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Dutch-Taiwanese Love Couple
Rutger J B Tamminga & Mohamukta
[Sending Love Transnationally & Establishing 20 Elementary Schools in Africa]
 
If you haven’t experienced hardships, desertions, breakups, deaths, and various sufferings in the spiritual and mortal world, can you really describe the word “love?”
—Rutger J B Tamminga & Mohamukta
 
 Rutger J B Tamminga was born in a family of Dutch officials. His father was an honest man and his elder brothers are an architect and a doctor. His only concern is peace in the world, eager to learn about the inner self, and determines to understand and solve social problems. After graduated from The University of Groningen in the Netherolands, he participated in transnational social services aiming to make the world a better place to live. Mohamukta was a victim of domestic violence since she was a child, and she got out of the broken environment through willpower and hard work. She worked all her way through the evening classes of the Department of Chinese Literature in University Providence. Hoping to find the road to auspiciousness, peace, prosperity and well-being with all mankind hand in hand, she went alone to a land that is forgotten by the world to serve the vulnerable local people, and improve their lives, and physical and mental health.

    
 Both of them took the borderless action to invariably choose to serve in Africa – a forgotten land by the world dedicatedly.

Besides working painstakingly, such as carrying heavy loads with their shoulders, back and head, they also went to the ports and piers visited by international figures to raise supplies and change them into cash, and established children’s homes to take care of children who are in desperate need.

Initially, they taught the uneducated children in poverty under the trees, followed by establishing more than 20 kindergartens, elementary schools, and women’s skills training homes one after another. After doing medical, financial, educational and cultural development consistently for 12 years, their efforts have paid off to benefit tens of thousands of disadvantaged in Africa.


Later in 1990, both of them continued to promote spiritual yoga and cosmic love education, and returned to Asia to offer and serve through traveling around Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, and established Love Centers to promote new humanistic education.
 
Eventually, they returned to Taiwan in 1995 and founded the “Ananda Dhara.” In the past 22 years, they have devoted themselves wholeheartedly to research on physical and spiritual education textbooks, teacher training, and special children’s yoga therapy. They have cultivated a large number of life education new bloods in four places on both sides of Taiwan Strait.
 
R. Tamminga and Mohamukta have tried transnational efforts to create more than 20 elementary schools in Africa. They have also established six Love Centers in Asia and cultivated many life education new bloods on both sides of Taiwan Strait and educated countless number of poor African children with new hopes. They deserve to be praised as the “Dutch-Taiwanese Love Couple” and stood out among 2616 candidates of Loved Life Medal from all walks of life in the world and won the “21st Fervent Global Love of Lives Award” in 2018 from Chou, Ta-Kuan Foundation in Taiwan. The Foundation always welcomes recommendations for life warriors from all walks of life in the world who are hardworking, benevolent, courageous, and have made great accomplishments, etc. (Fervent Global Love of Lives Award recommendation hotline of Chou, Ta-Kuan Cultural and Educational Foundation of Taiwan: 02-29178770, Fax: 02-29178768, Address: 3F, No. 52, Mingde Road, Xindian District, New Taipei City, Website: http://www.ta.org.tw, e-mail: ta88ms17@gmail.com).


Transforming hardships into power of love
Mohamukta was born on March 18, 1957 in a village of Taichung City. Her tragic growth background has made her feel discriminated and sad in contrast to parents from a prestigious family who could enjoy power, wealth and reputation.
 
Mohamukta was the most profound victim of a violence and problem family. Before entering elementary school at the age 3 to 5, she had already played the role of a mother taking care of her younger siblings and preparing three meals for the family. She had learned to use firewood to make fire, cook with the stoves by standing on a padded stool, and kill ducks for her mother during the postpartum period.
 
Upon entering the first grade of elementary school, she needed to get up early to sell vegetables to make up for her family before she could take her schoolbag to school. She also often needed to take her younger brother and sister for medical treatment, schooling, etc.

Amid the poverty family status after her father committed suicide by drinking poison and follow-up stormy and abusive life, she had to rely on her willpower and hard work to get out of that broken environment through working as a domestic helper, and working her way through university.

To realize the meaning of life, Mohamukta looked forward to improve the life culture and quality of her beloved relatives, and later found a road to auspiciousness, peace, prosperity and well-being by joining a world group. She flew to the Nepalese Himalayas in 1975 to study spiritual yoga, universal love education, and even abandoned her passport to infiltrate into the spiritual kingdom - the suburban Taoist Temple in Mengnaxi, India.
 
Then in 1978, Mohamukta chose to go to Africa, a land that is forgotten by the world and devoted herself to serving there for 12 years.

