Prehnite

Prehnite Stone

Enhances Precognition & Helps You To Be Prepared

It enhances precognition or prior knowledge of an event, and the gift of prophecy.

By its action of linking your heart with your will, by its vibration within the solar plexus, it assists you to live life from a heart based perspective.

It was known in the past as a stone of magic, and this may have been because it so strongly connects you to the Divine Mind.

This green stone also assists you to make a connection with elemental beings, who love to be of service to you, if you treat them with respect.

Prehnite helps you to connect to beings on the higher spiritual planes, and enhances spiritual growth. This lovely stone has an energy that helps you to be prepared.

Why Would You Use It?

This is a stone that will do many useful things simultaneously, and it is often quite under-rated. Green Prehnite is both a heart chakra and solar plexus chakra stone.

The solar plexus or power chakra is the seat of the will, and this green stone’s action links your heart with your will, and brings you peace and joy, and will help to relieve worry.

Green Prehnite is one of the best healing crystals for you to utilize to help you to do the things that you want to achieve, from a heart based perspective.

It will help you to learn to be psychic, and it is very useful used in meditation. It is an excellent stone to enhance psychic gifts, and move you to a higher level.

One of its strongest assets is to put you in touch with beings in spirit, up to the level of the Archangels and other celestial beings.

Green Prehnite is specifically known to aid you when connecting with angels and with Archangel Raphael, but it will also help you to contact extra-terrestrial beings and beings in other dimensions.

Regular meditation with this green stone will aid you to develop your intuition and if you already have psychic powers it will help you to be more accurate. Green Prehnite is an excellent stone to heal the healer, as it heightens the flow of life-force energy in the body. 

Connecting your will to your heart, means your hearts vibration becomes the dominating influence in your life.

This creates the ability to send out the messages using your will, and the resonance of your heart. This will encourage communication with all manner of beings in the higher realms.

Use It To Help You To Be Prepared

Green Prehnite will help you to connect with your spirit guide, and to connect to those on the higher planes, including the angels.

This  is a stone that has many excellent qualities, but none better than its ability to assist you to be prepared.  One of its powerful properties is that it will aid you to always be prepared for whatever is going to happen.

The energy of these crystals for precognition may stimulate precognitive visions and may bring through messages that aid you to gain useful knowledge of future events.

Using this stone in meditation is the best way to benefit from its energy as it commonly induces deep meditation and attunes you to divine energies, and brings through unconditional love.

It enhances visualization, and it will aid you to ‘hear’ beings on planes other than ours. It will help your mind to become more peaceful and relaxed, as it soothes restlessness and worry.

Most of the time the majority of people live their lives governed by their mind. If this is you, and you would like to change this, using Prehnite may help you.

This is a stone to help you to live your life from your heart. One of the interesting differences is that the heart puts out a stronger electromagnetic field than the brain.

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to keep this stone on you, as it is so versatile. To get the best results simply ensure that the stone is kept within your auric field for as long as possible each day.

This stone has powerful metaphysical properties to aid dreaming and remembering, so if you would like to enhance this, keep a piece under your pillow.

Prehnite is powerful used in your daily meditation using crystals, especially if you want to make contact with those in spirit.

If you desire to meditate in a group situation, one of its strengths is that it quietens the mind. It helps to settle you down, especially if you are prone to talk excessively.

How To Use It

The action of Prehnite within the solar plexus chakra, makes this a stone that may be helpful to assist you to manifest money. 

You can wear it as jewelry or you can simply put a piece of this stone in your pocket, or for the ladies a small one in your bra.

This is an easy alternative way for keeping this stone on your body and within your auric field if you don’t want, or are unable to wear jewelry.

Like many light green crystals Green Prehnite is a stone that aids you to boost the level of abundance and prosperity in your life.

This stone is helpful if kept in the bedroom as its vibration will also alleviate nightmares, and help you to release deep fears.

Sometimes this fear is of a karmic nature, and Prehnite will help you to release these past issues that are causing your current concerns.

This green stone supports personal discipline, and it encourages the heart to surrender to Divine will. If you are regularly ungrounded this is an excellent stone to keep on you. 

It is a strong stone for grounding you spiritually, as it helps you to ground your excess energy down through the earth star chakra to Mother Gaia.

By grounding to the earth you discharge excess spiritual energy and resource yourself. If you are inclined to hoard ‘stuff’,  this stone will help you to declutter.

It enhances inner knowing or clairsentience, and it will intensify the development of the gift of prophecy. It is also known as a stone to aid you to be prepared.

This may be because of its propensity to develop precognition, and its ability to prepare you in advance for situations where you have no prior knowledge of.

In summary: remember that it seals the auric field so it is very protective during meditation, so keeping a piece on your body may be highly beneficial.

Epidote

EPIDOTE, aka Pistacite, is a stone of strong healing, metaphysical and physical properties. Its vibrations give off a sense of optimism and nourishes our physical-self. It offers protection from negativity during the development of inner awareness. Epidote is an attraction stone and can be programmed to bring one what they wish for. Beware, it has the ability to bring more of what is emanated. So, if one is negative it will attract more negativity. This is all part of making one “aware” of the concept “you reap what you sow”.

