Melodies of the Spring Queen
As everyone is aware, the year 2015 is the year of celebrations of the 60th birth anniversary of Bhutan’s kind monarch, the Dharma King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Dasho Dr. Sonam Tenzin, the Chairperson of the organizing Committee for the 60th Birth Anniversary of the Great Fourth Druk Gyalpo, is someone whom I have known since our childhood. We have grown up in the same place and have together become grey-haired through a life time of friendship. Dasho had shared with me the programme of the celebratory activities for translation into dzongkha, and I thus got the opportunity to learn about the detailed programmes scheduled to mark the historic event.
As a result, I was inspired to extract a few drops from the vast ocean of noble deeds of our Great Fourth King, and put it down in writing. Although this book of verses is but a small offering, I see it as a worthy offering as the Bhutanese saying goes: “Despite the flower being small, it is a befitting object of offering”. I have a sense of regret that in spite of serving the government for the better part of my 60 years or so, I have not managed to make any substantial contribution to the service of the nation. It is solely through the kindness of our Kings that I have managed to raise a large family and reach this age.
Recognizing my debt of gratitude, I have attempted to write about the noble deeds of our Kings although I lack the ability and knowledge to do so. As the saying goes: “Chew one’s share even if it is stone and do so with gums it one has no teeth”. Notwithstanding the lack of skill or gift, with a pure motivation of recognizing one’s superior’s kindness, I have undertaken this endeavor.
A few thoughts and musings have been circulating in my mind for some time
now. Just like a blind man with a walking stick, I have simply committed
these to writing, I hope this works as a humble offering during this special
If some words have gushed out which the Buddhas of the ten directions and the wise and learned ones may not approve of, I fully apologise in their presence without hiding any mistakes or making any excuses.
Just as vast space cannot be disturbed by strong winds, please do not let your mind be disturbed by these limited dualistic thoughts I have expressed here. Being only a human being, I am definitely full of faults; if mistakes are not made by people like me, then there wouldn’t be a need to draw a distinction between the wise and the foolish.
Ura Gyanpo Tshering