Sunday, August 30, 2020

Correct selection and hoisting of Lungta Flag


In Bhutan hoisting of Lungta flag is very common. One can see the presence of flags almost all the places throughout the kingdom, thus portraying a dharmic scene. Seeing such flags during travelling give a very pleasant feeling.  However, most of these flags are dedicated only for the personal wellbeing of the hoister.



Well, Lungta flags should be erected not only for personal wellbeing, but also during the following occasions:

Celebration of His Majesty’s birthday

Celebration of His Holiness the Je Khenpo’s birthday

Celebration of one own root lama or Rinpoche

Parent’s birthday

Wedding anniversary

 During auspicious holy days

Visit to holy sites (Ney)

When one’s lungta wellbeing is black

When one plan to start new business

 If one gets frequent illness.

 

The following points are to be noted when one is planning to hoist lungta:


To whom the lungta flag is dedicated

To consult astrologer for correct date and direction of lungta placement

To get Lungta flag sanctified by lama or Rinpoche

Selection of place to hoist

 

Selection of Lungta color

Selection of Lungta color is very important. The following should be followed:

 

Birth Year

Color of Lungta Flag

Tiger, Horse, Dog

White

Roaster, Ox, Snake

Blue

Pig, Sheep, Hare

Red

Mouse, Dragon, Monkey

Green

 

One can also select color of Lungta as per the compatibility of element (mother only) of the above element.

Birth Year

Your Lungta Color 

Mother compatibility of your lungta color

Tiger, Horse, Dog

White

Yellow

Roaster, Ox, Snake

Blue

White

Pig, Sheep, Hare

Red

Green

Mouse, Dragon, Monkey

Green

Blue

 

Which means, if your birth sign is Dog, you can select either White of Yellow.

The most important one should exercise is to refrain from selecting an enemy color. Under such circumstances, the flag will give you negativities till it worn out. The following are the opposing color, please avoid.

 

Birth Year

Your Lungtag Color 

Your Opposing color (Dungzur)

Tiger, Horse, Dog

White

Red

Roaster, Ox, Snake

Blue

Yellow

Pig, Sheep, Hare

Red

Blue

Mouse, Dragon, Monkey

Green

White

 


Direction of flag hoisting

Hoisting flag based on direction of one’s birth year is vital.

  South  
  Snake, Horse  
SoutheastDragon SheepSouthwest
     
     
EastHare, TigerYour House HereMonkey,  RoasterWest
     
     
NotheastOx DogNorthwest
  Mouse, Pig  
  North  
 

For example, if your birth year is Pig, you have to select Red lungtag and hoist it towards the North from your house. Kindly note that personal lungtag flag cannot be placed where ever you like.

 

Selection of Lungtag Text based on your Mewa deity as remedial measure to your frequent illness.


Selection of day for hoisting Lungta Flag

 

We put up prayer flags to increase lungta force, to bring luck & success, or to stabilize the environment. So it very important to hoist in a good day after performing rabney.

 

Kindly note that if you put them up on the wrong astrological dates (paden tharwo or Sabda Baden/ Barnam), you or person to whom you have hoisted the flags will continuously receive obstaclesas long as the prayer flags last.

 

The following are the  dates according to the Bhutanese lunar calendar that one must avoid hoisting prayer/Lungta flags.

 

Days 10, 22 of Months 1, 5, 9

Days 7, 19 of Months 2, 6, 10

Days 4, 16, 28 of Months 3, 7, 11

Days 1, 13, 25 of Months 4, 8, 12

 

Thank You

 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Turquoise, an important gem that connects well with human.


Turquoise is an opaque, blue to green mineral that is a hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum, with a chemical formula CuAl6(PO4)4(OH)8·4H2O. Turquoise is created by the purification of groundwater through aluminous rock in the presence of copper and the intense underground conditions around the Himalayan Mountain Range. Over many millions of years, the natural process has finally given us a beautiful colour to this gem.



Amongst the many colour ranges the blue-green is the most sought after for the fact thatmost Turquoise found elsewhere inclines more towards the blues. This blue green colour and the gem itself  is a part of a  life to many people in the Himalayan as well as their livelihood.