EPIDOTE has the ability to increase the energy of anything it touches, including the physical body, along with the energy of other stones. When worn, it strengthens the physical body, stimulates the immune system, increases personal power, cleans away repressed emotions, clears the emotional body (Aura), increases memory, and aids in any healing process. It is a great stone to use for physical recovery, emotional healing and for stimulation of the mind.

Epidote removes all ingrained resistance to bring about spiritual awakening.

EPIDOTE harmoniously expands and develops our abilities while we discover and learn to admit our weaknesses.This is an invaluable healing tool for any crystal therapist, as it coaches a person to initiate the healing process and look after oneself.

CHAKRA(s): All, Especially Sacral, Solar Plexus & Heart

ENERGY:

  • Attraction
  • Abundance
  • Grounding
  • Healing
  • Release of Negativity

PROTECTION:

  • Protection from any negative force/intent
  • Dispels Negative Elements and Energies

STIMULATES:

  • Abundance
  • Prosperity
  • Manifestation
  • Self-Identity
  • Self-Awareness
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Energy
  • Grounding
  • Attunement to Nature
  • Will-Power
  • Mental Clarity
  • Memory
  • Emotional Healing
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Can be programmed to manifest one’s wishes and desires
  • Enhances the energy of other stones
  • Stimulates the acceptance of oneself
  • Increases perception and stimulates memory
  • Influences those who have refused spiritual growth
  • Promotes communication and interaction with other beings
  • Stimulates spiritual growth
  • Gives one a sense of self-identity and self-awareness
  • Releases negativity and brings one’s vibrations to a higher level
  • Injects one with a sense of optimism
  • Clears blockages in the physical and subtle bodies
  • Helps balance and stabilize the energy flow in the body
  • Stabilizes emotions to bring emotional balance
  • Releases the body of stagnant energy
  • Attunes one to the healing energy nature
  • Increases memory and will power
  • Gives courage to experience life to the full
  • Strengthens the effects of positive elements in one’s life
  • Keeps one centered and focused on their true life’s purpose
  • Makes the unbearable bearable and the truth visible
  • Catalyzes the creative process of gilding one’s future to aspirations
  • Meditate with this stone to attract positivity
  • Helps one realize the value in things they already have
  • Assist one in making the right decision in specific moments

HEALING  PROPERTIES:

  • Helps with Depression (Hopelessness)
  • Clears Negative Thought Patterns
  • Helps dissipate tumors
  • Stimulates Immune System
  • Strengthens Adrenal Glands
  • Stimulates Liver Functions
  • Hastens Digestion
  • Helps Overcome Exhaustion

Increase Protection: Amethyst
Increase Healing Properties: Seraphinite
Stimulate Mystic Vision:  Herkimer, Phenacite

Shungite

A historic stone called Shungite, and popularly known as the ‘stone of life’  is considered as an extraordinarily positive stone that is a strong healing stone. This amazing stone contains a material called fullerenes, a powerful anti-oxidants. This material that the shungite contains can absorb and eradicate anything hazardous in the health of human life.

Meanings And Properties of Shungite

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Shungite [Shuhn-gahyt]: One of the ancient stones that are said to be around 2 billion years of age. It is originally found in  Shun’ga village, Onega lake, Karelia Republic, Northern Region, Russia, where it locally gets its name Shungite.

Similar to pearls physical appearance of Shungite is lustrous. But it can be also matte black mineraloid. This ancient stone manifests a non-crystalline carbon mineral foundation and has electric-conductive properties. It bears a resemblance to coal that has extraordinary water purifying effects. It has also had antibacterial properties that have been proved to be effective in the medical treatment way back in the 18th century.

Also, it possesses a carbon of over 98% by weight and is stated to contain fullerenes. Fullerenes, also called buckminsterfullerene, are carbon molecules which are powerful anti-oxidants and can purify water. Shungite stones may vary in shapes and sizes yet still utilized for their purposes.

Reasons Why You Should Use Shungite

Shungite have had been proven effective as a medical treatment since the 18th century. It is a rare and powerful stone. The fact that it is an ancient stone, shungite is entitled as a ‘’ miracle stone of life’’ for its properties.

With the said factors and studies about Shungite, this stone really possesses strong healing capacities that will help neutralize whichever organisms that are harmful inside your body.

Shungite is also capable to cure many health problems.

In spiritual clique, Shungite is well-known for its capability to protect and heal. It can purify, cure, restore, normalize, and stimulate.

So then it is considered as an extremely useful stone to have.

Shungite Benefits That You Need to Know

These stone has been proven and tested to have strong healing qualities. Shungite helps in many ways. It  is beneficial for your;

For Health and Healing

In the term of physical healings or the medicinal properties, Shungite has an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine effects to the human body.

In addition to that, it also has unique bactericidal properties.

Shungite helps in the treatment of various issues of the human’s immune system (this includes AIDS virus), inflammatory diseases, skin allergies and/or diseases, joint and bone problems and/or diseases, infections, muscular problems and a whole lot more.

It also normalizes metabolism if you have a metabolism deficiency/problem.

