By Formosa News Group (Originally in English)
On October 15, 2012, the people of Cambodia mourned the passing of their beloved King, His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk. His Majesty dedicated his life to the betterment of his country and people.
Besides being a King-Father to Cambodians, His Majesty was also a beacon of light to the world who demonstrated the values of endurance, resilience and compassion, loved his people, was loved dearly in return, and helped raise his compatriots from despair to hope, from need to abundance. Weeks after his passing, people still gathered in front of the Royal Palace, burning incense, offering lotus flowers and praying for His ascended Majesty. Some even travelled long distances and slept overnight on the Palace square in order to pay tribute and convey their deepest sorrow and appreciation for their great leader.
In 1996 Supreme Master Ching Hai and a group of Association members had the privilege of meeting His Majesty, and were honored by his presence on several other occasions. In the ensuing years they were pleased to learn that Cambodians were standing firmly on their feet and that the country was prospering. Upon hearing the sad news of King Sihanouk’s passing, on October 19, 2012 Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her International Association sent a letter of condolence to the Royal Family. The letter contained the following words: “While feeling somber over the loss of His Majesty the King, we feel so grateful to Buddha for sending such a great person to Earth, who has made the country and the world different by his shining example. We are certain that even though he is no longer in a physical body, his noble spirit remains and continuously inspires us as ever.”
In a return letter dated October 29, 2012 the King of Cambodia, His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, wrote:
The Royal Family also gave representatives of our Association the privilege of being the first among many groups to enter the Palace on the morning of November 15 to convey their condolences.
While feeling solemn over the loss of His Majesty the King,
our Association members were greatly encouraged by the positive changes
they witnessed in the country. After seeing the nation’s developed
infrastructures and the confidence emanating from the people, they
pray that Cambodia will continue to flourish both materially and spiritually
through the blessings of Heaven.