Special Red Daruma - Luck
Daruma 達磨, also called the Doll of Goals, is a Japanese good luck amulet. Handmade with papier-mâché, it’s a representation of the monk Bodhidharma, the founder of zen Buddhism. According to legend, he got enlightened after meditating for 9 years alone in a cave but his arms and legs eventually got atrophied and fell down. Hence the round shape of Daruma.
What to do
Decide a goal and paint his first eye to Daruma. When you reach it, paint the second eye as a sign of gratitude. By way of learning, write down how you fulfilled your aim; at that time, you will feel great satisfaction. If you don’t achieve what you want, you can burn your Daruma doll at the end of the year: it just means that you will try to reach it by other means.
The spirit of Daruma
The Daruma doll reminds us that with determination and perseverance, we will achieve the purpose we chose. In that sense, it’s really important for us to choose a specific and feasible one. It’s not a matter of buying a Daruma doll and wait for our wish to get fulfilled as if by magic: Daruma motivates us and gives us strength to work hard and do our best in order to be successful. Any occasion is good for the Japanese to make a gift of a doll, although there are some significant dates such as birthdays or the New Year.
The red Daruma is used for any kind of goals. Do you already know what you’re going to work on with it?