Indians in Malaysia

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I have lived in Malaysia for over 20 years. During this time, I have developed a great appreciation for the cultures and customs that exist in Malaysia, which have inspired me to write more about the rich cultures of this nation.

Indian people have been migrating to this region even before the British colonised it, expanding their trading network, spreading their influence, and promoting their beliefs. After the British began their colonisation, they encouraged Indians to migrate to British Malaya, or what is known as present-day Malaysia and Singapore, to work in various sectors such as the police force, government administrative work or as labourers in plantations. During and after World War II (1936 – 1945), the Indian population in Malaysia started to decrease, as many Indians went to serve in the Indian National Army, and many British institutions began to leave British Malaya.

Today, we can see Indian influence in various aspects of Malaysia’s culture, such as in the Malay language, Malay cuisine, and Malay folklore. This article covers the history of Indians in Malaysia, their unique festivals, notable Indian personalities in Malaysia, and Indian influence on Malaysian cultures.

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Indian Migration to Malaysia

The ruins of a Hindu temple in Kedah

The ruins of a Hindu temple in Kedah

Pre-British Colonial Rule

Prior to the arrival of the British Colonies, Indians had travelled to the Malay Peninsula (what is known now as West Malaysia) to trade, spread their religion, and expand their territory and influence. Indian influence can be seen in the ancient kingdoms such as Old Kedah, which was predominantly Hindu before becoming a Muslim sultanate. Kedah was often referred to as Kadaram at that time, and the state maintained long, fruitful relationships with several powerful Tamil kingdoms, such as the Pallava Dynasty (4th – 9th century CE) and the Chola Dynasty (9th – 13th century CE).

A map of the Chola Empire. Kedah, also known as Kadaram in India, was one of the Chola Empire’s subordinates

A map of the Chola Empire. Kedah, also known as Kadaram in India, was one of the Chola Empire’s subordinates.

Emperor Rajendra Chola I

Emperor Rajendra Chola I

A ship from the Chola Empire that can carry up to 200 people

A ship from the Chola Empire that can carry up to 200 people

In 1025, Emperor Rajendra Chola I (r. 1014 – 1044 CE) led his troops to attack the Srivijaya Kingdom and other locations around present day Malaysia and Indonesia to weaken the region. As a result of this invasion, Tamil traders gained more access to nations in South East Asia, including Malaysia. The Chola Empire had large ships that travel to the present-day Ganges, Malaysia, and Sumatera, which helped facilitate the mobilisation of Indian traders and missionaries to these regions. Today, evidence of interactions between the people of Old Kedah and India can still be seen. In present day Tanjore, now a part of South India but formerly a territory of the Chola Empire, there is a village called Kadaram Kodan. In that village, there is an orange species, kadarangkay or kadaram-pulp that was originally brought from Malaysia.

Jalan Kadaram in Kedah State

Jalan Kadaram in Kedah State, another evidence of interaction between India and the Old Kedah

 

During British Colonial Rule

Indian plantation workers in British Malaya, by Charles Kleingrothe, a German photographer

Indian plantation workers in British Malaya, by Charles Kleingrothe, a German photographer

In the 18th century, the British took control of the Malay Peninsula, and referred to the present-day Malaysia and Singapore as British Malaya. The British encouraged the migration of Indian labourers to British Malaya due to their general understanding of the English language, and they were employed as labourers, policemen, traders, government administrative officials, and soldiers. The Indians who migrated to British Malaya during this period were mostly men who left their families back in India. Therefore, the Indian population often fluctuated as the men came to British Malaya to work, and then left to visit their families or return home.

The SS Rajula, a British vessel that transported many Indians to British Malaya

The SS Rajula, a British vessel that transported many Indians to British Malaya

At the start of the 20th century, there were approximately 120,000 Indians living in British Malaya. That number increased by more than 433% in the span of 30 years, with around 640,000 Indians residing in the region by 1931. During World War II, the Indian population growth rate decreased considerably, as many of them had to serve in the army. From 1931 to 1957, the Indian population in Malaysia grew by only 28% to approximately 820,000 people.

Artist’s illustration of an Indian coffee shop in Negeri Sembilan in British Malaya

Artist’s illustration of an Indian coffee shop in Negeri Sembilan in British Malaya

After the unsuccessful attempt to set up the Malayan Union between 1946 and 1948, the British Administrators established the Federation of Malaya in 1948, which acknowledged the symbolic status of the Malay rulers. On 31 August 1957, the Federation of Malaya declared its independence from the British Empire, which marked the end of the British colonial rule. After the Federation of Malaya declared its independence, and the British administration and institutions left the country, the Indian population in the region decreased even further.

On 16 September 1963, the Federation of Malaysia, henceforth simply known as Malaysia, was established. Its members included the former members of the Federation of Malaya and three new members: Singapore, North Borneo, and Sarawak. Singapore exited the Federation two years later.

