Thaipusam – Perayaan Dewa Murugan

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Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang benar-benar menerima secara terbuka akan nilai kepelbagaian yang mewujudkan hamparan kebudayaan yang mengagumkan, kepelbagaian bangsa dan agama yang hidup dengan rukun damai dan harmoni secara bersama. Sebagai contoh, perayaan Thaipusam yang disambut di kalangan masyarakat Tamil (India) yang menganuti agama Hindu. Perayaan ini disambut dengan penuh meriah, pelbagai istiadat dan penghayatan keagamaan. Walaupun ianya diraikan di seluruh dunia, di Malaysialah ianya mula bertapak dan berkembang dengan meriah mengatasi apa yang sebelumnya. Ini adalah bukti kepada keharmonian dan kepelbagaian budaya yang menjadi mercu tanda masyarakat Malaysia.

Justeru itu, saya ingin berkongsi dengan anda semua beberapa maklumat mengenai perayaan tersebut, asal-usulnya, bagaimana ianya disambut, dan juga bagaimana jika anda mahu berkunjung ke kawasan-kawasan yang terlibat, dan dimana anda boleh menginap jika anda bercadang untuk membuat lawatan. Saya berharap dengan membaca artikel ini, anda mendapat pemahaman yang lebih mendalam tentang perayaan yang suci, penuh penghayatan dan amat bermakna di Malaysia.

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Batu Caves adalah salah satu kuil Hindu yang paling popular diluar India dan menjadi tumpuan untuk perayaan Thaipusam di Malaysia. (Foto oleh Olivia Harri/Reuters)

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Thaipusam adalah perayaan penganut Hindu yang diraiikan terutamanya oleh kaum India dari masyarakat Tamil. Perkataan ‘Thaipusam’ adalah gabungan nama-nama ‘Thai’, salah satu bulan lunar dalam kalendar Tamil, dan ‘Pusam’, nama untuk buruj yang terbentuk daripada tiga bintang individu. Perayaan ini disambut semasa bulan purnama dalam bulan ‘Thai’, iaitu kira-kira pada bulan Januari ataupun Februari dalam kalendar Gregorian barat. Menurut astrologi India, pada masa ini setiap tahun, buruj Pusam berada pada kedudukan yang tertinggi.

Perayaan ini meraikan kejayaan dewa-dewa mengalahkan unsur kejahatan. Ianya berkaitan dengan Dewa Murugan, yang dilahirkan sewaktu pertempuran antara para asura (makhluk separuh dewa) yang menyerang syurga, dan para dewa. Pada suatu ketika dalam pertempuran, para dewa mengalami kekalahan besar dan tidak dapat menghalang serangan tentera asura, yang diketuai oleh makhluk separuh dewa Surapadma.

Berdepan dengan kekalahan yang bakal berlaku, mereka mengadap Dewa Shiva, yang merupakan salah seorang daripada tiga dewa utama dalam dewata Hindu, sedarjat dengan Brahma dan Vishnu. Di ambang kekalahan, mereka meminta bantuan Dewa Shiva dan meminta beliau menamakan seorang pemimpin yang sesuai yang dapat memimpin bala tentera mereka bagi mencapai kemenangan terhadap para asura. Mereka mengabdikan diri pada Dewa Shiva dan menyembahnya. Dewa Shiva memenuhi permintaan mereka, lalu mewujudkan seorang pahlawan yang gagah perkasa dari kekuasaannya sendiri. Pahlawan ini adalah Dewa Murugan yang dengan serta-merta mengambil pucuk pimpinan tentera cakerawala, lalu memberikan inspirasi kepada para dewa yang akhirnya dapat menewaskan tentera asura yang menyerang mereka.

Justeru itu, sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam, imej Dewa Murugan dihiasi, ditempatkan di atas pedati di hadapan penganut-penganut dan diiringi dalan perarakan yang panjang. Dewa Murugan merangkumi sifat-sifat keberanian, kekuatan, kemuliaan dan keindahan. Selain dari itu, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah seorang dewa sejagat yang mengurniakan banyak anugerah dan rahmat. Oleh itu penganut yang telah bernazar atau memohon hajat kepada Dewa Murugan, menunaikan nazar mereka dengan menjalani upacara penyeksaan diri. Ini sering dilakukan dengan membawa kavadi, seperti yang dibincangkan di bawah.

 

Siapakah Dewa Murugan?

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts. Click to enlarge.

Gambaran Dewa Murugan menunggang merak bersama-sama dengan isteri-isterinya. Klik untuk besarkan

Dewa Murugan adalah salah satu dewa Hindu. Beliau mempunyai banyak nama lain termasuk Kartikeya, Subhramanya, Skanda, Shanmuka (Shamuga), Subhramanian, Sadhana, Guha, Sentil, Saravana dan Kumaraswamy. Beliau adalah anak kepada Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, dan dianggap sebagai penjelmaan ciri-ciri keberanian dan kecerdasan. Ini adalah sebab utama mengapa Dewa Murugan disembah sebagai dewa peperangan dan kemenangan. Beliau juga merupakan pemimpin angkatan dewa yang berani dan telah dicipta untuk memusnahkan syaitan, yang melambangkan kecenderungan negatif manusia.

Lagenda mengatakan bahawa Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati, melimpahkan kasih sayang dengan berlebihan kepada abangnya, Dewa Ganesha. Dewa Murugan memutuskan untuk meninggalkan keluarganya di Gunung Kailash dan berhijrah ke banjaran gunung di India Selatan. Walaupun digesa untuk berpindah balik tinggal bersama-sama keluarga oleh bapanya, Dewa Shiva, Dewa Murugan tidak mengubah fikirannya. Ini adalah sebab mengapa Dewa Murugan lebih disembah di India Selatan berbanding dengan amalan agama di India Utara.

Dewa Murugan memegang ‘vel’ atau tombak di tangannya. Tombak ini yang dikurniakan oleh ibunya Dewi Parvati memiliki kuasa sakti atau kuasa kerohanian ibunya. Adalah dikatakan bahawa Thaipusam adalah hari memperingati Dewi Parvati mengurniakan tombak kepada Dewa Murugan. Tangan yang di sebelah lagi adalah di dalam kedudukan abhayamudra ataupun tanda perlindungan dari ketakutan. Mudra atau isyarat tangan tersebut adalah simbol menghapuskan ketakutan, memberikan penenteraman, keselamatan, kebahagiaan dan perlindungan rohani. Dewa Murugan menunggang burung merak yang melambangkan ketakwaan dan menewaskan semua keinginan nafsu seksual. Burung merak mencengkam ular di kuku, melambangkan kemusnahan tabiat buruk dan segala pengaruh negatif. Oleh kerana Dewa Murugan mewakili kekuasaan dan kekuatan, penganut Hindu juga percaya bahawa beliau menghapuskan segala penderitaan mereka dan memberikan mereka kekuatan.

A depiction of Lord Murugan riding his peacock mount together with his consorts

Dewa Murugan sebagai seorang anak muda, memegang ‘Vel’ di tangannya, dan tangan yang sebelah lagi memberkati penganutnya.

