Like every society, Baan Unrak has a collective life signed by different events. Some events are joyful, others are painful, as joy and pain are part of everybody’s life.
Not all the children have the fortune to have parental care, but still, parents are important. No matter what a parent did, they have given us the greatest gift of all… that is life. When a parent is gone from this earth, it is a motive of tremendous grief for everyone, especially for a child.
During the Covid-19 epidemic it has happened to 5 of our children from two different families. One lost the mother, the other the father.
The feeling of having lost someone important was weighing heavily over the children. So we made a ceremony with the purpose of liberating our mind from the heaviness of guilt, of unfulfillment and regret.
Collectively, we meditated…
Then, we made the following affirmations:
“Oh beloved universal Father, may the departed soul of your son/daughter attain higher and higher manifestation, to be free from his/her worldly obligations and find eternal peace.”
To alleviate the palpable sorrow from the assembly, among all the people present we repeated the following for ourselves:
“Beloved universal Father, you have freed us today from the social responsibility towards this departed soul. We return Your son/daughter to Your gracious lap with all the purity of our hearts. Oblige us by accepting him/her who is Yours.”
“Oh beloved universal Father, may those of Your children who are separated from Your loving lap and subjected to the afflictions of mundane life, be not deprived of Your loving shelter at the end of their earthly sojourn.”
Incredibly, as we were going throw the ceremony we could feel how the air was becoming lighter and lighter. The feeling of heaviness was lifting away, and, in the end, a feeling of great purity remained.
The members of the two families started to distribute water to the people present.
As we were performing our ceremony, dark clouds were gathering at the horizon announcing a heavy rainfall, but as the offering of the water was going on, the clouds dispersed leaving a very fresh clean breeze.
It was so touching to see everybody coming forwards to accept a scoop of water (symbol of purity) in their palm to drink (as a symbol of unity and sharing). This simple gesture created a powerful bond among the assembly. It was a confirmation that we are family, that we are a society.
As children cannot stay for very long without getting dirty hands, the mothers had the idea of making small cups from tiny leaves.
It is our believe that this social function should be free. Nobody should incur debts or great expenditure to give the final farewell to their beloved ones.
In our own small way, we proved that a spoon of water could be more powerful than great offerings of money, food, or drinks.
This ceremony gave us all we need to move on in life after a great sorrow. It gave us a pure and light heart.