You know when you’re young-ish and think that you’re strong and invincible and that any form of sickness will not come knocking at your door? Well, that was me until one day I tried getting out of bed and was in torturous pain.
“What’s wrong with me?” I replayed that question in my mind, and soon I was to find out that I had a slipped disc at the base of my neck. Next was a whirlwind of treatment options and doctor’s opinions.
I was admitted to the hospital a day or two before His Eminence the 7th Panglung Kuten was due for an official visit to Kechara. During his two-month stay, he was to perform various pujas as well as a Dorje Shugden trance at Kechara Forest Retreat. As the event preparations were underway, I was at the hospital getting treatment and it was there where I also received advice from my compassionate Lama, His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, to do a mini mantra retreat of 50,000 Dorje Shugden mantras. I was in bed most of the time and not being able to get around without assistance was frustrating. I did my recitations daily, with reverence and hope that soon, I would be up and about again.
I had a procedure done and after a week in hospital, I was discharged and recuperated at Kechara Forest Retreat. H.E. Tsem Rinpoche performed many prayers for my swift recovery, and when Dorje Shugden took trance in Kechara Forest Retreat through the Venerable Panglung Kuten, Rinpoche personally told Dorje Shugden of my condition and requested the Protector to heal and bless me. Dorje Shugden recited prayers and blew directly onto my neck, and gave me a blessed string. In addition, Kache Marpo gave a long Dharma talk, during which he said that for those who are sick, it is powerful to do purification practices. Since then, I have been doing so.
I never really thought about sickness and its relation to karma, purification and obstacles. But looking back through my journey, everything that happened was too far of a perfect timing to call it coincidence. I could have fallen ill anytime, but I fell ill during a time when Dorje Shugden came to Kechara, and when my Lama was around. I believe that it is due to my Lama and Dorje Shugden’s blessings that I have been able to recover so fast, when many people would have been out of action for months. Of course, karma is always there and I don’t know when it will hit me again. But I take refuge in my Guru and my Protector, and it is my source of strength and hope.
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