By Tenzin Dharpo
DHARAMSHALA, April 4: In an atypical display of the Tibetan exile Administration and its more mystic affiliation, the top brass of the CTA has been reportedly reprimanded by the state oracle of Tibet Nechung Choegyal and the deity Tsering Chenga (Tashi Tseringma) for their conduct in the recently concluded general elections.
A prophecy letter on the official letterhead of Nechung Monastery condemns the “mishandling of the gift of democracy” besides the violation of the oaths taken by both Sikyong and the Speaker. The letter warned that the mismanagements could lead to negative consequences on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s health and life and directed the two to offer apology to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The prophecy was made during a private audience of Nechung oracle and Tsering Chenga with the Tibetan PM, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament and members of the 15th Tibetan parliament. Tibet.net, the official CTA website described the meeting as a ceremony to pay tribute to “the oracles for their guidance and counsel in the successful completion of the current Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile”.
The cryptic speech of the oracle, as is practice, was transcribed and translated into formal Tibetan by the monastery.
A video clip reportedly of the ceremony taken from a mobile device, which is circulating on social networking and micro messaging sites, shows Tashi Tseringma’s medium uttering an unknown dialect and hurling barley grains on the Tibetan PM and speaker of the parliament in an animated fashion.
A Tibetan man from Dharamshala who did not want to be named told Phayul, “It was not a prophecy rather a scolding. But we should not make more of it than it is, if you look back, His Holiness himself has voiced similar sentiments at the Mentsekhang centenary celebrations. We all know that some of the conducts were untoward and beneath candidates vying for the highest office. The oracle has directed the two concerned to tender apology to Kundun but I find it strange that their conscience hasn’t already driven them to do so.”
Tibetan writer and a staunch Rangzen (pro independence) activist Jamyang Norbu writes on his Facebook page, “As if Tibetan democracy hadn't been totally discredited in the last few months, the Nechung and the Tsering Chenga oracles stepped in to finish the job with their sycophantic rantings on the Sikyong elections. Too depressing for further comment. I dismissed these absurdities by name long time ago (1999)
in a two part essay: ENDURING PHOBIAS AND SUPERSTITIONS IN TIBETAN SOCIETY
, that re-appeared some years later in the New Humanist published by the Rationalist Association of UK. I have reissued them on my blog Shadow Tibet."
A Tibetan netizen expressing reservations on the viability of the incident wrote, “Many times these spirits are used as tool to brew scandals in Tibetan political/power struggle. Anyway Oracles will tell their tale and the Tibetans will move on.”
Nechung Choegyal is regarded as one of the two prime protective deities of Tibet. The spirit of the diety is believed to take resort in a human medium known as Nechung Kuten (Nechung meduim) on occasions when he is called upon by the Dalai Lama or when he intends to pass on a message. Historically, the Nechung oracle is believed to have assisted the government in decision-making and providing divinities on pressing matters of the state.