The Golden Buddha Covered In Clay – And The Story Beneath The Clay
Some three hundred years ago, the Burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand; at the time, the country was known as Siam.
The Siamese monks were in possession of the Golden Buddha statue, which stands over 10 feet tall with a weight in excess of 2 ½ tons. It’s made of solid gold with today’s valuation to the tune of 200 million dollars.
The monks, determined to protect the shrine that meant so much to them, while it was priceless to them for reasons that transcend money; they knew that the Burmese army would stop at nothing to steal the Golden Buddha because of its tremendous monetary value.
So the monks covered the Golden Buddha with 12 inches of clay knowing that the army would ignore it and think it worthless.
Unfortunately, the monks were slaughtered in the invasion, and the secret of the Golden Buddha was lost for two centuries.
The Buddha itself remained safe in its clay covering.
Sometime in the mid-’50s, a monastery was to be relocated to make room for a new highway. The monks arranged for a crane to move the “Clay covered” Golden Buddha to its new location. As the crane started to lift the statue, it was much heavier than expected, and it began to crack.
Wanting to protect the priceless shrine, the monks lowered it back down.
Later that day the head monk took his flashlight and went out to further inspect the Buddha, when the light of the flashlight shone into the crack of the clay, he saw a glimmer, a reflection of something underneath that shroud of clay.
He decided to carefully chisel away shards of clay to find that the glimmer grew brighter. Hours later, and all the clay removed…
He was in the presence of a Buddha made of SOLID GOLD.
It now resides in The Temple of the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand.
Something about this story reminds me of how we’re are all like the Golden Buddha. We’re all covered in clay; we have been wrapped in a protective coating that keeps us safe from the world.
We all have that golden glow inside of us, we have this amazingness deep inside, that unfortunately for most of us, never gets to see the light of day.