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Myth Buster 45: Throwing Coins Creates Safe Travel!

Published Hulyo 7, 2017 by jptan2012

Recently, there was a news about a Chinese woman who delayed an airline flight by 5 hours because for good luck and safe trip she decided to throw coins into the propeller of the jet.

I was swamped with the question whether there is a basis for this.

This practice started hundred of years ago when the main mode of transportation to other places is by boat or ship. When they will a rough part of the sea, they will throw some offerings to the sea to help appease the gods or spirit of the sea. Later on throwing coins seems easier then people start to think that they should throw coins to deceive the spirit that these are ‘people’ since coins have images of heroes, they will then stop getting the spirit of those aboard the boat or ship.

I personally don’t know whether this has any basis. But I’m inclined to believe that this is not true. I have written about Feng Shui rituals for a safe trip before. But to make easier I simply bring my Vajrapani Ruel and my Kalachakra pendant with me. With that I’m assured of safe flight.

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Myth Buster 44: It Is Better to Eat Tikoy or Nan Giao That was Given As A Gift!

Published Pebrero 6, 2017 by jptan2012
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Photo uploaded from Google Images.

This is a post – Lunar New Year post. The past weeks, I think I have about 7 people ask me whether it is true that Tikoy or Nan Giao or Chinese New Year Sticky Rice Cake is better eaten if one received it as gift.

There is no truth to this belief.

To be honest I’m not sure whether where this belief originated but it seems to prevalent only amongst Filipinos. One reason I can think of is that they see their Chinese ‘brothers’ get so happy to receive Tikoy or Nan Giao(s). And some of them might have said that it is lucky to receive Nan Giao.

Well, in a way it’s true, but in only as much as it is lucky to receive any gift from a person, because the act of giving comes with some good chi.

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Myth Buster 43: Incense Smoke Brings Our Prayers to Heaven

Published Nobyembre 17, 2016 by jptan2012

When I was in still elementary and going to a Christian school, my Christian teacher told us that when Buddhist (collectively referring to Taoist and Buddhist) pray they light an incense because the incense smoke brings the prayer the wishes to heaven. Of course, given that she is our teacher, a lot of us believe this. and later on I found out that this is a very common beliefs amongst non – Taoist or non – Buddhist, but more than that this is also a common belief amongst Taoist and Buddhist as well.

There is no truth to that belief. When we chant – a – mantra, or recite – a – sutra, or even pray, we don’t need to light incense for the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas to hear our prayer. In fact, the sutra says even before we say our heart’s wishes or desires, the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas already know them. We only light incense as an offering to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or Taoist Gods.

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Myth Buster 42: Lightning Storm is A Sign of Bad Omen!

Published Hunyo 8, 2016 by jptan2012

Photos-of-Lightning12On July 10, 1856 a pregnant woman went into labor. While delivering her baby around midnight, there was a strong lightning storm. Thus while delivering the child, the midwife got pretty scared, and when everything has settled, the midwife told the new mother that her son is a child of darkness. It was said that the mother got scared for she knew about the belief that lightning storm are a sign of bad omen and/or that it shows that the child is a child of evil. Which is another pervading belief in some Eastern European countries.

The child is Nikola Tesla, a Serbian scientist who later became an American. He worked for Thomas Edison, and while he is not as famous as Thomas Edison, his discovery and invention of the modern Alternating Current (AC) electrical supply has greatly impacted on how we use electricity these days.

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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla is the living proof that Lightning Storms are not bad omen. In fact, regular readers of this blog, especially those who have the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon, the Vajrapani Ruel, would know that Bodhisattva Vajrapani is of the Vajra lineage and He has the power of the lightning and thunder.

Having said this, contrary to the popular belief that lightning storm is a bad omen, if we only tap into it’s power, lightning storm can help change bad luck to good luck.

Some of you might remember that I have written about the power of lightning. If not you can read the posts:

 

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Myth Buster 41: Meeting A Mentally Challenged Person Will Bring Luck To You If You Are Going Fishing!

Published Mayo 19, 2016 by jptan2012

There is a belief amongst fishermen that when you meet a mentally challenged person on your way to ‘work’, you will definitely have good luck and able to fish lots of fishes.

Is there truth to this?

Well, this belief originated from the Shetland Islands in Britain where the primary source of livelihood is fishing. In the olden times, boy as young as 10 years old are already being trained to fish.

I would think that because these boys are at the ‘mischievous’ stage, they would laugh or make fun of mentally challenged people, thus their elders will ask them to not do it because it actually gives them luck.

There is no truth to the fact that meeting a mentally challenged person will give you luck. But treating them properly or with kindness might bring you some good karma!

