Journey with God in Bhutan – Last Night In the Land of Dragon

This is my last night in Bhutan and probably last entry from Bhutan if I don’t find another wifi around. It has been a very extraordinary trip for me this time round. The environment is so different and 6 days I am surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. The Himalayan mountains are so alive and everyday they speak to you so differently. I can’t help but to say that God is in the mountains. Being surrounded by them everyday, I marveled at God’s creation and each time I looked at myself and find that who am I that God should take note of me? If I do not praise God, the rocks will cry out….the mountains will sing…and heavens will declare His goodness! So why me? So why did God take note of me? Interesting isn’t?

I did trekking today. My destination is the Tiger’s Nest up on a cliff about 2000 over meters above sea level. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche flew on a tiger to Bhutan and rested in the cave where the temple is situated now. He meditated in the cave and subdued the evil spirits in this area. He also propagated Buddhism to the people in Bhutan. This was in the 8th century. It was a two hours plus trek. The trek was rocky and if you are not careful you may fall to the cliff. Generally it was a safe trek…there were lots of ups and downs. The best part of the trek was to see yourself getting closer to the Tiger’s Nest. It looks grander each time you draw closer to it. Unfortunately camera and mobile phones are not allowed in the temple. The temple itself has many steps and they all led to different corners and rooms in the building. The actual cave that Guru Rinpoche meditated is still there but locked only to be opened once a year. The view up there from the Tiger’s Nest was very breathtaking and it was certainly worth the climb! At the ends of the climb I exclaimed to my guide, Sangay, that the road to enlightenment is a tough one. But inside my heart, I added and said, “I don’t have to take this road of enlightenment because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life!”

Over the past 6 days, God have spoken a lot to me through my devotion and prayers. At the same time, He also spoke to me through Pastor J. I have come to understand a lot of things. I really can’t explain them here now but I have learnt not to allow small things in life to affect me at all. I have learnt that it is important for us to put away our “self” and to think more about others around us. Sometimes the reason why we are so unhappy is because we fail to understand happiness cannot be found by simply gratifying your own desires. Happiness is found when we are able to see a greater need in this world and the people around us and to make ourselves available for them. I find it so difficult to put it into words…but I know that there is a greater purpose I need to serve. I am not hero neither am I a saint…I am just an ordinary man looking for ordinary things to do. There is meaning in the ordinary. Why try to be extraordinary when you don’t even know what is the “extra” in the ordinary? There is no extra! God has called us to do ordinary things.

I couldn’t resist but to buy a thanka for 400 over dollars. Hahaha….it’s really beautiful and to me I really love the art behind it. The thanka always remind buddhists that everything is impermanent and that nothing will stay the way it is forever. The thanka like Christian icon embodied the teachings of Buddha in a picture form. I think there’s much to learn from Buddhism as well.

At this point of time, I have say goodbye to this land of the dragon. I really enjoyed every moment I have in Bhutan and I hope I will have a chance to come back here again! I think I have found back some part of me here. The challenge now is not to lose it again when I am back to the buzzing Singapore. Things are so basic here and sometimes you really think that life begins here. Why do we always chase for more when the basics are more than enough?

the gatekeeper

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