 

Post-British Colonial Rule

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Today, there is still an influx of Indian migration to Malaysia. They consist of white-collar professionals, blue-collar workers who work in Indian restaurants, and foreign spouses who are married to Malaysian Indians.

 

Population Statistics

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The estimated total Malaysian population as per July 2016 is 30,949,962 people. Amongst this, Indian ethnic groups accounted for 6.7% of the whole population, or approximately two million people. 90% of Malaysian Indians are of the Tamil ethnic group. The remaining 10% consists of Telugu, Malayalee, Punjabi, Gujarati, and Sindhi ethnic groups. The Indian community in Malaysia speak several dialects depending on their ethnicities, such as Tamil, Telugu, Malay, Hindi, and Punjabi.

 

Religions

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Pre-colonial and colonial Indian settlers in Malaysia were predominantly Buddhist or Hindu. However, today due to the assimilation with other ethnicities, some Indians have embraced other beliefs, such as Islam and Christianity.

 

Indian Influence in Local Malaysian Culture

A performance of Hikayat Seri Rama

A performance of Hikayat Seri Rama

Local Folklores

Several of the local Malay folklores are heavily influenced by Indian mythologies, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. The oldest of these tales were originally written in Indian languages such as Sanskrit and Pallava, such as:

  • Hikayat Seri Rama – an adaptation of the Indian mythology of Ramayana, with slight modifications in the characters’ circumstances and personalities.
  • Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa also known as The Kedah Annals – a piece of Tamil literature that tells a story of a Tamil Prince and his relationship with the state of Kedah. The tale also describes how the traders from the Chola Empire came and their transactions in Kedah.
  • Hikayat Panca Tanderan – adapted from Panchatantra, a collection of animal fables from India.
  • Hikayat Bayan Budiman – adapted from Sukasaptati, an Indian literary work where a parrot tells a story to her mistress to prevent her from going the wrong way.
An illustration of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa on a Malaysian stamp

An illustration of Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa on a Malaysian stamp

 

Language

Indian influence is also apparent in the Malay language, as some Malay words are derived from languages such as Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil:

Several Malaysian words which we originated from Indian vocabularies:

Malay Words English Translation Original Words Original Language
Agama Religion Agama Sanskrit
Aksara Alphabet letter Aksara Sanskrit
Anugerah Grace, blessings Anugraha Sanskrit
Asmara Passion Smara Sanskrit
Buat Do Wuat Sanskrit
Bumi Earth Bhūmi Sanskrit
Cendana Sandalwood Candana Sanskrit
Dobi Laundry Dhobī Hindi
Duka Grief Dhuka Sanskrit
Kapal Boat Kappal Tamil
Kedai Stall Kadai Tamil
Kuil Temple/ shrine Koyil Tamil
Kuda Horse Kudda Sanskrit
Maha Great Maha Sanskrit
Mangga Mango Mangkai Tamil
Wanita Women Vanithai Tamil/ Telugu
Mutiara Pearl Muthu Tamil
Kakak Older sibling Akka Tamil

 

Festivals Associated with Malaysian Indians

Thaipusam Festival celebration at Batu Caves

Thaipusam Festival celebration at Batu Caves

Thaipusam – Festival of the God of War

Thaipusam is the festival to honour the god of war, Lord Murugan, also known as the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated during the full moon in the month of Thai on the Tamil calendar (between January and February). On the eve of Thaipusam, the devotees of Lord Murugan perform Kavadi Attam, or the Burden Dance, where the devotees show their gratitude to Lord Murugan through acts of penance. The devotees often carry pots that contain milk as offerings to Lord Murugan, and they may also pierce their body parts. It is not unusual to see Lord Murugan’s followers in a deep trance throughout the festival.

Women carrying Paal Kavadi that contain milk and other holy substances during a Thaipusam procession

Women carrying Paal Kavadi that contain milk and other holy substances during a Thaipusam procession

Thaipusam is celebrated in many Hindu temples in Malaysia, but the biggest events are usually held in the Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple in Batu Caves.

 

Deepavali – Festival of Lights

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Deepavali or Diwali is the Festival of Lights that is celebrated annually on the 15th day of the month of Kartika on the Hindu calendar (between October and November). This festival is to honour the Goddess Laksmi, who is believed to be the deity that bestows wealth, fortune, and prosperity. Before the festival, Lakshmi’s devotees clean their homes to prepare for her arrival. Many shops and stalls, such as those in Little India, Brickfields, sell Indian ornaments for home decoration. In addition, visitors can find many beautiful Indian traditional clothes and jewellery. On the eve of Deepavali, the devotees pray to the Goddess either at home or in the temples. Then, they gather with their relatives for a feast, and light oil-filled clay lamps, which is a symbol of good triumphing over evil.

