According to Taoist Contexts and Chinese Culture Records, on the 1st Day of Lunar 2 Month (農曆二月初一日) is considered as the Court Rising Day for Lord of Sun aka Tai Yang Di Jun (太陽帝君).
Some Contexts recorded as 3 Years once, but some said, Once in every Year.
For Year 2014, it falls on 01 March, a Saturday.
During the Court Rising Day, Lord of Sun will be put in-charge of doing Planning & Announcing of the Movements of All different Stars for the Particular Years (注當年星辰運行之象) and also, to fix the “Brightness” of each Star that link to a Living Being (定全年元辰光明之氣), which later being used in Prediction Skills that Geomancy or Luck-telling Masters practiced.
Besides that, this is also a Day to gain the necessary Blessing of Brightness from Lord of Sun to eliminate the “Darkness (除晦)”, “Dampness (去霉)” and “Negative (解厄)” from One’s Surrounding.
In the Past, Taoists & Chinese would Face South during the Horse Hour (午時), which is equivalent to 11.00Am till 1.00Pm in now’s timing, to pay respect to Lord of Sun or to so-called Usher him into the Mortal Realm. During the Honouring, do remember to Recite the Bao Gao aka Praise Incantation of Lord Tai Yang (太陽星君寶誥) – as followed:
太陽星君寶誥 Tai Yang Xing Jun Bao Gao (Praise Incantation)
至心皈命禮。 Zhi Xin Gui Ming Li
大羅天上。朱景宮中。 Da Luo Tian Shang, Zhu Jing Gong Zhong
尊居十本極之高。 Zun Ju Shi Ben Ji Zhi Gao
體乾出治。 Ti Qian Chu Zhi
位正三才之上。 Wei Zheng San Cai Zhi Shang
御德行權。寒肅暑炎。 Yu De Xing Quan, Han Su Shu Yan
平六氣而咸寍。 Ping Liu Qi Er Xian Ning
萬國旦明宵晦。 Wan Guo Dan Ming Xiao Hui
駕六龍而統治十華。 Jia Liu Long Er Tong Zhi Shi Hua
司善惡予奪之柄。 Si Shan Er Yu Duo Zhi Bing
照臨赫奕定功過。 Zhao Ling He Yi Ding Gong Guo
顯微之權。感應昭彰。 Zhao Wei Zhi Quan, Gan Ying Zhao Zhang
號令雷霆。迅除邪崇。 HaoLing Lei Ting, Xu Chu Xie Zhong
大悲大願。大聖大慈。 Da Bei Da Yuan, Da Sheng Da Ci
日宮太陽鬱儀帝君。 Ri Gong Tai Yang Yu Yi Di Jun
威光布德。 Wei Guang Bu De
慈暉朱日天尊。 Ci Hui Zhu Ri Tian Zun
To honour Lord of Sun is quite simple, Oneself just needed to prepare 3 sticks of Long Incenses (三柱長壽香), 3 cups of Chinese Tea (三杯清茶), 3 Candles (三盞全天斗燭 - best for 24 Hours) and a set of Gold Paper (一疊三寶金/壽金) will do.
After the Honouring, just placed the 3 Candles on an Altar or at a High-level Spot and then, burnt off the Paper Offerings.
Million & Zillion Thanks to those who have contributed for the Charity Move this time round.
Without All the assistances of the members listed below, it is totally not possible for us to have gathered about 300kg of Rice, 300 packets of Biscuits and other daily necessity consuming items.
Jave, representing the whole of LSM Taoist School (Singapore), to express my Sincerest Gratitude to All of you.
May All of you be Blessed regardless of Religions, Races & Places.
180 kg of Rice & 230 Packets of Biscuits will be donated to “A Packet of Rice” on 02 March, a Sunday.
The remaining Rice, Biscuits & Food Items will be donated to “Sree Narayana Mission” Old Folks’ Home, located at Singapore Yishun.
