It has been long since I have written about anything on HP. I have been struggling with my own conscience about whole Karmapa issue. I tried my best to understand the issue by going through numerous reports on the web and via online newspapers.
For me love of my home state is priority and thus love for motherland India. If my own home is not in order then I doubt outside or for that matter India itself can be better. Many of my friends talk about national issues and think HP is small provincial state, which of course offends me.
However when I started following Karmapa story on the web my belief in Buddhism which I want to learn later in my life was quite shaken. I thought at least Buddhist in India were keeping away from Politicians.
The complete issue started when people from Karmapa office were caught with Rs. 1 Crore by HP police.
First and foremost there is no need to carry this much cash via car on Indian roads. I know dangerous areas even between Dharmasala and Delhi and I use to hesitate to travel via car during night all alone. It is not usual in India to buy goods with so much cash (only blackÂ money operators do so).
So in a simple way, I just dint get why the staff was carrying so much cash via a vehicle? If this money was accounted and legal then for sure a bank draft could have been carried if there was any need for the office to buy anything.
This did not stop here and HP police started raids on official places and uncovered huge cash. Not an issue as cash donations are just normal in India and local HP temples collect Crores of currency during holy season. And Karmapa has huge international follower base so I am surprised about just few Crores.
However my problem is only one! When you are a guest then it is best to follow host side rules and regulations. No matter where you are guest and how much your host believes you, there is always a scrutiny. That’s true forÂ a normal person’s life also.
So I believe first and foremost Karmapa office should have deposited any cash received in local bank and then there was no worry about any raids.
No doubts, Lamas won’t know what all was going on and there is lapse via office staff. But then again being a guest it is best to follow every possible care.
The matter could have ended here for me and I’d have followed the case via following the trial at court.
But then I started following Karmapa official page on Facebook and saw so many bad remarks about my home state.
By the way I have read many books by HH Dalai Lama and his regular tweets make my day. His message is making my life better. And I feel proud that my home state hosts HH Dalai Lama. Here in US my conversation about HP starts by mentioning HH Dalai Lama. I do make a point to visit monastery during each visit as I visit other local temples.
The way what all is happening in Egypt just via social media means any bad remarks on a state government or it’s head are not best for a small state like Himachal.
Again followers say anything so I cared less about what all was being mentioned on Krampa official page on Facebook. However Krampa office should have removed negative remarks.
However just two days back a negative story against the ChiefÂ Minister of Himachal which was written via a third party was relayed via official page of Karmapa. I can understand politicians are hated and many people write anything about them.
My problem was official page of Karmapa relaying a negative story against the head of the state where he is just a guest. Chief Minister is no different from central govt. He is head of a democratically elected government which runs the show of the state and state which is part of Union.
Up above that A Lama’s place is for spirituality, guidance and patience.
Yes politics is dirty and politicians do use every opportunity to turn it into their own benefits.
However a High Lama is all about patience. And belief. Belief in a system and also in God. Faith which heals. Faith which runs lives of billions.
Then how come a Lama’s office is issuing a negative story against a State Head and that of a host?
Fortunately after a long debate and some strong remarks the complete discussion was taken out of the official page.
My belief that someone is playing a bad game in Karmapa office got more stronger and I kept following the official page.
So again on 6th of February an official statement comes which is available on Karmapa website also, that Virbhadra Singh, who is a central minister from HP and also former CM, condemns State govt for maligning the Karmapa name.
Here are the words and I quote from Karmapa website:
“Union Minister Virbhadra Singh travelled to the state from Delhi and made several clear statements of support for His Holiness the Karmapa and the Tibetan community as a whole. Addressing a press conference, Union Minister Singh charged the Himachal Pradesh state government with maligning His Holiness the Karmapa. He further urged regularizing land purchase rules to grant Tibetans certain rights to own land in Himachal Pradesh, in which Dharamsala is located. Union Minister Singh is a member of the Cabinet of the Indian Government and a five-time former chief minister of the state of Himachal Pradesh.”
Once again the very existence of Lama is betrayed by his office. First Lama is guest and secondly he represents a religious sect which talks about patience, perseverance, peace, calm, belief and faith.
I am sure the case is in hands of judiciary and it would follow the legal process.
My only problem is why Lama office is getting itself in between of a political battle?
And so I am just feeling uncomfortable and took to write this piece.
- Via this post I’d like to know many answers from Karmapa office.
- Via this post I’d also like to question the intellect of our state politicians.
- Via this post I’d like to know the views of general public and readers to undersand if I am wrong in views.
I am just a mere mortal, heck I can’t even write a good story, but Himachal is my home and in any case I’d not like to get it’s name maligned!