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Some Basic Questions About the Hungry Ghosts and the Hungry Ghost Month Answered (2): Are All Spirits of Our Dead Loved Ones that We See Are Hungry Ghosts?

Published Agosto 25, 2017 by jptan2012

In the preceding post, I briefly talked about how it is not a good thing when you continuously see your dead relative after 49 days because chances are they became a hungry ghost.

However, they’re some exceptions to the rule.

In the earlier post, I said that once a person passed away his consciousness (soul/spirit) would reincarnate with 7 or 21 or 35 o 49 days. If they didn’t reincarnate on the 7th day, they will reincarnate on the 21st day, if not then on the 35th day, then again if not they will definitely reincarnate on the 49th day. I also said that they would most likely reincarnate as another human being or animal or even in the hells or hungry ghost. This statement is base on the Buddhist sutras.

An average person will most likely reincarnate as another human being or as animal. But if they’re so bad they might reincarnate in the hells. However, I also seem to notice that there are a number who reincarnate as hungry ghosts also. These are basically the ones that we feel like they’re still in the house continuously taking care of us.

But I also said that they are exceptions to the rule. Our consciousness can also reincarnate as heavenly beings, or as an Asura, or as an Arhat, Pratyekabuddhas, or Bodhisattvas or Buddhas.

In this article, allow me to focus on heavenly beings because this is more plausible than being reincarnated as an Asura or Arhat, or Pratyekabuddha! Much more to reincarnate as a Bodhisattva or Buddha!

In Buddhism, a person with a very good heart can reincarnate as a heavenly being, meaning they are beings that are in the heavens. Depending on the stage of their consciousness, as a heavenly being they may or may not reincarnate back as human beings again. But as heavenly beings, they exist in a cosmic world or another world that we cannot see, but they may see us.

It is possible that some human beings who passed away may reincarnate as a heavenly being. If they do, they can continue to watch over us, but don’t go thinking that most of our dead loved ones will turn out to be an heavenly being because it is quite a difficult ‘path’ to being a heavenly being.

A loved one who became a heavenly being will definitely not be felt in the house. They will not be guarding your house all the time and you will not see or feel them. They will not be walking on your peripheral vision, or still staying in their room. If that is the case they are hungry ghosts.

However, these heavenly beings will definitely watch over us. More than that whenever we feel like problems are overwhelming they will definitely make themselves felt so that they can continue to reassure us or help us feel better. They may also manifest in dreams and lead us to the right path. I would like to make it clear though that they will never appear in our dreams as a sad spirit or even crying one, they will always appear either happy or neutral and they will send signals of what one should do.

Occasionally we may physically see them but almost always as silhouette, but during those times, there will be no fear, and we will most likely have an overwhelming feeling of peace or reassurance especially at times when we have problems.

There are times also that they may appear as a butterfly or as a bird or we may smell them or smell a flower. But in these circumstances we will always get the feeling of peace or reassurance.

To put it simply, if you see the image of your dead relative often like once a year (believe me this is considered often enough) then chances are your relative became a hungry ghost. Thus dedicating to them the merits when you recite a sutra will help them have a better ‘life’.

What are the sure indications that they may have become heavenly beings:

  1. You dream about them only when you are extremely sad or in a very bad situation.
  2. During these dreams they give you a feeling of peace and reassurance that things will become better.
  3. If you see them, you see them in silhouette form and there is no sense of fear only peace, maybe happiness, and reassurance. You
  4. They may manifest as a butterfly, as a bird and again they will appear at that time you’re thinking about them, and you will know that it’s them. Again they only bring a feeling of peace and reassurance.
  5. They only manifest at a time when you need some reassurance or help. They won’t manifest just because you want to.

I dedicate this post to the mother of BM who surely has the manifestation of a heavenly being. Not to mention that it was confirmed by Guru Lama!

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

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Hungry Ghost Month: A Quick Review and A Special Instruction for 2017!

Published Agosto 2, 2017 by jptan2012

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:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

 

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A Special Ritual to Ensure that We Benefit from the ’15 Merit Days’ – Fifteen Special Merit Acts for the Last Day of the Fifteen Merit Days! (Feb. 22,2016)

Published Pebrero 22, 2016 by jptan2012

Several posts ago, I wrote about the “FIFTEEN MERIT DAYS: A GIFT FROM THE HEAVEN TO HELP PROTECT US FROM THE ILL EFFECTS OF THE YEAR!” I suggest before you read on about today’s post, please read the first two parts of the said post to understand it better. Just click here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

Throughout the first fifteen days, there are going to be some special days wherein we celebrate or honor a day of a Buddha or Bodhisattva. I suggest you continuously check this blog every morning for 15 days (which started last Feb. 8, 2016) to know whether there is a special ritual for the day. It’s not everyday that we have this ‘special days’ within the Fifteen Merit Days.

