The Thais call their king "Phra ChaoPhaen Din" – Lord of the Land, "PhraChao Yu Hua" – Lord Upon the Heads, or "Chao Chiwit" – Lord of Life, denoting the monarch’s most exalted and all-powerful position among them, as was the case in the past, under an absolute monarchy, when kings were considered divine.
19 August 1946 - Today I had to leave the country… The roads were filled with people. OnRatchadamnoen Klang Road, people surged so near the car. I feared that the wheels would roll on somebodys limbs. We made it slowly through the crowd, up to Wat Benchamabophit, where we could pick up some speed. Along the way, someone cried out loudly, "Dont forsake the people!" I wished to answer him that if the people did not forsake me, how could I ever forsake them...
"I’ll reign withrighteousness for the benefit and happiness of theSiamese people"
As a young monarch in the1950s, His Majesty started his learning process by visiting his people in all parts of the country, observing the real conditions of his subjects and seeking solutions to their problems.
Soon afterwards, he set up experimental projects at Chitralada Villa in Bangkok and around Klaikangwon Palace in HuaHin, aimed at practical solutions to problems faced by his people inall parts of the country.
Over the decades, during which the royal visits to the people continued unabated, uncountable projects were tested and implemented in differentremote areas, relieving theplight and sufferings of the people to a large extent.
His Majesty the King upholds the principle of giving the needy a tool to catch fish, rather than handing out fish as their food. And he never tires of teaching, by providing examples to prove thetheories. Even the poorest in the harshest conditioncan learn to improve their lives and livelihood. He has been aptly dubbed "Teacher of the Land.“
“A good person can make anotherperson good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good.”
"Everyone must correct his own self; this is something more difficult to cope with, but it is notimpossible."
“Nature is something outside our body, but the mind is within us.”
“New knowledge is always obtainedthrough experiments and research. If you fail to keep up, you will soon become outdated.”
Learning is a never-ending process. Those who wish to advance in their work must constantly seek more knowledge, or they could lag behind and become incompetent.
“Those who lack theories have no academic principles, unlike people withtheories, because they do not have the knowledge as the foundation for their work.”
"But those with theories who never get to practice,or refuse to put theories to practice are inferior to thetheorists who also practice, as the theorists without practice only make themselves and their knowledge irrelevant, unproductive, and unwanted. "
"All subjects taught are linked andcontributing to one another, both science and arts. No discipline can be applied separately or in isolation."
“Sometimes more studying and learning would not result in more wisdom orprogress, if the studying isnot properly done, and realknowledge is not obtained. It is therefore essential to study for wisdom, or to learn wisely, that is, learning what can be of real use, with no harm.”
The "learn wisely" methodis based on two principles: first, a thorough study of a subject, not just some parts or certain aspects,and second, what needs to be always kept in mind, is impartiality, without influences, good or bad.Otherwise, the knowledge will be veiled or distorted and cannot be appliedbeneficially, without harm.
“Beside academic knowledge, childrenshould be trained to work and to perform good deeds. Working enhances their capability, makingthem diligent, perseverant and self-reliant. Gooddeeds bring happiness and progress, and prevent them from decline.”
“Those with academic knowledge must maintain good moral values tomake the country survive and prosper. Those values are conscience - orknowing right and wrong - honesty in thought and deed, gratitude to the country and all protagonists, selflessness, non-aggression or non- harassment of others, sincerity and goodwill, and most importantly, diligence, doing the work oneself steadfastly, aiming for results.”
“The knowledge and the intelligence combined result in a special ability, that is, a thorough and complete knowledge, making one fully aware of the thoughts, behavior, theories, and intentions ofothers that one is in contact with. With such insight, one can avoid obstacles,problems, and pitfalls, andproceed on an appropriate path towards success.”
Knowledge and thought, if we consider them carefully - the thought leads the knowledge;that is, thought must be formed before the knowledge can be applied. But thoughts differ. Itcan be the thinking for progress or thinking for disaster. The thinking for progress must be firmly based on neutrality and impartiality, not biased or influenced by prejudices. Itmust be based on sincerity and rationality, so that the real objectives and benefits of theoperation can be set, along with the means to achieve the goal.
“In fact, I have often said… to be a tiger is not important.The important thing is for us to have a self-supporting economy. A self-supporting economy means to have enough to survive.”
“In bringing about progress and prosperity, it is imperative to build up gradually, one step ata time, implementing measures, while contemplating and improving them. Never make the efforts with haste, spurred by the eagerness to bring novelty, just for the sake ofnovelty. In fact, nothing is really new. All the novelties are just the continuation of the old.”
If we contain our wants, with less greed, we would be less belligerenttowards others. If all countries entertain this - this is not an economic system -the idea that we all should be self-sufficient, which implies moderation, not to the extreme, not blinded with greed, we can all live happily.
“One needs a faith, that is the idea, or the line of thought, as the principle governing ones actions, and one needs education, for knowledge, spiritual and material, so that life can be sustained. Faith and education are both important, and cannot be separated.”
“When the base is complete and firm, you can start developing further, building on that base, working, developing and improving at the same time.”
His Majesty is the soul of the Thai nation Long Live His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Sompong Yusoontorn