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Talisman-ia Has Begun

Laughing Buddha and Lord Ganesha represent the same attributes. The belly, in both, represents prosperity, writes Mohan Deep.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2005 14:15 IST

Though I am keeping it low profile, having produced a limited number of talismans, the mania has begun. I have been flooded with inquiries. I write the Feng Shui diary because I love to write and Feng Shui has given me the chance to meet fascinating people and their responses. Every day is a learning process for me.

Once, when I did my first show of Feng Shui paintings, I thought that the priority number one for most people is money. The Wealth and Good Fortune corner comes first and the rest (Fame and Glory, Marriage and Relationship, Family and Elders, Health, Children and Creativity, Knowledge, Career and Opportunities and the Helpful Friends and Patronage) follow.

I thought so because my Feng Shui paintings sold in that order. I sold all the paintings that were to enhance the Wealth corner and among the other fast selling paintings were those that were to trigger the Career and Opportunities and the Marriage and Relationship corner. The last on the list was the paintings to do with Knowledge sector! I assumed that few were interested in knowledge.

And yet, half of the e-mails I have received are inquiries about the Talisman for Education and job opportunities.

Every second telephone call is about the Talisman. I am seeing how anxious the parents are for the success of children. Dotting father, loving mothers and concerned siblings want to acquire the talismans…Some want to gift it to the nephews and nieces… Besides the teachers, the coaching classes, schools and colleges have started inquiries. The talisman for them is different. Bigger and better.

If you are interested, you can know more about it by clicking The Talisman is ready.

The Double Blessings

I have always believed that Laughing Buddha (Maitreya or Hotei, as he is referred to in Chinese and Japanese) and Lord Ganesha (Sidhivinayaka, as he is referred to in India) represent the same attributes. This is why when I saw the idol of the Lord Ganesha at one of the offices of Tata (along with large framed pictures of Jamsehdji Tata and JRD Tata on the walls) I suggested an idol of Laughing Buddha next to Lord Ganesha. It was the same when I saw the idol of Lord Ganesha at one of the offices of Birla (along with large framed pictures of B.K. Birla and Aditya Birla on the walls) I suggested an idol of Laughing Buddha next to Lord Ganesha.

Needless to say that Tatas and Birlas, along with Ambanis, are to India what Rockefellers and Waltans are to America. Today, as Maharashtra (and Indian state where Lord Ganesha is the state deity) begins the festival I take the opportunity to point out the similarities in symbols. The first thing we notice about the two is their large, fat stomach. In fact, it is believed that if one rubs the belly of Buddha, it brings good luck and wealth. While there is no such belief associated with Lord Ganesha, his very presence is supposed to bring good luck and wealth. The belly, in both, represents prosperity.

There are seven postures of Laughing Buddha. Bu Dai Fo, Zi Zai Fo, Na Fu Fo, Ju Bao Fo, Zhao Cai Fo, Ru Yi Fo and Xiao Yao Fo. Some time he is seen sitting on a cart drawn by boys or wielding oogi (a wish granting fan). The gold nugget symbolizes financial and monetary fulfillment. The mantra beads in his right hand pray for your safety and good health when you are away.

Seated posture = Enjoyment of success and benefits of one's own hard work. Buddha with Children protects the laughter of children in a home and considered Lucky for the newly married couples wanting children. He is the Guardian of the young and innocents. Gourd or Wu Lou in his hand contains the elixir of infinite health.

The Bag on his shoulder or the big sack he is lugging contains unlimited supply of gold and other surprises. There are eight Ganesh. Called Ashtavinaykas these are eight temples in Maharashtra namely Morgaon, Theoor, Pali, Mahad, Lenyadri, Ozar, Ranjangaon and Siddhatek, five of them being in Pune district alone. Lord Ganesha and Laughing Buddha, both, have big heads symbolic of thinking big and having great ideas. The large ears of the two listen more, acquire more information imbibe and pass on the wisdom.

The stories about how luck follows the idols or paintings of Laughing Buddha or Lord Ganesha are legends. What I have done is to double the luck factor… With Laughing Buddha and Lord Ganesha in the same painting. I call it the Double Blessings. In fact, I have written the horizontal Sanskrita shloka as well as the vertical Chinese prayer on the same painting while energizing it.

I am happy that Feng Shui was of use to them.

(FengShui Master Mohan Deep, one of the top Feng Shui consultants in the world, is based in Mumbai, India. For more information you may visithttp://www.fengshuimiracle.comor write to him Office: 91-22-56997992. Fax: 91-22-26350503 Cell: 9820199378.Address: 222 Shantivan, New Link Road, Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053.)

First Published: Sep 13, 2005 00:00 IST