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Monday, January 27, 2014
Converting Karma With 5 Pillars
ways to convert karma is very interesting. To me and according to Confucianism,
we need to go through all of the 5 pillars to purify our current karma. I am no
expert, so let’s just have a light discussion.
It has long
been said in the Chinese community that there are 5 pillars affecting our current
Our fate can be foretold
with palmistry, face reading, astrology and any other fortune telling
techniques. This fate of ours once fixed cannot be changed as it is governed by
our previous karma.
One particular type of palm
is the ‘broken palm’ (斷掌). It is fated that people with this type of palm are persistent, hardworking
and an entrepreneur. This type is traditionally good for men but too strong for
a woman; in yesteryears of course. We all know that things had been changing in
our modern times!
A wise man once said:
“It is only when we know our fate that we will not stand beside a
Thus, it was a scholar’s
responsibility to understand not only his/her fate, but also his/her parents’
as well so as to avoid danger. It is by the deed of taking care of oneself that
prevents our parents from fallen into grief.
2nd Luck (運)
Our luck shows our life
journey during the cycle of times. There is an old saying that goes something
(Having good luck is more important than good
So, good fate is certainly
not enough. For example, if one is cleaver and hardworking, but his/her luck is
not on his/her side and no one wanted to hire this person; then he/she still
starves to death. No matter how well his/her fate is.
Having said so, our luck is
subject to changes with time as we are creating and destroying karma constantly.
For example, the minor lines on our palms will change in time indicating our fate
in current time or near future.
In old days, a scholar must
know his/her parents’ luck and if it is calculated that the parents’ lives are
ending; then he/she shall not travel far for obvious reasons.
3rd Feng Shui (風水)
Feng Shui is a type of
geomancy and it can be subdivided into two branches: the Ying and Yang Feng
Not many people understand
that the original purpose of Feng Shui is not for gaining money, but the art of
Feng Shui is actually meant to look after our parents and our ancestors.
While our parents are
alive, we want them to live comfortably; hence a good Yang Feng Shui. And when
our parents passed away, we want them to rest in peace in Ying Feng Shui.
So, Ying Feng Shui is just
to make sure that our beloved ones will not be disturbed by flood, animals or
4th Education (讀書)
Needless to say, a person
must be educated to make his/her ancestors proud. This is especially true in
ancient China where ordinary folks can only climb up a social ladder through
public exams held by the old dynasties. This fact remains to be true at this
However, time has changed:
there are so many graduates now days with lesser job opportunities; unless
these educated people with a good fate and luck and with silver spoons in their
mouth, they remain helpless.
5th Accumulating merits (積德)
Previous karma can only wear
out but cannot be destroyed, so if we continue to accumulate merits; then good
karma can outweigh the bad ones. There are many ways to accumulate merits:
·Repent, repent and
repent that we are all sinners!
·Donate to the
temples so that the temples can expand to bigger ones.
·Hire monks to perform
deliverance services year after year… though I do wonder how come our ancestors
have so much sin and need deliverance every year…
ghost king paper manikin regardless of costs every year and burn it down in
·And many more…
Just a point to add,
originally according to Confucianism, a scholar should accumulate merits on
behalf of his/her parents so that his parents can have good rebirths. Well,
things have changed since.
According to Confucianism,
we perform the 5 pillar exercises to honor our parents and ancestors. By taking
care of our parents and our ancestors, our blood lines will be looked after by
those spirits and the spirits will help us when in need. And when everything is
in order, our society will prosper.
Having said so, the 5
pillars had been broken and instead of treating them holistically, cunning
modern folks just exploit individual pillar for achieving their selfish gains.