Monday, 26 December 2011

Feng Shui element takes away the fun of mail sharing

You've got mails-tons of them; hope all of them bring good news!

Passing on fun filled and interesting mails is what we enjoy generally as we share what are the latest in news, how are things works, delighting jokes and stories as well as unusual pictures to view, with net friends.

                              Tons of junk mails that will bury you alive!
What irk me are mails that carry threats that state: If you don't pass this on, you'll have problems......bad fortunes will fall on you....... etc. Whenever I read a mail that stressed I must pass it on to how many people, in how many days etc, otherwise....I will have bad omen and adverse Feng Shui affecting my livelihood. I will stop reading such and delete it right away, disregarding the good intention of the sender. I have always told my friends and folks that Feng Shui is a way of life with the common sense aptly applied. It's all a matter of common sense, I will stress. Do not over indulge in it as one may end up miserable with arguments at home and there will be no peace. (I'm not talking about own experience at home–we do not attribute anything regarding Feng Shui) There are a number of self-acclaimed, arrogated Feng Shui pundits in my country. Some of them had appeared in TV programs to advocate their 'research and findings' with their oratorial skill; some of which were simply out of this world and they published books about that. Few of them run shop lots at Kuala Lumpur’s shopping malls to ply their trade. They had been reduced to mere fortune tellers, trying to earn some unethical money. There were some zealous architects who wrote books and contributed to FS magazines regarding the misleading practice. For those matters, it was all money matters; they wanted to make some extras despite their professions. I'm one person who has studied Chinese language and I'm the one who do not follow this FS concept but to redress the issue. Fun in numerical coincident and arrangement of the calendar dates had been depleted once it is linked to FS.

Feng Shui is known as the Chinese geomancy that determines one's at peace with the environment and physical health with emphasis on balance of the harmony of Ying and Yang. It is very high sounding and confusing but actually it is based on common sense practice.
For renovation works, if it was too much of a hassle for an old building, one might as well have the interior torn down and re-design the decor; but never let the self-acclaimed Feng Shui master make a fool out of you.
Renovation works incorporate wishful design to utilize the optimum space with correct placing of the furniture, as well as making the living room neat and tidy with good air flow and  a good view of the outside scenes, thus making the house an ideal home for dwelling.

 A couple friends of mine had their newly bought house renovated in affluent Subang Jaya. Right after the contractor handed their much anticipated home to them, they engaged a so-called Feng Sui master who came over with a 八卦 plate (a geomancy tool) and compass to see everything was in order. They were told to remove a large mirror installed at the side wall of the living room as it attracted evil spirits, much to the chagrin to the wife as it was her favorite interior design item. The panic couple paid the con artist a thousand bucks and jumped into repair works. More monies were spent following the removal of the expensive mirror and the wall repainted with costly labor.

The I Jing 易经, an ancient text known as 'The Classic of Changes' had been  a reference of sort to those who sought peace and comfort of life with its origin traced back as early as the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC.  For that matter, China had never enjoyed long period of peace with no impending or on-going wars until now. There were many versions of I Jing, written and improved by wise scholars since the Tang, Song and Han Dynasties. It was known that Lao Zi and Confucius each had their own interpretation of the I Jing, or perhaps they had contributed their ideas to the sacred book on way of life. Feng Shui the Chinese Geomantic practice derived some of its applications and fine elements from I Jing. It was generally believed that Fu Xi's (伏羲) version of I Jing, around the years of 2800 BC provided the originality of the book.
I Jing and its hexagrams are complex to study and master. It is filled with cosmology, astrology, philosophy, soothsaying, mysticism, divination of ancient leaders and rulers, and other ancient Chinese traditional elements of life. It is a very difficult subject which covers a wide scope to fathom even for modern day scholars.

Another couple friends wilfully listened to the advice of a FS master to shift the door of the rear exit at the kitchen of their new home a further foot to the right, so as to balance the harmony of Ying and Yang. Why and how did the FS master deduce with such finding? Nobody dared to question the integrity and knowledge of the scoundrel who was out to make a quick buck out of the ignorant couple. With money spent, they enjoyed years of family bliss, as according to them. They also realized the fact that their neighbors who did not do any adjustment to their rear exit doors of their respective houses, nothing awfully bad had befallen them. Just two years later the couple had the misfortune to have the entire floor of the rear exit dug out as it was always wet with water oozed out from some leaks underneath. They eventually spent few thousands of dollars more to have the whole kitchen floor repaired as the drainage pipes below it, was not aligned properly when they shifted their rear exit door one foot away at the time they first moved into their new abode.

The Ba Gua 易经八卦 diagrams in different designs (inscribed on metal plates) are tools for the so-called Feng Shui masters when they go about appraising properties, suitability of land use, (like graves) dates selecting for auspicious occasions (like marriage and moving house) and other factors that shall determine the  owner's fortune (or downfall) in the future.
The Ba Gua 八卦 plate/badge with the ubiquitous TaiChi in the centre is an inseparable part of the trade for the Feng Shui masters. The TaiChi enblem with its reference to Taoism, is another aspect of Chinese way of life.

The Chinese people traditionally believe that one should not sleep with the legs facing the main exit/entrance door; they only place the dead that way when a family member dies. Well, I have no qualm or objection about that as it has been a traditional practice instead of a rule following the Feng Shui’s whatnots. As I stress it in the beginning, it is all a matter of common sense. So all of us should apply our standard intelligence to adopt the common sense for decision making, so as not to fall prey to unscrupulous bad hats of the society, and to safe guard our hard-earned money from going down the drain.

Alan CY Kok

1 comment:

  1. Dr KS Gan has got this to say:

    Well said and with gusto! Life is not about waiting for the rain to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain. lest you get struck by lightning. Seek harmony and balance in life and all will be well. That is fun sweet to me.