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Subject: Fwd = "The real meaning behind the Naga fireballs"
From: Frits Westra <fwestra@...>
Date: 08 Nov 2002 17:47

Forwarded by:     fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
Original Date:    Thu, 7 Nov 2002 17:30:44 -0800

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   The real meaning behind the Naga fireballs 
   Published on Nov 8, 2002 
   In TV journalism, seeing is believing. That is why TV is the most
   powerful medium of all branches of journalism because its cameras can
   bring live pictures as well as real sound to their audience in a
   dimension matched by no other media.
   But the iTV team of investigative reporters who witnessed fireballs
   being emitted from the middle of the Mekong River in Nong Khai
   province by a Naga, a mythical serpent, did not believe what they saw.
   So they went out of their way to prove that what they really saw was
   unreal. By doing so, iTV succeeded in creating a conspiracy theory.
   That was a start of all the trouble for iTV.
   Every year at the end of the Buddhist Lent period, from both sides of
   the Mekong River, thousands of people joyfully witness the fireballs
   of the Naga, shot gloriously from its mouth into the air as a gesture
   of homage to the Lord Buddha. During this period, the Lord Buddha
   returns to Earth to make his miracles. The Naga, a loyal subject to
   the Lord Buddha, has been lying quietly under the Mekong River since
   time immemorial. It only wakes up once a year to perform this sacred
   duty in the Bung Fai Phaya Naga Festival to restore faith in Thai
   But iTV reported that the Naga's fireballs were simply a human
   invention - tracer rounds shot into the air from the AK47 rifles of
   Lao soldiers. This is sheer blasphemy from the point of view of
   religious fundamentalists.
   But you may say that this is an iTV myth. If this iTV mythical
   conspiracy theory for the Bung Fai Phya Nak is to hold true, the
   entire Lao army, which has been kept idle in their barracks after the
   Cold War, must have totally revised their military strategy. Instead
   of looking after border security as a priority, the Lao army is now
   trying to take over the sacred job of the Naga by manufacturing the
   fireballs in the Bung Fai Phaya Naga Festival. Why? To supplement the
   country's foreign exchange reserves.
   Are you so naive as to think that the Naga would lie quietly in the
   depth of the Mekong River without doing anything or without exacting
   any revenge on the Lao army if its sacred duty is taken away from it?
   Besides, the Lao soldiers are men of religious tolerance. Like the
   Thai people, they also believe as much in the existence of the Naga as
   in the existence of the sun, the moon and the stars.
   Three politicians from Nong Khai - Pongpan Sunthornchai, Thewarit
   Nikornthes and Prasit Chanthathong - have become so angry with the iTV
   report, which portrayed the province's people as fools and frauds,
   that they have threatened to sue iTV for Bt1 billion in damage.
   It will be a very interesting case to witness. For iTV will have to
   prove its case by bringing out the Lao soldiers from across the border
   to the witness stand, while the three Nong Khai politicians will have
   to persuade the Naga to come forward before the court with its
   Let me bring you back to the time of our Lord Buddha. After the Lord
   Buddha had attained his Enlightenment, he sat under the Bodhi Tree for
   seven days. He was in a blissful state after this Enlightenment. Then
   he moved on to relax under the shade of a banyan tree. There he stayed
   for another seven days. Then the Lord Buddha changed his position
   again by staying under a Barringtonia tree for seven more days,
   overcome by joy over the breakthrough of his consciousness.
   All of a sudden, it began to rain and a cold wind blew for seven long
   days. Trying to protect the Lord Buddha from the bad weather, the Naga
   King Mucalinda appeared before him. He coiled around the Buddha in
   seven coils and spread his hood over him to prevent the rain and the
   wind from touching his body. This posture of the Lord Buddha protected
   by the Naga has become immortal in scenes portrayed in Buddhist art
   and literature, as evidenced by the Nak Prok-style Buddha images and
   Buddha emulates during the Lopburi Art period.
   When the rain ceased, the Naga uncoiled. It then disguised itself as a
   young man and stood before the Buddha, who said:
   "There is happiness in quietude. One who has heard the Dharmma takes
   pleasure in calmness. The happiest person in the world is he who does
   not do any harm to any creature, gives up desires and is without
   The Naga embraced the Lord Buddha's teaching wholeheartedly. The iTV's
   investigative reporters have shown that they have no understanding at
   all about the disparity between philosophy, folk belief, myth and
   Thanong Khanthong
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