Dewa Murugan memusnahkan Surapadma, pemimpin berkuasa tentera asura pada hari ketujuh selepas kelahirannya. Justeru itu, Dewa Murugan dikenali sebagai salah seorang yang paling ditakuti di antara dewa-dewa Hindu lelaki. Beliau dikenali kerana keberaniannya dan sebagai pelindung agama Hindu.

Dewa Murugan sebagai Shanmuka mempunyai enam kepala yang mewakili lima deria dan minda. Enam kepalanya membantu beliau untuk melihat ke semua arah supaya beliau boleh memerangi sebarang masalah yang timbul dari mana-mana hala. Dewa perang yang bermuka enam ini juga mengajar pengikutnya untuk mengharungi kehidupan, membawa diri keluar daripada situasi negatif, pengaruh negatif atau mereka yang mungkin mempengaruhi pengikutnya ke arah enam laluan yang salah, iaitu lobha (ketamakan), Kaama (hawa nafsu), Krodh (kemarahan), moha (kebingungan), mada (keangkuhan) dan matsarya (hasad dengki).

Dewa Murugan mempunyai dua orang isteri bernama Valli dan Devasena. Valli adalah seorang gadis puak dan Devasena pula adalah anak perempuan Indra, raja kepada para dewa. Mereka adalah jelmaan semula dua anak perempuan Vishnu, Amritavalli dan Saundaravalli yang lahir dari matanya. Valli dan Devasena melahirkan rasa cinta abadi terhadap Dewa Murugan dan berzuhud dengan bersungguh sungguh supaya dapat memperoleh Dewa Murugan sebagai suami.

Dengan mengikut perintahnya, Amritavalli menjelma semula sebagai Devasena, seorang anak gadis yang lahir di bawah jagaan Indra di alam syurga. Saundaravalli dijelmakan semula sebagai Valli, seorang gadis di bawah perlindungan Nambiraja, seorang pemburu yang tinggal berhampiran Kanchipuram. ‘Valli’ adalah perkataan Tamil untuk sejenis tumbuhan yang menjalar. Valli ditemui di antara tumbuh-tumbuhan yang menjalar sewaktu ianya masih bayi, oleh kerana itu pemburu yang menemuinya menamakannya Valli.

Para dewa amat gembira setelah peperangan dengan Surapadma berakhir. Pada waktu itulah Dewa Murugan bersetuju untuk mengabulkan doa Indra dan menerima Devasena sebagai isterinya. Perkahwinan ini disambut dengan meriah di Tirupparankundram berdekatan Madurai disaksikan oleh Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati. Ia diikuti pula dengan majlis pertabalan semula Indra di syurga yang dinamakan Amaravati. Dewa yang lain juga ditabalkan semula di alam syurga masing-masing.

Dewa Murugan menjadikan Skandagiri sebagai tempat tinggalnya dan mengembara ke Tiruttani berhampiran dengan Chennai di mana Valli menjaga ladang barli. Selepas beberapa cubaan helah oleh Dewa Murugan, Valli akhirnya bersetuju untuk berkahwin dengannya sebaik sahaja dia sedar bahawa Dewa Murugan adalah kekasihnya yang dalam penyamaran.

 

Kavadi

Kavadi Attam, bermaksud ‘tarian bebanan’ adalah upacara persembahan korban yang diamalkan oleh penganut Hindu semasa penyembahan Dewa Murugan. Ia adalah amalan penting semasa perayaan Thaipusam dan amalan membayar nazar kepada Dewa Murugan kerana kebaikannya melalui perbuatan penyiksaan diri.

Kavadi adalah merujuk kepada beban fizikal yang dibawa oleh penganut Hindu untuk meminta bantuan ataupun berterima kasih kepada Dewa Murugan. Bantuan ini biasanya diminta bagi pihak orang tersayang yang memerlukan penyembuhan, ataupun sebagai satu cara untuk mengimbangi hutang rohani atas rahmat atau nikmat-nikmat yang telah diberikan di masa yang lalu.

Para penganut yang mengambil bahagian dalam upacara kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dan menari sepanjang perarakan dengan membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi.

Examples of different kavadi

Contoh-contoh Jenis Kavadi

 

Asal-usul Kavadi

Rishi Agastya, salah seorang daripada tujuh pendeta Veda yang terkenal dalam lagenda Hindu, beliau ingin membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri ke tempat tinggal beliau di selatan. Beliau menugaskan seorang pengikutnya yang merupakan mahluk separuh dewa bernama Idumban untuk membawa bukit-bukit tersebut kepadanya. Idumban adalah salah seorang daripada mereka yang terselamat daripada perang dewa-asura di antara tentera Dewa Murugan dan tentera Surapadma. Selamat dari peperangan, dia bertaubat dan menjadi penganut Dewa Murugan.

Idumban carrying the two hills, Shivagiri and Shaktigiri

Idumban membawa dua bukit, Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri

Pada ketika itu, Dewa Murugan baru sahaja diperdayakan oleh abangnya Dewa Ganesha dalam satu pertandingan. Mereka ditugaskan untuk bertawaf mengelilingi alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali. Apabila Dewa Murugan menunggang meraknya dan terbang disekeliling alam semesta sebanyak tiga kali, Dewa Ganesha dengan penuh hormat bertawaf mengelilingi kedua orang tua mereka dan telah dianugerahkan buah kebijaksanaan. Dewa Ganesha telah menunjukkan rasa patuh dan penuh hormat kepada ibubapanya kerana beliau melihat seluruh alam terletak dalam diri ibubapa mereka. Apabila Dewa Murugan kembali dengan burung meraknya dia mendapati bahawa hadiah tersebut telah dianugerahkan kepada Dewa Ganesha.

Dalam keadaan marah, Dewa Murugan berikrar untuk meninggalkan rumah dan keluarganya. Beliau tiba di kawasan yang dipanggil Tiru Avinankudi di Adivaram, yang bermaksud ‘kaki bukit Shivagiri‘. Dewa Shiva memujuk Dewa Murugan dengan mengatakan bahawa Dewa Murugan sendiri adalah buah ‘Pazham / pala’ yang merangkumi segala kebijaksanaan dan pengetahuan. Justeru itu, tempat itu dinamakan Pazham-nee ataupun Palani, yang bermaksud ‘anda adalah buah tersebut’. Sejurus selepas itu, Dewa Murugan membawa dirinya ke bukit dan menetap di dalam keadaan yang aman dan kesendirian.

Idumban membawa bukit Shivagiri dan Shaktigiri diatas bahunya di dalam bentuk kavadi, satu di bahu kiri dan satu lagi di bahu kanan. Apabila dia sampai di Palani, dalam keadaan keletihan, Idumban meletakkan kavadinya dibawah supaya dia dapat berehat.

Lord Shiva and the Goddess Parvati giving the prized fruit to Lord Ganesha. Click to enlarge.

Dewa Shiva dan Dewi Parvati memberikan buah yang amat berharga kepada Dewa Ganesha. Klik untuk membesarkan imej.

