El·e·na [el-uh-nuh, uh-ley-nuh; It. e-le-nah] /ˈɛlənə, əˈleɪnə; It. ɛˈlɛnɑ/ –noun a female given name, form of Helen // A proud student of His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche // Personal assistant with a BSc (Hons) Psych from Uni of Warwick // These are snapshots of my life, in words and pictures

A comment on "Koh-i-Noor"

December 11, 2015 0

It is because of our perception that each person finds different things valuable and precious. They are valuable and precious to us because we assume they will bring us happiness and everlasting joy. Whether it is a relationship, a career, a family or diamonds, we view them relative to ourselves and what they can do for us; that is, whether they can bring us pleasure, or whether they can take away our suffering.

The “problem” is impermanence. Relationships fail, careers decline, families move on and diamonds disintegrate. So how can permanent happiness be derived from impermanent phenomena?

If we know Dharma, we will realise what is most truly precious is the knowledge and teachings that will lead us to permanent happiness, permanent because it is generated from our minds and once attained, cannot be stolen, removed or changed unlike diamonds.


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In reading this, I couldn’t help but think of a few parallels with Shugden practitioners…

Sure, it’s a diamond but the diamond is precious to India for its symbolism and the 300 years of theft, pillage, rape and subjugation of the country. Is it therefore wrong for Indian citizens to stand up for themselves, and to use legal means to attempt to retrieve their rightful property?

For Shugden practitioners, our diamond is our practice and our commitment to our lamas. Is it therefore so wrong for Shugden practitioners to use legal means to defend themselves when they are harassed, hounded and abused by those who are in support of the ban?

In the case of the Koh-i-Noor diamond, the British weren’t invited to India. India was just fine before the invasion and colonisation of their lands by the British, whose opinions were unwelcome, unwanted and unwarranted. This is just like how anti-Shugden people’s opinions are unwelcome, unwanted and unwarranted in our practices.

And you know, for 300 years, the whole world thought it was right for Britain to colonise India and to abuse its people. Eventually, the peaceful actions of one individual (Gandhi) brought about the liberation of an entire subcontinent.

In the case of Shugdenpas, the whole world thinks it’s right for Dharamsala to subjugate, oppress and marginalise Shugden practitioners. Why? For no reason other than “Because the Dalai Lama said so”. Shugdenpas have the truth against the juggernaut of His Holiness’ good reputation, just like how Indians had the truth against the juggernaut of Britain’s military force. Eventually however, the peaceful actions of the Shugdenpas who stand up only for the truth of religious freedom, will liberate us from this oppressive ban.

Of course the British government would reject the claims of the Indian citizens who are bringing this lawsuit about, because to accept their claims would be to accept that they unlawfully removed the diamond from India, and that their presence in India was unlawful.

So is there any wonder why Dharamsala continues to uphold the ban, when every logical person can see how unlawful and undemocratic it is? Because to lift the ban would be their admission that for 19 years, they have abused, marginalised and ostracised Shugden practitioners and that their actions were wrong. So maybe their upholding the ban isn’t really about upholding the truth, but about defending themselves so they can protect their ego…

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