In Taoism and Chinese Custom, on the 26th Day of Lunar 1
Month (農曆正月廿六日), is considered as the Day for Heavenly Marshal
Zhao Gong Ming (趙公明大天君) aka Deity of Military Wealth,
to Open the Three Realms Spiritual Wealth Coffer for All the Beings in the
On this Day, Taoists & Chinese will tend to visit
Temples that dedicated to Zhao Gong Ming & his Assistants (五路財神)
to request for the Blessing of Wealth & Good Lucks and also, Official
Personnel will request for Blessing for the Country or Big Society.
For Year 2014, its falls on 25 Feb, a Tuesday.
What is the Story behind this Opening of Three Realms
According to the Records of All Deities (三教搜神大全),
after Zhao Gong Ming was being bestowed by Jade Emperor of Heaven (玉皇大天尊)
as the Overall –in-charge of the Wealth for All Beings, he was also being
appointed by Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖天師) to
oversee All Doubts and Unsolved Issues that are associated with Wealth, etc (調解不平事宜。專治財務糾紛).
From then, since Sui Dynasty (隋朝),
Taoists and Chinese had been Honouring Zhao Gong Ming as One of the Major
Deities of Wealth and on 26th Day of Lunar 1st Month – which
was said to be the Day that Zhao Gong Ming being appointed as the
Overall-in-charge, Taoists and Chinese would honoured him, requesting Zhao Gong
Ming to “Open” the Wealth Coffer for the Poor or Needy.
So when is the
Best timing to pay respect to Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming?
For some Taoists & Chinese, they tend to start the
honouring at Zi/Rat Hour (子時2300 Hours) but some can honoured
Zhao Gong Ming at 9.00Am in the Morning till Evening time (best before Sunset).
For Year 2014, the Best Timing is 11.08Am (甲午馬年最佳乞財時間:中午十一時一刻).
So in Singapore, where can we pay respect to Heavenly
Marshal Zhao Gong Ming?
新加坡供奉有趙玄壇公的廟宇Here’re a few recommended Official Temples
that oneself can visit:
Sembawang Cai Shen Temple (三巴旺財神廟)
at Admiralty Road (in the Main Hall)
Jin Lan Temple (金蘭廟) at KimTian Road Tiong Bahra (at
the Side Hall)
Tuas Pek Kong Temple (大士伯公宮)
located at 118 Boon Lay Drive
So what are the Offerings that needed to prepare?
開財庫乞財所需供品Here are the suggested items:
1 - One set of Mandarins (5 quantities 大桔五粒)
2 - One set of Chinese Tea Leaves & Traditional
Cookies (Jian He 餞盒糖果一盤)
3 - One set of Cai Shen Incense-paper (optional 財神金)
4 - One set of Cai Shen Robe (in Red Color 紅色財神袍)
5 - One set of Incense (not to short, medium length will
be best - more than 48cm 富貴長壽香)
6 - One Huat Kueh (發糕)
7 - Five Ancient Coins or The Five Emperors Coins (五個銅錢或五帝錢)
8 - One Red Packet (一個新紅包)
9 - One set of Red Candles (一對斗燭/紅燭)
After getting ready All the Offerings, visit any of the
Temples and place All the Offerings on the Altar that dedicated to Heavenly
Marshal Zhao Gong Ming (到達廟宇後﹐將一切供品擺於供案上).
Upon completing the placing of the Offerings, proceed to
pay respect to the Main Deities in the Temple and last, proceed to the Altar
for Zhao Gong Ming (先敬天地眾神後﹐在向趙玄壇公祈福).
Sincerely light the Long Incense, make 3 Respectful Bows
and then kneel in front of the Altar.
Report to Zhao Gong Ming who you are and where you stay
and then request for Good Luck & Necessary Blessing from him. (if you know
of reciting the Bao Gao (寶誥), then do it before you do your
After reporting and requesting, stand up and sincerely
bow 3 times again and then place the Incenses in the Urn and then step off the
Altar area (祈福後﹐行三叩禮即可).
