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Takrud: Another Powerful Thai Amulet Known as the Good Luck Scrolls

Published April 4, 2013 by jptan2012

In my last visit in Thailand, I was very fortunate enough to be able to get hold several pieces of an original Takrud also known as the Good Luck Scrolls.

Takrud is one of the ancient amulets of the Thai people. It is an extremely powerful amulet that is good for attracting wealth luck, love luck, and it also serves as a protection amulet.DSC00629

I’ve been looking for a Takrud for several years now, and in my previous visits to Thailand, I always fail to get a Takrud from respectable sources. However, during my last visit where I got the Jatukam Ramathep amulets, I was also lucky enough to get this charm.

I first heard about the Takrud several years back when my Feng Shui teacher in Hong Kong mentioned it to me. According to him, a former Thai maid that he employs had a series of bad luck back in Thailand. He tried to help her with Feng Shui; however, given that she lives far from her family Feng Shui can only help her but not really her family. One of her biggest problem is that her sister who is base in Thailand is having a series of bad luck, one of which is that she was dump by her boyfriend after her getting her pregnant and she also has a huge debt to pay. My Feng Shui teacher’s maid is very worried about her sister.

However, one day, my Feng Shui teacher’s maid approached my Feng Shui teacher to ask for a loan. She said she met another Thai who is selling an authentic Takrud. My Feng Shui, although was surprised with the amount, agreed to give her a loan. He was also curious about what will the Takrud do to benefit the sister of her maid.

To make the long story short, less than a year after the sister got the Takrud, my Feng Shui teacher’s maid was very happy to announce that her sister aside from being able to start her own business, she is also about to marry, not the father of her new born son, but her childhood sweetheart whom she met again after 5 years of no communication at the hospital where she gave birth. Apparently, the guy is now a doctor.

Other than the story shared by my Feng Shui teacher, a Thai friend who helped me look for the authentic Takrud also shared with me that in one of his recent trip to one of the Northern province of Thailand that is famous for rebels/bandits, the Takrud in the weirdest sort of manner protected him. He was sent by his office to the province to monitor their project there. Knowing full well that the place is not safe for people who are not native to the area, he decided to wear his Takrud. When he got to the province, the local counterpart welcome them with some local delicacy, which includes eating a delicacy consists of raw meat. Their team leader instructed all of them to avoid that particular delicacy because they were set to travel early morning the following day and the team leader don’t want anybody from his getting ill because of that particular delicacy.

However, he surprised everybody including himself by not just ‘disobeying’ their team leader but also by finishing a whole bowl of the said delicacy. This was surprising because he is a very picky eater. He said he doesn’t understand where he got the courage to eat the said delicacy and how was he able to stomach it. But he soon had to pay for it, because the same evening he fell ill and had a very bad case of upset stomach. His team leader was obviously irritated, reprimanded him, but also gave excuse him from joining to trip to their project site the following morning.

That afternoon, he started feeling better; in fact, he was so well that it ‘almost feel like that I never got sick at all…’ He decided to follow his team, however, before he was able to leave they received news that his teammates were all captured by the bandits who call themselves government rebels. Two members of the team were killed and the others were only released after their company paid for the ransom. To this day, it remains to be one of the most high profile cases of kidnapping in Thailand.

My friend believes that it was the Takrud who saved him and that he got sick because that’s the only reason why he was excused from joining the trip. He somehow felt guilty for what happened to his team but his family was all happy that he survived and was saved by the Takrud.

Another story, which was shared to me by a Chinese Thai businessman. He said, that at age 43 he felt that his life was going nowhere. He was single and believes that he will never be able to get married. Furthermore, his life was going nowhere; he felt that his financial and career life has hit a plateau and that he was destined to become a ‘loser’ for the rest of his life. That is until an uncle who loves him dearly gave him one authentic Takrud.

He said that his life drastically change because of the Takrud. He never thought that he’ll be able to get married before the Takrud, but he found the ‘love of his life’ and now has 3 children, he also one of the biggest car rental service in Thailand. At the time that I met him he was only 49 that was only 6 years after the time he felt that he was destined to be a loser forever!

These stories made me want to get hold of the Takrud, and I would like to share my personal story about the Takrud. To be honest, I didn’t thought that the Takrud will be able to make a big impact on me because Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism has already blessed me with so much good luck. However, when I got hold of the Takrud about a couple of months there are a series of things that happened that helped me get one of the biggest thing that I ever wished for. To clarify things, this is something that I really want but at the same time because of the amount good luck that I’ve experienced is willing to let go. Nevertheless, it seems that after I got hold of the Takrud fate has conspired to give me this thing. Unfortunately, this involves other people and I won’t be able to share what is this thing. At least, not yet.

If you notice, I always put authentic in describing the Takrud that I discussed here because there are a lot of fake Takrud both in Thailand and on the net. In fact, there are more fake Takrud than Jatukam Ramathep because it’s easier to fake the Takrud. So you see, how happy I was when I was given the chance to get an authentic Takrud, more than that, the chance to get more than one Takrud!

But what is a Takrud exactly. A Takrud is also called as the Good Luck Scroll because it consists of very thin gold, silver and copper leaf inscribed with powerful prayers. The inscription consists both of actual physical inscription and celestial inscription. They are then rolled into miniature scrolls put into a glass case and are worn as a pendant.

For a Takrud to become authentic and effective they must have all of the following components: Made a powerful high ranking monk, made in a temple that has the Takrud lineage, and lastly, the gold, silver, and copper, must have been offered to Buddha for not less than 5 years.

