Friday, 11 March 2011

Turning heads

The fourteenth Downright Lama is apparently relinquishing his political responsibilities. What a relief to know he is not relinquishing his spiritual role, too. How could he? After all, once “the head of the embalmed body of the thirteenth Downright Lama, at first facing southeast, mysteriously turned to face northeast to indicate the direction in which his successor was to be found” he was in it for life. You can’t simply walk away from a thing like that. Nor from the "sixty tons of treasure" said to have accompanied him to India back in 1959.