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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Taoist Chaya Purusha (元神)
probably not an over statement that Taoist rituals are 50% Hindu rituals. For
example: Taoists worships Brahma (梵天), Kali (玄女), Yama (阎罗) and Marichi (斗母) just to name a few. Even to the
extent that in Taoist magical practices, there is a parallel form of tantric ‘Chaya
I am not
going to explore the Hindu Chaya Purusha in detail, but to run across the
Taoist Chaya Purusha for the sake of comparisons:
magic, Chaya Purusha is known as one’s ‘original soul’ (元神) and there is a set of quite
extensive practice to activate our original soul by stages:
stage is ‘training soul’ (炼神). This is the first step awakens the soul, the practice is somehow similar
to the posting “know your fate, know yourself”.
we should be able to physically ‘see’ our original soul. So, the second step is
same as the Hindu Chaya Purusha; i.e. we must choose a sunny but cloudless
morning at around 10am or so. After that, we should stand against the sun and
stare at our shadows until our eyes are tired. When we feel a sensation in our
heart, we should immediately look into the sky in front of us. With some
practise, one huge shadow will appear in front of us and that will be our
original souls appear, we should inspect if there is anything wrong with our
soul; especially if there is any black spots or black parts. Black always means
mishaps as usual.
are problems, we will need to use the avoiding methods (消灾避死). One most popular is offering oil
lamps to the Northern Stars System (北斗) and walk the previously mentioned star steps (步罡). The rituals must be carried out until the
bad signs are completely gone otherwise death or disasters entail.
After we can
see and communicate our original souls, we have to ask them to ‘shrink’ and fit
their sizes to our physical body or they will be too large to do anything. The
Taoist calls the shrinking of original soul as ‘soul shrinking’ (缩神). It is said that only after our
original souls are in proper sizes that we can handle them to do many tasks.
our original souls are practically us in every human form, they are bound by
all our past good and bad karmic forces and much restricted. These ‘contaminated’
souls will need to be blessed and purified in a ritual known as ‘soul transform’
(变神). In this ritual we transform our
original souls into the appearance of the gods or goddesses that we desire.
Normally a male Taoist will take the form of thunder god (雷神) and a female Taoist will be
Marichi (斗母). I supposed
this is somewhat similar to the Tantric Yidam practice.
you have the complete Chaya Purusha practice, perhaps you can compare. It would
be good if anyone can send me a copy of that too!