Deepavali celebration in Malaysia

Deepavali celebration in Malaysia

 

Vishu

The female members of a Malayalee family prepare vishu kanni or offering to Lord Vishnu. The offerings include gold coins, vegetables, flowers and fruits.

The female members of a Malayalee family prepare vishu kanni or offering to Lord Vishnu. The offerings include gold coins, vegetables, flowers and fruits.

Vishu is the new year of Malayalee ethnic group. It is celebrated on the first day of the month of Medam on the Malayalee calendar (around the second week of April). For the Malayalee, Vishu is the most auspicious occasion to pray and make offerings to Hindu holy deities. During this happy occasion, it is common for Malayalee elders to give kaineetam or money offerings to the younger generation.

Malayalee elders often give kaineetam or money offering to the younger generation

Malayalee elders often give kaineetam or money offering to the younger generation

 

Onam

The Festival of Onam, a celebration of gratitude

The Festival of Onam, a celebration of gratitude

Onam is a Malayalee harvest festival that is celebrated in the month of Chingam on the Malayalam calendar (between August and September). Onam is a harvest festival that celebrates the end of the rice planting season, and the return of King Mahabali, the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu from the underworld.

The celebration of Onam at the Klang Malayalee Association

The celebration of Onam at the Klang Malayalee Association

 

Ugadi

Ugadi celebration organised by Telugu Association of Malaysia

Ugadi celebration organised by Telugu Association of Malaysia

Ugadi is the New Year celebration for Telugu ethnic group. It is celebrated in the month of Chaitra on the Panchanga Indian calendar (between March and April). Before the eve of Ugadi, the Telugu clean their homes, purchase new clothes, and decorate their homes with mango leaves and colourful rangoli, floor patterns made from coloured rice, flour, sand, and petals. On the eve of Ugadi, the eldest person in the household leads the family in a prayer ceremony to the Hindu deities, asking for blessings, good health, wealth, and happiness in the coming year.

 

Notable places associated with Indians in Malaysia

The following are two known places that represent Indian culture in Malaysia.

Little India, Brickfields entrance

Little India, Brickfields entrance

Little India, Brickfields

Little India is located within walking distance from the KL Sentral Station in Brickfields. The Malaysian government transformed a residential area in Brickfields into a hub for the Indian community and businesses, and thus the place was known as Little India. In October 2010, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Tun Abdul Razak officially inaugurated Little India in Brickfields.

Little India, Brickfields

Little India, Brickfields

Today, Little India in Brickfields spans from Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambathan. There are many vendors that sell Indian food, ornaments, accessories, jewelleries, garments, and ingredients. Little India is a lively area, with many vendors open till late at night. However, finding a parking can be challenging, so visitors can choose to take the train, get off at KL Sentral Station and walk to Little India.

 

Visiting Little India, Brickfields

Transportation
There are many transportation options to go to Little India, Brickfields:

  • Monorail – Visitors can take the KL Monorail and get off at the Tun Sambanthan station
  • Light Rapid Transit (LRT) – Visitors can board an LRT on the Kelana Jaya Line and get off at the KL Sentral station.
  • Train – Visitors can take the KTM Komuter Line or Express Rail Link (ERL) and get off at the KL Sentral station.
  • Bus – Visitors can choose to take any RapidKL buses that go through Brickfields. Visit the RapidKL site for more information at http://www.myrapid.com.my/

Accommodation
Should you prefer to stay around Little India in Brickfields, the following are available accommodations in the area (please do further research to find the most suitable accommodations for your needs):

  1. OYO Rooms Brickfields Little India
    Address:
    My Signature Hotel Little India
    130 Jalan Thamby Abdullah
    Kuala-Lumpur, KL Sentral, 50470
    Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60104011393
  2. Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel
    Address:
    No. 5 Jalan Stesen Sentral 5,
    Kuala Lumpur Sentral
    50470 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3-2723 1188

 

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves, also known as the Rock Caves in English, is a Hindu temple in Selangor located 13 kilometres away from downtown Kuala Lumpur. The temple was built to honour Lord Murugan, the god of war. Batu Caves attracts millions of devotees and tourists every year, as it is the main site for the Thaipusam Festival. Visitors can receive blessings from the Hindu priests in the temple.

The name of the cave was inspired from the Sungai Batu, a river that passes through a limestone hill and three major caves around the location. There are three other major caves in the area: Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave, Cave Villa, Ramayana Cave.

Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple
Address:
Batu Caves
68000 Selangor
Malaysia
Phone: +603 6189 6284
Fax: +603 6187 2404
Email: [email protected]

 

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave or Cathedral Cave

Temple Cave is the largest cave in the area and especially dedicated to Lord Murugan. On the outside of the cave, visitors can see the world’s tallest image of Lord Murugan, a 42-metre tall, majestic, golden statue. To reach the Temple Cave, visitors must climb 272 steps from the foothill. There is no fee charged to enter Temple Cave, but if they want to, visitors can make voluntary donations.

