Thursday, 23 December 2010

Xie Dong – mark the Starts of the Year End Thanksgiving Ceremony (年終答謝神恩首部之謝冬)





Xie Dong (謝冬) aka the Starts of the Year End Thanksgiving Ceremony in Chinese Culture or Taoist Culture.

From the Day of Dong Zhi (冬至) aka Winter Solstice, the Thanksgiving Ceremony is considered Officially Started.

For Xie Dong, it is the first stage of the Thanksgiving Ceremony – the other 2 are:

Major Thanksgiving Ceremony is on 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month (農曆十二月十六日)

&

Last Thanksgiving Ceremony is on the Lunar New Year Eve known as Ci Sui (辭歲).

So when Xie Dong Ends?

According to Chinese Practise, Xie Dong starts on Dong Zhi Day and will usually Ends at the Last Day of Lunar 11 Month (農曆十一月末).

Why Xie Dong starts from Dong Zhi?

There are a few reasons:

1 – Dong Zhi marks the Peak of Winter and after this Day, Spring will be on the way back to this Mortal Realm. By choosing Dong Zhi as the start of the Xie Dong, it means that, People can start to slowly Send-off the Cold Winter and Usher-in the Gentle & Warm Spring

2 – In Astrology point of View, after Dong Zhi Day, the Daylight/Daytime will slowly increase and it will mark an end to the “Long” Nightlight/Night-time. In Taoism, this is a form of Transition, meaning Over-turning Negative aka Yin (陰) to Positive aka Yang (陽). This is considered as a form of New Cycle and also, a Joyous Moment and so, by marking Dong Zhi as Xie Dong, it means that everything will be meeting an End soon and a New Start will be arriving in No time

So usually who are the Targeted Honouring Group that Taoists or Chinese will offer their Thanksgiving to?

Usually during this Xie Dong Period, the Taoists or Chinese will visit Temples that they had visited to request for Blessing for the past 10 Months.

As for the most Frequent Visiting Temples, the Thanksgiving will usually be done on the 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month.

So what are the Offerings that Oneself needed to prepare for this Xie Dong?

To keep things simple, for those who are returning back to the Temples that they had visited during the past 10 Months, Oneself can just get the Incense-package from the Temples to make their Offering, if not, Oneself just needed to make a small token of Contribution to the Temples as a form of Sincerity of returning Gratitude to the Deities.

If Oneself is not able to conduct the Xie Dong Honouring, is it ok?

Due to Modernisation and working restriction, if Oneself is not able to conduct the Xie Dong Honouring, then Oneself can combine the Thanksgiving Honouring during the 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month or from the period in between 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month to the Day before Lunar New Year Eve.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Celebrating Dong Zhi Day 2010 (冬至佳節賀節樂)





Happy Dong Zhi Day to all of you here (恭祝各界。冬至快樂).

Its again the arrival of Dong Zhi Day. As usual, Jave Wu had to follow the Tradition to prepare the Sweet Dumplings aka Tang Yuan (湯圓) for the Honouring of Long Shan Men’s Deities & Ancestors (正一龍山門壇上聖真與歷代祖師).

At about 9am in the Morning, Jave’s Mum had started to prepare the Sweet Soup (甜湯) for the cooking of the Tang Yuan.

By the time Jave was ready to do the Tang Yuan, both of us had put in both our “four hands” to do the little Red & White Balls aka Jin Yin Yuan (金銀圓).

At about 10.30Am, all Tang Yuan were being cooked and ready for Offering to the Deities (in each bowl must be 9 or 12 quantity of the Tang Yuan, 9 to represent Long Term & Prosperity, 12 to represent Smoothness for the next Lunar New Year 一碗湯圓應有九或十二粒。九者長久富貴﹐十二者一年興旺).

Its again, another year of wonderful experiences and time for reflection.

PS: Honouring in LSM HQ (正一龍山門總壇) in the Noon. Rushing off for the Honouring now :P

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/900878549/pic/list

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Video on Dao De Jing Chapter 01 (太上道德經選段第一章)





In here, you all will be watching a short clip on the selective Dao De Jing (道德經) - Chapter One (選段第一章).

Traditional Ba Yin Music CD on Sale (傳統八音音樂專輯)

Category:   Music & Movies
Price:   S$13.00 - S$15.00


Million Thanks to our Young Boss Mr Allen of Joo Moh Chiap Kee Trading (如茂捷記), located at 1 ROCHOR ROAD 01-538 ROCHOR CENTRE, for the assisting in importing in this series of Traditional Ba Yin Music CD (傳統八音音樂專輯) from Taiwan.

This series of 4 CDs on the Traditional Ba Yin Music are usually used during Grand Official Celebrations or Joyous Festivals such as Lunar New Year, Birthday, Wedding or even Taoist Rituals.

For Taoists, Temples or Sintuas, who are interested in getting this series of 4 CDs, do visit Joo Moh Chiap Kee as soon as possible as the stocks are running low.

For Overseas interested parties, please do call this number to find out more: +65 6297 0996


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Monday, 20 December 2010

Immortal-hood Anniversary of 63rd Heavenly Master Zhang 2010 (庚寅年正一六十三代天師得道紀念日)





17th Day of Lunar 11 Month is known as the Immortal-hood Anniversary of the 63rd Generation Heavenly Master Zhang En Pu (正一六十三代張恩溥天師).

To know more on Heavenly Master Zhang En Pu, you all may wish to visit the following link:

http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/23/23

Friday, 17 December 2010

Winter Solstice Festival 2010 (庚寅年歲末冬至日)





Dong Zhi Day (冬至日) aka Winter Solstice Festival, in Year 2010, it falls on 22 Dec, a Wedensday (庚寅年農曆十一月十七日).

For those who have yet to perform your Thanksgiving to Lord Tai Sui (答謝太歲lease remember to do so before Dong Zhi arrived.

For more info on Winter Solstice Festival, you all may wish to proceed to the following links:

Introduction on Winter Solstice Festival (冬至年節簡介):
http://javewu.multiply.com/reviews/item/231

Do’s & Don’ts on Winter Solstice Day (冬至之禁忌):
http://javewu.multiply.com/reviews/item/342

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Manifestation Anniversary of Salvation Heavenly Lord Tai Yi 2010 (庚寅年太乙救苦天尊千秋聖誕)





11th Day of Lunar 11 Month (農曆十一月十一日 for Year 2010, it falls on 16 Dec, a Thursday) is considered as the Manifestation Anniversary of Salvation Heavenly Lord Tai Yi. The Main Deity that conducted the Salvation for the Pass-on, Wanderings & Suffering Souls.

In Taoist Funerals or 7th Month Celebration, Lord Tai Yi will be invited for the witnessing of the conducting of the Salvation Ritual, besides that, he is also being invited to evoke the Enhancing Energies for the Salvation of the Suffering Souls.

On 11th Day of Lunar 11 Month, this is the Day that we Taoists show our Sincere Gratitude to Lord Tai Yi for the efforts & hardship of leading our Ancestors and related Pass-on to the Eastern Palace for Eternal Joyous (東極青華長樂宮).

For those who are able to honour Lord Tai Yi, please do so. I'm sure Lord Tai Yi will be able to sense your Sincerity & Faithfulness.

Tai Yi Yuan Tong Bao (太乙元通寶), the Taoist Salvation of Souls/Spirits Money (類似” 道教往生錢”), will be introduced in Xin Mao Year (辛卯年 2011). This is a form of Paper Note that founded in Late Song Dynasty (宋末發起), Re-formatted in Ming Dynasty (明朝重制) and Peak-usage in Qing Dynasty (清朝高峰) and now, Jave Wu had re-brought it into the Taoist Society. In here, Jave wont be doing much introduction on that, do keep a close lookout on the posting in Year 2011.

More related Info on Lord Tai Yi:

Honouring of Lord Tai Yi -> http://javewu.multiply.com/reviews/item/227

Pictures of Lord Tai Yi -> http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/71

Video of Lord Tai Yi -> http://javewu.multiply.com/video/item/20/20

Praising Mantra of Lord Tai Yi -> http://javewu.multiply.com/journal/item/191/191

For Higher Res Picture, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/2000003141/pic/list

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Brief Introduction on Zi Si Ye (子四爺簡介)





Upon request, here are some brief introductions on Zi Si Ye (子四爺).

In Chinese History, there are a few Zi Si Ye being mentioned, which these few Zi Si Ye can said to be quite famous in the History Records.

In here, I will start with the 1st Zi Si Ye;

1st Zi Si Ye, actual name known as Gu Zhi (固知), the 71st Generation Descendant of Premier Jiang Zi Ya of the Zhou Dynasty (周朝姜尚七十一代嫡孫).

In Records, Gu Zhi was being appointed as Ci Shi (刺史) aka Overall Inspector for the Imperial Court, which needed to go around to perform inspection on behalf of the Emperor and report back to the Imperial Court for further actions to be taken.

The 2nd Zi Si Ye was also a famous Person in Chinese History. He was the Descendant of Lu Tong (陸通), which Lu Tong, the Son of King Qi Xuan (齊宣王) in the Warring State Period (战国時期).

This Zi Si Ye got names of Lu Zhu (陆洙) and Lu Zi Si (陸子四/泗). Lu Zhu was born in Song Dynasty and at the age of 20, he passed his Imperial Examination and after a few years of serving the Nation, he was being appointed as the Official In-charge for the Salt-movement of the Country (盐官令) – this was an important Position in the Ancient Era, as trading of Salt was being strictly controlled by the Imperial Court.

During his Period of being the Official In-charge of the Salt-movement, Song Dynasty was in a chaotic situation whereas a lot of rebellious groups were out there trying to snatch properties from the commoners. The movement of Salt was the first to get affected.

While the Illegal Salt-traders were there to mark up the Price of the Salt, Lu Zhu came out to stop such illegal action despite the risk of getting killed. With his authority and his effort, Lu Zhu finally got all the Illegal Salt-traders to face their legal consequences and from then, Lu Zhu was being well-known and got strong support from the commoners.

After he pass-on, he was being honoured as Zi Si Ye (子泗爺) for his credits and merits.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Pictures of Parent of Xuan Tian Shang Di (玄天上帝聖父母聖像)





In here, you all will be seeing a series of 3 pictures of the Parent of Xuan Tian Shang Di aka Xuan Tian Sheng Fu Mu (玄天上帝聖父母).

These Statues were believed to be made in Ming Dynasty (明朝) where the Peak Period of the Honouring & Believing of Xuan Tian Culture.