Having trouble sleeping? Shungite can improve sleep and strengthen energy levels.

Shungite are truly Electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) protection stones. This stone can protect you from the hazardous EMFs coming from computers, cellphones televisions, and Wifi and some other electronic devices that we use in our daily lives.

For Wealth

If you have a business, negative energies will turn you down. Shungite shields you from negative energy. It is capable of diminishing bad vibes inside and out of your place. One of its powerful properties is to protect you.

Moreover, Shungite increases your positivity even in times of distress that are hard to deal with, especially with your financial problems. Having a calm and positive mind will help you sort out what is needed and what is not.

This stone helps you calm your buzzing mind and makes way for clarity and productivity. And we all love that word (productivity) especially when it refers to money.

This also adds up to your energy or be like an energy booster. This incredibly must be in your starter pack for a wealthy life.

For Relationship And Love

For a successful relationship, the intentions of both sides must be good and pure. This stone, Shungite purifies our emotions and deep intentions.

It also helps us improve our mental clarity, being able to see the pros and cons of decisions regarding the matters of your relationship.

One of the most important facts about shungite you need to know is that it will also protect you from the bad intentions of others causing heartaches.

Been hurt, because of the unpleasant attitudes of your partner? Shungite if work deeply, unpleasing attitudes can lead to being pleasing personalities. Having this stone, we can be more aware to embrace the good aspects and shed what is not necessarily needed for a relationship.

Believing it came from a Great Divine Spirit, this stone, Shungite promotes a happy, healthy way of living for everyone.

Availability

Currently I have few pieces of Shungite in raw form, tumbled stone, and few bracelet. Contact me for pictures or to order.

Money Box 2020

money box

It time to keep some money and uses spiritual help to lure more money which my money box owner have been doing.

So many asked what is a money box:
It is a box which I will empower with crystals and other spiritual objects to enhance Ones’ wealth.

So does it benefit my health?
Sorry it will not.

For those who wish to upgrade your money can also come to me to discuss on the upgrade especially those whose money box is already full haha…

Do feel free to email or message me for any queries or for order.

Z Stones

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Z Stone or Z Stones, is the name given to the dark grey/black concretions found in the Sahara desert. The frequency of Z Stones connect to the third eye and crown chakras. They stimulate these chakras allowing one’s consciousness to open and become “aware” of other dimensions.

These stones also connect to the Earth star chakra helping to ground the higher vibrational energies, and keeping one’s consciousness “grounded” whilst “travelling” to other dimensions.

The energy of Z Stones acts as a bridge allowing one’s consciousness to travel to other dimensions and can help one to connect with elemental energies.

When working with Z Stones one needs a focussed positive intention and to remain focussed within one’s heart centre.

The energy of Z Stones acts as a bridge allowing one’s consciousness to travel to other dimensions and can help one to connect with elemental energies. When working with Z Stones one needs a focussed positive intention and to remain focussed within one’s heart centre.

Associated Chakras
  • Earth Star
  • Third Eye
  • Crown
Spiritual Connection
  • Awareness of Other Dimensions
  • Connection to Elemental Energies
  • Interdimensional Travel

Cintamani (Saffordite)

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Cintamani (Saffordite)

There comes a time in one’s life when everything seems to meet a dead-end and nothing seems to work out. At such depressing times, you need something that not only helps you get back in track but also makes life pleasant and fulfilling. One such stone that is often considered to be sacred and is so rare that very few people have seen it is the Cintamani stone. Some believe that it is a mythical stone whose reference can be found in religious scriptures while others believe in its existence. Irrespective of what people believe the essence and magnitude of the stone cannot be diminished. The fact that references of Cintamani can be found in both Hindu and Buddhist literature points towards the fact that it is a gemstone that has been highly valued and respected.

The most common reference about Cintamani is that it is a gift to Earth from the skies. In fact, evidence proves that the Cintamani stone came from the Sirius star system some millions of years ago. It happened during a Galactic superwave when a planet that was orbiting Sirius A exploded and flew in all directions. Some of these fragments reached Earth after traveling through interstellar space. The stone is so rare that throughout history and mythology only a handful of people have been known to possess it. Great men, gods, and goddesses have adorned themselves with the Cintamani, elevating the mythical nature of the stone.

Many believe that everything related to Cintamani is an only legend and there is no concrete fact to prove the existence of the stone. However, descriptions of Cintamani show its similarity to other well-known gemstones such as moldavite. Cintamani is believed to be a green-colored stone that fell from the skies. Moldavite too is a similar-colored stone that was formed as a result of meteoric impacts. Since there wasn’t any understanding about meteors in ancient times, meteoric impacts were probably viewed as mystical events. This could be the case with Cintamani and its constant relation with mysticism.

Healing Properties

There are essentially two aspects of Cintamani that one must understand. One is its physical attribute and the other is its healing attributes. Any physical description of the stone directs towards the fact that it is an ordinary stone that is green in color. But it is its mythical powers that are much more attractive and compelling.

It is believed that if one owns a Cintamani, he will reach a higher state of being – a place where he will be above all. There have been ample comparisons between Cintamani, Philosopher’s Stone and the Holy Grail just for this reason. In fact, there have been many theories that state that these three things are one and the same. It is believed that whoever has possessed even a small portion of Cintamani has ruled the world, attained an almost immortal state.

