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Another Lesson on Karma: There’s Nothing Good That Will Come From Cursing A Person Using the Name of the Buddha or a Bodhisattva or Deity or Even A God!

Published Marso 10, 2017 by jptan2012

It is so ironic that some people will use the name of a god or a Buddha or a Bodhisattva to curse some people, thinking that it will make it more powerful or thinking that they are right to do this.

Saying – MAY GOD / BUDDHA / BODHISATTVA PUNISH YOU! – Is actually creating bad luck for the one who utters it and not for the one who receives the curse! And yes, saying that a person should be punish is a curse because it creates an energy of suffering for the one you hate, but unfortunately since you are the one who directed that kind of energy using the name of a God or a Buddha or a Bodhisattva, it will bounce back to you. Not because they will punish you instead but because the law of karma indicates that using a holy being for your evil desires will make that energy bounce back to you.

I cannot speak for the Christian or Muslim God, but in Buddhism, the Buddha or Bodhisattva are compassionate beings who are incapable of feeling anything negative. It’s all about compassion. In fact, when we do something wrong they through the merits that we generate will save us from hell or a bad rebirth (if we have enough merits). They never punish us.

When we suffer, when we have bad luck, that is because the law of karma. The Buddhas or Bodhisattvas has nothing to do with it. It’s part of the law of the universe where it is not controlled by the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.

Obviously, karma is a very complicated topic. The Buddhas or Bodhisattvas has nothing to do with it, although they can help save us from some bad karma if we have enough good merits or if they shower upon us some blessings. Wearing their images or amulets is a ways of earning those merits. But they will never put upon us some negative karma to let us suffer. If we do something wrong, it is our own karma to pay. It can’t be passed on to us.

Having said that, and going back to the topic, cursing for somebody to be punished or suffer using the name of Buddha or Bodhisattva will only create negative karma on the person who wishes it!

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Whether You’re A Christian, A Buddhist, or A Muslim…Thou Shall Not Mention The Name of the Lord Thy God in Vain!

Published Oktubre 1, 2013 by jptan2012

Recently a Christian friend believes in Feng Shui ask me whether what do I think is the basis of the Christian rule that states that – THOU SHALL NOT MENTION THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.ten commandments

This got to me thinking, but it was then I realized that I will never mention the noun Buddha, or Bodhisattva or Kuan Yin, etc. just because I feel like mentioning them. For me it always has to be in the context of a real conversation and never in a joke.

I called up my Feng Shui teacher who is also a practicing Taoist and Buddhist. He explained to me that mentioning the name of the Lord or God, whether your Lord or God is Allah, Jesus Christ, or Buddha in vain creates a lot of negative karma because this shows a total disrespect to THEM.

But what is in vain? It’s easier to site some example rather than explaining it. So here are some of the examples.

Saying – OH MY GOD! – although you didn’t specifically mention Buddha or Jesus Christ, or Allah, by saying God in reference to your God or Lord is tantamount to mentioning His name in vain.

Another example is saying – THE LORD IS GOOD – then proceeded to a negative statement is also earning a negative karma. For example, THE LORD IS GOOD AND HE WILL PUNISH YOU! – earns the person saying it a thousand fold of negative karma. Why? Because it is not for us to judge who gets to be punished or not, furthermore, LORD or GOD was mentioned in the context of a negative thing.

Saying the name of the LORD or GOD in the context of insulting a person or threatening a person is another example of mentioning it in vain and earning a person a thousand fold of negative karma. Another example – THE LORD IS GOOD AND JUST. HE WILL PUNISH THOSE WHO DESERVED TO BE PUNISHED! – again this statement although true obviously is used negatively.

What are the possible effects? According to my guru Lama, whom I also called to ask about this, said that the negative effects of mentioning the name of Buddha (and I guess this applies to Allah and Jesus Christ or Lord or God as well) are quite big although it can be gradual. According to my guru Lama, that some of the effects that he has seen are the following:

Bad family life. According to my guru Lama, there is this Buddhist woman who used to drop the name of Buddha as if Buddha is her personal soldier. When she doesn’t like what a person did she would say – BUDDHA IS GOOD. WE WILL SEE IN THE FEW MONTHS OUR KARMA. Unfortunately, although she continuously to be well off, her family life became really bad. Her grown up children don’t care for her. Her biggest stumbling block to achieving real happiness is her own mother. Furthermore, her husband left her, and while she has another partner, the guy was a source of burden to her because he was unable to fully commit to her. She’s always afraid that he might leave her like what he did to her before! After several split up, the guy found his ‘true love’ and left her permanently!

Painful and difficult death. My guru Lama didn’t specifically shared any story, but he said that mentioning the name of our God in vain may cause and painful and difficult death because of the negative karma one accumulates!

So remember, do not mention that name of the Lord thy God in vain. And again, whether your Lord or God is Buddha, Allah, or Jesus Christ!

 

Taking Home Some Good Chi from Holy or Sacred Places

Published Marso 31, 2012 by jptan2012

Whenever I go on a trip, I always make sure to visit a holy or sacred place. In China, I always try to visit a famous temple or a sacred site like Mt. Putuo. In Bangkok, I visit the famous Four – Faced Buddha. In France, I try to visit Lourdes.

An image of the largest Kuan Yin in the world which is found in the holy mountain in China - Mt. Putuo.

It doesn’t matter whether the holy or sacred place is a Buddhist site or a Muslim site or a Catholic place. As long as it’s considered holy or sacred I try to visit it and take with me a slice of good chi from the holy site.

I do this by getting a small amount of earth from the site, or in the case of Lourdes I buy some ‘holy water’, or I get some burnt incense ash from their incense burner.  I then bring them home and put them on my altar or in the garden.

The natural things found in these places imbibes the positive chi of the holy or sacred place and bringing them to your house will ‘bless’ your place with their chi.

However, you should make sure you mentally ask permission first before you get anything from these places. It is also advisable that you do a thank you offering for the ‘blessing’ that you’re taking home.

There are different ways of doing an offering. You can either offer some flowers, incense, or donate some money.

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