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THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUTTING BOTH PALMS TOGETHER AND USING A SINGLE HAND WHEN PAYING OBEISANCE

25/06/2020 | About Spiritual Cultivation    

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(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUTTING BOTH PALMS TOGETHER AND  USING A SINGLE HAND WHEN PAYING OBEISANCE

Female Listener: The gesture of “putting our palms together” requires the use of both hands. When, however, do we use one hand instead of both hands?

Master Lu: Usually you are to put both palms together, however if one of your hands is occupied, then you will have no choice but to use only one hand to perform the gesture. Putting both palms together is a sign of courtesy. Doing it with a single hand is a simplified version of the gesture.  For example, if you meet someone who had helped you in the past, would you greet him with a single hand gesture? If he/she greets you with clasping palms, and it happened that your hand is occupied at that moment, perhaps then in return you would use your left hand to perform the greeting. You should always choose to use your left hand to do this because it is considered ‘clean’. As we tend to use our right hand to carry out most tasks, it is considered “dirty”.  That is the reason why, should you only have the use of one hand to perform this gesture, you should try to use your left hand. What does it mean to  “put our palms together”?  It means putting both palms together completely, using all ten fingers.  Using one hand for this purpose is called “making obeisance with a single hand”.

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