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How to Help A Dying Person From Moving On To a Better Next Life!

Published Marso 3, 2017 by jptan2012

Today’s post has something to do with reincarnation. I decided to write about this because of a recent incident that I shall share with you in the next few days.

Anyway, all of us commute to work, school, meetings, malls, restaurant, etc. And we travel, some daily some not as often but all of us will be on the road at some point in our life.

When on the road, there are times that we will encounter an accident or see an accident. It’s degree of severity may vary but when we see a grave accident with people who are hurt and are about to die or has died, it will be very well for us to help them realized they’re dead so that they can easily enter samsara or move on to the next life again.

How do we do this?

For Buddhist who knows how to take refuge, mentally do it for the dying person or for the one who died. Take the refuge, and mentally say that the merit is given to those who are involved in the accident.

Chanting some mantras and imagining its energies becoming a purple ball of fire, then you mentally throwing to the dying or newly dead should help.

The mantras that you should recite are the following (please do this in the same order as it is written):

  1. OM AMI DEWA HRIH (7X)
  2. OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI YE SOHA (7X)
  3. TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKNADZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA (7X)
  4. OM MANI PADME HUM (3X)
  5. OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM (3X)
  6. OM VAJRAPANI HUM (3X)
  7. TADYATHA OM GATE GATE PARAGATE PARASAMGATE BODHI SOHA (7X)

While chanting the mantras slowly imagine that the mantras are becoming a ball of purple fire or energy. After you’ve finished chanting imagine it being thrown to the dying person or to those who just died. This will help their consciousness recognized that they just died or are dying.

In Buddhism also chanting loudly the mantras of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will help the person attain a better next life.

If you have the Vajrapani Ruel(1) or Surangama Mantra Amulet(1), you can also put it on their chest or forehead, if the relatives or the authorities allowed you to do it, or at the very least pass it over them three times.

If you have the Vajrapani Ruel(2) and can’t remember all the mantras to chant, and does not feel comfortable approaching the dying person, hold it on your receiving hand (if you are right handed your receiving hand is your left hand and vice versa), and then chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM, while chanting imagine the energy coming from the Vajrapani Ruel(3) then slowly let it flow through your arms to your chest to move to your giving hand (which is your other hand) and then raise your giving hand, much like praying over somebody, then imagine the energy going to the dying person or newly dead one and let it’s energy clean it’s consciousness (or soul).

Wouldn’t it by doing this we are assuming that the person is dying (if not yet dead)? Yes it would, but the good thing doing this will cleanse its consciousness but it is also a healing act. They need the burst of energy and it might jolt them back to life.

I’m quite sure that a lot of you will be worried that by doing this the consciousness of the person might go after you, and you might attract the negative chi that cause the accident. By simply chanting the mantras, even if it is for them, you are already protecting yourself. And remember, there is no bad thing that will come out from a good thing.

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The Ten Realms of Existence in Buddhism (1): The First Six Lower Realms

Published Nobyembre 8, 2016 by jptan2012

When I wrote the post entitled – IS THERE A FENG SHUI RELEVANCE TO ALL SOULS DAY – I know that this is really the time for me to write about the topic that I have always wanted to write but has withheld from writing it because I’m not sure whether my readers are ready for it and also if it is the right time.

However, in hindsight this is something that I should have written before I even wrote and posted about the article about the Feng Shui relevance of All Souls Day. But having said that, I still believe that everything works and happened on its right time. And maybe it is really meant for me to write this now.

For Christians, when you die you either go to hell or heaven, maybe purgatory. And there you stay forever, that’s the only rebirth you experience. But in Buddhism, it is said that one goes thru reincarnation or rebirth, and there are different realms that you go to, the first six realms which are considered as the lower realm you go through that several times.

What are these SIX LOWER REALMS?

  1. HELL. To put it plainly this is a realm very similar to what Christians believe in. This is where you undergo punishment for your sins. If I’m not mistaken, in the Bible, hell is described as a lake of fire. In Buddhism, the lake of fire is just one part of hell. There are many different stages and parts of a hell. But needless to say in all those parts you go through retribution by a lot of suffering from your offenses in your other lives.
  2. HUNGRY GHOST. This is somewhat akin to hell, only the difference is that some Hungry Ghost still has the capacity to live amongst humans. You undergo suffering and retribution in this realm by feeling that you have a physical body but are unable to touch physical things. One of these things is food. Technically speaking, Hungry Ghosts may be nice or temperamental. They retain characteristics of human in terms of temperament and personality.
  3. ANIMAL. Simply put you are born as an animal, which is seen as a lesser being because of several attachments and inability to fully discern right and wrong. And most animals have a short life span and also are less fortunate than humans.
  4. HUMAN. This is us. If you are human, it is considered that you have enough good karma for you to be born as one. Because humans have the power to right things and learn new things and learn about the dharma (Buddha’s Teachings). But take note that we are still in the lower realm, and we are not in the highest in the lower realm.
  5. ASURA. Asura’ are unseen being that are better off than humans, they still need to learn things and they have their own realm of existence. They can see us, but we cannot see us. It is said that you are born as an Asura if as a human you are very generous but tends to have foul mouth and a bad temper. I guess one example of this is to take the story of Robinhood. Somebody like will be born as an Asura because he did a lot of good things but at the same time he stole things.
  6. HEAVENLY BEINGS. There are so many stages in Heavenly Beings that I will discuss in the future. But as a heavenly being one has some kind of supernatural power, but one has no physical body. A Heavenly Being lives in a place much like what the Bible described. However, as a heavenly being they still need to learn more about the Dharma. Some of the gods and deities of Taoism are considered as Heavenly Beings in Buddhism. In the lowest realm of Heavenly Beings are the Demons, who guard the lower realms like hell. And heavenly beings can be reborn as an Asura or Human or Animal, but their life span is much longer than that of human. Heavenly beings can help protect those in the lower realms like humans. In fact, in the Sutras a lot of the Lord and Yakshas and ‘Demons’ have committed to protect the people who read and carry or own the Medicine Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra, and the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

Everybody in the lower realm undergoes rebirth. One can go up to Heavenly Beings or go down to Hell depending on one’s karma. As long as we don’t achieve Samadhi we will continue to be born in one of these realms.

We only stop samsara (cycle of rebirth) once we have attained Samadhi. And we enter the 4 higher realms. I will discuss that on my next post.

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The Case of The Eerie Resemblance of Enzo Ferrari and Mesut Ozil: Is This A Case of Reincarnation?

Published Hunyo 9, 2016 by jptan2012

Buddhists and Taoist believes in reincarnation, a belief wherein the spirit or soul of a dead person gets to be reborn again. For these two religions, it is not a matter of proving it but rather understanding the obvious signs that we give regarding our past lives.

It is believe that sometimes we may retain our physical looks. This is also the reason why a lot of New Age people believes that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of Ferrari, reincarnated as Mesut Ozil.

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Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari was born February 18, 1898 and passed away August 14, 1988 at the age of 90 years old. If you want to know more about his life, I suggest you Google him, there are a lot of written materials about him.

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Mesut Ozil

On the other hand, Mesut Ozil who was born October 15, 1988 is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. If you look at their pictures there is an eerie resemblance between them. If you don’t know them one would even say they might be twins.

This eerie resemblance led people to think that Mesut Ozil is the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari, especially because Mesut Ozil was born approximately two months after Enzo Ferrari passed away.

Now the question is Mesut Ozil the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari?

If we are to be base it on Buddhist beliefs or teachings, the answer is NO. Why?

In Buddhism, the Sutra says that once we passed away, our soul will be reborn again either on the 7th day or 21st day or 35th day or 49th day after. It can be reborn as human again, or animals, or we could be reborn as hungry ghosts or if we are really good, then we can be reborn as heavenly beings.

