Last year, I went to Dharmasala for two reasons. First, to meet Dalai Lama and second, to see the beautiful Cricket Stadium located on the steps of the snow-capped mountains. I got to see the stadium but I could not meet the Dalai Lama for the simple reason.
Dharmasala, as the name suggests is the 'home of religions' majorly habituated by the followers of Buddhist religion. In fact, the Dalai Lama is running a parallel Tibetan government from Dharmasala and the people of Tibet consider Dalai Lama as their real leader. It must be noted that Tibet is illegally occupied by China and the Dalai Lama is their leader in the fight against the illegal occupation.
Now when Dalai Lama escaped to India 58 years ago, fearing the Chinese backlash, there were a couple of Assam Rifles guards who safely escorted him to Tawang from Lungla and Narendra Das was one of them.
During an interactive Namami Brahmaputra event organised by the Assam Government in Guwahati to commemorate the river for her immense importance in the region, the Dalai Lama recognised the uniformed Narendra Das straightaway, embraced him deeply and said "Thank you very much.... I am very very happy to meet such an old member of the Assam Rifles who guarded and escorted me to India 58 years ago," making the reunion immensely emotional. And then he added in jest "looking at your face, I now realise I must be very old too."
Interestingly, Dalai Lama is also known for his humour.
Now how can you recognise a man after 58 years? Dalai Lama is an enlightened soul who knows the value of gratefulness and gratitude. He knows the importance of Narendra Das in his life, no matter how many years have been passed, this one man will remain important in his life as his saviour. Being enlightened, I believe his mind works differently.
Narendra Das, when asked whether he had an interaction with the Dalai Lama during the journey 58 years ago and he said that they were not allowed to talk to Him, their duty was just to guard and escort him during the part of his journey.
Das said that he was overwhelmed by the warmth in his embrace.
Dalai Lama also presented a silk shawl to Das.
For the Assam Rifles, Dalai Lama also signed an old photograph during his journey to India.
Now what the whole story tells us? It tells us to never forget the one who helped in difficult times. To always be grateful towards any kind of help. To embrace goodness and show gratitude towards any kind of love and support we receive. Dharmasala is full of Buddhist Saints and the ambiance is full of compassion and kindness.
We get only one life, how about living it with lots of love, goodness and beauty.