Flash of the titans

Apple’s decision for not to implement Adobe’s Flash into iPhone OS has turned Adobe-Apple relationship sour. In an open letter from Steve Job, he has written clearly about Flash’s weaknesses and a firm stance against Adobe’s Flash. I absolutely agree with Steve based on my experience with Flash. I would say: “Flash is nice to…

Timeless memories

I used to have the desire which my ashes will be carried away by ocean waves and winds. This morning, I came across this website, Glass Remembrance, where a person’s ashes can be made into beautiful hand-made glass art. I like to be preserved this way after my death. My children can have a portion…

Nuclear power plant for Malaysia?

Two days ago, the Malaysian government announced that the country is considering to have nuclear power plant by 2021. This was certainly a good news, but after a while of mind mingling, I think the implementation could be a disaster! The nuclear energy is the greenest energy currently available on Earth. James Lovelock, a scientist,…

Fierce battle at Hulu Selangor by-election?

I, sometimes, find it interesting to follow politics in Malaysia. Although it is more fatuous, it has gotten the charm to fluctuate one’s emotion. I too find it mind boggling as it provides a detailed dissection of people’s (including politicians’) mentality and maturity as well. The candidate from Pakatan Rakyat or People’s Coalition is Zaid…

The Cancer of Malaysia – Part 1

March 2008, the opposition parties or denominated the People’s Coalition (or Pakatan Rakyat or PR for short), received an unexpected landslide victory in the 12th General Election (GE12). PR had successfully secured 5 northern states in peninsular Malaysia. Since then, Malaysians have started to witness their own very beloved country becoming the showcase of betrayals,…

炮声烟气忆童年,光阴飞逝老郎愁。– 贺文耀2010年2月14日著。

思乡

人在他乡想想想,心在他处思思思。– 贺文耀2010年2月14日著。

春到人间贵人达,身安体健风雨顺。– 贺文耀2010年2月14日著。

雨夜

夜雨清风问虚寒,一壶普洱伴君作。– 贺文耀2010年2月8日著。

Politics and Religion

Religion is a fraternity of politics which is engineered by politicians to control people’s behaviors and minds. — Adrian Hoe 2010. This is why “Religion” has initial “R” which comes after “P”.

Good-bye 2009!

The year 2009 is not my favorite year. Despite of some happy moments, 2009 is a year of sorrow and suffering, at least for me. I have recorded enough all the happenings in 2009 and let the memory be the past. So, good-bye 2009! Well, I have only one New Year resolution for 2010, to…

明、理、薿、暄

动了手术之后这十几天,在家疗养没事干就沉思。其中想着为儿子们写首诗,也想着把儿子们的名字从双字改为单字。大儿子明谛、二儿子理谛和小儿子薿谛,把谛字去除,各自名为明、理、薿,再加个暄字来凑足四个字。而贺暄这个名字中性也很好听。 翯和合鹤 霞顺十鸣 霓蔼礼一 虹祥拜声 万气佛冲 里薿如云 暄重来霄 。,,, 诗里的藏头为贺姓氏的藏音。大儿子和二儿子的名字再以藏音各自藏二、藏三于第一和第二行里。第三儿子藏六在第三行,暄就藏七在第四行。 鹤为中华文化里的吉祥之鸟。鹤响亮的鸣叫声冲上了云霄而得到了光明(阳光)。是以明白事理的先导,要冲破隔障(云霄)才能看清楚(阳光)一切事理的对与错。 第二行看似有点佛教的味道。它是以佛学(非宗教)里的哲学为基础。在佛学和这诗里,佛的意义博大精深,指的是有高等智慧而非一般凡夫之人类。如来是指大自然宇宙里头的一切知识和定律。这第二行意味深长。指的是以底姿态、诚恳地追寻大自然宇宙里头的一切知识和定律以增加本身和人类的智慧。 第三行则有和气、顺利、慈悲和吉祥之气薿薿。兄弟姐妹之间和周边人和蔼地相处。 当之前所有三大条件达成之后,三兄弟不只德高望重,人人敬仰,还让贺氏的声望气势如虹,名扬万里。 他们能不能做到,那就要看看他们长大后对这诗的领悟和造化了。或许他们做不来也无所谓,但愿他们努力为达成诗意,将之传承于后代。 献丑了。

佛教的衰亡(三)

(接前文) 现代佛教看是昌盛,几乎全世界各地都有佛教的踪迹。但是若干都已偏离原本的佛学。在这金钱为上的现代社会里,没有钱,出家人哪来饭吃?出家人也还是凡夫一位,也会肚子饿,要吃饭。寺庙需要钱维持。水电费、杂物费等等,都是钱。出家人就好比生意人,只不过方法不同。出家人出外到处为人做法事,不为是赚钱维持生活。有的寺庙也有出售骨灰阁,从而赚取金钱以维持寺庙和众僧的开销。 让我先说怎么样无知,不过先说无礼,因为无知乃无礼的因;无礼乃无知的果。 在第一章里提到,很多素不相识的“念佛人”来到我父亲家,礼了佛就坐下开始念佛。他们会尊敬佛而向佛礼拜,却没向逝者家属问候安慰。连这个基本礼仪也没有,难道这些人知道入庙拜佛要恭敬,不知道进屋敬人的礼仪?好歹都得问候和安慰一下家属。毕竟家属都是凡人有七情六欲,难免丧亲之痛。 今天是我父亲的头七。我们到家里拜了之后,就到释迦院的骨灰阁祭拜。当周围没人祭拜时,我走到我父亲的骨灰龕前瞻仰。由于我父亲的骨灰龕很靠近位于正中的地藏王菩萨像,我所站位置差不多就在佛像的前面。这时一位青年人手持一柱香悄悄地走到我身后,也没请我暂时避开好让他膜拜,就这样跪下膜拜。究竟他是在膜拜地藏王菩萨还是我的屁股?正当我要退后离开时,我哥哥喝住了我。幸好没有撞上那青年人手里的香。这是对地藏王菩萨无礼,因为该青年人没请我回避就贸然向地藏王菩萨膜拜。该青年人无知因为他不晓社会礼仪风范,不顾及他人的安全(万一手里的香灼伤了人怎么办?)。 好了。说完无礼和无知,现在要说这些“念佛人”如何玩弄佛法。 我父亲于星期四入棺。入棺前,仵工问我哥哥要不要替我父亲遗体注射防腐剂放干冰。我小姑和她的弟弟坚持不要。我小姑说,多念佛求佛菩萨加持,没事的。准备棺木时,她的弟弟还自以为是的向仵工交代该怎么处理。究竟谁才是仵工?连瞎子都可以看得出来那仵工心里不高兴,但他还是忍了下去。我哥哥没出声,我看在她是我小姑也是出家人份上,也不出声。当晚,我注意到我父亲的面有尸水冒出,我告诉哥哥和姐姐。姐姐说待会她会看看。我哥哥却说这是水分蒸发,没大碍。隔天早上,我看见棺材里已经放了干冰。 我小姑和她的弟弟的行为乃无礼、无知和玩弄佛法。无礼是不尊重仵工的专业知识而冒犯仵工。无知是对尸体自然腐化过程和防腐处理缺乏知识。那几天天气酷热。我父亲的遗体还未入棺前是放在客厅的床上,至少有风扇让空气流通,使腐化过程缓慢下来。当遗体入棺上了盖之后,里面密不通风闷热,就会加速了尸体的腐化过程。生死是自然过程。尸体腐化也是自然过程。佛菩萨都不能防止死亡,更何况能防止腐化?这岂不是玩弄佛法?他们的无知种下了因,得了无礼的果,也得了玩弄佛法的果。