By Formosa News Group (Originally in Chinese)
The azure blue and tranquil sky radiated warm sunshine everywhere. Sunlight sparkled through the trees with an atmosphere of warmth and gratitude, adding much happiness and joy in Hsihu in May Golden Year 14 (2017). To celebrate Master’s birthday and Mother’s Day, over 6,100 guests comprised of our Association members, relatives and friends from all corners of the world, including Âu Lạc, Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Formosa, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, Togo and the United States, joined the celebration. The program began in the Forest Meditation Hall in the afternoon of May 14.
May is typically the rainy season, and the downpour on the 13th brought coolness to the air the next day. Under the shade of the trees in the Forest Meditation Hall, our Association members from over 20 nations anticipated Master’s arrival with utmost sincerity.
Master arrived in the Forest Meditation Hall wearing a beautiful bright green blouse and elegant white pants. Our Association members were full of joy being in Master’s presence. With tears in our eyes, many of us waved our hands or put our palms together while gazing at Master as She walked slowly around the venue, blessing all the disciples. It was the first time for some of our members to see Master even though they had been initiated for many years, so they shed happy tears. When Master entered the Forest Meditation Hall from the arch bridge near the pond, and sat in front of the stage, the celebration of Master’s birthday and Mother’s Day began.
Some of our Aulacese sisters and brothers presented an elegant couples fan dance in traditional clothing, with lively music to lighten up the atmosphere. A brother from New Zealand sang the song “Moonlight” while dancing with an umbrella in the Chinese Opera style to express his yearning for home.
In ancient China, the red-crowned crane symbolizes longevity and well-being. The red-crowned crane goddess lives in the Heavenly Realm, having the power to come and go between the human world and Heaven. A sister from China performed a red-crowned crane dance, wishing Master health and longevity. Some Aulacese members performed a nostalgic folk dance, presenting a peaceful and carefree country life. As Master sang along with the performers, everyone enjoyed the blissful time with Master, which will forever remain in the hearts of our Association members.
Wearing traditional red and white, and pink outfits, Mongolian brothers and sisters danced on the stage, accompanied by an energizing rhythm, vividly recreating their nomadic lives on the endless green prairies. Professional cellist, sister Gu, and world renowned pianist, sister Chang, performed Elgar’s “Salut d’Amour.” The music touched the hearts of the whole audience. Next, Formosan aboriginal Bunun Tribe music was played by our Association members on the cello, piano, viola, flute, and tambourine, giving the traditional music a modern touch.
Finally, representatives of our Association members from Âu Lạc, Australia, China, Formosa, Hong Kong, Korea, Mongolia, Togo, and the USA took turns to offer Mother’s Day wishes to Master and all the mothers in the world.
Master thanked all Association members for their Mother’s Day wishes, and said that a mother’s job is the most hard-working job. Master recalled that during the times when She saw Her parents in Hong Kong, She remembered what it was like when She was in Her teens; She was carefree, as everything was taken care of by Her parents. She had no worries and no burdens, and life was comfortable. After being a Master, the feeling is the opposite. Anyone who still has parents alive should be with them as long as possible, for it is a true blessing to have the company of one’s parents. Master expressed Her gratitude to all the parents in the world, all the mothers in the world, and urged people to show filial respect to their parents. At the end, Master invited some elder Association members who are mothers to the stage to cut the cake together to celebrate Mother’s Day.
As the sun set in Hsihu, our Formosan Association members returned to their homes with contentment and happiness, while the remaining over 2,000 members stayed in the center to continue meditating and immersing themselves in the Light and Sound from God.