Friday, September 19, 2014

Concerning Chinese-English Mahapritaka Translation Issues


The Chinese Mahapritaka (大藏经) contains many rituals belong to Kriya Yoga (事瑜伽) from Chinese Mantrayana Tradition. The best part is of course these rituals are free-of-charge provided that you can surf the Net and understand quite a bit about Chinese. In that case you should be able to search for various rituals which such convenience was quite impossible a few years back.

 

It is also conversely true that not all free stuffs are good, there are down falls as well. Provided that you aware of them. The major problem with Chinese Mahapritaka is the localization of Sanskrit terms. It was translated in such a way that not only the Chinese do not quite understand what a term means; left alone the non-Chinese!

 

For example:

 

怛儞也(二合) = TADYATHA=Speaking

 

According to phonetic: Dá nǐ yě tā

 

Now it is obvious the difference is quite obvious doesn’t it?

 

Let me take another example

 

阿失缚噜麽 = ASHVARUMA=Horse hairs

 

What is thatā shī fù lū mó

 

Actually the‘阿失缚’ is supposed to meanASHVA' and‘噜麽’ in Sanskrit meansRUMA' or ‘hairs’

 

Such variations in localized Chinese mantra funny and yet pathetic as it sounds; no wonder the Chinese Mantrayana already going downhill now days.

 

A Lucky Mantra For Ladies


A friend asked me, is there a mantra that can bestow luck and happiness to ladies in this hostile society?

 

Sadhu, sadhu.

 

I think there indeed is one amongst the many Vedic mantras that is suitable to be recited by all ladies. According to record, this mantra can make a lady lucky and happy for her whole life. This mantra is:

 

Om Om Hreem Om Krinm Hreem Om Swaha

 

It is said that any ladies who is consistent in reciting this mantra according to her abilities, then all types of family problems and other obstacles shall be removed and resolved. The soul of this person shall be empowered with strength and this energy will be stored inside her body. During emergency, this energy will be released automatically.

 

Another poser of this mantra is the protection from evil spirits and black magic. The person who recites this mantra with consistency shall be protected.

 

It is my hope that in this chaotic world, anyone who recites this mantra shall be in peace, happy and lucky.

A Wish Fulfilling Moon Ritual


The moon is worshipped in many cultures. In the West, witches performing the drawing down of the moon for spell casting. In ancient China, animals and Taoists use breathing exercises to draw moon energy into their bodies for magic work or for healing. In India making offerings to moon may also make your wish come true.

 

First we need to prepare a big jar of fresh water, some milk, some sugar and rice. It is said that for best result, it is best to use Ganga Jal or sea water. For general wishes, then this ritual should be carried out on the second night after the black moon.
 

When the time is right, pour the milk, sugar and rice into a jug of fresh water. Now go to a quite place where you will not be disturbed. Stare at the moon for a while and now hold the jug with both hands and raise it above your head. Now make a wish and pour down the water in the jug. While you are pouring down the water, look at the moon through the flowing water while thinking of your wish.

 

After the ritual, give thank to the moon and go back immediately without looking back. You may perform the ritual on the same time next month until your wish is fulfilled. It is also believed that whoever makes this ritual a routine will be prosperous and rich even without asking.
 
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Making Friends With A Noble Ghost


 
Have you ever thought that holy Bo tree can attract ghosts?
 
 
Believe it or not, you can make friend with a ghost!

 

First you must fast for one day or if you cannot stand fasting then you may only eat fruits. Now you must also keep your mind pure: see no evil, talk no evil, hear no evil and think no evil. Only then the ghost who answers your call will be a noble one.

 

You must perform this ritual on a dark night, i.e. no moon visible in the sky.

 

Go to a Bodhi Tree (Ficus Religiosa) and offer 5 betel nuts, 5 green leaves of Bodhi tree, black sesame and some flowers. You should burn some Benzoic incense and sprinkle some rose water onto the Bodhi leaves.

 

Now, chant the below mantra for 1188 times while standing:

 

“Om.Krin.Krin.sadatmnebhotye.mum.mitrerupensidhim.kuru.kuru.krinkrin.phat!”

 

After the mantra recitation, say the below out loud:

 

“Please come and be my good friend!”

 

You should perform this ritual for 3 times: one dark moon day in one month. So you would need to perform the ritual for 3 consecutive months.

 

A ghost will appear in your dream, but it will only help you for 3 years.

 

After that, you will need to redo the ritual again.

 

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kalachakra: Bridging The Gap Between Hinduism & Buddhism


Kalachakra Tantra is the most controversial tantra of all Buddhist tantras. It is the last known tantra ever compiled before the collapse of Buddhism in India. Critics doubted the authenticity of Kalachakra Tantra as Buddhist works as there are too many Hindu elements contained inside.

 

Personally, I see whoever compiled Kalachakra Tantra tried to squeeze all Hindu and Buddhist elements into it and makes the practice of Kalachakra extremely difficult and time consuming. This is perhaps a desperate move to save the best of Hinduism and Buddhism before Islamic invasion somewhere around the 11th century in medieval India.

 

I have particular interest in Kalachakra because of my interest in Feng Shui, Astrology and Traditional Medicine. All the former elements evolve with time and it is my personal interest in deciphering secrets hidden in Kalachakra Tantra system.

