My life changed when I met him. I did not expect to even get close, but when my friend, Pema called to me one day,"’Linaji, Linaji, you must come with me!” I tuned to her from my dishes I was washing and said as usual, “Oh Pema, what now”? She was always grabbing my arm to show me something, a bug or a snake or some kind of amazing event that for me seemed rather on the mundane. I was in a dream state dish mode and wanted to get my job done. “Linaji, His Holiness is coming to give private audience to all the new monks, nuns and many new Tibetans coming over the mountain, you must be coming with me, you must”!
How could I say no? So I grabbed my skirt and threw on a top and we ran and ran and ran, I wanted this meeting. I had lived in Dharmsala already one time before this visit and I was wishing one day to meet him. Pema is a Nun and she is a beauty. She was beholden to me as one day the owner of our lodgings came to her door drunk and tried to push his way in. When she told me this, I hate to say it but I went rather Maa Kaali on him. Which means crazy. And I insisted she not pay rent for one month. He was smaller than me and when I am angry, I do believe I am possessed by a spirit like Maa Kaali.
We arrived and we were told that anything we wanted blessed by His Holiness we would put on the table. I did not do this. I wanted the Dali Lama to touch my malas, I had two, one was for my brother.
As it turned out, I was in the middle of the line after he talked for a while to all the monks and nuns and travelers from Tibet. When it was my turn to shake his hand, I tenderly reached for his with Mala’s in ready, and put his hand to my forehead. I looked into his eyes and saw a light so free and kind that I felt indeed blessed by the sun. One is not suppose to look into his eyes but I could not help myself. His kindness and his warmth took me. I knew he forgave me instantly if I had done anything to offend him or the ways of propriety.
He is all that is said of him. I have never seen eyes that shone like the essence of a smile. I gave my brother this gift of these beads. Lord Ganesh has them on my desk and sometimes I use them to meditate and chant. I am trying to write more every day, so I thought you all would enjoy this most auspicious time in my life.