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Mother cried out repeatedly. All our neighbors soon gathered outside our tent. They were worried and nervous. Mother screamed when the •33• pain was unbearable. Cousin and I stood by the door. We were frightened. Grandmother said children could not go near Mother. "Here's water, Mother," Aunt Yangdrol said, placing a clean cloth and hot water by Mother's bed. "This is her second child. It will be much easier," Grandmother said. "Come, try harder," Grandmother said, but Mother only cried and screamed louder.

It seemed near enough to grasp in my hands. I had never seen anything so beautiful and so colorful. It seemed to be a colorful bridge beckoning me to Paradise. M ••• A lama came to our home area a few days later. He could tell the future and detail what unfortunate things would happen to you. My family took me and Brother Lhodrul to see him. He was older than any monk I had ever seen in my life. Grandfather said old lamas were very knowledgeable and wise. I absolutely believed whatever Grandfather said.

Father replied and bent his head again. The lama slowly took his beads and closed his eyes, pushing different beads back and forth constantly in deep concentration. " Mother asked. "Invite monks to your home to chant scripture for five days and if there is time, chant as much as you can. That will be very good for your family," said the lama thoughtfully. "Thanks, my great lama. This is my daughter and this is my son. " Mother said, pushing me closer to the monk, and making me bow. The monk asked our names and did what he had done before.

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