Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Raven & The Lotus: Why Love Stories Endure...


Love is in the air! Love is in the atmosphere! Love is in the stratosphere! Love is simply everywhere!

Though it was made known day before yesterday, love is the all consuming flavor of the moment. Just as hundreds and thousands of Bhutanese from all around the kingdom, I watched the opening seventh session of parliament, with the agenda in hand that would be discussed during this session of parliament.

What I had no clue about, and as has been my want throughout numerous occasions, was a small fact everyone seemed to be on except me, and perhaps others like me, ignorant and blissful.

Hence when His Majesty opened the session, as usual, the attention went to each and every word he uttered. But there was something about His Majesty that day – an undeniable glow about his visage. Then came the bombshell. The moment His Majesty announced to his people the decision he had reached to marry, and the manner in which he delivered that particular line, was and is, what makes His Majesty so special.

He is the People’s King, for he is not afraid to let us have a glimpse of what is a very natural and special feeling. The more so when it is shared. The part where His Majesty revealed the name of his future Queen probably touched and sent hearts fluttering everywhere – and did so in such an earthy and grounded manner, yet with all the elements that makes the human heart what it is, a place where we find what is best in ourselves.

The day will remain forever etched in the hearts and minds of his subjects and people everywhere, because in this announcement, which was more like another human being sharing what is obviously very special and important. And who amongst us is so stoic as not to be moved and swayed by this revelation and inclusion? If His Majesty is the People’s King, he is also the King that loves, and that love is so immense there is nothing it cannot accommodate and transform into something far more greater than meets the eye.


His Majesty is fearless. And in that fearlessness, we have a King that will always share everything that is dear to him with the rest of us – his proud and humble subjects. A man told me he did not know what it was but that he could not help but feel “very happy” about himself. I think he spoke for all of us. The reason why we could not quite pinpoint what that balm was is very simple: it was partaking in a historic moment wherein His Majesty, in opening his heart to us in the manner that he did, touched all of us in a spot that is so primal and intimate that communication is just a means to an end. And that end is something we all witnessed that blessed day. That love not only triumphs in the end but is a force so powerful that it mends, heals, and repairs anything and everything that is contradictory.


In a time and a place where cynicism thrives and negativity empowers all and sundry, it was a peerless reminder from His Majesty the King that there is so much good in this world, least of which is love, a feeling often revoked but seldom practiced.
And His Majesty has proved that he is love personified. The Dalai Lama always speaks of kindness as his religion whenever he is asked and prodded about religion.




We could say without any hesitation that in a way, the path that His Majesty walks on is simply, in a word, love. And love does make the world go around.



We pray for the continuing love and guidance of His Majesty the King, and our beautiful Queen to be, Jetsun Pema.


With all our prayers and love, Your Majesties, Tashi Delek! And the rest, as they say, is HiStory!