At that time, Mohamukta only owned some US$30 and alone in the unfamiliar Africa. She worked painstakingly, such as lifting heavy loads with her shoulders, back and head, raising funds for cash, and setting up children’s homes to raise children who are in desperate need. Starting from teaching children under the big trees, she established more than 20 kindergartens, elementary schools, women’s skills training homes one after another, and through these centers, she further made achievements in medical, financial and cultural domains.

After serving in Africa for more than a decade and fulfilling her charity work there, she turned to work in Asia in 1990 by traveling around Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore to continue her new humanity education services there.
 
Tying her heart to world peace and spreading love infinitely
R. Tamminga was born in a family of Dutch officials and ranked the youngest in the family. His father was an honest person and has never engaged in social entertainments. Someone once presented him a vase but he insisted on returning the property to the original owner. As his father was highly respected, a street has even named after his surname.

The two elder brothers of R. Tamminga are an architect and a doctor. His only concern is peace in the world and eager to learn about the inner self. He often travels around and gets along with street friends to understand their hardships and background issues, and often works as a volunteer in hospitals to take care of the patients.

 While studying at The University of Groningen in the Netherlands, R. Tamminga majored in Department of Sociology for the purpose of understanding and solving the social problems. He participated in social services with the aim to establish a better tomorrow, and had also experienced wars, famines, educational/cultural/environmental reorganization, etc. in many countries.

  In 1977, he learned ancient yoga with great masters one after another in Sweden, India and Nepal to nurture self-cultivation and self-realization. At the same time, he accepted the new humanistic education based on the value of universal love.
 

In 1978, R. Tamminga contributed himself totally to the world from what he learned, and then went to Africa to engage in field rescue, relief, educational/cultural reorganization, mentoring, and various kinds of physical and mental activities.

During his 12-year period in Africa, he had especially established and managed more than 20 kindergartens and elementary schools in Kenya, and established and managed 21 kindergartens in Zambia. In Tamiliya, he had also set up a field rescue school to house orphans who are homeless and whose loved ones had been killed.

Wonderful fate of two people
The magical fate happened to Mohamukta like a drama. To fulfill each other’s ideals, Mohamukta first contributed her services in Africa and later to Asia. After several encounters with R. Tamminga in Singapore, Indonesia and India, R. Tamminga was dispatched to serve in Mohamukta’s hometown in Taichung City, Taiwan.

After unparalleled trials and hardships, Mohamukta resolutely returned to Taiwan to establish a family with R. Tamminga in 1995. Since then, they are praised by everyone as a Dutch-Taiwanese Love Couple.

Starting a family life from picking up wooden planks on roadside and nailing the tables, R. Tamminga and Mohamukta have never forgotten the original purpose of working with humanity.
 

Building Ananda Dhara, and Physical and Mental Recovery Center
From 1997 onward, under the trust and donations of their friends, the couple got a bank loan and bought a hillside at Shuangwen Village, Nantou. They built a yoga demonstration village to serve as a psychological healing center for the people.

They worked very hard from carrying dozens of lampposts barehanded up the steep and undulating mountains for a distance of 3 to 4 kilometers, and occasionally dropping them to the valley. After fixing the poles into pillars and building a wooden house, they donated it to the charitable foundation hoping to work with it, but disappointed to find out that they had lost that land instead.

The couple did not give up. They went to reclaim a land belonging to a Puli’s friend and another piece of donated hillside on No.1192-1 Dahu Section of Shuixian, Dakeng Chou owned by Mohamukta’s grandfather. They made persistent efforts to rebuild a dream of another Ananda Dhara after more than 10 years of hardships, but needed to sell the land due to road rights issue.

They kept on fighting for four years at Dasheng Section of Dakeng, but had to temporarily postpone the project due to seriously disturbance of Forcipomyia taiwana (better known as small black mosquitoes) bites, and needed to wait for the completion of the urban gymnasium first.

Until currently, the construction of Shimen Villa provided by Mr. Guo Guorong of Qiao Daheng Real Estate has finally completed after many setbacks to become Taiwan’s first yoga demonstration village to benefit thousands of villagers.

Although R. Tamminga repeatedly wanted to leave Taiwan for the sake of the world’s well-being based on the fact that “the whole world is bleeding” and liked to return to his past life to contribute selfless services, but fate had failed his intentions and allowed the couple to stay for 22 years to build a sustainable base of love in Taiwan.

Continuing to spread love to places forgotten by the world
The couple started to settle down after bearing two daughters and re-plan the subject of life. They simultaneously carried out special children’s services, teacher training, new humanistic education that advocate healthy body and mind, and researching and providing teaching materials. They donated all their incomes from teachers’ training and activities to places in the country forgotten by the world, developed water resources and set up schools.

