FengShui legend: Indian Emperor Asoka, the Great asking for the powerful, mysterious and sacred Phoenix from a contemporary Chinese King before embarking on Kalinga war (265 BC or 263 BC). The Chinese (Jin Dynasty) obliged with a replica of Phoenix and the Indian King went on to win the war.
It is lonely at the top.
Truly successful people are always lonely.
And I see an amazing connection between the Phoenix and the great success.
The Phoenix is a unique bird, there may only exist one at a time, which makes it a solitary bird.
It does not reproduce, which adds to its loneliness, as only its death will bring on another of its race.
Phoenix has always been considered the symbol for resurrection, of rising again, of rising from the ashes…
Phoenix is not only a Greek legend. Every country has a similar myth.
The Egyptians describe the Phoenix as the Benu.
In the Hindu legend of Phoenix, the same bird is called Vena in the Rig Veda.
The legend is originally believed to be Vedic. India and to be exact, Indonesia, is considered the true land of the Phoenix by a school of thought. The Greek and the Roman myths were believed to have been copied from the Egypt which had picked up from India!
Jewish too have a legend about the immortal bird. It is Milcham for the Jews.
Talking of the immortality of the Phoenix, the most interesting episode is its regeneration.
When it feels its end approaching (between 500 and 1461 years, depending on the legend), it builds a nest with the finest aromatic woods, sets it on fire, and is consumed by his own flames. From the pile of ashes, a new Phoenix arises, young and powerful. It then embalms the ashes of its predecessor in an egg of myrrh, and flies to the city of the Sun, Heliopolis, where he deposits the egg on the altar of the Sun god.
I have a different, very unusual version of the Phoenix, the Chinese.
This is the first Phoenix painted on the first generation silk and was discovered from a tomb near Changsha and the archeological studies trace it to be over 2500 years old.
Even as the Year of the Sheep – 2015 – comes closer (it is on 19th Feb 2015) – my thoughts go to the year gone. It is great to feel that Feng Shui has in many ways transformed the fortunes of many.
It matter a lot to me if people who consulted me figure in a 100 crore club or even 200 crore club, or become a part of the governments formed the last year. I am also elated if my Feng Shui transforms the lives, enriches people with Love and Harmony, Success, Money, Fame and Health.
Though I think noticing that a certain seat is your class is lucky and another would always get you bashed up by your teacher and even treating a Parker pen as lucky is a Feng Shui of sorts, one of my fantasies during school days was to have the ability to tell a hotelier to shift his counter and he gratefully telling me, on my next visit, that his business has boomed. I didn’t even know whether this would be possible. I did read a book on this in one of the many libraries I used to haunt. But soon forgot about it as a skeptical and cynical journalist.
And decades later I am a Feng Shui Master!
Feng Shui is the blessing of our ancestors. They were the ones who worked, discovered the secrets of Feng Shui. I was lucky to stumble upon some interesting facts which arouse my interest in the ancient science of geomancy. Who can believe that I first read the references to Oriental culture and even Fuk Luk Sau in crime fiction written in 1937 by Erle Stanley Gardner (writing as A. A. Fair)? I read it during eighties when no one had heard of Feng Shui.
The lead character, Terry Clane who has spent a few years in China, suspects that cops had searched his apartment in his absence because they hadn’t put back the Trinity of Chinese Gods Fuk Luk Sau to their correct position! Sou, was in the left!
The correct position was Fuk that stands for the Wealth in the left, Luk that represents Fame and Stature in the middle and Sou that symbolizes Health in the right.
Of course, what brought me closer to the Oriental philosophy was the painting of Chow Kok Koh. He is one of the Eight Immortals. I wrote about him in 1994-95 in Suvidha Express, a weekly newspaper of which I was the editor.
The old Chinese man in the painting is Chow Kok Koh. He is one of the eight Chinese immortals. The old bearded man is supposed to have supernatural powers. He carries a sunshade and on his back, hung by a is Yuku, a primitive musical instrument made of bamboo tube. It is like our sitar.
This figure and its fatalism fascinated me.
The lines on his face show that he has lived a full, rich life. He is happy. He is filled with a zest for life and for life’s adventure. And he rides his mule backwards.
Chow Kok Koh believes that the various vicissitudes of life are but the tools with which the divine architect shapes one’s character. He believes mortals are placed here on earth for character development.
Whether a man has good fortune or whether he has bad fortune is relatively unimportant. It is only his reaction to the good and bad that counts.
“A man who suffers adversity and reacts in the proper way in that adversity, has so developed spiritually that he has achieved a net asset, so that in the long run, he has been fully benefited as though he has had good fortune.
And because Chow Kok Koh recognizes these things he rides his mule backwards, because, he says, it makes no difference where he is going. A destination in life is unimportant. It is only what one does along the way that counts.”
So I rode my mule backwards!
I started reading everything I could lay my hands on and experimenting. On myself and on friends. I was amazed to see it working. This was much before Feng Shui became a fad.