Cave Villa

Cave Villa

Cave Villa

Cave Villa is located at the foot of Batu Caves and it contains in an art gallery and a museum that display images and statues of various Hindu deities. To enter Cave Villa, international visitors should pay RM15 per person, while Malaysian residents can pay RM7 per person.

Art Gallery at Cave Villa.

Art Gallery at Cave Villa.

The pool outside Cave Villa in Batu Caves.

The pool outside Cave Villa in Batu Caves.

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave

Ramayana Cave is located to the left of the limestone hill. On the way to Ramayana Cave, visitors will see a 15-metre tall green statue of Hanuman, the Hindu monkey god from the Ramayana mythology. The statue was possibly built on that location because of the many monkeys residing in Batu Caves.

In addition to the statue of Hanuman, visitors will get to see a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu. The wall inside the Ramayana Cave is filled with the drawings that depict the story of Ramayana. To enter Ramayana Cave, visitors must pay RM5 per person.

Hanuman statue in front of Ramayana Cave

Hanuman statue in front of Ramayana Cave

Visiting Batu Caves

Batu Caves is located around 13 kilometres north of Kuala Lumpur’s city centre. During the Thaipusam festival, a special bus service will be available from KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves to transport devotees and visitors. Visitors can also choose to use taxi services. Another option is to use the KTM Komuter line (Batu Caves – Seremban route) or, if visitors are travelling from Kuala Lumpur City, they can choose to take the KTM Komuter line from KL Sentral, which cost RM5 each way, and then take the taxi from KL Sentral Station to Batu Caves.

 

Indian Cuisine in Malaysia

Banana Leaf Rice

Banana leaf rice

Indian influence can also be seen in Malaysia’s cuisine. Since 90% of Indians in Malaysia are of Tamil ethnicity, some Malaysian cuisines have been influenced by South Indian cuisine, and have created what is now called Mamak cuisine.

Generally, Malaysian Indian dishes contain curry leaves, spices such as cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and fresh coconuts. Some examples of Malaysian Indian cuisine include accar, appam, avail, banana leaf rice, briyani rice, roti canai, chapatti, and many more.

Briyani Rice

Briyani rice

Roti Canai

Roti canai

If you prefer to have authentic Indian food, there are several Indian restaurants in Malaysia that you can try:

  • Spice of India
    Address:
    Level 4 Suria KLCC, Suria KLCC
    Jalan Ampang
    50088 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone: +60 3-2164 9221
    Hours: 11:30AM–10PM
  • Chappati.com
    Address:
    9B-2, Jalan Kemajuan
    Seksyen 13,
    Petaling Jaya
    46200 Selangor
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-7931 3106
    Hours:11:30AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10:30PM
  • Namaste Indian Restaurant
    Address:
    4, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman
    Taman Tun Dr Ismail
    60000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-7724 1195
    Hours: 10AM–10PM
  • Sagar Restaurant Sdn. Bhd.
    Address:
    4, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar
    59000 Kuala Lumpur
    Malaysia
    Phone:+60 3-2284 2532
    Hours: 12–3PM, 6–10:30PM

 

Prominent Personalities of Indian heritage

Throughout their long history, Indians have played major roles and contribute to the betterment of Malaysia. The followings are selected well-known personalities of Indian heritage.

 

Historical Personalities

An artist’s illustration of Tun Fatimah on a Malaysian stamp

An artist’s illustration of Tun Fatimah on a Malaysian stamp

Tun Fatimah

Tun Fatimah was the only surviving daughter of Tun Mutahir of Malacca. She was married to a man named Tun Ali before becoming the third wife of Sultan Mahmud Shah, after he killed all her family members. She had miscarried many times during the first several years of her marriage to Sultan Mahmud Shah due to her grief. The Sultan then promised her that should she bear a male heir, her son would be the heir presumptive to the throne. After that, Tun Fatimah managed to give birth to two sons and two daughters.

Malay actress Maria Menado playing the role of Tun Fatimah.

Malay actress Maria Menado playing the role of Tun Fatimah.

Tun Fatimah was a popular and charismatic queen consort. During her tenure, she made sure to punish everyone who was involved in murdering her family members, except for her husband. After Malacca was invaded by Portugal, two of her sons moved on and established their own sultanates. Her first son, Raja Raden Ali established the Perak Sultanate and her second son, Sultan Alauddin Riayat Shah II established the Johor Sultanate.