In CE 1314, which was the Yuan Dynasty, Emperor Ren Period (天仁宗延佑元年), the Parent of Xuan Tian Shang Di was being bestowed by the Yuan Empire as

Original Title: Xuan Tian Shang Di Sheng Fu Jing Le Tian Jun Ming Zhen Shang Di
(玄天上帝 聖父淨樂天君明真上帝)

Yuan Dynasty Title: Qi Yuan Long Qing Tian Jun Ming Zhen Da Di (啟元隆慶天君明真大帝)

Original Title: Xuan Tian Shang Di Sheng Mu Shan Sheng Huang Hou Qiong Zhen Shang Xian
(玄天上帝 聖母善勝皇后瓊真上仙)

Yuan Dynasty Title: Ci Ning Yu De Tian Hou Qiong Zhen Shang Xian (慈寧毓德天后瓊真上仙)

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1463980103/pic/list

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Video on The Great Praising of Ma Zu (天上聖姆媽祖頌)





The Great Praising of Ma Zu, a Taiwanese Song dedicating to Ma Zu (天上聖姆媽祖) - the Lord Empress of the Sea.

This Song was sang by Miss Cai Qiu Feng (蔡秋鳳), a famous Female Singer in Taiwan.

When Singapore Sembawang Tian Hou Temple (新加坡三巴旺天后廟) opened, she was here to pay respect and in the Temple, you will be able to hear this Song Non-stop playing for Ma Zu.

A Wonderful Song to listen too.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Antique Collection for South East Asia Xuan Tian Shang Di Cultural Group (南洋玄天上帝文化研究會珍藏)





Thanks to Heavenly Bless and wonderful introduction by a faithful Taoist, South East Asia Xuan Tian Shang Di Cultural Group had got a new addition to the Xuan Tian Statue Collection.

According to the outlook of the new addition, this Statue of Xuan Tian was about 100 over years old and could be a replicate of an original Statue in Ming Dynasty (以明朝玄帝聖像為藍圖而彫刻).

Even though this Statue was old, the nice aroma of the Wood was still emitting non-stop.

Besides that, 2 Special Statues were being order-made for Taoist Ailsa & Nelson’s Home, this Statue was made accordingly to the one in China Xiao Wu Dang Xuan Tian Temple (中國福建小武當玄天上帝宮廟) and another, dedicating to Taoist Pauline’s Home, made according to the Xuan Tian Statue in Taiwan Gao Xiong Yuan Di Temple (台灣高雄元帝廟).

These 2 Statues were being dotted and enhanced before Geng Yin Year’s Thanksgiving Day, which is 16th Day of Lunar 12 Month (庚寅年答謝神恩日).

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Introduction on the Talisman Symbols of San Qing San Jing (三清三境符諱簡介)





San Qing San Jing Talisman Symbols (三清三境符諱), a combination of Di Shu aka Earthly Spiritual Manual (地書) & Xia Shu aka Chinese Character Manual (夏書), were being founded in the Ancient Era where Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖天師) got the Teaching from The Supreme Lord Dao De (大羅道德天尊). These Symbols were the Combination of the Upright Aura or Positive Energies that being Manifested from the Three Realms that the Three Pure One station-in (三清三境 – 即清微聖境﹐余餘真境及太赤仙境).

With the Skills being imparted by The Supreme Lord to Heavenly Master Zhang, these Talisman Symbols were later being distributed out by Heavenly Master Zhang to the Followers after he did the Enhancement onto the Symbols.

Even though this Skill was imparted to Heavenly Master Zhang at about 2000 Years ago, today, a lot of Taoist High Priests still performed the enhancement for these Symbols and distributed out to Taoists for Blessing & Protection.

According to Records, these Symbols must be Drawn on Yellow Straw Paper (黃表紙) with Herbal Black Ink (藥進墨) and Enhanced by Ordained Zheng Yi Taoist Priests on the Eve of Lunar New Year (除夕之夜) and once the Hour strikes Zi Shi aka Rat Hour (子時), these Symbols would be distributed to ALL Taoists for Safety Blessing & Ceasing of any form of Obstacles & Misfortune for the Year. In some other Records, it also taught the Taoists of burning off the Symbols in front of them when Oneself met with Negative Issues or felt Uneasy (解厄除危).

Hope that soon in South East Asia, these Symbols could be seen again, being distributed to ALL Taoists.

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1905107072/pic/list

Friday, 3 December 2010

Brief Introduction on Long Wen Feng Zhuan – The Spiritual Earthly Manual & other Manuals (道教地書龍文鳳篆簡介)





In Taoism, as recorded, in the whole of this Individual Universe, there are 8 types of Spiritual Manual (八種會文-天書). Each Manual performing a Special Task in withholding the Upright Teaching of Taoism.

These 8 types of Spiritual Heavenly Manual are known as:

Heavenly Manual(天書)
Immortal & Saints Manual (神書)
Earthly Manual aka Long Wen Feng Zhuan (地書)
Internal Manual (內書)
External Manual (外書)
Ghostly Manual (鬼書)
Chinese Scripture Manual (夏書)
Non-Chinese Scripture Manual (戒夷書)

Heavenly Manual and Immortal & Saints Manual, the 2 Manuals recording the Spiritual Characters of the Heavenly Realm. Each Character representing a meaning such as the Official Addressing term of a level of Heaven known as Na Yin (衲音) or, the Official Title of an Immortal of the Pre-Heavenly Period (先天神明之稱諱). The Characters shown in these 2 Manuals looked like the formation or the outshape of Clouds and this was why, in later part of the Taoist History, such Characters were being addressed as Yun Zhuan aka Cloud Writing (雲篆).

The 3rd type is known as Earthly Manual or Long Wen Feng Zhuan (龍文鳳篆). This Earthly Manual was being recorded to impart the Upright Teaching of Taoism to the Mortals using the formation character of the outlook of Dragons & Phoenixes. As recorded, each of the Character will be able to emit out a form of Strong Energy that could subdue a Dragon or compare to the strength of a Spiritual Phoenix.

The Internal Manual and External Manual were actually referring to the Manual & Skills that had being discovered by Fu Xi aka Master Ba Gua (八卦祖師伏羲) and King Ji Chang (周朝文王姬昌). These 2 types of Manuals being formed using the outlook of Spiritual Creatures in the Water (洛書/龜書) and those Animals that flew in the Sky (鳥書) and crawl on the ground (虎書). Usually such Manuals were being used to perform Spiritual Predictions & Forseen Issues.

Ghostly Manual, a type of characters that being left over by Thunder & Lightening after striking a Living Being to death (雷電擊身之文). Such Characters usually will reveal a form of Teaching for the Living Beings to be more Humble, Compassion & Upright. Besides creating by Thunder & Lightening, some Animals or Creatures are able to create such characters on Mortals too, for eg: Animal-abusing, Killing un-necessarily, etc.

Chinese Character Manual, starting in the Xia Dynasty (夏朝) and this was why, in Taoist History, this type of Manual was being addressed as Xia Shu. Xia Shu, using the characters that created by Mortal to do recording and teaching.

Non-Chinese Scripture Manual, meaning the Tribal recording characters. Usually such characters were being created by Tribal Troup (少數民族) or Non-chinese for easy interaction and teachings.

In the following, you all will be seeing 2 pictures on the Earthly Manual known as Long Wen Feng Zhuan:

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1275868282/pic/list

Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Books on the Story of the Nine Generations of Yang Warriors (楊家將九代英雄傳)





In here, a piece of Good News for ALL Fans/Devotees of Yang Warriors.

In China, there is a Publisher who had published 9 Story Books on the Nine Generations of the Yang Warriors (to be more accurate, shall be 12 Generations being mentioned) and over 100 over Dukes/Lords aka Wang Ye of Late Tang & Song Dynasty (超過百名晚唐及宋朝王爺之介紹) being introduced – which are now being honoured as Deities (被后人說供養為神明).

Not long ago, while having a chance to meet up with my China & Taiwan Taoist Seniors, the Descendants of the Yang Family (楊家將直系后人) were being introduced to me and was honoured to have got this set of Books from them. This was wonderful and grateful, cos Jave had been searching high & low for these books.

For those who are interested, you may wished to find them online by searching the search-engine using the following details:

Publisher: Shu Mu Wen Xian Chu Ban She (書目文獻出版社)

Published Date: Year 1995


More info on the different Generations of the Yang Warriors, you may wished to visit the following link:

http://javewu.multiply.com/journal/item/110/110

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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Song Dynasty Mirror Tablet of Heavenly Master Subduing Demon (宋朝張天師降魔方鏡)





In here, you all will be seeing a series of Photos taken from China Gu Gong (中國故宮 The National Museum of China) on the Collection of Song Dynasty (宋朝) Mirror Tablet of Heavenly Master Subduing the Demon (張天師降魔方鏡).

According to the introduction and researches done on this Mirror, it explained that this Mirror was made at that Era for Rich People to place it in the Main Hall to eliminate or block Negative Energies/Entities from entering the House.

Besides that, this Mirror was also to provide Blessing & Shielding for young children or new born babies from being disturbed by the wandering souls/spirits.

In the Mirror, you will see a fierce Priest holding on to a Sword and Bell chasing after a Demonic-looking creature.

This is indeed another piece of Treasure for Taoism.

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1400579830/pic/list

Video on Taiwan Taoist Ritual on Eliminating of Sins & Debts (台灣府城隍廟解冤赦結法會)





In here, you all will be watching a Short Introduction Clip on the Taoist Ritual on Eliminating of Sins & Debts conducted in Taiwan not along ago.

This Taoist Ritual was conducted by High Priest Li Xuan Zheng (主法高功李玄正道長), a well known Taiwanese Priest of Dan Xin Taoist Lineage of Zheng Yi Sect (正一丹心宗壇).

Hope you all enjoy this Video.

Preventing High Blood Pressure with Lotus Leaf (荷葉降高血)


Description:

Recently, after getting a Medical Retreat, Jave had learnt quite a lot from my Elders and some Medical Masters on various simple recipe on curing various Modern Illnesses, such as Over-stress, High-blood Pressure, Muscle-pain, etc.

Today, in here, Jave will like to share with you ALL on using just 2 Dried Herbs to reduce the Risks of getting High Blood Pressure or to Lower the Blood-pressure for any Age-groups.


Ingredients:

1) 15 grams of Dried Lotus Leaf (干荷葉十五克)
2) 15 grams of Semen Cassiae aka Cassia Seed (決明子十五克)
3) 0.5 Litre of Water (清水半公升)


Directions:

After getting ALL the items, rinse the Herbs with Running-water, remember not to Soak the Herbs as it will reduce the effectiveness of the Mineral-content.

