Baza­guru Dung­drup recita­tion for the good health of his royal high­ness The Gyalsey

Bhutan Times - - Home - Con­trib­uted by: Pema Thin­ley, Cen­tre for Bhutan Stud­ies and GNH Re­search, A Thim­phu

The year 2015 has ended with lots of awe and grandeur. The en­tire year has been con­sid­ered so spe­cial and de­clared as the com­mem­o­ra­tive year of the his­toric 60th birth year of our revered His Majesty the Fourth King. It was also in­tended to pay our trib­ute and of­fer prayers for His long life, good health, en­dur­ing peace and hap­pi­ness. It was also meant to show our grat­i­tude and rev­er­ence to His un­matched deeds and self­less ser­vice to the na­tion dur­ing his en­tire 34-year reign.

The se­ries of cel­e­bra­tion for the en­tire 2015 has been un­der­taken as a ges­ture of mark­ing His Majesty’s epoch-mak­ing 60th birth year com­mem­o­ra­tion. In co­in­ci­dence, the year has also been de­clared as the Na­tional Read­ing Year to ad­vo­cate the im­por­tance of read­ing, and to in­cul­cate the read­ing habits amongst the stu­dents and gen­eral pub­lic. It has been re­ported that over close to 400,000 books have been read by over lit­tle more than 41,000 stu­dents of the five dzongkhags just within the six months time in ad­di­tion to around 11,000 books said to have read by their teach­ers.

Many books, po­ems, and es­says on His Majesty has been writ­ten and launched. Pa­tri­otic and tes­ti­mo­nial songs have been sung. Melodies hymns and paeans have been com­posed. Trees and flow­ers have been planted. Rivers and streams were un­sul­lied. Towns and cities have been swept and smartened. Chort­ens, tem­ples and dzongs have been im­mac­u­lately re­fur­bished, white-washed, and lit up glam­orously. The com­pleted con­struc­tions of roads, bridges, and build­ings have been con­se­crated, and the com­mence­ment of the new con­struc­tions’ ground break­ing cer­e­monies has been un­der­taken. Prayers, baza­guru recita­tion, and other rituals have been con­ducted. A mon­u­men­tal golden but­ter lamp has been crafted. Stat­ues and other religious arte­facts have been sculp­tured. Con­fer­ences were or­ga­nized, games and sports were played and the list could only go fur­ther. All th­ese have been ded­i­cated to His mo­men­tous 60th birth year ini­ti­ated by var­i­ous govern­ment agen­cies, cor­po­ra­tions, and pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als un­der the vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship of His Majesty the King Jigme Kh­e­sar Nam­gyel Wangchuck.

The Great Fourth King has self­lessly served His coun­try and peo­ple and made no­table sac­ri­fices for the sake of the na­tion’s se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity, peace and the peo­ples’ well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness. Peo­ple are en­joy­ing the fruits of His Majesty’s self­less­ness and sac­ri­fices. Had it not been His Majesty’s vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship and self­less­ness, then, we would not be what we are to­day. There­fore, we owe Him im­mea­sur­able grat­i­tude in re­turn. Al­though it is im­ma­te­rial to Him. Yet as cit­i­zens, we must do some­thing within our own small and given ca­pac­i­ties in thank­ing not only for His con­tri­bu­tions, but have to pay Him our trib­ute and un­re­lent­ing loy­alty for hav­ing built a stronger, se­cure and sta­ble na­tion.

To this end, the civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate and pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ees, busi­ness per­son­nel, etc., of Yadi, who work and re­side across the coun­try and abroad have come to­gether and ini­ti­ated the Baza­guru Dung­drup for the long life, good health and hap­pi­ness of His Majesty co­in­cid­ing with the year-long 60th birth year cel­e­bra­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2015. It is not only due to our un­con­di­tional love, grat­i­tude and rev­er­ence to Him that we came to­gether and had or­ga­nized the Baza­guru Dung­drup, but it is well un­der­stood, as one of our fun­da­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, to con­stantly re­mind our­selves about His Majesty’s un­par­al­lel deeds and sac­ri­fices for gen­er­a­tions to come.