 

Tun Ali of Malacca (in office: 1445-1456)

Sri Nara Diraja Tun Ali was the fourth Prime Minister of the Malaccan Sultanate who was of Tamil ethnicity. He was such a powerful personality in within the Malaccan Sultanate that after the death of his master, Raja Sri Parameswara Dewa Shah, also known as Sultan Abu Syahid Shah (r. 1444 – 1446), he enthroned his nephew, Raja Kassim as the new sultan of Malacca and bestowed him the title of Sultan Muzaffar Shah (r. 1445 – 1459).

 

Tun Mutahir of Malacca (in office: 1500-1510)

Tun Mutahir was the seventh Prime Minister of the Malaccan Sultanate. He was of Tamil descent and a Muslim leader. During his tenure, he installed many Muslim officials, who happened to be his relatives, in key government positions. This practice of nepotism provoked opposition from Raja Mudaliar, the then leader of the Port of Malacca, who accused Tun Mutahir of plotting to take the throne. Upon hearing this news, the ruler of the time, Sultan Mahmud Shah ordered that all family members of Tun Mutahir be killed, except for one person, Tun Fatimah, whom the sultan opted to marry.

 

Businessmen

 

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Tony Fernandez

Tan Sri Anthony Francis Fernandez, known better as Tony Fernandez, was born on 30 April 1964 in Kuala Lumpur to an Indian family. He famously saved AirAsia, a former government affiliated airline, from the verge of bankruptcy, and turned it into one of the most lucrative low-cost airlines in the world. In addition to AirAsia, he is the founder and shareholder of the Tune Hotels chain of budget hotels, as well as the Caterham F1 Formula One team.

 

Ananda Krishnan

Ananda Krishnan

Ananda Krishnan

Tatparanandam Ananda Krishnan was born on 1 April 1938 to a Tamil family descended from Sri Lanka. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree from Harvard University, he went on to own many companies in various industries such as Astro and Johnston Press PLC media services, the MEASAT and SES satellites, oil and gas companies Bumi Armada and Pexco, and telecommunications companies such as Maxis, Aircel, Axis, Sri Lanka Telecom. The 2016 Forbes Magazine named him the 158th richest person in the world, and the 2nd richest person in Malaysia.

 

Arts and Entertainment

 

V. Nagaraj

V. Nagaraj is a notable movie producer and director in Malaysia, born on 20 November 1962 to a Tamil family. He has been working in the Malaysian entertainment industry for over 30 years and directed many Malay movies such as, Gila-Gila Remaja, Mati Hidup Semula, Sepi Itu Indah, Keluarga 99, and many more. V. Nagaraj won the Best Promising Director award for his movie, Ghazal Untuk Rabiah, and he also won the Best Director award in the Malaysian Indian Film Festival in Chennai.

 

Activists and social workers

 

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Ambiga Sreenevasan

Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan is a Malaysian lawyer and a human rights activist, born in 1956 to an Indian family. Dato’ Ambiga is the member of Women’s Aid Organisation Executive Committee, and the Director of the Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Centre. She was previously the 24th Malaysian Bar Council President from 2007 to 2009.

 

Politicians

 

Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad (1925)

Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad

Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981 – 2003), and currently serves as Chairman of Malaysian United Indigenous Party. Born on 10 July 1925 to a family of Indian descent in Kedah, his father was a school principal who inspired Mahathir to work hard in school.

Tun Dato’ Mahathir is one of the most prominent figures in Malaysian politics, and has held many key positions, such as member of Dewan Rakyat (1964 – 1969), member of Dewan Negara (1972 – 1974), 21st Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement, Minister of Education (1974 – 1977), Minister of Trade and Industry (1978 – 1981), Minister of Defence (1981 – 1986), Minister of Home Affairs (1986 – 1999), Minister of Finance (2001 – 2003), fourth Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1976 – 1981), and as the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981 – 2003).

 

Devan Nair Chengara Veetil (1923 – 2005)

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C.V. Devan Nair (1923 – 2005)]

Commonly known as C.V. Devan Nair, was the third President of Singapore. He was born on 5 August 1923 in Malacca to a family who came from Kerala, India. When he was ten years old, his family migrated to Singapore. In 1954, C.V. Devan Nair entered the People’s Action Party (PAP) founded by Lee Kuan Yew, who later became Singapore’s Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990. From there, he became a notable figure in Malaysian and Singapore politics. During his lifetime, he held many important positions, such as the Secretary General of the Democratic Action Party in Singapore (1965 – 1967), the Secretary General of the Malaysian People’s Action Party in Malaysia (1965), member of the Malaysian Parliament for Bungsar, Selangor (1964 – 1969), member of the Singapore Parliament for Anson (1979 – 1981), and finally, the third President of Singapore from 1981 to 1985.

