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The Golden Buddha

Over 300 years ago, as a Burmese army planned an attack to invade Thailand (then called Siam), Siamese monks who were in possession of an enormous treasure, a solid gold Buddha that today would be valued at around 300 million dollars, made a decision.

To protect the Buddha from being plundered, they covered it in 12 inches of clay. The Burmese attackers, thinking it worthless, ignored it. But sadly, they killed the monks, taking with them the hidden secret of the statue.

So for over 250 years, until the mid-1950’s, this Buddha existed only as a clay Buddha. Then, when the 5-ton statue was being moved to a new location by a crane, it began to crack. They didn’t expect it to be so heavy!

The monks set it down, waiting for a bigger crane the next day, and covered it with a tarp to protect it from the rains. One monk, in the middle of the night, was checking on the tarps when he saw a reflection – a glimmer through the crack.

He carefully began to chisel away around the crack as the glimmer grew. And then, as the clay fell away…

A solid gold Buddha shone once again for the world to enjoy.

Isn’t this an incredible story?

So tell me… is there a Golden Buddha within You

I know that there is greatness within you, within all of us, but all too often it is masked and covered up by previous experiences, by old patterns, by pressure from society, by past failures, hurts and pains.

If we can just find that crack, that glimmer inside, and connect to that part of us that knows we can love more, be more, live more, manifest more…

Then the rest of that old covering can fall away easily so that we can shine at our brightest!

I hope you decide to unearth the Golden Buddha within you. I hope you recognise the greatness within you, and use this power and ability to create the life and world of your dreams.

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About Shanti Gowans

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community. Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television.

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