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Flak for Ankh

Really interesting thing happened to me today.

I was on my way to work this morning (in a jeepney, of course), and I sat in front of a nun, who seem to be heading for Antipolo Church. I took my seat and smiled at her (because honestly, I admire the devotion of nuns and priests).

Anyway, I was sitting there, smiling at her… but she took a look at my neck, and scowled. I followed her gaze and saw that she was looking at this black and pewter necklace of mine of an ankh. It kind of looks like this one, but it’s black with a thin rope cord instead of a silver necklace.

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Which is pretty weird to me. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it. It just so happens that I like it as a symbol of eternal (or enduring) life. I even researched that in Catholicism, it’s called the ‘crux ansata’, the symbol for eternal life.

So… why is this nun scowling at my ankh? It was adopted by early Christians from the Egyptians, so it really shouldn’t bother anyone. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m turning back to my Catholic roots and start praising Amun Ra (though Egyptian religion/ mythology does interest me). It’s like my version of wearing something like a sterling silver cross at joyjewelers.com.

Besides, it reminds me of Neil Gaiman’s character, “Death” from The Sandman Series:

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All I have to do is wear my eyeliner like that and I’d be good… except for the fact that I’m fat and she’s… proportionate. XD

Anyway, I still like my Ankh necklace. I don’t know why that nun frowned at it, but I’m still going to wear it. I’m still a 95% Catholic… although 5% of me is kind of like a Philosopher… I still study other religious philosophies to solve problems. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

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The Fat Buddha “Insult”

Before I post stories about my Marinduque Holy Week, I came across a little epiphany while watching a movie while I was processing my bank account to get money for the trip (kinda makes me wish I had check city cash advances… the line was so long at that time ~_~). The movie was called “Necessary Roughness”, and it starred Scott Bakula and Sinbad way back in 1991.

Anyway, even though I wasn’t really paying attention to the movie, but I do remember one part where they insulted one guy as a “Fat Buddha”. Being a chubby person myself, it kind of made me think a little.

Is being called a “Fat Buddha” really an insult?

The way I see it, it’s not.

Look at it this way. The person calling you a “fat buddha” is, for one thing, stupid and foolish. If they had studied religion and philosophy, they would know that the “fat buddha” is not actually the real Buddha. The real Buddha was named Siddharta Gautama, a young man from India who attained enlightenment by meditation, and the founder of Buddhism. His religious icon is that of a young man, sitting in a Lotus Pose (yeah, I know my Yoga XD). Buddha is also given to several other people, because the name itself means “enlightened one”.

Second, the “fat buddha” term is mistaken… it’s called a Budai. It’s Chinese diety. Buddha is, of course, the founder of Buddism, while Budai, is one of the deities of the Chinese Zen. He is also included in the Buddist teachings, but he is more known as “The Laughing Buddha” rather than just “Buddha”.

And finally, Budai, even though his appearance is that of a bald, short and fat man, is often times called the representation of contentment and enlightenment. He did not care if the world made fun of his belly or his looks. He is laughing because he is content of his life. He helped the poor and the destitute, and he understood the ways of the world. Society’s view of physical appearances didn’t matter to him. He’s laughing because he is content and happy with life and his life’s work. He is enlightened and happy… hence the name “Laughing Buddha”.

So yeah, the next time someone calls you a “Fat Buddha”, don’t be afraid to say, “Hey! Thank you!”. Why? Because it means you are enlightened. That you are happy and content with what you are, and with what you do, and what you look like. Consider it as a compliment. That ought to throw your enemy in loop. They’d go, “Why the heck is this guy thanking me when I insulted him?”. And you, having read and learned this, would just smile, knowing that the person who insulted you had just called you a happy and content “Enlightened One”. ^_^

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - May 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

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