 

V.T. Sambanthan (1919 – 1979)

V. T. Sambanthan giving a garland of flowers to Tunku Abdul Rahman

V. T. Sambanthan giving a garland of flowers to Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tun Thirunyanasambanthan s/o Veerasamy, also known as T. Sampatang, was born in 1919 in Sungai Siput, Perak. He was the fifth President of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) from 1955 to 1973 and one of the leaders who played an important role in the Malaysian independence movement. V.T. Sambanthan was considered as the founding fathers of Malaysia together with Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tan Cheng Lock.

 
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  1. Julien Roth on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:11 am

    There is only one thing to say, without Indians Malaysia wouldn’t be the same. They have become quite a big part of the country. They have influenced many things such as food, lifestyle and music. And for sure none of these can be reversed. Batu Caves, for me, feels like the most popular Indian tourist destination of the world. That is the kind of impacts they have on Malaysia.

    Being a Malaysian I can safely say that I am not proud about several aspects of my country. Malaysian drivers, corruption, litter, just to name a few. But I have to say, you will probably never find a country with more diversity than Malaysia. We really are united as a nation and I do truly believe the phrase “Satu Malaysia”. For me that is Malaysias strongest attribute.

  2. Pastor Han Nee on Jan 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article on the Indians in Malaysia. It makes us understand more deeply and appreciate more the unique Indian culture and tradition as practised in Malaysia.Although the Indian ethnic group contributes presently to only 6.7% of the whole population of Malaysia, yet over the years since the first influx of migrants from India, the Indians in Malaysia have left an indelible mark on especially local Malay culture, cuisine and language. Note that several of the local Malay folklores are heavily influenced by rich Indian mythologies, such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. We see this in the ‘Hikayats’ particularly the Kedah Annals.Some of the Malay words show the influence of the Hindi, Sanskrit and Tamil languages.

    In terms of religion, pre-colonial and colonial Indian settlers in Malaysia were predominantly Buddhist or Hindu. However, today due to the assimilation with other ethnicities, some Indians have embraced other beliefs, such as Islam and Christianity.

    Thaipusam and Deepavali have become widely celebrated in Malaysia as festivals, not necessarily confined to only Malaysian Indians. The Thaipusam festival is a celebration to honour the god of war, Lord Murugan.Devotees show their gratitude to Lord Murugan through acts of penance ,like piercing their cheeks with lances and carrying the kavadi, often in a state of trance. What characterises the worship of the Hindu gods and goddesses is that there is a great display of exceptional reverence and devotion.

  3. Eddie Yee on Jan 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Though Malaysia was said to be a multiracial country, Malaysia’s early racial political leading group, The Barisan National, have stood well to remain steadfastly united to overcome all “Divisive social political challenges”. In the Barisan, irrespective whether you are a Malay, a Chinese or an Indian, all must always renew their steadfast commitments towards the Country’s nation-building goal, with their deepest and truest honesty. Like all true malaysian, the Indian community in Malaysia, could have shown resilence and resourcefulness in helping out Malaysia at such needs, and thereby, the Indians in Malaysia today, can enjoy the fruits of their labour like all true Malaysians do! As in the old record of Malaysia’s inportant history, one very prominent indian leader worthy of mention, and who had helped play an important role in the Malaysian Independence movement, which had made Malaysia what it is today, was non other than Tun V.T.SAMBANTHAN. He was considered as one of the Founding fathers of Malaysia, together with Tunku Abdul Rahman (also our Bapa Malaysia) and Tan Cheng Lock.

  4. Alice Tay on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Malaysia is a very beautiful country with various ethnicities, religions and cultures. Despite the population of Malaysia comprises of Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups, they live together in peace and harmony.

    Through this article, we can know Indian has very much influence in various aspects of Malaysia’s culture, especially in Malay language and cuisine. Besides, Malaysia has more religious freedom than many countries and therefore Malaysian Indians is free to practice their religions and festival celebrations.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this interesting article.

  5. paul yap on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Indian has a very rich cultures, their traditions could be as old as the one found in China. Growing up in Malaysia, most of us are very familiar with Indian festive seasons and food. Thaipusam is their largest celebration in a year, we got the chance to witness the procession of kavadi. We also got the opportunity enjoying delicious food like Roti Canai, Idli, warda, puttu mayam, teh tarik. On Top of that, Buddhism was founded and originated from India itself. Without knowing, our daily life is surrounded by lots of elements originated from India.

  6. Stella Cheang on Jan 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    The Indian people played a significant role in the development and growth of Malaysia as a nation since the days of the Sultanate times. Malaysia is blessed to enjoy great diversity that allows the preservation and enrichment of the Indian culture. Today, we get to enjoy the marvellous Indian food, Indian traditions and the economic benefits passed down by our fellow Indian forth-fathers. Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to deepen our understanding on fellow Malaysian!

