The Dalai Lama: Destined from Birth to be a Great Spiritual Leader

by Gillian Drake
Published in EvolutionEzine, March 2013
 The Dalai Lama, head monk of Tibetan Buddhism and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, is now a highly recognizable international figure. His status on the world stage is unique, and he has the ability to combine his spiritual message with politics in an impressive way. But if the People’s Republic of China had not invaded Tibet in 1951, it’s unlikely he would have such a high profile today.

Tibet was one of those countries that was tossed around like a football by various colonial occupiers in the 18th and 19th centuries, with the result that, in the 20th century, the Tibetan people were ready for independence. But the People’s Republic of China saw it as belonging to them and occupied the country. A failed uprising against the Chinese occupation in 1959 caused the Dalai Lama to flee for his life, and his dramatic flight to freedom across the mountains of Tibet touched the hearts of people all over the world via the new media of television. I remember vividly seeing the grainy black and white images on our family’s TV of Buddhist priests and their spiritual leader desperately trying to evade Chinese troops and reach the border of India. But it was through this tragic event that people from different nations learned about this gentle man and his message of peace and love, in direct contrast to the brutality of the communist government of China.  

The Dalai Lama and his followers settled in northern India where he has led the Tibetan government-in-exile ever since. The irony is that the original intent of destroying Buddhism in Tibet has backfired with the result that the culture of Tibet and knowledge of Buddhism have been revealed to the world and the Dalai Lama has risen in significance from a local ruler to international figure. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised “his consistent resistance to the use of violence in his people’s struggle to regain their liberty.” There is no doubt that the current Dalai Lama has had a profound influence that reaches well beyond his home in Asia. His message of peace and forgiveness, his warm heart and smiling face, are probably more familiar to us than any other spiritual world leader.

    The current Dalai Lama, a name which means Ocean of Wisdom, was born as Lhamo Dondrub in 1935, though his spiritual name is now Tenzin Guatso. He was chosen as the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939 when he was 4 years old in a time-honored tradition that dates back to the 13th century. The idea of having a priest-leader is based on the premise that Buddhist ideology is eternal, and that their spiritual leader reincarnates to become their new leader. The search for the reincarnated new leader depends on intuition and divination—senior priests search for a baby boy who was born around the same time the previous leader passed away, and are guided to him via various signs, dreams, or visions. Once found, the priests visit the child to see if he recognizes any of the possessions of the previous Dalai Lama. If the child chooses the artifacts that belonged to the previous Lama, than that, along with the other signs, is believed to prove he is a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama. With such a method, I wondered how well the Buddhist priests did in choosing their spiritual leader, and what the spiritual profile of the current Dalai Lama might be.  

As an expert in identifying people’s innate spiritual attributes, what I call the Soul’s Software Program, I performed a scan of the Dalai Lama and I found what I hoped I would find: Tenzin Guatso has Spiritual Intelligence, and at the very highest level—it’s his Passion, or Life Calling. The idea of multiple intelligences was first proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983, when he identified seven different types of intelligence. It is now generally accepted that there are 10 different types, with the most recently recognized being Spiritual Intelligence. I have found in my work that this is the most unique of the different intelligences, and that the most significant contributions to our civilization have come through Spiritual Intelligence. People such as Einstein, Tesla, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Thomas Jefferson, Mozart, Cezanne, Monet, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Archimedes, Plato, Helen Keller, J. K. Rowling, Stephen Spielberg, Meryl Streep, and Oprah Winfrey all had or have Spiritual Intelligence, which is the gift of being able to tap into “the other side,” that place of mystery and imagination wherein lies the deeper, more mystical side of life, to bring forth inventions and creations and ideas that nurture the human spirit in a profound way.

    So the Dalai Lama has Spiritual Intelligence, and he also has the Servant as his Dominant Secular Archetype and the Spiritual Guide as his Dominant Sacred Archetype, a package that reveals that he was destined for the life of a spiritual leader from the time of his birth. The Servant archetype is usually seen as a sacred archetype, indicating that our mission in life is to serve God and mankind, but in this case, the Servant is his dominant secular archetype, so his career, or life’s purpose, is to serve, while his dominant sacred archetype is the Spiritual Guide, so his sacred mission is to be a spiritual teacher. He also came here as a Teacher—most of us (98%) come to Earth as Learners, to learn life lessons that serve our soul’s growth, but 2% are Teachers, here on earth to teach the rest of humanity spiritual lessons. The Dalai Lama is a Teacher, not a Learner, and was destined to change the course of his culture at a global level. He had all it took to fulfill the promise that the monks recognized in him back in the 1930s.

    So it was all there, at birth, in his soul’s software package—everything he needed to become a great spiritual leader. The real mystery is, how did the Buddhist priests know that Lhamo Dondrub was the right one, when they zeroed in on him as a four-year-old in the mountains of Tibet? What did they recognize in him? How was it that the priests got it right? This is part of the Great Mystery, an example of the great power of  “all that we know we don’t know.” To me, it is yet more proof that the Field of Information—everything that exists beyond the three-dimensional world that we can see and measure—is what both informs our inner life and forms, or manifests, our outer life.