Apabila Idumban mahu meneruskan perjalanannya, dia tidak dapat mengangkat ke dua-dua bukit tersebut. Dewa Murugan telah menjadikan mustahil bagi Idumban untuk mengangkat bukit-bukit itu. Idumban melihat seorang budak laki-laki bercawat tradisional di salah satu puncak bukit. Dia mengarahkan budak lelaki itu meninggalkan puncak bukit itu supaya beliau dapat meneruskan tugasnya. Kanak-kanak itu enggan menuruti permintaan Iduman yang berkali-kali. Hilang pertimbangan dan kesabarannya, Idumban menyerang kanak-kanak itu dengan kekuatan separuh dewanya dan kehebatan seorang pejuang. Walau bagaimanapun, dia agak terkejut kerana dia tidak dapat mengusir budak laki-laki itu. Sebaliknya, Iduman mencederakan dirinya sendiri dalam proses pengusiran tersebut.

Menyedari siapa sebenarnya budak laki-laki itu, Idumban kembali tenang dan melipat tangan untuk memberi hormat. Dewa Murugan menukar rupanya kembali biasa dan berkata bahawa beliau amat gembira dengan kesetiaan Idumban terhadap guru dan keazamannya. Pada hari itu dan seterusnya, Dewa Murugan melantik Idumban sebagai pengawalnya.

Dewa Murugan juga mengisytiharkan bahawa mereka yang membawa kavadi, yang mana melambangkan kedua-dua bukit yang ditanggung oleh Idumban, dan berdoa kepadanya akan menggembiraknnya. Idumban berdoa seperti yang berikut, yang diterima oleh Dewa Murugan:

  1. Sesiapa yang membawa kavadi di atas bahu mereka dan berdoa di kuil-kuil selepas mengambil nazar, akan mendapat restu daripada Dewa Murugan.
  2. Bahawa dia telah diberikan hak istimewa untuk mengawal pintu masuk bukit.

Maka bermulalah amalan tradisional membawa kavadi selepas bernazar atau membuat ikrar untuk memohon rahmat, ataupun berterima kasih atas nikmat yang telah diterima. Sehingga ke hari ini Idumban kekal sebagai penjaga semua kuil khusus untuk Dewa Murugan, ianya boleh dilihat berhampiran pintu masuk depan di kawasan kuil yang paling suci.

Kavadis lined up inside Batu Caves Temple

Kavadi berbaris di dalam Kuil Batu Caves

 

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam

Persediaan untuk Kavadi Attam bermula 48 hari sebelum perayaan dua-hari Thaipusam. Penganut menyucikan diri mereka dari segala kekotoran, dari segi mental dan fizikal. Mereka hanya makan satu hidangan vegetarian dan berpuasa sepenuhnya 24 jam sebelum perayaan Thaipusam.

Penganut menyediakan diri mereka dengan mematuhi garis panduan penyucian yang ketat termasuk:

  • Mengawal keinginan yang melampui batasan
  • Mengikuti diet vegetarian yang ketat
  • Bercukur kepala
  • Mengelakkan diri dari berhubungan seksual
  • Mandi air sejuk
  • Tidur di atas lantai
  • Berdoa secara berterusan
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada bahan mabuk (dadah dan alkohol)
  • Tidak bercakap kasar atau kesat
  • Mengelakkan diri dari apa-apa yang mencantikkan diri secara fizikal
  • Mengelakkan diri daripada segala bentuk hiburan
  • Bangun sebelum terbit matahari untuk membaca doa atau pujian dan bermeditasi

Pada hari Thaipusam, seorang guru akan menjalankan puja (doa) dan juga acara penerimaan penganut dalam kumpulan. Penganut berpakaian merah, warna seakan kunyit atau kuning, dan pembawa kavadi selalunya bertafakur sepanjang hari. Puja kemudiannya dijalankan oleh pembawa kavadi, disertakan dengan laungan penuh semangat puji-pujian kepada Dewa Murugan. Setelah berakhirnya upacara Puja, penganut mempersiapkan diri untuk membawa kavadi dan memohon berkat daripada guru. Guru kemudiannya akan meletakkan kavadi di atas bahu mereka untuk memulakan tarian.

A woman dances in trance as she heads towards Batu Caves

Seorang wanita menari dalam keadaan separuh sedar sambil menuju ke arah Batu Caves

Penganut menjalankan upacara Kavadi Attam dengan menari mengikut irama dan rentak Thavil vadhyam dan nadaswaram (genre muzik India). Penganut menari dalam separuh sedar sambil menikmati semangat keagamaan yang memuncak atau dalam keadaan berkhayal. Tarian ini boleh memberikan inspirasi, terlihat seri kedewaan pada wajah-wajah para penari. Penganut-penganut ini sering mengalami perasaan bersatu dengan Dewa Murugan. Dewa Murugan juga pada masa-masa tertentu dikatakan akan masuk ke dalam tubuh penganut, yang dalam keadaan separuh sedar untuk beberapa ketika.

 

Lagu Tarian Kavadi

Sejarah mengenai kavadi Attam adalah sangat utuh dan telah mempengaruhi dalam bentuk tarian tradisional, seperti Bharatanatyam. Bentuk tarian ini diiringi dengan muzik yang telah diolah cantik dan anggun. Di bawah ini adalah satu lagu yang ditari kan dalam Bharatanatyam, dipanggil kavadi chindu. Anda boleh klik butang “Play” untuk mendengar secara online, ataupun tekan “Download” untuk muat-turun dan simpan fail ke mp3 player, iPod atau komputer dan anda boleh mendengar pada bila-bila masa.

      Kavadi Chindu (Bharatanatyam song)

 

Jenis-jenis Kavadi

Kavadi di datangkan dalam pelbagai bentuk, saiz dan bahan. Kemungkinan terdapat perbezaan dari segi rupa dan bagaimana ia digunakan, namun tujuan setiap satu daripadanya adalah sama, bagi menunjukkan ketaatan kepada Dewa Murugan dan dewa-dewa lain.

 

1. Thol Kavadi

A devotee walking towards Batu Caves during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur

Seorang penganut berjalan ke arah Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Thol kavadi biasanya terdiri daripada dua keping bahan separuh bulat yang dibina daripada kayu ataupun besi yang bengkok dan disambungkan kepada struktur silang yang dapat mengimbang di bahu penganut. Thol Kavadi selalunya dihiasi dengan bunga, bulu merak, simbolik kepada tunggangan Dewa Murugan.

 

2. Paal Kavadi

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Periuk tembaga ataupun periuk logam dijunjung di atas kepala, diisi dengan susu, vibhuthi (abu suci) ataupun bahan suci lain sebagai persembahan kepada dewa-dewa.

 

3. Mayil Kavadi atau Shadal Kavadi

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Kavadi jenis ini adalah amalan yang paling hebat di antara ke semuanya. Kavadi ini adalah sejenis mezbah mudah alih berukuran lebih dua meter (lebih kurang 6.5 kaki) ataupun lebih tinggi. Ia dihiasi dengan bulu merak ataupun kadangkala daripada polistirena yang telah diwarnakan dan diukir. Ianya disambungkan kepada seorang penganut melalui 108 vels (tombak) ditusuk ke dalam kulit di dada dan di belakang badan penganut. Ada di antara kavadi ini boleh mencapai berat sehingga ke 40kg.

 

4. Alavu Kavadi

A woman with a Alavu Kavadi in trance

Seorang wanita dengan Alavu Kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar (berkhayal)

Ini adalah satu bentuk penyiksaan diri di mana lidah atau pipi penganut ditusuk dengan vel. Vel yang menusuk melalui lidah atau pipi penganut mengingatkan mereka kepada Dewa Murugan. Ia juga bertindak sebagai langkah pencegahan untuk menghentikan mereka dari bercakap, memberikan penganut satu kuasa ketahanan yang luar biasa.

