This is just a quick post to remind you that the Hungry Ghost Month this 2017 is happening on August 22, 2017 to September 19, 2017. The eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival is on Sept. 4 and Hungry Ghost Festival or Hungry Ghost Day is Sept. 5.
The Hungry Ghost Festival is also known as the Zhong Yuan Festival in Taoism and Yu Lan Pen Festival in Buddhism. This is the day we pay respects to the deceased by making some offerings. This is also the day where you can do the Ullambana Ritual, which I introduced to my readers last year.
It is said that all ghost, especially the hungry ghosts, will come out of hell during the Hungry Ghost Month, and it is said that they are strongest on the eve and on the festival day itself. The festival day always happens on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. This is why the 15th day of the 7th lunar month is called Hungry Ghost Day and the 7th lunar month is called Hungry Ghost Month.
The Chinese, especially the older generation have the custom of making offerings to their dead relatives and to their ancestors, but also to all hungry ghosts. The Hungry Ghost Festival is considered as one of the most important date in the Chinese tradition.
As mentioned the Chinese believes that during the Hungry Ghost Month (sometimes simply called Ghost Month), the gates of hell will open to allow the hungry ghosts to go back to our world. During this time, they will roam around our world to eat with us. Because of this they also bring about a lot of negative energies and may cause bad luck and illness and accidents.
To help ease the sufferings of the hungry ghosts, and to avoid causing bad luck to us, the Chinese usually perform ceremonies on the eve of the hungry ghost day, but a lot of Chinese, also make offerings all throughout the hungry ghost month. They will set altars for them and chant mantras or recite sutras that will help give merit to the hungry ghosts. . Monks often throw rice or some small foods into the air to distribute them to the ghosts.
On the evening of the Ghost day, people also make lanterns and float them on the river to help their relatives find their way back to home. The lanterns are usually lotus flower-shaped with light or candles. Some people also write their ancestors’ name on the lanterns.
I have written extensively about the Hungry Ghost Month and the Hungry Ghost Festival. If you are not yet familiar with them, I suggest that you check on the link below and read them to know how you can stay safe.
But at this point, allow me to share with you that for this year’s ghost month, while there is nothing extra significant other than what has been mentioned already, people born in the years of the Snake, Horse, and Sheep should take extra precaution because these three signs are already afflicted or side afflicted by the stronger than usual Five Yellow Star or Wu Wang (#5 Flying Star). As a result, they have to be extra careful with their business or financial dealings because money loss is definitely a serious threat during the hungry ghost month. Furthermore, people born under the sign of the Horse and Sheep ( who is also directly affected by the #7 Star of Violence) should take extra care about their safety. Accidents or crime may happen. It is very important the Horse, Sheep, or Snake should have the Vajrapani Ruel and the Ullambana Amulet, which will be sent to me by my Guru Lama in the next few days.
Before I share with you all the other posts that I’ve written about the Hungry Ghost Month, I just would like to remind everybody that it is very important that you should all make sure, whether you are born under the sign of the Sheep, Horse, or Snake, to protect yourself. There is no such thing as over protection.
TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:
Sometimes even when we have amulets we cannot just rely on our amulets to ‘do things for us’, there will be times when we have to make decisions. Things will not always be presented on a silver platter even if we have a powerful amulet like the Vajrapani Ruel.
For example, when we have to decide on what business project to take when we can only take one. If we are presented with two good things, it can be hard to decide on which on to take if we can have one only.
Chanting the alternative mantra of Vajrapani Bodhisattva for a full 10 malas (one mala is 108x) is a way to tap into the wisdom of Bodhisattva Vajrapani and use it to our advantage.
Admittedly, this will work faster and better if one has the Vajrapani Ruel, which is considered as one of the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon, but not all of us has the Vajrapani Ruel but that doesn’t’ mean we can’t chant this. It only means that we should be able to truly align ourselves with Vajrapani Bodhisattva, because constantly having the Vajrapani Ruel on our body or around us makes us naturally more attuned to the energies of Bodhisattva Vajrapani.
The alternative mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrapani is:
NAMO JIN GANG SHÔU PUSA
You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:
I have shared several powerful mantras on this blog, but today allow me to share with you another very powerful mantra. So powerful that we shouldn’t use if it is not really necessary. If I were to equate this mantra to amulets, I would say that this mantra is the Vajrapani Ruel, which is considered to be the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon,
If you find yourself in deep trouble be it financial, health and / or relationships, by chanting this mantra, you will find that by chanting this mantra your problems will gradually ease up. This mantra is usually chanted after reading a sutra of Kuan Yin, like the Universal Gateway of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan Yin, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Kannon). But there it is usually chanted three times only. However, if you find yourself in deep trouble, chanting this mantra should help gradually, but there are certain rules that you need to do to make Bodhisattva Kuan Yin’s Miraculous Mantra.
First, one should go vegan (no meat, no eggs, no fish, no chicken, no milk, no cheese, no butter, no fish sauce, no marshmallows or gelatin) for three days before starting the mantra. On the fourth day you can start chanting the mantra, but make sure that you remain vegan all through out you’re doing the mantra, up to 7 days after you have received your wish or when your problems has eased up.
The mantra should also be chanted between 6AM and 9AM everyday for 1080 times (10 full malas) under deep meditative level.
I once recommended to a reader whose mother is in comatose, after ‘religiously’ doing this ritual for 2 months, her mom went out of coma, and doctors say that it’s a miracle.
Bodhisattva Kuan Yin’s Miraculous Response Mantras is the following:
ān mā nī bā mī hòng mā gĕ ní yá nà
jí dū tè bā dá jí tè xiē nà wēi dá lǐ gĕ
sā ér wá ér tă bǔ lǐ xī tǎ gĕ
nà bǔ là nà nà bǔ lǐ diū tē bān nà
nà mā lú jí shuō là yĕ shoū hē
You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:
Sometimes we find ourselves suffering from hardships with unknown causes. Sometimes, no matter how hard we work, money luck / wealth luck / financial luck seems to be quite elusive.
There are people who are beautiful, really nice, are kind hearted and good but real love seems to elude them.
Sometimes we all of a sudden find ourselves in a big mess without us understanding what really happened. Feng Shui of our house and office seems to be just fine but all of a sudden we are hit with a certain bad luck.
There are people who for some reason are just chased after by bad things.
This is because a little more than half of the unexplainable things that happens to us is caused by karma. These are the things that effect of the things that we did earlier in our lives and in our past lives and this is what we are paying for now.
If you are born blind, deaf, or if you were born in a bad family, bad place, or in poor family or poor country, that is karma.
We cannot escape karma, but sometimes we eliminate it or lessen it’s effect by reciting sutras, or by wearing some powerful amulets like the Vajrapani Ruelor the Surangama Mantra Amuletor chanting some mantras.
A lot of you are already familiar with some of the Karma cleansing mantras that I have shared in the past on this blog.
Today, allow me to share with you another mantra for eliminating predicament karma. And it is the very powerful eliminating predicament karma of Bodhisattva Earth Store or Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha.
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva’s Mantra for Eliminating Predicament Karma is as follows:
AN BO LO MO LING TUO NING SUO PO HE
As you can see it’s very simple and it would be easy for you to memorize it. Chant it 3x a day for 108x each time. And you will soon see that things will start to get better for you because you are slowly eradicating or eliminating your predicament karma.
You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:
One of the most common question people ask me is whether we all really need an amulet. What if we don’t have one does that mean success and luck and protection is going to be more elusive?
The answer to this is that amulets are simply but tools for us to continuously tap into the energies or blessings or power of the Buddha or Bodhisattva or Deity to which an amulet is made from. And it is an effective means of tapping into said power. In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama when escaping the Chinese oppression and flee Tibet to India is said to have carried a powerful amulet and a Kalachakra with him. The current and acknowledged 17th Karmapa is said to have a Vajrapani Ruel with him, also another Tibetan Monk who was sent to hard labor and was considered as a political prisoner was also believed to have been given a Vajrapani Ruel to pave the way for his release. You can read the last two stories in a post entitled – VAJRAPANI RUEL STORIES: THE 17TH KARMAPA’S RELATIVELY EASY ESCAPE; THE MIRACULOUS RELEASE OF A TIBETAN MONK FROM CHINESE PRISON AND LABOR CAMP; AND THE WEALTH LUCK BESTOWED UPON THE PRODIGAL SON. So we cannot deny the importance and relevance of carrying or wearing an amulet. However, the truth is the best amulets are those that are aurically created. Something that is not physically tangible but is strong enough to give us physical and psychically protect us and also gives us some of our heart’s wishes.
There are many ways to ‘make’ such an amulet, however, it takes times and some are quite difficult to create and requires a very strong inner chi and deep knowledge of the spiritual esoteric practices or rituals.
Nevertheless, on THE SUTRA ON THE PAST VOWS OF EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA (Earth Store Bodhisattva is also known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva) Shakyamuni Buddha (also spelled as Sakyamuni Buddha and also called as Historical Buddha) shared with us one way to make auric amulet. An amulet that is not physically tangible. It does take time to make an amulet but according to my Guru Lama it is one of the most powerful amulet one can have. In fact, according to my Guru Lama when done properly one can also experience an abundance of wealth and financial luck as well as happy life. He is not taking this simply base on the said sutra, but rather he has recommended this to a Singaporean vendor several years ago and who after doing this went to become a very successful and rich businessman.
