Mysterious Truths from Tibetan history

The traditional Tibetan world has been filled with extensive number of mysterious records in both daily and political life. The ancient history of Tibet is largely based on the cultural beliefs and religious domination. So if we look back into the records of the traditional Tibetan history today, we might find it extremely hard to believe and totally mysterious. Below are some of most popular records from the history of Tibet that are still dominant in the public:

  1. The First King of Tibet in B.C. 127th year: His Majesty the King Nyatri Tzenpo, the first king of Tibet is said to come from an Indian origin and had his hand fingers like connected like that of a duck! But it is not the mysterious part. The mysterious part is the way he is said to have been appointed to the king. There 12 bright Tibetans who met a foreigner just at the foot of a hill in eastern part of Tibet, who was an abandoned prince of an Indian emperor. When the 12 Tibetans asked the prince about where he had come from, the prince pointed up as he had then just climbed down the hill. But that time, the Tibetans seeing a different person pointing up, considered him to have come from heaven to be the King of Tibet as they were looking for a king that time! So they prepared a carriage and welcomed him as the first King of Tibet on carriage on the shoulder of 12 Tibetans from which he got the name Nyatri(Shoulder Throne)King.
  2. The invention of Tibetan script: Thonme Sambhota was one of the best ministers of 33rd king of Tibet, his majesty Songtzen Gonpo. He is said to have studied under many masters in India and later invented the Tibetan script. Though many believe him as an incarnation of the heavenly beings, the truth that he alone invented the whole Tibetan script will certainly be hard to believe for the today’s world. But this is not the mysterious part I wanted to bring out here. The mysterious part is that in the process while he was creating the Tibetan script, he could not invent some alphabets at any extend of hard work. But one night in his dream, all the missing alphabets were formed in the form of examples and thus he completed the process of invention of the Tibetan script! However, he is undeniably the first scholar of Tibet and one of the most learned icon of Tibetan history.
  3. Completion of the Samye Monastic Institute Lhasa: During the reign of 37th King of Tibet, his majesty Trisong Detzen, very large number of monasteries and other scholarly institutes were built through out Tibet. One of the most famous was the Samye of Lhasa which was witnessed  as heart of philosophical exchanged in Asia that time. The mysterious part of the history lies in the process of its construction that witnessed a huge set back. The problem was with the demons in that locality. How many times the masons built the building during day, that was demolished in the night by the demons! So the king invited the lord Padmasambhava of India to Tibet to solve the problem. The result was that the Samye was built during day by humans and night by the demons! This is how it is said to have been completed.
  4. The rain of flowers in Tibet: During the 28th king of Tibet, one of the most mystifying incident is said to have been occurred, i.e., the rain of flower, brightness in the night… The incident unfolds as a prophecy from the Buddha which takes place one night when the king was resting on the roof of the palace; a rain of flowers with which it delivers some of the most precious texts of Buddhism to the hand of the king! This time is considered as the time of arrival of Buddhism in Tibet though the actual practice of Buddhism started during the reign of the 37th king of Tibet.

Note: The views expressed are of complete personal knowledge and opinions and does not intend to prove or verify anything.

Yeshi Paljor

Editor at Tibetan Journal, Yeshi Paljor is a computer engineer by profession.

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