Heat the Water till Half-boiled (small bubbles started to form).

Once the Water is Half-boiled, add in the washed Herbs and Boil it for 6 minutes, using Low-fire-rate (溫火煮六分鐘).

After 6 minutes, off the Fire and allowed the Beverage to cool for 5 minutes and when its about 60 degree in temperature, it will be best to consume it.

Try not to leave the Beverage Over-night.

This Beverage can be consumed at anytime of the Day (可當開水飲用).

People with Low-blood Rate and Pregnant Ladies are to avoid.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Introduction on Qi Xing Dou Zhou aka The Seven Dipper Stars Incantation for Protection and Self Cultivation (道教七星斗咒)


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Since the last posting on the Introduction & Sharing on Taoist Incantation, Jave have stopped doing posting on it due to Jave was away and got some feedbacks on whether are normal People suitable to do learning on such Incantations?

In here, Jave will like to clarify this enquiry. Yes, you are eligible to learn, practise and used ALL the Mantras/Incantations that you see, found and come-across in this Website, cos ALL these Incantations are mend for ALL Un-official Taoists (regardless of Races) to learn, understand and use it in normal daily life. For those which are not suitable for Un-official Taoists, Jave will only request these Taoists to seek assistances from their Masters or to seek Master-ship under an Official Taoist Priest or Long Shan Men. And one thing for sure, ALL these Incantations that you all can see in Jave’s website are authorised to be posted by China & Taiwan Elders.

Ok, back to the topic on the Introduction on Qi Xing Dou Zhou (七星斗咒).

In Taoism, most of you have already understood, actually Taoists started to honour the Great Dipper Stars (北斗祭祀) far before Taoist Schools were found. When Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖天師) reform Taoism in Han Dynasty (漢朝以來), he continued to promote the Culture of Honouring the Great Dipper and last, gathering ALL the necessary Scriptures, Contexts and Incantation to widen the spectrum on the Study/Culture of the Great Dipper.

From then till now, over 2000 Years, Taoism is still surround by the Honouring of the Great Dipper and for sure, Taoism wont be Taoism if the Honouring of Great Dipper is not being practised anymore.

In the following, is another Incantation that is associated with the Great Dipper and this Mantra/Incantation is encouraged to be recited Daily in front of the Altar or at the Main Urn at the House facing the Heaven (or North 向北).

According to Ancient Records on this Incantation, it tells us that by consistent reciting (誠心持誦), it helps to Cease the Misfortune & Obstacles (消災解厄), allowing Oneself to get strengthening in the Cultivation (開啟元陽) and the Balancing of the Inner Energies (調節陰陽), fasten the process of the Positive Requests that Oneself had made to the Spiritual Realms (飛捷回報), increasing of Good-relationships (緣份增強), having Parent’s Life be prolonged (高堂延壽) and last, requesting for a Peacefulness for the Country (國泰民安), etc.

Here goes the Incantation:

七星斗咒 Qi Xing Dou Zhou

陽明大魁。元極文昌。
Yang Ming Da Kui. Yuan Ji Wen Chang

Brief Translation: These 2 Phrases actually explained that this Incantation is dedicating to The North Dipper aka Bei Dou. Da Kui, the “Head” of the Great Dipper (the initial 4 Stars or referring to the 1st Star) and Wen Chang aka Wen Qu (文曲 the last 3 Stars), the continuous of the Dipper to make it the Original Form of Seven Stars.

陰精太極。太上璇璣。
Yin Jing Tai Ji. Tai Shang Xuan Ji

Brief Translation: Yin Jing, the 2nd Star & Xuan Ji (shall be Tian Ji 天璣), the 3rd Star in the 7 Stars. Yin Jing & Tian Ji are the 2 Stars that actually Manifest or Transform the “Final Form” of Beings. Tai Ji & Tai Shang refer to the Importance of these 2 Stars, in some contexts, it also explained that Yin Jing & Tian Ji will not be shifted no matter how the whole formation of the Dipper moves.

飛罡一吸。萬鬼伏藏。
Fei Gang Yi Xi. Wan Gui Fu Cang

Brief Translation: If Oneself is able to get the “Connection” from the Yin Jing & Tian Ji Star, Oneself’s Physical Body will be protected and any other Negative Entities will not be able to penetrate or get near Oneself.

玄明瑤光。紫微闓陽。
Xuan Ming Yao Guang. Zi Wei Kai Yang

Brief Translation: These 2 Phrases referring to the 4th – Xuan Ming, 6th – Kai Yang & 7th – Yao Guang, Stars of the 7 Stars.

丹元至真。神氣吐威。
Dan Yuan Zhi Zhen. Shen Qi Tu Wei

Brief Translation: Dan Yuan refers to the 5th Star of the 7 Stars. By gathering the 4th to 7th Stars’ Energies, Oneself will be shield with a Protection and with proper Cultivation, it will assist Oneself to attain the “Null” status – become Immortal.

北極天罡。回通玄神。
Bei Ji Tian Gang. Hui Tong Xuan Shen

Brief Translation: Bei Ji Tian Gang, referring to the Great Dipper. By honouring and staying connected with the Group, Oneself will be able to understand the Miracle part of Taoism and allowing Oneself to merge into the Big Dao, it will assist Oneself to attain a high level of Enlightenment or Wisdom.

天關玉女。榮侍以歸。
Tian Guan Yu Nv. Rong Si Yi Gui

Brief Translation: Once Oneself is able to “understand” and merge with the Dao, the Assistants of the 7th Star Yao Guang, will be there to assist Oneself to ascend into the Celestial Realm.

魂真魄神。舉體仙飛。
Hun Zhen Po Shen. Ju Ti Fei Xian

Brief Translation: By then, Oneself’s 3 Souls and 7 Spirits (三魂七魄) will be combined to form the Non-destroyable Energy known as Yuan Shen (元神).

急急如律令。
Ji Ji Ru Lv Ling

Brief Translation: With Fast & Immediate effect or order.


After knowing briefly on what the Incantation is, by now, Oneself will tend to want to know when will it be the best timing or day to do the recitation.

If Oneself is able to do it consistently every day, it will be the best, if not, Oneself can do it on the 7th Day when Lord Bei Dou descended (農曆初七日北斗星君下降朝) into the Mortal Realm for inspection or, on every 1st & 15th Day of the Lunar Month (每月朔望日). If not, on every trip that Oneself visit Temples to make your Honouring.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Taoist Deities Lanterns for Shang Yuan Festival 2010 (庚寅年上元日道教神明花燈)





In here, you all will be seeing a series of Photos on the Lanterns that being displayed during the Shang Yuan Festival (上元日) this Year in one of the Taoist Temples in Taiwan.

This is a very good idea on promoting the Taoist Culture by attracting the younger generation and also, to out-reach to the little kids of increasing their interest in knowing more on our Taoist Deities. Quite a good effort put in from this Temple.

Hope to see such Lanterns being displayed in Singapore in near future.

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/78066660/pic/list

Manifestation Anniversary of Heavenly Master Xu Xun 2010 (淨明許遜天師庚寅年聖誕吉慶)





On the 25th Day of Lunar 10 Month (農曆十月廿五日), its the Day that Heavenly Master Xu Xun gained his Immortal-hood, in some contexts known as his Birthday.

In Year 2010, it falls on 30 Nov, a Tuesday.

In Taoism, he is another important Heavenly Master that had bring together the bonding of Taoist Culture and also, performing the Upright Preaching of Taoist Skills and Knowledge.

Due to few Deities having the same Official Title with Xu Xun, many a time, Taoists tend to get mix-up. And so, many misconceptions and wrong ideas had occurred.

In Singapore, it is totally difficult to find a Temple dedicating to Heavenly Master Xu Xun. Hope in the near future, we are able to find one and have a proper honouring dedicated to him.

Find out more on Heavenly Master Xu Xun, please feel free to visit the following links:

http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/251

http://javewu.multiply.com/video/item/125/125

http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/145

Friday, 26 November 2010

South East Asia Xuan Tian Shang Di Cultural Group (南洋玄天上帝文化研究會)

Start:     Nov 26, '10
End:     Dec 31, '15
Location:     All Over the World, Singapore

In Year 2011, Long Shan Men (正一龍山門) will be launching the South East Asia Xuan Tian Shang Di Cultural Group with a few local Temples and Researchers promoting the Culture of Xuan Tian Shang Di (玄天上帝).

Hoping by doing so, more People or Taoists can be aware of the existing Culture and long-lost teachings dedicating to Xuan Tian Shang Di. This Cultural Group will also be organised exchange-programs with other Xuan Tian Cultural Groups in other Countries to understand more on their understanding & knowledge on promoting the Culture of Xuan Tian Shang Di.

For the moment, the details are still undergoing discussions and finalizing, once the details are out, Jave will keep interested parties updated (planned programs: Understanding the Scriptures, studying on the outlook of Xuan Tian Statues, the Honouring Procedures, etc).

For those who are interested in joining in and contribute your part to promote Xuan Tian Shang Di Culture, please feel free to contact Jave at javewu@longshanmen.org or Donnie Tay at donnie@longshanmen.org

After launching this Cultural Group, there will also be another 2 Cultural Groups in-plan to be launched, the other 2 Cultural Groups are South East Asia Ma Zu Cultural Study Group (南洋媽祖文化推廣研究會) & South East Asia San Guan Da Di Taoist Culture Promoting Group (東南亞三官大帝道教文化聯合會).

Do keep a lookout in the upcoming postings.

For Higher Res Poster, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/132378061/pic/list

Long Shan Men Founding Anniversary 2010 – 04 Tian Gong Temple Honouring & Spiritual Registration (正一龍山門庚寅年開山週年誌慶之天公廟祭祀與入門上奏儀式)





9th Day of Lunar 9 Month (農曆九月初九日重陽朝) & on the San Yuan Days (三元日), are usually the Spiritual Registration Day for Long Shan Men (正一龍山門入門拜師認祖儀式).

This Year, with the absence of Jave, the Spiritual Registration was being conducted for Lim Ruihe with the witnessing of Donnie & Vabien.

After the Founding Anniversary conducted at the HQ, the whole group of Long Shan Men’s Disciples proceed to Telok Blangah Tian Gong Temple (天公廟) to pay their respect to Dou Mu Yuan Jun (斗姆元君) & Jiu Huang Xing Jun (九皇星君) and also, to send the Registration Petition to the Celestial Realm for the witnessing of the Deities on the newly joint Disciple of Long Shan Men.

