The title of this blog is a tad misleading. I did not have a personal visit with his Holiness the 14th Dali Lama, but I was a part of the crowd today at Seattle Seahawk's Quest Field, where the Dali Lama enlightened us with his presence. Being in the presence of a real Holy man is helpful in itself. The subtle vibrations of such an enlightened being helps transform us by its unconscious communion with our spirit.
I have been on the spiritual path to enlightenment for a long time. My roots to eastern philosophy can be traced back to my childhood. By the time I was 5 years old I would sing Hari Krishna and dance around in a circle, my parents must have thought I was out of my mind. Growing up in a small town in CT, I never came across any Hari Krishna's and I doubt I saw it on my families black and white, 3 channel 1977 TV. Somehow I was born with an affinity for Hinduism and Buddhism.
As a pre-teen and teenager I never thought about sex, or I hardly did anyway. Less than my peers and that is for sure. Even when my best friend, who I wanted to go out with since 2nd grade, asked me if I wanted to fool around, to his dismay I said "no". Even though years later I regretted it when I wanted him to take me to the prom and he said "no".
My reason for saying no did not have to do with fear. It had to do with my disinterest in anything animalistic. I wanted something higher. I craved something higher and it was this reason I got into drugs. At least I had the sex and food part down.
Today was not my first time being in the presence of a real holy man. I have been to an ashram in India where my soul was torn apart and put back together again all in 10 days. I have studied with spiritual teachers in the back woods of CT and have met spiritual masters that only a few people have been privileged to meet. I know a lot about myself, the spirit world and things most people will never know because they are not ready yet to know these things.
Most people do not know these things about me. I have not come out as some sort of teacher myself because I am no where near being pure enough to teach. Most teachers today are false prophets only because they are not ready yet to be teachers. Bad teachers create bad students. It happened to me and because it happened to me, I am very careful about ever playing with the notion of becoming some kind of spiritual teacher in this lifetime. I would not want to mess up someones life like a bad teacher I had did to me.
Seeing the Dali Lama was my first time in the presence of a master since 2000 and it felt great. I felt my spirit stretch out and spreads its wings. Now I know what they mean by Yoga of the spirit. Some of the things he said in his short speech I took down in my notebook. The following is what I compiled.
"This Century is a century of dialogue."
"We must have a non-violent approach to life"
"Today's world not like the 19th and 20th centuries. No more we and they. War is becoming out of date."
"You must face your problems with determination and vision."
"Elimination of all nuclear weapons as a first step and then a restriction on arms is needed."
"Will power is needed for actual disarmament."
"Compassion through education, cultivate understanding."
"Have emotional compassion and warm heartedness."
"There is something lacking in modern education-the teaching of inner values."
"Have Positive Concern and a Compassionate attitude. Infinite compassion, a state of being."
"Taking care of others is ultimately for your benefit. Your future is dependent on others."
"Have wise selfishness rather than foolish selfishness."
"Conviction brings transformation."
"The Children are the future."
"Be in a state of preparation for a better society, a better future."
"This century will be happier, keep optimistic attitude, keep determination. That is key factor."
"The meaning of compassion is realized through action."
The Dali Lama is a great man. Today was a dream come true for me. I expect great things from myself, like I always have. There was a time for me when I was lost in the darkness but through that time I hung onto my spiritual ideals. I spent my time in good company, which means I mostly stayed alone, during my dark times. Even now I would rather hang out by myself than people who would just like to drag me down with their negativity.
To bring this blog to a close I would like to say- do unto others as you'd have done to you. Live by that. If you treat people like shit. Look in the mirror because you are shitting on yourself.
Thanks for reading.