Alone with Dalai Lama in a Hall with 500 People

Letter from New Delhi

In an auditorium packed with more than 500 people, we were alone with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sitting all by himself on the stage as it was being reorganised for another session, my daughter, Neela, and my son, Niyam, moved to the front from our seats.

As we approached the stage, we saw him looking at us! Neela made eye contact with him which lasted for a few seconds. He smiled, waved and got up to come near the edge of the stage to bless us. With his frail body at the age of 80 years, how could he bend his knees to bless us? But he did, smiling all the time.

With tears running down her eyes, Neela was speechless as he blessed her and held her hands. He went on to blesse Niyam and me. Then he smiled and said, “Selfie?” Neela answered, “Yes, yes!” We got our mobiles out and started to click. His official photographer came up and took some photos.

In those few minutes, we seemed to be alone with Dalai Lama; indeed, it was a one-to-one meeting. And when we turned around, we were back in the jam-packed hall watching us. There were young Tibetan university scholars, professors, intellectuals and former diplomats who had come for the launch of a book during the two-day conference on Quantum Physics and Madhyamika Philosophic View at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, presided by the Tibetan spiritual leader.

I felt close to him while remembering his tribute to my Master: “Osho is an enlightened master who is working with all possibilities to help humanity overcome a difficult phase in developing consciousness.”

It was a feeling of tremendous elation and fulfilment as we came out of the hall. Difficult to describe the huge surge of energy flowing in our beings; we wanted to share it, jump and dance!

Kul Bhushan worked as a newspaper Editor in Nairobi for over three decades and now lives in New Delhi

* Published in print edition on 18 December 2015

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