The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle

By | Jul 17, 2017 | Views: 1,302

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Mind boggling disappearances of ships and aircrafts – this is what immediately comes to mind at the mere mention of the Bermuda Triangle. Its reputation is so notorious that people have even tried to link it to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, even though the jet went missing halfway around the world. For decades, speculations have been aplenty about what transpires at this infamous triangular area in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, but none are conclusive.

Interestingly, for a place that is famous (or infamous) globally, the Bermuda Triangle has no official standing. It is not recognised by the United States Board of Geographic Names. Nonetheless, this mysterious triangular area has more than enough monikers to compensate for this. To name but a few, it has been popularly referred to as the Devil’s Triangle, the Twilight Zone, the Magic Rhombus, the Triangle of Death, the Voodoo Sea, the Limbo of the Lost and even the Port of Missing Ships.

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Unofficial mapping of the Bermuda Triangle

In addition, it does not have proper boundaries or markers given that it is part of a larger body of water. Thus, the size of the Bermuda Triangle remains a contention. It differs depending on whoever happens to be writing about it. That being said, it is generally accepted to span across a large area of approximately 500,000 square miles from the points of Miami, Florida (United States of America), the island of Bermuda and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Seaweed patches in the Sargasso Sea

Living up to its reputation, very few facts are known about the Bermuda Triangle, adding to its enigma. Take for example the Bermuda Triangle’s departure from the norm of having two measurements of “North”. Unlike the rest of the world which has to make adjustments to cater to the 20 degree difference between the Magnetic North (i.e. the direction reflected in a compass) and the actual geographical direction i.e. True North, the Bermuda Triangle is one of two spots in the world where both Norths perfectly align.

Further, some quarters closely associate the Bermuda Triangle with the Sargasso Sea which overlaps the Bermuda Triangle at its north-western edge. With its big patch of seaweed jungle and unusually warm waters that constantly swirl clockwise despite a lack of wind, the Sargasso Sea also has its fair share of unexplained incidents. With such close proximity and unnatural oddities, it is inevitable that people would link the two together.

 

Mysterious Vibes, Vanishing Acts

Christopher Columbus leaving Palos, Spain by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

Christopher Columbus leaving Palos, Spain by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida

The earliest record of the enigma of the Bermuda Triangle goes as far back as Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to the New World. Upon reaching the waters of the Bermuda Triangle in 1492, Columbus reportedly experienced weird compass readings. He hid this from his crew to avoid throwing them into a panic. As they continued on, the atmosphere of uneasiness kept escalating. Three days later, all those onboard spotted strange lights hovering and this spooked the edgy crew. Many wanted to abandon the quest and return to Spain but obviously, Columbus managed to circumvent it. It is speculated that Columbus convinced his crew to forge on by chalking it up as an explainable phenomenon i.e. a fallen star (meteor). Columbus maintained that the lights were remnants of the great flame of fire from the fallen star, which he claimed to have witnessed on an earlier night.

These intriguing shipping log entries by Columbus set in motion the rather mythical bordering on eerie perception of the Bermuda Triangle. Subsequent accounts of incidents at the Bermuda Triangle appear to be heavily laden with mythical influences and even paranormal vibes. In this regard, the story of the Ellen Austin best represents the majority of tales circulated about the Bermuda Triangle by seafarers at that time.

It was supposed to be just another routine journey between London and New York over the Bermuda Triangle zone in the Atlantic Ocean, when the crew of the Ellen Austin (a 210-ft-long American large multi-masted ship weighing over 1800 tonnes) became embroiled in a chilling experience fit for a horror movie plot. In 1881, the Ellen Austin was on the last leg of its journey back to New York when, upon entering the waters of the Bermuda Triangle, it was surrounded by a sudden thick mist which blocked out all visibility. Left with no choice, the crew proceeded slowly and relied heavily on the lookout from the crow’s nest. After a few hours, they spotted another ship. Relieved at the prospect of company in such weird circumstances, the Ellen Austin sailed close to the other ship. The crew waited in anticipation for the fog to clear so they could make contact.