 

5. Vette Mulle

Devotee that has vette mulle pulling a chariot behind him

Pembawa Vette Mulle dengan menarik pedati belakangnya

Vette Mulle adalah sejenis kavadi di mana cangkuk ditusuk di belakang penganut ataupun penyembah. Cangkuk ini di sambungkan pada tali yang samaada ditarik oleh penganut pejalan kaki yang lain ataupun digunakan untuk menarik pedati.

 

6. Koodam Mulle

A type of koodam mulle using fruits

Jenis Koodam mulle menggunakan buah-buahan

Another type of koodam mulle using small pots of milk

Jenis koodam mulle menggunakan belanga-belanga susu yang kecil

Kavadi ini melibatkan kulit penganut ditusuk dengan mata kail kecil. Pelbagai item kemudiannya diikat kepada mata kail seperti belanga susu kecil, vibhuthi (abu suci), serbuk kayu cendana ataupun serbuk vermilion. Buah-buahan juga diikat kepada mata kail didalam keadaan tertentu.

 

Pembawa Kavadi Dalam Keadaan Separuh Sedar

Devotees entering a trance on their way to Batu Caves

Pembawa kavadi dalam keadaan separuh sedar ke Batu Caves

Semasa Thaipusam, adalah kebiasaan melihat ramai penganut didalam keadaan berkhayal ataupun tidak sedarkan diri (bersawai). Sebahagian daripada pembawa kavadi ini dijaga oleh adik-beradik mereka, isteri, suami atau saudara-mara yang lain. Kebanyakan daripada lelaki dan juga wanita tersebut pergi ke kedai rambut terlebih dahulu untuk mencukur kepala sebagai tanda memenuhi permintaan mereka atau sebagai persembahan.

Kesakitan dari tusukan Vel atau cangkuk adalah boleh menyeksakan. Rata-rata dalam kebanyakan kes ia adalah disebabkan oleh kuasa dewata didalam tubuh mereka dan mereka dalam keadaan berkhayal dan tidak merasa kesakitan. Malahan ramai penganut sering menceritakan bahawa mereka hanya merasa sakit dari tusukan Vel yang di peringkat awal. Selepas memasuki pelbagai bentuk dan tahap berkhayal mereka tidak sedar tentang apa-apa di sekeliling mereka, apatah lagi kesakitan. Apabila mereka pulih dari berkhayal, mereka telah sampai ke destinasi mereka dan banyak yang mengatakan mereka tidak langsung mempunyai sebarang ingatan tentang perjalanan itu sendiri.

Apabila tindikan dikeluarkan, tidak terdapat sedikit ataupun tidak ada langsung pendarahan dan luka dapat sembuh dengan mudah sekali, kerana berkat dewa yang meresapi seluruh tubuh badan mereka.

 

Agama Hindu di Malaysia

Agama Hindu adalah agama yang keempat terbesar di Malaysia. Terdapat kira-kira 1.78 juta rakyat Malaysia (kira-kira 6.3% daripada jumlah penduduk Malaysia) yang beragama Hindu, mengikut Laporan Taburan Penduduk dan Ciri Demografik 2010 oleh Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia.

Majoriti rakyat Malaysia yang beragama Hindu tinggal di bahagian barat Semenanjung Malaysia. Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan penduduk beragama Hindu yang paling tinggi adalah di Negeri Sembilan (13.4%), diikuti oleh Selangor (11.6%), Perak (10.9%) dan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (8.5%). Negeri yang mempunyai peratusan yang paling kurang beragama Hindu ialah Sabah pada 0.1%.

 

Thaipusam di Malaysia

Thousands attend the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves every year

Ribuan pengunjung menghadiri perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves setiap tahun

Perayaan Thaipusam disambut setiap tahun di Malaysia dan ia adalah hari cuti umum bagi Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Putrajaya, dan di negeri Johor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang dan Selangor. Lebih daripada satu juta penganut agama Hindu berkumpul pada setiap tahun di beberapa kuil Hindu di seluruh negara untuk meraikan perayaan yang mulia ini.

Ia disambut diantara bulan Januari – Februari, bergantung kepada tarikh bulan penuh pada bulan Tamil Thai, mengikut kalendar Hindu. Setakat ini, sambutan terbesar di Malaysia bertempat di Batu Caves tidak jauh dari ibukota Kuala Lumpur dan dikenali di seluruh dunia. Kuil-kuil lain di mana Thaipusam disambut dengan hebat termasuk Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (juga dikenali sebagai Kuil Waterfall Hill) di Pulau Pinang, dan Kuil Arulmigu Subramaniyar Kallumalai di Ipoh, Perak.

 

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Thaipusam di Kuala Lumpur

Penganut memulakan persiapan pada awal pagi, sekitar jam 4. Perarakan bermula dari Kuil Mahamariamman di Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur dan termasuk penggunaan pedati yang diperbuat daripada perak. Patung-patung Dewa Murugan dan dua isteri beliau ditempatkan di atas pedati dan diiringi ke Batu Caves, di mana ia akan tiba disekitar waktu tengah hari.

Pedati pertama kali digunakan pada tahun 1893, yang diperbuat daripada 350 kilogram perak dan sejumlah RM350,000 dibelanjakan untuk kos pembinaannya. Ketinggian lebih kurang dari 6.5 meter (lebih kurang 21 kaki) dan mempunyai 240 loceng di atasnya. Pedati yang dibina di India ini terdiri daripada 12 bahagian. Ia dihantar dan dipasang apabila tiba di Malaysia pada tahun 1893.

Devotees carrying the image of Lord Murugan out of Sri Mahamariamma Temple onto the silver chariot, an act that officially marks the beginning of the Thaipusam festival

Penganut membawa imej Dewa Murugan dari Kuil Sri Mahamariamma di atas pedati perak, tindakan yang secara rasminya menandakan bermulanya perayaan Thaipusam

The silver chariot procession along the streets of Kuala Lumpur early in the morning

Perarakan pedati perak di sepanjang jalan di Kuala Lumpur pada awal pagi

Acara utama berlaku di Komplek Kuil Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy. Apabila patung itu tiba, penganut memulakan persiapan untuk menjalankan acara ritual kesyukuran dan penebusan dosa. Pertama sekali pembawa kavadi akan upacara ritual menyucikan diri. Sewaktu mereka melalukan upacara ritual ini, ramai diantara mereka berada di dalam keadaan separuh sedar kerana bacaan doa dan usaha mereka sendiri dalam keadaan dalam tempoh 48 hari sebelumnya. Mereka kemudiannya ditusuk dengan cangkuklogm ataupun pancang. Ini boleh menjadi satu prosedur yang tidak menyakitkan bagi penganut jika mereka berada dalam berkhayal ataupun separuh sedar.

