me, Saturna Robbie

Friday, 19 December 2014

New Names, New Paths

Morning came early and we awakened to the same chanting voices and ringing bells we had heard the night before. We rushed to the windows to see our new home (Margaret got dressed first but the rest of us already had our coats on ..BOL)

 This place was even more awesome in the daylight than it was at night. The same jewel fruits were now sparkling in the sunlight just as they did in the moonlight....diamond pears and emerald leaves, ruby cherries and topaz lemons, other fruits gems I had never seen before of blue and purple and orange. And the palace still shining on the top of the mountain.

When we had our fill of gazing out of the window we started to think about getting our fill of food again. Gon-ba-ma turned up as if by magic and told us to follow her to breakfast. We did. The monks were assembled as they had been the night before...and again we were given what we wanted to eat. This really must be Shambala.

The head monk asked our names and as we each spoke our name he shook his head. He told us we must have Tibetan names for our adventure in Shambala. Margaret's must be named Jestsunma which means Reverend Lady;.Blue, Jamyang...gentle voice; Tansy, Norbu...jewel; Bond, Namba...a gift; Lucy, Sengemo...lioness; Inka, Mampa..fabulous. And Me/Robbie, Tenzin,...holder of the teachings. We liked our names and practiced saying them. Tansy wanted to know exactly which jewel she was named for, she thought Diamonds were a dog's best friend! Lucy growled like a lioness with a Mexican accent...Blue said he was happy in his gentle, kind voice. Margaret, said she hoped it meant she was to be accepted as a Monkess? (is that a word) and be part of ceremonies in the Monastery? Inka said she had always known she was fabulous and was happy it was finally recognized. Bond just raced around and said he didn't care what he was called. And I didn't feel like I was the holder of any teachings ...I could barely remember what we were doing here.

After breakfast we wanted to go out sight-seeing and check out this wonderful place we were in.  Gon-ba-ma said she would show us around ..but first...we had to decide WHY we had tried to find Shambala. Were our hearts pure enough to look beyond the earthly treasures? Was what we were seeking  in the shining palace? Why had we started on this adventure? Were we to be side tracked as were most of the pilgrims who had stumbled on Shambala?

I checked back over my blogs and found this entry, this is what we contemplated many weeks ago, 'Bond says his great great great grandmother told him of a place that is soooo high that you can see the rainbow bridge and climb up it to meet with friends on the other side. He said it is a place where people and dogs become young again! And it is a place where ghost snow-dogs roam the mountains howling like the wind'. Gang this is what we came for...not jewels and food and comfort. We came to find the Rainbow Bridge and to find how to turn back time!!

Gon-ba-ma laughed and said 'then I will give you a very different tour of Shambala'. 'Jestsunma, Jamyang, Norbu ,Namba,Sengemo, Mampa, and Tenzin follow me, we have much to do to get ready for the journey to the Rainbow Bridge'. 'Many try to find it my friends but most can only reach the gate and then they turn back'.

I have to admit that sounded a little scary and I thought it was time for a paw circle. So we sat down and held paws and hands. Margaret led us in a prayer and then we sang our favourite hymn 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'. Dear Margaret is so aptly named as Jetsunma, she has been our Reverend Lady through all of our adventures. We felt strong and courageous after our circle and we yelped, barked, howled and Yippeed that we were ready for the next step in our adventure!

Are we?