, reincarnation station even offers you the chance to find out what you’ll be in your next life with a quick survey – I’m destined to be a parrot, apparently. Anyway have a GO! of their survey and see what your destined to be reborn as!
Lets share out thoughts on the subject of reincarnation. I’ll sit on your shoulder and watch. Cheers.