A devotee prays while he bathes himself before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves

Seorang penganut sedang berdoa sambil menyucikan dirinya di hadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves

Hindu devotee seen in trance before his pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Penganut Hindu dilihat didalam keadaan separuh sedar dihadapan jemaahnya ke Batu Caves semasa Thaipusam

Keluarga dan rakan-rakan akan membimbing penganut mendaki 272 anak tangga yang curam ke pintu masuk gua. Para penganut membawa pelbagai jenis kavadi semasa mereka berjalan menaiki tangga. Berat kavadi antaranya boleh mencapai sehingga 100 kilogram (lebih kurang 220 paun). Sewaktu mereka mendaki, dan dalam beberapa kes menari sambil menyusuri anak tangga, doa terus dibacakan. Oleh kerana saiz dan reka bentuk yang berwarna warni kavadi, mereka juga boleh dilihat dengan jelas dari bawah kompleks kuil.

Family and friends guiding a kavadi devotee up the steep flight of stairs to the entrance of Batu Caves

Ahli keluarga dan rakan-rakan membimbing seorang pembawa kavadi mendaki anak tangga curam yang menuju ke pintu masuk Batu Caves

Apabila pembawa kavadi tiba di tempat suci di dalam gua, upacara sembahyang turut selesai dan kavadi akan dialihkan. Acara itu akan berterusan sepanjang malam, dengan beratus-ratus penganut beratur untuk membawa kavadi mereka sehingga ke tempat suci di dalam gua.

Selepas sambutan dua hari di Batu Caves, perarakan ini kembali ke Kuil Sri Mahamariamman, mengiringi patung Dewa Murugan dan isteri-isteranya duduk di atas pedati perak. Beribu-ribu orang menyertai perarakan itu, dan penghibur bersemangat dengan paluan gendang.

Jika anda merancang untuk berkunjung ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam, adalah disyorkan untuk membuat kunjungan waktu kunjungan samaada pada waktu pagi ataupun pada waktu petang kerana keadaan cuaca agak panas terik di waktu siang.

Thousands of devotees climb the stairs to the temple inside Batu Caves every year during Thaipusam (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

Beribu-ribu penganut Hindu mendaki anak tangga ke arah kuil di dalam Batu Caves setiap tahun semasa sambutan Thaipusam (Gambar oleh Olivia Harris / Reuters)

Batu Caves pada asalnya digunakan oleh orang Temuan. Peneroka Cina mula menggali baja guano (najiskelawar) untuk menanam sayur-sayuran, walau bagaimanapun kawasan ini telah dipopularkan oleh pihak berkuasa penjajah British selepas ia dicartakan oleh mereka.

Pintu masuk gua diilhamkan daripada bentuk Vel (tombak), K. Thamboosamy Pillay, peniaga terkemuka rakyat Malaysia berketurunan Tamil, menaik taraf gua sebagai rumah ibadat. Batu Caves kemudiannya di tetapkan sebagai kuil tempat untuk menyembah Dewa Murugan, dan Pillay kemudiannya mendiririkan patung didalam gua Batu Caves. Pada tahun 1920, sejumpah 272 anak tangga kayu telah dibina sehingga ke pintu masuk gua, namun sekarang ianya telah digantikan dengan tangga-tangga konkrit.

Kompleks Kuil juga menempatkan patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia. Patung Dewa Murugan ini berukuran 42.7 meter (140 kaki) tinggi dan dirasmikan pada tahun 2006, selepas mengambil 3 tahun waktu pembinaan. Ia adalah satu monumen yang menjadi sinonim dengan Kuala Lumpur dan Malaysia. Apabila orang di seluruh dunia memikirkan Kuala Lumpur, mereka akan berfikir tentang patung Dewa Murugan sebagai salah satu ikon yang paling diingati di kotaraya ini. Selain daripada tapak beribadat yang sangat aktif, Batu Caves juga merupakan salah satu tarikan pelancong yang paling popular di Kuala Lumpur.

 

Perarakan Pedati Perak Thaipusam di Kuil Srimahamariammam, Kuala Lumpur

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Panduan ke Batu Caves

Map of Batu Caves. Click to enlarge.

Peta daripada Batu Caves. Klik untuk besarkan.

Batu Caves terletak kira-kira 13 kilometer ke utara pusat bandaraya Kuala Lumpur. Adalah dinasihatkan untuk menggunakan pengangkutan awam untuk ke sana, tempat letak kenderaan boleh menjadi sukar di musim perayaan. Sewaktu perayaan Thaipusam perkhidmatan bas khas disediakan dari Stesen KL Sentral ke Batu Caves untuk keselesaan penganut dan pengunjung. Perkhidmatan Teksi juga boleh didapati dari mana-mana sahaja di bandar.

Cara yang paling mudah untuk perjalanan adalah dengan menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter (Batu Caves – laluan Seremban), ke Stesen Komuter Batu Caves. Dari bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, anda boleh menggunakan laluan KTM Komuter dari KL Sentral, yang merupakan stesen kereta api utama di bandar ini yang mana kosnya kurang daripada RM5 untuk satu hala. Teksi juga sedia-ada dari Stesen KL Sentral dan anda juga boleh menaiki bas nombor. U6 dari stesen bas Titiwangsa.

 

Kuil Sri Subramaniar Swamy

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang Kuil Batu Caves atau aktivitinya, anda boleh lah hubungi mereka.

Alamat:
68000 Batu Caves, Selangor,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 6189 6284
Faks: +603 6187 2404
E-mel: batu_caves@yahoo.com

 

Tempat Penginapan yang berdekatan dengan Stesen KL Sentral

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan yang berhampiran dengan Stesen KL Sentral jika sewaktu lawatan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel-hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Jalan Stesen Sentral,
Kuala Lumpur Sentral,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2263 7888
Tapak web: http://www.lemeridienkualalumpur.com

 

Royce Hotel KL Sentral (3.5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
20 & 22 Jalan Tun Sambanthan 3,
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2276 2420
Tapak web: http://roycehotel-kl.com

 

Hotel Sentral Kuala Lumpur (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
30 Jalan Thambypillai, Brickfields
50470 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +603 2272 6000
Tapak web: http://www.hotelsentral.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang

Silver chariot escorting Lord Murugan in Penang

Pedati Perak mengiringi Dewa Murugan di Pulau Pinang

Perayaan Thaipusam di Pulau Pinang berlangsung selama 3 hari. Ianya bermula pada malam sebelum menjelangnya hari Thaipusam dan sehari selepas perayaan hari Thaipusam dilangsungkan.

Upacara penyembahan Tuhan Murugan dimulai pada malam menjelang Thaipusam di sekitar jam 6 pagi. Penganut berarak bersama Lord Murugan yang di tempatkan di atas pedati perak di dalam perarakan yang panjang, yang di ketuai oleh kavadi-kavadi yang dihiasi dengan bulu merak. Perarakan bermula dari Little India pada jam 6 pagi dan berakhir di Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar di waktu tengah malam. Sepanjang perjalanan perarakan, kelapa dipecahkan ke tanah sebagai tanda simbolik memenuhi sumpah suci. Lokasi yang paling strategik untuk melihat ritual memecahkan kelapa ini adalah di Jalan Dato Keramat, berhadapan Penang Times Square. Perarakan biasanya akan melewati lokasi ini dari waktu tengah hari dan seterusnya.

