追思孝道慶讚中元Hungry Ghosts’ Festival – In Remembrance of Filial Piety
This coming Friday, 14 August 2015, is the 1st day of the Seventh Lunar Month, which marks the beginning of the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival. This period is the “holiday period” for the spirits or “good brothers” from the Nether World.
How to ensure your children’s “safety” during the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival
During this Lunar month, please do not bring your kids to the following places:
4. Forested areas
5. Gardens and parks
Especially when dusk falls (after 4.30pm), please refrain from bringing your young children to the above mentioned places.
If you have to bring the kids to these places, do let them wear a five-colored thread or a string of mala beads (otherwise known as prayer beads, 佛珠) on their wrists. But please note this, the prayer beads (佛珠) I am referring to are those that you have used for sutra/mantra recitation (唸佛持咒).
If the beads have not been used for sutra/mantra recitation, they are purely ornamental. Only those that have are true mala beads and are empowered or energized with Buddha’s energy to resist negative energies and protect your children. A well-protected child will have a good night sleep and not wake up screaming and crying in the middle of the night. As for adults, do return home early after work if there is no need to work overtime. If you know how to recite the Buddha’s name or mantra, please do so frequently.
Why we should display filial piety to our ancestors during the Hungry Ghosts’ Festival
Everyone ought to make some offerings of joss papers on the 1st day of the Seventh Lunar Month. You can burn the offerings for the “good brothers” at the ground floor of your residence, for among the wandering spirits, undeniably, are your ancestors from your many past lives.
Master Dai Hu wishes everybody a safe, peaceful and prosperous Seventh Lunar month.