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The Ellen Austin

However, when the fog eventually cleared, the other ship was found to be abandoned. Despite searching high and low, the captain’s log and the trail boards could not be found aboard the abandoned ship, rendering identification impossible. Captain Baker of the Ellen Austin made the decision to sail the mysterious ship back to New York and dispatched six of his men to man the second ship. Things were smooth sailing for the next couple of days until they were forced apart by a sudden storm. It is said that the other ship mysteriously vanished but after several hours of searching, the Ellen Austin finally caught up with it.

Eerily, the ship was found to be empty once again with no trace of the six men who were stationed there earlier. The crew was spooked but Captain Baker managed to convince a handful of his men, this time armed with firearms, to sail the other ship in close proximity. Tragically, another heavy fog descended upon them once again and the unknown ship along with the men aboard disappeared for good. It remains an unsolved mystery to this day.

Some claim that the unexplained incidents are a result of the hauntings of those who perished in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. None are more vocal about this hypothesis than psychiatrist Dr. Kenneth McAll of Brook Lyndhurst, England. He theorised that the mysterious vanishing incidents are consequences of the curse of the many African slaves who had been mercilessly thrown overboard on their voyage to America. This is heavily premised on the prevalence of 18th century insurance scams by British sea captains, who defrauded insurance companies by tossing the slaves into the sea to drown, then cashing in on a claim for them.

With stories like the Ellen Austin and the possibility of thousands of vengeful spirits, it is no surprise that these mystical and paranormal vibes have pervaded to modern times, culminating in theories where aliens are posited as a possible explanation for the numerous accounts of disorientation, navigational problems and even total disappearances within the Bermuda Triangle. Such theories generally revolve around alien abductions and the reasons for this range from scientific curiosity to inter-species breeding.

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The Mary Celeste

One of the earliest disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle which is heavily associated with alien abduction is the Mary Celeste. In 1872, Captain Benjamin Briggs, his family and a small, trusted crew set sail from New York to Genoa on a merchant ship called the Mary Celeste. A month later, the ship was found adrift off the coast of Portugal, with not a soul on board. The riddle of the Mary Celeste has intrigued and mystified ever since. The eerily pristine condition of the Mary Celeste and its undisturbed cargo at the time of discovery added fuel to claims of aliens turning up to whisk the crew away. This theory was also used to explain the mysterious disappearance of the USS Cyclops where it is said that aliens beamed the entire ship into their spaceships. However, a lack of convincing evidence and heavy reliance on hearsay continue to cast doubts on the alien theory.

Take for example the USS Cyclops incident, which represents the largest non-combat loss of life in the history of the United States Navy. In 1918, the USS Cyclops was supposed to deliver 10,800 tonnes of manganese ore (to be used in the manufacturing of munitions) from Brazil to Baltimore. The ship never arrived at its destination and no trace of it was ever found despite exhaustive search efforts. Mysteriously, no distress signals were sent prior to the ship’s disappearance, nor did anyone aboard the USS Cyclops respond to the radio calls made by hundreds of other American ships in the vicinity. In addition, the waters were relatively calm with no storms strong enough to cause the USS Cyclops to founder. To date, the lives of the 309 on board remain unaccounted for and to quote Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America,

“Only God and the sea know what happened to USS Cyclops.”

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The USS Cyclops

 

Mainstream Theories and Explanations

The disappearances within the waters of the Bermuda Triangle all occurred at various spots and each was subjected to different circumstances. Thus, the scientific community maintains that there is no single theory that can explain all the disappearances. The following are some of the mainstream theories that have been put forward as plausible explanations over the years.

 

The Gulf Stream

The Gulf Stream is a warm ocean current flowing from the Gulf of Mexico around the Florida Straits north-eastward towards Europe. It acts like a saltwater river on the surface of the ocean. As its currents are extremely swift and turbulent, floating objects are easily washed away. The unique features of the Gulf Stream also make it possible for a vessel to encounter disaster at one location and for the wreckage or debris to end up in another.

An example is the disappearance of Daniel Burack on 22 December 1967. He radioed for help from his cabin cruiser “Witchcraft”, reporting engine trouble near the Miami buoy marker one mile from the shore. However, when the Coast Guard arrived at the location 19 minutes after the distress call, the cabin cruiser and its passengers were nowhere to be found. The search party continued for six days, during which some 24,500 square miles were covered, but to no avail.

