Monday, February 20, 2012

An Ode To My Captain; My Liege; My Lord; My King...

Your Majesty, I cannot paint,
If I could, I’d portray Your glorious being -
Since I cannot, I draw inspiration, in the many wise manifestations of Your compassionate and skillful ways and means… with the reminder, above all else, of the importance of being a good human being.

I cannot sing Your Majesty,
If I could, I’d chant the virtues You so naturally embody -
Since I cannot, I attempt to sing my songs of gratitude and homage in worded paeans… with the reminder, above all else, of the importance of being a good human being.

Your Majesty, I am not an artiste,
If I could, I’d act out Your persona -
Since I cannot enact Your persona, I try and perform upon the guidance and confidence Your Majesty displays and endows upon us… with the reminder, above all else, of the importance of being a good human being.

I’m not an architect Your Majesty,
If I were I’d construct avatars of the qualities You display and the counsel You provide, Hence I try and imbibe them in stories… with the reminder, above all else, of the importance of being a good human being.

Your Majesty, I’m not a scientist,
If I were I’d invent innovations based on Your visions and aspirations, Hence I try and communicate those ideas and ideals… with the reminder, above all else, of the importance of being a good human being.

I’m not a spiritual mendicant, Your Majesty,
If I were I’d practice meditation, And realize the paramount importance of Your Majesty’s constant reminder – above all else, to be a good human being.

These are but mere words Your Majesty, and since I’m not even a wordsmith, I cannot express what my gut feels and my heart pounds and my head contemplates; But I’m deeply aware that wherever I am, I am but a proud and humble subject of Your Majesty, and a conscious bearer of the light of Your Wisdom Your Majesty…

Your Majesty, I’m no philosopher,
And philosophy leaves me confounded - But when I hear Your Majesty’s words, I begin to understand that the most complicated things can easily become the simplest of actions.

Deep is the bond that Your Majesty has planted, nurtured and rooted, and given loving care and attention.
Fortunate are we to call ourselves Your subjects,
In being the kind of King you are,
Blessed Indeed is this Kingdom, and the borders beyond.

If I were to offer a prayer and a wish, the list is an inspired subject’s attempt to grasp some of Your gems and their open and deep revelations:

May Your reign be an inspiration to others,
May Your being be a mirror for self-reflection,
May Your personification of the Dharma King be an example for the ages – now and forever.
May the natural elements in Your Majesty keep expanding from strength to strength, and give life to all it touches, bringing light upon darkness, strength upon weakness, confidence upon doubts, assurance upon insecurity, simplicity upon complexity and love upon hate.

In conclusion, may Your Majesty always remain, the moral compass when we are lost; as constant as the Northern Star, as solid as our mountains, as spacious as the skies, as deep and absorbing as the oceans, and come back in as many infinite lifetimes, as our beloved Druk Gyalpo! And may Your subjects rise to if not above your altruistic expectations.

Long Live Your Majesty! And Now a Glorious Tashi Delek On The Delightful And Auspicious Occasion of Your Wedding To Your Flawless Lotus... And Our Queen, Ashi Jetsun Pema: May The Supreme Protector Embodied By The Raven Mahakala And Our Queen By The Flawless Lotus Be The Ever Protective Compassionate Embodiment of Your Majesties' Being, Showered With Love, Strength & Purity... Forever And Ever....

Tashi Delek Gakey Phuensum Tshogpa! (^)

May You Keep Shining On Forever... With Ashi Jetsun By Your Side... Bringing Light To Darkened Minds And Places... And Illuminating It All With Your Compassionate Presence... Happy Losar Your Majesties... And a Very Happy and Grateful 32nd Birthday: May Your Reign Last Long And May It Be Blessed With Love, Peace And Prosperity!
Tashi Delek! (^) Your most humble subject,
jurmi chhowing


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