Lobsang Rampa

The life and work of Rampa itself reads like an intriguing mystery. Lobsang Rampa (8 April 1910 – 25 January 1981) wrote the book as the autobiography of a wealthy Tibetan boy who was sent to join Chakpori Lamasery in Lhasa a temple of Tibetan medicine. The seven-year-old boy is to become a Lama. There he learnt the mystic arts of astral projection, crystal gazing, aura deciphering and many more occult practices.

He learnt about flying through air, running at a speed exceeding four hundred miles per hour at a stretch without break and knowing about one's past and future incarnations. The Lamas in the monastery performed an operation on his forehead opening his third eye, the eye of wisdom (Gnaanakkann), which enabled him to discriminate between the good people and the evil people coming in his presence through a study of the aura surrounding them. This feat was essential to him as an emissary and bodyguard of the thirteenth incarnation of Bodhisattva.

The real Lobsang Rampa

Cyril Henry Hoskin had born 8th April 1910, at Plympton, St. Maurice, Devonshire, England. His father was Joseph Henry Hoskin, a Master Plumber (born 1878 in Plymouth). His mother was Eva Hoskin (name before marriage Martin). Cyril had a sister Dorothy Winifred Hoskin, born 21st March 1905, at Plympton, St.Maurice Devonshire.

On 13th August 1940, he married Sarah Anne Pattinson, a nurse at a Richmond hospital. He left his firm in September 1948.

They lived near Weybridge for some months and then went to South London where he
was subsequently seen carrying on business as a Criminal and Accident Photographer. His activities between 1950 and 1954 are somewhat vague.

In 1954 he lived in Bayswater calling himself Dr. Carl Kuan Suo. In Dublin he wrote his most selling book, THE THIRD EYE, in 1956. But this was not his first book. All Rampa funs know that his first book was TIBETAN SAGE, in 1940. Rampa wrote twenty-one books before his death in 1981.

1.TIBETAN SAGE, 1940
2. THE THIRD EYE, 1956
3. DOCTOR FROM LHASA, 1959
4. THE RAMPA STORY, 1960
5. THE CAVE OF THE ANCIENTS, 1963
6. LIVING WITH THE LAMA, 1964
7. WISDOM OF THE ANCIENTS, 1965
8. YOU FOREVER, 1965
9. THE SAFRON ROBE, 1966
10. CHAPTERS OF LIFE, 1967
11. BEYOND THE TENTH, 1969
12. AVIVANDO LA LLAMA, 1970
13. THREE LIVES, 1970
14. FEEDING THE FLAME, 1971
15. THE HERMIT, 1971
16. THE THIRTEEN CANDLE, 1972
17. CANDLELIGHT, 1973
18. TWILIGHT, 1975
19. AS IT WAS, 1976
20. I BELIEVE, 1977
21. MY VISIT TO VENUS, 1980

Books by his wife San Ra’ab Rampa:

Pussywillow (1976)
Tigerlily (1978)
Autumn Lady (1980)
Wild Briar (1982)
Le Testament de Lobsang Rampa (French,1984)

The enormous success, of his book, the first eighteen months saw three hundred thousand copies gobbled up by the avid readers, with its racy style, spicy anecdotes and brilliant presentation of esoteric, magical and mystical ideas associated with an oriental religion-cultural mosaic usually unfamiliar to the western readers, make scholars on Tibetan Buddhism suspicious about the tall claims made by Rampa in his works.

His inadvertent mention of the God whose existence was never asserted in a genuine Buddhist work brought him under suspicion. They hired a detective named Clifford Burgess to investigate the matter and astonishing facts were unearthed.

‘Tuesday’ Lobsang Rampa (He claimed that each Lama carried the label of a day in his name) was a fake and a fraud? His real name was Cyril Henry Hoskin and had never been in Tibet and did not know a word of Tibetan language; leave alone knowledge of its Buddhist religion and culture. He acquired a taste for the occult by reading books in the libraries of London, shaved his head and grew a beard. When confronted with this evidence, Cyril declared that his body had been taken over by Rampa’s spirit, and that the information in his books was true. The news came as a bombshell to the publishers.

Earlier, they were sincere enough to send a copy of ‘The Third Eye’ to a few Tibetan scholars before publication for their perusal and comments. Hugh Richardson, the last British Government Resident in Lhasa was one of them. Another scholar was Aghehananda Bharati, an Austrian who came to India to become a sannyasin, specializing in Buddhist writings.

Rampa today

Till date, the works of Rampa/Hoskin continue to appear in new editions. The book ‘The Third Eye’ was published at Zlin, Czech Republic only in 1994 and it has won him new readers even in former communist countries of Eastern Europe. one admirer by the name of Daniel Harris, got clearance from NASA to include a CD-ROM on Lobsang Rampa in a space vehicle to be sent to Mars in 2001, and obtained a certificate addressed to Lobsang Rampa himself with the official seal of NASA.

First published on May 10th, 2003