In the end, the coast guard closed the search effort and the final statement reflects the passengers of the Witchcraft “to be presumed missing, but not lost at sea“.

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The Gulf Stream

 

Underwater Methane Explosions

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Infographic about the Methane Gas Theory

When Dr. Ben Clennell of Leeds University, England delivered his lecture about methane gas in Wales in 1998, little did he know his findings would spark an explosion of interest to justify the mysterious vanishings around the Bermuda Triangle.

In short, the theory works on the basis that;

  • Large amounts of methane gas exist below the ocean floor, trapped in the sediment in the form of methane hydrate.
  • Large volumes of methane gas can be released as a result of landslides under the ocean floor. Under such circumstances, the water density in that area and right up to the surface can become so low that a ship could drop like a rock.
  • As methane gas is highly combustible, an eruption can also cause a plane flying above it to catch fire become completely destroyed.

 

Ever-changing Ocean Bed

The ocean bed of the Bermuda Triangle is strangely volatile. It comprises of deceptively gentle slopes, sudden deep drops and some of the deepest trenches in the world. Thus, it significantly reduces the chances of locating sunken vessels particularly as some of the deeper trenches are virtually inaccessible. In addition, the constant strong current of the Gulf Stream interfacing with reefs and marine trenches rapidly changes the topography of the sea floor. This in turn gives rise to many navigational hazards.

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The unusual and ever-changing ocean bed of the Bermuda Triangle

This rapidly changing topography also explains why most rescue efforts and subsequent deep-sea salvage operations turn up nothing at all. The discovery of giant craters (about half a mile wide and 150ft deep) in the Barent Sea off the coast of Norway in March 2016 has also been used to support claims that there are large deep ocean craters on the sea floor of the Bermuda Triangle. The giant craters are attributed to oil leaks or methane gas bursts, trapped at different layers below the sea floor. This also complements the theory that if a ship is wrecked due to a methane blow out or other reason, it may drop into a crater causing the unfortunate vessel to remain hidden forever.

 

Rogue Waves

This refers to the sudden appearance of gigantic waves capable of taking out a large ship within moments. They can take place during a storm or even in calm seas. These nearly vertical walls of water can easily flip supertankers, sinking them in seconds. They can also utterly immerse and knock down any low-flying airplane or helicopter.

The first rogue wave ever detected by a measuring instrument was the Draupner wave or New Year’s wave. It was recorded on 1 January 1995 on a device placed at the Draupner platform in the North Sea off the coast of Norway.

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Ocean Ranger Memorial Sculpture

Other incidents include;

  • The capsize of the Ocean Ranger in 1982. The loss of the then world’s largest offshore platform affected the design and safety features of future oil facilities. It also resulted in much tougher regulations regarding safety equipment and training.
  • In 1982, a wave measuring approximately 157 feet struck Fastnet Lighthouse in Ireland and caused significant damage.

The unpredictability of rogue waves makes them possibly the most terrifying ocean phenomena. It is believed that rogue waves are not caused by any one factor but a culmination of high winds and strong currents which routinely cause waves to merge. The odds of them occurring are still rare, approximately once every 200,000 waves. Nonetheless, they are more prevalent in the Bermuda Triangle given the frequency of hurricanes and the Gulf Stream therein.

 

Electronic Fog: A Hutchison Effect

This theory corresponds with testimonies about vessels being engulfed in some kind of electronic fog. It is said that the fog is not stagnant and appears to move in parallel with the vessel, causing its electronics to malfunction gradually. Eventually, the vessel is incapacitated and may even vanish without a trace.

This theory is heavily propagated by Vancouver-based scientist John Hutchison. He has conducted numerous experiments to demonstrate how electronic fog can wreak havoc on electronics.