Coconut smashing ritual in Georgetown

Ritual memecahkan kelapa di Georgetown

Pada hari Thaipusam, pembawa Kavadi di Pulau Pinang tubuhnya juga ditusuk sama seperti mereka yang di Kuala Lumpur. Upacara ini berlangsung di Kuil Sri Muthu Mariamman di Lorong Kulit (bersebelah Pejabat Rapid Pulau Pinang) bemula dari jam 3 pagi dan seterusnya. Pembawa Kavadi akan memulakan perjalanan mereka dengan mendaki sejumlah 513 anak tangga untuk naik menuju ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani (Kuil Waterfall Hilltop). Waktu terbaik untuk melihat pembawa kavadi adalah dari jam 3 tengah hari dan seterusnya. Penganut yang membawa kavadi yang lebih besar biasanya melakukan perjalanan pada lewat hari, bermula pada sekitar jam 9.30 malam. Makanan vegetarian dan minuman boleh didapati dari 130 thaneer panthal, ataupun daripada gerai-gerai sementara. Gerai-gerai ini biasanya meriah dihiasi dan berada di sepanjang laluan perarakan.

Devotees making their way up to the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Penganut dalam perjalanan untuk naik ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Perayaan ini berakhir sehari selepas hari Thaipusam, yang mana patung Dewa Murugan akan dibawa di atas pedati perak dari Kuil Nattukottai Chettiar, pada sekitar jam 6 petang. Perarakan berakhir di Kuil Kovil Veedu di Lebuh Penang melalui laluan yang berbeza daripada perarakan asal. Perarakan ini sekali lagi disertai dengan satu lagi ritual memecahkan kelapa, dan persembahan buah-buahan, bunga dan kemenyan diatas thambulam atau di atas pinggan perak yang besar.

Thambulam, or offerings arranged on a big silver plate.

Thambulam, atau persembahan disusun di atas pinggan perak besar

 

Panduan ke Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

Map of Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani. Klik untuk besarkan

Andalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Waterfall Hilltop kerana tempat meletak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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Alamat:
Jalan Air Terjun,
10350 George Town,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 6505 215

 

Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang

Anda boleh berhubung dengan Majlis Tindakan Pelancongan Negeri Pulau Pinang untuk maklumat lanjut, dan lain-lain soalan yang anda ada tentang melawati Pulau Pinang.

Alamat:
56th Floor, Komtar
10100 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 262 0202
Faks: +604 263 1020
E-mel: enquiry@tourismpenang.gov.my

Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple

Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

 

Tempat Penginapan berdekatan dengan Kuil Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani

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G Hotel Kelawai Penang (5 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
2 Persiaran Maktab,
10250 Penang,
Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 219 0000
Tapak web: http://ghotelkelawai.com.my

 

Georgetown City Hotel (4 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
1-Stop Midlands Park,
Burmah Road
10350 Georgetown,
Penang, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 227 7111
Tapak web: http://www.georgetowncityhotel.com

 

Hotel Waterfall (3 Star Hotel)

Alamat:
160 Jalan Utama,
10450 Penang,
Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Thaipusam di Ipoh

Thaipusam Festival

Skala sambutan Thaipusam di Ipoh adalah jauh lebih kecil berbanding dengan di Kuala Lumpur ataupun di Pulau Pinang, namun sambutannya agak memberangsangkan. Perayaan ini adalah satu amalan hebat selama 24 jam bagi pembawa kavadi dan keluarga mereka. Perarakan bermula di Kuil Mariamman Kovil, dan berakhir di Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar.

Sepanjang laluan perarakan, penganut membina struktur sementara tempat-tempat suci dan gerai-gerai yang menyediakan hidangan ringan untuk mereka yang melewati laluan perarakan. Penganut juga menari dan bersorak untuk mengekalkan semangat perayaan.

Thaipusam032

 

Panduan untuk ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Map of Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar Temple. Click to enlarge.

Peta Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Klik untuk besarkan.

Adalah dinasihatkan untuk mengambil teksi ke Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar. Tempat letak kenderaan mungkin sedikit sukar pada musim perayaan.

 

Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Alamat:
Ipoh Hindu Devasathana Paripalana Sabah
No. 140, Jalan Raja Musa Aziz,
30300 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +604 229 5588
Tapak web: http://www.hotelwaterfall.com.my

 

Tempat Penginapan berhampiran Kuil Kallumalai Arulmigu Subramaniyar

Berikut adalah senarai tempat-tempat penginapan berhampiran dengan kuil sewaktu kunjungan anda. Sila ambil perhatian bahawa terdapat banyak hotel lain di sekitar kawasan tersebut yang boleh anda dapat secara online.

 

Cititel Express Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Jalan S. P. Seenivasagam
30000 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 208 2888
Tapak web: http://www.cititelexpress.com/ipoh/

 

Seemsoon Hotel

Alamat:
No. 2 Regat Dato Mahmud,
Jalan Pasir Puteh
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia.
Nombor telefon: +605 255 6888
Tapak web: http://www.seemsoonhotel.com

 

M Boutique Hotel Ipoh

Alamat:
2 Hala Datuk 5,
Off Jalan Leong Boon Swee
31650 Ipoh,
Perak, Malaysia
Nombor telefon: +605 255 5566
Tapak web: http://www.mboutiquehotels.com

 

Gambar-gambar Perayaan Thaipusam dari Seluruh Malaysia

The largest statue of Lord Murugan in the world at Batu Caves

Patung Dewa Murugan terbesar di dunia di Batu Caves

Chinese Hindus joining a kavadi procession

Penganut Hindu berbangsa Cina menyertai perarakan kavadi

Devotee praying at the start of the kavadi procession

Penganut berdoa pada permulaan perarakan kavadi

Devotee beginning his journey towards Batu Caves with the burden of the kavadi on his shoulders

Penganut memulakan perjalanan ke arah Batu Caves dengan membawa beban kavadi di atas bahunya

A devotee in a trance state during the Thaipusam festival in Batu Caves. Devotees enter trance, after which they are lanced without feeling pain

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan berkhayal (separuh sedar) semasa perayaan Thaipusam di Batu Caves. Penganut separuh sedar, selepas itu mereka ditusuk tanpa merasa sakit

A devotee is blessed with vibhuti (sacred ash) by a priest during the Thaipusam festival

Seorang penganut diberkati dengan vibhuti (abu suci) oleh seorang guru semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A woman showers in turmeric before beginning her pilgrimage to Batu Caves during Thaipusam

Seorang wanita menyucikan diri dengan kunyit sebelum memulakan perarakan ke Batu Caves semasa perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee bearing a elaborate and golden kavadi

Seorang pembawa kavadi keemasan yang telah dihiasi

A devotee pierced with hooks and chains connected to the kavadi resting on his shoulders

Seorang penganut ditussuk engan cangkuk dan rantai dan disambungkan ke kavadi dan diletakkan di atas bahu mereka

A devotee showing his faith, by having the hooks in his back pulled with ropes

Seorang penganut menunjukkan ketakwaannya dengan belakang badan ditusuk dan ditarik dengan tali

Kavadi bearers also show their devotion by using ornate and and even golden 'vel' or spears to pierce themselves as part of the Thaipusam festival

Pembawa Kavadi menunjukkan ketaatan dengan menggunakan hiasan dan juga ‘vel’ atau tombak keemasan dengan menindik diri mereka pada perayaan Thaipusam