At about 4.00Pm in the Noon, the Disciples arrived at the Temple and without further delaying, they made their honouring to Jade Emperor of Heaven (玉皇大天尊) (pls see pic lsm9mth2010_registration01 - 08) and after the paying respect to Yu Huang, they proceed to the Rear Hall when Dou Mu Yuan Jun & Jiu Huang Xing Jun were located to conduct the reporting.

In the Rear Hall, Vabien led the Honouring and Reporting while Ruihe, accompanying Vabien when the messages were being “Sent” to the Celestial Realm (pls see pic lsm9mth2010_registration09 - 25).

With the permission granted, Vabien opened up the Spiritual Registration Petition to show the Deities (pls see pic lsm9mth2010_registration26 - 33) and then, proceed with the Sending-off of the Petition to the Celestial Realm.

During the Sending-off, some signs were being shown in the Flame of the Burning Paper-offerings (pls see pic lsm9mth2010_registration34 - 43).

With the completion of the Burning, the whole Founding Anniversary of Long Shan Men also reached an Ending, with joyous, the few of the Disciples took some pictures in the Temple for remembrance purposes and then, they left the Temple to proceed with their Dinner (pls see pic lsm9mth2010_registration44 - 45).

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1628219202/pic/list

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Manifestation Anniversary of 30th Heavenly Master Zhang Xu Jing 2010 (正一三十代張虛靖天師庚寅年聖誕吉慶)





Today, the 20th Day of Lunar 10 Month (庚寅年農曆十月廿日25 Nov 2010), is known as the Manifestation Anniversary of 30th Heavenly Master Zhang Xu Jing (正一三十代張虛靖天師).

For All Zheng Yi Sect Disciples and Followers, do prepare the necessary simple Offerings (Taoist Five Offerings) to offer your respect to our 30th Heavenly Master.

To know more on Heavenly Master Zhang Xu Jing, you may wished to visit the following link:

http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/283

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Video on Broadcast Story on Master Shen Nong (百草神農廣播劇)





In here, you all will be watching and listening to the Broadcast Program on the Story of Master Shen Nong (神農大帝).

Hope you all enjoy it.

PS: Link in Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6FnqHOLZns

Monday, 22 November 2010

Empress Mother Earth Manifestation Anniversary and Di Mu Coin (庚寅年地姆元君華誕與地姆元通錢)

 



18th Day of Lunar 10 Month (農曆十月十八日), the Day where ALL the Beings celebrate the Manifestation Anniversary of Empress Mother Earth aka Di Mu Yuan Jun (地姆元君華誕吉慶).

Since the Day when the Earth was formed, two gusts of Energies were being emitted from the Big Dao to protect on the Earth, these two gusts of Energies were known as Qian Tian Yang Qi (乾天陽氣) aka The Positive Yang Energy and another was known as Kun Di Yin Qi (坤地陰氣) aka The Negative Yin Energy (do not misunderstand this Negative Yin as the one associated with Spirits/Souls).

These two Energies were later being addressed by the Mortals as Qian Yuan Tian Fu (乾元天父) and Xu Kong Di Mu (虛空地姆). Another misconception here is that, Folks always mistaken Qian Yuan Tian Fu as Yu Huang Da Tian Zun (天父誤認為玉皇大天尊) aka Jade Emperor of Heaven, this is a serious mistake and fatal-fully wrong.

After these two gusts Energies were being successfully allocated to the position of withholding the operating Cycle of the Earth, these two gusts of Energies were being absorbed into the Natural Surrounding – meaning that, these two gusts of Energies became the Air that we breath-in and also, used to maintain ALL living Beings’ life.

Since then, ALL Beings were grateful to these two gusts of Energies and somehow, the Beings related them as Parent and so, on every 15th Day of Lunar 5 Month (農曆五月十五日為乾元天父聖誕), the Beings would celebrate the “Birthday” of Heaven, which was actually dedicating to Qian Yuan Tian Fu and on the 18th Day of Lunar 10 Month, the “Birthday” of Xu Kong Di Mu (農曆十月十八日為虛空地姆華誕). Till today, in Singapore, some places still celebrate the “Birthday” of “Tian Gong (misconception)” on the 15th Day of Lunar 5 Month.

Out of Topic: In here, lets add up the numbers of the 2 Birthdays, from there, you will find that the answers will return you a 1 & 0 ((1+5+5)(1+8+1+0)), meaning a Yang and a Yin.

So how to perform the Honouring for Di Mu?

For Honouring of Di Mu, actually it is very simple, as long as Oneself can prepare the Five Color Grains/Beans (五穀或五色豆) for the Honouring, it will considered wonderfully.

Another thing is that, best to prepare the Taoist Five Offerings (道教五供) while Oneself is going for the Honouring.

Besides that, this Year, Jave will like to introduce ALL of you the Ancient Coin Paper dedicating to Di Mu, which in Chinese known as Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian (地姆元通錢).

So what is Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian?

Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian, a form of Paper Offering that being offered to Di Mu in the Ancient Period, by the People who believed that Di Mu will be able to bless on them for Good Harvesting, Good Animal-rearing, Good Health and last, Wealth-growing-from the Ground (土地生黃金).

Usually on the Honouring Day, the People were set up Temperory Altars in the Field, prepare the necessary Offerings and after then, make a report and request and last, burn the Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian in a Burner and after the Paper were being burnt off entirely, the ashes would be scattered onto the Soil and allowed the Rain to wash them off to ALL areas.

Once this was done, the People believed that, their messages would be delivered to Di Mu in no time and they were received the necessary Blessing.

In Today’s World, it is totally not possible for us to burn the Paper and then scattered it around our House and so, after the Honouring, just burn it off in the Incense-paper Burner will do. I’m sure, Di Mu will still get the messages that Oneself wanted to convey to her.

Why the design of Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian got so many Colours?

This Yuan Tong Qian that you all see here is actually being re-design again according to the Pass-down teachings.

In an actual Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian, there are some features that Oneself shall look into:

1 – The Three Colours; Blue, Red & Yellow. These are the 3 colours representing Big Dao (大道)

2 – The Ba Gua aka Trigrams (八卦生萬物), this is to represent ALL the Elements in the Universe

3 – Last, the Spiritual Secret Symbol of Tian Fu Di Mu (天父地姆諱) at the outer Layer

Once the above mentioned items are present, meaning that this is the correct Yuan Tong Qian that Oneself can used for the Honouring of Di Mu.

So do Oneself able to get this Di Mu Qian?

It is Rare to find this Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian now in the Market, but if you are able to find it, please do buy more and keep, if not, Oneself is able to download this Picture and print it on a Yellow Paper (A4 size).

Need not be much, 3-5 pieces will do.

At the bottom of the Di Mu Yuan Tong Qian, remember to write Oneself’s Name, Lunar Date of Birth and Residential Address.

Once done, placed it together with the Offerings and last, before burning it off, hold onto the Paper and make 3 bows and then proceed with the Burning.

Summary

Be Sincere, be Faithful.

Di Mu is just like our Mother, need not lie to her, sincerely make your confession to her, she will be able to assist you.

Last of ALL, happy honouring

For Higher Res Pictures, please proceed to this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/taoism_deity_singapore_2007/photos/album/1722647304/pic/list



Thursday, 18 November 2010

Merit Inspection of Heavenly Lord Shui Guan 2010 (庚寅年水官大帝考校天下日-下元)





15th Day of Lunar 10 Month aka Xia Yuan Day (下元), in Taoism, this Day is known as the Merit Inspection (考校天下) of Heavenly Lord Shui Guan aka Shui Guan Da Di (水官大帝), the Heavenly Lord in-charging of the Ceasing of Misfortune & Obstacles for ALL Beings (眾生解厄).

This Year, Xia Yuan Day falls on 20 Nov, a Saturday.

On this Day, Taoists will also conduct Official & Grand Rituals/Ceremonies dedicating to Heavenly Lord Shui Guan for the requesting of Ceasing of Misfortune & Obstacles for Oneself, Ancestors, Pass-on Love Ones and also, ALL Beings.

Besides that, Taoists will also performed a special Ceremony of Sending-off/Sinking-into-Sea/River/Stream of a Spiritual Petition directing to Heavenly Lord Shui Guan for the begging of Ceasing of Misfortune & Obstacles that Oneself or the People around oneself had faced or Encountered (including Spirits/Souls).

In the Rituals/Ceremonies, One of the most Important Honouring Respect that needed to be conducted will be the Chanting of Shui Guan Bao Chan (水官寶懺) or full title known as Yuan Shi Tian Zun Shuo Xia Yuan San Pin Shui Guan Jie E Bao Chan (元始天尊說下元三品水官解厄寶懺), some context recorded as Ling Bao Tian Zun Shuo Xia Yuan San Pin Shui Guan Jie E Bao Chan (靈寶天尊說下元三品水官解厄寶懺).

This Spiritual Petition is known as San Guan Shou Shu (三官手書) or Shui Guan Shou Shu (水官手書). In the modern Era now, this Spiritual Petition can considered as an Unknown to a lot of Taoists & Organisations.

Besides that Sinking-into-Sea/River/Stream of the Spiritual Petition, the Taoists will also burn a type of Paper Offerings known as Shui Guan Ku Qian (水官庫錢) or San Jie Ku Qian (三界庫錢) aka The Coffer Money of the Three Realms, for the Ceasing of Misfortune & Obstacles that Oneself had faced or Encountered.

On this Day, for Taoists who are showing the Compassionate & Care for the Other Beings in this Realm, they will also light 49 Lamps/Candles (七七之燈) for at least 3 Days to gain the Blessing from Lord Shui Guan. Hoping by the emitting of the Light Energy and Fire Element, ALL Minor Misfortunes & Obstacles of the other Beings can be Ceased or Prevented.

In Singapore, for those who are keen in Paying your Respect to Heavenly Lord Shui Guan, you may proceed to the following few Temples:

1 –Yishun He Bi Shan Temple (義順何碧山宮) –
see link: http://javewu.multiply.com/calendar/item/10098

2 - Havelock Yu Huang Temple (合樂路玉皇殿)

3 – Bukit Merah View Lei Yin Temple (紅山景雷音寺)

More info on Lord Shui Guan, please proceed to the following link:

http://javewu.multiply.com/journal/item/126

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Teochew Opera on Lord Cheng Huang (潮劇:水鬼變城隍)

In here, you all will be watching a Series of 3 Videos on Teochew Opera on the Story of Lord Cheng Huang aka City Deity. In the Opera Show, you will see how the Water Spirit being appointed to become a Lord Cheng Huang after he give up the chances of getting replacement for his Reborn as a Mortal. Hope you all enjoy the Opera.