Cintamani is the stone with the highest vibration of all stones known. It awakens you to your mission, strenghthens your inner guidance and contact with your higher self, and dissolves implants and outdated belief systems.

More on it…

History

In Buddhism the Chintamani is said to be one of four relics that came in a chest that fell from the sky (many terma fell from the sky in caskets) during the reign of king Lha Thothori Nyantsen of Tibet. 

Though the king did not understand the purpose of the objects, he kept them in a position of reverence. 

Several years later, two mysterious strangers appeared at the court of the king, explaining the four relics, which included the Buddha’s bowl (possibly a Singing Bowl) and a mani stone with the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra inscribed on it. 

These few objects were the bringers of the Dharma to Tibet.

The Digital Dictionary of Buddhism‘s ruyizhu entry says:

Said to be obtained from the dragon-king of the sea, or the head of the great fish, Makara, or the relics of a Buddha.

Lunar 7th Month

Lunar 7th Month will start on 19th Aug 2020. Many will start preparing to do offering to the spirits while some will be doing merits for their parents.

This lunar 7th month due to Covid we will be doing light offerings for your parents instead of the usual Lotus offering to prevent mass gathering. During the month we will have our students coming to do prayers.

You may light a Full month candle or a half month candle for your parents or any elder in the family. And there is candles also available for departed love ones too.

Candle Offerings Energy Exchange:
1) Full Month @$250
2) Half Month @$150
For the candle you may wish to offer the above mentioned candle for your parents however if one of them had departed you will need to do a separate candle for each and if both departed 2 candles will be needed for this. You may msg me for more clarification.

Or you might want to do some merits for the wanderings spirits which we will be doing during this period. We welcome any amount for this cause. Please let me know before 16th Aug 2020.

Below are some of my previous post on 7th month,
https://cixuanasia.com/2017/08/03/%e4%bd%9b%e8%af%b4%e7%9b%82%e5%85%b0%e7%9b%86%e7%bb%8f/?fbclid=IwAR14OwWJhmh-HMIvYhgAml7XCtKAeV6gc2fD-D4COFIeDd8e7cVZ6Q89cyQ

https://cixuanasia.com/2019/08/24/%e5%9c%b0%e8%97%8f%e7%8e%8b%e8%8f%a9%e8%90%a8%e5%ae%9d%e8%af%9e/?fbclid=IwAR0f9yDdRNdAtz7Wx8WmsduoXs_uwYOA058LTA_lpqpTtikIK2CulyJ4diI

https://cixuanasia.com/2017/08/21/%E7%88%B6%E6%AF%8D%E6%81%A9/

 

 

Guru Rinpoche event

On 30 July we will be doing a prayers seeking Guru Rinpoche blessing.

However due to Covid this event will not be open to public. I will be doing this with my students.

You could still participate in this event by doing light offerings to Guru Rinpoche. There will be 3 types of candles available,

$10 (personal) $30 (personal/couple) $50 (personal/couple/family/business)

Limited candles available due to space constraints.

If you wish to offer a candle do msg me with the types of candle and name.

May all be healthy

Guru Rinpoche


Who is Padmasambhava?

In Tibetan, Guru Padmasambhava is generally referred to as Guru Rinpoche, which means “precious master.” Guru Rinpoche is a totally enlightened being, a fully awakened one, a buddha. He did not become enlightened gradually, or start practicing the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni and eventually achieve enlightenment. Guru Rinpoche incarnated as a fully enlightened being. Through his form, primordial wisdom manifests in the world to benefit all sentient beings.

Buddha Shakyamuni Foretells the Coming of Padmasambhava

Buddha Shakyamuni actually predicted Guru Padmasambhava’s appearance. Nineteen different sutras and tantras contain clear predictions of his arrival and activities. In the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni announced his own mahaparinirvana to the students who were with him at the time. Many of them, particularly Ananda, the Buddha’s cousin and personal attendant, were quite upset upon hearing this, so the Buddha turned to Ananda and told him not to worry.

“Eight years after my mahaparinirvana, a remarkable being with the name Padmasambhava will appear in the center of a lotus and reveal the highest teaching concerning the ultimate state of the true nature, bringing great benefit to all sentient beings.” Buddha Shakyamuni said that Padmasambhava would be even more enlightened than himself. Of course, Buddha Shakyamuni was fully enlightened and there is no higher realization, but by the Buddha’s manner of expression, we can begin to understand the importance of Guru Padmasambhava. Some accounts hold that Guru Rinpoche is a direct reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni. Buddha Shakyamuni also said Padmasambhava would be an emanation of Buddha Amitabha and Avalokiteshvara, and referred to him as the “embodiment of all the buddhas of the three times.” Many prophecies indicate that Guru Rinpoche would be a fully enlightened buddha, appearing in this world to help sentient beings.

Revealing the “Secret Teachings” of the Vajrayana

For the most part, Buddha Shakyamuni presented “Hinayana” and Sutra Mahayana teachings, while Guru Padmasambhava taught the Vajrayana. Both revealed the complete and perfect path to awakening so that individuals of all capacities would benefit. The absolute level of the Buddha’s teaching is beyond conception. If it didn’t go beyond the conceptual level, there would be no need to change our normal way of understanding things. To help us realize the primordial nature, Buddha Shakyamuni repeatedly taught that we must transcend clinging to our ordinary dualistic conceptions, narrow attitudes, closemindedness, traditional rules, beliefs, and limitations.

The ultimate meaning of the highest teaching is not easily understood by sentient beings. This is why Buddha Shakyamuni remained silent for forty-nine days after his enlightenment. He thought, “I have realized the most profound and subtle Dharma, the clear light free of all complexity. However, this is much too deep for normal people to understand. Therefore, I will remain silent.” He knew how hard it would be to communicate the truth of his insight. Although he eventually taught tirelessly for forty-five years, his first thought reflected the extraordinary nature of the state into which he had awakened all of his relative, mundane ideas and conceptions.

Sutra is a Sanskrit word that means “condensed” or “summarized.” Scriptures bearing this title indicate that these teachings were directly communicated in this world in order to provide a clear understanding of the two truths—both the relative and absolute aspects of reality. The sutras provide instructions that a practitioner can apply to realize buddhahood.

Most of Buddha Shakyamuni’s teachings address ordinary beings and offer a direct way to understand the nature of our experience. They present a non-esoteric view that appeals to common logic, with tenets that can be verified by close observation of the elements that constitute our everyday world. With this knowledge, you can move toward enlightenment. This is the basic intention of Sutra Mahayana.

The Vajrayana is also known as Tantra. Tantric teachings are based on the Sutra Mahayana, but offer a more subtle understanding of our experience and additional methods to realize enlightenment. Vajrayana practice encourages us to take a deeper look at our perceptions, recognize our primordial nature, and maintain our mind in its natural state. In this way, the sutras are more general teachings that clarify the nature of conditioned mind and its perceptions, while the tantras reveal the secret, subtle structure of our body, mind, and all phenomena. Therefore, the Vajrayana teachings were given for more advanced practitioners. Although the sutras and tantras both share the same foundation, the Vajrayana goes further towards understanding transcendental reality as it is without being distorted by our habitual, conditioned mind. Practicing the sutras and tantras in union can bring enlightenment within this very life, even within a very short period of time. Accelerating our path to enlightenment is a principle distinction between the practices of the sutras and tantras.

The Buddha only gave Vajrayana teachings privately to select groups of disciples. Because the essence and even the form of these higher teachings are beyond common conception, they are known as “secret teachings.” After the Buddha entered mahaparinirvana, these secret teachings were preserved by many wisdom dakinis. When Guru Rinpoche appeared as the reincarnation of Buddha Shakyamuni, he revealed the Vajrayana teachings in their entirety; this is why Guru Rinpoche is known as the Buddha of the Vajrayana.

佛陀的十大弟子

佛陀的“十大弟子”相传是释迦牟尼的十大主要门徒。在释迦牟尼的众多弟子当中,其中有十位是最著名的,他们道行最出众,各有一方面的独特专能,并因此得到佛陀的赞许和众僧的拥戴,成为原始佛教教团的中坚力量。

弟子名字

  • 摩诃迦叶:头陀第一(或称苦行第一)。也称“大迦叶”。
  • 目犍连:神通第一。也称“摩诃目犍连”、“目犍连”、“大目犍连”、“目连”。
  • 富楼那:说法第一。全称“富楼那弥多罗尼子”。
  • 须菩提:解空第一。
  • 舍利弗:智慧第一。也有人翻译成“鹙鹭子”、“舍利子”。
  • 罗睺罗:密行第一。原是佛陀的独子,“罗睺罗”有累赘、阻碍的意思。
  • 阿难陀:多闻第一。原是佛陀的堂弟,许多佛经中也直接称为“阿难”。
  • 优婆离:持戒第一。
  • 阿尼律陀:天眼第一。也称“阿那律”。
  • 迦旃延:议论第一。也称“摩诃迦旃延”、“大迦旃延”。

舍利弗

  舍利弗是梵语′Sāriptra的音译,又称舍利子,出生于王舍城附近一个婆罗门教家庭。父亲是婆罗门教的大学者。因自幼受家庭熏陶,他对婆罗门教十分精通。长大后他与其亲友,也就是后来同他一起出家的道友目犍连志同道合,一起在乡里传道授业,各自拥有数千门徒。一次他与目犍连外出旅行,路遇释尊的弟子马胜比丘,闻说“诸法因缘生,诸法因缘灭。我佛大沙门,常作如是说”之偈,产生了对佛教的信仰。不久,便率众弟子皈依了佛教。舍利弗未出家时已是很有名望的婆罗门教学者,他的出家使当时佛陀的声望与威德大大增强。舍利弗皈依佛陀后,“持戒多闻,少欲知足,正念正受,捷疾智慧……”,深受佛陀称赞。他有很多的美德,其中尤以智慧渊深广大而着称,佛经中称他“智慧无穷,决了诸疑,辅翼圣化,聪明圣众”,所以在佛弟子中有“智慧第一”的称号。
  舍利弗跟随佛陀达40余年,辅助佛陀弘法度生,对佛陀教法的传播与发展作出了巨大的贡献。最后,他不忍看到恩师佛陀涅盘,请求先佛入灭,得到了佛陀的允许。入灭时,他回到阔别多年的故乡,同他的80老母见了最后一面,并为故乡人民作了最后一次说法,然后安祥进入涅盘。他的这一举动反映了佛教也是重视人间骨肉亲情的。

目犍连

  目犍连是梵语Mahāmaudgalyāna的音译,又称“摩诃目犍连”、“大目犍连”、“目连”等名。他出家前与舍利弗同学婆罗门教,交往甚密,后遇马胜比丘而一同皈依佛陀。目犍连出家后,刻苦修行,修得非凡的神通本领。他曾以神通力量识破了莲花色女的诱惑,得到了佛陀的极大嘉许。他也因此在佛弟子中得到“神通第一”的称号。目犍连积极地辅助佛陀弘法度生,是佛陀一生弘法的重要助手。因此,佛陀称他与舍利弗为其弟子中的“双贤”。佛陀曾说:“此二人当于我弟子中最为上首,智慧无量,神足第一。”
  目犍连还是佛教里重孝道的典范。据《目连救母经》记载,目犍连曾以神通力量,得知其生母因生前造大恶业堕入地狱,受大苦难,而求助佛陀。佛陀告诉他在农历七月十五日这天,以百味饮食置盂兰盆中,供养出家僧众。目犍连依此而作,终使其母得救。后世依此方法为亡灵超度,并形成“盂兰盆会”节日。千百年来这一节日在佛教及世俗社会里盛行不衰,目犍连也因此驰名古今。

阿那律

  阿那律是梵语Aniruddha的音译,意为“如意”、“无贪”、“无灭如意”。佛经中常称“阿?楼陀”。他是佛陀的堂弟、佛陀叔父甘露饭王(即白饭王)的儿子。佛陀成道6年回到他的家乡迦毗罗卫城弘法时,他随佛陀出家。在佛弟子中他以“天眼第一”着称。他得到这个神通还有一段很不光彩的历史。有一次,阿那律听佛陀说法,因疲倦打起瞌睡,佛陀发觉后,严厉地批评了他。为此,他深感惭愧,发誓从此不再睡觉,精进修道。经七日七夜,他的两眼便熬瞎了。佛陀得知此事,非常怜悯他,就教他修定。他遵照佛的教导,终日不怠,勇猛精进,终于心眼大开,修得天眼通,“见阎浮提,如视掌中庵摩罗果”。
  阿那律还具有积极救世的大乘思想,他曾对佛陀说:少欲知足,常行精进,是修道者的必备条件;忘计小我,弘法利生,是佛弟子应尽的职责。他的言行得到了佛陀的极大赞赏。针对他的大乘根机,佛陀还专门为他宣讲了大乘经典《八大人觉经》,为他演说了修大乘行的8件要事。另外,阿那律还参加了佛教第一次佛典结集,也是佛教的重要奠基人。

阿难陀

  阿难陀为梵语Ananda的音译,简称难陀,意为“庆喜”、“欢喜”。他是提婆达多之弟,甘露饭王之子,是佛陀的堂弟。他幼小时就抱出家之志,曾师事十力迦叶。佛陀55岁时,他皈依佛陀。由于他年轻聪明,又是佛陀的堂弟,出家后便被众弟子推举为佛陀的侍从(侍者)。他专心侍奉佛陀,形影不离,直至佛陀涅盘时止,跟随佛陀前后达25年之久。他长于记忆,凡是佛陀所说教法他都能铭记不忘,在佛陀弟子中数他闻法最多,因此而赢得“多闻第一”的称誉。
  佛陀涅盘后,迦叶尊者为保存佛法,召集了499名已证得阿罗汉的佛弟子结集佛法,阿难因未证得圣果被拒绝在外。他为此生大惭愧,便于当夜勇猛精进,终于在一夜之间证得阿罗汉果,加入了结集佛法的队伍。在结集大会上,阿难诵出了包括《四阿含经》、《譬喻经》、《法句经》在内的全部修多罗(修多罗是梵语,意为佛经)圣典。他对佛陀一生言教的结集和后世传播作出了不可磨灭的功绩。
  阿难在佛弟子中不仅才华出众,佛学渊博,而且人品也高洁不凡。当他被推为佛陀侍者时,为避免嫌疑,他提出“佛陀的新旧衣服他决不穿”等三个要求,受到佛陀的称赞。他性情温和,待人谦和诚恳。在佛弟子中他的人缘最好,尤其是女众更喜欢与他接近。他曾请示佛陀恩准其姨母波闍波提夫人出家。佛教僧团中比丘尼的产生与阿难在佛前奔走呼吁是分不开的。
  王舍城结集后,阿难四处弘法。20年后,他接大迦叶尊者之法,成为僧团的领袖。这时他66岁。当活到120岁时,他目睹人世我执深重,不依佛法行事,佛的大弟子又相继离去,于是便决意涅盘。相传在他即将入灭之时,位于印度恒河两岸的摩揭陀与毗舍离两国为争他的舍利,关系骤然变得紧张起来。为了平息这场一触即发的战争,阿难利用神通力量在恒河上空入灭,将身体化作两半,分与两国供奉,一场战火平息于未燃。阿难临涅盘时还为众生着想,正是佛教慈悲精神的体现。

罗睺罗

  罗睺罗尊者,罗是梵语Rāhula的音译,又译为“罗睺罗”、“罗云”等名,意译“覆障”、“障月”、“执月”等名。他是佛陀的亲生儿子。其母叫耶输陀罗。他7岁时随母见佛,15岁时从舍利弗出家,是佛教僧团中最早出现的沙弥。罗睺罗刚出家时十分顽皮,喜欢打妄语,经过佛陀严格调教后,善根萌发,痛悔前非,从此严持净戒,依教修道。凡是佛教戒律中规定僧侣的“三千威仪”、“八万细行”,他都严格守持,从不放逸违犯。因此在佛弟子中获得“密行第一”的称号。他除守戒严密外,还具有忍辱的美德。《大智度论》记载说,有一次,他游方归来,他的宿舍被别的僧侣侵占了,衣钵等物全被扔到了门外。按当时佛律,比丘为大,沙弥为小,沙弥不得与比丘同宿一室。因此,他只能另觅住处。当时外面正下着倾盆大雨,他只好躲到厕所里坐禅,忍受着臭气和雨水的侵袭。又有一次,他外出乞食,路遇一伙歹徒袭击,他被打得遍体鳞伤,但仍不嗔不怒。罗睺罗7岁时曾向佛陀乞遗产,佛陀当时答应留给他“七圣财”。这7种财产是:信、精进、戒、惭愧、闻舍、忍辱、定慧。综观罗睺罗的一生,他严持净戒、忍辱精进,应该说完全继承了佛陀留下的这份遗产,没有辜负佛陀的期望。

摩诃迦叶

  摩诃迦叶是梵语Mahāka′syapa的音译,意为“饮光”。是摩揭陀国首都王舍城中的富家子弟。他从小厌离世俗,因父亲逼迫,曾娶临国毗舍离一富豪女妙贤为妻,但是妙贤与他志同道合,他们一直过着分居生活。结婚12年后,父母双双亡故,迦叶出家的时机终于成熟了。他辞别妙贤,外出寻师访道,先后访问了几位名师,但都不合他心意。一天,他来到竹林精舍,听佛陀说法,颇觉契合本心,于是就跟随佛陀出了家。不久,又把妙贤接到女众僧团中,同修梵行。
  迦叶皈依佛教后,虽然成了佛教僧团中的一员,但从不住在僧团中,他认为僧团中的生活太优裕,不宜修出世法门,总是独自一人在深山野外,坟辨、尸骨旁修禅打坐。他的修行方式共有10种:1、选择空闲之地而住;2、常行托钵乞食;3、居住一处;4、日食一餐;5、乞食不择贫富;6、严守三衣钵具;7、常在树下思维;8、常在露地静坐;9、着粪扫衣;10、住坟墓之处。迦叶的这些修行方式佛教称之为“头陀行”。头陀是梵语Dhūta的音译,意为“抖擞”,即抖掉烦恼尘垢之意。迦叶长期修此苦行,从不懈怠,因而在佛弟子中有“头陀第一”的称号。佛陀也十分信任他,称赞他是未来佛法的真正住持者,并把衣钵传授给他。
  迦叶得释尊传法在佛教禅宗史上还有一个脍炙人口的故事。据《大梵王问佛决疑经》记载,有一次佛陀受梵王之请到灵鹫山说法。佛陀升座以后,却一句话不说,只是手里拿着一朵波罗花给大众看。在座的人都不理解,都在凝神细看,这时唯有迦叶尊者见佛示花,破颜徽笑。佛陀随即当众宣布:“我有正法眼藏、涅盘妙心、实相无相微妙法门付嘱摩诃迦叶。”同时还把平日所用的金缕袈裟和钵盂给了迦叶。迦叶因此成了佛陀的继承人。我国禅宗也因此把他奉为“西天第一代祖师”。
  佛陀涅盘后,迦叶便担起了住持佛法的重任。在他的领导和主持下,开展了对佛陀言教的结集工作。这次结集地点在王舍城,由500名已证得阿罗汉果的大比丘参加,会上阿难诵出经藏,优婆离诵出律藏,结集出经和律两大部佛典。这是佛教史上的首次结集。迦叶发起的结集佛典工作对佛陀言教的汇集、保存和此后佛教的广泛传播作出了不可磨灭的贡献。
  相传迦叶年届古稀时,将法传给了阿难,然后独自一人到王舍城西南800里的鸡足山(山上有三峰屹立,状似鸡足)山峰间的盆地里,打坐入定,等弥勒出世时,他将把佛陀传授的衣钵交付弥勒。

