When Dalai Lama said,"Today I felt truly blessed"
It was an august audience who gathered at the India International Centre for the release of eminent journalist and author Arun Shourie's book titled "Two Saints - Speculations Around and About Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi."
Lending a spiritual dimension to the function, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, came down from the snow-clad Dharamsala to receive the book. Eminent lawyer Fali S. Nariman and diplomat Shyam Saran were also present at the function.
41-year-old Adithya, who is suffering from Cerebral palsy, came to release the book on a wheelchair. Adithya, who was not able to stand up or walk, then handed over the book to Dalai Lama. He then placed his palm on Dalai Lama's head. Arun Shourie, the greatest investigative journalist India has ever seen, then kissed Adithya's forehead affectionately and his eyes turned moist. The 41-year-old was none other than his only son. And all those who witnessed the poignant scene were greatly moved.
Following is the email and photograph sent by Arun Shourie to Mathrubhumi senior reporter Sreekanth Kottakkal, commending him for the ‘Fathers’ Day’ special article ‘Adityante Achan’ about him and his son Aditya Shourie.
"My dear Sreekanth, Wonderful talking to you-made possible by my dear friend, Siby.
Adit is our life, and every now and then he surprises us. On the 27th, the Dalai Lama released ‘TWO SAINTS’ (Arun Shourie’s book) at a function in Delhi. In the case of all my books, the "launch" has consisted of Adit giving the first copy to his mother. But as the Dalai Lama was going to be present, we thought it best that he gives the first copy to the Dalai Lama.
The Hall was packed. There was no place to even stand in the aisles. We lifted Adit in his wheelchair to the stage. As the Dalai Lama approached him to receive the book, Adit raised his hand and put it on top of the Dalai Lama's head as if to bless him. And then he did it a second time. That brought the Hall down, and not an eye was left dry.
The Dalai Lama began his speech by saying that he felt truly blessed.
We don't know why he did this as this is not the way he greets persons.
Here are photographs that record those two beautiful moments. They speak to Adit's innocence and the Dalai Lama's deep humility.
With the very best wishes, and my grateful thanks for writing about Adit and us"