Ask any Nepali to introduce his/her country, and look at the aura of pride when they say:
Mount Everest, & the Buddha’s Homeland
Keep a safe distance from a Nepali before you suspect that Buddha was not born in Nepal, but in India!
Although predominantly a Hindu country, there are more songs dedicated to Buddha than any Hindu deity.
A famous patriotic song by Bhaktaraj goes like:
“Where there are the eyes of the Buddha – pious, calm, & compassionate
There lies my country Nepal, the land of perpetual peace…”
And has anyone visitng Nepal missed Ani Choying Dolma’s meditative melody?
“Let my heart be free from all pollutions
And may i utter like the Buddha”
(My apologies if the translations from Nepali are not justified)
What could be more barbaric than dragging the Buddha’s disciples by their holy robes, simply because they were peacefully protesting in front of the UN office in Kathmandu?
One can only imagine the consequences of such humiliations, had the protesters been a group of Hindu Sadhus, or even Muslims!
Did anyone notice that the ever vigilant eyes of Buddha are somewhat different nowdays?