All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Burmese)

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 9:

Those who have the kindness of benefit for others

For the sake of living beings, do not relax their powers.

Though these holy beings bear a heavy burden,

They never put it down and dwell in discouragement.

*the Great Chariot Sutra*

Burma is known as a golden land made of several ranges (or ‘Yoma’ in Burmese) where thousands of tribal memories, wisdoms, religions, cultures and beauties of plants and animals dwell. The rivers, all of them are indeed important to the people and other existences, snake through these beautiful mountainous regions and flow from the north to the south where Indian Ocean is. The peoples, Burma has 103 ethnics, all of them used to be really generous and all they knew was to give.

Since the modern day’s dictators have systematically destroyed, now the golden land is famous for its narcotic trades, refugees, migrant workers and various atrocities and sufferings.

One day, we’ll be free again and the land will be again famous for its beauty.

Pink-Hippo Pictures: Rare Youngster Spotted in Kenya

Pink-Hippo Pictures: Rare Youngster Spotted in Kenya

Just like this hippo, a rare pink one, some great white elephants were pink rather than white. Some white elephants were described to have pink skin, pink eyelashes, pink trunk, pink nails, everything just pink - but probably not their ivories and body hairs including the hairs at the tip of the tail. Well, elephant hairs from the tip of the tail are used for bracelets in Burma - dark black ones indeed.

I read about white elephants in Burmese literature. There were 10 types of elephants and the white ones were giant and powerful so the normal elephants fear/respect them. White elephants were believed born from ordinary elephants - but they rather lived with their mammies and looked after them till they died. Buddhism randomly appreciates the white elephant. As a bodhisattva, a white elephant lived with his mother during the Gotama Buddha time. The love story of three elephants, the bodhisattva and his two wives, in the Pali Cannon is a famous reference to poets and writers and different artists in Burma.

So a white elephant was really rare and believed as a king of elephants or the head of its heard. And those white ones were believed as the significant beings in Buddhism.

BTW to see the hippo, click the link above.

In the future (ten) Bodhisattas will attain full awakening in the
following order: the most honourable (Ariya) Metteyya, (King) Rama, (King)
Pasenadi of Kosala, (the Deva) Abhibhu, (the Asura Deva) Dighasoni, (the
Brahman) Candani, (the young man) Subha, the Brahman Todeyya, (the
elephant) Nalagiri, and (the elephant) Palaleya.(11)

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