Finally arrived at Paro. This is my last city in Bhutan. Will be here for three days and I will be on my way back to Singapore. I have learnt so much about the Bhutanese through my guide and I think these are again lessons that I will treasure and share with the rest. It’s so interesting how Bhutan, as a nation, is able to strike a good balance between economic modernisation and cultural and environmental preservation. I am so impressed by their commitment to make this world a better place to live in according to their definition. The Bhutanese, although divide the state from religion, it at the same places Buddhism of equal importance as the state. Thus, as a nation, everybody adopts the Buddhist way of thinking and thus they are more contended with that they have. One of the things about them is that they always respect the law of nature. They do not see themselves as more superior than nature. As a matter of fact, they see themselves as part of nature. Therefore preserving nature would also means preserving their survivor. This duo system of government works very well for the Bhutanese. First, they are guided by civil law which is mainly based on Buddhism. Second, their hearts and souls are guided by Buddhist teachings which make most of them happy with what they already have. They will not strife for more because they all submit to the law of nature and karmic law.
This morning, I had a wonderful time sitting at the balcony and admiring the creation of God. As admired the mountains and hills, the rivers and valleys, I couldn’t help but to praise the living God. The spirit broke out into praises. I felt so connected with God at that moment. The Lord showed from Psalm 18:6 that says that the Lord hears all our prayers from temple. I was comforted by these words. It was as though God was speaking to me and assuring me that my prayers did not go unheard! I did not cry but I was so full of praises and thankfulness to God! I was reminded that the joy of the Lord is my strength. Nothing on earth can take this joy away from me.
I am beginning to shop for gifts….so perhaps that will bring me more joy…it is more blessed to give than to receive!