 

Compass or Electromagnet Anomaly

As mentioned earlier, the Bermuda Triangle is one of two places on Earth where both Norths are the same. However, a normal compass is calibrated to cater for two different Norths. Thus, depending on the mechanism of the compass, it could behave erratically in the Bermuda Triangle, with compass needles intermittently spinning or spiking. This phenomenon has led to theories that compass anomalies could be the cause of mishaps or fatal accidents within the Bermuda Triangle area due to inaccurate reading of directions.

 

Human Error

Overestimating the capacity of the vessel, not understanding the area’s hazards sufficiently and poor seamanship are the top three human errors associated with disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle. Reports are aplenty of personal pleasure boats and aircrafts radioing for help prior to mysteriously vanishing without a trace. That being said, even the most seasoned sailor or pilot can make mistakes with deadly consequences.

Take for example, Flight 19 which is the Bermuda Triangle’s most famous plane wreck. What was supposed to be a dry bombing practice run over the Florida Keys on 5 December 1945 became a tragic tale of 14 airmen perishing in the open sea. It is believed that the crew, especially the veteran flight leader Lieutenant Charles Taylor who was also a Naval Air Corps flight instructor, somehow became so disoriented that they deviated from their route and flew out over the Bahamas, never to be heard from again.

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The crew and plane of Flight 19

 

Atlantis

Another interesting theory is the link to the lost city of Atlantis. This is largely premised on the discovery of ancient man-made structures submerged in 15 to 20 feet of water, just off the northwest coast of North Bimini Island, about 50 miles east of Miami, Florida. Discovered in 1968 by a scuba diver, these limestone structures, dubbed Bimini Road, are said to be remnants of the sunken Island of Atlantis. Believers allude to the very advanced (possibly alien) technology of the Atlantean empire as the cause of unusual phenomenon at the Bermuda Triangle.

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Bimini Road

Evidence cited to support this theory is the testimony of Dr. Ray Brown in 1970, who claimed to have discovered a pyramidal structure with a smooth, glass-like and partially translucent finish. Not only was the pyramid illuminated by some unknown light source, it also appeared to be housing a unique sculpture in the centre, of human hands holding a four-inch crystal sphere, above which was suspended a red gem at the end of a brass rod. The pyramid is said to be about 300 meters in length, 200 meters in height and approximately 100 meters above the sea floor.

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An illustration of the crystal pyramid found by Dr Ray Brown

The discovery of this pyramid has been used to strengthen another speculation that the Bermuda Triangle and the area where the pyramid was found is some sort of “holy ground” under the protection of the Atlanteans. Thus, whatever crosses over is considered an offering.

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Holy ground for Atlanteans?

 

Is This Notorious Reputation Warranted?

The number of aircraft and sea vessels lost to the Bermuda Triangle is uncertain and largely depends on which source materials are referred to.

 

Lost at Sea

Some of the notable sea vessels and their crews who sailed into oblivion in the Bermuda Triangle include;

  • 1800: The USS Pickering, on course from Guadeloupe to Delaware, was lost with 90 people on board
  • 1814: The USS Wasp, whose last known position was in the Caribbean, was lost with 140 people on board
  • 1824: The USS Wild Cat, on course from Cuba to Tompkins Island, was lost with 14 people on board
  • 1918: The USS Cyclops left Barbados on March 4 en route to Baltimore, Maryland and was lost with 306 crew and passengers on board
  • 1925: The SS Cotopaxi, having departed Charleston, South Carolina two days earlier bound for Havana, Cuba, radioed a distress call reporting that the ship was sinking. She was officially listed as overdue on 31 December 1925.
  • 1941: The USS Proteus (AC-9) was lost with all 58 persons on board in heavy seas, having departed St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands with a cargo of bauxite on 23 November. The following month, her sister ship the USS Nereus (AC-10) was lost with all 61 persons on board, having also departed St. Thomas with a cargo of bauxite on 10 December. According to research done by Rear Admiral George van Deurs, the acidic coal cargo would have eroded the longitudinal support beams, making these ageing colliers extremely vulnerable to breaking up in heavy seas. Both were sister ships of the USS Cyclops.
  • 1963: The SS Marine Sulphur Queen was lost with 39 crewmen, having departed Beaumont, Texas, on 2 February with a cargo of 15,260 tonnes of sulphur. She was last heard from on 4 February in rough seas with northerly winds of 25-46 knots, and listed as missing two days later. The Coast Guard later determined that the ship was not seaworthy and never should have sailed. The final report suggested four causes of the disaster, all related to poor design and maintenance of the ship.
  • 2015: The SS El Faro sank off the coast of the Bahamas, within the Bermuda triangle, on 1 October 2015. The boat was missing for exactly one month until search crews identified the vessel 15,000 feet beneath the surface.

