Sunday, June 27, 2021

Tranquility at the Lotus Temple

Where can we find peace in a world full of noise, hatred, and wars?  People would fight for their beliefs and feel superior to their religion. Country versus country, religion versus religion, people tend to have endless fights about what they truly believe in.

In a country of more than one billion people, I've found a place where people regardless of social status and religion would come together to worship one God.

It's the Bahaí House of Worship, popularly known as the Bahá'í Temple or Lotus Temple. It's magnificent modern architecture that the people of the world have to visit and appreciate its beauty. 

This architectural wonder was designed to form like a lotus flower. One can see it from the top, from all sides, and even from a kilometer distance. It was built to house thousands of visitors from different places in India and different nationalities in the world.

It was a great moment when I challenged myself to visit Lotus Temple in Delhi, India sometime in December 2011. I remember the thousands of people inside the temple complex who endured the long lines to get inside the main temple. I had to follow the strict rules of patiently waiting in line and leaving the shoes to go barefooted inside the temple.

I had to find a good place to sit in, as I entered the temple. I'd chose to sit peacefully in the center and meditated for an hour. There was no noise but purely serenity. There were no religious objects, but just the walls and interior designs. It was a calming and meditative experience as I was surrounded by people from all walks of life and different religion.

I felt good and inspired that people of opposing beliefs could come and sit together in the same place of worship. It could not be possible for other religions as they impose exclusivity to protect their faith.

At the Bahá'í Temple, everyone is a son of one God. And that all people believe in one God. That's the significance of the Bahá'į faith. It's about the oneness of humanity. No hatred, no prejudice, and no exclusive God. But only one God for all.

If every country has its Bahá'í Temple, the people, and even atheists could have a place to visit to ponder about their existence and purpose. To find meaning and contemplate the joy of living.

Bahá'í faith taught me about the realization of one God for humanity. The same God that I adore and pray for wherever I am and wherever I may be.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fathers Day Special: A Hero in our Hearts


Who's your favorite hero? It may be Marvel superheroes or national heroes which you idolize for their bravery and supernatural powers. Since when we're a kid, we look up to someone who has the energy to make things happen.


A hero could be those we see on TV or read in a book. But, the hero we couldn't miss is just there with us from the moment we were born until our grown-up years and even when we live independently to follow our path and destiny.

Our Father is a hero and deserves honor and recognition from us, his children. His endearing sacrifice made us survive and become better. We become whole and complete because he fills in with what's missing in us. He continuously provides guidance when we're down and on our way up. He believes in us that we can make always make it in life. That we can fight even if we have doubts and fears.

When we go beyond personal goals and dreams, it's when we become selfless. And Fathers would go his way to serve beyond family but to the community.

My Father has achieved his higher purpose in public service as an elected official. He served as a Town Councilor from the year 1998-2007 and from 2016 until the present. I've witnessed his performance and dedication, and he has proven his toughness and resilience in dealing with battles. 

There are things I may not have understood in the past. But today, I carry within the lessons imparted. The wisdom will always be cherished and to be shared with loved ones. It's always in my heart because a hero is immortal. He stays forever in our hearts.

Fathers are real-life heroes. They are our superheroes. They are everywhere, and they serve with selfless love and compassion. Today, we celebrate Father's day, and we give special moments of reminiscing and remembering their contributions and an impact on our lives.

©️ 2021 Del Cusay

Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Desire for Freedom

We all have fears. Sometimes we fear the big things like traumas from the past. There are times we fear the unknown. We feel anxious and overwhelmed by circumstances. And that our fears will haunt us forever.

Just like the present Covid-19 vaccination, more people are getting anxious. Some would have wanted it, while others are still fearful. It's an answered prayer that finally we have a solution to the pandemic. 

We have protection in the form of a vaccine. We can't be living like this where people are getting infected and die every day. Since we now have a vaccine, we have to take action. We have to decide. We have to let go of our fears.

Some reasons for fears of the vaccine could be due to lack of factual information and the spread of disinformation on social media. The latter is common and harms the confidence of the people.

Some would also fear the side effects or adverse reactions they heard or watched on the news. They perceive it to be realistic and so they refuse to be a victim.

I'm now fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The day before the 123rd celebration of the Philippine Independence, I got vaccinated for the 2nd dose. That was an act of courage and altruism. That's because we protect not only ourselves but also our families, loved ones, and communities. 

We've been suffering a lot already for more than a year since the pandemic. It made us keep our distance from our loved ones and other people. It created a barrier on our physical bodies by wearing masks and face shields. It has made people lonely and depressed. It affected the way we live. And it killed our higher hopes and dreams.

The time will come for the Covid-19 vaccine will be rolled out to everyone. We can't afford to get sick, and we don't deserve to die. We have to achieve herd immunity so we can regain our lives. 

Life has to move on despite the challenges we all face at the moment. Life is good, no matter how worse circumstances are. And on our desire for freedom, we have to give our greatest sacrifice. We need to show our love. 

©️ 2021 Del Cusay