JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY – BODHI DHARMA- SHAOLIN TEMPLE KUNGFU - URUMI SWORD- SWASTIKA TEA LEAF READING CUPS
this time when i was on leave, i used to watch a programme on HISTORY CHANNEL.
it was about 2 professional american fighters, going to all corners of the world to learn a martial art , say for 2 weeks. then one of them will challenge the top most fighter of that strain ( karate/ kungfu/ judo etc ).
they were tough and no pushovers. i remember their names bill duff and jason. both were very likable characters , with no ego.
they went to the top secret shaolin temple in china. they were afforded a peek into the forbidden for foreigners, inner sanctum ALONG with history channel video camera--the first time ever--
and guess what-- BODHI DHARMA'S coloured portrait was there- with hairy barrel chest and all.
in 520 AD this mallu , seen in picture above( speaking my mother tongue malayalam ) residing in kerala ( voted by natural geographic / word traveller -- as one of the 5 top beautiful places on the planet ) , travelled to canton china-- and there he taught the monks in shaolin temple--KALARI -- our ancient 6000 year old martial art--- founded by warrior sage Parashurama..
today they call it kung-fu there.
all this is on camera-- the chief priest was proud to admit.
our swords were far superior -- 4 metres long -- double edged and serrated -- sometimes 4 pronged to stave off arrows -- worn around the waist like a belt-- laden with metallurgical poisons like mercury/ arsenic/ lead-- called URUMI
IT BROKE MACH ONE ( SPEED OF SOUND ) . ( no other weapon can do this!-- hence this deadly Urumi demoralises the enemy )
you can crack a whip--the crack is the edge of the whip breaking the sound barrier!
all you need was to nick and draw blood-- we still have it in our temples-- taken out on special occasions--
kalari warriors kept several tourniquets tied around their waist and knees, along with turmeric based blood clotting powder.
not many people know that bodhi dharma went into a meditative trance for 9 years, staring at a cave wall. once when he fell asleep, in a fit of self infliction , he cut off both his eyelids and threw them away.
the chinks watched that SPOT closely --and then took a plant which grew next to it and boiled it, hoping that they wont fall asleep , while meditating.
THIS IS THE TEA-- the whole world drinks. even today drinking tea is a meditative experience for all far east people--
nobody knows the reason for an elaborate tea drinking ritual – even today in japan etc.
japanese call bodhi dharma -- daruma.
a tea ceremony is an aesthetic way of entertaining guests, in which everything is done according to an established order.
the tea ceremony emphasized the following four qualities: harmony between the guests and the implements used; respect, not only among the participants but also for the utensils; cleanliness, derived from Shintō practices and requiring participants to wash their hands and rinse their mouths as symbolic gestures of cleansing before entering the cha-shitsu; and tranquillity, which is imparted through long and caring use of each article of the tea ceremony.
TEA LEAF READERS- - NEXT TIME READ IN A TEA BOWL WITH SWASTIKA PLACED AT THE BOTTOM.
AND BY THE WAY, IF THE BRITISH HAD TRADED OPIUM FOR COFFEE WITH CHINA INSTEAD OF TEA -- BRITAIN WOULD HAVE BEEN A COFFEE DRINKING NATION.
It is a LIE that the British introduced tea to India. We in Kerala have been growing tea ( chaya ) on the Wayanad Western Ghats since antiquity.
The Arab middlemen of spices loved it .
The commercial production of tea in India was started by the British East India Company and vast tracts of land in the NE of India have been exclusively developed into tea estates which produce various types of tea.
CAPT AJIT VADAKAYIL