Part 1: http://www.56.com/u74/v_MzczMzA2ODA.html

Part 2: http://www.56.com/u24/v_MzczMzEyMzg.html

Part 3: http://www.56.com/u54/v_MzczMzEyODU.html

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Thanksgiving for Lord Tai Sui of Year Geng Yin (酬謝庚寅年值年太歲)

Start:     Nov 20, '10
End:     Dec 22, '10
Location:     All Over the World, Singapore

Its again the period for those who honoured Lord Tai Sui during the Lunar New Year Period, to perform the Thanksgiving for Lord Tai Sui of the Year.

This Year, the Thanksgiving starts on 20 Nov 2010 (a Saturday 農曆十月十五下元日) and ends on 22 Dec 2010 (a Wednesday 農曆十一月十七日冬至日).

For those who had promised to perform the Thanksgiving during Lunar New Year period, please do go back to the same Temple to show your gratitude to Lord Tai Sui.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Long Shan Men Winter Season Ancestor Honouring 2010 (庚寅年正一龍山門冬季祭祖儀式)





Its again the Year End Winter Season Ancestor Honouring for Long Shan Men.

The Honouring of Long Shan Men Ancestors will be conducted on the 12th Day of Lunar 10 Month, which falls on 17 Nov 2010, a Wednesday. Timing starting from 9.00Am till 11.00Am.

This Year, the Ancestor Honouring will be conducted by the 36th Generation Disciples of Long Shan Men, besides that, it is also the Honouring Celebration for Long Shan Men to take over the Taoist School of Xuan Jiao Dao Zong (玄教道宗), which is a Lineage of the Disciple of Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (祖天師張道陵).

Xuan Jiao Dao Zong, founded by Grand-Master Zhang Liu Sun (聖祖張留孫) in Yuan Dynasty (元朝) He was also the Disciple of 36th Generation Heavenly Master Zhang Zong Yan (第三十六代天師張宗演真人).

After Grand-Master Zhang Liu Sun got his Immortal-hood, his Throne was being succeeded by his Disciple – Grand-Master Wu Qian Jie (二祖吳全節). From then, Xuan Jiao Dao Zong was being recognised by the Imperial Court until Ming Dynasty, where Emperor Zhu Yuan Zhang combined ALL Taoist Sects/Schools under Zheng Yi Sect.

Till today, Xuan Jiao Dao Zong had pass-down its Throne to 28 Generation and honourable, Long Shan Men is able to take over the 29th Generation Leadership (玄教道宗第廿九代主教) for Promoting the Culture and Teaching.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Myth of Madam Fu De 02 (福德夫人傳說之二)

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In this link: http://javewu.multiply.com/photos/album/305, Jave had somehow made a brief introduction on Madam Fu De (福德夫人).

Today in here, Jave will like to share another Myth on Madam Fu Ren after going through another set of Ancient Records on Fu De Zheng Shen (福德正神) aka Earth Deity (土地神).

The story goes like that;

Yu Nv Tai Xian (玉女太仙), the Third Daughter of Lord Mountain Tai (泰山仁齊聖帝) aka Dong Yue Da Di (東嶽大帝). Official Title known as Bi Ling Yuan Jun (碧靈元君) and was born in Shang Dynasty (生于商朝) after Empress Dong Yue (东岳淑明坤德皇后) swallowed a gust of Energy emitted from the Northern Dipper (北斗元氣).

At the age of 3, Yu Nv Tai Xian was able to assist her Third Brother – Bing Ling Gong (炳靈公), in eliminating the Negative Entities and assist her Sister – Bi Xia Yuan Jun (碧霞元君), in the recording of new Born Beings.

At the age of 7, one day, while Yu Nv Tai Xian was performing her daily Cultivation at the peak of Mountain Tai, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv (九天玄女) aka The Immortal Maiden of Ninth Heaven, descended at the Pavilion where Yu Nv Tai Xian was.

Upon entering into the Pavilion, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv was attracted by the beauty of this young lady and just as she was about to speak to Yu Nv Tai Xian, Yu Nv Tai Xian came forward to pay her respect to Jiu Tian Xuan Nv by calling out her Official Title. Jiu Tian Xuan Nv was shocked but also delighted to know that Yu Nv Tai Xian was such a brilliant girl.

From then, on every 9th Day of the Month, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv would descend on the Peak of Mountain Tai to impart Yu Nv Tai Xian the Spiritual Skills and Prediction Tactics.

By the age of 26, Yu Nv Tai Xian had mastered most of the Skills that Jiu Tian Xuan Nv imparted her. One day, while Jiu Tian Xuan Nv was about to advise Yu Nv Tai Xian on her marriage, Yu Nv Tai Xian cut in the conversation and told Jiu Tian Xuan Nv that she would be marrying to a Well-known Deity in Zhou Dynasty (周朝).

Knowing that nothing could be hidden from Yu Nv Tai Xian, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv could only smiled and continued to guide on her Practising.

On BC 1036, the 2ndYear of King Zhou Wu (周武王二年) ascending the Throne, Zhang Fu De was born on the 2nd Day of Lunar 2 Month (張福德生于周武王二年農曆二月初二日).

On BC 928 (周穆王癸己年), 10th Day of Lunar 1 Month (農曆正月初十日), Zhang Fu De passed on with an age of 108, after protecting his Master’s Granddaughter from being frozen to death. On the Day of Zhang Fu De’s passing-on, a few characters appeared on the Sky written as Yu Feng Zhang Fu De Wei Nan Tian Men Fu De Zheng Shen (御封張福德為南天門福德正神), meaning Celestially Bestowed Zhang Fu De as Fu De Zheng Shen.

Upon being summoned to the Celestial Palace, Zhang Fu De was being appointed to look after the distributing of Wealth to the Mortals upon requesting. After getting the Imperial Edict, Zhang Fu De was being positioned at the South Border of the Country.
On the 1st Month of appointment, Zhang Fu De was not able to get much honouring due to he was still new to the People staying in the South.

One day, just before 23rd Day of Lunar 12 Month (農曆臘月廿三日 – Sending Off of Kitchen Deity started in Zhou Dynasty 送灶始于周朝), where People would Send-off Kitchen Deity aka Zao Shen (灶神), a big group of People suddenly dashed towards the mini Shrine dedicated to Zhang Fu De.

At the point of time, Zao Shen was waiting for the People to provide him with a good feast of Offerings but suddenly, everyone was busy running towards a small Shrine at the City Gate. Zao Shen was puzzled and so, he transformed himself into a Commoner and followed the People dashing towards the Shrine.

Just the moment that Zao Shen stepped into the Shrine, he saw all the People kneeling down in front of the Altar and making request to Zhang Fu De, telling Zhang Fu De that they were too poor to celebrate the New Year. After every request that the People made, a string of Zhou-coins (一串周幣) would drop out from the Stone Incense-holder and landed onto the hand of the Person who made the request. By looking at it, Zao Shen was shocked and started to get jealous.

After returning to his own Mansion, Zao Shen couldn’t get over with the way that Zhang Fu De had distributed the Wealth to the People, so he decided to make his way back to the Celestial Palace on the Evening of 23rd Day to make his report to Jade Emperor of Heaven (玉皇大天尊, during this Period, Yu Huang shall be addressed as Tian Di 天帝, meaning Emperor of Heaven. According to some Contexts, Tian Di’s appearance was being created using the painting of Zhou Wu Wang 周武王).

At the Celestial Meeting, Zao Shen was quite upset with the behaviour of Zhang Fu De and so, with a lengthy Petition, Zhang Fu De was being “sued” by Zao Shen.

By going through the Petition, Yu Huang was shocked by the way of Zhang Fu De’s distribution of Wealth and so, without any delay, Yu Huang ordered Jin Jia Shen (九天金甲神) to summon Zhang Fu De back for questioning.

On the way back to the Celestial Palace, Zhang Fu De and Jin Jia Shen pass-by Mountain Tai, just as both of them were about to enter into the Dong Jiao Tian Men (東角天門) – the Heavenly Gate in the East Corner, Yu Nv Tai Xian and Jiu Tian Xuan Nv were making their way back to the Celestial Palace for the Meeting.

With a glance at Yu Nv Tai Xian, Zhang Fu De was shocked by her look and just as Jin Jia Shen was about to fasten Zhang Fu De, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv stopped him by doing so and by directing Jin Jia Shen to a side, Jiu Tian Xuan Nv told him on the fate that connecting the 2 of them. Upon knowing the fate, Jin Jia Shen had to follow the “instruction” that being pre-planned by the Heaven.

In the Celestial Palace, Zhang Fu De was being confronted by Zao Shen for making such a Non-realistic move of distributing Wealth to any people without checking on their background and reality of the request. By looking back at Zao Shen, Zhang Fu De was shocked to know that the way of distribution of Wealth was wrong, since that Yu Huang had appointed him to take-charge of the Wealth-blessing.

Knowing that Zhang Fu De did it out of Compassionate, Yu Huang accepted his statements but at the same time, Yu Huang was worried that Zhang Fu De would make the same mistake again and so, by suggestion, Yu Huang asked ALL the Deities that arrived in the Celestial Palace to give their comments.

Just as Zao Shen was about to speak up, Lord Dong Yue stepped out from his position and pay his respect to Yu Huang and suggested that, by getting an “Assistant” for Zhang Fu De, so that the Assistant could control on the Wealth distributed to the Mortals.

Upon getting the suggestion, Yu Huang agreed but after consideration, Yu Huang found it ridiculous – if needed another Assistant to look after the distribution of Wealth, so what for needed Fu De Zheng Shen?

Knowing that Yu Huang had doubts on the term Assistant, Lord Dong Yue spoke up again by telling Yu Huang to match-make a Wife for Zhang Fu De, so that this Lady would be able to “scan” through all requests before Zhang Fu De distributed out the Wealth.

After Yu Huang got the suggestion, he was delighted and by looking through all the Deities & Immortals in the Celestial Palace, who would want to marry to an Old Man like Zhang Fu De? And so, Yu Huang summoned Yue Lao (月佬星君) aka the Match-maker forward to check on the Match-making record.

Just as Yue Lao was about to open up his Record, Yu Nv Tai Xian stepped forward to pay her respect to Yu Huang and volunteered herself to be married to Zhang Fu De.

At the moment, the whole Celestial Palace was shocked, cos of Yu Nv Tai Xian’s beauty, how could such a beauty married to an Old Man?

Lord Dong Yue didn’t make a comment but standing at one side nodding his head.

By looking at Lord Dong Yue, Yu Huang somehow had understood the situation and so, without hesitation, Yu Huang announced the Engagement of Zhang Fu De & Yu Nv Tai Xian as Immortal Couple.