Devotees of all ages take part in the Thaipusam festival

Penganut dari semua peringkat umur mengambil bahagian dalam perayaan Thaipusam

A devotee taking trance of a wrathful deity during Thaipusam

Seorang penganut dalam keadaan separuh sedar mengambil bentuk dewa kemurkaan semasa Thaipusam

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  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:41 PM
    Heart breaking after watching the video. Its really sad watching those animals including bludgeoning, neck-breaking while many are skinned alive. The way they were killed just for their fur is horrible inhumane practices. In fact those animals are confined to relatively small wire cages with little enrichment. Millions of fur-bearing animals are killed every year by trappers worldwide. For many of us, wearing fur is simply cruel, and to be avoided at all costs. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world and the largest exporter of finished fur products. Glad that campaign groups such as PETA have long highlighted the cruelty of such farms. Fur farming is now banned in a number of countries such as Austria, Croatia, the United Kingdom and so forth. Not only causing the suffering and deaths of millions of animals each year, the production of wool, fur, and leather contributes to climate change, land devastation, pollution, and even water contamination. Hopefully the fur industry can work together with farms with better regulations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing to bring awareness of the cruelty of animal at fur farm.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/animal-cruelty-in-china.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:39 PM
    Beautiful Jog Fall located at southern state of Karnataka is India’s highest waterfall. It is a segmented waterfall which depends on rain and season becomes a plunge waterfall. Its one of the power where our Lama H E the 25th Tsem Rinpoche had visited years ago. From the beautiful pictures of Jog Fall can tells us more. Looks peaceful to do prayers, recitation , meditation, retreat as encouraged by our Lama when visiting holy place. When there is stupa we can also do circumambulations, offerings and more. Doing prayers at all these power holy places would be wonderful. There are many places as mentioned by Rinpoche do have powerful positive energy. It’s those place where great masters have visited , varies prayers done, meditation ,and retreats. All these holy places such as Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath-Varanasi and Kushinagara, Tsongkapa’s birthplace and many more all over the world is infused with the powerful energy of beings. A good article to read and great knowledge of some of the power place and go on pilgrimage.
    We are fortunate to have Rinpoche here in Malaysia where Kechara Forest Retreat was conceptualized ….a holy place infused with powerful energy. It has indeed benefited many and many more to come.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/power-place-jog-falls.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Jul 9. 2020 04:26 PM
    A very unusual friendship which I have not heard of. ‘ Incredible true story of Pocho. a injured crocodile was found on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer.
    Even an animal as large and carnivorous can be gentle and loving. All animals deserve the chance to live.Thank you very much for the good article.

    https://bit.ly/3iIJDW8
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 10:56 PM
    Most people think animal cruelty is mainly people being unkind to animals. Based on the article million innocent animals were tortured and killed for their fur or skin off their backs. The fur industry is such a cruel heartless business that is bad for the environment and unnecessary.

    It’s horrendous, I can’t believe that fur from China has so much demand. Shock to see the industries cheapest and cruelest methods used in killing the animals. All the animals are victims of cruelty spent their whole lives restricted to filthy, cramped wire cages. This has to come to an end.

    The industry will continue to grow wild if there is no restriction. The success of any business depends upon how they are creating the demand for a product in the target market and then, how they are managing the supplies to fulfill that demand.
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:54 PM
    Attitudes toward minorities have been marked by discrimination historically almost everywhere. In the United States’s history many forms of discrimination had been happening in U.S. Population growth and cultural has change throughout much of the U.S. Americans enjoyed legally sanctioned privileges and rights which were denied to other races and minorities. All these should happened just because of their religion, spirituality, race, economic background. Anyway it did happened in USA, as Rinpoche did experienced before where discrimination and there are people who are segregated because of their religious faith.
    In happened in the Dorje Shugden’s controversy as well all because of their faith which has affected hundred thousands of Tibetan communities . Even to this day the discrimination still continue with the Tibetan Leadership interference politics with religion.
    History has a tendency to repeat itself and those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Hopefully it will not be repeated for peace and harmony .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/current-affairs/this-happened-in-the-usa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 02:52 PM
    Beautiful rare and precious ancient thangkas . We are fortunate to have such an opportunity to see all the rare thangkas of Dorje Shugden , Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen, Five Foremost Deities – Mo Lha and so forth. They are all centuries old thangkas . Incredible all are private collections as well as from Rubin Museum of Art which been printed centuries ago. Merely by looking at it is a blessing and paints a thousand words.All these rare centuries thangkas has proven that the Tibetan Leadership is wrong in their judgements of the Dorje Shugden origin. It is visual proof that Dorje Shugden was practised by the other Tibetan Buddhist traditions as well and is not evil spirits.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/beautiful-ancient-thangkas-to-share-with-you.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:33 PM
    She was was revered as one of the last century’s best known woman teachers and most influential women in Tibetan spiritual history.Many extraordinary stories are told of her remarkable abilities, she was an extraordinary woman.
    It is inspiring to read how much she had to endure from childhood and later under her lama but she never broke down, felt sorry for herself or got angry.Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

    https://bit.ly/3e8Zbz1
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 8. 2020 12:40 AM
    Happy to Mr. Chen and his wife, for his devotions and great care towards Guru. His good and excellent qualities are an example I wish to follows.All the flowers and plants that you have planted look so good in the pictures.
    These are the results of your care and hard work that you have put in.Mr. Chen sets a good example for us all to learn. Thank you very much for the sharing
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 11:20 PM
    What has got into them..Such an inhuman behavior. I got no heart to see all those pictures, had to scroll down as I couldn’t bear seeing this cruelty on poor animals. I have seen people watching slime videos for satisfaction, this is the first time seeing this. This has to end very soon !
    Thank you Rinpoche

    https://bit.ly/31Ut2c8
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:35 PM
    nspiration worthy words compiled by Tsem Rinpoche. All the quotes are meaningful for us to ponder. Simple quotes yet very meaningful. Buddha ‘s words is a teaching , we should listen and put into action will lead us to mind transformation and happiness.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/and-buddha-spoke-you-should-listen.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:33 PM
    Buddhism has a long history in Indonesia, and is recognized as one of six official religions. Numerous stupa, statues , inscriptions from the earlier history of Indonesian has suggested c Buddhism came to Indonesia a few hundred years after Hinduism. Buddhism is the second oldest religion in Indonesia, after Hinduism recording to history. Temples been built since then which still exist and came under the world heritage site. Borobudur,is one of them which is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, in Central Java, Indonesia. The magnificent Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Amazing just in the Borobudur itself there were over 500 Buddha statues . I have been to there yet , wish I could. Heard from friends the beauty of it, a peaceful place good for meditation and do prayers . Buddhism in Indonesia has an interesting history behind it. The Srivijaya Kingdom and its kings were influential factors in the spreading of Buddhism then. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Valencia sharing this interesting article.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/the-buddhist-kingdoms-of-indonesia.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Jul 7. 2020 01:32 PM
    Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness when we put into action. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in our soul. Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. Learn to be thankful for what we already have. Once we begin to take note of the things we are grateful for, we begin to lose sight of the things that we lack. Once expressed, it changes our attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective. When we express gratitude it improves our self-esteem and enhances empathy.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands for this great teachings which I deeply appreciate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/gratitude-makes-us-happier.html
  • sarassitham
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 05:34 PM
    Great teachers are rare. It is a privilege and special opportunity when we have a great one. They are able to take a variety of styles and mold them into their own unique style to meet the needs of the students.