 

Vanished into Thin Air

The skies of the Bermuda Triangle are no less treacherous. The notable aircraft who vanished without a trace therein include;

  • 5 December 1945: Flight 19 (five TBF Avengers) was lost with 14 airmen. Later the same day, PBM Mariner BuNo 59225 was lost with 13 airmen while searching for Flight 19.
  • 30 January 1948: Avro Tudor G-AHNP Star Tiger was lost with six crew and 25 passengers, en route from Santa Maria Airport in the Azores to Kindley Field, Bermuda.
  • 28 December 1948: Douglas DC-3 NC16002 was lost with three crew and 36 passengers, en route from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami.
  • 17 January 1949: Avro Tudor G-AGRE Star Ariel was lost with seven crew and 13 passengers, en route from Kindley Field, Bermuda to Kingston Airport, Jamaica.
  • 8 January 1962: A USAF KB-50 51-0465 was lost over the Atlantic Ocean between the US East Coast and the Azores
  • 9 June 1965: A USAF C-119 Flying Boxcar of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing went missing between Florida and Grand Turk Island. The last call from the plane came from a point just north of Crooked Island, Bahamas, 177 miles from Grand Turk Island. On 18 July 1965, debris from the plane was found on the beach of Gold Rock Cay, just off the northeastern shore of Acklins Island.
  • 6 December 1965: Private ERCoupe F01 was lost with pilot and one passenger, en route from Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Bahamas Island.
  • 20 June 2005: A Piper-PA-23 disappeared between Treasure Cay Island in the Bahamas and Fort Pierce, Florida. There were three persons on board.
  • 10 April 2007: A Piper PA-46-310P disappeared near Berry Island after flying into a level 6 thunderstorm and losing altitude. Two fatalities were listed.
  • 23 February 2017: Turkish Airlines Flight TK183 (an Airbus A330-200) en route from Havana, Cuba to Washington Dulles airport was forced to change direction after mechanical and electrical problems occurred over the triangle.

Sceptics, on the other hand, rely on statistics to dissuade any postulation to a “Bermuda Triangle effect”. Take for example Lawrence David Kusche who wrote the book, “Bermuda Triangle – Solved”. After extensively researching the issue, Kusche concluded that the number of disappearances occurring within the Bermuda Triangle was no greater than in any other similarly trafficked area of ocean. He also boldly asserted that previous Bermuda Triangle authors didn’t do their research and either knowingly or unintentionally “made it up.”

 

Conclusion

Unexplained phenomenon and unsolved mysteries always elicit interest, more so when there are undiscovered secrets. Regardless of whether you are a believer or a sceptic, the mysterious Bermuda Triangle is a stark reminder that despite the technological advances made to date, there are still places which remain unexplained by science.

 
Sources/References:

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda_Triangle
  • http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/652734/REVEALED-The-truth-about-the-mysterious-Bermuda-Triangle-where-boats-and-planes-vanish
  • http://www.hellotravel.com/stories/10-shocking-facts-about-bermuda-triangle
  • http://www.livescience.com/23435-bermuda-triangle.html
  • http://www.crystalinks.com/bermuda_triangle.html
  • http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1992181-researchers-say-they-might-figured-out-mystery-of-the-bermuda-triangle/
  • https://www.bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda2_00006f.htm
  • http://www.crystalinks.com/bermuda_triangle.html

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Mar 18, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle is a large area of ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Over centuries,there were dozens of ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Many scientists have attempted to theorize what makes the place so dangerous.None came to conclusion.
    I’m sure it will be mind blowing to all of us if one day, these mysterious cases are solved, probably it will bring us to another whole new level of understanding about this world, and I’m waiting for this day to come. Thank you for the wonderful article.

