Tibetan Buddhism - The Ngari reincarnation
Type of Spiritual Experience
Of course he could have just been unknowingly reading the other person's perceptions......
A description of the experience
With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet – Alexandra David-Neel
The handsome young man was a native of the far distant Ngari province (in South-western Tibet). He seemed to be somewhat of a visionary. At least, most westerners would have so described him, but we were in Asia.
Since his early youth, Migyur - this was his name – had been restless, haunted by the queer idea that he was not where he ought to be. He felt himself a foreigner in his village, a foreigner in his family. In dreams, he saw landscapes that did not exist in Ngari: sandy solitudes, round felt tents, a monastery on a hillock.
And even when awake, the same subjective images appeared to him and superimposed themselves on his material surroundings, veiling them, creating around him a perpetual mirage.
He was only a boy when he ran away, unable to resist the desire of finding the reality of his vision. Since then, Migyur had been a vagrant, working a little here and there on his way, begging most times, wandering at random without being able to control his restlessness or settle anywhere.
To-day he had arrived from Aric, tramping aimlessly as usual.
He saw the inn, the encampment of the caravan, the camels in the courtyard. Without knowing why, he crossed the gate, and found himself face to face with the lama and his party. Then, with the rapidity of lightning, past events flashed through his mind. He remembered that very lama as a young man, his disciple, and himself as an already aged lama, both on that very road, returning from a pilgrimage to the holy places of Tibet and going home to the monastery on the hillock.
He reminded the lama of all these things, giving minute details regarding their journey, their lives in the distant monastery and many other particulars.
Now the aim of the Mongolians journey was precisely to beg advice from the Dalai Lami as to the best way of discovering the tulku [reincarnated ] head of their monastery, whose seat had been unoccupied for more than twenty years, in spite of persevering efforts to find his reincarnation.
These superstitious people were ready to believe that the Dalai Lama, through his supernormal power, had detected their intention and out of kindness had caused their meeting with their reincarnated lord.
The Ngari wanderer complied immediately with the usual test, picking out without hesitation or mistake among a number of similar objects, those that had belonged to the late lama.
No doubt subsisted in the mind of the Mongolians. On the morrow, I saw the caravan retracing its steps, moving away to the slow pace of the big camels and disappearing on the skyline into the Gobi solitudes.
The new tulku was going to meet his fate.
The source of the experienceTibetan Buddhism
Concepts, symbols and science items
ConceptsCommunication with bodied souls
Communication with disembodied souls