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Myth Buster 29: Hitting A Person With A Broom Will Bring Bad Luck to the Hitter!

Published July 24, 2015 by jptan2012

broomThere is a popular Chinese belief that hitting a person with a broom will bring bad luck to the hitter. Is there truth to this?

Well, you see it all started when Chinese parents, especially fathers believes that hitting a child, or spanking a child, is a good way of instilling discipline on them. Since leather belts are not used in the olden times, they would normally use stick or brooms.

Grandparents, especially, grandmothers and mothers will normally stop their husband from hitting their children because they know being hit with a broom is really painful. But since they cannot openly contradict the patriarch of the family, they would have to think of creative ways of stopping their husbands from using the broom. So they have to be creative in trying to stop their husband from using the broom, and since most Chinese believes in Feng Shui, they would often say that hitting somebody with a broom would bring bad luck to the hitter. This little white lie will often save their children from being hit by the broom.

As most often, these things get accepted as fact and becomes a regular belief. But there it goes, another myth busted!

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Myth Buster 28: A Broken Picture Frame Is A Bad Omen

Published July 3, 2015 by jptan2012
Photo uploaded from Google Images.

Photo uploaded from Google Images.

I think it is an international belief that when a picture falls off or if a picture frame breaks, its usually taken as a sign of a bad omen that something bad will happen to the person on the picture. So much so that it usually uses as a minor plot on movies and TV dramas to heightened the drama that something bad is about to happen.

This is both a myth but at the same time, it’s not. Let me explain myself.

Pictures are our extension, so there is some truth that part of our soul is captured once our picture is taken. But of course, it’s not the soul that is being captured but the photo becomes an extension of our chi or life force. This happens without our life force or chi being diminished, and the chi on the picture is so small that some Feng Shui experts and Taoist priest still debates whether it is of any significance.

Personally, I think it is of some significance, but not significant enough to make us paranoid every time we had our picture taken.

Anyway, going back to the topic, if your picture fell from the wall or if your picture frame breaks does that mean that something bad is about to happen.

I think it means that something bad is bound to happen, however, photos being an extension of yourself, might have absorbed it already that you need not be afraid, it means it has been prevented already. However, in some rare instances, if what is about to happen is really something big or something really terrible then maybe something will still happen but whatever it is it definitely has been diminished because your photo has absorbed some of it.

But how do we know whether something will still happen or not? It’s hard to say, so as a safety precaution, one can light some incense, chant a mantra, or make a donation in a temple or church, or wear amulets like the Vajrapani Ruel or wear images of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.

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Myth Buster 27: Knock On Wood

Published June 23, 2015 by jptan2012
Hand knocking on wood

Hand knocking on wood

In the western world and even here in the Philippines, you might be literally living under the rock if you’re not familiar with the phrase “Knock on wood!” One usually says this if one said something or thought of something that is not very pleasant. To avoid what was said from happening, one utters the phrase ‘knock on wood’ while literally knocking on wood.

But where did this belief come from?

In the olden times, unlike now where most cities are highly urbanized, people lived amongst the trees, and they believe that inside the trees dwell some spirits. So if they think something bad may happen, they knock on trees to ask for the help of spirit or spirits dwelling inside the tree. Remember houses were not big then and people usually discuss things outside amongst the trees.

As a lot of places got highly urbanized and trees are cut down, this became ‘knock on wood’ because (1) trees are no longer that accessible and (2) wood comes from trees.

But is there truth to imploring the help from the spirit of trees? And also does it work with ordinary woods that have turned into furniture?

To the first question, my answer is yes. However, the biggest mistake here is how to discern whether the spirit residing in the said tree is a good or bad spirit. And if it’s a good spirit how to discern whether it is strong enough to help. So better not to ask help from tree spirits unless you really know that they are good spirits.

