In the mid-1950s, the leaders of Thailand decided to build a new highway to their largest city, Bangkok. The highway would pass through an area of relatively low population density where an old demolished temple stood. The government bought the ownership of the old temple and surrounding grounds and agreed to allow some local monks to move a 500-year-old white stucco statue of Buddha to a safer place.
Stuck Buddha was absolutely huge in size and weight. It stood almost 11 feet high, with a 6 foot circumference, and weighed in at nearly 15,000 pounds. So the local monks worked with the government leaders to arrange a large crane and transport to safely move the stucco Buddha from the old temple to a new home across the city.
A few weeks later, when the crane was actually about to move the stucco buddha, it was clear that everyone involved had miscalculated the weight and fragility of the statue. At one point, a turbulent wind force forced the crane driver to bring stucco Buddha down to the ground with a severe shock. The massive idol cracked open in several places the moment it hit the ground, and the local monks screamed and asked for all crane operations to be stopped for the day. Then tarps were placed over the cracked statue to protect it from subsequent turbulent winds.
That evening, one of the monks was still very disturbed and could not sleep a wink. So he put on his windbreaker and returned to stucco Buddha with a lantern. He wanted to evaluate the damage to his holy and holy idol. As he looked under one of the tarps and through a crack in the stucco, he saw something strangely buried several inches below the statue's surface.
He picked up a basket that the crane driver had left in the workplace, and gently chipped away at a small, loose piece of stucco that was wedged in the crack. When the loose piece eventually fell to the ground, he looked through the now larger crack and was completely surprised at what he saw. So he returned to his monastery, woke up his fellow monks and asked for their immediate help.
He told each of them to carry a windbreak and bring a lantern and a basket. Together, they returned to the Buddha's stucco and worked against the winds and began to take away the huge sacred statue that they and their ancestors had idolized and protected diligently for 20 generations.
When they finished their work the next morning, they all stood back and looked at what they had worked tirelessly to reveal: their giant, Buddha statue was not made of stucco at all. Instead, it was made of solid gold. And today, in 2020, the Golden Buddha – as it is now known – remains the largest known solid gold statue in the history of humanity.
In today's dollar, only the price of gold constitutes this behemoth. of a Golden Buddha worth more than $ 250,000,000.
Life's Turbulent Winds
As Einstein so profoundly said, "reality is but an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Of course there are dozens of life lessons we can get from the seemingly impossible true story of the giant golden Buddha, but right now, let's just reflect on Einstein's feeling …
Reality is often wrong, and in the long run, the eyes only see what the mind is prepared to understand and discover.
We as a species are forever battling through turbulent winds and chipping away at the layers of figurative stucco in our lives – layers of new truths hidden under old ones. And is it not funny how we can wrap our minds so tightly around things and fit them into our own reality version? Sometimes for hundreds of years right before we are forced to see things differently?
So let it sink in right now. Life is a series of natural and evolving updates to what is real. What we know is true will eventually change, as both time and growth require it. Do not resist these changes; which only creates grief. Instead, choose to hover in the turbulent winds of life.
New Discoveries and Realities
Truth be told, sometimes you just have to let go and accept the feeling of not knowing exactly why things happen the same way they do, or where your journey takes you. And you have to educate yourself to appreciate this freedom. Because it is only when you are suspended in the air, with no clear destination in sight, that you force your wings – and your mind – to open fully so that you can fly.
And as you hover around, you may still not know where you are traveling to. But that is not what matters. What is important is that your wings and mind are opened. You may not know where you are going, but you know that as long as your wings spread, and your mind warns, the turbulent winds of life will lead you to new discoveries and realities that none of us can even understand right now.
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