  2. James on Jul 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I really hope to see a good explanation of Bermuda Triangle…

  3. Pastor Chia on Aug 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Is Interesting about mysterious bermuda triangle existance until now, people still find out what was happen this exorinadly phenomena cause many planes and ships disappear when pass by this mystery area.
    Sometime thing can’t explain by mankind with the logic may lead the mysterious continue, but they are thing and places from other dimension existance connecting with our world. It make mankind feel fear we are not only being existance . It make mankind to be humble and respect other being exitance living in this world.

  4. June Kang on Aug 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    Although Christopher Columbus was the first to record Bermuda Triangle existence, however after so many years, it is still a mystery place in the world. It was reported that more than hundreds Boats and planes have been lost within and just outside the triangle. I was wondering is that a possibility there is another dimension of world which we can’t see it. This is because those boats and planes reported lost with no trace of any debris. Hope one day we can know the truth of this place. Thank you Cindy for sharing this interesting article.

  5. Pastor Antoinette on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:13 am

    The Bermuda Triangle is worldwide known but how come that still nobody has found out what is really happening there. It is indeed a mystery and science can not explain it. There are many theories about the Bermuda Triangle as we can see.
    I am curious if this mystery will ever be lifted… Thank you

  6. Justin Cheah on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:58 am

    Interesting article. Thank you Cindy for researching the facts and past incidents. I am somewhat baffled as to why till these days we are not able to find out what really happened? Why nobody has actually tried sending in drones to this area to find out and test what the outcome will be. Researching is important as it affects all of us, just like exploring the space, equally important as to why the world is at its current shape.

  7. Mingwen on Aug 10, 2017 at 1:20 am

    I think human beings should focus back on Earth, do research and explore our mother Earth. We can’t even know all about our own land, why spend money to go outer space? Doesn’t make sense to me, the deep oceans, the mystery forests, how many more are left undiscovered?

  8. Andrea Lai on Aug 10, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I first got to know of Bermuda Triangle when watched the magic of David Copperfield, back in my teens. The Bermuda Triangle indeed a very mysterious region in discovery even though profession found difficulty in solving. Other than that, in the article stated of some Geography issues may link with the disappearance. That is logical statement but what intriguing was the absence of corpses or skeletons were not found when vessels were discovered. Where could have these people been? Probably be plunged into another dimension. Until now, Bermuda Triangle remained as puzzle.

  9. Eric kksiow on Aug 9, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I knew about The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle from documentary & David Copperfield magic show ( Since my very young age ). Is an very interesting to read more about this article, unsolved mystery and until today Scientists can’t even explain more deep of The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle.

    Thank You Cindy for doing more re-search of this topic.

    David Copperfield magic show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ259y4fWY

  10. Datuk May on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Mysteries and unsolved phenomena are interesting and one has to decide whether to believe or not believe.

    As the Bermuda Triangle a very much used sea lane, I tend to believe that the listed accidents or disappearance may not be that many relative to other areas.

    But records like ships disappearing and reappearing in Portugal without crew nor soul on board but in pristine conditions with cargo intact is something to ponder.

    Nature and her phenomena are hard to comprehend at times and it is important that if there are things unexplained, it is best left to what it is and respect be paid to such places.

  11. Pastor Henry Ooi on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle has been a much talked about place internationally for decades. Movies have been made revolving around the disappearances of crafts in this area. Yet after so long no one, no scientist or no government body has any proof to the mystery surrounding it. I would have thought that with modern day state-of-the-art equipment someone would venture out to unravel the causes of the disappearances. Maybe no one dares to or maybe there is no profit in it.

  12. pammie yap on Aug 9, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    The part where I find it mysterious is where the crew vanished but the vessel is still intact. Even if it sank, I am sure there will be bodies inside. I have seen documentaries where people find remains inside sunken vessels.

    If would be interesting to know if there are any scientists or research teams that are still researching the actual reasons for those disappearances.

    I love mysteries, because it makes me see and think from different perspective. Perhaps, it’s some special place that leads to another unseen dimension. Just like in the case of Bigfoot, unexplained and intriguing.

