The Philippines was recently besieged by two major calamities. I’m talking about the Bohol Killer Quake and Typhoon Yolanda, with an international name of Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan is said to be the strongest typhoon in recorded history.
Have been actively involve in the relief operations in both calamities. My involvement helped me realized that sometimes the best way to help is to simply send in donations and relief goods.
I know that there has been an overflowing of relief goods being donated, but trust me when I say that they’re not enough. If you can please do send more relief goods to centers who still accept them, or better yet send in money, because money can be use to rehabilitate the affected areas and help people who need them.
However, let us not forget that aside from monetary and material help, we can also help by saying some prayers.
For Buddhists, we can recite the mantra of Avalokitesvara also known as Kuan Yin, or Goddess of Mercy. Her mantra is OM MANI PADME HUM. Recite as many full malas as you can. You can also recite the mantra of the Medicine Buddha. His mantra is . TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA. Reading their sutras and dedicating it to the people affected by both calamities will also bring them some form of a blessing and help.
For Taoists, you can light some incense for the people who were affected by the calamities. You can all ‘Ti Yu’ or add oil on their behalf.