Gesar King

Gesar King

Gesar King

The Potala Palace contains a statue of Gesar King widely recorded in history being chanted by people since ancient times.

Since the many negative spirits and demons of Tibet had not been fully conquered., Tibet fell into a state of anarchy. Gesar King , the superhuman warrior ruler of the Kingdom of Ling, was sent from heaven to accomplish his mission of conquering evil sovereigns to remedy the present situation.

The Gods-on-High, including, Brahma, Indra, Amitabha, Samantabhadra, and Padmasambhava, the great magician and founder of the Tibetan religion are in collaboration to decide what hero should be sent from the heavens to Tibet to conquer the demons. It was decided that the youngest son of Tshangs Pa should be sent. This god child was not keen on his mission, and even tried avoiding it, but eventually agreed.

Gesar King was then born, with other celestial companions in the Kingdom of Ling located in Derge in the eastern Tibet of Kham.

One of his two uncles was wise and an aged elder in the Ling Kingdom, known as the “old hawk.” He supported the god child since he was given divine prophecies regarding the importance of the child. The other uncle was a coward and greedy, who saw the child as a threat and tried to rid of him.

The child’s behavior was wild and fearsome, but divine by nature and full of supernatural powers. When Gesar King was five years old, he and his mother were banished from the Ling Kingdom to the land of Ma, which is of the upper Yellow River region of Amdo, where they lived a feral life, and the child was clothed in animal skins wearing a hat with antelope horns.

When Gesar King was twelve, a horse race was held to determine who would become the King of Ling and to marry the beautiful daughter of a neighboring chieftain. The god child returned to Ling, won the race, and married the girl ascending the golden throne. He was called “Gesar” from then on.

After defeat of the “18 great forts,” when Gesar King was eighty, he shortly descended to Hell as the last experience before leaving the earth of men, and ascending back to his paradise because of his accomplishments.

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