  7. Echeah on Jan 2, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Diversity is the spice of life. Malaysia certainly is a smorgasbord of many different cultures. As a result, Malaysians are mostly multi-lingual. The food among the different races have kept their distinctions but there are certainly lots of cross-cultural influences.
    Indian culture is so colourful. Even looking at the pictures, it’s a riot of colours.

    Come to think of it, we have India to thank for because Buddhism came from India 2500 yrs ago, and here we are.

    Talking about food and spice, I love Indian cuisine and yum, need to get some tomorrow. Also, I wonder why roti canai is called roti canai. Everywhere else, it is called paratha. Maybe it’s the Malaysianised version of the paratha, and here, it is quite an interesting spectacle watching them make roti canai where the dough is deftly spun and tossed in the air to stretch the dough thin, resulting in a really fluffy bread, best paratha in the world. That’s our unique roti canai. Every foreign visitor that I’ve brought to eat it said they absolutely loved it.

  8. JP on Jan 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Indians have been in Malaysia for many centuries. Although I live here in Malaysia, I didn’t realise that there are various ethnic Indian populations here.

    Indian presence is very prominent in Malaysia. It is part of Malaysia’s multi racial community which makes our country very unique. We all grew up respecting each other’s culture. I’ve always found Indian culture very fascinating, colourful and somewhat mystical. Regardless of the differences, we could still live harmoniously. Our differences were never an issue. They actually made our friendship more interesting as there was always something new to learn.

    I believe it’s important to respect one another regardless of our race, religion and gender. Only then, can we progress and live in peace.

  9. Choong on Dec 31, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is a wonderful celebration of how the people from the Indian sub-continent have left their mark in South East Asia in general and Malaysia in particular. We have much to be thankful for.

  10. Lew on Dec 31, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Indians, like Malays and Chinese, have always been an important part of Malaysia culture. I think one of the biggest influence of Indian in Malaysia is probably the food. We are so used to the Indian food sometimes we even forgot they are Indian food.

    But many Indians descendants in Malaysia is not doing too well in general. Study showed that many Indians grow up having to deal with gangsters. Police investigation also showed that many gangsters are of Indian descendants. It is not discriminational, but we really need to spend more effort in helping them as they are also Malaysians.

    May all the different races in Malaysia live in harmony and may all accept and respect the different cultures and religions.

  11. Fong on Dec 31, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for an in depth study of the Indians in Malaysia. It was interesting to note the early migration of the Indians into Kedah and the southern parts of Malaya in ancient times.

    It was interesting too, how the Sanskrit words made it into the local language.

    Thank you for a very interesting article.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jan 18. 2017 03:34 PM
    Wonderful….can try this method to repel insects in our house using peppermint plants. I did not know much benefits of peppermint till i read this article.Its really good way to repel insects other then using the ingredient in our kitchen.Keeping the garden and surroundings clean to reduce opportunity for insects too.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this easy and harmless ways to keep insects away.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/try-this-to-repel-insects-in-your-house.html
  • Lin Mun
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 08:31 PM
    If it is not Guru’s compassion and kindness we would not have the chance to learn and practise dharma in Kechara. Guru is very important because he is a person who will guide and lead us to enlightenment. He choose to be with us so we can transform our mind. Hence we must always appreciate our Guru and change our mind to be better.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/choose-your-guru-always.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:07 PM
    We are the only family to the senior pets, how cruel it is to abandon them when they are old and helpless. It is a time our pet needs us most because they are in pain or suffering from discomfort, and we should be more sensitive to their needs. Very heartwarming to read a list of ideas to shower the raging pets with some tender loving care. Thank you Rinpoche.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dont-abandon-senior-pets.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Tuesday, Jan 17. 2017 01:02 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. Every time I read story of incredible loyalty shown by animals, I’d be marvelled at how more faithful, loyal, humane and selfless they are compared to us. Captain put us to shame. Many of us cannot even be faithful and loyal to the person sharing the same bed, let alone a dead someone… for six years! May we be inspired to be loyal and faithful to people who matter to us and who had benefitted, like our guru and our parents.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/loyal-dog-guards-his-owners-grave-for-6-years.html
  • Lin Mun
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 09:49 PM
    Wow the 3 places are so beautiful. Very nice scenic, clean and so natural. Really wish I can visit Japan and any one of the places above. So calm to be able to live there.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/3-amazingly-attractive-villages-in-japan.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 04:57 PM
    Beautiful and powerful short prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Rinpoche. This prayer is short yet very powerful and easy to understand, visualize suitable for all us and for those who are new to Tibetan Buddhism.Thank you Rinpoche for this beautiful and powerful prayer.May Rinpoche always healthy to continue teachings and guiding us all.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:56 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing with us this very beautifully composed prayer to Dorje Shugden. The prayer abridge the complete path to enlightenment complete with the powerful holy mantra Om Benza Wiki Bitana Soha. May Datin MJ and everyone who recites this daily be blessed on their spiritual journey and their faith in Dorje Shugden grow forever more.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/a-short-prayer-to-dorje-shugden.html#comments
  • Stella Cheang
    Monday, Jan 16. 2017 01:32 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for this very important teaching. It is simple logic; working on our mind will last us in our future life (long term investment) while focusing on our body only last us as far as this lifetime (short term investment and often time without return), if the body does not already give way part by part, prematurely. Therefore, utilise our precious time on earth to invest in our mind. Every pleasure that derives through this body is short-lived anyway.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 09:33 PM
    This is very sad. In the new modern business environment I am shock that this is happening in India. This brick kiln management has clearly abuse the labour and has no qualm in admitting that they are treating the labour as slave.

