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Beings Who Aid Academically
Thus, it's no surprise that among these deities, there are some who
assist in the area of education, since the Chinese place so much
emphasis on a good education, as they believe it is the key to great
success. Here are two deities who can help the students in your home
towards achieving their dreams of academic success:
The Laughing Buddha
wonderfully jolly deity is one of the most beloved of Buddha images. He
can be seen in Chinese homes and restaurants throughout the world.
Though the Laughing Buddha
is sometimes known as the Buddha of Wealth, he is also widely
recognized as the Buddha of Happiness. Legend has it that nothing makes
him happier than taking mankind's worries, problems and unhappiness and
transforming them into happiness! A good place to put this Buddha is in
the living room, preferably facing the front door. He may also be
placed on the study desk to take away pressure and stress, as well as
to assist the student towards fulfilling academic goals.
The deity Dong-Pin Lu is one of the Eight Immortals. The Eight Immortals
are superior beings of Taoist legend, widely regarded as symbols of
longevity and good fortune by Taoists. They are frequently depicted on
Chinese porcelain vases, urns and plates, with each immortal
symbolizing their own special good fortune attributes.
Dong-Pin Lu is the third immortal, a reclusive scholar who is
regarded as the patron saint of the sick. As with each of the
immortals, Dong-Pin Lu has his own special symbols, or objects. He
carries a sword on his back, and wields a fly swat in his right hand.
He uses the former to overcome evil spirits, slicing through sufferings
caused by bad chi; and the latter is used to cure illnesses. Dong-Pin
Lu is said to have learned much of his magic craft from the chief of
the immortals, Chung-Li Chuan.
When he is displayed in the home, this immortal protects against
illness caused by evil spirits and bad chi, as well as bestowing good
scholar luck on the occupants of the home. Place an image of Dong-Pin
Lu in the northwest corner of your home. It can be a statuette made of
earth-element materials such as ceramic, clay or terracotta, or made of
metal-element material such as brass.
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