Story of the Golden Buddha
Over 300 years ago, the burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand which was then known as Siam. The Siamese monks were in possession of the most amazing Buddha statue made of solid gold. The monks were determined to protect the shrine that meant so much to them as they knew that the Burmese would stop at nothing to steal the statue. They covered the Golden Buddha with 12 inches of clay knowing that the warriors would ignore it and think it worthless. Sadly, the monks were slaughtered in the invasion and the secret of the Golden Buddha stayed hidden for centuries. The Buddha itself though, remained safe. In the mid 50's, a monastery was to be relocated to make way for a new highway. The monks arranged for a crane to come and move the "clay" Buddha to it's new location. When 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 and decided to wait until the next day to bring more powerful equipment. In the dark of night, the head monk took his flashlight and went out to make sure the Buddha was adequately covered. When the light of the flashlight shone into the crack of the clay, he saw a glimmer. He immediately started to 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.
"Let go of any judgements towards yourself and let the Golden Buddha within shine"