  13. nicholas on Aug 9, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Bermuda Triangle is definitely another mysterious phenomena that still being question. It always give me the thought that anything pass through will be disappeared and I just thought they would go to another dimension and never returned.

    So far, scientists have not come up with clear reasons to explain the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle. Even though this area has the most tragic unexplained deaths of all time it can all have natural explanations as mentioned in the article. It should be noted that not much disappearances or deaths have taken place lately in this area as today is more technically advanced. Today the Bermuda Triangle is an area where plenty of ships and aircrafts pass through regularly without any problems. It has also been noted that most of the incidents that are said to have taken place here are not true by some.

    This place will remain as mysterious legend for may people.

  14. Pastor Albert on Aug 9, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Very interesting article indeed, I’m always very interested with the mysterious cases because there is always unsolved and left it hanging for years, or even decades.

    When things happened in the world, and it appeared to be mysterious, it kinda left some imagination space for all of us, like, is that the work of Alien? or they were sucked into like some dimension? Or they traveled to different timezone of the world? Or they were sent to outer space or other planet by a mysterious force? or any other reason? It sounds really interesting, it will definitely be great if I have the chance to participate in a project like this.

    I would not surprise if there are really third or forth or even more dimensions, because Buddha has said that there are more than 1 universe, probably it is countless universe, so if just this universe we already haven’t explore 100%, what more about other universe, and put the universe aside, even to the planet we are living in for billions of years, we have yet to explore everything, what more we talk about something so huge.

    I’m sure it will be mind blowing to all of us if one day, these mysterious cases are solved, probably it will bring us to another whole new level of understanding about this world, and I’m waiting for this day to come.

  15. Anne Ong on Aug 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    i have always read and watched documentaries about Bermuda Triangle and i find them very interesting and very mysterious, Thank you very much Rinpoche,Cindy and blog team for this very interesting article for everyone to read.

  16. Wan Wai Meng on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    The Bermuda Triangle, often conjures the notion that people who enter it may not leave it to tell the tale. Almost like a portal to another dimension, The Bermuda Triangle has intrigued many. I wonder has any research submarines researched that area and check out its depths?

  17. Paul Yap on Jul 24, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    The stories of Bermuda are always mysterious and fascinating. Many believe that the strange encounters in Bermuda Triangle were the act of aliens. I believe that many missing ships and airplane have gone into a difference dimension, which connect our world to others. Otherwise, how could many of the planes and ships go missing without any clues and trace for years?

  18. Edwin Tan on Jul 24, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Pardon my ignorance, but shouldn’t with the tech advances, send in drones or unmanned ships or submarines to investigate? Or maybe the mystery is already solved?

    I am always a huge fan, and if the mystery is not solved, I do wish to be able to experience it myself by crossing the seas or flying over to see what actually happens.

    This Bermuda Triangle mystery has been on my mind since i was 12! Do hope more lights can be shed on the disappearances.

    If it is alternate realms.. it will be a huge discovery! hehe.. imagine those lost crew due to fog was actually there but not able to be seen by the other due to parallel universe..

    Anyway, just part of my imaginative mind. Thank you for the wonderful article.

  19. Samfoonheei on Jul 19, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Interesting post.I love reading anything regarding these mysterious Bermuda Triangle from books to news.The Bermuda Triangle is a large area of ocean between Florida, Puerto Rico, and Bermuda. Over centuries,there were dozens of ships and planes have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Many scientists have attempted to theorize what makes the place so dangerous.None came to conclusion.The mystery of Bermuda Triangle still remains unsolved and is one of athe world’s greatest mysteries.
    There are many theories and explanations to the disappearance and in the infamous region has repeatedly been blamed on the paranormal.
    Thank you Cindy for sharing these interesting post.

  20. Fong on Jul 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    There is no straightforward answer to the disappearance of vessels within the Bermuda Triangle. All the authors have only written about what has been observed but no explanations or substantial theories. Thus, the area remains a mystery with more leaning towards alien theories. This has intrigue me for the last 40 years and the hypothesis and theories have not brought any closer explanations. Still intriguing and mysterious.

