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A Special Ritual to Truly Benefit from the ’15 Merit Days’ – A Special Light and Incence Offering Day (Feb. 11, 2016)!

Published Pebrero 11, 2016 by jptan2012

Last week, 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).

incenseburingThroughout 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.

Today is a special light and incense-offering day, and simply lighting a candle or incense in front of an image of Buddha or Bodhisattva or both will definitely earn you some merits.

If you do this everyday, I suggest doing it twice or offering more than what you normally do. You can also do this at home altar or you may want to go to a temple.light-offering2

 

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Create Your Own Luck with the Light Offering

Published Pebrero 9, 2015 by jptan2012
These days, candle light offerings are only usually done during special occasions or for daily light offerings.  Photo was uploaded from Google Images.

These days, candle light offerings are only usually done during special occasions or for daily light offerings.
Photo was uploaded from Google Images.

I totally debated whether to write this post or not, because I can’t seem to find the actual story on the net, however, I thought I will because it is substantiated by similar stories.

It is said, that another passenger was supposed to be on the TransAsia Airways Flight GE235, however 20 minutes before he was about to check – in at the TransAsia Airways check – in counter at the airport, he received a call from one of his biggest clients. Apparently, they talked for quite some time, and since the matter was considered to be quite important he decided to cancel his flight.

The rest is history. Because of that he was saved from the tragic accident that could have cost him his life or at the very least give him a very traumatic experience.

What saved him? Chance? Pure luck? But what is luck anyway? Do we create luck?

If you asked the mom, she would say that it was the Buddhas that saved her son. The mother, being a devout Buddhist would always go to the temple to donate an annual light offering. This is so that images of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas will have a light offering 24/7 for one whole year. The mom shares that she usually do this on the first day of the Chinese New Year, but on that day, something prompted him to got to the temple and make the annual light offering ahead of the Chinese New Year, and she also decided to dedicate the merits of the annual light offering to his son. When she and her son got to talk about it, they realized it was at the time that she was making the annual light offering that her son also got the call! Unbelievable?LIGHT OFFERING5

The truth is I have been trying to look for this particular news on the net, but I can’t seem to find it. Maybe it wasn’t considered major news, but a Buddhist monk, showed me the news on YouTube. But it’s in Chinese. For readers in Taiwan, you might have heard of this particular story.

I decided to write about it anyway because I totally believe this is true and it can be substantiated by other similar stories.

Light offering is a very common practiced amongst Buddhist. There is the daily light offering, weekly, monthly and annual. It is believed that one gets a lot of good luck or good karmic merits if one offers light to the Buddhas. This is why most Buddhist homes will have an artificial candle on their altars. But if one sincerely offers light to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or Deities or Arhats in the temple, it is believed that this merit is doubled because most temples rely on donations.

If you sincerely offer light to Buddhas at the temple, you will get merits that will bring you good life, good health, wealth, and peace of mind.

Nowadays, artificial light are used. You can see the smaller lights lighting the image of the small Buddhas, those are usually for annual light offerings. using artificial light does not make the act less powerful. It's the sincerity that counts.

Nowadays, artificial light are used. You can see the smaller lights lighting the image of the small Buddhas, those are usually for annual light offerings. using artificial light does not make the act less powerful. It’s the sincerity that counts.

As I mentioned I decided to share this story even if I don’t have the necessary links or pictures to prove it because I totally believe that the story is entirely possible but more than that there are other stories that can substantiate it. Let me share one here.

IP, is a 58 years old housewife, mother, and grandmother. She has a good life and practically has everything that she has or want and can never ask for anything anymore. All her children are well educated and are very respectful towards her. In fact, when she never prays to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas for anything anymore, because she believes to ask for more is an act of extreme selfishness. But everyday she chants the mantras to dedicate its merits to other people and to give thanks for her good life.

However, one day bad luck indirectly happened to her, the doctor told her daughter who was pregnant that she will have to terminate her pregnancy because of some complications. If she doesn’t terminate her pregnancy, she might die. According to her it’s not a choice between mom and baby because the baby will surely die anyway. Her son – in – law decided that she will save his wife and encouraged IP’s daughter to terminate the pregnancy, but IP’s daughter decided that she wants to keep the baby and in the process risk both their lives. The doctor then again reiterated that it’s not a choice; the baby will die no matter what.

IP was leaning towards encouraging her daughter to terminate the pregnancy because she doesn’t want to lose her. However, the Buddhist in her doesn’t believe in mercy killing, but neither does she want to lose her daughter. But everybody else in the family, especially her son – in – law has decided to let her daughter to terminate the pregnancy, and it is only IP (having second thoughts) and her daughter who doesn’t believe in terminating the pregnancy. Please note that the daughter was firm in her decision and IP was more or less torn on what to decide.

Another sample of the light offering.

Another sample of the light offering.

