Rewa | Hope

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When I was about 7 or 8 years of age, and had learned to read a little, my father made me learn the story of Drolma by heart, and made me recite it reverently every day.

 

Having great respect for images, religious books, and incarnations of the Buddha, I paid them honor, and asked them for their blessing and for prosperity.  My reverence for them was such that if I had a rag belonging to the garment of an incarnation of the Buddha, I ate it, hoping for good fortune and perfection.

 

I walked around chortens (icons of departed Buddhist saints) and prayer walls with my father.  I listened, more or less, to his eloquence as he told me stories of Buddha, Prodma Sambhava, Tsongkapa, and those relating to religious perfection.  When I turned 10 years of age, I went to Leh with my Father.  Here, I heard the Bible stories (about Jesus and His teachings], and my soul sought refuge in them.  For a moment, I lost faith in the idols and lamas.

 

When, however, I told my father about this, he did not say whether it was right or wrong to accept Christianity.  He himself also gave up reciting texts of Buddhist scripture, and at meal times would thank and praise God.  When I was 11, my father died of fever.

 

My mother's elder brother and sister did everything they could to prevent my conversion to Christianity, but the more they tried to obstruct me, like a horse urged forward by a whip, the more my faith and strength increased.  So, reaching the limit of their influence to hinder me, they went their own way.

 

Attaining the age of 16, I learnt by heart the essence of faith, the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer... then I accepted the rite of baptism, thereby becoming a Christian.  At that time, in answer to the question, "Do you believe?" I replied before the members of my church, "I believe."  However, not understanding the meaning of that question, I answered like a parrot.

 

Then, at the age of 18, the thought came to me that I had better consider and investigate whether other religions were more exacting or less strict than Christianity.  So, beginning with the tents of Islam, I examined them and read many books about this religion.  Besides this, through beginning to enter into argument with Muslims on religion, I derived benefits in two ways: First, I got to know their doctrines better.  Second, in order to answer them when they found fault with the Gospels, I got an opportunity of also studying and pondering upon the old Testament... with the result that the meaning of the Christian faith became more clear.

 

So, in a few years I learned that the Christian faith was far more exacting than that of Islam.  With the idea of understanding the Buddhist way of salvation, I first of all considered it important to learn classical Tibetan and its written system.  Until I was 21, I studied medical texts, fiction, legends, astronomy, the songs of Milarepa, fables, a book called the "Mani bKa" and many hundreds of Tibetan parables.

 

In less than 8 or 9 years, I mastered the Tibetan classical language and its written system.  By this time I had my degrees by default from all the study I had done, and understood the theory of Nirvana (emptiness) and the chief mystic gestures of the lamas in sorcery.  Although in the Islamic religion God is just and merciful, I saw that there was no essential forgiveness in that creed.  In the Buddhist faith however, there was a kind of salvation.  You see, if you sum up the esoteric doctrines of Buddhism, there are two theories of right and wrong.  The doctrine of right-doing recognizes the absolute value of conscience, while wrong-doing has the effect of weakening the accusing nature of that same conscience.  I saw that its teaching on good and evil, bliss and misery, existence and non-existence... showed that there is such a thing as salvation.

 

Not even Wangshung, the expounder of religion, Dondrub, the Chinese Confucius, the Persian Zoroastra, Shenrab (the founder of the bon religion) of Mohammed of Arabia could satisfy the desire of my conscience.  Only in Jesus the Nazarene could I see clearly perfect forgiveness and perfect love.  As a token of forgiveness, I also obtained mercy and help, though I did not deserve it.

 

Knowing with certainty that he is the One Who can make me holy and acceptable to the Holy God, and that He can bring peace to sinners sunk in misery, I desire that others may obtain the joy that I have received!

 

If you want to be saved from the misery of sin, and desire to obtain eternal joy and peace, put your faith in the God Who sent His Son, Jesus Christ.  Make Him your Master.  Learn about Him.  Consider what I say.  Test for yourselves whether it is true or false.  Moreover, I have written down these thoughts so that many souls may be awakened from a heavy sleep.  This is my earnest desire.

Note: The author of this testimony has passed away, but his immediate family members (who knew him very well and are Tibetan Christians themselves) will receive your response and correspond with you if you so choose.

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