Supreme Decoration of the Mongolian State, the Order of Chinggis Khaan, acceptance
speech by Jack Weatherford,
“Thank you, Mr. President and Distinguished Officials of Mongolia.
The greatest heroes of history have always been the
lawmakers. Shakyamuni the Buddha, gave
us the Dharma of Enlightenment, the Wheel of Law. Confucius devised the civil law of the family
and state. Moses gave God’s laws of
behavior to the Jews. Jesus spread the
law to the Christians, and the final prophet Muhammad ended the era of great
religious law givers.
Chinggis Khaan did not start a new religion. Instead, he gave the law of the Eternal Blue
Sky granting freedom to all religions.
Each religion was like one finger of God, and the Eternal Blue Sky
united all of them into one — into one dream of a united and peaceful
world. The world today is still
struggling to achieve that goal. We are
now in the ninth century of the struggle to fulfill Chinggis Khan’s law and
dream of the Great Mongolian Peace.
Nine is the most auspicious of numbers.
This is the century that Mongolia can help the world move closer to the dream
of Chinggis Khaan. Mongolia
is the center of world history, the homeland of Chinggis Khaan, and you are the
guardians of his memory and legacy. I am
deeply honored that you allow me to join you in your great work.
As I flew to Mongolia this week, I watched out the airplane window
as we passed Khentii, I knew in my heart that this was how the land looked on
the day that Mother Hoelun brought her child into the world. The Eternal Blue Sky itself welcomed her
child with a pure white hadag of snow placed across this country from
end to end.
I thank you, and I pray:
May the Golden Light of the Eternal Blue Sky forever bless this Sacred
Nation of Chinggis Khaan.