How to Correctly Place Holy Objects and Deity Statues in Your Home
People often ask me where to place deity statues and other holy objects in their houses. A few pointers:
Before you place a deity statue in your house, it's always nice to have it blessed by a holy man, if possible.
Also, before occupying a new house or apartment itself, there's another thing you should do as well. In a glass of water place some salt, recite the Zhunti mantra and "Ohm Lah" purification mantra over the salt water to purify it. Step two, recite the mantra as you go around the rooms of your house sprinkling the walls and corners with a flick of this water, requesting that bad influences leave and that everything becomes purified.
Chinese and Indian culture have more complicated procedures than this, but this is the basic idea.
Does it work?
I could tell you stories, but you'll have to gain some experience to judge for yourself. After all, of what value are someone else's words if you're already ignoring the weight of century old cultural teachings that tell you this is beneficial rather than superstition. I don't believe in superstitious things but have been humbled at the number of times I laughed at something in Asian culture which turned out to have a real, tangible, living reason behind it. Humbled I have been more times than I can count.
The more you cultivate and the higher your stage of attainment, the more you tend to confirm the truth of cultivation science and practices developed by sages, and the more you understand how they work and why they came about in the first place (as well as becoming able to identify the things that really are a SHAM). So remember to be humble when you go to a foreign culture and see strange things done for spiritual or religious reasons. Sometimes they are indeed unnecessary superstitious customs, and at other times they have an invisible truth to them that you can only see after you climb the ranks of the meditation ladder.
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