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The Four Great “Wealths” of North, South, East & West
In the third dimension of feng shui, we deal with the spiritual energy of cosmic realms that exist alongside our material world, and these strengthen space and time feng shui practice. It is an exciting phase in the evolution of feng shui knowledge and it is making its inevitable way into the collective unconscious of the world. There is increasing awareness of, and interest in cosmic magic, which basically is the material realm connecting with the spiritual realm. Awareness of this, coupled with the developed ability of the human mind creating images internally, have the power to actualize wishes that you generate inside your head, making your desires materialize like magic! Practicing this branch of inner feng shui is magic and uses secret and oftentimes sacred symbols that bridge the cosmic world with ours! In this issue, LILLIAN TOO introduces us to the four great wealth symbols of the cardinal directions.
These are powerful symbols that represent the “wealths” of the four primary compass directions on both sides of the cosmic divide; and all four of these symbols are wishgranting in their promise. These symbols have survived the centuries and in various forms they have evolved in different cultural and religious traditions. In some countries, a couple of these symbols are treated with religious fervour; in others, only one or two of the four have survived.
In the Tibetan traditions of cosmic magic practiced by the yogics and Shamans of this once previously cloistered nation - surrounded by high mountains of snow and hence kept secret from the rest of the world - legend describes the four great cosmic wealths of the four cosmic continents of the four directions. In the continent of the East
which has a mountain of precious jewels. Here the cosmic magic symbol is the wish granting jewel
and its power gets activated
when an actual physical jewel is placed before you. Then you meditate and recite the sanskrit mantras
that invoke its energy to manifest your wishes into reality. You can also place the wishgranting jewel along the East wall of your living area. Meditating on the jewel is incredibly effective as this focuses your internal mind energy on the powers of the
Some people believe that the real cosmic continent, a pure land inhabited by Devas and powerful Deities, is in Wu Tai Shan
, the holy mountain of Manjushri near Beijing.
In the Continent of the West
which is represented by a wish granting cow
whose urine and dung are liquid and
gold. This cosmic pure land of the West according to legend lies in northern India somewhere in the Himalayan Mountain range hidden from prying eyes and accessed only through virtuous thought and pure hearts and minds. But the image of the wish granting cow is all powerful for it symbolizes great wealth that manifests as pure gold. This is perhaps the reason why in India the cow is so highly revered and why its dung is used to build houses. Indeed, the cow is usually featured in religious art usually accompanying powerful deities of the Hindu tradition.In the continent of the North
represents the continuous availability of crops always growing in abundance and always available. This is the wish granting harvest
which brings the wealth of never-ending success.In the continent of the South, Jampud-vipa
, are groves of wish granting trees
bringing wealth that multiplies and grows. The wish granting trees are also said to grow in the center of the heavenly paradise realm of the great Hindu God Indra. This powerful tree is believed to grant all the wishes of those who invoke its energy. It manifests an abundance of divine wealth that takes shape as flowers and fruits which appear throughout the twelve months of the year, with different kinds of fruits for each of the four seasons. Usually the wish granting tree
is visualized as being laden with fruits, flowers, leaves and plenty of bejeweled ornaments hanging from its spreading branches. There are silk ribbons and birds, and at the top of the tree are lotus flowers where rainbow light radiates outwards.
that is the wish fulfilling tree can be activated by the mind, making the wishes it wants to manifest into reality, into picture
images of the tree bringing all that is wished for. But it is necessary to first familiarize oneself with the “look” of the tree. In our minds, the tree must be lush and plentiful. It is the same with ALL the four wealth wish granting symbols. One must develop familiarity with these symbols so we know how and what to think of when we think of them. The best way to do this is by placing their images within close and constant range so that over time, they become empowered by our mind’s energy simply by their mere presence.
This is how auspicious symbols bring so much good stuff into our lives. Knowing what they signify, believing in their significance and then systematically empowering them with focused conscious thought. This is the beginning of creating magic in your life!
So yes, indeed there is a cosmic Universe and there are powerful cosmic symbols of magic that are wish fulfilling, that grant you your clearly visualized wishes! Just by bringing them into your consciousness and leaving powerful imprints of what they look like and how they can manifest wishes into reality is the start of anyone’s journey into the realms of Cosmic magic.
These four types of wealth are part of the Mandala Offering that forms an important component of the Tibetan offering ritual. It is a ritual that continues to be practiced to this day as it is believed to be very auspicious irrespective of whether the Offering is real, symbolic or completely visualized in the mind. Indeed, a great deal of Tibetan cosmic magic involves the use of secret visualization techniques accompanied by secret incantations and mantras. These require the correct symbolic tools and implements to be present, so in this issue, I want to introduce readers to this exciting dimension of luck creation and actualizing the good life.
The following article is taken from the "Feng Shui World (November/December 2010)". To subscribe, please click here.