    How can the worker work for 12 to 18 hours in this harsh place. Furthermore, they were not provided any safety gear and have to endure the heat in the kiln. The more scary thing is that they allow children in this dangerous work place.

    Thankfully, the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken steps in providing new guidelines. I hope the multinational companies there will adhere to the regulations and guidelines to stop this abuse.

    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article and a reminder that how fortunate are we living in much better condition.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/you-have-to-see-this.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Jan 15. 2017 01:53 PM
    Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with our daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain.So scientists did discovered that people living near busy roads have a higher chance of developing dementia.Its the air-pollutants can get into the brain via the blood and which lead to neurological problems.
    Elderly monks live a very quiet life in the monastery, far away from the city do not develop dementia as Rinpoche noticed.The air is clean and healthy that leads them to live longer.
    Rinpoche have made a good choice to have KFR at Bentong in a natural forest environment. Whereby all of us can have a healthy.quiet and peaceful mind to do meditation,learn and practice Dharma.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/does-living-near-busy-roads-develop-dementia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 08:23 PM
    Learn and practice Dharma,work for Dharma before its too late.Try not waste our precious time ,as we won’t know what will happens next. So wasting time on samsaric activities that bring comfort and pleasure to the body is of no use .what will benefit us now and at the time of death is to cultivate our mind with dharma and dharma activities. Stay healthy have a healthy body , mind and have Dharma close to us .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this powerful teachings
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/stop-dancing-with-the-corpse.html
  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 05:24 PM
    This is a good article on Serkym offering and Kawang. Earlier when I just joined Kechara I do not understand why we have this rituals and why some of the offering materials are so expensive. Now I understand that we are making offering to the enlightened beings so we should offer the best.

    Thank you Bradley for your sharing.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/bradley-kassian-share-on-kawang-and-serkym.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 03:06 PM
    Malaysia is a beautiful multi-racial country with beautiful traditional clothes each different race and culture.That i am proud of it as i love our traditional chinese cheongsum and nyonya kebaya.There are many different cultures in Sarawak too with many variations of tribal dress in different styles. Many of these groups have their own style and colour which caught my eyes by looking at those beautiful pictures shared. Here we can live happily with many different groups and can have religious freedom.But not so lucky for others whereby they attacked .injured each other like the Dorje Shugden issue in Tibet.I do hope the ban on Dorje Shugden will be lifted soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/traditional-clothes-of-malaysia.html
  • Stella Cheang
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 01:35 PM
    Without a doubt, it is the miraculous power of the enlightened Dharmapala, Dorje Shugden, who worked this magic and saved life. The deep faith in Dorje Shugden let the young Chin Wei suffered only minor injuries despite the collisions resulting in severe damage to the car. May Chin Wei recover swiftly and may his faith in Dorje Shugden be forever strong. Thank you Pastor Seng Piow for sharing this with us.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/personal-attendant/saved-by-dorje-shugden-多杰雄登保佑!.html
  • Victor.Choi
    Saturday, Jan 14. 2017 11:07 AM
    Good Morning Rinpoche, Moderator,Pastors and everyone in the chatroom. 🙂

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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
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His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
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Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Kind people are to be treasured. They make life worth living. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Don\'t you love her bag? She\'s stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Don't you love her bag? She's stylish and at one with the universe. OM Shanti. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Beautiful Manjushri carved in China
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Sent from Samsung tablet.
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it\'s traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
5 months ago
We must loyal to our guru. How to be loyal? To always do the teachings and practice he gave us and to conquer our laziness. We must make our gurus more important than our ego. So it is important to always let our guru win and not our ego. If our ego wins, many will suffer and we will suffer. If our guru wins, temporarily we suffer, but long term we will be happy and many around us will be happy. You see, the guru is always on the look out to give us methods and teachings that we can engage in to bring us happiness. The biggest happiness is overcoming our ego and it's traces and the guru always directly and indirectly focuses on that. Our guru will always love and help us, but we must meet our guru half way too. Tsem Rinpoche
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