East Meet West - A Story Worth Repeating
are pampered, sheltered and oblivious to the rest of the world - more
or less. One side effect of recent world turmoil has been undoubtedly
been an improvement in the geographical knowledge of the average
American. John Q Public now has at least a general idea where
Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya are located. There must be better ways for
us to learn about other countries, their history and customs.
a similar vein, most of us know about Western holidays and little of
those celebrated in the East. But even that knowledge is often limited.
Halloween is Trick-or-Treat Day, Christmas is now Gift-giving Day, and
Independence is the 4th of July.
We all know a bit about Easter, at least the common churchy side.
How many people have even heard of Wesak?
Easter is outwardly about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But, what about other layers of meaning?
is an annual holiday celebrated in many Buddhist countries in Southeast
Asia. It is sometimes called “Buddha’s Birthday,” but also commemorates
the enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of Gautama.
another layer to Wesak which is slowly becoming known in Western
countries. Wesak is not only a festival of remembrance but one related
to an amazing happening in which numbers of people participate “in the
body or out of the body.”
Real Wesak Festival is a multi-dimensional coming together of peoples
from very far and wide. The story goes that at the time of the full
moon of Taurus (usually in May) pilgrims gather in an isolated high
valley on the far side of Tibet. The participants form ranks according
to their inner station in life (they intuitively know their place)
behind the most advanced of humankind.
As the moment of the full
moon approaches, the Elder Ones perform ritualistic movements and
create symbolic patterns - triangles, stars, etc. - while chanting
sacred mantrams. The Christ - representative of the West - leads the
group as a whole and intones the last message given by the Buddha ages
At the exact instant of the full moon, a point of light
is seen glowing in the distance. It eventually expands and moves closer
to the waiting group until a great Being of Light is seen hovering
above. The Being is the Buddha returned. The crowd falls forward into
prayer and acceptance of the gift about to given.
The Great One
pours out his blessing upon the assembly in many ways. One of which is
to energize a giant crystal bowl of water placed at the head of the
formation. When His visit and blessing is complete (requiring but a few
minutes in total), he goes back to His high place of residence until
his next appearance.
Those in attendance fill their cups and
drink in the blessed water, being renewed physically and spiritually
for another year of service, growth and change.
We all can
participate in the ceremony by taking a moment or moments to link up
energetically and spiritually with those Great Ones who are trying to
bridge the gap between East and West, the inner and outer worlds.
The Wesak Full Moon occurs this year on the morning of May 17,
2011. The exact time of our connection is apparently not critical.
For more information, do an internet search on Wesak Full Moon. You may learn some things of interest and value.