January 20, 2011

Take heart and be encouraged...it's Thaipusam after all...

Ever wonder what goes wrong in our planet Earth? Well, if you are the type of people who spend quite a great amount of time on newspaper or even following the news on the TV, you will probably be seeing a lot of BAD NEWS...and at times, one must wonder: "What is wrong?"

Well, it is no easy answer because when we look at the corruption and how some barely able to make ends' meet while some others could be driving a few big cars like Ferrari, Merz, BMW and you might start to wonder: Maybe life is gonna be comfortable for the corrupted, for the wicked, for those who plot evil? Well, in no way am I judging the rich because I have seen a lot of good rich people as well but look at the system and most people will say the rich become richer while the poor become poorer. Life is difficult and at times, it seems unbearable.

But as I take time for reflection, all the more because it's Thaipusam, I felt a higher being telling me to "take heart and be encouraged...for Good will surely triumph over Evil." Well, that's part of what Thaipusam means after all...and just as those who are devoted in the celebration..."the Kavadi bearers especially".

At times I wonder won't you feel any pain...and I guess the answer is obvious: "Faith keeps the pain away". After all, we all know the power of faith, whether it be blind faith or not, it can make a lot of difference...look at the suicide bombers, look at those who kill in the name of God during the Crusaders. Well, I'm sure faith can do a lot of good and evil as well, but just as faith has done a lot of damage in our society, it could bring a lot of good and this kind of faith that encourage those Kavadi bearers are one of those that bring good change. In fact, if you realize, this celebration is not just for any race or skin colour...even if you are a Chinese, you could participate in it. 


Let's take heart and learn from this sacred and beautiful festival: the devotion that helps one to endure the unendurable, to suffer the insufferable, to walk and to be willing to march into Hell for a Heavenly cause (oops...this is from the Impossible Dream lyrics)...with the faith, knowing that it is not all foolish to do good, that though we may not see it, in the end, the Good will triumph over Evil...and in our small ways, we can help the victory begin in little ways. 


I am encouraged...and I want to be able to do just as the story of Moses teach me to.


Exodus 32: 7-14



7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted [themselves]:

8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These [be] thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it [is] a stiffnecked people:

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit [it] for ever.

14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.



Yes, when God chose to make Moses a great nation instead of Israel, Moses defended the Israelites...he defended the wicked, the faithless and those who eventually cause him the Promise Land, but I believe the reason is simple: he understand the heart of God, that goes to the people...wicked or not. I know it is not gonna be easy and most of the time, we think of good triumph over evil as a payback to those we look as evil and bad, but maybe just as Gandhi fought independnce in peace, we should fight evil with good...with love and though it is easier said than done, I am encouraged...after all, it is Thaipusam, the celebration for the triumph of Good over Evil. 

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