Growing up in Asia, to see deities/spirits taking trances in a human is quite common, be it in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan etc. I have seen quite a few oracles taking trances of various deities/spirits in various temples, but my first experience with a Tibetan oracle taking trance of Dorje Shugden was just a few years ago in Nepal. Since then, my friends and I have been going back again and again to consult Dorje Shugden on various matters from mundane to Dharmic, and also witnessed the oracle answering other people’s questions. We went to different oracles of Dorje Shugden who reside in different parts of the world, but the very mind that entered the oracles is always the same – Dorje Shugden.
The questions that people asked Dorje Shugden ranged from big to small, they include building monastery and Dharma centers, illnesses, business, family, career, projects, schooling, black magic etc…and my first-hand experience is that the divine answers given by Dorje Shugden are extremely accurate, it is definitely supernatural and beyond worldly human ability. During the audience with Dorje Shugden, not only did the oracle answer all the questions swiftly without any hesitation, the oracle also did not need to physically “read” the questions on the paper, he would just quickly flip through the pages one after another, and sometimes he didn’t even need to flip through the pages, he would just put the question papers on his head, and immediately started answering questions! When you witness that, you know beyond any doubt , that supernatural power exists.
Not only did Dorje Shugden know a situation that no one would know other than the parties involve, thus proving beyond any doubt that He is definitely clairvoyant, what is more amazing is in the situation where Dorje Shugden gave some advice that seemingly contradict a common sense answer, but which always turned out like this: if you doubt the seemingly “unreasonable” advice and choose not to follow it, eventually, things would go wrong, no matter how “right” it seemed to you with your own method in the beginning. On the contrary, if you have full faith towards Dorje Shugden and trust everything that he advised, then things will go right eventually, no matter how “wrong” and how counter-intuitive it seemed in the beginning.
Also, Dorje Shugden’s clairvoyance is so powerful, that His advice could become very specific in order to achieve the results that we wanted. For example, in order to achieve a certain result, Dorje Shugden would advise 10 specific things to be accomplished. For people who followed the advice completely and did from 1 to 10, the outcome would be favorable; and at times when the result did not turn out well and you asked the person if he had followed Dorje Shugden’s advice fully, you would discover that he did not, no matter he followed the advice 1 out of 10, 5 out of 10, or 9 out of 10, as long as he did not follow 10 out of 10, it is certain that the person would not achieve the 100% result, and when someone achieved a 100% result, it always turned out that he had followed the advice 10 out of 10.
Dorje Shugden’s power can be seen in the kind of questions He answered. For small protectors, deities, spirits with limited clairvoyance, they could only answer small and low level questions, mostly mundane which had to do with love, family, business, black magic etc. and the solution they gave were usually limited, in the sense that they could only give us advice which is a few months or a few years in the future. On the other hand, Dorje Shugden could answer questions that are very serious, very huge in magnitude, very important, very complicated, and He could see much much further into the future, and give advice and solution that will last much longer into the future, and much more complete, and wholesome. And if Dorje Shugden could answer questions of such level, we don’t have to even mention the smaller and more mundane questions.
One such example which showed us the extent of Dorje Shugden’s power and clairvoyance, is how Dorje Shugden gave advice and specific instructions to the Dalai Lama and His entourage in 1959 to leave Tibet to India, and along the way, Dorje Shugden protected and averted some very dangerous moments of the escaping party. Dorje Shugden single-handedly advised and protected the Dalai Lama to safety, but more than that, is the fact that Dorje Shugden had protected and preserved the Buddha Dharma, and brought it from Tibet out to the rest of the world. If the Dalai Lama were to remain in Tibet back then, as advised by certain other protector(s), the Dalai Lama, along with many high lamas and geshes, would not have survived the attack of the Chinese, and the Dharma would have been destroyed along with them. Just from this alone, we can see how powerful, clairvoyant, attained and compassionate Dorje Shugden is. And if Dorje Shugden could take care of situation of such level, definitely He could take care of our much-lesser issues.
There are other protectors in the pantheon of Tibetan Buddhism who also have very great power and clairvoyance, but the very quality that differentiate Dorje Shugden from the other protectors, again according to my personal experience, is that Dorje Shugden also give Dharma advice, which is extremely rare in the other protectors. Dorje Shugden always expounded the Dharma during the audience, like He is a high lama and a very learned scholar who is an expert of all the scriptures and rituals, and His advice is always Dharmic, which lead us towards Dharma practice, with the ultimate goal of achieving enlightenment.
Thus, we now know of Dorje Shugden’s exalted qualities. Before Dorje Shugden became a protector some 350 years ago, he was a high lama, he was a lama of the Drakpa lineage – Duldzin Drakpa Gyeltsen, Panchen Sonam Drakpa, Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen, and many more illustrious lamas/scholars before these. To be able to attain the omniscience and spiritual power of Dorje Shugden, the same mind that preceded Dorje Shugden must have gained the same level of attainments, which was achieved through practicing Yidams like Vajrayogini, Yamantaka, Manjushri, Lama Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga etc.
Therefore, it is a direct evidence to us beyond any doubt, that since we have witnessed first-hand Dorje Shugden’s spiritual power and omniscience, and knowing that the same mind existed in the high lamas before Dorje Shugden, and that the lamas gained those qualities and attainments by doing the practice, then it behooves us to do the same, and it gives us great boost in confidence that if we do what the lamas did before: Yidams practice, sadhana, prayers, mantras, Guru Yoga, prostration, mandala offering, water offering, guru devotion and samaya etc., then we also can achieve the same qualities, attainments, clairvoyance, omniscience, and compassion like Dorje Shugden!