Just before Zhang Fu De and Yu Nv Tai Xian left the Celestial Palace, Yu Huang appointed Yu Nv Tai Xian as Nan Tian Men Yi Pin Fu De Fu Ren (南天門一品福德夫人) – the First Grade Lady of the Celestial Realm, and given her the task of “scanning through” all the request before Zhang Fu De distributed out the Wealth to the Mortals.

Yu Nv Tai Xian accepted the appointment and left the Celestial Palace and return to the Mortal Realm with Zhang Fu De.

On the way back to the Mortal Realm, Zhang Fu De was puzzled with the decision that Yu Nv Tai Xian had made and so, he shyly asked Yu Nv Tai Xian on why she had willingly to marry to him. By looking back at Zhang Fu De, Yu Nv Tai Xian smiled and replied – cos in near future, you will be the one that being highly respected by everyone in the Mortal Realm.

By getting such a reply, Zhang Fu De got more puzzled but he knew that ALL these were Heavenly Secrets, so from then, he didn’t ask much. And whenever anyone came to make request, he would direct the request to his Wife – Madam Fu De, before making any actions.

Myths in Myth

1 – due to Madam Fu De was being appointed as the one who controlled the Wealth Distribution, this is why, People in the Southern China does not like to honour her and claimed that she is stingy

2 – due to Zao Shen had somehow accused wrongly on Zhang Fu De, Fu De Zheng Shen’s Tablet or Shrine in a house, can never be placed near the Altar of Zao Shen

3 – even though Madam Fu De and Madam Zao Shen (灶神夫人) are both Ladies staying under the same roof, both of them do not communicate

4 – Yu Huang knowing that Zao Shen and Fu De do not get along well and so, Fu De can only be placed outside the House

5 – 10th Day of Lunar 1 Month was the Immortal-hood Anniversary of Zhang Fu De, this is why, in Taoist Culture, this is also the Day that Fu De Zheng Shen opened his Wealth-coffer to distribute Wealth (福德正神開財庫日)

6 – after Zhou Dynasty, the popularity of Fu De Zheng Shen indeed increased, Yu Nv Tai Xian’s prediction indeed came true. Till today, Fu De Zheng Shen still can considered as the Top Choice for Taoists/Chinese in Honouring

Friday, 12 November 2010

Video on Broadcast Story on Master Ba Gua (八卦伏羲廣播劇)





In here, you all will be watching and listening to the Broadcast Program on the Story of Xuan Yuan Huang Di (軒轅黃帝) aka Yellow Emperor.

Hope you all enjoy it.

PS: Link in Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KkJ1SXvWYM

Video on Broadcast Story on Yellow Emperor (軒轅黃帝廣播劇)





In here, you all will be watching and listening to the Broadcast Program on the Story of Xuan Yuan Huang Di (軒轅黃帝) aka Yellow Emperor.

Hope you all enjoy it.

PS: Link in Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=232Xuhi6ji0

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Dao & One Two Three (道與一二三)


Rating:★★★
Category:Other

In Dao Philosophy Study, Preachers or Masters tend to make the Term Dao & One Two Three theory to become very mystical and profound. And this is why, many a time, People tend to “Lost” their interest in finding out more or just blindly follow what is being given to them and never had a chance to explore themselves, this indeed defeat the purpose of the Teaching of Dao & One Two Three.

In here, Jave will be making a very Brief Introduction on Dao & One Two Three. This doesn’t means that Jave is here to challenge the Preachers or Masters, but to put the Profound Theory into a more Simplest-way for People to understand and see how the Dao & One Two Three Theory matches into the Normal Mortal Living Lifestyles we are in now.

So what is Dao?

No One in this Mortal Realm can understand what is Dao, neither a High Priest nor a High Spiritual Cultivated Master, but in Theoretical Part, Dao is being explained as a form of Level, Position and Dimension that Oneself can attained to when Oneself get combined or manifested-together into the Dimension or Energy (in Taoism, this is what we mentioned most of the time – Qi 氣, translated as Energy or Aura).

In Astrological Explanation, Dao is actually Universe or University Law, which means that, Dao is not easy to be Understand or still not yet being explained by many Theories or Experiments.

And in Spiritual Explanation, Dao is when a Person attained Immortal-hood or being accepted by the Celestial Realm as part of the Qualified Personnel to accomplish certain task in reducing Sufferings and also, lead the others onto the Path of putting down Oneself and realised the True Inner Self of Oneself.

So How Dao is matches with One?

In Taoism, Dao is being mentioned as Null (in many Theories, Null doesn’t means totally Nothing but is a Pre-stage of Manifesting something out from Nothing).

From Dao to Null, in Taoism, it is known as:

混沌生無極。Hun Dun Sheng Wu Ji

Wu Ji, known as Zero Stage of the Pre-Universe-formed Period, it is also a Period where Nothing had yet to be Manifested but, during this Period, the Core Elements are actually being “Born” in the Central System where is hidden inside the Null.

Such small Core Elements can be explained as Particles or Viruses that had been floating around in the No-named Dimension before this Universe is being formed.

From the time of No Particles or Viruses created to the Period of Core Elements are being shaped into a Form for the Preparation of the forming of the Universe, this Period was known as Tai Ji (太極), which in Theory known as the Stage One of Pre-Universe-formed Period.

And in Taoism, this is known as:

無極生太極。Wu Ji Sheng Tai Ji


After Tai Ji was being formed, this is the Period when Null had entered in the One Stage and this was where the starting of the Path of Universe formed.

This was Stage Zero to One.

How’s the Stage One to the Stage Two of Dao being formed?

After the Stage One had started, the various Elements started to combine or collapse accordingly to their own Mass & Varieties and this is how, the Yin Element (陰) & Yang Element (陽) or the Positive & Negative had started to form.

Yin Element, can be explained as the Heavier Particles that combined together to create a Negative Element, whereas,

Yang Element, can be explained as the Lighter Particles collated together to form a group known as Positive Element.

And this is the time that the Dao is able to classify the Positive & Negative Elements with their respective Behaviours, such as Movements (falling into the Two Poles of Magnetic Fields 兩極), Reactions, etc.

And with All the Natural Particles ended their Forming Period, this was known as Liang Yi (兩儀) Period, which in Taoism, known as:

太極生兩儀。Tai Ji Sheng Liang Yi

And this was how, Stage One stepped into Stage Two of the Dao.

How’s the Stage Two to the Stage Three of Dao being formed?

With the different Elements of Particles being separated and stationed in their respective Positions, the Harmony does not last long due to the Over-weight-age and Over-packed Elements that being compressed in a Small Space (remember this, this Period is still far from the Universe being formed).

As the Elements are still trying to accommodate themselves in such a small Space, certain frictions might occurred and as time goes by, the Energies that being released out by the frictions accumulated and within a period of time, finally the Two Elements collated with each other and this was the Period the Two Elements Manifested themselves into New Elements.

This Period was known as Big Bang in Astrological Term and in Taoism, it is known as,
(PS: to know more on Taoist Big Bang, feel free to visit this link: http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2007/11/creation-of-dou-mu-and-relationships-of_6394.html)

兩儀生萬物。Liang Yi Sheng Wan Wu

From then, a New Era had created. This is the Start of a New Universe (in Taoism, the Universe that we stay in is only part of the Main Universe, which is known as Big Dao 大道).

And this was when the Stage Two goes onto Stage Three and finalized the whole Manifestation Period of Null to Things created.

Dao & One Two Three Theory

In Taoism, we have a saying of,

Dao forms One, (道生一)
One forms Two, (一生二)
Two forms Three, (二生三)
And Three forms Everything. (三生萬物)


From here, we are able to know at least how this Theory is being explained with the Stages of where before this Universe is being formed.

Besides that, this One Two Three Theory also fits in the Theory of Dimensions that Scientific-explanations have:

Dao forms One as Dimension One (1D 一維).
One forms Two as Dimension Two (2D 二維).
Two forms Three as Dimension Three,
Three forms Everything, the Dimension that we are staying in Now – 3D (三維).

In within 3D Realm, this is where Living Beings are able to have recognition and live-on (things created out from Nothing or in short, Make things happen). And this somehow matches the sayings of Taoism – Three forms Everything.

In Spiritual Theory, only certain Spiritual Beings are able to be captured in Dimension Two, due to the Eliminating of the Physical Form, this somehow fits the Explanation of the Stage Two where before the Big Bang Theory happened (Yang & Yin occurred on Individual-self, same goes to Spirits without Physical Bodies).

The Three Pure Ones of Taoism and the Dao & One Two Three Theory

In Taoism, with the aid of collaborating the Three Pure Ones (三清道祖) into the Dao & One Two Three Theory, it somehow assists the Taoists to understand the Dao Theory or Taoism Culture more effectively and interesting.

Yu Qing Yuan Shi Tian Zun (玉清元始天尊) in Three Pure Ones is also being addressed as Dao Bao (道寶).

Dao Bao, was the First High Position Deity to be Manifested by the Null (which in Taoism is known as Yuan Shi Tian Wang 混沌無極元始天王) and was directed to over-see the Period of Stage One. And this was why, Stage One is also known as Dao Stage (道境界).

Dao, as what is being mentioned above, No One can really understand it but yet, it is able to give People a Path to achievement and successful. Without Dao, People will be lost and same goes to, if the Dao Stage was not being formed, there won’t be a Universe for us to continue the Culture.

And this is why, in Taoism, we have to remember the Great Effort of Dao Bao and so by the receiving of his Fullest & Highest Preaching, in Chinese known as Gui Yi Dao Bao Zun (皈依道寶尊).

After Yu Qing Dao Bao, the 2nd Highest Deity that being Manifested was Shang Qing Ling Bao Tian Zun (上清靈寶天尊), in Three Pure Ones is also being addressed as Jing Bao (經寶).

Jing Bao, taking charge of the Stage Two where Yin & Yang were being formed. During this Period, Jing Bao played a very Important Role. He not only be able to classify them into the Right Element Group, Jing Bao also have to lead them correctly & uprightly to the Path where they shall go to or to the Respective Groups the Particles needed to end up in. And this was why, Stage Two is also known as Jing Stage (經境界).

In Taoism, using Jing Bao as the Representative of Stage Two is the most accurate one.

In Taoism, the Term Jing Bao has got a few meanings,

1 – Jing as in Taoist Scriptures
2 – Jing as in Going Through
3 – Jing as in Past Events

As mentioned, Jing Bao got a few meanings and this is why, by sincerely receiving the Preaching & Teaching of Jing Bao, Oneself will be able to understand how Taoism came about through Scriptures, bu going through ALL the different stages of Life, Oneself will be able to learn and accept whatever is not able to and last, by looking at the Past Events, Oneself will be able to achieve what have yet to be achieved in the future.

