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SPIRITUAL LIGHT OF BHUTANESE EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENT

Dear Gyembo Namgyel Sir, Though it has been almost a year I received your condolence message on my father’s departure for his heavenly abode, the soothing and recuperative effect of your sacred words still continues to comfort and renew my heart. I have realized how the love and compassion of a good friend and brother can restore and repair our damaged mind and rebuild us. According to Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, a good friend   is greater than a library. I wish and pray that you become a friend to all of that stature.
As my father’s 1st death anniversary is nearing (3 December 2017), I reminisce the spiritual splendor and grandeur of Bhutanese education and pristine Nature that had brought heaven down on the earth for my late father through my sacrifice of the Royal profession in order to be with him. Overflowed with joy at the sight of the rain of love, devotion and service that descended on my fortunate father in his last days through the hands of my family members one day I dazzle…

TRIBUTE OF KASTURBAI TO MAHATMA GANDHI

The Mahatma’s remarkable wife, Kasturbai, did not object when he failed to set aside any part of his wealth for the use of her and their children. Married in early youth, Gandhi and his wife took a vow of celibacy after the birth of four sons. A tranquil heroine in the intense drama that has been their life together, Kasturbai has followed her husband to prison, shared his three-week fasts, and fully borne her share of his endless responsibilities. She has paid Gandhi the following tribute:
          I thank you for having had the privilege of being your life-long companion and helpmate. I thank you for the most perfect marriage in the world, based on brahmacharya( self-control) and not on sex. I thank you for having considered me your equal in your life work for India. I thank you for not being one of those husbands who spend their time in gambling, racing, women, wine, and song, tiring of their wives and children as the little boy quickly tires of his childhood toys. How thankful I…

MAHATMA GANDHI – A SYMBOL OF MORAL BEAUTY AND DIGNITY (A TRIBUTE TO GANDHI JAYANTI, OCTOBER 2)

MAHATMA GANDHI – A SYMBOL OF MORAL BEAUTY AND DIGNITY (A TRIBUTE TO GANDHI JAYANTI, OCTOBER 2)
Moral beauty is an exceptional and very striking phenomenon. He who has contemplated it but once never forgets its aspect. This form of beauty is far more impressive than the beauty of nature and of science. It gives to those who possess its divine gifts, a strange, an inexplicable power. It increases the strength of intellect. It establishes peace among men. Much more than science, art, and religious rites, moral beauty is the basis of civilization.  – Nobel Laureate Dr. Alexis Carrel
Mahatma Gandhi was an embodiment and perfect example of the above philosophy of Dr. Carrel. It is mainly his moral ladder that raised him to such an incredible height.
Lin Yutsang, the Chinese philosopher, said: “The People of India listen to Nehru. Nehru listens to Gandhiji and Gandhiji only listens to God.” Truly soothing and thought-provoking words about our beloved Bapuji.
The unparalleled greatness of the ‘…

RAKSHA BANDHAN – A celebration and jubilation of Love between brothers and sisters

God is the Father of us all and so we are brothers and sisters. On the sacred occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I regard all females of all ages and lands as our sisters and all males as our brothers. Even our students and spouses today soar to the status of brothers and sisters. Down the years of my experience, I have always observed men and women as symbols of love, protection and service for each other, transcending our narrow domestic walls such as caste, creed, colour, and, geographical boundaries etc., barring a handful of isolated cases.
 I firmly believe our sisters are endowed with such divine powers that by the spell of their love, good will and prayers, men gain super heights in life and perform great feats.  On the other hand, as a gesture of reciprocity, we, their brothers pledge to protect the dignity and honour of our sisters - so indispensable for our balanced and harmonious life. Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the love and relationship of brothers and sisters and an occa…

