Tusita Herbal Education

Topics: Pineal gland, Barley, Chinese New Year Pages: 7 (1149 words) Published: February 26, 2014
Tusita Herbal Education
tusitahed@yahoo.com, Lee Jok Keng SMS: 012.3726310 Putra Heights, Subang Jaya. Feb 2014 (12)
Dear friends,
The Chinese lunar New Year celebration culminates
with the first full moon of the new year (14th Feb
2014). Traditionally the first full moon of the year is
celebrated as the Lantern Festival (元宵灯节 Yuan
Xiao Deng Jie) but in SE Asia, this name is rarely
used, instead it’s simply known as Chap Go Mei,
the Chinese Hokkien dialect meaning the 15th night
(full moon). In SE Asia, fireworks have replaced the
lighted lanterns, and more importantly, this night is
popularly celebrated by the young at heart. Many
will stand on a bridge with a lighted candle and
make a wish by throwing fruits into a river. Some
recorded wishes (in Hokkien) are fun (the last one
being the most creative);
Tim Ping Ko (投苹果) Apples I throw,
Tan Ho Bo (得好妻) Good wife to follow.
Tim Ho Kam (投好柑) Good oranges I throw,
Chua Ho Ang (得好婿) Good husband to follow.

1st Mth Full
Moon (Feb)
上元节

7th Mth Full
Moon (Aug)
中元节

10th Mth Full
Moon (Nov)
下元节

Heaven (Sky)

Earth (Soil)

Water (Ocean)

Head

Stomach

Kidney

Shen 神 (Spirit)

Qi 气 (Vitality)

Jing 精 (Essence)

Dragon Chasing
Fiery Ball
Children

Feeding the
Hungry
Ancestors

Fasting and
Meditation
Self-renewal

Future

Past

Present

Growing

Harvesting

Sowing

Roots

Fruits

Seeds

The dragon eventually swallows the ball and its
body transformed, internally glowing with golden
light. At this time, children are ushered to walk
under the dragon for blessings and intelligence.

Tim Ang Cho (投红枣) Red dates cast away,
Ban So Ho (万事 好) Good tidings come our way.
Tim Chio Tau
(投石头)
Rocks I throw,
Khi Ang-mo Lau (起红毛楼) Will build bungalow!

Well, this is the fun and popular aspect of this
festival. The esoteric connections of this special
night are actually quite intriguing. I’ve mentioned
in the August issue (no 5) that the annual year can
be partitioned in various ways, and one way is as
shown in the table above (top right). From the
above, we see that the traditional Lantern Festival
is also called the Shang Yuan Jie ( 上 元 节 ).
Important components for this festival are the
Dragon Dance during the day and the lighted
lanterns at night. Unfortunately, in modern times,
these 2 meaningful events are rarely seen. The
Dragon Dance, enacted by at least 6 physically fit
and well-coordinated boys, depicts a dragon
spiraling energetically chasing after a fiery ball.

Actually, the dragon depicted in Shang Yuan Jie
alludes to the spiral energy that rises upwards on
the spine during proper and serious meditation
practice. The fiery ball represents the pineal gland
in the centre of the head. The small 1-cm pineal
gland produces melatonin, a rejuvenating calming
hormone secreted only in the dark (or during night
sleeps). As one ages, this hormone is produced
much lesser since the pineal gland becomes
calcified and start to atrophy. Proper and serious
meditation can jump-start the pineal gland to
produce more of the restful melatonin, along with

other unique transformative secretions that can
rejuvenate the system. This is symbolized by the
dragon’s glowing body after swallowing the ball.
The first full moon of
the New Year is also
called ‘Releasing the
Dark’ (放夜, Fang Ye),
more
commonly
understood as the
Night of Freedom. In
popular culture, this is
seen as a night that one can be free, and in the
past, this is such a liberating and joyous day for
girls, as finally they get to come out, stand on a
well-lid bridge with beautiful lanterns, and throw
oranges into the river. Incidentally, to also glimpse
at boys throwing apples! But in spiritual cultivation
tradition, the Night of Freedom (or Releasing the
Dark) has nothing to do with apples and oranges. It
is a night where one is free, either being ‘released’
finally from the dark cave, to emerge after...
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