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Rituals to Appease and Protect Oneself from the Hungry Ghosts

Published Hulyo 19, 2012 by jptan2012

In my last two posts, I talked about and introduced to you the DREADED HUNGRY GHOST MONTH and also talked about the EFFECTS OF THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

As I always said it is useless to know about all these things if we are unable to protect ourselves. It is because of this that I would like to share with you some rituals that we can do to help protect us from the ill effects of the Hungry Ghost Month and the Hungry Ghost Festival.

Some people will make more elaborate offerings liek the one depicted in the photo. However, simply offerings the ones that I’ve listed are good enough.

First, you must KEEP THE HUNGRY GHOSTS ‘HAPPY’, and you do this by feeding them. Some people say that you should do this every single day of the Hungry Ghost Month, but some say you should do this only on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival. Personally, I think this should be done every single day of the Hungry Ghost Month from the first day to the last.

What you need to do is quite simple. You need to put a bowl of cooked rice; a small cup of rice wine or any liquor; 3 different bowls of beans (red beans, chick peas, mung beans); a small slab of tofu or bean curd; a piece of any kind of fruit; a bowl of cooked peanuts; and a small portion of meat – any meat will do. Optional are lighting of 2 red candles and 2 incense sticks. However, I do these two as well. Also, you should put some Yin Money or Hell’s Money, which in the Philippines is available in Ongpin or any Chinatown. I also leave some real coins, which is considered as Yang Money, to balance the Yin energy of the Hell’s Money.

You should leave these things outside your main door. If you have a gate, you can also do this outside your gate, but if might cause some problems, just the main door of your house will do. I leave all these things outside the house for a full month of the Hungry Ghost Month, and only replacing some of the food if they start to spoil or rot.

Some people say that the bigger amount you put the better. But just follow your instincts and put just enough.

By doing this, you are preventing the Hungry Ghosts to enter your house to ‘look for food’, and sometime food can be your chi.

You can also do this in your office. If you happen to pass by an establishment or house that has this kind offering outside, it is customary to put some coins or small bills. It is like dropping and blessing the hungry ghosts with some yang energy to help them re-enter samsara (cycle of life).

At the end of Hungry Ghost Month, throw away the all the food and burn Hell’s Money. Donate the coins to a temple or church.

VISIT YOUR ANCESTORS’ grave or in the case of the Buddhist their spirit dwelling tablet. Light some incense and offer some food. It’s best to do this at the first 7 days of the Hungry Ghost Month.

VISIT A TAOIST OR BUDDHIST TEMPLE to ask for protection. Praying to any Buddha, Bodhisattva, Deity or Immortal is acceptable, but if possible visit a Taoist temple or Buddhist temple that has the images of the known protectors like Amitabha Buddha, Sun Wukong, Kuan Kong, Chung Kwei. Try to offer some fruits, flowers and incense.

LIGHT SOME LOTUS CANDLES. Lotus candles are simple candles made in the shape of a lotus, this is because lotus symbolizes purity and by lighting lotus candle you bless the hungry ghost with yang energy and purity. Two things that they need most to get out of hell.

Lotus Candles. You can also simply get candles in lotus shaped glass.

LIGHT SOME RED LANTERNS outside of your house (or window or balcony if living in a high rise) the whole month of the Hungry Ghost Month if you live near the ocean, river, lake or any body of water and if possible, let some lotus candle float on the body water on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Month.

PUT SALT ON YOUR DOORSTEP, WINDOWS, AND EVERY CORNER OF THE HOUSE. This is to ensure that the place is constantly cleansed of any form of Yin energy.

CONSTANTLY PLAY SOME MANTRA OR SUTRA in your house. You can do this by buying some CD or altar paraphernalia that constantly play different kinds of mantra or sutras. You do this not to drive them away, although it may drive them away, but more importantly to help them get the benefit of the mantra.

People watching the Chinese Opera. Notice the empty front chairs, they’re reserved for the Hungry Ghosts.

PLAY THE CHINESE OPERA on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival. In the olden time, Chinese Opera are played by actors on the street to an ‘empty’ audience. This is because it is believed that the Opera will distract the Hungry Ghosts and not wreak havoc. Nowadays, living people also watch these operas, but they usually leave the first one or two rows empty, because they’re reserved for the Hungry Ghosts.

Of course, it’s not practical for you to play the opera, what some people do is put a TV set or a radio and just leave it on to a ‘happy’ program. It is said that this will distract the hungry ghosts and make them believe that there are real people and therefore they won’t enter your house. The energy that you’re emitting by playing the radio or TV is also a yang energy that attracts them.

TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THE HUNGRY GHOST MONTH, HUNGRY GHOSTS, IT’S EFFECTS, RITUALS AND PROTECTION READ THE FOLLOWING HUNGRY GHOSTS SERIES:

YOU MAY WISH TO READ THE FOLLOWING ALSO:

OR YOU CAN CLICK ON THE CATEGORY – KUWENTO TUNGKOL SA HUNGRY GHOST MONTH.