How to make this auric amulet?
First, it will be easier to do this is you have an image of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha OR A copy of THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA. Light an incense and chant mantra NAMO DA YUAN DI ZHANG WANG PU SA 1000 times a day for 1000 days (which is a little more than 3 years). By doing this, Lord Brahma and Lord Shakra, will always protect you and no harm will come to you and your family, on top of that they will be channel of auspicious blessings that will come your way.
This is a copy of the traditional SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA that my Guru Lama sent me.
NOTE: It has to be the mantra NAMO DA YUAN DI ZHANG WANG PU SA and not the other forms of mantra for this ritual to be effective.
Note: Will write about Lord Brahma and Lord Shakra in future articles.
I know it’s quite long but technically speaking it is not long for something so powerful. According to my Guru Lama doing this will give you an auric amulet that may even be more powerful than the Vajrapani Ruel. And the Vajrapani Ruel is considered as one of the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon, in fact, a lot of those who requested for it has shared their wonderful personal testimonies.
Remember this has to be done everyday; you miss a day you have to start all over again.
To avoid confusion, you can simply chant 10 full malas, which is equivalent to 1080 a day. My Guru Lama said chanting more than 1000 of the Earth Store Bodhisattva mantra is fine as long as it is not less than 1000 a day.
Late last year when I wrote about my analysis of the Bazi Chart or Paht Chee Chart of 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey, one of the things I wrote is the big possibility of a financial crisis. In that particular article, what will precipitate the said crisis will happen either the first part or the middle part of the year, but that the crisis will start to happen either middle of the year or last part of the year. Last June, US$ 1.00 is approximately around Php 44.00, and now it is (as of writing) Php 49.95, the highest is more than 8 years, and the first time to steadily jump up after more than 10 years. In another post, which I have decided will not be shared again; I also insinuated the cost of this financial crisis, at least, for our country.
If you look at the trend, US $ to Php should have started going down already because of the OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)remittances, but on the third week of November it still continues to rise. Hopefully, it will still go down on December given that the OFW remittances are coming in, but even if goes down, it seems that it will jump up again coming January. I’m sharing this because we all need to get ready for this. I haven’t checked the bazi chart for the year 2017, and will do so soon and share with you my analysis as soon as possible.
Having said that, I will like to clarify that this is not a political post, and so I refrain from making assumptions as to what is causing the continues decline of the Philippine peso, but this I will say while the middle class to upper class are not yet feeling the effect of this financial crisis, we should not be blind to the ones on the lower income bracket who has taken a hit already.
In the past 3 months, I came across two former VIP bodyguards who is now an Uber driver or applying to be a driver. Their concern is that a lot of foreign investors have left the country or have downsized, and of course, not so many foreign VIPs are in need of bodyguard. Another reader also emailed me. Her son apparently works as a call center agent, but several smaller call center agencies have close shop, they are smaller but each one still have about 300 call center agents, not to mention janitors, guards, and non – call canter agent employees.
I’m sharing this because it is important that each one of us prepare for this financial crisis, if indeed it will become a full-blown crisis and I’m not saying it will. Although, I forecasted it, like the Yolanda forecast, the Nepal earthquake forecast, this is something that I’m not proud of nor I’m happy that my forecast has been vindicated.
I’m sure each one of us can do something. We can start of by supporting the good that our government is doing but we should also rally against the things that we perceived are wrong. When I say rally, I mean we should let our voices be heard in a non – violent and non – confrontational manner. Let’s email the government, let’s share our thoughts, and let us be the change, the improvement that we so desire to see.
And of course, do not forget the power of prayers, of going to church or temple, of lighting candles and incense and dedicating its merits for the financial improvement of the country, let us chant -a – mantra or recite – a sutra.
On a personal level, we should start protecting ourselves. Save up, invest properly, carry a powerful amulet like the Vajrapani Ruel or now the traditional sutra amulet like THE DIAMOND SUTRA and / or THE SUTRA ON THE PAST VOWS OF EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA, these amulets doesn’t become available now for no reason, they always become available at the right time.
If you wish to know more about the Sutra Amulet (A Special Recite – A – Sutra Article) Series you can click on the links below:
This is going to be a very short and direct to the point article. I have written a about the Double Wu Wang and the Double Illness Star so I won’t write about it any further. Please check on the link if this is the first time you’re reading about it.
But I want to stress on this article is that it’s peak is on November 25, to 27. The effects of the Wu Wang are strongest on those dates so make sure you protect yourself. But more than that make sure you chant the protective mantras and the recite the sutras. Here is the link on the said article: