Burma, buddhism and incense sticks

Can I tell you a story? It starts with a question. Do you remember the 1960s and early 1970s, or did you hear about them? These were the Cuban missile defense, the Vietnam War and the killing of John F. Kennedy. "The Beatles" was called for by "Love, Love, Love," Janis Joplin, Bob Marley, "Rolling Stones" and "Cat Stevens", "Peace Containment", Hare Krsna, Woodstock, Hippies and Flower Power Ravi Shankar's time with screen, yoga, yoga, and India. Do you do something with this bell? Well, that was the time I first met the incense sticks. It's totally fashionable to burn smoky smoky smokes, especially the parties, and smokescreen into the realm of dreams of the right world. Yes, in the 1960s, we were ready to create a world without injustices and wars, to create a better world in the short term, or think, "Peace, brother."

It was my first "incense party" experience, which I did not know about two things among other things: the dream of a better world, unfortunately, would not become reality and that the soothing odors of the incense can one day become a real everyday reality.

What was the exotic climax of my life in Germany in the 1960s when Ravi Shankar playing incense burning incense, not only enjoying the sensory experience and exotic. The atmosphere with it later became an integral part of everyday life . Without Ravi Shankar. This was 25 years ago when I was rooted in Burma in a few years in South Korea, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand – in every country where the role of incense plays an important role in people's lives.

In today's life, almost every corner is surrounded by incense and aromatic smells of incense clusters. At home on the Buddha altar of my family, the Banyan Tree or the Banyan Tree, my friends' home, many smaller and bigger churches and pagodas, the streets and even offices and many local shops; Everywhere smoky sticks slowly burn, mostly the smell of sandalwood, which is the most important and most used ingredient of Asian incense. However, in cases where the incense fibers are used flexibly to remove disturbing mosquitos, citronella is a natural insect repellent.

The article is referred to as "Burma, Buddhism And Incense" rather than "Incense Sticks" because the bars only support the Aromatic Elements layer and combine with a combustible burning agent a process that is called direct incineration They called. Aromatic elements or aromatic biotic materials used for smoking are generally any kind of wood, root, resin, flower, seed, fruit, herbs and leaves that release a pleasant fragrance during incineration. Depending on the most commonly used materials, sandalwood, agar, pine, cypress, cedar, astrology, vanilla, cardamom, incense, benzoin, myrrh, mastics, dragon, galangal, sage, tea, rose, lavender, cloves and saffron

The incense stick is just one of the burning fumes. The other forms are cone, coil, rope and paper. But bots are the world's most popular incense form. In addition, it was the first form of the incense, and this is especially the incense sticks that remind them of them in the 1960s, and the pleasant emotions caused by the incense fibers, and still cause them to burn slowly whenever they wanted to write the article.

Incense sticks are mostly red, occasionally yellow or dark green-black, and are available in two different shapes, which are the baskets and the solid sticks. The Agarbatti (mainly Sanskrit word Agaravarthi, race = odor, agar = aroma, varthi = wound), produced mainly in China and India, was originally produced from incense and bamboo containing a fetus produced from China and India. While a solid stick produced in Tibet and Japan, mainly in Tibet and Japan Produced from incense. However, since the solid stick does not have a reinforcing core, it can break easily. A special type of solid gland is a "Dragon". These bots are often very powerful and burnt in the open space because they produce such a large amount of smoke, so that when the incense is in a closed room, those in the room are quickly suppressed.

Incense is used to worship divine beings and ask them to facilitate meditation, help healing processes, purify (spiritual and physical) and disinfect, attack insects or just enjoy the sensory pleasure of scent. But whatever the purpose of the incense is to seek divine favors or to promote meditation or to promote healing processes or to cleanse and disinfect or suppress insects or to enjoy sensory pleasure, this will result in the same motif, ie the world Better place, And to improve a smaller or smaller life for a limited number of people or to a great extent on humanity as a whole.

So far, we have written a lot about the incense of my personal experience, and what kind of incense you create and use, and not so much the incense. But I think you can save it now, because the incense does not exist – so it does not end in itself – but because of the positive effects that make it important for people to get into the state of being Healthy, comfortable and happy. And these positive things caused the emergence of smoking and not just because it still exists, but from its early forms, it has further developed into the science of aromatherapy.

History of Smoking Right at the very moment when the first man's spark jumped and lit a fire. The name itself is smoking this conclusion because it comes from the Latin word incendere, which means to "burn". While it is certain that incense exists before man made fire, it is completely uncertain where it comes from. But I think we can safely assume that it is not a specific place from which it came from, but a number of people of different cultures who discovered and understood the value of the incense in different places and realized that the incense had an effect on the state. The human beings Spiritually, emotionally, and – believe it or not – physically. Then people began to smokescreen for the various, but mainly religious and healing uses of the boundary, which is blurred on the go. The ancient archaeological finds of the millennium and the historical traditions from all over the world not only support this hypothesis, but also an irrefutable proof of the correct assumption.

Where is the incense stick? The Chinese, who had been in the Ming dynasty for nearly 300 years from 1348 to 1644, invented and introduced the Chinese Joss stick. There are a wide variety of different scented perfume fragrances, so rods can be categorized according to their aroma as fibers, sandalwood sticks, scented botch, etc.

No The accident I "used" at the top of the summary of applications, as all uses mean smoking in religious ceremonies is the most important. Incense production was an art developed and practiced by monks, and this led to Burmese, Buddhist and incense themes. Incense play, though cultural variations play a central role in all religions, for example, Christianity to Islam to Hinduism and paganism, and certainly can do a lot of things to write. "

However, in this article I would like to limit Buddhism to Buddhism and especially Burmese Buddhism. I did not mention Buddhism in a religious sentence because the common definition of Buddhism is not a religion. Is the concept of religion very complex and I acknowledge the answer to the question of "Buddhism's religion or philosophy"? It depends on how religion and philosophy are defined. Depending on the personal interpretation of religion and philosophy, Buddhism is a religion, a philosophy, or both. What matters is so difficult to determine is the fact that there is no consensus among scientists about what is needed to be considered a religion. In my opinion, however, Buddhism is a "lifestyle philosophy", not a religion. I can find another topic in the future, but I'm leaving it now.

Most of the details in most details are very similar to Buddhism. The initial motives are the same, the ultimate goals are the same, and only the opportunity to achieve the ultimate goal that is different. Various forms of Buddhism are Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Vajrayana Buddhism. Theravada Buddhism, which is the oldest existing form of Buddhism, has triumphed to this day. Burma – Since Myanmar, 1989 Since the first appearance of the Burmans, the first monarchy and pyu kingdoms of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) missionaries were brought to the first civilizations, namely Mon and Pyu kingdoms, even Bamar, who were animists

The "Suannabhumi" kingdom is the "Golden Earth" Theravada Buddhism extended to neighboring countries such as Thailand, Cambodia and Laos.

1056/57 AD Theravada Buddhism is the most animistic Pagan (Bagan) kingdom of Burma, King Anawratha, after returning from King Manuha's royal military campaign against Thaton. King Anawratha, who ruled Pagana from 1044 to 1077, Thanavada Buddhism became Thinavada Buddhist monk Thinavada as Buddhism.

After the collapse of the pagan kingdom in 1287, the tradition of Theravada Buddhism continued throughout the country and became dominant. Burma nowadays 86% of the population is born Buddhists in the Theravada Buddhist majority list of Thailand after Thailand, where 90% of the population of Theravadins. Burma is one of the most active Buddhist countries and the largest number of monks and nuns in relation to the total population. At this point I feel that further explanation should be given about the form of Theravada Buddhism practiced in Burma because it is not pure Theravada, as Mon. He exercised. Burma Theravada Buddhism is a mixture of Theravada, Nat Cult, and Naga Cult, in other words Theravada Buddhist teaching, Hinduism and the root of the original spirit's root elements. Below I give a very brief explanation of why this is so. Even the mighty king of Anawrahta could not eliminate the animistic faith of his people after being transformed into Theravada's Buddhism and determined to be the ruler of faith in his kingdom. He probably refused to do so, for he certainly met the strong resistance of his subjects. That's why it was in danger. On the one hand he condemned the animistic customs and beliefs, and integrated them into the Theravada, officially accepting a "Nats" (heavenly or spiritual) group, selected by 36 "as the 37th birthday" Thamel ". Thamamin is actually a Hindu deity based on Indra, who is like the "King of the Nathan" who ruled over "Tavatimsa" (the heavenly residence of heaven, which is called heaven or seven highest heaven). Both "Naga Cult" and "Nat Cult" were assimilated with thamavada Buddhist doctrines in Burma and became an integral part of the beliefs of the Burmese people, especially in rural areas. Even the Buddhist pagodas have Nazis and Nagas as a guardian of spirits. For example, Yangon is a big, cute "Shwedagon Pagoda" (the world's largest and most famous pagoda), this is the nat (guardian spirit) "Bo Bo Gyi". Bo Bo Gyi is a harmonious coexistence with Thagyamin and Gautama Buddha on the pagoda terrace that protects Shwedagon from the fate of the patient.

Irrespective of the special Buddhist tradition, incense smoke is an important ritual. For Theravada buddhists it is customary to include incense bunches with the exception of incense sticks, fruits, flowers, water and a candle. However, the number of incense fibers offered by the Buddha is not arbitrarily chosen. There are always three equal to the Three Jewelery of Theravada Buddhism. The Buddha, the Dharma (Buddha's teachings) and the Sangha (Buddhist monk community) make up a total of three incense sticks. These three incense sticks illuminate and the Buddhist tradition of Theravada as a sacrifice before a Buddhist sculpture or on pagodas or at home altars where the room is quickly filled with sweet smell of sandalwood, a millennium tree for Buddhists.

Some words about warning and counseling at this point are appropriate because in a closed environment, incense smoke has a negative impact on people's health. The keyword is "indoor pollution". Scientists argue that incense smoke contains an adverse mix containing carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and other volatile chemicals, according to scientists.

These chemicals, just like scientists, are directly related to physical disorders such as headaches, lung diseases, liver disease and even cancer. Therefore, in rooms where incense burns, it must be well ventilated to guarantee the continuous and sufficient inflow of fresh and clean air to minimize possible damage to health, which is ideally zero.

Now we've reached the end of my article and I hope I like it. In case you have not done any personal experience with the incense sticks, I suggest a serious test.

Source by Markus Burman

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