Thursday, November 25, 2010

Give up on giving up


Alhamdulillah for the joy of inspirations.

Senator Monthien Buntan flew to Chiang Rai only to speak to us (a bunch of clueless sighted people) for under an hour. He had to hurriedly return to Bangkok for a parliamentary session. But it was worth every minute! 

When I asked what took him to come so far and be the man he is today, he said: "I have given up on giving up!"

He spoke with a very charming American-English accent. Senator Monthien grew up in a farm in North of Thailand. He had struggled greatly competing with the other more privileged kids to win a scholarship to study abroad. "I grew up in a less accessible world, a world that is made for people with certain characteristics. I am from the minority so I needed to go beyond reality. I am now someone who struggle to make this world more accessible (for the visually impaired/person with disabilities). I have got a righteous ambition, that is to turn knowledge into ethically correct power. Power that can make changes to the world."

O son, we have heard our gurus talk about ain basirah, one who sees with the eyes of the heart. That one may not be physically blind and yet one is not able to see with the eyes of the heart. Monthien is the opposite of that. He is fully sighted at heart.

May Allah make us see things as they truly are. [A du'a of Prophet Muhammad s.a.w]

A musafir's travelogue
Chiang Rai
Day 4


  1. "An eye is meant to see things.
    The soul is here for its own joy.

    A head has one use: For loving a true love.
    Feet: To chase after.

    Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
    for learning what men have done and tried to do.

    Mysteries are not to be solved: The eye goes blind
    when it only wants to see why.

    A lover is always accused of something.
    But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
    in the looking comes back completely changed."
    — Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi (Night and Sleep)

    penang (also)

  2. Rumi O Rumi O Rumi!
    Take me to your tomb!

    Thanks for sharing ye orang Penang!
    Thanks for visiting Lisan al-Din!