Monday, August 20, 2007
From Cradle to Grave and Beyond!
In their zeal to control the lives of the people from the cradle to the grave, China has reached beyond the grave and declared reincarnation illegal. Buddhist monks must obtain permission from Beijing to reincarnate.
The Administration for Religious Affairs, says the law is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." Of course, it isn't just any garden variety reincarnation Beijing wants to control.
By regulating reincarnation, Beijing means to control the influence of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of millions of Buddhists in China, Tibet, and around the world, but mostly Tibet. If they can control reincarnation, Beijing believes they can control who becomes the next Dalai Lama. The soul of the deceased Dalai Lama is, according to tradition, reborn as another human being to continue the work of relieving suffering and by extension, the strangle hold China has on Tibet. Maybe they will catch him in the act of reincarnating - that would be a real coup!
It's doubtful Chinese apparatchiks can pull-off this legal hokus-pokus as the Dalai Lama has been dying and reincarnating for 600 years; it's hard to believe anyone is going to suddenly stop him now. The current incarnation is 72 years old and has no plans to die and be reborn in China or Tibet, so permission won't be needed. But, it will be fun to watch the Commies chase spirits around.
Those silly Chinese!
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.