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.

 

Video dari Documentari National Geographic

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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

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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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    Master Cheng Yen must have a very strong Dharma imprint. Even though in the beginning she did not have a teacher, she knew she wanted to be nun, she wanted to renounce and use her life to serve others. It was not easy to embark on the spiritual journey but it did not scare Master Cheng Yen. She found ways to spread Dharma and she has been very successful.

    Today, Tzu Chu foundation has its presence all around the world. Whenever there is a disaster, they will be the first to offer their help. Their selfless compassion is highly respected and acknowledged by many. This is how much impact one person can make if we walk the talk and show people by example. The most important thing is not to give up and be very determined in serving others.

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  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:35 PM
    Back in 1996, H H Dalai Lama had made a controversial statement about Dorje Shugden that have caused much disharmony, sufferings among Tibetan Buddhism practitioners . The Tibetans were divided into two , families torn apart just as they do not agree and accept the practice of Dorje Shugden. The African Americans of black people and slavery , the women in Finland, Iceland, Sweden and some western U.S. states, slavery are some of the historical similarities with Dorje Shugden ban where they suffered badly such as physical abuses, denied services to hospitals, restaurants , schools and so forth having many signs and boards installed to prohibit them from entering. Those who refused to follow their order or to give up their practice were conform faced torture, imprisonment discrimination and abuse. Tibetans in exile, wicca, pagans and so forth are denied their rights of religious freedom. Everyone should have their own rights to choose what we believe and practice. The Dalai Lama have said that Dorje Shugden cannot harm him , as proven Dorje Shugden is not evil. It is recognised to be an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and a dharma protector. They (CTA ) should stopped and should not be involved in religion. Allow religious freedom for the sake of all, and future generations to come. Peace and harmony must be maintained, for the growth of a nation.
    Thank you Velentina for this well researched article to bring more awareness and knowledge for many of us and these abroad.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/comparisons-of-the-dorje-shugden-ban-with-historic-persecutions.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:27 PM
    A beautiful story of guru devotion of a Russian princess Buddhist nun. Very inspiring , she was a Russian-born French-American socialite, film actress, and Gelug Tibetan Buddhist nun. The legendary Zina Rachevsky was the earliest Western student and patron of Lama Yeshe . She came from an incredibly wealthy family, having everything money, fame, beauty yet she was not happy and that triggered her soul-searching. Travelling to India, that’s where she met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa. That’s the first time they encounters with Westerners and Lama Yeshe was glad to learn that this wealthy lady came to them in search of enlightenment. Zina became the first Western student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa . It was her request and insisted that the Lamas to teach Westerners on Buddhism. She led her life to the fullest from her Hollywood days to renouncing everything.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring article of a princess turned nun.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/people/the-russian-princess-nun.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Apr 23. 2019 12:25 PM
    Beautiful art thangka of Palden Lhamo,Guru Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, Nechung and Dorje Shugden. Palden Lhamo is a protecting Dharmapala of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is the wrathful deity considered to be the be an emanation of Saraswati, the Goddess of Wisdom. Interesting story of this fearsome and powerful protector.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this wonderful sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/powerful-palden-lhamo
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:12 PM
    Beautiful art paintings of Saraswati , Manjushri, and Dorje Shugden. Saraswati is a well-known Indian goddess of music, wisdom and learning. While Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the bodhisattva Manjushri. Both depicted in this beautiful thangka paints a thousand words. Matching colours , its truly amazing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-all-pervading-goddess-of-art-saraswati
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:09 PM
    That’s wonderful in Kechara Forest Retreat there are a numbers of wonderful progressive, modern, humorous and knowledgeable pastors who are always ready to help readers to understand better. More and more readers on this blog will get to learn and practice Dharma through questions and answering .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing this nice and happy pictures of Pastors having a joyful ride on a trishaw by Pastor Seng Piow.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/if-you-have-any-dharma-questions-ask-a-pastor-at-kechara
  • Samfoonheei
    Monday, Apr 22. 2019 01:08 PM
    Rejoice to the group of Kecharian having completed reading the autobiography of H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche. How wonderful reading a book of a great master . I have not got hold of this book yet, love to read it .
    Thank you Rinpoche for profound and inspiring teachings. I loved reading those quotes . A beautiful learning and inspiring quotes. With folded hands…….thanks again.
    (In life, we can choose to immerse ourselves in kindness, love, forgiveness, understanding and tolerance because that will benefit us and everyone we meet.)…..quoted Tsem Rinpoche