And in Taoism, we remembered the Wonderful Advises of Jing Bao and so by the receiving of his Fullest & Highest Preaching, in Chinese known as Gui Yi Jing Bao Zun (皈依經寶尊).

When the Stage of the Universe formed, this was where Living Beings are being created. This is the time that a Master is needed to over-see ALL the Behaviours of the Beings.

Tai Qing Dao De Tian Zun (太清道德天尊) had taken over the Task of over-seeing the Final Result of the Universe-formed. In Taoism, he is also known as Shi Bao (師寶). And during this Stage, it is also being addressed as Stage of Shi (師境界).

Shi Bao, also explained as Master or Teacher. By allowing Shi Bao to look into the various Post-issues of the Universe-formed, he was able to give directions & advises, in-order to make the Universe a better Space to stay in. And this is why, in the Bao Gao or Praising Incantation (寶誥) of Shi Bao, he was being mentioned as Huang Zhe Shi, Di Zhe Shi, Wang Zhe Shi (皇者师。帝者师。王者师) - explained as the Masters of ALL Beings.

In Taoism, Shi also gives us a few meanings,

1 – Shi as in getting advises from
2 – Shi as in providing advises
3 – Shi as in gaining learning
4 – Shi as in becoming a better person

And in Taoism, we remembered the Useful Teaching & Preaching of Shi Bao and so by the receiving of his Fullest & Highest Preaching, in Chinese known as Gui Yi Shi Bao Zun (皈依師寶尊).

Summary

As a Taoist, remember where ever Oneself goes, do keep this Dao Jing Shi Bao in Heart & Mind. By using them as a Mirror, Oneself will be able to understand the Theory of Dao, Jing & Bao.

With a Simple Respect of saying this Greeting:

弟子心身常皈依道經師寶。
Di Zi Xin Shen Chang Gui Yi Dao Jing Shi Bao


whenever Oneself honoured Deities, regardless any venues, Oneself will be able to receive the Teachings of the Big Dao.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Music Video Clip of Master Pu An (清心普庵曲)





Qing Xin Pu An Qu aka Meditation Music of Master Pu An, an Ancient Piece of Wonderful Relaxing & Calming Music composed dedicated to Master Pu An.

Master Pu An, a Popular Well Known High Monk which being widely Highly Respected by Followers of Taoist Lv Shan Pu An School all over the World.

This Piece of Music was composed in Qing Dynasty, mainly for the Cultivation & Self-meditation of the followers of Master Pu An.

Thanks to Senior Da Zheng (大正師兄) from Taiwan, for sharing this with us.

PS: Youtube link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v3WdvkVhAc

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Introduction on Immortal Lady Ba Zi (天仙夫人八字娘娘簡介)



 

After a long period of resting, finally Jave got some time to resume my posting on Deities.

In here, Jave will like to do a short introduction on Immortal Lady Ba Zi aka Tian Xian Fu Ren Ba Zi Niang Niang (天仙夫人八字娘娘), translated in English is known as Immortal Lady of In-charging of Heavenly Stems (天干) & Earthly Branches (地支 in short known as The Eight Characters).

So who is Ba Zi Niang Niang?

According to Deities’ Record, Ba Zi Niang Niang was born in Song Dynasty (生于宋朝年間) on the 8th Day of Lunar 8 Month (生辰為農曆八月初八日), hometown in Hokkien Province, Quan Zhou City (祖籍中國福建省泉州市), her name known as Huang Xing He (黃杏荷).

At the age of 12, one night while Huang Xing He was in the yard of her house, she saw a Bright Shooting-star landed outside her house. Immediately without hesitation, she dashed towards the spot of the landed Shooting-star and with surprise; she saw a small wooden box.

Slowly, Huang Xing He approached the spot where the small wooden box was standing, with one glance, she was deeply attracted by the scribbles on the box cover and without second thoughts, she opened up the box and in front of her, was a Book.

Carefully, Huang Xing He took the Book out and flipped the Book open. As soon as she open-up the Book, she smelled a very strong scent of Fragrance of mixture of Flowers and just before she could react further, she collapsed on the ground.

At the moment of Huang Xing He collapsing onto the ground, she saw a Taoist Priest walking towards her. As the Priest walking towards her, Huang Xing He struggled herself to get up and with an helping hand from the Priest, Huang Xing He was being lifted up and by looking closely at the Priest, Huang Xing He found him familiar.

By looking back at Huang Xing He, the Priest smiled broadly and asked her whether she can remember him. Huang Xing He shakes her head and again with a smile, the Priest signals her to sit by the Tree besides the wooden box.

Upon sitting by the tree, the Priest told her that he was Xu Xun (許遜) from Nan Chang City (南昌市), the objective of coming to here was to impart her, the Book of the Mystery of Ba Zi (八字集要).

As Huang Xing He was listening to what Xu Xun was saying, suddenly she realised that she saw this Priest before in the Temple where People honoured Heavenly Xu Xun (許天師). Just as she was about to shout out, the Priest disappeared in front of her and for her, she could only hear Xu Xun telling her to study the Book carefully and master it as soon as possible.

Immediately after the voice of Xu Xun subsided, Huang Xing He suddenly woke-up with a shocked and was surprise to find herself in her room. On her hands, she got hold of a Book and this was the Book that she saw in the Dream.

From that Day onwards, Huang Xing He studied the Book carefully and within 3 years, she somehow mastered the Skills inside the Book.

At the age of 16, Huang Xing He was able to read someone’s fortune by looking at the Face Colour and the Aura that oneself emitted out.

One Day, while Huang Xing He was walking along Lao Jun Yan aka Cliff of Lao Zi (老君岩), she saw Priest Xu Xun again. Immediately without any delay, she dashed over to kneel down in front of Priest Xu Xun to pay her respect to her.

This time round, Priest Xu Xun didn’t hide his true identity anymore and with a lift, he assist Huang Xing He up and congrats her for successfully mastered the Heavenly’s Secret – Ba Zi Ji Yao. Huang Xing He looked at Heavenly Master Xu Xun with respect and sincerely request Heavenly Master Xu Xun to accept her as Disciple. With a smile, Heavenly Xu Xun accepted her.

From then, besides revising on the Skills of Ba Zi Ji Yao, Heavenly Master Xu Xun also taught Huang Xing He on Medical Skills and Herbs Theory. By at age of 21, Huang Xing He was able to do prescription of Herbs for Patients.

One Year, while Huang Xing He was on her way to Mountain Wu Yi (武夷山) to look for Special Grass Herbs, she met with a Black Windy Demon (黑風妖). As she was trying to subdue the Demon, she was being swept off by the strong gust of Poison Wind and within a moment, she was being drugged to coma.

After she woke-up, she found herself resting in a Icy-stone platform (寒冰台), in front of her was a Lady.

Without hesitation, she step down from the platform and approached the Lady that seems to preparing some Herbs.

As she paid respect to the Lady, the Lady turned around and greeted her back with a smile. Huang Xing He found her familiar again, knowing that Huang Xing He was puzzle; the Lady immediately told her she was Chen Jing Gu (陳靖姑), whom was one of the Disciples of Heavenly Master Xu Xun.

Huang Xing He was shocked to know that the Lady standing in front of her was Chen Jing Gu and with a sincere bow, she paid her respect again to Chen Jing Gu. Chen Jing Gu returned back her respect and asked her not to do so in the future, as both of them were classmates.

Soon, Heavenly Master Xu Xun entered into the Cave and saw the 2 Ladies. As Heavenly Master Xu Xun approached Huang Xing He, he happily proclaimed that the Celestial Palace (天庭) had made an Order to summon Huang Xing He back to the Heavenly Realm (天界).

Upon hearing the news, Huang Xing He was delighted and Chen Jing Gu congrats her for her succeed in gaining the Immortal-hood.

On 9th Day of Lunar 10 Month (農曆十月初九日), Heavenly Master Xu Xun, Madam Chen Jing Gu and Huang Xing He returned back to the Celestial Palace, in-order for Huang Xing He to accept her Official Bestowing from Jade Emperor of Heaven (玉皇大天尊).

By going through the Records (功過格) of Huang Xing He again, Jade Emperor of Heaven summoned Heavenly Marshal Jin Jia (九天金甲神) to announce the Official Title of Huang Xing He as Jiu Tian Si Ming Zhi Zhang Qian Kun Ba Zi Tian Xian Fu Ren Niang Niang (九天司命執掌乾坤八字天仙夫人娘娘), in-charging of the Combination of new born Mortals’ Ba Zi aka Eight Characters (配對八字) and also, the changing of Luck for the Living Beings in the Three Realms.

From then, Huang Xing He was being addressed as Ba Zi Niang Niang (八字娘娘) in short and assist her Master – Heavenly Xu Xun in the releasing of Blessing in Luck-changing Rituals (補運祭改) and also, to work closely with Madam Chen Jing Gu, Madam Zhu Sheng (註生娘娘) & Heavenly Marshal Gao Yuan (監生高原天君) in the task of Protecting Babies (護嬰保童).

Some misconceptions of Ba Zi Niang Niang:

1 – A lot of People tend to mistaken her as Madam Zhu Sheng (註生娘娘) or The Immortal Maiden of Ninth Heaven aka Jiu Tian Xuan Nv (九天玄女)

2 – Mis-treat her as the Deity that can change Oneself’s Ba Zi to become a better person, but actually is not. The Ritual that she in-charge is only Enhancing and not Changing

3 – She is a newly Made-up character in Taiwan, which is not true, cos in Qing Dynasty Religious Records known as Qing Jia Lu (清嘉錄), her Title and History are being recorded.

So during Rituals/Ceremonies, how Oneself can honoured Ba Zi Niang Niang in-order to get the Luck enhanced?

According to Qing Jia Lu, before Oneself starts to honour Ba Zi Niang Niang, Oneself shall prepared the following Items:

1 – Fold the Gold Incense-Papers into Bucket-form, the remaining Paper to be folded into Ingot form and placed them inside the Bucket

2 – Use a Red-paper to write down the Name of Oneself, Address, Date of Birth and Time of Birth. After completion, placed the Red-paper inside the Bucket

3 – During Honouring, hold onto the Bucket and sincerely make report to Ba Zi Niang Niang for Luck-enhancement

4 – Straight after the reporting, proceed with the Burning-off of the Bucket

5 – Once the Bucket is Burnt, do not turn the Head to look at the Burning and immediately leave the Temple

Once the above procedures are being observed, meaning that the Honouring is being Done successfully and within 40 Days, some changes will be seen.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Offering of Winter Clothing to the Wanderings 2010 (庚寅年送寒衣祭祀朝)


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In Taoist Culture, there are 3 Major Days for the Taoists to show their Filial Piety, Gratitude and Thanksgiving to the Ancestors/Pass-on Members and also, to perform a Minor Concern to the Wanderings or Un-attended Souls. These 3 Major Days in Taoist Culture is known as The Three Gratitude Days for the Souls or San Da Ming Jie in Chinese (三大冥節).