For questions, comments and suggestions, please email sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com

 

A Taoist Ritual Against Hostility

Published Marso 4, 2012 by jptan2012

Today, I’m again sharing with you another email from a reader that I received last Jan. 18, 2012. I’ve emailed my response to his question, however, I would like to share it now also for the benefit of those who may going through the same thing and/or for those who simply want to know, specially because the same reader just called last night to inform me that my suggestion seemed to have worked.

MW, my reader’s initial, sent me a private email to inquire about a Feng Shui cure for a hostile neighbor. According to MW, their neighbor in their subdivision is quite hostile towards them. The matriarch of the neighbor would often complain about their ‘smelly’ food, the noisy children of MW and his wife, the noisy dog, the neighbor also complains about how she can smell the fumes from their car in the morning when they’re about to leave, and in the evening when they get home. As if that’s not enough, the neighbor also complained about the pond in MW’s garden, which she said she could see from her bedroom window, and she also said that she’s afraid that the pond may be a breeding ground for dengue causing mosquito and she even ‘suggested’ that it be removed. She even went as far as approaching the homeowner’s association president to request that MW be pressured to get rid of the pond!

MW and his family have lived in the said subdivision for more than 20 years already. That’s where he grew up and inherited the house from his parents when they migrated to the US. Hostile Neighbor is relatively new and has been there only for 3 years. Hostile Neighbor first moved in with her family-another couple with some children, and for reasons unknown to MW, she seems to live in the house on her own now. She just has some maids with her.

MW and I exchanged numbers so we can talk about his problem properly. On the phone, MW explained that they’ve tried everything already. They went to talk to her, invited her to their home, send food to Hostile Neighbor, offer to run errands for her. They did these things because his wife said that they should be more understanding given that Hostile Neighbor is already old and that she may be feeling lonely. However, all of their efforts were turned down, except the running of some of her errands.

MW decided to contact me because the matter has become so bad already and that not a week goes by that Hostile Neighbor will not shout something bad against them. It may be about the food, the car, the dogs, the pond, or even about their house help, but every week Hostile Neighbor will shout at them through their windows, and it seems to be getting worst each week. There are times that Hostile Neighbor is not contented with shouting, she would even go to MW’s house and ring the bell like it’s an emergency or like she’s been there forever and they’ve just been ignoring her!

MW said they believe in Feng Shui and has consulted a couple Feng Shui consultants who suggested that they make some renovations and/or buy some Feng Shui cures to deflect the poison arrow that’s causing the hostility from the neighbor. MW followed their advice but nothing happened.

When MW presented me with this matter, I just have to believe that the Feng Shui experts that he consulted are correct in saying that the hostilities are not caused by the bad Feng Shui of MW’s house. MW also clarified that they really haven’t had any major renovations and everything seems to be fine before the neighbor moved in. They’re certainly in good terms with their old neighbor, the previous owner of Hostile Neighbor’s house.

It’s possible that the hostility that they’re experiencing is due to either of the following reasons: Bad Feng Shui of the neighbor’s house that causes so much anger to the owners that is dumped on them because as they said aside from the house helps nobody else is with Hostile Neighbor, or it is deeply rooted in the BAZI of Hostile Neighbor.

A neighbor’s Feng Shui will have some effect on us, just like our Feng Shui will have some effect on them. However, it’s pretty obvious that we can’t do much about our neighbor’s Feng Shui. So what do we do with problems like MW’s?

Since MW is also Chinese and a Taoist – Buddhist at that, I suggested for him to do a Taoist ritual that may help protect him and his family against the hostility brought about their neighbor. I once suggested the same ritual with an aunt who is experiencing the same problem with her neighbor.

Like I said, just last night, MW called again to inform me that the ritual seemed to have worked. It’s been about 3 weeks since the hostilities have stopped. Whether it has stopped forever or not has yet to be seen, but do allow me to share the ritual here.

First you’ll need to get 7 pieces of lime. In China, they usually use Mandarin Lime or Mandarin Orange, but any lime will do. In the Philippines, it can be our local lime, which is Calamansi or you can also use Dalandan.

Fill a big white bowl with tap water.

If you have an altar, call on the saints or deities or Buddhas on your altar. Do this by lighting 3 incense sticks and call on their help to help subdue the hostilities coming from your neighbor. If you know the full name of the neighbor, please mention his/her name. Place the incense on the incense urn or incense burner.

Get the white bowl of water and let it pass through the smoke by rotating it 3 times above the incense urn or burner. Rotation should be done in a clockwise manner.

Get the lime and let it be smoked by the incense as well. You do this by letting it pass through the incense smoke 4 times also. Just like white bowl of water.

Cut 2 pieces of the lime and squeezed it’s juice into the water.

Place the rest of the lime and the white bowl of water on the wall separating your house and that of the neighbor’s house.

Leave it there overnight. The following day, anytime after sunrise but before 9 in the morning, simply splash the water with limejuice on your side of the wall. If you live parts of Europe where sunrise doesn’t happen until 9 in the morning, do it between 6 and 9 in the morning.

Take the rest of the lime and throw it on the trashcan. If possible, throw it on a river, if you live near one.

Do the ritual for 7 consecutive days.

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