The func­tion, first of its kind in Yadi, has also been ini­ti­ated in or­der to give op­por­tu­nity to our com­mu­nity mem­bers, es­pe­cially to the el­derly folks to ac­quire bless­ings and ac­cu­mu­late mer­its. It was also aimed at bring­ing peace, har­mony, en­hance fer­til­ity and pros­per­ity, and foster com­mu­nity vi­tal­ity amongst the com­mu­nity mem­bers and with those mem­bers re­sid­ing in far-flung ar­eas. Of course, in do­ing so, it was ap­par­ently in­tended to re­dis­cover and reaf­firm one’s bond­ing with roots, and for the gen­eral well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness of all sen­tient be­ings.

2016 is yet an­other dis­tinc­tive year. It is a spe­cial year with the birth of His Royal High­ness The Gyalsey. As a hum­ble ges­ture in wel­com­ing HRH the Gyalsey, the com­mu­nity mem­bers, civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate and busi­ness per­son­nel of Yadi had vol­un­tar­ily ini­ti­ated the yet an­other re­mark­able Baza­guru Dung­drup. It had been been or­ga­nized by mak­ing vol­un­tary cash and in-kind con­tri­bu­tions. It is be­ing ini­ti­ated at Yadi HSS and presided over by His Em­i­nence Baza­guru Rin­poche. His Em­i­nence Garab Dorji Rin­poche had graced the clos­ing cer­e­mony with the ini­ti­a­tion of Zhi­wai Jingsid and pub­lic bless­ings of longevity. Thou­sands of peo­ple from all walks of life, es­pe­cially the el­derly folks, not only from within Yadi, but also from nearby com­mu­ni­ties of Ngat­shang, Sher­imung, Balam, Dramitse, Chaskhar gewogs, and peo­ple from neigh­bour­ing dis­tricts had re­cited Baza­guru to mark the golden era in wel­com­ing the HRH The Gyalsey.

The ini­ti­a­tion was not a mere co­in­ci­dence and it was rather a con­scious ef­fort to of­fer our hum­ble prayers and good wishes for the good health of the HRH The Gyalsey. Thus, it was a be­fit­ting event con­sid­er­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of this year with the birth of the HRH The Gyalsey . We can’t af­ford to miss such a rare op­por­tu­nity and re­main in­do­lent with­out do­ing any­thing for the birth of the HRH The Gyalsey. It was in­deed the life time op­por­tu­nity in our en­tire gen­er­a­tion to par­took in the mak­ing of a new his­tory, with the birth of the HRH The Gaylsey.

His Majesty the King had gifted His Royal Father, Druk­gyal Zhipa, on His 60th birth an­niver­sary on 11th Novem­ber 2015 with the an­nounce­ment about the birth of the HRH The Gyalsey in Fe­bru­ary. The gift could not have been any bet­ter than this long awaited news of the birth of the HRH The Gyalsey. The na­tion and its peo­ple have been ju­bi­lant to hear the long awaited news about the birth of the HRH The Gyalsey. HRH the Gyalsey is not go­ing to be the His Majesty’s son alone but will be the Son of the na­tion. At the same time, HRH the Gyalsey will join the pool of the global lead­ers in se­cur­ing and safe­guard­ing the en­tire world.

The com­mu­nity mem­bers, civil ser­vants, cor­po­rate em­ploy­ees, pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als, busi­ness per­son­nel of Yadi, Ngat­shang, Mon­gar, would like to join the na­tion in of­fer­ing our hum­ble Tashi Delek and prayers to Their Majesties the King and Queen. De­spite be­ing small in size, yet, our coun­try has al­ways been blessed with the birth of the Great suc­ces­sive Wangchuck Kings with un­matched com­pas­sion, char­ac­ter­is­tics, charisma, fore­sight and dy­namism. We would like to humbly of­fer our “Bazagu Dung” as hum­ble gift to HRH the Gyalsey and to glo­ri­ous 36th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the King. We also would like to join the na­tion in of­fer­ing our good wishes and of­fer hum­ble prayers for the good health, en­dur­ing peace and hap­pi­ness of HRH the Gyalsey.

May HRH the Gyalsey’s life be filled with vi­brancy, peace and un­re­lent­ing hap­pi­ness for all times to come. We wel­come HRH the Gyalsey with im­mense joy and hap­pi­ness. Palden Drukpa Gyalo!!

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