 

Those one who practices Kalachakra long sadhana will know that, around 720 deities are invoked to dwell in Kalachakra Mandala. Not many gurus are willing to point out that this Kalachakra Mandala actually symbolises the human body and the Deity Kalachakra represents the illusion body. All of the 720 deities, mainly from Hinduism are placed in all of the major-minor and minor-minor chakras and linked by 180 major and minor nadis.

 

This gives a complete and accepted view of an individual in Hinduism and Buddhism. In the past tantras such as the Chakrasamvara and Yamantaka, emphasize is not put on human body as it is thought to be impermanent and not important. But in Kalachakra tantra, it is deemed necessary to put much importance on human body as a sick body is of no use in producing an illusion body. Hence by including all of the patron gods and goddesses of Hindu pantheon together with all chakras and nadis; not only Kalachakra Tantra can be accepted by the Hindu, it also serves as a teaching tool for Hindu and Buddhist Medicine at that time.

 

Another use of Kalachakra is in the Astrology. Do you know that Astrology actually calculates the flow of human life force inside the naval chakra? Our naval chakra has 64 petals, with 60 petals forming the 12 houses in Astrology and 4 void petals. So, by calculating this energy flow, we will know our future. If the life force is blocked, then we will be facing with troubles. And that’s all to the relation of Astrology with Kalachakra.

 

It is perhaps fair to say that the Kalachakra generation stage symbolises the world of Hinduism. The real separation between Hindu and Buddhist ideology happens in the Kalachakra completion stage. The practice of completion stage is related to the formation of ‘empty body’. Unlike other Buddhist tantra in that other tantras said that one’s illusion body can only be formed during dying process; the ‘empty body’ of Kalachakra forms when a person is still alive. This is something like the ‘rainbow body’.

 

I actually like such arrangements in Kalachakra as I can appreciate the Hindu wisdom as well as keeping the Buddhist elements without having to mask out the core value of both of the ancient beliefs in this world!

 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Invoking Indian Hantu Raya (印度养鬼术)


I think this ritual is perhaps the forerunner of Malaysian Hantu Raya or servitor spirits.

 

It is believed that Chauraha Wali Mata, said to be the goddess of cross roads is a form of goddess Maha Kali. If anyone makes her happy, then she will send her powerful witches to fulfil one’s desires.

 

This ritual should be done after 9pm onwards starting on Saturday or Tuesday for a consecutive of 21 Saturdays/Tuesdays. After that, one should maintain the offering on all Saturdays/Tuesdays.

 

First one must prepare some offerings:

 

·         2 cloves, 5 types of dishes, 5 pieces of roses, 2 bundi ladu and 1betel leaf.

 

When everything is ready and the time is right, put everything onto a piece of white paper and bring a mug of fresh water. Go to a quiet cross junction, put the items beside the junction and pour the water onto the ground.

 

Now, go home without looking back.

 

The person should feel a presence in his/her house after a few tries. When the presence is felt, then a pact can be made to establish the master and servant relationship.
 

Simply Buddhism: Mantrayana Vs Sutrayana (秘宗与显教)


I post this article specially aim at those friends lost in the world of Buddhism:

 

Many people stumbled into Buddhism and expect all Buddhist schools are created equal would experience a culture shock of their lives. The fact is that teachings in various schools can go to both extreme ends; unlike the highly standardized teachings in other standard religions. Basically Buddhism is subdivided into two schools: the Mantrayana and the Sutrayana.

 

Mantrayana or Tantric Buddhism as we know it today consists of two major schools: the Indo-Tibetan and Sino-Japan. The Sino-Japan is grouped under the lower 3 stages while the Indo-Tibetan system takes up the upper 6 stages of all 9 stages of Buddhism. The difference between the two system lies in that the Anuttara Tantra which is an important part of Indo-Tibetan system and the related sex yoga failed to spread in China and Japan due to Confucianism.

 

Sutrayana can also be subdivided into the Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. Mahayana is the Buddhism that spread from India to China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam which is also known as the ‘Northern Tradition’. The Theravada Buddhism spread from India down south to Sri Lanka, to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

Now comes the fun part: the arguments of which school is authentic never ceased until today:

 

·         Within general Buddhism, Sutrayana attacks Mantrayana especially the Indo-Tibetan system as not Buddhism because of the worships of Hindu deities and yab-yum deities (two deities hugged together naked).

·         Within the Sutrayana: the Mahayana said that their teaching can achieve enlightenment while the Theravada teachings cannot.

·         Indo-Tibetan systems also have many controversies on the practice of ‘liberation by slaughtering’ and the consumption of meat and alcohol.

 

Of course, time has changed now days as all Buddhist schools are treated as one. Everyone try to be politically correct and all practices are accepted as one Buddhism as a whole. Having said so, confusions remain as this liberty causes more confusion:

 

·         Do I eat meat or do I not?

·         If I pray to Buddha and get fortune, can I donate to charity organizations of other religions?

·         Can I worship Taoist deities together with Guanyin?

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So, how does one go about in choosing which school is suitable?

 

·         Study the history of Buddhism thoroughly and understand the special traits of each school.

·         Follow just one school of thought that is if you believe that Buddhism is created all equal.

 

Finally, whatever you do, please don’t ask yourself this question:

 

“Have I regretted in following this school of thought?”

 

For If you do, you will go crazy!