Myth Buster 20: Don’t Offer Sour Green Mangoes to the Buddhas

Published May 17, 2015 by jptan2012

green mangoOne of the most common misconceptions I have ever encountered is that it’s bad to offer to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Deities, and Taoist Gods unripe, sour, green mango. People believe that unripe mango is sour; it is not pleasant to the Buddhas, etc. I really don’t know where this belief came from but as I mentioned this a misconception, and the belief that offering green mangoes to the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Taoist Gods, Deities, etc. will create bad luck is but a myth.

The truth is when offering mangoes to the Buddha, Bodhisattvas, Deities, Taoist Gods, it is better to offer green mangoes first. However, one should wait for these mangoes to ripened first before taking it off the altar. In doing this, this signifies that you submit the ‘sour’ things in your life, the bad things in your life; your bad karma of your life to them so that they can help you sweetened them and makes your life good. Even if your life is going smoothly, and you feel like there’s no problem, doing this is still better.

One thing that you have to watch out for though is when the mango refuses to ripen, or when it seems to go to rot right away and it seems to skipped the ripen stage, that would mean that you might be having a problem soon. When this happen simply chant mantras to help ensure that the problem doesn’t push through.

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