greet the new year 2008 so it may bring peace and love

my best girl-friend delia unson wrote to greet me a happy birthday. i should have greeted her too except i was so focused on blogging in four sites that i did not open my email box until this week and read many of her email messages only today.

she wrote to me about her meditation retreat with the buddhist Thay and wanted me to help translate an Ancestor’s prayer in tagalog. i replied that i would do it in this blog.

i have learned many things from delia ever since i met her in 1973 when i enrolled in ateneo de manila for a master’s degree in psychology. we have been close friends for 34 years now. delia and her husband chuck have been doing healing work as psychotherapists for three decades in the USA. i thank her and her family for all the support and love i get from them,especially the lessons in loving and healing.

the following prayer speaks about our roots and rivers and is relevant for the new year and so am sharing it now: Dear Ancestors

“As the year begins, we recognize that trees have roots and rivers have sources: you are our roots and our source. we know that you are in us. we vow to receive, to maintain and to develop the cultural and spiritual heritages you have handed down to us. we also vow to realize what you entrusted to us to realize, especially to transform the seeds of suffering that remain and to open the door for future generations to enjoy a life that is not too busy, a life where one does not consume too much and work too hard, so that one will have the time to be with nature, to enjoy and protect nature, to take care of each other and to offer each other smiles and happiness. we vow not to keep resentment towards each other, to learn to be compassionate, to accept and to love. we know this is the best way we could express to you our ancestors our own gratitude on the New Year Day.”

our Filipino version : “Mahal naming mga ninuno, sa pagpasok ng bagong taon, kinikilala naming kayo ang ugat ng aming mga puno at bukal ng aming mga ilog.

batid at dama naming nasa kaibuturan ng aming puso ang diwa ninyo.

ipinangangako naming pagyayamanin at isusulong ang kalinangan at kamalayang ipinunla at ipinamana ninyo sa amin.

sisikapin naming isabuhay ang mga pangarap ninyo para sa lahat. aming lilinangin ang lupang dinilig ng dugo at pagdurusa upang makapag-ani ang mga susunod na lahi ng isang buhay na maginhawa, ng isang buhay na bukas at masiglang maki-isa sa kalikasan, at hindi nalululong sa paghahabol ng mga bagay na walang saysay.

aarugain namin ang kaloobang mapagkalinga sa kapwa at kalikasan. iwawaksi namin ang anumang galit at inggit. matututo kaming magmalasakit at matututong tumanggap at mag-alay ng pagmamahal. sasalubungin namin ang bagong panahon nang may ngiti at kasiyahan.

ang aming mga panatang ito ay pagtanaw namin ng utang na loob sa inyo, aming mga ninuno. haharapin namin ang bagong taon taglay ang inyong mga tagubilin at pangarap para sa lahat.

may we all say this prayer as the new year 2008 comes. happy new year delia, chuck and all our loved ones.

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