 


Almost every person living in the Himalayas will have a piece of Turquoise, if not multiple pieces. For them, it’s a very spiritual thing to own, and it’s the most prized gemstone in this part of the world. They believe it is the ‘Sky Stone’ and has been brought to the surface of the earth from the heavens. 

 

Especially, Tibetans have valued the stone since at least 1,000 BC. It has been used as a token of love between people and is thought to protect both the person giving the gem and the person who received it as a gift.

In Bhutanese folklore also there are many tales on the Turquoise. This beautiful gem is also widely used in the country. Be it as a decorative of statutes, religious artifacts, personal jewelries etc.  

   

In Tibet, children will always be given a piece of Turquoise jewellery in their early years, and it’s believed this will act as a protector and stop them from falling. (Some of these villages are high in the mountains where fear of falling would be a real and dangerous concern.) 

 

 


Throughout their lives they will “upgrade” their Turquoise talisman several times for bigger and finer pieces, and seeking a larger and cleaner piece can become a lifelong pursuit, such is the importance of the gem in this culture. 

 

They also believe it will protect the wealth of the family and it can be used for medicinal purposes too, as it has been crushed into a powder for medicine. It is believed that as the gem is porous and can absorb things from its surroundings that a Turquoise can take on a personality of its own.  


 

They even believe that as a person grows older it will begin to lose its intensity of colour, and will shift to a more green hue. On being passed down to a younger healthy person the Turquoise is believed to recover its beauty and natural colour. Because of this they treat their gems as if they have their own personality, with affection, and as if the gem were alive. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this gem is treated as if it were part of the family and an important part of everyday life. The gem is also listed in several Sanskrit texts as being medicinal.

 

One of their strongest beliefs is that there are no two gems alike – each one has its own personality, its own look and is distinct from all others.

 

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This is a particularly good stone to wear or use if you are experiencing trouble with difficult people or stresses in your life. Ideally it would be worn on your body throughout the day to help protect and heal you. This makes necklaces and earrings the perfect anti-negativity shield. 

Many Tibetans believe that a turquoise mala will relay your prayer directly to the deity being invoked. So, it is beneficial, if you use Turquoise mala for reciting Tara mantra.


It is very important to Tibetans as well as the people throughout the Himalayas that their personal Turquoise is in its natural state. They feel if Turquoise is altered it does not possess its metaphysical powers and is not able to be in harmony with the human body. 



Turquoise is a porous mineral and absorbs oils and body fluids which affect its colour and consistancy when unaltered. Himalayan people recognise that the change of colour in a Turquoise Gem is the direct result of variations in the state of the owner’s health. Turquoise grows paler and usually takes on hues of green as the owner sickens or grows old, it loses its color and intensity entirely at death. 


Turquoise will completely recover its inherent qualities and beauty when a new and healthy person possesses it. 


Healers and believers in Turquoise feel that Turquoise is susceptible to the personality of the wearer, a gem must be treated with affection and regarded as a sentient being. 


It is also believed that Turquoise will bring happiness and good fortune to its owner if it was given by a loving hand, it is sympathetic not only to the wearer’s health but also to the giver. 


It is believed that Turquoise will become paler in colour if he or she is threatened by evil. 


Turquoise is often used as a token of love by Himalayan people,  Turquoise is presented by a lover to his loved one, its colour will remain permanent as long as the lover’s affection lasts.


Turquoise is highly appreciated by Tibetans not only for preserving the family wealth but also for its ritual and medicinal purposes. "Gyu" (pronounced "yu") is the name for Turquoise to the Tibetans and Bhutanese, it is indigenous and they feel knowledge from the mineral comes from within the Turquoise and not through outside influences. In other words, Tibetans feel that Turquoise Stones have many powers and values within the stone itself. 


Hope you will keep an original turquoise with you after having explained many things above.Like most other opaque gems, turquoise has been devalued today by the introduction onto the market of treatments, imitations and synthetics.

 

Reference: 

Durango Silver Company and Wekipedia

Photo courtesy: Google

  

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