My Life In Tibet
The Forbidden Journey ~ The History of MENTALPHYSICS
On the other side of the world, around 1200 years ago, in the ancient Nalanda University of India, there was a great teacher, Guru Padmasambhava. Foreseeing the destruction of Nalanda University by foreign invaders and at the request and invitation of the King of Tibet, Guru Padmasambhava selected a few of his advanced students and went to the other side of the Himalayas where he set up an Ashram within Tibet. Why Tibet?
It was the only land in the world, which had enjoyed peace for thousands of years. For as far back as there is any record, it was the only country where the people and institutions could develop simply and naturally, pursuing the better things of life, probing the riddles of the ages, without the gains of one generation being destroyed in the next. Wise were its leaders, during these many centuries, in keeping unsympathetic strangers away.
But there were certain strangers who were always welcome in this mystic land. Not the materialistic and warring mankind, but only those great souls whose humble lives had shown their worthiness to be admitted to the mysteries – preserved through countless ages through the dim beginnings of man’s enlightenment. These were seekers from all countries, making pilgrimage to Tibet that they might taste of the surpassing knowledge in the keeping of a small group of wise men, the latest of an unbroken chain of sages extending back for thousands of years to the very dawn of history.
For twelve hundred years, one group succeeded another in the land of Tibet, each passing along to the next the potent wisdom until the time a few score years ago, when the boy was born in England and the latest group of these wise men were looking forward to the return of the brother Lama who had just passed away. Did they foresee that this boy, born on the other side of the world descended from the same Indo-European race which had produced the wisdom they cherished, was later to visit their land and be welcomed as the re-incarnation of their deceased brother lama? No one knows but they - and they have kept the secret.
EDWIN J. DINGLE
But the boy, Edwin J. Dingle, from earliest years, was fascinated by everything pertaining to mystic Asia… Grown to manhood, Edwin J. Dingle was selected for a position in Singapore. Here he assumed charge of the Straits Times.
But the feverish life of the foreign colony soon lost its attraction for the young man. Among the various races of the East which poured through this transfer point of Asia, he noticed certain individuals that were being given great reverence. When in their presence, Edwin J. Dingle felt as if they had some source of power unknown to the frenzied circle of Occidentals.
One of these thought-provoking individuals worked in the printing plant. There seemed something mysterious about him, as if he were a great man in disguise, occupying his humble position only for a time. The young Englishman found himself extending to this sage an involuntary respect, an unconscious reverence.
One day the sage asked young Dingle to come to a nearby temple at a certain hour in the evening, to witness an important ceremony. He went. In a corner of the temple courtyard was the sage, going through breathing exercises such as the young man had never before seen. As Mr. Dingle later said, “It was the first time I had ever seen a man really breathe.”
That night, Edwin Dingle saw many amazing feats, hardly able to believe; and from that day forward, the young man became a disciple of the Sage of Singapore. Edwin had been instructed in certain methods and practices. He sought knowledge of the teachings of the East wherever he could find it, in books, manuscripts, from well-known mystics, and in temples. After he reached a certain point, however, the sage refused to teach him further unless he made a pilgrimage.
A caravan was hastily assembled and Edwin John Dingle set out upon the journey. The pilgrimage was a long and arduous one, arriving in Upper Burma, almost dead from the hardships he had undergone. There he saw his teacher once again, and was told “they are waiting for you in Tibet” – nothing more.
Though his trip was undertaken during the chaos following the Boxer Uprising, through many sections where a white man had never before been seen – though he had many hairbreadth escapes from bandits and twice from tigers – Mr. Dingle never carried a gun. He suffered from broken limbs, tropical diseases. It was doubtful whether he would live to complete the journey. It was almost certain that he could not survive the arduous trip to Tibet, over mountain passes more than three miles above sea level, exposed to cold and fierce storms. Even the most daring man in the best of health might have been deterred from an undertaking fraught with such hardships, danger and uncertainty. How powerful must have been the influences which impelled him to undertake the almost hopeless journey!
Several times he recuperated in temples in the remote west of China, staying in some of them for months, pursuing, meantime, his search for the Inner Wisdom, advancing always in his understanding of esoteric methods.
