Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Higan (彼岸)

Starting from today for the next seven days, we call it Higan. It is one turning point of the sun orbit. September 23rd is the Autumn day and the daytime and nighttime would be just about the same. Taking the Autumn day in the middle adding three days in front and back, those seven days is called Higan (Buddhist tradition.) This shows that Buddhism is also conscious about the suns orbit.

So what is the spiritual significance of this day?
It is a good time to start something new, have a new goal and to declare yourself to stop doing what you really don't want to be doing. It is one of the turning points. The Autumn day is the starting of the daytime getting shorter. So I think its more about deciding to stop doing something. The Spring day is more about starting new, aiming for new goals. The spiritual magnetic energy from the sun will support your decision.

As long as we live, we humans need to make decisions from time to time.

In the spiritual teachings, they say, just be. This does not mean that you can be lazy. It means that you should do your best and then let go and ride the wave. Dont be bothered by the results. Spiritually results are not valued. The efforts and the process is valued.

Did you suffer? Where you troubled? Did you do your best? Did you at least try?  At the end, the most important thing is did you follow true to your heart?  Its alright to be troubled and having doubts about what you are doing. You have times to make a decision and redirect your course.

Your efforts and thinking seriously about your path and redirecting all these process is valued and brought to the next life in a form of magnetic energy.

Our short life span is a repetition of decision making, reexamination and redirection.

Ikashite-itadaite arigato-gozaimasu
Thank you for letting us live

I would like to spread the Gratitude Awareness towards ancestral spirits and everything around us so 5% of the world population will start acting on it on a daily basis.

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