Binabaylan Studies: On Fire!

Last night in our Binabaylan Studies we started to discuss the realms of Fire and start it with a prayer. The we prayer we say every time we start lighting candles or lamp either in devotion or ritual. This Prayer is in Tagalog so if you speak English you may activate the translate button that can be found below this page. So the Prayer goes:

img20190203202357-1295245175.jpgApoy na walang Hanggan

Liwanag mula sa kaitaasan

Pumasok ka dito

sa Dambana mong Hirang.

Apoy na walang Hanggan

Alab na mula pa sa Kanunu nunuan

Sa Buhay namin ikaw ay laging kailangan.

Apoy na walang Hanggan

Ningning mo at kariktan

Magningas ka sa aming buhay

Magmula ngayon hangang sa magpakailan man.

Mayari Na!

Pag Asatin!

So we start our discussion with the basic characteristics of Fire. First the fire produces LIGHT and at the same time it produces HEAT. In human sense perception, the element of fire can be perceived by the EYES and also by our SKIN.  Our Eyes has the ability of SIGHT while our Skin has the ability of TOUCH. 

Through our Sight we determine colors and beauty, while through our touch we get sensation and feelings such as we can determine through touch if the object is hard or soft, smooth or rough, and so on…

During our discussion, we have discussed also the ability of the Blind to read whereas they have no function of sight with their eyes. We have said that the Universe is fair to all because even the Blind can not read or see with their Eyes, they can still see and appreciate beauty through their touch. Because the Eyes and the Skins are classified under the realms of Fire.

With regards to seeing and feeling, Our Eyes can See things such as the color and beauty but as a person, we don’t just rely on what we see. We also need to feel it in order for us to know well and understand. Our eyes can see and through what we see we know; but our sense of touch can feel and make us to understand what we have touched and feel.

FB_IMG_1537814681975.jpgFilipino used the term “Paliwanag”, this mean explanation. When we explain, we are shedding light to the person about the certain topic the person want to know, but after we have taught that person the result of the process of explaining the topic is understanding. The most appropriate word to use in Filipino is “Naunawaan” that is synonymous to “Naliwanagan.”

Naliwanagan in English is Enlightened. This is the same reason why we are conducting group studies so that our members might have an enlightenment in the end of each lesson. In order to obtain Enlightenment, one must not just know things, s/he must also understand it; and in order to understand what the person know s/he must actually work it out and feel through experience what s/he have taken.

We in Luntiang Aghama encourage our members not to become just a passive reader, listener or learner; but we highly recommend to be active learner by involving themselves in our discussion and perform the task given during our learning session in order for them to experience what it is to be a member of the Shrine.

 

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