Thaipusam – Perayaan Dewa Murugan

Nov 16, 2016 | Views: 6,151

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

Untuk maklumat lanjut tentang kuil tersebut atau aktivitinya, anda boleh lah hubungi mereka.

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

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

 

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
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:06 PM
    Very interesting and informative article. In most cultures, women is consider as lower in status compared with men. Ancient times in India, man took the lead while women is seconded. But times has changed for the better where women are not degraded in society. They receive equal recognition, appreciation, and stature, yet in countries and places around the world, women are still viewed as inferior and treated accordingly. But in Buddhism women have been increasing in number and has proven that many of them have gained full enlightenment in a female body. In Buddhism is concerned there’s no discrimination toward women ,both men and women are equal. There‘s many female Mahasiddhas and Yoginis as in this blog. May it inspired many more to come. Interesting article and its great sharing knowledge.
    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:05 PM
    Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, one may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking. Sleep paralysis is a temporary inability to move or speak. It’s not harmful and should pass quickly, but at times can be frightening. It can affect anyone but is most common in young adults and they might have hallucination. The scary facts about sleep paralysis is those who suffer from it have said it felt like someone was choking them on their chest so they could not breathe.
    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:03 PM
    nteresting as this texts been composed after being inspired to do so . That’s interesting as this nature are traditionally considered exceptionally potent in their blessings if the claim of divine inspiration is authentic. According to the account in the introduction, the author composed this text after being divinely inspired to do so. It’s a very rare kind and its acceptance been recognised and received praise by very high lamas of our tradition. Reading this article tell us all of how powerful Dorje Shugden when we invoke in our prayers.
    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 02:01 PM
    That’s wonderful Rinpoche has composed prayers in English so as everyone could recite and practice. For beginners is such a meaningful insights and perspectives without commitments and initiation. Moreover each prayers is for a specific blessing that helps practitioners to gain attainments and overcome obstacles. Easy and simple for everyone to start off.
    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 2. 2024 01:59 PM
    A great article , revisit this again of Tibetan Lamas and their dogs. As now I have a pet doggie with me, I came to understand more of them . Dogs are the most amazing creatures, they give us unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive. Buddhists believe dogs also have the potential to become enlightened and can teach us about responsibility, love, and other Buddhist principles. The Q & A by Sandra Klein’s interview with the Venerable Gonsar Rinpoche gave us a better understanding and very informative of Tibetan dogs under Lamas care. ccording to the Buddha Dharma, all sentient beings have Buddha nature — from ants to humans. Though we often look at dogs as wonderful companions an teach us to embrace Buddhist principles. They, themselves, embody many of these principles.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
  • Brent
    Tuesday, Mar 26. 2024 04:47 PM
    Living with my wife, whose world is meticulously painted with the hues of OCD, is a journey that intertwines the essence of love with the complexities of the human mind. Her relentless pursuit of cleanliness and order, transforming even the most negligible corner into a testament of organization, often dances on the fine line between admiration and frustration. The sight of her steering clear from trash bins as if they were labyrinths of chaos, serves as a poignant reminder of the battles she fights within. Yet, it’s through these very battles that I’ve learned the profound language of patience and the unspoken strength of support. Therapy, in its gentle embrace, has been a beacon of light for her, guiding her through the stormy seas of OCD. It has not only offered her solace but has also unveiled the strength of her spirit, teaching us both the beauty of resilience. As she journeys through the pathways of healing, I stand by her, a testament to the power of love and the enduring promise of hope. Together, we navigate the complexities of her world, discovering that within the challenges lie opportunities for growth, understanding, and an unbreakable bond. https://www.mindfullyaliveonline.com/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
    Venerable Ajahn Chah was a Thai Buddhist teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. Well respected and loved as a man of great wisdom, he was also instrumental in establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. Interesting life story, how he chose to leave the settled monastic life and became a wandering ascetic. Walking across Thailand, lived in forests, caves and cremation grounds while learning from the meditation monks of the Forest of various monasteries. He wandered through the countryside in quest of quiet and secluded places for developing meditation. He even lived in tiger and cobra infested jungles, using reflections on death to penetrate to the true meaning of life. After years of wandering, Venerable Ajahn Chah established a monastery where he taught simple, practice-based form of meditation, and attracted a numerous of students including western foreigners. He was one of the greatest Dhamma teachers of the modern era. His wise teachings have continued to guide thousands of people along the path of Dharma. Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings of the Thai Forest Tradition gradually spread across all over the world. Several of Ajahn Chah’s Western students have since established monasteries throughout the world. Just in Thailand itself, there are more than 300 branch monasteries in Ajahn Chah’s tradition. Ven erable Ajahn Chah used his ill health as a teaching point, emphasizing that it was a living example of the impermanence of all things and reminded people to endeavour to find a true refuge within themselves. The legacy of Venerable Ajahn Chah’s teachings and legacy continues into the modern age.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:30 PM
    Wonderful blog written on the practice of Kalarupa for us to understand better. As an emanation of Manjushri, Kalarupa’s practice helps us to destroy ignorance and to develop wisdom overcoming our anger and suffering . Awesome Kalarupa manifested in multiple forms to help sentient beings who personifies enlightenment by the conquest of anger. Kalarupa also regard as one of the three main Dharma protectors of the Gelugpa is extremely fierce and ugly, and tames all kinds of spiritual ugliness. The fierceness of his iconography teaches us to remind ourselves that all the causes and effects of anger arising from ignorance are dreadful and distorted.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:24 PM
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance. A reminder for us all to go of attachment and meditating on impermanence and emptiness. We are to relinquish the domination of our ego and its habits to transform ourselves. A great reminder not to waste our previous life.
    Quoted Ceasing to do evil, Cultivating the good, Purifying the heart .
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing such a meaningful teachings with folded hands.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/pointing-the-staff-at-the-old-man.html
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:43 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail. com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • james belich
    Friday, Mar 8. 2024 09:42 PM
    Winning the lottery was part of my dreams, I tried so hard to win big but all to no avail, until I came across Dr Lucas online who made my dreams come through and made me win 10 million dollars. I was a logistics manager who lives in Lancaster, S.C. and works about an hour’s drive away, in Charlotte, N.C., I stopped at a store to buy a scratch-off lottery ticket during my lunch break, because Dr Lucas gave me all the assurance that the numbers are not going to fail after I did all he asked me to do. Dr lucas is a powerful Dr that is on a mission to eradicate poverty from people’s lives and i have confirmed that by winning $10 million with the numbers he provided for me, it is my promise to tell the world about my experience with Dr Lucas and that’s what I’m doing now, you can win the lottery fast with the help of Dr Lucas he is tested and trusted Email: Drlucasspelltemple@gmail.com or WhatsApp +234 904 794 3567 he will help you.
  • lee
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 07:06 PM
    We are members of the Buddhist Temple in Taman Desa Jaya, Kepong, Kuala Lumpur and we have been issued membership by the president (DATUK YIP KUM FOOK), we are very sad because we are the foundation of this Temple

