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month], the time has arriVed to see the face of the jo. Consequently, p]ease wou]dyou
Goddess see toit that no haurnl befalls my son aund me until wei̅get there."
̅ i̅ After that they went outside the temple. Immediate]y it began to thunder and i̅
lightning. The old father Phuntsogi̅lookedati̅the skyi̅aund saw black clouds slowly moving
about and thought, "A pxowerful rainstornmwilldefinitelyfallimmediately, "andentered
and sat down beneath the outer door of a nearbyi̅ household. Old father Phuntsog"sright
hand was counting on a rosauryandhewasintoning"mani" (prayers) . Beforehecould
complete onei̅roundofmaniprayersonhisrosary, theainstornmcame. Hequicklytok
his small son into his lap and sat under theroof of the door counting his rosau̲ryaund
thinking, " How nice it wou]d be if the rain quickly stopped." At that time, the lady who
was the head of that household (came) . She was a young woman who knew that some
strangerswereundertheroofofherdoorandhadcometolook. Shesawanoldmanwho
was thin, of poor comp]exion, and oppressedi̅by hunger, thirst and hardship. He was
holding a small boy in hislap, each one hugging the other.
The lady of the house askeda lot of detailed questions such as where are you from,
where are you going and for what reason have you come. The old father Phuntsog
explained everything truly, and she then understood all the circumstaunces. She looked at
the two of them carefully from head to toe and saw that the old man"s dress was filled with
patches, both his knees hung out from his (tornl) pants, and the soles of his boots were so
worn that the soles of his feet touched the grouund. Asfor theson, letalonehavingbootsto
wear, he did not even haVe pantsand wore a short (small) andverytattereddress. His
braidsweremattedandhadbecomelongandwi]d. Hisfacewasfullofdirtasifcharcoal
had been app ied. If we use their possessions as an example, the old father had only a
chipped (wooden tea) bowl in his pocket, two iron needles on his lapel, and a wooden
stick in his hand that serVed both as a cane and as a stick to protect against dogs. Seeing
that situation, the lady ofi̅the house spontaneously felti̅compassion and thought, " (Going)
from here toLhasa to visit the jo takes only one morning. (But) up to now Ihave only
visitedit twice. Thesetwo, fatherandson, havetraveledfor6 months, undergoinggreat
difficu]tiesi̅just to be able tovisit thei̅ jo once. ThecauseofthemhaVingsuchi̅
detern ination can only be purereligion. So, if Igive give a]ms to these twopilgrims,
father aund son, it will be the same as if Imyself went (to Visit the jo) ." Then she said,
"vrou two, ather and son, come into my housel" (She then) satiated (their huunger) by
giving them tea, tsamba, and stew. i̅ i̅
At that time, because the sun had set, the lady of the housesaid, "Tonight sleep
here." A nd she took them to the hay storage room and lent them old bedding. That
evening because the o]d man and the boy had their thirst quenched, their stomachs full,


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