    The purpose of a teaching is to teach us to put into practice and learning from there to improve by keeping the end in mind. The spirit of the instructions is meant to benefit and nurture the student along the spiritual path. Thank you for the sharing
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 04:32 PM
    It is very touching when organizations are set up solely for the benefit of animals. I salute the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA) for creating a movement on a global scale to protect and care for animals whilst educating humans on human.

    This organization is around the globe and their mission is to build a global animal welfare movement.They are really doing a fantastic work.Thank you very much for sharing this article with us.


    https://bit.ly/2YZlJOm

  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Jul 6. 2020 01:51 PM
    Great sharing of a great master Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen , who has reincarnated lifetime after lifetime so as to benefit all beings . A beautiful praise of Tulku Drakpa Gyeltsen. We are fortunate to have H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche here in Malaysia , guiding, giving all the teachings and powerful practice such as Dorje Shugden’s practice sharing with us. Dorje Shugden reincarnated as a Dharma Protector in order to benefit all. He arose from a long line of incarnations.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this short biography .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/golden-undefeated-lama-of-blessings.html

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  • She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
    1 years ago
    She’s going to spend her whole life here without being able to move correctly. Like a machine. They are the slaves of the people and are viewed as a product. It’s immoral. Billions of terrestrial animals die annually. Billions. You can’t even imagine it. And all that because people don’t want to give up meat, even though there are so many alternatives. ~ Gabriel Azimov
  • Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Our Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir speaks so well, logically and regarding our country’s collaboration with China for growth. It is refreshing to listen to Dr. Mahathir’s thoughts. He said our country can look to China for many more things such as technology and so on. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
    1 years ago
    This is the first time His Holiness Dalai Lama mentions he had some very serious illness. Very worrying. This video is captured April 2019.
  • Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
    1 years ago
    Beautiful Monastery in Hong Kong
  • This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    This dog thanks his hero in such a touching way. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
    1 years ago
    Join Tsem Rinpoche in prayer for H.H. Dalai Lama’s long life~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYy7JcveikU&feature=youtu.be
  • These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    These people going on pilgrimage to a holy mountain and prostrating out of devotion and for pilgrimage in Tibet. Such determination for spiritual practice. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Beautiful new casing in Kechara for Vajra Yogini. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
    1 years ago
    Get ready to laugh real hard. This is Kechara’s version of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane!” We have some real talents in this video clip.
  • Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
    1 years ago
    Recitation of Dorje Dermo‘s mantra or the Dharani of Glorious Vajra Claws. This powerful mantra is meant to destroy all obstacles that come in our way. Beneficial to play this mantra in our environments.
  • Beautiful
    1 years ago
    Beautiful
    Beautiful sacred Severed Head Vajra Yogini from Tsem Rinpoche's personal shrine.
  • My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    My little monster cute babies Dharma and Oser. Take a look and get a cute attack for the day! Tsem Rinpoche
  • Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Plse watch this short video and see how all sentient beings are capable of tenderness and love. We should never hurt animals nor should we eat them. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
    1 years ago
    Cruelty of some people have no limits and it’s heartbreaking. Being kind cost nothing. Tsem Rinpoche
  • SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    1 years ago
    SUPER ADORABLE and must see
    Tsem Rinpoche's dog Oser girl enjoying her snack in her play pen.
  • Cute!
    2 yearss ago
    Cute!
    Oser girl loves the balcony so much. - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTcoWpKJm2c
  • Uncle Wong
    2 yearss ago
    Uncle Wong
    We were told by Uncle Wong he is very faithful toward Dorje Shugden. Dorje Shugden has extended help to him on several occasions and now Uncle Wong comes daily to make incense offerings to Dorje Shugden. He is grateful towards the help he was given.
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    2 yearss ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s Schnauzer Dharma boy fights Robot sphere from Arkonide!
  • Cute baby owl found and rescued
    2 yearss ago
    Cute baby owl found and rescued
    We rescued a lost baby owl in Kechara Forest Retreat.
  • Nice cups from Kechara!!
    2 yearss ago
    Nice cups from Kechara!!
    Dorje Shugden people's lives matter!
  • Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    2 yearss ago
    Enjoy a peaceful morning at Kechara Forest Retreat
    Chirping birds and other forest animals create a joyful melody at the Vajrayogini stupa in Kechara Forest Retreat (Bentong, Malaysia).
  • This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    3 yearss ago
    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
    This video is thought-provoking and very interesting. Watch! Thanks so much to our friends at LIVEKINDLY.
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    3 yearss ago
    Chiropractic CHANGES LIFE for teenager with acute PAIN & DEAD LEG.
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    3 yearss ago
    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    3 yearss ago
    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
  • Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
    3 yearss ago
    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
  • Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    3 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
  • Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
    3 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
  • Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
    3 yearss ago
    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
    3 yearss ago
    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    3 yearss ago
    Don't you love Hamburgers? See how 'delicious' it is here!
  • Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
    3 yearss ago
    Such a beautiful and powerful message from a person who knows the meaning of life. Tsem Rinpoche
  • What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    3 yearss ago
    What the meat industry figured out is that you don't need healthy animals to make a profit.
    Sick animals are more profitable... farms calculate how close to death they can keep animals without killing them. That's the business model. How quickly they can be made to grow, how tightly they can be packed, how much or how little can they eat, how sick they can get without dying... We live in a world in which it's conventional to treat an animal like a block of wood. ~ Jonathan Safran Foer
  • This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
    3 yearss ago
    This video went viral and it's a must watch!!
  • SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    3 yearss ago
    SEE HOW THIS ANIMAL SERIAL KILLER HAS NO ISSUE BLUDGEONING THIS DEFENSELESS BEING.
    This happens daily in slaughterhouse so you can get your pork and Bak ku teh. Stop eating meat.

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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
yesterday
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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3 days ago
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
3 weeks ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 month ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 month ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
2 months ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
2 months ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
4 months ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
4 months ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
4 months ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
4 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
4 months ago
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
4 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
4 months ago
Join us for a Peaceful Fire Puja based on Dorje Shugden’s pacifying form. This blessed puja will be conducted at the future site of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s outdoor reliquary stupa to pacify obstacles and for the success of the project. EVENT DETAILS • Date: Sunday, 8 March 2020 • Time: 6.00pm – 8.30pm • Venue: Kechara Forest Retreat, Bentong Admission is free, all are welcome. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SPONSORS AND ATTENDEES • Healing from illness and disease • Overcoming obstacles • Purifying past negative deeds and negative karma • Calming the environment, natural disasters and calamities • Helping the deceased to take a good rebirth • Accumulation of merits for spiritual realisations and attainments
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
4 months ago
Join us this weekend for Spiritual Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! SATURDAY, 7 MARCH 9.30 am: Polish Gyenze's wish-fulfilling lamps 11.15 am: Introduction to Ayurveda 1.00 pm: Lunch INTERESTED? WhatsApp us at +6017 672 0757 to RSVP your place (and your meal!) See all March activities: bit.ly/2vAGpjF
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