  21. Stella Cheang on Jul 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    This is a very interesting topic and brings back many memories of discussing this topic with my late dad. We were both fans of unsolved mystery. Our conviction of what happened to the ships and aircrafts at the Bermuda Triangle would alternate between the work of aliens or the work of evil spirit forces. Of course, it largely depends on which case we are looking at. But I think we both lean towards the work of aliens because the scale of things are larger than the normal occurrence of the unseens. I really enjoy reading this write up. Thank you, Cindy.

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    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:33 PM
    Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us thinking and working on it. Just by reading and understand help and inspired us too. Thank you Tsem Rinpoche for sharing which I truly love to read and have a thought on it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/inspirational-quotes-part-3-of-4.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 02:32 PM
    Revisit this post again. Thank you Valencia for this vast post of Loed Tsongkhapa’s life story and his achievements . Lama Tsongkhapa is a “Buddha of our times” in the Gelug Vajrayana tradition and as an enlightened being, having the same realizations as all of the Buddhas. He was an emanation of Avalokitesvara , Manjushri , and Vajrapani , hence his practice is so powerful and beneficial. We have to thank our Lama Tsem Rinpoche for bringing this practice to Malaysia. Many great gurus, lamas and teachers has been teaching this very powerful, yet accessible practice across the globe. We are very fortunate and blessed to practice all the teachings. As for me I am still learning ,reading this post had strengthen my belief. Love reciting Migtsema as its very beneficial indeed. Interesting read very profound Lama Tsongkhapa biography.
    Thanks again .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/lord-tsongkapa-king-of-the-dharma.html
  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 3. 2020 12:49 PM
    There are immense benefits of making offerings to the Sangha, and a great opportunity for oneself to practice giving and generosity..Thank you very much for sharing this article that explains the benefits of making offerings to the sangha community.


    https://bit.ly/30lYluV
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 31. 2020 02:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing this article. I do come across people would like to highlight or even fight which God or religion is greater or more powerful. What do they want to achieve or have in mind? Of course people would like to believe their God or religion is the best which is totally fine. However, it is not right when they impose their belief on others and start giving negative comments to change our perception when they know nothing about our belief. Ultimately whatever religion or God we believe in , we should be promoting peace, harmony and love. Arguing will not bring positive impact. Respect everyone’s choice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/whose-version-of-god-is-right
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:28 PM
    The Mahabodhi Temple is a religious site in India which marks the spot where the Buddha first attained enlightenment. It’s one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism built around 260 BCE . Bodhgaya in Bihar is the heart and birthplace of Buddhism . The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peace of the Bodhgaya Temple welcomes all races and it has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly as well as architecture enthusiast. The main Mahabodhi Temple complex is home to the legendary Bodhi Tree and as well as the temple itself. Walking around following Buddha ‘s footsteps to discover several places of spiritual significance around the temple. Worth going and a must place for pilgrims.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-at-mahabodhi-temple-bodhgaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    Precious teachings from Tilopa to Naropa, still trying to understand it . Simple in the verses, but there is a lot of meaning behind each and every words. I have been reading over and over again to understand more of Tilopa’s Mahamudra instruction to Naropa in twenty eight verses.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 28 verses with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/28-amazing-verses.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:23 PM
    Prayer wheels are used by many Tibetans everyday, sometimes for hours on end. Worshippers turn prayer wheels to accumulate merit, to help all beings in the world and to purify their karma . They are part of a meditation practice. Prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning a prayer wheel is … By spinning the wheel clockwise and focusing on the mantra, prayer wheels are used to purify negative energy and accumulate good karma and wisdom. Prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning a prayer wheel is just as effective as reciting the sacred texts aloud.
    Kechara have come up with a special and unique prayer wheels which are filled with the mantra of Buddha Vajrayogini. They are made according to traditional methods. With Buddha Vajrayogini holy mantra also creates an extremely strong connection with this divine lady. Wow…our Lama personally blessed and consecrated the prayer wheels with sacred and powerful rituals,
    Thank you Rinpoche for creating these prayer wheels.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kecharas-vajrayogini-prayer-wheels.html

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