Back again into China, the caravan wound its way, finally entering Tibet by a route which, so far as is known, had never before been tried by a European. Edwin J. Dingle was one of the first Westerners to enter Tibet. True Tibet, in the heart of ageless Asia, had been his dream since boyhood. Wondrous were the tales about it which had had heard in various temples. Intriguing were the conjectures of the books he had read, for, at that time, the country was practically a complete mystery to Occidentals. Few were the white men who had seen beyond the fringes of this mystic land. The interior was unknown. Its rulers forbade the presence of white men in any of its sacred cities. “Forbidden Tibet” was the name the world had given the mysterious land.
Scenes were vaguely familiar. It seemed as if he had traveled this route before. Finally, he arrived before the entrance of a temple. Every stone was familiar to him. It was as if, after many years, he had finally arrived at the memory-cherished home of his boyhood.
As he entered with awe the strangely familiar temple, the young man’s overwrought body at last collapsed altogether. For four days and four nights he remained unconscious. On the fifth morning he awakened, the crisis past. As his eyes opened, there stood, between him and the doorway, a benign old man.
That man became his Master and his learning and experiences under his training are outlined in Edwin J. Dingle’s book, My Life in Tibet.
By the finish of his teachings he was renamed by his Tibetan teacher, Ding Le Mei by which his students everywhere salute him.
(Ding means Great Man [sign of highest respect].)
It wasn’t until November 7, 1927, that Mentalphysics was born, and the prophecy of the Edwin J. Dingle’s Master, that he would one day become a teacher was fulfilled. As his teachings were very sacred and rare, these were closely guarded as private teachings for those who truly are seekers of Truth.
These precious teachings and wisdom of the ancients are preserved in Dr. Edwin J. Dingle’s SCIENCE OF MENTALPHYSICS (or Brahmavidya as it is called in India today, though their works have been modified). The original works (all available through the Institute of Mentalphysics – in various languages) include: Initiate Course, Inner Chamber Course, Preceptor’s Course, Breath of Life Course: Power Yoga 8-Key Breath Exercises and many other books and manuscripts (see Books Available). Ding Le Mei’s original recordings, power point presentations and other materials are now available.
EDWIN J. DINGLE THE GEOGRAPHER & MAP MAKER
In 1914 Edwin J. Dingle, F.R.G.S – Ding Le Mei, as his students in Mentalphysics call him – published in Shanghai his “New Map of China.” For professional protection, he had not let it be known that this great work was being undertaken, but after many years of careful study and industry (the work was inspired at the spot where he recovered from his broken arm, as his narrative has recorded), the publication of this bi-lingual map at once established his reputation as a geographer. The “New Map of China” was an unqualified success, and at once became China’s standard map.
He writes in his preface to that work, “of producing in the Far East a volume requiring the joint labors of European and Chinese Translators, draftsmen, engravers, lithographers, machinists and bookbinders (to enumerate only a few of the craftsmen whose cooperation is essential).
For his geographical achievements, Mr. Dingle was honored with Fellowships by the Royal Geographical Society and the American Geographical Society. His wide experience fitted him admirably for his self imposed task, and the Atlas was a signal success, never superseded to this day. They had used his Atlas during WWII, and ultimately became a millionaire from its sales.
The mental and spiritual attainments of these wise men are almost beyond belief. Though, up to the birth of Edwin J. Dingle, only one or two Europeans had visited the country, since then the travelers that have penetrated it, and have witnessed the seeming miracles that appear impossible from the viewpoint of Western science. Well-known, responsible and highly respected authors and educators have told of men controlling the heat of their bodies, raising one part to fever heat, reducing others to a low temperature, with the power only of thought- or the power that thought awakens. They tell of men sitting naked in below zero weather for hour upon hour, and maintaining the entire body at such a fever heat that snow and ice around them are melted. They tell of men running from one place to another at a speed apparently impossible by physical means, holding fierce wild animals at bay with a glance. These wonders and more seem to be authenticated by reliable testimony. Edwin J. Dingle did himself witness many of these strange occurrences, as will be referred to in later sections of his book, My Life in Tibet. Many travelers unanimously are agreed that these seers possess remarkable powers of control of their mind and their bodies, that they are profound thinkers with strange spiritual insight. Only a few earnest seekers are initiated into the secret wisdom, and then only when they have demonstrated their worthiness through a period of years.
Those few Europeans who have been given access to it say that no philosophy of the West compares with it in beauty, in power, and in giving what appears to be the final answer to the Riddle of the Universe.