Bazi, Feng Shui

Feng Shui Questions 02: Running on Karma?

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 corrected 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.

(updated 2020: Covid19 case)

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. The law of attraction falls into this category. This is the category where symbolic feng shui and motivation theory thrives.

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.

So let me ask you, is life outcome a single or multi components?

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A verse from “Ba Zhai Tian Yuan Fu”

Jiang Da Hong says: “…if you want to know what is true in the 8 houses, you have to know the numbers in the 9 palaces…”.

This sentence alone we can learn a lot about flying star but in this article my intention is to only talk about the 2nd half of the sentence “know the numbers in the 9 palaces…”

What are the numbers in the 9 palaces?  What is the significance of the 9 numbers to feng shui? Is he referring the 9 to the 9 stars or 9 palaces?

I share my thoughts on this subject.

“…numbers in the 9 palaces..” means the 9 numbers in the 9 squares. Just like the diagram below:

To understand a house, we have to know the numbers in the 9 palaces. To know is to understand and be able to apply the knowledge of the numbers in the 9 palaces. With these 9 numbers & it’s combinations of numbers, one can tell the house well. If one does not know nor understand the significance of these 9 numbers in the 9 palaces then how can one tell the house? Perhaps, why some practitioners and students are frustrated with flying star and label it as fake is because they have failed to understand the deeper part of 2nd portion of this verse or reduce flying star to merely a divination tool.

How do we want to understand the numbers? Most will know or understand the individual stars like Star #1 is the Tang Lang Star which represents Intelligence star and so forth, and most, I believe also knows about the 81 combination of stars. This you can find on the bookshelfs any major bookstores. A little difference in the meaning from different authors but more or less you can find it quite easily. This is rather an easy task for basic level. Finally to understand the deeper meaning one has to be adept in knowledge of Yi Jing or I-Ching.

Understanding seems an easy task! Not really, but let’s put this question aside for a moment and move on to the next part & that is how to apply the numbers then we come back to understanding later. And yes application is the most tricky & critical part.

To illustrate, I take the example of a room layout I posted in Facebook couple of days back to keep things less complicated. Can you spot the 4 sets of numbers? This is where the major difference between authentic Flying Star and the general Flying Star readily available in the market. This is what sets apart the effectiveness between Wu Chang and other Shen School of Flying Star (common Flying Star).

If you can get this 4 sets of numbers correct, you do not have to worry about the colors of your room nor mirrors affecting your bedroom’s feng shui. So this is the 1st important lesson that Master Jiang is trying to tell us. Internal Feng Shui is inferior to the effects brought by the numbers in the 9 palaces

In authentic Flying Star, you can also makes a difference to the feng shui of the room by changing the Qi of the room door. Knowing the Qi of the room’s door is a concept known by most practitioners but what they don’t know is that the Qi is dynamic and not static. This is the advance concept of Wu Chang Flying Star.

So, if one does not understand the numbers thoroughly, how can one change the Qi correctly & effectively?

This is important as each number adds a layer of information to your flying star. Once you know it then you can better improve your bedroom feng shui for example.

If one superimpose the chart onto the house using 8 pie or 9 grid, knowing exactly the Qi inside each room is a challenge especially when you see a line dividing a room. This reduces the chance of getting one set of the numbers correct.

So by not knowing the full sets of numbers, one is already missing the vital link in understanding what is going on in the room, why this person had an accident last month and so forth and this is the 2nd lesson we ought to learn.

Therefore, correct understanding the numbers and in it’s application is indeed a daunting task for the commoner Flying Star and it is no wonder the Feng Shui works at times and don’t work on other times.  And the reason behind is simply because they cannot predict the house and if something has gone bad, how can they explain. Blame the mirror, the toilet bowl behind, the beam on top or lamp post? If something good happens then how they explain? The Bazi is good, the wealth vase did the job, or last weekend he move the furnitures or the new aquarium ‘activated’ the qi?

Summing up, the few important points to capture is Internal Feng Shui is not important compared to the effects from the Stars and having the correct understanding of the numbers in the 9 palaces and how it is applied can allow one to properly set a strong house feng shui so it can sustains good feng shui over the longer term.

In fact, there are more layers into telling the 9 numbers in the 9 palaces but for now I hoped you have enjoyed this posting.