Alone with the Dalai Lama


Kul Bhushan writes about meeting the Dalai Lama in Delhi mid-November 2015.

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 and 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 bless 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.

Dalai Lama and Kul Bhushan

In those few minutes, we seemed to be alone with the 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 fulfillment 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

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