After 15 minutes, retrieved the Paper-offerings and burn
them off (一刻鐘後將紙料化送).
Upon completion, return to the Altar, retrieve the
Ancient Coins and make 3 rounds above the Burning Incenses, allow the Coins to
receive the Blessings and then, keep them in the Red Packet (化寶後﹐回到供案﹐將之前所準備的銅錢放入新紅包中﹐在香爐上過香三巡﹐之後帶回作為”錢母”).
Keep the Coins by one's side in-order to get Blessing for
the Good Luck & Wealth.
Once this is done, then the whole Ceremony will be
considered smoothly done.
On this coming 23rd Day of Lunar 1 Month, it will be the Attaining-of-Immortal-hood Anniversary of the 02nd Heavenly Master Zhang Heng, which was the Elder son of the 1st Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling.
According to records, on this Day, his wife Madam Lu was also got her Immortality together with her husband.
Jave will be conducting the According of Respect to our
64 Generations Heavenly Master Zhang on this coming Sunday, 23 Feb 2014 1100Am,
at Singapore Tong Shan Tang located at Lengkok Bahru, dedicating to the
Anniversary of Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling’s distributing of Charity Rice in
On this Day, Tong Shan Tang will also be conducting it’s
Annual Honouring of Lord Tai Sui, for those who have yet to Honour Lord Tai Sui
for Jia Wu Horse Year, feel free to join in.
On this coming 22nd Day of Lunar 1 Month, it will be the Attaining-of-Immortal-hood Anniversary of the 62nd Generation Heavenly Master Zhang Yuan Xu.
In Year 2014, it falls on 21 Feb, a Friday.
62nd Heavenly Master, named Zhang Yuan Xu (正一六十二代張元旭天師) or Zhang Xiao Chu (又名張曉初), born in Qing Dynasty Tong Zhi Period, Birthday falls on 7th Day of Lunar 8 Month in Year 1862 (生于清同治元年農曆八月初七日).
At the age of 42 (光緒三十年), he succeeded his Father, 61st Heavenly Master Zhang Ren Zheng, as the 62nd Heavenly Master of Zheng Yi Sect (繼承六十一代張仁晸天師之位﹐為第六十二代嗣教真人).
And at the age of 52 (民國三年), he was being bestowed with the Official Title of Lord Hong Tian Ying Dao (洪天應道真君) by Marshal Yuan Shi Kai (袁世凱賜封).
In Year 1912, while Heavenly Master Zhang Yuan Xu gave a speech in Shanghai World Religions Conference, he strongly urged the Taoists to promote the Official Teaching and Culture of Taoism and also, encouraged all Zheng Yi Disciples to continue the preaching that had pass-down by the various Heavenly Masters (民國元年﹐張元旭出席了在上海舉辦的世界宗教會時﹐當演講中﹐他老人家極力的鼓勵所有道教徒﹐在正確的方式下﹐力保及發揚正統道教文化及思想).
In Year 1925, 22nd Day of Lunar 1st Month, 62nd Heavenly Master Zhang Yuan Xu gained his Immortality in Shanghai, with the age of 63, left behind 6 sons (the 5th son pass-on at a very young age) and the eldest son Zhang En Pu, which later succeeded as the 63rd Heavenly Master (張元旭天師於民國十四農曆端月廿二日羽化於上海﹐享壽六十三。後其嗣教之位由長子張恩溥天師所繼承).
To find out more on Heavenly Master Zhang Yuan Xu, please proceed to the following links (張元旭天師-知多一點點):
Plaque written by 62nd Heavenly Master (六十二代張元旭老天師親手書寫之贊教廳匾):
In here, Jave will like to extend my Million Zillion Thanks to those who have assist in donating and contributing of the Raw Rice and other Daily-needing-food-items for the Charity Distribution that will take place on 2nd March by the Organisation “A Packet of Rice”.