These are some points you should keep in mind:
1. Many of us have met Dorje Shugden via taking trance through the famous oracle. He can predict the future clearly and explain the future with exact precision. What He says comes out exactly true. Some of us witnessed this ourselves for our own situations and we also saw this in the case of the Great Escape in Uncovered Truth article ( http://www.dorjeshugden.com/all-articles/the-controversy/uncovered-truth-evidence-of-how-dorje-shugden-was-actually-behind-the-dalai-lamas-escape-out-of-tibet-to-india-in-1959/ ).
2. Without Dorje Shugden, there would be no Tibetan Buddhism in the West and East anymore to such an extent. None of the lamas of the other lineages would have been able to bring their venerable schools of Buddhism to anyone. If Dalai Lama did not escape Nehru would not have given the 24 tracts of land throughout India where each of the monasteries/Tibetan settlements settled could have flourished to send their teachers all over the world. If Dalai Lama did not escape, most would have stayed in Tibet and perhaps perished with him. Because of these 24 tracts of land given to Dalai Lama the 100,00 Tibetans who left with Dalai Lama re-settled and re-established their way of life in India comfortably for 50 years now.
Remember, it was Dorje Shugden via Panglung Oracle of Tibet who asked H.H. Dalai Lama and group to leave immediately. Dorje Shugden showed the escape route and also guaranteed his protection for their successful historic escape into India. Ven. Losang Yeshe in his affidavit sealed by the monastery attests to this. If we were to think Ven. Losang Yeshe lied, that would be improbable as he would have to rope in Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche, Gaden, Sera, Drepung, Chushi Gangdruk and thousands of others who witnessed this to be so. How can Ven. Losang Yeshe possibly rope in so many with his ‘lie?’. Trijang Rinpoche’s own auto-biography ( http://www.dorjeshugden.com/articles/kyabje-trijang-rinpoches-works-and-autobiography/ )attests clearly what Ven. Losang Yeshe has recounted which now has become legendary to be the truth. It was clearly through the Panglung oracle’s instructions that led Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, Ling Rinpoche and all the great ones to leave Tibet. From them in India, Dharma spread to the world as we know it today. Whether we accept the oracle institution or not, this is what occurred.
3. Since it’s clear Dorje Shugden has clear unobstructed omniscience/clairvoyance, it must be he had it before he became a protector. Prior to becoming a protector he was Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. The famous Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen was extremely learned and lived during the time of 5th Dalai Lama and was just as famous as the 5th if not more. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen must have achieved his omniscience through his diligent practices. He could not have purchased his omniscience or it could not have been given to him. Attainments comes from within when ignorance is removed. It is Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen’s Guru devotion towards his root teacher Panchen Lama, holding his samaya and words of honor strongly, his meditations, practice of mantra/tantra/yidams that brought him to an exalted attained state. This shows us that doing our practices/sadhanas and yidams can confer this type of attainments as shown by Dorje Shugden. We should diligently do our sadhanas, mantras, offerings, meditations and prayers.
Whether we take Guhyasamaja, Vajrayogini, Tsongkapa, Manjushri, Hayagriva, Yamantaka or Dorje Shugden as our main practice does not matter at this time. Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen did the practice of Vajrayogini, Yamantaka, Manjushri and Tsongkapa primarily to achieve his attained state. Good example for us. These are the exact Yidams and practices available to us in unbroken lineages currently. How fortunate we are to engage in these practices to gain the same attainments as Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen and Dorje Shugden. We should be steadfast in our faith in these practices and we can gain exalted states. This is a clear and logical proof. We should study the Dharma and simultaneously engage in these practices and follow our guru loyally for instructions.
Whether we have witnessed a oracle or not, we understand Dorje Shugden has unobstructed omniscience. So definitely he achieved this quality through engaging in his practice successfully. We can apply this example to ourselves. We should and can achieve the same states of mind.
4. We can observe that we are not praying to an ordinary god, naga or samsaric being from this account. But Dorje Shugden is fully omniscient. He orchestrated the escape of great lamas in 1959 and if it was not for this, Tibetan Buddhism would have perished. It is due to the sole kindness of Dorje Shugden’s instructions and protection Dalai Lama and entourage escaped. If Dorje Shugden can help and give instructions on this macro level, definitely he can take care of us and nurture our spiritual practices and also assist in our mundane affairs when we rely on him over a period of time. We should feel extremely fortunate to meet with this type of supreme being in the form of the Dharma protector Dorje Shugden. We should be devoted to him, do his prayers, solicit him and trust fully. We have nothing to lose but much to gain. We should hold him as our principle protector and whatever ignorance is spoken about him should be ignored in the face of this knowledge. We should indeed think how fortunate we are to come across Dorje Shugden the practice of many great teachers and practitioners.
Finally, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche stated, on many occasions, that Dorje Shugden was an emanation of the wisdom Buddha Manjushri. He also stated that in order for someone to become convinced that Dorje Shugden was a worldly spirit “A mountain of absurd consequences, previously non-existent distorted ideas, would have to be accepted.”
There are many more points and understanding we can derive from studying this article, but for now it will suffice.