Nechung oracle in trance on the tenth day of the 32nd Kalachakra Initiation at Bodh Gaya, India. (Phayul file photo)
DHARAMSHALA, March 23: Chief state oracle of Tibet, Nechung, has warned of a natural calamity in northwestern India this summer.
The Tibetan Parliament-in Exile, in a release on its website said the Nechung oracle made the divination while in trance last Friday.
“Nechung oracle in his divination warned of a natural calamity in northwestern India this coming summer,” the Tibetan Parliament said.
Many parts of northwestern India falls under the seismic zones IV and V, with V being highest risk zone for earthquakes.
The 15th Tibetan Parliament during it’s ongoing 3rd session had requested audience of the state oracles, Nechung, Gadong and Tsering Chen-nga on March 16 at the Tsug-la Khang, the main temple in Dharamshala.
According to the release, consultations were made regarding the ongoing crisis inside Tibet and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
As part of Tibet’s ancient Buddhist traditions, consulting state oracles has been an official practice for many centuries.
The Dalai Lama, who has used what he calls the “ancient method of intelligence gathering”, said in his autobiography “Freedom in Exile” that he does not solely rely on the oracle’s advice.
“I seek his opinion in the same way as I seek the opinion of my Cabinet and just as I seek the opinion of my own conscience. I consider the gods to be my ’upper house’. The Kashag constitutes my lower house. Like any other leader, I consult both before making a decision on affairs of state,” the Tibetan spiritual leader wrote.
Shortly after assuming his responsibility as Kalon Tripa, Dr Lobsang Sangay in an interview with Phayul said that he will be following the tradition of consulting the state oracle.
“I am a modern educated Tibetan but on the other hand, I am a Tibetan and follow Buddhist traditions,” Dr Sangay said. “So, I will be also consulting the state oracle, but that doesn’t mean I will follow what the state-oracle says.”
The Tibetan Parliament release noted that Nechung, in his divination, advised the Tibetan people to increase their collective merit.
In an effort to avoid the natural calamity, the Department of Religion and Culture under the Central Tibetan Administration will be conducting specific prayer offerings as advised by the state oracle.