When it comes to the second question. The answer is most wood whether they are turned into furniture or not doesn’t carry a spirit anymore, but having said that some antique wooden furniture may still be inhabited by a spirit or soul. Usually in this kind of situation, they are bad spirits. So better not to ‘knock on wood’!

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Myth Buster 26: Pregnant Women Should Bathe In The Afternoon To Prevent Evil Spirit From Causing Harm To The Baby!

Published June 21, 2015 by jptan2012

Pregnant womanWell, technically this is not a myth but neither it is connected to evil spirits. It is true that in the olden days before the invention of air conditioner, pregnant women are regularly advised to bathe in the afternoon. Why?

Because the temperature is usually warmest after lunch, and the heat might further elevate the already elevated body temperature of the pregnant woman, and this might cause hypertension or heat stroke that might affect the baby or the mother.

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Myth Buster 25: All Buddhist Believes in the Power of Wearing Buddhist Images and Amulets

Published June 17, 2015 by jptan2012

If you talk about Buddhism, you inevitably talk about the images of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, amulets, and auspicious symbols. However, one of the most common misconceptions is that all Buddhists believe in the power of wearing amulets and other Buddhist images.

Front side of my Kuan Yin Pendant

Front side of my Kuan Yin Pendant

Well…that’s the straight answer and it is outwardly the correct answer but not entirely correct other. Let me present it to you the best way I can.

The past years and more recently saw the rise in popularity of the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT (this is no longer available for request) and more recently the VAJRAPANI RUEL(1). The Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra pendant cannot be considered as an amulet. The truth is I really don’t know how to call it, but technically speaking, and strictly speaking it is also not a Feng Shui Charm, what it is simply a collection of images of what I think are the essential images of Buddhas, Mantras, and other Buddhist symbols. I combined them together, ask a jeweler to make it into a pendant and it proved to be quite effective. What it is simply is the collection of the images, I believe one of the reason that it has become so powerful is “there is strength in numbers”.

The Vajrapani Ruel on the other hand is a very powerful amulet, perhaps as mentioned one of the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon. Although strictly speaking it is not an amulet but a ruel. It was last made about half a century ago. If you wish to know more about it you can read about it by clicking on the following – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL AMULET IN THE BUDDHIST PANTHEON CALLED VAJRAPANI RUEL.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It's important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

But let us go back to the question whether all Buddhists believes in the power of amulets. Until very recently I believe that all school or lineage of Buddhism do believe in the wearing amulets, or even wearing images of the auspicious symbols and Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Until I met a Zen master.

The very first thing this Zen master shared with me is that amulets don’t work, images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas doesn’t carry any special power. Zen Buddhism is like the protestant of Christianity; they are quite strict and simple with their belief. That is comparatively speaking with other schools or lineage of Buddhism. If you look at their temple or monastery, it is so much simpler, but they still have and pay tremendous amount of respect to the images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or other dharma instruments or symbol. They even have special clothes to wear when attending a puja, and once worn, this clothing, which looks like a robe can’t be worn inside the toilet, there’s even a proper way of walking once the robe has been worn. On the other hand, when told this Zen master about the story how a Vajrapani Ruel(2) help eradicate the bad karma of a young monk, this Zen master loved the story asked my permission to share it with others but slightly change it by avoiding to mention the part where the Vajrapani Ruel(3) is mentioned.

Are they then contradicting their own teachings by paying so much respect to the dharma instruments, and Buddha and Bodhisattva images and then teach people not to believe this will help them. It seems to be so. However, if you look deeper, it is not actually the case. They believe what they say and they practice it. How?

The truth is images of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other Buddhist images or symbols or simply that symbols. It is our intention and acceptance of what it represents that puts meaning into it. This representation is not exclusive to human, but other sentient beings and heavenly beings see that representation as well. And that makes it effective.

But Zen Buddhism masters are very cautious in drawing attention to the power of these symbols or images because they’re very cautious that they may lead people to do the wrong kind of attachment. Wrong understanding of something leads to wrong views, which leads to false belief.

