Here is one of many trivia in this blog. Biographies of Nyang-ral report that Chag-lo (perhaps was asked to) set fire to Nyang-ral’s funeral pyre but he could not set it ablaze; and (apparently, after he abandoned trying,) it got ablaze by itself. We might wonder why this incident has been found worth mentioning, except that it has been seen as a small miracle. His biographers took for granted that their readers would know the significance/message. To say the least, there was no love lost between Chag-lo and the rNying-ma teachings for which Nyang-ral stood for. Besides, Chag-lo would not have endorsed the phenomena of gter ma and gter ston, which Nyang-ral presented and embodied. I wonder if Chag-lo was excited to attend the funeral in the first place let alone to be given the honour to set the pyre alight. It was perhaps a protocolary mistake for Chag-lo to be invited and Chag-lo to attend the funeral. Perhaps it was meant as a gesture of reconciliation on both sides, or on the part of Nyang-ral’s family and followers, and was intended to send a signal that they had no bitter feelings towards Chag-lo, who criticised rNying-ma teachings. In worldly terms, too, we would not wish persons who despise us to attend our funerals. In Buddhist Tantric terms, one would say that Chag-lo and Nyang-ral had no good relation bound by Tantric pledge (dam tshig: samaya) given Chag-lo’s depreciatory attitude towards those teachings, teachers, and traditions for which Nyang-ral stood for. At any rate, it is as if the message of the episode were that Chag-lo’s attendance in Nyang-ral’s funeral was uncalled for and the refusal of the pyre to let ablaze by him was a clear signal that he had no role to play in Nyang-ral’s life or death.