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Q&A 21. Seeing golden light when performing recitations

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Q: Dear Master Lu, some people see golden light when reciting Buddhist sutras and mantras, some see green light, and some have reportedly seen a golden halo on top of your head when you give Dharma talks. Could you please explain this?


  • The golden light is from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. In many temples, there is a golden halo at the top of every statue of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is great if you see the golden light when performing recitations, as it means you have seen Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.
  • Seeing green light indicates the presence of other spirits. In such cases, you would need to recite Little Houses for your karmic creditors.
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