I pointedly ask the Zen master about wearing of Buddhist images, this Zen master refused to used the power to be associated with the pendants, but this Zen master did say that there is merit in wearing these images, and that the merit gathered is also associated with the virtue that the Buddha or Bodhisattva or dharma instrument represents. Note though that this was a much longer conversation and it was not presented in black and white. But ultimately this Zen master acknowledged that there is merit and that sometimes these merits depend on the nature of our intention. Merit is the term used in Zen Buddhism about gaining some ‘luck’ in a certain act.

So to answer the said question. Do all Buddhists believe in the power of wearing images of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and other dharma or auspicious symbols? No. But then again, there is merit to it, which will bring some blessings. So maybe it’s a yes. The intricacies lie in the fact that it depends on your intention and how much are you attached to the superficial benefits.

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Myth Buster 24: A Maiden Who Sings While Cooking Will Get to Marry a Widow

Published June 16, 2015 by jptan2012

There is a popular Filipino belief that a maiden who sings while cooking will marry a widow. Is there truth to this?

Photo is of a famous Filipino singer. Uploaded from Google.

Photo is of a famous Filipino singer. Uploaded from Google.

Well…absolutely no! This idea came about because usually parents or employers don’t like their maids or children singing while cooking because this has the tendency to ‘shower’ some saliva on the food being cook. However, repeated reminder not to sing will be ignored. To scare a maiden who naturally wants to marry a bachelor, the elders or employers will scare them that they will marry a widow. Given that the number of requests for the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra pendant and the very powerful Vajrapani Ruel are mostly form single ladies who wants to marry, I can see how effective this scare tactic is. And in the olden times here in the Philippines, when you say widow, the picture that comes to mind is an old thin or obese guy with a cane smoking a cigar that may be totally unpleasing to the eyes of a maiden.

 

 

Myth Buster 23: Dreams Are The Opposite of Reality – Dreaming A Pot of Gold!

Published June 13, 2015 by jptan2012

pot of goldToday I would like to share with you a story of another reader from the US who contacted me to ask what her dream meant.

According to MT she has been dreaming of a Pot of Gold for 3 consecutive nights and that the Pot of Gold was at the foot of Yellow Dzambhala. But she clarified that the focus of the dream is the Pot of Gold and not Yellow Dzambhala, she only saw Yellow Dzambhala when in her dream she looked around.

Now I would like to address here the myth that all dreams are opposite of the reality. For example, a lot of people believe that you dream of laughing that would mean their is sadness. Or if you dream of wealth you’ll have a problem. That is a big myth. There is no truth to it. Dreams are seldom interpreted that way. There is no clear cut way of interpreting dreams. So don’t believe that it is always the opposite of truth.

Yellow Dzambhala

Yellow Dzambhala

Such is the case with the dream of MT. Told her that she will come into some form of money luck soon! She should also try to enhance this luck by getting a Yellow Dzambhala both as pendant and as a displayable image.  She got both. On top of it because she said she really wants to claim the ‘pot of gold’ and believes the very powerful Vajrapani Ruel will also help get the ‘pot of gold, so she also got a Vajrapani Ruel.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It's important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless.

Sharing this now, because she said she figuratively did found a pot of gold when upon cleaning their house storage room she found an old computer and a old jewelry box. She was about to throw the IBM computer away when her son who is a IT student decided to take a look at it. He realized that it was a vintage, and decided to show it to his professor. To make the long story short, IBM decided to buy the computer at a very ridiculous high price!

Furthermore, the jewelry box also contained an antique ivory jewelry which they sold at an antique shop, and that also fetch a ridiculous high price.

According to MT both things fetch enough money to pay off their remaining mortgage plus an extra for a car for their son!

If you dream of a pot of gold, you can simply follow any of the Feng Shui recommendations on how to enhance wealth luck mentioned on this blog – FENG SHUI TIPS TO ENHANCE WEALTH LUCK!

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