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/a-group-finished-reading-the-autobiography-of-h-h-kyabje-trijang-rinpoche
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:54 PM
    Interesting to learn about the story of Shantideva. Many times we like to make assumption on what we see from surface without knowing the truth. Shantideva showed us that we do not need to show off our knowledge and being humble is the key. We should focus to continue learning and practising dharma. Do not make judgement without any basis.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva#comment-840337
  • Lin Mun
    Sunday, Apr 21. 2019 06:42 PM
    It’s amazing to see all the great and huge Buddha statues in China. So much effort and time has been put in to build such incredible statues. May the people, land and everyone be blessed looking at the holy statues. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing this article. While many of us do not have the opportunity to visit all these places, viewing the pictures with the brief info itself already very fortunate.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/chinas-huge-buddha-statues.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:15 AM
    Rejoice to this talented artist who paints beautifully of this rime thangka of four-faced Mahakala with consorts and Dorje Shugden. May the artist continue to paints more thangkas which many more loves it and get to know of the practice. Four-Faced Mahakala is a also a Dharma Protector been having a close connection with Dorje Shugden. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-ancient-protector-four-faced-mahakala
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:13 AM
    Wow…. Another beautiful rime thangka of Yamantaka, Kalarupa and Dorje Shugden. It explains all and merely looking at it is a blessing. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Yamantaka is also known as Vajrabhairava, which comes in a wrathful protector , buffalo-headed meditational deity. Interesting story. As depicted with Kalarupa who is a manifestation of Manjushri and Dorje Shugden is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom form a beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-fierce-one-yamantaka
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 11:12 AM
    Beautiful rime thangka of Shantideva and Dorje Shugden. Shantideva was an 8th-century Indian Buddhist monk, a great master, scholar, and bodhisattva,at Nalanda. Wow …..interesting story of how he rose off the throne as high into the sky as no one could see him yet his teachings could still be heard from the ground by many . Together with Dorje Shugden who is an emanation of the Buddha of Wisdom, Manjushri as portrayed in this beautiful thangka.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/the-scholar-monk-shantideva
  • Sofi
    Saturday, Apr 20. 2019 04:04 AM
    Daily thoughts to ponder deeper

    Great site to visit for lots of wisdom thoughts that evoke much understanding into reality of our lives. Also a place where you can share out with others to make them think deeper. Would be nice if you could let us know which you like best in the comment section.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/daily-thoughts-to-ponder-deeper-2.html