The couple keeps on rewriting the history and future one after another for the struggling and suffering people in every corner of the villages.
 
World rural education services
After struggling from scratch, the couple has actively devoted themselves to services in every corner of the world, including education, financial aids, and cultural reorganization. They have purchased three campuses for Ghana in Africa, and financed many rural areas and corners that are forgotten by the world for educational purposes. Examples are (1) Ghana Ho; (2) Ghana Kasoa; (3) Ghana Ejura; (4) earthquake-stricken area in Nepal (partial contribution went to the Buddhist groups); (5) Jhalida School near City of Joy, India; (6) Ananda Narga School, India; (7) Gutinagari, District of West Bengal, Howrah State, (8) Managua Environmental School, Nicaragua, (9) Foundation of Uanivas Elementary School, India; (10) Jhalda School, India; (11) Malong Elementary School, West Bengal; (12) Kithandur School, India; (13) Kutidih School at Jhalda, Purulia District, India; (14) Amsai Gensan school restoration in the Philippines; (15) Karnataka School, Kolar in South India; (16) donating the money from selling the book Loving Awareness to help students attending school in Paraguay; (17) donating the money from selling the book Loving Awareness to help students attending school in Burkina Faso; and (18) tree planting project in the desert hosted by Burkina Faso Neohumanism School.
 
In addition, many schools in India that are in urgent need of funds are forwarded by the couple’s charitable foundation.

Boundless educational teacher training
During their stay in Taiwan, Mohamukta and R. Tamminga has continued to teach Neohumanism concept based on their existing knowledge, and the knowledge and educational expertise they gained through servicing around the world.

The couple has developed a variety of immersive, lively, agile, easy-to-learn, easy-to-understand, creative, environmental, humanities, art, music, and body and mind teaching methods. They conduct teacher training around the world, including Taiwan, Japan , Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Canada, Sweden, Germany, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, African countries, etc.

All the teachers and students who have heard R. Tamminga’s works and other achievements are all attracted by their charisma, joy and love of the universe to gain lifetime benefits.

Mohamukta also wrote the book “Daughter of Taiwan, Daughter of the World” from her past experience. She organizes a spiritual workshop and all the incomes are donated to disadvantaged groups without rebates.
 
Special Children’s Rehabilitation Services - Love Life Workshop
R. Tamminga and Mohamukta also paid a lot of time in the rehabilitation services for special children.
 
The following organizations are cooperating with R. Tamminga and Mohamukta to organize teacher training, parent-child education, and body and mind activities: The special children’s services of Taichung Municipal Taichung Special Education School, Special Department of China Medical University, Special Children’s Association of Taiwan, Taiwan Baby-sitter Association, Social and Family Affairs Administration, universities, government agencies, Children’s Academies, Body and Mind Groups both at home and aboard, publishing houses, etc.
 
To date, they have developed numerous teaching materials, and hundreds of schools at home and abroad are now using these materials. Peking University, the National Federation of Pregnancy and Infant Education, and several provincial universities in mainland China, Ministry of Education, Singapore, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, and Malaysia are all cooperating with the couple to engage in teacher training and services.

It is very gratifying to see that children, regardless of their physical and mental conditions, can gradually bloom their unique beauty under the nourishment of love.

In order to purify the body and mind and create social harmony, the couple conducts the world of meditation movements through Wechat and Youtube, and holds the soul workshop with the aim to achieve the goal of happiness in the world.

For people who are so busy in life and for those with trapped souls, the couple offers free obligation to participate in life consultation work, and organizes workshops on death, rebirth and healing from time to time to learn and cherish love and life together with the world, and a well-being to give happiness to people.
 
Sowing incredible life for hopes and kindliness
Tamminga’s most unforgettable experience: Under the protection of the Air Force of United Nations Disaster Relief Organization (UNDRO), he remembered once where he shuttled through the battlefield littered with corpses to rescue children. For all the rescuers who saw the orphans crying in distress and helplessly for their parents who were shot dead, the power of love would urge the rescuers to rush forward without fear and rescued them from the siege. The terrorists in the woods would often shoot unexpectedly when the rescue workers rushed out. It was amazing that those children who were rescued had arrived in a safe place.

In memory, no rescuers were shot and killed in the course of rescuing. On one occasion, R. Tamminga picked up the last child who was weeping and frightening, and rushed back to the forest with one hand holding a smaller kid and the other hand pulling a bigger kid. He was followed closely by other children in tacit understanding and ventured deeper into a safety zone in the jungle. At that time, he did not know how far he had run, but felt paralyzed after reaching the safe place deep in the jungle.

