It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us.
In 2018, I took a beautiful group of souls to Thailand for a trip of a lifetime. Twenty-seven of us spent two weeks in this amazing country – on the beach (Phuket), in the city (Bangkok), and in the mountains (Chang Mai). The trip truly was one of the best experiences of my life and I’ve heard from several of our group that it was theirs as well.
While there, we learned that depending on the day you were born, you had a particular buddha pose that was just for you. (Well, you and the millions born on that day ? My mom had told me that I was born on a Wednesday, but when I tuned into the Wednesday buddha, it didn’t feel right. Once I Googled it, I discovered I was born on a Tuesday. My buddha is the “Realizing Nirvana” – Pang Sai Yat – otherwise known as the lying buddha. We all had such a great time connecting with our buddhas that I thought I’d share with you the summary list below.
Which buddha is yours?
Do you resonate with the message and energy of the buddha?
If you have been to a temple (or ‘Wat’) in Thailand, you might have noticed that the Buddha appears in standing, sitting, or reclining postures. In some, you will even see seven (sometimes eight) statues of Buddha aligned next to each other, often with a donation cup in front of it.
So, what does it mean? Many people see them without really knowing what these images mean or what they are for.
Each of them is for a day of the week, and you would pay respect to the statue representing the day you were born.
There are, of course, a lot more than seven postures of Buddha, and while we were researching around Phuket, we found different versions and explanations. Here is a basic summary:
“Seven Days Looking” – Pang Thawai Net
The Sunday Buddha image is standing with arms crossed in front of the waist with the right hand covering the left hand.
Buddha obtained enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree (a large and very old Sacred Fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, about 100 km from Patna in the Indian state of Bihar). The image represents a time just after Buddha obtained enlightenment when, for gratitude, he stood and admired a bodhi tree for one week without blinking an eye.
If you were born this day: You are respectable, wise, loved by friends and family, likely to be in a professional occupation.
Your lucky day is Wednesday.
Your unlucky day is Friday.
Your lucky color is green.
Your unlucky color is blue.
“Pacifying the Relatives” – Pang Ham Yati
The Monday Buddha image is standing with the right hand raised to shoulder height with the palm out, and the fingers extended (the Abhaya Mudra). This image represents Buddha pacifying the relatives.
When Buddha returned from heaven after three months, his relatives were arguing about the rights to water flowing through their land. Buddha persuaded them to compromise.
If you were born this day: You are serious with good memory and a love of travel, likely to be in a skilled occupation.
Your lucky day is Saturday.
Your unlucky day is Sunday.
Your lucky color is black.
Your unlucky color is orange.
“Realizing Nirvana” – Pang Sai Yat
The Tuesday Buddha image is lying on his right side, head resting on his arm, toes even. While the Lord Buddha was staying at Savatthi, there was an arrogant evil named Asura Rahu.
He was so gigantic and didn’t pay respect to the Lord Buddha. So, the Lord Buddha made himself bigger than the evil, in reclining position as to lower the pride of Asura Rahu. Seeing so, the evil succumbed and agreed to accept the teaching of the Lord Buddha.
If you were born this day: You are serious, brave, and active most probably in the services.
Your lucky day is Thursday.
Your unlucky day is Monday.
Your lucky color is yellow.
Your unlucky color is white.
The Buddha image for Wednesday is standing and holding an alms bowl with both hands. It indicates the time Buddha returned to see his father after four years in his ministry.
In the early morning, monks make their alms rounds to collect food. Buddha did the same, and his father was appalled that Buddha was “begging” for food. Buddha calmed his father, informing him that the lineage of Buddhas was to perform ‘Pindabat’ to be available to followers who devotedly bring food.
If you were born on the morning of this day: You are polite, artistic, and emotional, most likely working creatively.
Wednesday night is your lucky time, and lucky color is green.
Your unlucky day is Tuesday.
Your unlucky color is pink.
If you were born on the evening of this day: You are hardworking and honest, likely to be employed in a profession with the lucky day of Monday and the lucky color of white.
Your unlucky day is Thursday.
Your unlucky color is yellow.
“The Meditating Buddha” – Pang Samti
The Thursday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position with soles upward and visible, the hands resting in the lap, right above left with all fingers extended, palms upward (the Dhyani Mudra). After receiving bundles of grass from Sotthiya, he scattered it and made it as seat under the Banyan tree.
He made a vow “Skin, sinew and bone may dry up as they will, my flesh and blood may dry in my body, but without attaining completed enlightenment, I will not leave this seat.” With his strong determination, he achieved enlightenment.
If you were born this day: You are peaceful, calm, and honest, likely to be a teacher or in the legal profession.
Your lucky day is Sunday.
Your unlucky day is Saturday.
Your lucky color is orange.
Your unlucky color is black.
“Contemplating Buddha” – Pang Ram Pueng
The Friday Buddha image is standing with both arms crossed over the chest with the right hand covering the left. A short period after the enlightenment, while the Lord Buddha stayed under the Banyan tree, he stated that it was too difficult for ordinary people to understand dharma and bring it into practices. He was discouraged from teaching the dharma.
“This Dharma that I have found is profound, hard to see, hard to understand; it is peaceful, sublime, beyond the sphere of mere reasoning, subtle, to be experienced by the wise. But this generation takes delight in attachment, is delighted by attachment, rejoices in attachment, and as such, it is hard for them to see this truth, namely…nirvana.” However, with his great mercy and loving-kindness, he clearly understood that living creatures possessed different habits just like nature of a lotus.
If you were born this day: This person is fun-loving, friendly, and ambitious, probably an entertainer or public figure.
Your lucky day is Tuesday.
Your unlucky day is Wednesday night.
Your lucky color is pink.
Your unlucky color is light green.
“Protected by the Naga King” – Pang Nak Prok
The Saturday Buddha image is sitting in a full lotus position in meditation on the coiled body of the Naga Muchalinda that uses its head as a cover against rain.
This pose represents a time during the sixth week after Siddhartha’s Enlightenment when the Naga King protected the meditating Buddha against heavy rainfall by making a shelter with his multi-headed hood and lifted him above the floodwaters by coiling its body under him.
If you were born this day: You are calm, logical and a bit of a recluse, very likely engaged in manual work of a skilled nature.
Your lucky day is Friday.
Your unlucky day is Wednesday during the daytime.
Your lucky color is blue.
Your unlucky color is green.
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