Lucky Charms in Japan
"Nana Korobi Yakoi" - (Fall Down Seven Times, Get up Eight!)
Here are the FIVE simple steps to using a Daruma doll:
STEP 1 - Decide on a SPECIFIC GOAL you are DETERMINED to ACHIEVE. There are five colours according to the type of goal.
STEP 2 - DRAW one of Daruma's blank eyes (either eye is OK) to signify your COMMITMENT to achieving your GOAL.
STEP 3 - Place Daruma somewhere VISIBLE in your home or office so that while he FOCUSES on your GOAL, you'll be reminded to do the SAME!
STEP 4 - Once you've achieved your goal, draw in Daruma's other eye to say THANK YOU!
STEP 5 - CONGRATULATIONS! Write the goal you achieved on the back of your Daruma! Time for your NEXT GOAL with a new Daruma!
SUCCESS comes from SETTING GOALS!!
The DARUMA Story
The zazen posture is one with the legs folded under the body, and the meditation involves clearing the mind of distracting thoughts to achieve a mental state which is totally free from trouble, in an attempt to recognize the truth by mental concentration.
Contrary to popular belief, a Daruma doll DOES HAVE arms and legs, and the legend that his arms and legs shrivelled off when in deep meditation, is just that, legend.
Daruma is closely associated with a beloved Japanese proverb, Nana korobi yaoki, which states, “Fall down seven times, get up eight”. The Daruma doll's unique rounded shape allows it to return to its original position even if knocked over, representing such persistence.
WHERE are DARUMA produced?
Many politicians, at the beginning of an election period, will buy a Daruma doll, paint in one eye, and then, if they win the election, paint in the other eye. At year end, it is customary to take the Daruma doll to a temple, where it is burned in a massive bonfire.