Last Saturday (21 June 2008), was consider as the Manifestation Anniversary aka Birthday of Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling aka Zhang Tian Shi.
On that Morning, at about 9.00++, me and one of my Students & his Wife went to Swissotel at Cityhall to pick up one of my Classmates (Bro Matt from London) to visit the Tian Gong Temple located at Havelock Road to pay respect to Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling.
Upon arriving at the Temple, a few Buddhist Monks were at the Temple preparing for one of the Blessing Ceremony for the Devotees who came early to pay respect to Jade Emperor of Heaven (due to Tian Gong Temple at Havelock Road had ben working closely with the Buddhist Organisations, nowadays, no more Taoist Rituals/Ceremonies are being conducted in the Temple for our Upright Taoist Deities).
After laying out the necessary Offerings, the group of us went to pay respect around the Temple before we proceed to the Rear Hall, Lef t Altar to pay respect to Zhang Tian Shi. Soon after we pay respect to Jade Emperor of Heaven to report on the main purpose of this Trip, we proceed to where Zhang Tian Shi was.
Soon, our Paying Respect started, as usually, I would be the one to lead the Honouring and after Offering our Incenses, each of us made a 3 Kneeling & 9 Kowtow (三跪九叩) Respect to Zhang Tian Shi, in-order to ask for his blessing for our Country, the People, the Sufferings and of cos, Long Shan Men.
Right after the Kowtowing, the whole group of us proceed to the Main Hall and this is the Peak of the Day - to get the Spiritual Authority from Jade Emperor of Heaven to do Enhancing on our Long Shan Men's Wu Lei Hao Ling (The Five Thunder Command Block 五雷號令).
The whole process took about 10 minutes to complete with a final Positive Agreement by Jade Emperor of Heaven. Once getting the approval from Jade Emperor of Heaven, we went back to where Zhang Tian Shi was to get his blessing and this time, just by throwing the Divination Block (筊) once, I got the agreement from him and immediately, I "injected" the "Energy" emitted by Zhang Tian Shi into the Block by writing the necessary Talismans Symbol onto the Block.
And so successfully, the whole Paying Respect and getting of the Authority were being done and so, after leaving the Temple, we proceed to Bugis (Rochor Center) to have out Lunch and then proceed to get a Wonderful Statue of Zhang Tian Shi for Long Shan Men.
Upon arriving at Heng Moh Seng (the usual shop that I ordered and get my statues from, the one that situated opposite Bugis OG), I saw my Favourite Statue of Zhang Tian Shi and within a 2nd Thought, I got the statue and it was being sponsored by my Classmate Matt.
Soon, my 3rd Classmate from Penang called, saying that he was in Town and so, we metup with him and then proceed to another Temple before we headed home to rest.
That was really a Wonderful and Fruitful Day.
May Zhang Tian Shi give the necessary blessings to All the Mortals and Upright Official Taoists.
Wu Liang Shou.