”The Truth Must be Compatible with Life.
If not, it is not the Truth.“
The Meaning of Dragon Boat Festival
Do you know why we eat rice dumpling during the Dragon Boat Festival?
Due to the story of Chu Yuan, who threw himself into the Mi Lo River, we wrap up the rice dumplings with four corners and put stuffing inside. The four corners represent the Benevolence, the Righteousness, the Courteousness, the Wisdom and the stuffing is regarded as Trust. Therefore, while eating rice dumplings, we should keep benevolence, righteousness, being truthful, morality, courteousness, wisdom, and trust in our minds. Chu Yuan is the person with virtuousness, so on this day, while eating rice dumplings, we should memorize those kindnesses as well.
The ancestors and saints were wisdom. They spread the story of Chu Yuan, conveyed ideas, and informed the meanings to us. Dragon Boat Festival is not the day just for eating rice dumplings. Having too many of it may also cause us to have an upset stomach. However, everything in our lives means something, everything possesses wisdom that we can learn from. After Chu Yuan drowned himself in the Mi Lo River, people threw rice dumplings into the river for the fishes to eat to prevent Chu Yuan's body to be eaten. The school of fish represent to our desires; when the sperm of a man meets woman's ovum, the endless desire will expand. It will result in losing our virtues, purity and the peaceful selves. Nowadays, this desired and greedy world is the evidence of the cause.
We hope that after knowing those representatives, people will stop expanding desires and bring the virtues back. Let the people who lost the idea of virtues and the world that has been filled with fame chasing and evils start to practice virtues, then the originally wonderful selves will return. We will not feel wronged or be unjust treated anymore. That is what Chu Yuan wanted to tell us. Chu Yuan's death and the rice dumplings are not just a story and a kind of dish. The true meaning of Dragon Boat Festival is to remind us that we need to remember our kindnesses and virtues. That's why I said, the Truth must be compatible with life. If not, it is not the Truth.
By the venerable Master Hong Sheng