This is the last day of the ‘Fifteen Merit Days’ and this is indeed a special day because there are fifteen special merit acts that we can do today to earn more merits for the year.

  1. Do as much as you can if not all of the mantras and sutras found in this post (please click here).
  2. Feed an animal.
  3. Light incense for somebody who is sick or suffering.
  4. Light incense for your country and this world.
  5. Offer flowers to an image of Buddha or Bodhisattva. For Catholics you can do this for your God or Saints.
  6. Make a tea offering in a temple or your home altar. Three teacups will do.
  7. Donate some money to a temple or church.
  8. Donate some money to a Buddhist monk or nun or a priest or a nun.
  9. Donate vegetarian food to a temple or foundation.
  10. Buy as many items as you can from a street vendor.
  11. Wear a prayer wheel.
  12. Go Vegan!
  13. Give an image of a Buddha or Bodhisattva (either pendant or for display) to a friend or even a stranger.
  14. Make peace with somebody who has done some bad things to you. E.g. cheated you falsely accused you, said bad things against you, etc.
  15. Make 50 – 100 prostrations in front of a Buddha or Bodhisattva image. (For those who can’t physically do this, you can make half – bows instead.)

Doing all the above will ensure that you will sow a lot of good merits.

Again to better understand the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey it will be good to read all the forecast. I know it is quite long but it is important for you to see the big picture.

  1. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stars, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 1)
  2. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stats, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 2)
  3. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey 12 Animal Chinese Zodiac Feng Shui Forecast
  4. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond.
  5. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways To Curb Its Effects. (Part 1)
  6. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways to Curb Its Effects – Give Until It Hurts! (Part 2)
  7. Should We Put the ‘Salt Water Cure’ at the Center of our House this 2016?
  8. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey is a Black Year. What Then is a Black Year?
  9. People Born Under the Sign of the Ox and Tiger and People Who Stay in the Northeast Should Constantly Do These Things in 2016!
  10. Managing the Pervasive Illness and Accident Energies of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!
  11. The Energy of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Comes In As Early as January!
  12. Two of the Most Important Cure this 2016!
  13. Heed the Warning Signs and Prevent Them From Happening…
  14. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Water and Flower Ritual.
  15. Fifteen Merit Days: A Gift From Heaven to Help Save Us from the Ill Effects of the Year (Part 1)
  16. Fifteen Merit Days: A Gift From Heaven to Help Save Us from the Ill Effects of the Year (Part 2)

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2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Water and Flower Ritual

Published Enero 20, 2016 by jptan2012

If you have read my 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast, you would know by now that the year extremely lacks the element of Water. And so today allow me to share a short ritual that you can do on the eve of Chinese New Year. This ritual will help ensure that you symbolically create the presence of the water element and thus provide some buffer or slight relief from the full effects of not having a the water element. However, it should noted that depending on your bazi chart, this is not a replacement for wearing a blue stone or semi – precious stone bracelet.

Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year this year is on February 8. So on February 7 gather a big jar of water, about a gallon, fill it up with clean water and place petals from 8 kinds of flowers. Do not use flowers with thorns like rose.

On the eve of the Chinese New Year at around 4pm, collect the water and put the petals in. Leave it in front of your altar, if you don’t have one, put it at the center of your house. Then the following day, on Lunar New Year, before 8AM sprinkle the water around your house. You can also sprinkle a little with member of your family. Pour the remaining water on your garden or a plant together with water.

Voila! This simple ritual should ease some of the effects of the missing water element.

Again to better understand the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey it will be good to read all the forecast. I know it is quite long but it is important for you to see the big picture.

  1. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stars, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 1)
  2. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast Base on Bazi, Flying Stats, and 24 Mountain Stars Formula: An Imbalance Year Filled With A Number of Good Stars (Part 2)
  3. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey 12 Animal Chinese Zodiac Feng Shui Forecast
  4. Illness Suppression Amulet: A Must Have Anti – Illness and Anti – Accident Amulet for 2016 and Beyond.
  5. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways To Curb Its Effects. (Part 1)
  6. The Dreadful and Stronger Five Yellow Star of 2016: Other Ways to Curb Its Effects – Give Until It Hurts! (Part 2)
  7. Should We Put the ‘Salt Water Cure’ at the Center of our House this 2016?
  8. 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey is a Black Year. What Then is a Black Year?
  9. People Born Under the Sign of the Ox and Tiger and People Who Stay in the Northeast Should Constantly Do These Things in 2016!
  10. Managing the Pervasive Illness and Accident Energies of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey!
  11. The Energy of the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Comes In As Early as January!
  12. Two of the Most Important Cure this 2016!

