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:
I once had a person come to me to tell me that everything seems to go wrong with his life and nothing seems to go right. In fact, he said, everything is so wrong in his life that he really wants to commit suicide already. He is seriously contemplating taking his own life.
My first recommendation for him is to immediately get professional counseling. I’m certainly not equipped to handle this kind of case, at least, not in the perspective of professional help. I’m glad that he took my advice and has started to get better. He has become a little bit more equipped in handling his problems.
Nevertheless, he still contacted me to ask for help because while counseling has helped him get better with how he copes with his problems, the problems are still there. You see he really has a lot of problem. He lost his only child then his wife left him for another man, and she took all their savings. Furthermore, his mother got sick and paralyzed, while his father continue to launder their money for his mistress.
He certainly has a lot of problems and upon checking his Bazi Chart / Paht Chee Chart it shows that his Bazi is terribly afflicted. There were a lot of conflicting elements and signs!
It’s quite difficult to cure this kind of problem. The Vajrapani Ruel(1) may help things get better a little but it certainly will not or it will take a lot of year for it to cure the afflicted Bazi. One way to cure this is to use the Ing Deng Pay(1), which I have written before. However, the Ing Deng Pay(2) or Landlord’s Tablet is quite pricey. And this particular person is unable to afford it. And so he decided to simply get the Vajrapani Ruel(2) and resorted to chanting mantras. Told him to chant the following mantras:
MANTRA OF BODHISATTVA KUAN YIN: OM MANI PADME HUM
MANTRA OF MEDICINE BUDDHA: TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKNADZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA
MANTRA OF BODHISATTVA VAJRAPANI: OM VAJRAPANI HUM
Also told him to offer flowers and half – sack to one sack of rice everyday to the image of Bodhisattva Guan Yin (also spelled or called as Kuan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Avalokitesvara, Kannon).
He followed my advice and was told that things are a little better than before.
I believe that if one has at least one powerful amulet and is sincere and is able to chant mantras at the deep meditative level, no matter how bad is your bazi is, things will get better.
If you wish to know more about the Ing Deng Pay you can read the following blog posts:
We all have heard have the phrase or idiom ‘Let’s cross the bridge when we get there.’ Or ‘We’ll cross the bridge when we get there.’ Of course, almost all the people who use that phrase use it as an idiom to signify that for a pending problem that one does not have a solution at present, it will be just dealt with when the problem arises.
But for Feng Shui experts, ‘Let’s Cross the Bridge When We Get There’ is not just an idiom. It has real Feng Shui significance.
In ancient China, the idiom is not used as an idiom but rather as a Feng Shui cure. If they envision a problem that has no solution, they will say that ‘Let’s Just Cross THE / A BRIDGE WHEN WE GET THERE.’ to signify that they will solve their problem with one of the oldest Feng Shui ritual to rid oneself from problems. They literally cross the bridge to get rid of a problem.
How is this done?
When encountering a problem, I suggest you do the ‘Cross the Bridge’ ritual to get rid of your problems. This is done by looking for a bridge that may be visually proportionate to your problems, meaning the bigger the problem, the bigger the bridge that you should use.
Do the ritual in the morning between 6AM and 10AM. Go to one end of the bridge, and go to the side of the bridge and pour some clean water, a half-cup of water will do, and then place 7 pieces of uncooked rice grains. These serves as an offering to the spirits that resides in the bridge. Please also light an incense if possible. Then stand straight, and focus on your problems, do this for about 30 seconds and start walking. As you walk, imagine that your problems are slowly dissipating, until it’s gone when you get towards the center of the bridge. Then, consciously get yourself to feel lighthearted and happy, as you continuously walk towards to the other end of the bridge. All throughout the process don’t ever look back even if somebody calls you. It’s best to arrange for somebody to pick you up at the end of the bridge, because it is better to take another route in going back to your place. Avoid the said bridge for 3 days.
I personally haven’t tried this ritual, but my Feng Shui master in Hong Kong swears by the efficacy of this ritual.
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I have a reader in Cebu who has a very generous spirit. She bought the Vajrapani Ruel(1) for herself, but when she found out that her friend is experiencing some problems, she was very generous to give her Vajrapani Ruel(2) to him, even if the Vajrapani Ruel(3) is not very affordable. In fact, it can be considered quite expensive. But I know because she was sincere in giving it and she is very generous, that simple act of passing on the Vajrapani Ruel(4) gave her a lot of good merit.
However, I know that not all of us will have enough money to give out expensive amulets, but what can one do if we see somebody experiencing a lot of problems and we want to help them thru Feng Shui.
There are a lot of things one can do that are not expensive, and it might not even cause you a single centavo. Here are some of them:
Chant a mantra for them.
Read a sutra and dedicate the merits of the act for them.
Light some incense for them.
Light some candle for them.
Offer or fruits or flowers to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas for them.
Give them some fruits.
Give them some flowers.
Give them rice or sugar or salt as a gift.
Numbers 6 to 8 are gifts that has natural yang energy and the act of sincerely giving it to them also offers an added yang energy that will surely help them. Numbers 1 to 5 are very good acts that you can do for them. It may not be as strong as if they do it themselves but the act, when sincerely done, is filled with a lot of merits that it’s impossible that it doesn’t help them. What’s more by simply sincerely doing for them, you will also have some merits yourself.
So remember, while giving of images of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, or amulets, or Feng Shui charms creates a lot of good luck for both the recipient and the giver, these things can get quite costly. So don’t feel helpless because the 8 simple acts mentioned above will work ‘magic’ as well.
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I was just talking to a reader, R, who mentioned to me that she is wheat intolerant, and this reminded me of another reader, NS who wrote to me about her Celiac Disease.
Celiac Disease from how I understood it is an autoimmune disease that occurs in people who are genetically born with it, although they might not be diagnose of the disease until later in life. If you are familiar with lactose intolerance, celiac disease is almost the same, however, you become intolerant to wheat and gluten. It makes a person unable to absorb the nutrients of the food that he or she eats and because of this the person may become anemic, may experience fatigue, and in some case may become malnourished. On top of that, he or she may experience diarrhea also.
NS was diagnosed with her celiac disease after she gave birth to her first child. The doctor said the stress of being a new housewife and a mom might have ‘triggered’ the symptom of celiac disease. NS’s celiac disease became so bad that she stopped producing milk because she became malnourished, and she would have wanted to breastfed her son as long as she can.
When she was diagnosed with celiac disease the doctor told her she could never eat bread again along with a lot of other food. What’s worst, her rice intake should be very limited also.
Several years after, when she became pregnant again with her second baby, that’s when she decided that she really wants to breastfeed her baby. She knows that for her to be able to be healthy again, she needs to eat a balance diet. Her desire led her to request for the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT. She was 3 months pregnant when she got the pendant.
Her second baby was 6 months old when NS called me again. She said she was still breastfeeding. Before writing this post, I decided to call NS again, her baby is now 9 months old, and she said she still breastfeed her! According to her even her doctor was surprised about it.
If you wish to know more about the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT please read the following blog posts: