I know that yesterday’s article about embracing a tomb and taking pictures of it creates bad chi. I know that people will now ask whether keeping a picture of a loved one will also create bad chi.
Generally speaking in Feng Shui keeping a picture of dead person creates bad chi. However, there are some exceptions to the rule because one has to consider other factors that creates energy.
For example, for Catholics Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa are people who died, but I don’t think keeping their picture will create bad chi because a lot of the Catholics considers them as living saints. To relate it to a Buddhist perspective, they are people who exude so much positive chi while they are living that their very image creates positive chi because it can only invoke positivity.
However, keeping a picture of Adolf Hitler at face value is bad because he embodies evilness, at least to most people. I would like to clarify though that I’m not here to judge the core humanness of the names that I mentioned above, but I’m only judging as the facts in history presents itself. In Buddhism, no one can judge a person is good or bad despite of their acts because no one can judge the core value or belief or reason for an act.
Keeping a picture of a dead person that you don’t personally know will also create bad chi, because there is nothing that will change that energy. However, keeping a picture of a person that you love, will not create bad chi, because the feeling of love towards the person should create enough positive chi to either temper it if not kill the bad chi.
Most Chinese will keep a picture and an alter of a dead relative. This usually creates good chi because one continues to ‘nurture’ the love by offering incense and/or food to the dead ancestor. However, this only becomes bad when the time has come that the younger generation feels neither love nor respect to the dead ancestor. Then the bond starts to break and there will be no buffer for the bad chi.
In summary, it is bad to keep a picture of a dead person because it creates bad chi. However, a ‘living saint’ and love creates much stronger positive chi that the bad chi these pictures create.