NATURE RECIPROCATES HUMAN LOVE AND PRAYER

(A Tribute to World Environment Day -2017)
“Ime ete maha Bodhi Loka nathena pujita Ahampi te namassami Bodhi Raja namatthu te”
 God has manifested His beauty and bounty through myriads of forms and shapes. One of His most sublime and adored manifestation is Nature. It has been a proven truth that Nature responds to human emotions, needs and urges. So we see wherever Nature is adored, protected and promoted, peace and happiness prevail, and crime rate remains low. People enjoy better health in the abundance of nature for the ecological balance. Nature is also a great stimulation for man’s creativity. So, many great writers and spiritual seekers chose to live in the lap of Nature for their uplift. My love for students, devotion for learning, passion for writing and hankering for spiritual pursuits have been fed and fuelled by the pristine Nature of the tiny Himalayan kingdom, Bhutan, where I lived and served as a teacher for about three decades. Nature has a profound impact on the chara…

Do It Anyway

(The version found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Kolkata)
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self- centered. Forgive then anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

Tribute to MAY 2, Bhutanese Teachers Day

MY JOY OF NATURE’S GLORY
By the mystic spell of the two powerful lines of The Daffodils by William Wordsworth on Nature:  “….And then my heart with pleasure fills, / And dances with the daffodils” through the voice of an English teacher in Bhutan, Mr. K.C Jose, I felt intoxicated. Since then I have been in unity with the trinity of beauty – beauty of poetry, beauty of teaching and beauty of Nature. This is a wonderful gift of Bhutanese education in the lap of pristine Nature.

CELEBRATION OF GOD’S LOVE (Rewards of life in Bhutan)

O Lord, I thank you for your love in sending me to the Himalayan Kingdom - Bhutan. It is for the shower of your love and grace the multi - faceted beauty of children blossomed in my eyes in the loving lap of the tiny kingdom, and out of my ecstasy of their beauty I have celebrated their glories by simply calling them ‘Little Buddhas’. The beauty of the children fills my heart as the beauty of the clear December night- stars do. I have experienced your loving touch from the touch of the children. Now I know why Mother Teresa had embarked upon her journey of Missionaries of Charity at Motijhil, Kolkata, with a handful of children as her flowers to worship God. For the same truth, Nobel Laureate Tagore has written: “From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust. God watches them play and forgets the priest.”

PRAYER OF THE DAY, 23 APRIL 2017

O Lord, you have manifested your love and grace through myriads of ways. I relish the fragrance of your love, enthrall my eyes by the art of your love, enrich my heart by the elixir of your love and ennoble my spirit by the touch of your love in everything you have created so gracefully and painstakingly. But through the love of human heart and human touch I have experienced your bliss and beauty, gaiety and glory the best and most.

MY SONG OF THE GLORY OF GOD

O Lord! I am overwhelmed for the shower of your love and bliss on my father. My late father had experienced the taste of heaven on the earth before he left for his actual heaven by your will. My joy to see the picture of my late father in the loving and caring arms of my wife surpasses all earthly joys.  I am well convinced love is nothing but your viewless grandeur and splendor, elixir and fragrance. I have learned where there is sacred love there descends

FRUITS OF GRATITUDE AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Dear Cheten Zangmo & Tshewang Tashi, I can’t thank you enough for your love and kindness in offering us the wonderful opportunity to meet you yesterday, Saturday 4 January 2017, on your way back to S/Jongkhar. Your sense of gratefulness signals your further rise in life. Lord Anukul Chandra said: If you want to be great, learn how to be grateful. Cicero said: Gratitude is not only the greatest of all the virtues but also the mother of all the rest.

LIGHT OF LITTLE BUDDHAS! (2017 version)

(A TRIBUTE TO THE NEW YEAR)

Upon the call of my inner bell To visit the tiny town Pemegatshel I gaily and gallantly rode my faithful scooter, Full of enthusiasm, joy and vigor. As I drove over the sickly road winding From Nangkor to Pemagatshel battling, Saw the Little Buddhas splendidly lined up All along the road, their heads bowed.