People tend to use many idols to shower good luck in their lives, say the good-luck frog or the most common – Laughing Buddha.
Origin of Laughing Buddha
Laughing Buddha is of great significance from the ancient times to the contemporary world, and it is an ideogram of happiness and contentment. The picture of the Laughing Buddha is initially based on a wandering Chinese monk, Budai (Hotei, in Japanese) who lived centuries ago specifically in the Liang dynasty. As you’d have noticed, he’s always seen with an enchanting smile and was thus renamed as laughing Buddha or the happy man. His statue graces homes, offices, temples or even hospitals to exemplify peace.
The image of Hotei is usually seen carrying a cloth or linen sack that is allegedly said to never empty, which is filled with many precious articles, including rice plants implying wealth, and candy for children, food, or the woes
of the world. Laughing Buddha statues exemplify a chunk, hefty smiling or laughing bald man in cloaks with a widely exposed fat belly stomach. So what does that big belly represent?
Reason behind Big Belly
The Laughing Buddha’s big belly is a mark of tolerance, and it also symbolises that prosperity and wealth can go together with enlightened wisdom. According to mythos rubbing the pot belly of our beloved Laughing Buddha brings good fortune and wealth to us. The correct placement of Buddha is important as it is said if not, then can bring imbalance in life. The best place to keep the Laughing Buddha is making its belly facing towards the main gate, and if not possible, then on a side table or a corner table, which is diagonally opposite to the main door and facing the door.
So the next time you need not look at the laughing Buddha kept on the tables, with a muddled head, you’re exposed to the enigma. Laughing Buddha leaves a profound lesson of life, it is the sweetest icon of being contented, and generous with a smile on your face, always.
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