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    His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche makes offering of khata to Dorje Shugden.
    Trijang Rinpoche never gave up his devotion to Dorje Shugden no matter how much Tibetan government in exile pressured him to give up. He stayed loyal inspiring so many of us.
  • Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Very rare video of His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche the 10th, the all knowing and compassionate one. I pay deep respects to this attained being who has taken many rebirths since the time of Lord Buddha to be of benefit to sentient beings tirelessly. Tsem Rinpoche
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    This bigfoot researcher gives good reasonings on bigfoot. Interesting short video.
  • His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
    4 months ago
    His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche of Gaden Shartse Monastery was one of the teachers of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Here in this beautiful video is Geshe Kelsang Gyatso showing his centre to Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, then proceeding to sit down to receive teachings. For more information- https://bit.ly/2QNac1u
  • Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
    5 months ago
    Tsem Rinpoche’s dog, Oser girl always sits on Rinpoche’s chair. When Rinpoche’s other dog, Dharma tries to get into the chair, he is chased away. Oser is the boss. She is possessive. Cute.
  • Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Lama Yeshe talks about how to practice at the beginning and at the end of each day during teachings given in London during the Lamas’ first European teaching tour in 1975. Lama Yeshe was a brilliant teacher and I wanted to share this with everyone so his teachings can reach more people. Tsem Rinpoche
  • Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
    5 months ago
    Our beautiful Dorje Shugden shop in the busiest part of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Many tourists visit our store and this area.
  • Living off the grid in Australia
    5 months ago
    Living off the grid in Australia
    A Jill Redwood is a jack of all trades, Jill built her own house on her property and lives entirely off the grid with no mains power or town water, mobile reception or television. Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that out serves as an organic supermarket right at her doorstep. Her main expenses are animal feed and the rates on her property. Watch this incredible three minute video and be inspired to live differently.
  • Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
    5 months ago
    Kyabje Dagom Choktrul Rinpoche offering gold on a 350 year-old Dorje Shugden statue in his chapel in Lhasa. This is how Tibetans show homage and pay respect to a holy image. This chapel and statue of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa dedicated to Dorje Shugden was built by the Great 5th Dalai Lama. Tsem Rinpoche
  • My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    My sweet little Oser girl is so photogenic and adorable. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Heart Sutra sang by a monk for the modern crowd. Very interesting and beautiful. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Submerging powerful mantra stones in water at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia.
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    This topic is so hot in many circles right now.
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    BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN NEW YORK STATE-AMAZING.
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    Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the meat Industry with real action.
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    Do psychic mediums have messages from beyond?
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    2 yearss ago
    Lovely gift for my 52nd Birthday. Tsem Rinpoche
  • This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    2 yearss ago
    This 59-year-old chimpanzee was refusing food and ready to die until...
    she received “one last visit from an old friend” 💔💔
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    2 yearss ago
    Bigfoot sighted again and made it to the news.
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    Casper is such a cute and adorable. I like him.
  • Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant  Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    Dorje Shugden Monastery Amarbayasgalant Mongolia's Ancient Hidden Gem
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    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
    2 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.
    2 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!!
    2 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.
    2 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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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Laying the rescued food down on the table would mean we will minimise chance of wastage from another level when our recipients will have the privilege to choose what they really need and want. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Have you ever done beading? Join us for a blessed Saturday in Kechara Forest Retreat! http://bit.ly/2IMh5eN - shared by Pastor Antoinette
What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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What do you do on Saturday mornings? Join us for a meaningful time and be blessed by the Buddhas during the Spiritual Saturday at Kechara Forest Retreat! - shared by Pastor Antoinette
With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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With Dorje Shugden in your car, bus, bike, boat or lorry, you will be protected and blessed. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Recently in Kechara Forest Retreat, this bus was blessed and is now protected by the Three Jewels. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart. In order to send the foodpack to our client in johor bahru area, we need a team that are always ready . Luckily, we have a group of wonderful volunteers that are commited to serve our community. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
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Children paint their own mask for Halloween day. Lin Mun KSDS
Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic  Lin Mun KSDS
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Parents and students did a group discussion together on the Bully topic Lin Mun KSDS
A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
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A talk on Bully by Peggy. A very informative sharing for students and parents. Lin Mun KSDS
Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
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Great to start kids with dharma knowledge from young. Lin Mun KSDS
Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
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Teacher Victoria guided the students to do prayer in the dharma class. Lin Mun KSDS
Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
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Creative horror drawing created by Teacher Kien. Alice, KSDS
Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
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Teacher Asyley led the kids to participate animal liberation. Alice, KSDS
Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Healthy Meals for lunch sponsored by Mr Ravi & friends! We thank you for your unending support to #kecharasoupkitchen in our plight in serving the #homeless. Would you like to sponsor lunch for our street friends? To find out more, checkout our website for more details :) Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Bernard was briefing the volunteers on the details before they headed out last Saturday to PPR Kota Damansara. #kechara #foodbank #urbanpoor - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Seen here are team leaders giving their final briefing to the respective volunteers before they head out last night. Thank you very much to all the volunteers who turned up. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 week ago
Thank you very much to James and Shereen for sponsoring oranges for tonight's distribution. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
We received a lot wine bottles for recycling. It was packed nicely by the person. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
1 week ago
Today we are having recycling activity at Kechara Soup Kitchen. You can drop the recycled items here if you are nearby. KEP-Serena
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
The generous support from Tesco Malaysia and AEON Retail Malaysia have made it possible for us to continue with this contribution to those less fortunate. Thank you very much! Here are photos taken during the distribution at government low cost flat. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 weeks ago
Thank you committed university students of University of Malaya for helping in our #foodrescue activities. These still good to eat and in date edible bread will be very useful for the needy students in universities! Thank you Komugi Malaysia for contributing and help reduce food wastage! #zerofoodwastage #kecharafoodbank #kecharasoupkitchen #endhunger - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right?
Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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Throw back, Kechara Sunday Dharma School. Chen Chen run thru me when he saw I'm carry a table and Voluntary help me carry the table.. He really warm my heart and remind me must be kindness to others anytime everyway. Just happened that day's topic is "KINDNESS" Thank You Chen Chen, Lovely Boy right? By Asyley Chia KSDS
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