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(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)

 

WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF INCENSE BURNING ESPECIALLY FAST OR SLOW?

Caller:

When we offer incenses to Bodhisattvas, and if one of it offered to a particular Bodhisattva burnt especially fast or slow, what does it signify?

Master Jun Hong Lu:

There are two explanations to it.  Firstly, the quality of the incense may cause it to burn faster or slower.  Different types of materials like sandalwood, are mixed together to produce the incenses. There is a type of incense made from scented powder and some a sticky substance, which will cause incense to burn faster if more of it is added and vice versa. Secondly, under normal circumstances, the incense will burn faster if Bodhisattva visited and slower if Bodhisattva does not come by.

Caller:

I understand now.  There is another situation whereby the joss stick stopped burning midway.  Is there any explanation to this?

Master Jun Hong Lu:

It is the same as the earlier scenario.  There are two explanations to it.  It could be attributed to the quality of the incense, whereby a lump of sticky powder stop the burning midway; or that Bodhisattva or Dharma Protectors are expressing their displeasure towards you.

Caller:

Oh.  Master Lu, could such a situation also occur when things are not handled appropriately?

Master Jun Hong Lu:

Generally, it should not happen.  Should it occurred, you must have done something inappropriate for sure, and the Dharma Protectors are unhappy about it.

Caller:

I understand, thank you Master Lu for answering my questions.