After then, they were welcomed by their relatives and friends courteously just like a king. The escape in wartime had made the villagers even more impoverished. However, their passionate hospitality in treating the rescuers was very touching indeed.

The rudimentary huts in the jungle were covered with carpets, exotic flowers, vines and wild fruits gathered in the jungle, decorating the simple huts like palaces.
  
They were draped in leaves, flowers, and braided flower wreaths and requested to sit on a wooden platform. The surviving tribe enthusiastically presented them with the best food, flowers, and fruits gathered in the jungle. Their existence was regarded not just been benevolence, but even reliance and hope.

 The unexpected rescue from danger had let everyone fill with hope, act in tacit understanding and held tight amid the misery. After their homes were destroyed by artilleries, they began to rebuild their new homes in the secretive jungle quickly. Their bright hearts quickly left the blazing war incident behind their minds.

The warmth and love of R. Tamminga had quickly melted the children’s hearts filled with sadness and terror due to his active help to these people who fled during the war, rebuild their homes, erect simple shelters, educate the next generation, and reestablish the tribal culture. He also helped them to cultivate and plant crops, and do everything possible to help the remaining people to stand up again.

Regardless of children, they had to secretly return to their remaining house ruins during midnight to find the available tools and supplies. Meanwhile, the rescuers returned to their former UNDRO camp and brought them more supplies and vitality.

Hardship and distress had made a profound friendship between them. The moment of departure was unimaginable sad. The adults embraced the benefactors like children. For R. Tamminga, it is very difficult to forget that time of hardship he shared with the tribe even after several decades have gone by.

To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower
The most unforgettable thing for Mohamukta is people’s sufferings, from her mother’s miseries in life to the sufferings of the African disadvantaged groups.

Mohamukta once held an abandoned African baby girl “Joy” in her arms and then kept her in an incubator for a week to struggle for life, she saw a group of homeless elderly and children, including some skinny infants with bare chest and back, and big belly and bulging eyes accompanied even by animals lingering outside the restaurants of Kenya. They waited for tourists in the restaurant to throw bones and residual food they had eaten. In that moment, the people and animals would dashed forward for the food. Such tragic scene would always come into her mind.

The darkness of Africans is not because they are born with black skin. In the land that is forgotten by the world, even if people have large areas of land and they are willing to work hard, they don’t have a chance due to persistent drought in some areas.

At one time when Mohamukta brought back cheese, olives, biscuits and other things from the port, she noticed that the African sister even sneaked out and dug up the mud to eat. Their long-term hunger and insufficient food suffering have caused them to generate a habit of eating mud to satisfy the sense of satiety.

Once, Mohamukta had a gardener named “Tea.” She gave him a sack of rice and thought he might need something else. She brought additional supplies to his house and noticed that he lived in a shaky hut erected from tree branches. Except for an earthy stove, there was nothing else. Even the walls were perforated! Unexpectedly, the uneducated “Tea” gave that bag of precious “rice” that he has never had in his life to his neighbors who had several children to feed.

Pilcaka once said: “Africa is not dark because of the skin color of people. If we don’t help them, who else would help them?!”

Is suffering really the greatest asset of life, or it is the turning point for spiritual transformation?

The most anticipated dream
R. Tamminga and Mohamukta’s greatest dream is to allow the entire human race to honor its inner essence and find the beauty of soul. This will create a society that balances harmony with nature and teaches the universe to coexist and prosper together.

 For R. Tamminga and Mohamukta, their greatest hope is self-fulfilment to allow spirituality to lead all aspects of secularity in life. It is a consciousness to display supreme selfless services above all things.

In the Ladakh community of Kashmiri Buddhist tribe, anger and selfishness are seen as: diseases that need treatment! As long as we are not teaching children peace, they are already deviating towards violence.

When we are not advocating rationality, as well as love of the universe and environmental protection, children would fall into social dogma, selfishness and hatred to endanger the earth.

Even in today’s world, anthropologists have confirmed that there are still residents in more than 40 communities who have never experienced violence for generations.

 In Mexico, there is even a community called Zapotec where the leader has chosen to promote the values of peace and allowed the entire population to be separated from the city that was originally full of violence. It became independent to become an area totally without violence and possesses heavenly happiness and peace.

R. Tamminga and Mohamukta’s pledge: Firstly to warm and illuminate all the family members, and then further transform the society through a life full of morality, personality, healthiness, auspicious, and joyful culture.

It is especially important for every corner of the earth forgotten by the world to have schools, a quality life and a culture, thereby allowing our children to pass on the universal love from one generation to another. They hope that every city has a community like Zapotec to anger, selfishness and ideas that are deviated from life enlightenment and spiritual goals are to be immediately cured and corrected.