Also, it is written in the Sutras that our consciousness or soul enters our body upon conception! Meaning our soul enter our ‘body’ as early as when the sperm meets the egg!

So taken these into consideration, base on Buddhist beliefs, it is impossible for Mesut Ozil to be the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari because Mesut Ozil would have been already 7 months pregnant when Enzo Ferrari passed away.

However, admittedly, I don’t have any explanation as to why there is an eerie resemblance between the two of them.

 

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Myth Buster 40: A Baby with More Than One Hair Crown is Going To Be A Mischievous and Disobedient Child.

Published Disyembre 17, 2015 by jptan2012

hair crownThere is a popular belief amongst Chinese, which was inherited by a lot of Filipinos, that a baby born with more than one hair crown is going to be a mischievous and disobedient child.

Is there truth to this?

Of course the direct answer is no. But how did this belief come about?

I can only surmise that the belief started a long time ago because of two possible reasons. One is that this is not so common that older people at that time who believes in a lot of superstition wants to make sure that the parents properly observes the child. However, because they are unable to give a valid reason for their concern they just decided to scare of the parents by saying that the child is going to be mischievous and disobedient, ergo, they are going to be a problem child.

Nevertheless, some Taoist priest believes that when a child has more than one hair crown that means that two or more souls depending on the number of the hair crown has entered into the person’s body when he was conceived. Meaning the child is a reincarnation of more than just one soul, but it doesn’t mean than he has more than one soul, it only means that for some reason two or more souls has merged into one consciousness and inhabited one body to become the person that he is now. This also means that his character might be harder to predict, and it might be harder to manage the person, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the child is mischievous and disobedient.

Again, I would like to clarify that this doesn’t mean that the child is possessed by different souls. It only means that their more than one soul merged together and reincarnated as one.

Lastly, I don’t know whether this is a plausible reasoning as to why some people has more than one hair crown and the Taoist priests are divided on this matter.

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Did the Vajrapani Ruel Triggered a Past Life Recall?

Published Hunyo 10, 2015 by jptan2012

Reincarnation-WSOne of the very first few people who got the Vajrapani Ruel is the son of my former tutor. Although PB was brought up as a Christian, he slowly turned Buddhist and believer of Feng Shui when he encountered a big problem in his life. But somehow Buddhism and Feng Shui have helped him to overcome his problem. However, he is not yet really ready to become fully Buddhist and turned his back from his religion. Note that in Buddhism, it is totally acceptable for a person to have two religions. In fact, one of the most basic teachings of Buddhism is that as a Buddhist one should not assume that your religion knows everything. Buddha himself espouses respect of all other religions.

Anyway, PB requested to have the Vajrapani Ruel(2) because he simply wanted to have one. However, since I ran out of an amulet holder, PB decided to temporarily keep his Vajrapani Ruel(3) in his safety deposit box. Until he forgot about it.

PB doesn’t get along with his mom, my tutor, although I believe that they are both really nice people. Because they have never requested for it, I have never attempted to look at their charts and find out as to why they don’t get along well.

Recently, PB and his mom are having some terrible arguments, more terrible than usual. To the point that they have not been talking to each other, but PB sincerely wants to get along with his mom especially since her mom is no longer young. Because of this he was reminded of the Vajrapani Ruel(4), he took it out of his safety deposit box and decided to chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM while holding the ruel. His purpose is to have the ruel magically worked on his relationship with his mom. However, Vajrapani through the Vajrapani Ruel(5) has another thing in store for PB.

After chanting the mantra 108x, PB had a vision. He saw himself in his past life and his mom in her past life. At that time mother and son are both male friends in what appeared to somewhere in Middle East. PB believes it could be Persia. I won’t be able to go into details because PB himself is unable to share the whole vision with me because he finds some of it quite personal. But to make the long story short, his mom who was his friend then betrayed PB, which led to his death. So in this life, they come back to be together and have the mom take care of PB as a retribution for his past act. This also explains why PB despite of the fact that his mom is really nice to him, he seem to carry a certain grudge towards her. When PB saw this vision he started to understand the nature. PB said it has made him more patient with his mom. Whether this is enough for them to mend their relationship remains to be seen.

