Garab Rinpoche’s Say On Religion And Humour

Was an honour to get the privilege of clicking Rinpoche
It was such a blessing to all the people living in Zhemgang recently with visit (upon invitation) of the eminent Garab Rinpoche. By virtue of birth, Truelku Garab Rinpoche is worshipped for the legacy of great ancient figures.

With great sense of humour, Rinpoche has uttered many meaningful things. Moreover, Rinpoche shared with us a very hilarious joke.

Once, a great Lama was reciting and saying many religious things to people. After some time, when it was time for blessing, Lama showed an artifact to people and said, “Please imagine that this artifact is on your head and you are getting all the blessings”.

One man was surprised because he was unsatisfied that the artifact wasn’t actually put on his head. He stood up with his hand in the pocket which took out a Nu. 1000 note and said, “Lama, actually I thought I must offer you this money. But as you didn’t really put the artifact on our head and told us just to imagine, Lama you can also imagine that you have got this Nu. 1000 note.”

People blushed out. (Maybe those few people who understood it because Rinpoche told this in Sharchopkh.)

Lama concluded this joke telling that our heart must be the first place which gets blessed. And simple trying to get your head hit by the artifact is just as useless if the heart is not blessed.

Rinpoche has been very humourous and told us the reasons for why laughter and happiness is a necessity in religion. Rinpoche cleared us that the blessing goes in vein if our emotions are not as good as it must be to be blessed.

Rinpoche defined religion in a very formal and simple way.

“Religion is something that keeps us alive. Religion is something that gives us life and hope. Religion is something that brings us happiness and peace. We Bhutanese are a very profound believer of religion. That’s why, it feels very difficult for us to even kill a mosquito. Now realize how much it might be painful to murder someone else?”

These words made me believe in religion deeper than I have been. Till now, 90% of books I read would have been a based on religion and philosophy. Moreover, I always enjoyed reading a biography of a great religious figures.

I think magic can be done and miracles can happen!


  1. The story Rinpoche narrated was very meaningful one. Visualization is an art of mind training. there is no meaning in touching head by great beings when one knows not for what & which blessing is he for.


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