IP decided to consult a Buddhist monk, this particular monk believes that IP and the baby inside her are both repaying a bad karma that they did in their past life. It is because of this decided to offer light to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of various temples, and she dedicated all the merits of this act to her daughter and most especially to her unborn grandchild.

Slowly, the doctors of her daughter became puzzled because they were absolutely sure of their findings, but as time goes by the prognosis becomes better. The baby in the stomach is now a 13 – year – old boy, and IP and her whole family believes that it was the merit of the light offerings that IP did that saved her grandchild and daughter. By the way, one of the doctor who was a born – again Christian before slowly turned into Buddhist and now goes to the same temple where IP and her family goes.

I decided I want to share this story also because we should realize that although I’m a firm believer of the power of amulets or Feng Shui charms like the Vajrapani Ruel and a lot more, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas has provided ways for her to be able to tap into their blessings simply by showing our sincerity. Even without the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant, the Vajrapani Ruel, the various amulets, one can still create luck for oneself by sincerely offering sincere acts to the Buddhas.

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Sincerity and Selflessness are Important Ingredients for an Amulet to Work Really Well

Published Enero 28, 2015 by jptan2012

sinceritySometimes I wonder why Feng Shui charms or Buddhist amulet works better for others but not for some people. For example, the Vajrapani Ruel, simply having it for a few days garnered a miraculous result for a man who sincerely wants to get a miracle for his mother. The WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, which has a very high personal testimony profile works really well for a lot of people but can’t be denied that for some people, at best it only makes a gradual easing of life for them.

I believe that whether one believes in these things or not, it is bound to work. However, why does it work so well for others and for others it simply acts a paddle for a strong current of the river?

I believe there are a lot of factors that leads to the difference in the result such as karma (both personal and collective), over – all Feng Shui of the house or office (if one is continuously exposed to bad Feng Shui), but I believe one essential ingredient in the difference is sincerity and selflessness.

Allow me to use JS as an example. When he got the Vajrapani Ruel his sincere wish was not for himself but for his mother. Sincerity and Selflessness are both present thus the swiftness of his miraculous experience should not be surprising.

When I reviewed the personal testimonies from readers about the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, I noticed that sincerity is always present and that a lot of them wished for a good life not for themselves but for someone else, be it a family member or a friend. Of course, there are some wishes that are quite personal, but if you notice, even these doesn’t really stem out of selfishness but rather simply wanting to better themselves.

Allow me to share a story. One common Buddhist practice is the offering of light whether candle, oil, butter or artificial (like using lamps) to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is said that this happened in a temple in China. As a sign of his gratitude, a rich businessman would always make light offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, he will offer the annual light offering, which is for the whole year of lighted lamp for certain Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, he will also make monthly light offerings, weekly light offerings, furthermore he will also offer light offerings for special occasions, but more than that he will also make daily light offerings. It is said that he spends thousands and thousands of money for all his light offerings. He’d go to the temple everyday to do this.

One day, when he arrived at the temple, an old beggar lady approached her to ask for some coin. He gave the old woman some coins (for the purpose of writing this story let’s just say he gave him 2 pesos) and then he proceeded to the temple counter to buy and donate money for his daily light offering. Beside him was the old woman also and requesting for a candle so that she can make a daily light offering. She then proceeded to make a donation of 2 pesos. He was surprised and impressed with the old beggar lady so he gave her a few more pesos, the old beggar lady then proceeded to give all the money that the rich businessman to the temple as her donation for the daily light offering. The rich businessman then told him why don’t she leave some money for her to eat and the old beggar lady simply smiled at him and said that she wished to give the daily light offering for the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.selflessness.letters

They then proceeded to make their light offering. At that time they were only two of them who is doing the light offering, and after they made their daily light offering, the old beggar lady with her single candle, and the rich businessman with his hundreds of light.

Naturally, because he lighted hundreds of candle it took him some time to finish and the old beggar lady has already left when he finished. Just when he was about to step out of the temple hall, a strong gust of wind suddenly blew out all the fire in the hall, except for one candle, and it was the candle of that was lighted by the old beggar lady.

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.

Perplexed the rich businessman seeks the counsel of a temple monk. After having heard of the full story, the monk then said that he believes it happened so that the rich businessman learn a valuable lesson, and that is sincerity and selflessness in doing things. You see while the whole temple may have been lighted because of his numerous offerings, it is clear that he only gives what is convenient for him and unlike the old beggar lady who sincerely gave everything that she has and was selfless in the process not worrying about her food.

The story hopes to draw out the lesson of the importance of sincerity and selflessness and I believe that you will be able to tap into the power of your amulets or charms like the Vajrapani Ruel or the various images of the Buddha and Bodhisattvas that one wear as pendant if this is combined with the spirit of sincerity and selflessness.

Please note that this article has been written several days ago and was posted via the automatic scheduled posting.

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