It should be noted though that according to my Guru Lama, he has never heard of any story about past life recall in connection with the Vajrapani Ruel(6). But he sincerely believes that it is not impossible.

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

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Soulmates: From the Perspective of Buddhism

Published Mayo 19, 2015 by jptan2012

soulmates-teres-lillianKarma and Reincarnation are well-accepted beliefs in Buddhism. In fact, the principle of cause and effect, which is karma, explains why there is suffering in this world. Reincarnation is also, as mentioned, a well-accepted Buddhist belief. It is impossible to be Buddhist and not believe in reincarnation. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good. Because for Buddhism, the ultimate goal is to stop samsara, or the process of rebirth, your ultimate goal is to attain enlightenment and stop being rebirth to learn your lesson.

Soulmates, which is the process of meeting a soul or consciousness from your past lives that has a strong affinity with you is a romanticized version of a Buddhist belief. In Buddhism, soulmate are actually a form of attachment, and in Buddhist teachings as long as you have attachments you will not attain enlightenment thus will continue the process of reincarnation. In fact, the strongest soulmates are twins.

Again, having a soulmate is actually bad for Buddhism because this means your consciousness or soul is very attached to another consciousness or soul and as mentioned, any form of attachment is bad because this prevents us from attaining enlightenment.

But note that attachment and the capability to love are two different things. But more on that on my succeeding articles.

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What to Do When One Sees A Dead Animal?

Published Mayo 15, 2015 by jptan2012

In my previous post, I talked about the story of Mahakassapa (also spelled as Mahakasyapa) and Ananda. In that particular post I talked about reincarnation, which I have talked about before, and subtly introduced a Buddhist accepted belief that I have never fully talked about here on this blog. This belief is about the accepted Buddhist teachings that all sentient beings reincarnate and has a consciousness and that we may have come from animals or insects and can be reborn as such.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha's left side (from our point of view - right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha's right side.

In Buddhist temples, Mahakasyapa (Mahakassapa) is usually on the Buddha’s left side (from our point of view – right side) and Ananda is on the Buddha’s right side.

Hope to be able to talk more about it in my future blog articles. However, today I would like to talk about what one should do if one sees a dead animal. In my previous post, I mentioned that Mahakassapa prayed over the dead cat and buried the cat. The question is what we can do for the dead animal these days.

Like Mahakassapa, it would be great if we can pray over a body of a dead animal or insect by reading a sutra over it. The Medicine Buddha Sutra and/or the Past Vows of the Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra) and then bury the dead animal or insect. If this is not possible or it may take time, you can do either of the following, put a printed copy of the sutra or a mantra on top of the body of the dead animal. If you can bury it, please do.

Still if this is not possible, chant the Medicine Buddha mantra (TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA), or the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Mantra (OM AH KSITIGARBHA THALENG HUM) or the Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion (OM MANI PADME HUM) and the Amitabha Mantra (OM AMI DEWA HRIH or NAMO AMITOFO) as many times as you can then blow over the dead body of the animal or insect. If possible bury or cremate the body.

Some Buddhist Temples would conduct a collective prayers for all animals being slaughtered for human consumption. Compassion and respect for this animals as sentient beings is the primary reason why a lot of Buddhists are vegetarian.

Some Buddhist Temples would conduct a collective prayers for all animals being slaughtered for human consumption. Compassion and respect for this animals as sentient beings is the primary reason why a lot of Buddhists are vegetarian.

Still if this is not possible and you have the Vajrapani Ruel, which is a very powerful Buddhist amulet, you can simple place the Vajrapani Ruel near the body of the dead sentient being and then chant OM VAJRAPANI HUM three times or seven times.

Doing this out of great compassion is the best reason and it will earn you some tremendous amount of good karma. Doing this because of wanting to earn some good karma merit will work as well. But it may not as big as simply doing it because of great compassion.

 

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