迦旃延

  迦旃延是梵语Mahākātyayāna音译,是佛陀时代西印度阿盘提(avanti)国人。他自幼受舅父阿私陀仙人的影响,精通吠陀圣典、占星术及各种印度古文字,其中于古文字方面的造诣尤为精深。相传当时印度国内有一座古碑,上面的文字无人能识。国王贴出榜文诏示全国:有能识者,予以重赏。迦旃延揭榜应征,很轻易地译出了碑文。碑文虽然译出来了,可是碑文的内容却令他费解。遵照舅父的指点,他到竹林精舍请教佛陀,佛陀为他详细地讲解了碑文的内容。原来这座碑讲的是断烦恼、证菩提的道理。迦旃延听了佛陀的讲解,对佛陀的学识及思想十分佩服。就这样,一座古碑把他引进了佛教的真理世界。
  迦旃延出家后,除了精勤修道,还积极地投身于佛教的弘法事业中。他思维敏捷,辩才无碍,说理透彻,在佛弟子中得到“议论第一”的称号。由于他擅长议论,很多外道都慑服在他的论辩之下,也有不少人在他的善巧开示下步入佛道。《贤愚经》中载有这样一个故事,阿盘提国有一位贫苦无依的老妇女,因家境贫困,走到河边放声痛哭,欲寻短见。迦旃延见状,急忙上前安慰。迦旃延得知那妇女是因贫穷所致,便善巧方便教她“卖贫”之法。卖贫的方法是行布施。老妇依此而行布施,终于生到忉利天宫。这个故事叫“迦旃延教老母卖贫”。迦旃延弘法的地方多选在当时佛法尚未普及的西印度。可见,他还是佛法传播的开路先锋。

富楼那

  富楼那是梵语Pūrnamaitrāyaniputra的音译,意译“满愿”、“满祝”等。他出生于迦毗罗卫城一个婆罗门长老家中,与佛陀同日而生。佛陀在鹿野苑初转法轮时,他从佛陀出家。他在佛弟子中以“说法第一”着称。他得此称号,主要是因为他擅长说法。据记载,他说法时,“先以辩才唱发妙言,使众生欢喜;次以苦楚之言,使闻者结解”。可见,他说法采用的是层层深入、循循善诱的方法。富楼那还是佛弟子中有名的布教师。为了传播佛法,让众生普沾法益,他不畏艰辛,甚至不惜生命,东奔西走,广播法雨,使无数众生迷途知返,弃暗投明。当时印度西部有个偏僻的“输卢那国”,那里文化落后,人性暴戾,佛法没有传入,是难以弘法的地方。富楼那为了拯救那里的愚顽众生,知难而进,请示佛陀准许他去那里弘法。须菩提尊者对他进行了一番考验,知道他确有为法忘躯的精神,就同意了他的请示。临行之时,佛陀还专门为他送行。富楼那去到该国收了500名弟子,并建了500座僧伽蓝(庙宇),获得了布教的成功。

须菩提

  须菩提为梵语Subhūti的音译,意为“善见”、“空生”等含义。他出生于王舍城婆罗门家庭,自幼聪明过人,但性情倔强好嗔。据说他是由山神引导而皈依佛陀的。须菩提也有自己的特长,他“善解空义,志在空寂”,在佛弟子中号称“解空第一”。他常把“空理”贯穿于自己的一切言谈举止中。一次,他在罗阅城耆?崛中缝补衣服,佛陀突然来到该城,当地百姓纷纷前去迎接、礼拜。他本来也想前去迎佛,但就在他将要动身的一霎那,骤然一念思及“凡所有相,皆是虚妄”的空理,不应以色身去看待佛陀,真正的礼佛是要明了诸法性空的谛理,而没有前去迎接。他的这一作法后来得到佛陀的高度赞许,佛陀称他是“第一个迎接佛陀的人”。由于须菩提善解空义,他对一切事物都能不起执着,不起诤讼,胸襟宽广,豁达自在,佛陀因此称赞他已证得无诤三昧,是人中第一,是第一离欲阿罗汉。

优婆离

优婆离是梵语Upāli的音译,意为“近执”、“近取”。他出身于印度四种姓中最下等的首陀罗阶层,原是迦毗罗卫国皇室中的理发匠。由于他本性忠厚老实,工作勤奋认真,皇室中的人都喜欢他。佛陀回迦毗罗卫城省亲时,皇室中阿那律、阿难等王子都要求随佛陀出家。他也有这个愿望,但又为自己出身低微而苦恼。佛陀看出了他的志向,允许他与诸王子一起出家。他善根深厚,佛陀说他是过去迦叶佛座下的持律大弟子,并让他先诸王子而受戒出家。他出家后严持戒律,秋毫无犯,佛经中记载他“自从依佛受戒以来,未曾犯戒如毫厘”,因此,在佛弟子中有“持律第一”的美称。他虽以持律着称,但是对于佛陀所制戒律并不墨守成规,佛经中经常有他关心有病比丘而请示佛陀开许的事例。他不仅个人对戒律严格守持,而且还帮助佛陀制戒,时时处处维护佛陀的戒规。最值得注意的是在第一次佛典结集中,他是律藏的诵出者。他对后世佛教僧团的整洁,佛教沿着正确的轨道发展作出了不朽的贡献。[2]