KING IN THAI HEARTS: Why Thai People Hold HM the King So High in Their Reverence and Endless Love
เมื่อ BBC มาขอสัมภาษณ์ในหลวง เพื่อออกรายการสารคดี The Soul of Nation ในปี ค.ศ.1979 ท่านทรงมีพระราชดำรัสตอบว่า
“To explain the meaning of the term “monarch” seems to be a question quite difficult to answer, especially, in my own case as I’m being known generally as the MONARCH. In fact, my role is far from being a duty of a monarch
as generally understood before. My present duty is to do whatever useful. If asked how many plans I have for the future. My answer is I have no plan. We don’t know what will happen in the future. But no matter what would happen, I will choose to do only useful things, which I think that’s good enough for me.”
“…I have lived through many reigns but I have never seen any king of any reign that all people of the this country seem to think that HM the King belongs to them and give so much respect and reverence up close and personal as I see today… the kings of prior reigns had ruled the land. But HM the King of this present reign has ruled the hearts of the people…” M.R. Kukrit Pramoj (The late Mom Rajawongse Kukrit Pramoj was the 13th prime minister of Thailand of cabinet No. 36 from Mar. 14, 1975 to Jan 12, 1976)
Flowers from the Heart In Nakorn Phanom on the route for HM the King’s convoy to pass a point known as Chayangkura- Renu Nakorn 3-way junction on Nov. 13, 1955 in the afternoon, Mr. Anat Bunnag, the division chief of HM the King private photographers had snapped a moment of truth picture that has become one of the country’s historic photographs.
After HM the King finished his merit-making rite at Wat Thatphanomvaramahaviharn in the morning, Their Majesties the King and Queen traveled by car to stay for a night at the Governor’s official residence. The local people who got the news gathered at the roadsides with their children in tow, creating a large crowd to watch Their Majesties. The Chandnit family members of Grandma Toom, at 102 years old, brought her to wait for the royal convoy to pass at a roadside spot about 700m from their home. The grandma’s children brought along a bunch of 3 pink lotus flowers for her to hold in her hands in reverence of Their Majesties and brought her to the front line as close as possible to watch her King and Queen.
It’s a hot day with the bright sunshine from the morning to early afternoon, making the lotus flowers in the hands of Grandma Toom wilted and drooping but her face was still fresh with happiness. When Their Majesties’ car stopped in front of her, the old woman lifted her hands with the 3 wilting lotus flowers in her palms above her head, as a sign of high respect and deep loyalty. His Majesty stepped out from the car and walked over to the old woman. HM the King bent down to her as low as possible, his face nearly touched the old woman’s face. His Majesty smiled, his expression of kindness radiated out, and reached out his hand to gently touch the coarse and aging hands of the old north-easterner. It’s a scene that needed no description and a picture that description was not necessary. No one knows what His Majesty whispered to the grandma. But she will never forget.
Likewise, His Majesty has never forgotten that old citizen he met on the roadside that day. Grandchildren of the old woman related, “After Their Majesties got back to Bangkok, the Royal Palace Bureau had sent Grandma Toom a picture of that moment of truth between His Majesty and herself together with a miniature plaster-molded image of her beloved King through the Office of Phra Thatphanom District for her keepsakes.”
The immeasurable royal kindness might have given the old grandma and extended age for another 3 years. Grandma Toom Chandnit, one of the most lucky citizens in the 9th Reign, passed away peacefully of her old age at 105 years.
Source: “Grandma Toom Chandnit, a story written by Kunying Srinath Suriya, in Thai Magazine
In an article, “The Holy Water is Falling Down in Sparkling Streams of Cristal-Clear Rain Drops to Bring Wetness to Our Land All Over”, written by Manoon Mukpradith in the daily Thai Rath on Dec 5, 1985 to tell a story of a miracle happened during a late evening, one day in Feb. 1985. (The article’s title comes from a passage in the lyric of one of His Majesty’s hit songs, The Falling Rain.)
With a heart filled with lots of suffering from a serious drought, an old local woman, who had waited to see HM the King on a royal visit to a faraway village, crawled up close to His Majesty and embraced his feet. She said with tears falling down her cheeks to His Majesty, asking for royal help in bringing water to the village. His Majesty said, “Grandma, don’t worry. There will be water later on. I’ll bring water to you.”
His Majesty, then, walked back to the royal car, parked about 5 metres away. Suddenly, the extremely dry and hot air changed to a downpour for the first time in 5 years. The rain surprised all officers in His Majesty’s convoy and the local villagers. It’s like a miracle to all of them.
Source: Thai Rath
1. On behalf of the King's Birthday, lets discuss about why do Thai people