Tenma wrote: ↑Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:56 pm
Does hail have a symbolism, by any chance, in Tibetan Buddhism or pre-Buddhist locality? If not, explain exactly how spirits cause hail. What even is a "spirit," first off? Embodiments of the elements? If not a personification as these spirits are sentient and thereby beings, then what are they? Why are they motivated to cause hail? Are they simply inventions to explain natural occurrences just so that the locality may behave?
Also, why do we even need hailmasters nowadays? Is there any use for them in these changing days?
in general "hail" brings destruction. "spirits" is a generic term. there are infinite kind of spirits.
follow me in this invented story
imagine that you abandon boddhicita and become very selfish, then after you die maybe you rebirth as a kind of spirit, maybe you gained power through tantric practice but you still are dominated by your karmic vision, so another more powerful spirit see your and comes and subdue you, and then comes another to seize and take advantage of you, so you become a kind of servant of them, a kind of slave, a puppet, if you disobey you get punished, if you obey you can go around but not too far nor free. if you have some power maybe you can govern a particular phenomena, like throwing things for example. maybe in the beggining you remember a bit of your human life but you feel miserable, you don't have a home anymore, you are hungry but don't know what to eat, maybe some humans sever the threes where you found shelter, you know they use wood for various reasons, maybe you don't see ice anymore, you see stones, and you throw stones (hail) to humans, maybe they do it again and again and you get more angry and begin to find more and more things to throw, etc. it never ends. you live like that for hundreds, maybe thousands of years or until eventually you get killed. always in a turmoil of extreme hate, arrogance and revengefulness, always blaming others for your for what you become, never recognizing your faulta, never at peace, the love you received once from mother or father you don't have anymore, no friends, nothing left, no kindness for you.
there are infinite possibilities. some spirits are like that, the less of them are of a more kindred kind of spirits, but always are dominated by another bigger and nasty one, and in turn they are dominated by another more powerful, etc. until you get to what we call the guardians of the teachings, that dominate them all. and of course if you abandoned and missused the teaching you aren't in good terms with them.
there are hailmasters, weathermakers, yes, i don't think is an uncommon thing, but i think maybe this habilities should be used to bring balance to the enviroment, purify the enviroment, make people respect it, respect the water they have, etc. because the enviroment is a mess and everyone is upset about that. but who cares what i think. maybe one day a master will say something about that and we can get a more clear sense of what this skills are really for.
this is how i see it.