    Now we can know who is always messing with people, and he always cheats money and women, he even uses Buddhism to find money.

    Also, need to be careful with his brother-in-law (Simon Low Kok Meng) because he is a spy (CID) for DATUK YIP KUM FOOK and we will write some letters to AGONG SULTAN IBRAHIM IBN ALMARHUM SULTAN ISKANDAR as soon as possible.

    From Jesmond Yap, Kepong Baru…Kuala Lumpur
  • Phoenix the Shaman Elder
    Thursday, Mar 7. 2024 01:40 AM
    The matriarchal cultures of the grandmothers have specific symbolism of animism shamanism, such as the horse, especially the blue horse, and the deer. These are two main symbols of a shaman woman and you can find them in many cultural folk lore, especially the Russian, Slavic, Siberian, Nordic, Finland, and Norway. It’s nice to see the Matriarchal Shaman Animism diety represented in Chinese.
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Mar 4. 2024 06:59 PM
    An inspiring act of a selfless Lama feeding strays whether its night or day. Truly an example for us all to feed those lonely strays . Yes I do agree compassion starts with feeding strays. Reading this blog again to refresh myself to do more. Strays animals generally lead a life of poor welfare on the street. Feeding strays is a compassionate act.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Anila for this sharing.


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/rinpoche-through-my-eyes-compassion-starts-with-feeding-strays

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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
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Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
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Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
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Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
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Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
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Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
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On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
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Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
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Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
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Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
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Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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Kechara Penang Study Group had our weekly DS puja , led by our beloved sis Swee Bee and serkym by Mr. Lee. After that, we completed Swift Return puja also. 18th Nov 2023. By Jacinta
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#Back2back 11th Nov 2023 Dorje Shugden puja & Rinpoche's Swift Return puja @Penang Chapel, 49 Jalan Seang Tek, Georgetown, Pulau Pinang. Every Saturday @3pm/5pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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