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Kek Lok Si Temple On Fire

It is good to note that from last year’s prediction Covid is showing signs of reduction especially in Malaysia and I believe in the year of the Water Tiger 壬寅, the pandemic will be over or reduced in a greater scale. This year I won’t be doing much of a prediction since there are many famous masters who will do it, if they still doing it.

After another year of Covid pandemic, its December again. This pandemic has changed the lives of many people and even temples are not spared. Let me pen down another important event that happened in the blog that also serves as my own personal journal.

Kek Lok Si temple is a place in me simply because of many historical linkages to this temple. Memories from my childhood and now a link to the lineage where I traced the roots of my grandmaster, 演本法師.

One of Malaysia famous and old temple Kek Lok Si was reported to have been burned on the 12th October 2021 (Gui Si Day) in the early hours of 2:56 AM. 2:56 am is the hour of Chou, 丑 in Chinese calendar.

The section that got burned was the oldest part of the temple which was built in 1891 which is already 116 years old.

Many schools of Feng Shui have claimed that this Temple was done by their line of Feng Shui and so be it. However I have doctrine from my Grand Master’s diary how he had applied Xuan Kong Flying Star to save the temple from financial woes back in the 1920’s. It is indeed an eye opening piece of history that not many know.

Fast forward to 2021, whilst we are facing a pandemic, the news one of the shrine was burned shocked me. As we are still in a lock down during that time, I could not go to Penang to have a look so I have to ask a friend’s favour to do it for me.

It came back that my guess was right that the burned building must be facing the Air Itam down or have facing towards North East.

Now on 30 November, when I am able to visit the temple and true it was the old temple facing North East that caught fire. My guess was correct because only with such star patterns that could trigger such events.

The burned shrine was quite quickly restored with the help of many volunteers. The Buddha statue was not burned but only the outer casing was. Nonetheless, it was a good blessing.

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