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10 Royal Virtues of H.M.King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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    • 10
      Royal Virtues
      H.M. King Bhumibol
      The Virtues should be followed not only by a monarch, but everyone. 
    • His Majesty the King has adhered to the 10 royal virtues (Dhosapit Raja Dharma) since his accession to the throne on June 9, 1946. He declared during his coronation ceremony on May 5, 1950, that: “I will rule the land righteously for the benefit and happiness of the Siamese people.”
      By the word “righteously”, the King referred to the 10 guiding principles and virtues in Buddhism.
    • “…I have lived through many reigns but I have never seen any king of any reign that all people of the this country seem to think that HM the King belongs to them and give so much respect and reverence up close and personal as I see today… the kings of prior reigns had ruled the land. But HM the King of this present reign has ruled the hearts of the people…”-  M.R. KukritPramoj (The 13th prime minister of Thailand of cabinet No. 36 from Mar. 14, 1975 to Jan 12, 1976)
    • Teachings about the 10 royal virtues existed before the time of Lord Buddha.
      The teachings were promoted by Lord Buddha, who taught the “virtues for monarchs” to his principles. The 10 virtues are: 1. Giving, 2. Morality, 3. Donation, 4. Honesty, 5. Gentleness, 6. Perseverance, 
      7. Non-anger, 8. Not causing harm, 9. Endurance or patience, and 10. Not going wrong
    • Virtue # 1:  Dana (giving)
      His Majesty presented things to citizens to help relieve their sufferings and to improve their quality of life. These included land and equipment for farming, projects to build reservoirs and check dams, among other things. Part of the donations came from his personal assets and others were donated by wealthy people. The King also gave and share knowledge by offering advice to those involved in various fields.
    • Virtue # 2 : Sila (morality)
      His Majesty speaks politely and acts gracefully and calmly wherever he goes and whoever he talks to. He speaks as much as necessary and only about useful things while refraining from saying anything that would cause damage to other people. He has great control over his manners and conduct.
    • Virtue # 3 : Paricaga (donation)
       His Majesty gives up his personal benefit for the interest of the public. The King spent eight months each year visiting people in every part of the country, even in rural and remote areas.
    • “The people have been in the risk of their safety several folds more than the risk we face because they have to live there. If they can live there, why we would become so coward even to make a visit to see how bad or good condition they are in?”
      - H.M. King Bhumibol
    • Virtue # 4 : Ajava (Honesty)
      The King is also honest to his duties and his people. He is steady in performing his duties and his conviction in his subjects. Even when he was ill, if the illness was not serious, he often went to perform his duties without fail.
    • Virtue # 5 : Maddava (gentleness)
      His Majesty speaks and acts gently. He is often seen speaking to people with smiles and in a gentle voice. He is polite and not arrogant. And it is due to this virtue that he is loved by the people, who travel a long way to greet him when the King went to their areas.
    • Virtue # 6 : Tapa (perseverance)
      His Majesty displays persistent determination in performing his work. He is strong-willed and not easily discouraged. Thanks to this virtue of the King, there have been more than 1,000 royally initiated pilot projects of various areas throughout the country. Tapa refers to willingness to eliminate bad things and create good things for the benefit of oneself and others.
    • “In fact, it’s quite disheartening. Some matters are really disheartening but our stake is so high. The stake is our home, our country, which is the happiness of the Thai people all over the country.”
      - H.M. King BhumibolDec. 5, 1989
    • Virtue # 7 : Akkodha (non-anger)
      This refers to the ability to subdue anger, aggressiveness and vengefulness. While performing his work, His Majesty has never been seen acting angrily or aggressively.
    • Virtue # 8 : Avihimsa (not causing harm)
      And practicing that previous virtue of non-anger and no vengefulness, His Majesty also has the next royal virtue of Avihimsa (not causing harm). He has never caused harm to any person or any animal.
    • Virtue # 9 : Khanti (endurance or patience)
      In performing his duties in various locations, his work often brought the King to remote places and sometimes he had to be under the hot sunlight or in the rainfall. Thanks to this virtue in him, His Majesty manages to complete his work with great result.
    • Virtue # 10 : Avirodhana (not going wrong)
      And the King has strictly followed the traditions of the Thai monarchy and the country, in addition to acting as a good example for his people in many ways. This is the last royal virtue of Avirodhana (not going wrong). It refers to the ability to follow the righteous and proper path, as the King said in his first command after his coronation: “I will rule the land righteously”.
    • His Majesty performs his work as the head of state, without keeping himself away from the government and the people. He has performed his work regularly and without fail since the beginning of his reign until today.
    • A king or a leader who can unite people must have good principles and virtues to follow, so that he can serve as a good example and can be relied upon by his people. The teaching about the 10 royal virtues should be followed not only by a monarch, but also a government figure, a bureaucrat or any ordinary citizen. It is because every person has to do governing in their part -- governing themselves, governing society, and governing the country.
    • “In fact, my role is far from being a duty of a monarchas generally understood before. My present duty is to do whatever useful. If asked how many plans I have for the future. My answer is I have no plan. We don’t know what will happen in the future. But no matter what would happen, I will choose to do only useful things, which I think that’s good enough for me.”
      - BBC, TV documentary show, The Soul of Nation, in 1979
    • He is the soul of the Thai nation.
      Long Live His Majesty King BhumibolAdulyadej
      Presented by Sompong Yusoontorn