With our little effort, we are able to assist the Needy-families, the Elderly and the Disables. With our strengthen faith, we are able to follow the teaching of Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling.
On behalf of All the people involved, get-benefit, Jave will like to say Thank You to you all.
In Taoist Calendar, on the 20th Day of Lunar 1st
Month, it is known as Anniversary of Mending the Broken Sky by Empress Nv Wa,
after the Fire & Water Deities fought and accidentally created a big hole
in the Sky.
This Day was first being recorded in Jin Dynasty and
last, several different dates appeared, such as 19th Day, 21st
Day & 23rd Day of Lunar 1st Month.
Till today, Hakka Dialect Clan still keep this tradition
by accord respect to Empress Nv Wa on the Anniversary and also, by making a few
types of Traditional Hakka Pastries to celebrate this special day.
A lot of People will only know that, on the 26th Day of Lunar 1 Month (農曆正月廿六日), is known as the Day for Heavenly Marshal Zhao Gong Ming (趙公明大天君) aka Deity of Military Wealth, Opening of the Three Realms Spiritual Wealth Coffer for All the Beings in the Mortal Realm. But very minimal People know that this is also the Anniversary Day of Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling (張祖道陵天師) distributing of the collected Rice to the Needy in Han Dynasty after he had collected the Five Bushes of Rice (五斗米) from those who came to seek assistance from him.
For Year 2014, it falls on 25 Feb, a Tuesday.
After so many years of researching and study under Heavenly Master Zhang, only until after visiting China Si Han Tian Shi Fu (中國嗣漢天師府), Jave got to know that 26th Day of Lunar 1st Month was the Anniversary that distributed the Charity Rice to the needy after his very first collection of the Five Bushes of Rice during Han Dynasty in Mt He Ming (鶴鳴山).
Besides that, Jave was also taught to understand the hidden meaning of the Five Bushes of Rice – not just the Weight but also the Calculation and the Spiritual Connection with the Star Lords (星君論) in Zheng Yi Sect (正一天師道).
So how oneself can do the Honouring?
Oneself can do the Honouring by doing Chanting on the Bei Dou Scripture (太上北斗經) or San Guan Scripture (三官經), if possible, Chant the whole series of the Dipper Star Lords Scriptures (太上五斗經), in front of your Main Altar or facing the Heaven with just 3 Incenses and 3 cups of Chinese Tea.
Oneself need not prepare any massive Offerings for this Event, cos the Objective of this Event is for Oneself to cultivate Compassionate and Care for the Beings in the Three Realms.
So from this year onwards, do remember to mark this Date in your Taoist Calendar.
May Heavenly Master Zhang Dao Ling bestow the necessary upon you and your family.
Long Shan Men will be collecting 1 or 2 kg Raw Rice
(target of 180 bags) for the donating to the Charity Organisation (A Packet of
for the distributing to the Needy Household & Elderly; we do look forward to more the contribution of
bags of Rice.
Dateline: 20 Feb 2014 (Thursday)
For those who are keen in contributing, please contact
Jave or Royce Tan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore Qi Tian Gong, located at Tiong Bahru Eng Hoon Street, is having Annual Celebration dedicated to Monkey Sage on the 16th & 17th Day of Lunar 1 Month.
Jave will like to express my fullest respect and gratitude to Master Lee Leong Seng for making the publishing of the Monkey Sage Scripture, a successful one.
On 16th Night at 7.00 Pm, Master Lee had chanted the Monkey Sage Scripture for the first time in Singapore after 40 years. After then, Master Lee sent off 3 copies of the Scripture to the Celestial Realm for the Reporting of Credits & Merits of the Contributors.
PS: The Monkey Sage Scripture was rearrange by Jave's Ancestor in Qing Dynasty and its honourable to be able to print & distributed in Singapore.