Back to Burma
This is Burma, and it is unlike any land you know about.
Rudyard Kipling, Letters from the East (1898)
Burma is referred to as Amarapura, the Land of Immortality, and
Yadanarbon, the Land of the Gems.
Today it is known as Suvanabhomi, the Golden Land.
Burma has a uniquely preserved cultured in a unparalled landscape.
Rich in natural resources and virgin landscapes,
the country has unique features which set it apart from the rest of the world.
Even the son of the foolish can be a sage ; even the son of a poor man can be rich.
Do not be contemptuous of anyone.
One who has knowledge is honored by others.
Strive daily to get knowledge.
For the temple-bells are callin’, and it’s there that I would be
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, looking lazy at the sea;
On the road to Mandalay,
Where the old Flotilla lay,
With our sick beneath the awnings when we went to Mandalay!
O the road to Mandalay,
Where the flyin’-fishes play,
An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ‘crost the Bay!
- Rudyard Kipling
In battle we need a warrior,
in a commotion a counselor,
during meals a loved one,
a wise man in an emergency
“Human beings the world over need freedom and security that they may be able to realize their full potential.”
I am not thesis
I am not antithesis
I am dialectic
Just a contradiction
Patched up in palimpsest.
- Portion of poem by Zeyar Lynn, Burma
Translated by Ko Ko Thett
Burma is the most religious Buddhist country if measured by the
percentage of monks in the population and proportion of income spent on religion.