Here is another posting that Christine from my Facebook has asked me to write on, something about Good and Bad Karma…Interesting request but I will try even though my knowledge is rather limited on this subject. Since I am also in the Chinese metaphysics world, lets talk on a topic related to this field, something I came across in a forum.
A common perception among the public is that Feng Shui Masters should be able to avoid misfortune – like relationship problems, wealth & health etc, with their ability to read one’s destiny & Feng Shui practical implementations, but this wasn’t the case in reality.
Life is indeed complicated and Feng Shui Masters are also human beings. Firstly I would like to relate back to an article that I have written before based on I-Ching principles as taught by Master Isaac Chung that described the various components of life.
Every person is born with a set of Destiny and in this package comes your character, your sub-conscious mind blueprint, your intentions, the kind of life you going to go through for instance, your relations with your family, spouse, grandparents, work, child and the path in life you will thread during this lifetime. This is collectively called Destiny and Luck. They are given.
If you start to look at it from the religious point of view, that Destiny Chart is basically a code of your Karma. The meaning of life is and has been for thousands of years to achieve Nivarna or Nibbana which is the cessation of being reborn and to the land of eternal bliss. But the Buddha also said that in life, suffering exist and it is a reality that no reasonable person can deny. We as humans, our job is to purify ourselves in actions and thoughts so we can forever leave this cycle of Samsara (rebirth). So regardless of your profession, we are all bound by our Bazi/Karma/Destiny.
Coming back, there are many grade of Feng Shui Masters. Some who want to be make big money, some wants to be famous or celebrities in the name of feng shui while some others wants to propagate the art to future generations and help others. In this period of the 90’s and in the millenium, the art of Feng Shui has suddenly become accessible to the public, thanks to many Celebrity “Masters” who open up the “secret art” to the world. So suddenly in this period you see thousands of Feng Shui “Masters” emerging in the market especially true in the Western World. Then you hear many stories like Masters murdered, embroiled in law suits, having secret affairs, passed away in poor conditions, suffered from strokes and many more. People like them cannot escape their Karma too. Why?
According to Buddhism there are at least 5 categories of Karma. What we have been talking all these while are called Karma Niyama, the result of one’s own actions and thoughts through the many cycles of birth and re-birth. Well when these masters promoted their feng shui to the world, they made it so simple to “students”. If you have this problem, no worries, buy this and put there! Or just find the good stars and using date selection, activate it by digging the ground here or there. Ya, I too wish life is that simple! There will be no poor people. Yet if you ask around, many are pretty much they are as where they were before if not worse off. Undeniably some of them are also better off by virtue of Luck or Karma. Perhaps! because if you toss the coins 10 times surely you will get a few Heads.
They are just too good to know where are the pain points and pleasure points of naive clients or students. Marketing is what I label it. If you know some of their background, not all have strong background in feng shui. Mostly has no lineage behind them. They either read from books and then teach it to the world then students flock at their door steps enroll courses and buy their products. They willingly “sell” the knowledge because it is not valuable to them. This is human nature.
I quote an example of a case in the Trial of Nina Wang where both the Plaintiff and 1st Defendant each called upon their own expert witness and this is what Judge Johnson Lam written in his judgement.
Therefore, the evidence of Mr Jxxxxx Y, focusing on the validity and consistency of the alleged Fung Shui practices with some Fung Shui theories, based on his own research by reading some works on Fung Shui and logic and common sense, were quite beside the point. I do not find such evidence to be of much assistance in this trial. Even though Fung Shui is not a science, Mr Y developed his Fung Shui theory by making use of mathematical methods and his own logical deductions. It is not my function to adjudicate whether such an approach is sound. But there is no evidence that his approach is shared by many Fung Shui practitioners in Hong Kong. Mr Y taught classes and practised his Fung Shui overseas but not in Hong Kong or the mainland or Taiwan. Therefore he cannot give useful evidence as regards local practices. He frankly admitted that he had no knowledge of Taoist practices and Fa Discipline. He did not practise planting of life base though he had researched into it on a theoretical level.
(Mr Y is the Expert Witness of 1st Defendant, Tony Chan)
Their actions may ruin many lives and this will create bad karma within themselves & the following generations due to their half proven methods. When I meet students or clients of theirs and try to salvage the situation, it is a pity but this is the fact of life, they the students/clients have suffered in silence yet they move on to find other solutions. Is this due to their Karma too? Perhaps! Someone has to be a short in order to make the other person tall! This is the concept of Yin-Yang.
Even if I try to tell them, they cannot follow or listen. Why?, perhaps it is their Bad Karma is too heavy that they cannot receive help. What all this tells us is, Karma or Destiny is at work in our lives and that is what differentiate us from others and no one shall escape it. Watch this movie called Running on Karma starring Andy Lau. You will understand what I mean.
While I am not advocating I am correct all the time, at least I am confident that with the knowledge passed down by my generations of masters, they have proven with their cases with good enough success rate & from my own practices as well, I have correct enough cases to know what is right and what is hyped publicity.
Feng Shui Master suffers or flourish due to their own past actions or deeds. Anyway they are only mortals aren’t they?. All with desires, greed, fear, attachments and their deeds too.
Then there is the other type called the Utu Niyama – physical inorganic order, e.g. seasonal phenomena of winds and rains. The unerring order of seasons, characteristic seasonal changes and events, causes of winds and rains, nature of heat, etc., all belong to this group.
If you so happened to be in Acheh when the Tsunami happened, no Feng Shui can save you. All house will also be damaged. Don’t believe me? Sponsor the masters to built the best feng shui house in Indonesia near the volcanic areas. Let’s see if it will be save from the volcanic lava. No body can escape Karma not even the best Feng Shui Masters.
Then there are the 3 others Karma:- Citta Niyama, Bija Niyama and Dharmma Niyama.
Bija Niyama – order of germs and seeds (physical organic order), e.g. rice produced from rice-seed, sugary taste from sugar-cane or honey, peculiar characteristics of certain fruits, etc. The scientific theory of cells and genes and the physical similarity of twins may be ascribed to this order.
Dhamma Niyama – order of the norm, e.g., the natural phenomena occurring at the advent of a Bodhisattva in his last birth. Gravitation and other similar laws of nature. The natural reason for being good and so forth, may be included in this group.
Citta Niyama – order or mind or psychic law, e.g., processes of consciousness, arising and perishing of consciousness, constituents of consciousness, power of mind, etc., including telepathy, telaesthesia, retro-cognition, premonition, clairvoyance, clairaudience, thought-reading and such other psychic phenomena which are inexplicable to modern science.
So what happens when they are supposed able to read their Destiny & knows Feng Shui that supposedly able to tweek destiny but cannot avoid it? The answer is in one of the 5 types of Karmas. Just like the Buddha despite achieving Nirvana at the age of 35 has to die too when he aged 80.
Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will, creating his own destiny. The Vedas tell us, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil. Karma refers to the totality of our actions and their concomitant reactions in this and previous lives, all of which determines our future.
SATGURU SIVAYA SUBRAMUNIYASWAMI, Dancing With Siva