Sunday, July 5, 2015

A tribute to HH14DL - Early Morning Note 13

For a very long time now, I have been trying to convey my gratitude, happiness and peace, but never got a chance firstly and secondly I was too lazy to write also. I should have done this a very long time ago and spelt my heart out to say what a wonderful human being you are.

Today is no ordinary day and I feel there is no better time than today if I ever want to say or write anything. So, here I am writing my tribute as my early morning notes.

This is how it starts: many many happy returns of the day, a very warm and heartfelt 80th birthday to you, your Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatsho. I wish you all the love, happiness, compassion and peace in the world.

You have always inspired and motivated me from the very first time I saw you in Salagura, Siliguri back in the mid 90s. I was just a little boy, then, who would  easily get carried away by a mere sight of strangers sitting next to me, let alone the temptations those cheap-multi-coloured-toys you get in Siliguri provokes. Yet, I remember vividly, sitting on the lap of my late mother, distance away from you in the sea of people, I still remember, your words, your teaching, your compassion, your radiance of peace invoking a feeling as though you were patting on my shoulder standing at arms length distance, as you spoke through loud speakers. I remember how much I used to love the way you laughed so openly in the crowd, that too, with all the microphones on. I remember, how I cried along with you, when you cried in front of the sea of people, as you narrated real time stories and your past experiences. Sigh, I was deeply moved, that I still feel the pain in my chest sometime just by a mere sight of you on the Television. Since then I have been looking up to you, observing every word and action of yours and trying to follow.

Never did I realize, it would be a decade, before I get to see you again. Sigh, how fast time flies. 2004 came in a blink of an eye, then it was 2012. Whatever it is I was lucky, to get the chance to see you once again, although in a sea of a people on both occasions, I consider myself blessed, and you were still working very hard.

My oh my, 2015 sounded just like any other year, but you have grown 80 years younger!!! For these many years and still, you speak those very same words about love, compassion, happiness, mindfulness and peace. You live these words every single moment of your life and sow these seeds where ever you went around the globe. Such an inspiration, what a motivation. All these years, I was trying hard to follow you and I must admit though, I could neither shave my head like you nor I was able to become a 100% vegetarian but, your Holiness; if I cannot  be of any help, then I at least dont harm them.

May you live another 100 years to see the flowers of love, compassion, mindfulness, happiness and peace bloom from the seeds you have sown for the past 80 years. And may you have all the love, compassion, peace and support from around the world so you may continue sowing those seeds without any hindrance.

Long Live HH Dalai Lama, TASHI DELEK!!

Pic HH The XIVth Dalai Lama, courtesy Google

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