Khandro Drowa Zangmo's reincarnation?
Administrator, November 17, 2009
Ugyen Cheki Nima, five, from Trashiyangtse is at once different and precocious for her age. She has been wearing a nun’s robe since she was six months old. At three, she started talking about her past life. She said that she is the reincarnation of Khandro Drowa Zangmo, a legendary divine queen, and that she has two children. According to her mother, Pema Dolma, 28, Ugyen could not continue the story of her past life because she was disturbed in the middle. Ugyen’s elder sister, Ugyen Cheki Yangdrel, who is believed to be the reincarnation of a dakini, had told her mother that Ugyen Cheki Nima was not an ordinary child so she should be dressed in a nun’s robe. Ten-year-old Ugyen Cheki Yangdrel is in a nunnery in Bumthang. Ugyen Cheki Nima does not play with other kids her age. She remains mostly indoors. She watches television, prostrates, perform some mask dances and play with religious instruments. Sometimes, she is heard singing. Her mother does not know what the song is but she says that the lyrics always said her father and mother were suffering. “She always tells me that she will be able to look after me. She even tells me to quit meat, egg and fish,” said Pema Dolma. Pema Dolma said Ugyen Cheki Nima sometimes predicted things. “Once we went to visit a lama to receive blessings but my daughter said it was no use,” she said. “And true to her words, none of us got blessing.” Pema said when her daughter said something would happen, it always happened. Ugyen Cheki Nima still has a year before she can be admitted to a school but she insists that she is destined to go to a nunnery in Wangsisina in Thimphu. Pema said that when the family met the King, His Majesty told Ugyen Cheki Nima to go to a school and study at least up to class VI, but Ugyen is showing no interest at all to study in a secular school. Pema says she will let her daughter do whatever she likes. By Tandin Pem