Gyashi Puja 2008
Symbolism and Pacification of the 4 Maras
For the very first time since Karma Kagyud established in the Northern region of Malaysia, Venerable organized Gyashi Puja means 400 offerings puja, to pacify the 4 maras. Venerable managed to invite some lamas to assist in this puja.
According to our Resident Master, all the obstacles that we had experienced were caused by the 4 maras. These are mara of the son of god, mara of defilement, mara of death and mara of form which are represented by white, red, black and yellow color respectively. They symbolize the 4 types of obscurations. Through making offerings of 100 lamps, one would have pacified the mara of the son of god and be freed of the obscuration of knowledge. Similarly, by making offerings of 100 tsa tsa one would have pacified the mara of defilement and be freed of the obscuration of the five poisons. By making offering of 100 tormas, one would have pacified the mara of death and be freed of obscurations of karmic causes. And by making offering of 100 human form figures, one would have pacified the mara of form and be freed of the obscuration of habitual tendencies.
This puja is opened to all and for those who are interested are requested to bring the following :
1) hair strands,
sutra and tantra mentioned that when one performs the Gyashi practice, it will increase one’s lifespan and merits and purify one’s defilement and sufferings. In Tibet
, this practice is performed when a person is severely sick, has a bad dream, encountering bad omen or misfortune and anticipating bad omen through prediction.
2) a piece of fabric from clothing that has been worn by the person and
3) fingernail cuttings.
For persons unable to attend personally, please pack a piece of dough which has been rubbed on parts of their bodies which have sickness. The dough should not be rubbed on the forehead or heart area.
Shrine that was set up for the Gyazhi puja
Chanting led by Venerable assisted by a shrine master and other lamas
Shrine master performing tsa-tsa during the puja
Resident Master performed chanting for each direction
– North, South, East, West and Centre where lamps were lighted
– and tsa-tsa were performed
Main sponsor for the center direction – that symbolize the 4 types of obscurations -
mara of the son of god, mara of defilement, mara of death and mara of form which are represented by white, red, green and yellow color respectively
Sponsor for the mara of death
Sponsor for the mara of the son of god
Sponsor for the mara of form
Sponsor for the mara of defilement