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What’s More Powerful than A Vajrapani Ruel?

Published Agosto 26, 2015 by jptan2012

powerSeveral people have been inquiring about the Vajrapani Ruel, especially after reading that it is the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon. But the truth is the Vajrapani Ruel, although a lot more affordable than the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant is still quite pricey and also at the same time the truth is the Vajrapani Ruel is also quite limited. My Guru Lama has recently sent me a few more pieces, 14 pieces to be exact but that’s just it.

The Vajrapani Ruel, which is indeed one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful amulet I have ever encountered, has given so much blessing to a lot of people, not only to those whose stories I have written about but also to those whom I have not written about. Of course, for the sake of transparency, I cannot say that the miracle of those who got the Vajrapani Ruel is not 100%. There are some who has not experienced a wonderful miracle, but almost all said that it indeed has given them some comfort or ease in life gradually although the miracle is not very outstanding. There is one in Bohol who said she seem not to have experienced anything. Sharing this as part of my desire to be transparent.

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 itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

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 itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

But is there something more important than the Vajrapani Ruel? Especially, since I’ve already mentioned here that it is quite pricey and limited.

In my earlier post entitled – WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN AN AMULET OR FENG SHUI? I mentioned that kindness, compassion, and generosity are more important that amulets and Feng Shui. As an example, I shared with you the story of BM, who is one of my readers in Davao City.

If that article talked about what’s more important than Feng Shui or an amulet, today’s articles I would like to tell all my readers who can’t get the Vajrapani Ruel, that I totally believe that there is something more powerful than the Vajrapani Ruel, and that is kindness, compassion, and generosity coupled with mantras, reading of Sutras, and sincere offerings to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or to your fellowmen. If you’re a Christian then sincere offerings to your God and Saints.kuan yin 5

I would like to suggest that you make the following offerings: incense, flowers, light (candle or artificial candle), and fruits. One at a time will do but it will be better if you do it all at the same time.

Regarding the saying of the mantras, 108x (one full mala) a day for each mantra will do, but if you really want it to be very effective, chant 10 to 100 malas of each mantra a day.

What mantra to chant? My blog has several you can choose one from those that I have written but if you can only chant one do chant the mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin – OM MANI PADME HUM.

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

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A Simple Ritual to Appease An Angry Neighbor!

Published Hulyo 19, 2015 by jptan2012

I recently received a call from a cousin who got into some arguments with their neighbors. My cousin knows that they’re right in the argument, but didn’t realize that their confrontation seems to get worst everyday. She naturally wants to end it but their neighbor seems not interested in making amends with them. Now her husband is also getting angrier and she wants to put an end to it before things gets really bad.angry neighbor

I told her to get a handful of rock salt or sea salt every morning and go out of their house and pass by her neighbor’s house. She is to start dropping small amount of salt from her door down to her neighbor’s door. She should do this for 7 consecutive days, and then do it one more time on the 8th day with a slight change. For the 8th day, she should use sugar instead and then also have two flowers – one red, and one yellow. She should drop the red flower in front of their house and then the yellow one in front of her neighbor’s house.

In doing this you need not walk up to your neighbor’s door, you can do it on the sidewalk or on the street.

She did what I told her, and voila, their neighbors are being friendly with them again!

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Salt and Flower Power

Published Hunyo 19, 2015 by jptan2012

A reader once called me requesting to get the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT (which is no longer available for request) or the VAJRAPANI RUEL. Her main reason for wanting it is for her to get protected, because she always feels really drained and tired whenever she goes to her office because she said the energy seems to be simply very gloomy and depressing. She also mentioned that it is quite obvious that others also feel this draining energy because a lot of her officemates also complains of it. flowers

I told her that the pendant will help her but that would only help her and not her officemates. So even if she benefits from it and she gets herself protected in the long run it might not be the best solution. I asked her whether her boss would be agreeable to making renovations, she said that her boss is a die hard Christian and will never resort to renovations because of Feng Shui.

I then suggested for her to put salt around her office. She can put it in a small bowl and then she can hide in the different corners of her office. Just make sure to replace it every week or 2 weeks. I also told her to put fresh flowers inside her office, just make sure to replace them before they wither. She did this and all of her officemates claimed to feel the improvement as well. Now they take turns in buying the flowers and they have learn how to take care of the flowers properly so that it will last longer. They said, they don’t feel drained any more and productivity and professional relationship has significantly increased.

How does this work? Salt cleanses the place of its negative energy, and the flowers are very effective yang boosters!

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