 

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Myth Buster 40: The Ashes of a Black Cat Will Enable You to See & Fight Demons!

Published Mayo 18, 2016 by jptan2012

black catIt’s been quite some time since I wrote about an article under the MYTH BUSTER category. But today, allow me share a pervasive myth amongst the local of Siquijor (a province in the Philippines known for witchcraft and stories of Manananggal or local vampires). In a trip to Siquijor a few months back, some people told me that I will never see a pure black cat in Siquijor because the albularyos (local shamans) hunts the black cat, kill them, then burn it and use the ash in looking for demons and fighting them. I was quite surprised and told my guide to hook me up with an albularyo who practices this because I would surely love to understand more about this practice.

Some of my friends who are with me warned me not to talk to the albularyos because I might get hexed or bewitched. I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t happen because I have my Kalachakra Pendant and more importantly I have my Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet.

I was lucky enough to meet two elderly albularyos who absolutely forbid me to take their photo because they believe that their soul might be captured by the camera or photo (I will discuss this in succeeding posts). Anyway, they told me that this is a known way to best see and fight a demon, but it is a practice that is quite difficult to do. At the end, they said that they have tried it, however, they don’t know the actual ritual thus are unable to do it.

I got really curious about this practice and decided to do more research about it. I found out that ancient Hebrews also believes in this practice. Now the question is there truth to this?

The variables present as was shared with me are they only need of the ashes of black cat and some prayer. If I’m going to base it on this alone, I think this is more of a myth. Why? Because an ash has no chi. It is literally without energy thus it can be used into a spiritual object or amulet. In fact, Buddhist prefers to be cremated because in that case they won’t have to worry as to where to put the ash. Once a person has been cremated, one will not need to worry about the Feng Shui of the burial site because the ashes have no chi.

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Myth Buster 39: The Number Four Brings Death!

Published Disyembre 14, 2015 by jptan2012

Today, allow me to talk about a very popular Chinese belief that the number four (4) causes death.

A lot of Chinese believes that the number 4 brings death; this belief is so strong that a lot of buildings don’t have the 4th floor. So from 3rd floor it skips to 5th floor, totally taking out the fourth floor. Likewise, they won’t have the fourteenth (14th) floor, twenty-fourth (24th) floor and so on.

Is there truth to this? Well, unlike with other Myth Busters that I have written, the answer to this is quite not straight forward because strictly speaking there is no truth to this, but sometimes this can be true. Before you get confuse, please allow me to explain.

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Don’t be surprised not to see the 4th floor botton in an elevator. Because a lot of Chinese – owned building purposely take out the 4th floor and skips to 5th floor for fear that havng a 4th floor brings death to the occupant of that particular floor.

If you look at the Feng Shui flying star, the number four (#4) flying star is the romance and literary star. Meaning it is the star that brings romance luck and literary luck or education luck. So strictly speaking base on the flying star formula of Feng Shui there is no truth to the belief that number 4 brings death.

In Buddhism and Taoism, there is real significance of the number 4. The only closest thing that I can think of that signifies the number four is the Four Great Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism, which are Kuan Yin Bodhisattva also known as Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva or Chenrezig Bodhisattva, Earth Store Bodhisattva also known Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, and Manjushri Bodhisattva. Obviously, they have nothing to do with bringing bad luck or death.

So where this did belief comes from? And why can’t I categorically say that there is no truth to this belief?

I have written, more than once, the story about Mao Zedong’s fake Feng Shui experts. They are the ones who propagated the belief that the North is always the worst part of the house. I have written about this in the following posts:

It is also at the same time that the belief that the number 4 in an address or a building (as one of the floors) is bad luck. Why? As mentioned before, Mao Zedong and those that followed didn’t want the people to practice Feng Shui for fear that it might be used to the disadvantage of those in the government. So what they did is that they prohibited all Feng Shui masters to practice Feng Shui. Several of them were in captured and brought to labor camps for ‘reeducation’. And because the public can’t be stopped from wanting to practice Feng Shui, the Chinese government released their own fake Feng Shui masters and that brought out a lot of simplistic Feng Shui principles that are totally baseless. One of which is that the North being the worst side, and number 4 or having a 4th floor is really bad because four in Chinese Mandarin and Han Chinese, which is the dominant ethnic group, sounds like or sounds very similar to the word death.

But does this carry some truth? Direct answer is no. Nevertheless, this belief became so ingrained in people’s mind that sometimes by sheer of strong belief and power of the believing mind, death does occur.

So how does one counteract this? Simple, simple know that there is no truth to this.

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