So which are the 3 Days?

There are,

1 – Qing Ming Period aka The Tomb-sweeping Festival (清明節)
2 – The Seventh Month Celebration aka Zhong Yuan Festival (中元節)
3 – The Offering of Winter-clothing Day aka Han Yi Day (寒衣節)

For Qing Ming Period, usually it will falls in the Lunar 2 Month till Lunar 3 Month, whereas the Seventh Month Celebration will starts on the 1st Day till the Last Day of Lunar 7 Month.

And so, when is the Date for Winter-clothing Offering?

It actually falls on the 1st Day of Lunar 10 Month and this is why, in the Ancient Chinese Records, it is also known as Shi Yue Shuo Jie (十月朔節), meaning the Starting of the Lunar 10 Month or the starting of the Winter Season.

To know more on the Origin of the Offering of Winter Clothing Day, you all may wish to proceed to this Link:

http://javewutaoismplace.blogspot.sg/2009/11/offering-of-winter-clothing-for-pass-on.html

For Year 2010, it falls on 06 Nov, a Saturday.

So how was this Offering of Winter Clothing being carried-out in the Ancient China?

According to the Ancient Records, the Offering of Winter Clothing are being categorised into 2 types,

1 – Home-based Offering (家祭)
2 – Official/Governmental Offering (公祭)

For Home-based Offering, Descendants/Family Members must prepared the necessary Offerings (as below) for the Honouring of the Pass-on Members at Home or at the Graves,

1 – Incenses & Candles (香燭)
2 – Paper Offerings (including the Paper-bag of Winter-clothing 紙料/寒衣包袱)
3 – Scriptures (or engaged Taoist Masters for the Chanting 經懺)
4 – Seven Cooked Dishes (七道熟食)
5 – One bowl of Soup (湯料一碗)
6 – The Three Sacrificed Meat Offerings (Pig, Fish, Chicken/Duck 三牲)
7 – Cooked Rice (米飯)
8 – Wine/Chinese Tea (茶酒)
9 – Four sets of Bowls/Spoons/Chop-sticks (四副碗筷)

Once after All the Offerings are being prepared and placed in order on the Altar, the whole Family has to make 3 Kowtows to the Ancestors and after 3 rounds of Offering of Wine & Tea, the Burning-off of the Paper-offerings and Winter-clothing will be done. On the Paper-bag of Winter-clothing, the Names of Three Generations Ancestors will be indicated – meaning, Father, Grandfather & Great-grandfather (寒衣包袱之上書有祖上三代名諱).

After the Honouring of Ancestors, the Family Members will then gathered a bowl of Rice and some dishes from the Ancestor Honouring and then throw the bowl of Rice and the dishes onto the Main Road or at some Grass-areas nearby the House, this is to Offer the Food to the nearby Wanderings. For some Families, they will also burn some Paper-offerings at the Road-side, hoping that, after the Wanderings got the Offerings, they will “Blessed” on the People staying in the area. In Taoism, this is known as Ji Gu (濟孤).

For Official/Governmental Offering, this is usually being carried-out by the Area Officers or Magistrate Office (地方官/知縣/等) – The Offering reaches Peak in Ming Dynasty.

In the Morning of the 1st Day of Lunar 10 Month (農曆十月初一日早晨), the Officer will arrived at the Temple dedicated to Lord Cheng Huang aka City Deity (城隍尊神) and made a report on the Objective of the Day’s Event and then, the Constables (衙差) will shift the statue of Lord Cheng Huang onto a prepared Sedan-chair and on the Sedan Chair (大紅轎), there are 1 or 2 plaque(s) with the words written on it – Feng Zhi Si Gu (匾書有 - 奉旨祀孤), meaning this Offerings to the Wanderings is being Authorised and Granted by the Emperor. In Ming Dynasty (明朝), The Lunar 10 Month Procession of Lord Cheng Huang is also known as Fang Gui Shou Ji Ri (放鬼受濟日), meaning Releasing of Souls for Salvation.

Once the statue of Lord Cheng Huang is being invited on the Sedan-chair and secured firmly, the Officer will lead the way and starts the Procession of going round the whole Village/Town/City (遊境濟孤).

During the Procession, the Officer will stop at certain areas/corners and ordered the Constables to burn some Paper-offerings, this is to show the “Concern” for those un-attended Souls or Suffering Wanderings in the Area. By doing so, the Officer hopes that the Wanderings will not disturb the Mortals living in the Area.

After the whole Procession was done, the Officer will lead the Sedan-chair back to the Temple and ushered Lord Cheng Huang back onto the Altar and on the very night, simple Dinner will be held at the Area/Village/City for the People staying around, this is to celebrate that Harvesting had completed and a Year is about to end.

In Summary

Due to lost of Interest in Chinese Culture, lost of Recognition in Root-Culture and the Down-fall of Taoist Culture, many such Traditional Practices are gone or being forgotten by a lot of the Taoists/Chinese.

Shall Oneself still continue such a Culture?
Is Oneself doing it for Fun?
Is this Culture important to Oneself/Us?

I think this is something that worth many of us to sit down and ponder over it.

Last of All, hope to see more People/Temples/Sintuas get involved in this Culture before it is gone.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Movie Clip on Myth of Marshal Hua Guang & Fairy Qiong Hua 03 (粵語神仙戲之瓊花仙子與華光)





In here, you all will be watching a series of 3 Old Movie Clips showing the Myth of Marshal Hua Guang and Fairy Qiong Hua.

In the last Clip, you all will see the part that Marshal Hua Guang rescued his Mother out from the Demonic Prison (this myth is being copied from the story of Bao Lian Deng – 寶蓮燈 and also, the origin of the story of Mu Lian rescued his Mother from Suffering Hell – 目連救母).

Last of All, hope you all enjoyed this Movie.

PS: Manifestation Anniversary of Marshal Hua Guang (馬華光天君聖誕) falls on 04 Nov 2010 (28th Day of Lunar 9 Mth 農曆九月廿八日), a Thursday.

Movie Clip on Myth of Marshal Hua Guang & Fairy Qiong Hua 02 (粵語神仙戲之瓊花仙子與華光)





In here, you all will be watching a series of 3 Old Movie Clips showing the Myth of Marshal Hua Guang and Fairy Qiong Hua.

In the last Clip, you all will see the part that Marshal Hua Guang rescued his Mother out from the Demonic Prison (this myth is being copied from the story of Bao Lian Deng – 寶蓮燈 and also, the origin of the story of Mu Lian rescued his Mother from Suffering Hell – 目連救母).

Last of All, hope you all enjoyed this Movie.

PS: Manifestation Anniversary of Marshal Hua Guang (馬華光天君聖誕) falls on 04 Nov 2010 (28th Day of Lunar 9 Mth 農曆九月廿八日), a Thursday.

Movie Clip on Myth of Marshal Hua Guang & Fairy Qiong Hua 01 (粵語神仙戲之瓊花仙子與華光)





In here, you all will be watching a series of 3 Old Movie Clips showing the Myth of Marshal Hua Guang and Fairy Qiong Hua.

In the last Clip, you all will see the part that Marshal Hua Guang rescued his Mother out from the Demonic Prison (this myth is being copied from the story of Bao Lian Deng – 寶蓮燈 and also, the origin of the story of Mu Lian rescued his Mother from Suffering Hell – 目連救母).

Last of All, hope you all enjoyed this Movie.

PS: Manifestation Anniversary of Marshal Hua Guang (馬華光天君聖誕) falls on 04 Nov 2010 (28th Day of Lunar 9 Mth 農曆九月廿八日), a Thursday.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Taoist Cultivation Sharing Verse One (道教修行說之第一言: 心與言)


Rating:★★★
Category:Other

After going thru a period of Calm & Serenity Training and with the assistance by the Records & Contexts that the Taoist Seniors pass-down, finally Jave understand the following Taoist Verse.

In here, Jave will like to share with ALL of you the Verse that extracted from the Taoist Cultivation Verses Record:

Connection of Mind, Heart & Verbal Action

風欲動而心境止。
Feng Yu Dong Er Xin Jing Zhi


Translated as: Wind might be blowing in the front of our naked eyes, but with a Serenity & Calm mind, the Wind blowing might just be a illusion or imagination created by Oneself. Is the moving infront of Oneself Real/True or the Mind is making a trick on Oneself?

名欲求而身行落。
Ming Yu Qiu Er Shen Xing Luo


Translated as: For those who are non-stopping craving for Reputation/Fame/Wealth, are such items Real? People always tend to blame such Items to be attractive & attracting but do they ever thought of this question: if Oneself is Stable & Calm in Mind, will Oneself be attracting to such Items? Are such Items really Evil or Oneself is more Evil than such Items?

敗於其言而不觀己心。
Bai Yu Qi Yan Er Bu Guan Ji Xin


Translated as: With an Evil Mind full of Evil Thoughts, Oneself will tend to down-press People who are really trying their every Best Effort in making Result in certain Project/Event/Task. Why they speak-evil on others? Cos they just wanted the others to look down on the Person who might one day over-ride them or prove to them that the things that they are doing now are wrong, etc. For a Person to speak-evil on the other people, Oneself shall think of Oneself’s Actions first, is Oneself suitable to make such comment? Does Oneself eligible on making the others in such an awkward position?

道遠難近而妄其修行。
Dao Yuan Nan Jin Er Wang Qi Xiu Xing


Translated as: No matter how Well-versed the Person who make such Evil-comment on others, the Knowledge they gained are just Useless. If one day, the True Dao will to select a Person to implant in the High-teaching of True Dao, such Well-versed People will not be chosen, True Dao will rather chose a Person who is slow, stupid & humble for the implanting of the True Knowledge.

靜而後能動。實真矣。
Jing Er Hou Neng Dong. Shi Zhen Yi


Translated as: With a Calm Mind, Open-sighted in the Inner Eye and a Accepting & Sensible Heart, ALL Evil-thought will be Eliminated. And by then, the True Dao will be by the side of Oneself and also, the others who are willing, openly and interested-ly wanted to follow the Dao.