A Takrud is a very powerful amulet, but like all Thai amulets you must be careful and be discerning as to where you get it.DSC00627

A Visit to Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple

Published June 6, 2012 by jptan2012

A visit to Hong Kong is never complete without a visit to Wong Tai Sin Temple. Wong Tai Sin Temple, which is also called, as the Sik Sik Wong Tai Sin Temple is perhaps the most famous temple in Hong Kong. It is located in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple. Note that devotees light and pray outside of the temple. This is to protect the temple from being destroyed.

People go to Wong Tai Sin Temple to pray everything and anything under the sun, and the temple can get a little crowded especially on Sundays. Whenever I’m in HK I always make sure that I visit Wong Tai Sin Temple and pray for different things. Most of the things that I prayed for get answered.

Wong Tai Sin Temple is really more than just a temple; it’s a compound composing of different shrines and/or temples. There are also various walls with arts that have religious significance.

Wong Tai Sin is a popular Chinese Taoist deity who was born as Wong Cho Ping.

Image of Wong Tai Sin. Notice that he has a resemblance with one of the Eight Immortal – Lu Dong Bin.

Wong Tai Sin directly translates as the ‘Great Immortal Wong’, and he is known for his healing abilities, thus he is largely considered as a god of healing, although, in truth, people go there to pray for anything and everything that bothers them.

Not much is known about Wong Tai Sin’s mortal being Wong Cho Ping. However, it is said that he was born poor and started working as a shepherd at a young age of eight years old. According to the few books that survived that talks about Wong Tai Sin, Wong Tai Sin became an immortal at about the age of 55, this was after he met an immortal 40 years earlier who supposedly saw the purity of Wong Tai Sin’s heart and decided to give him the secret to being an immortal. He supposedly attained his immortality at the Red Pine Mountain. Before he became an immortal it is said that he is able to transform stones into sheep. However, it is not clear why would there be a need for him to transform stones into sheeps.

Wong Tai Sin temple is a shrine, which happens to be a major tourist spot, in HK that is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin. It was said that Wong Tai Sin himself chose the place of the shrine by revealing it to an enlightened Taoist priest. Before the shrine or temple was built in its current location, it used to be in a house near the current shrine. In the older shrine, it is said, is where Wong Tai Sin created a lot of his miracles and gained a big following and popularity.

The main temple or shrine, which is also the biggest in the whole compound, is dedicated to Wong Tai Sin.

Wong Tai Sin Main Temple, which is the shrine for Wong Tai Sin or Wong Cho Ping. The devotees light their incense outside the temple. They usually put some tent when it rains. Picture lifted from google images.

However, the government has decided to keep it off limits because believers would always want to touch the image of Wong Tai Sin, thus damaging some parts of the image and of the interior of the temple.

Beside the main temple is the Three-Saint Hall that houses the image of Kuan Yin, Kuan Kong, and Lu Dong Bin. However, like the main hall, this is also off limits from the devotees. There is also a Nine-Dragon Wall, which is copied from the Forbidden City in Beijing.

Outside the Main Temple

There’s a pair of Piyao at the entrance of the temple. Hong Kong Chinese and Mainland Chinese rubs their hand against the Piyao of the temple. Depending on what part of the Piyao it may give you protection, wealth, and/or good health. Rubbing the dragon as shown in the picture will give your protection and good luck.

The other side of the entrance where the other Piyao is located. People are also rubbing this Piyao.

One of the first thing that will greet you upon entering the main entrance, just before you go up to the main shrine, is the image of Yue Lau or The Old Man in the Moon who is a Taoist God that helps singletons look for their partner in life.

Seen from the outside of Three-Saint Hall is the image of Kuan YIn, on her right is Kuan Kong and to her left is Lu Dong Bin. I’m unable to get a better picture because the hall is also off limits to devotees. If you notice, although the image is simply called Kuan Yin, it really is a manifestation of the Thousand-Hand Kuan Yin.

Wong Tai Sin’s Nine-Dragon Wall. This particular picture was lifted from google images.

All throughout the temple compound, you’ll see different images or statues of Taoist gods.

Just before you enter the temple, there are a lot of stalls that sells Feng Shui and Taoist amulets. You can get different Wong Tai Sin amulets just before you enter the temple. Just make sure you haggle the price. When I first ask as to how much is the Wong Tai Sin Amulet, the seller said it’s HK$20.00. Told him I’m not willing to spend more than HK5.00 for each of the amulet. I was told that they don’t have anything below HK$10.00. I then insisted that my budget is only HK$5.00. I was then told to leave and not waste their time. I then started to leave, after which the seller ran after me and said just because I’m a foreigner he’ll give it to me for HK$5.00.

I got several Wong Tai Sin Amulet. Please note that there are different kinds of Wong Tai Sin amulet, some are for wealth, health, safety, etc. The one in the picture is wealth enhancement amulet. The pouch has an image of Wong Tai Sin and you’ll put the ‘sutra’ or prayer book inside, with the lucky coin, and crystal chips. Once inside let it pass the incense smoke three times. If you’re left handed do it clockwise, if right handed do it counter clockwise.

What We Have to Learn About Feng Shui in Disneyland

Published June 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Disneyland is considered by many people as the happiest place on earth, while this is debatable, no one can deny that Disneyland’s success can be attributed, not so much with good physical Feng Shui, but by it’s ultimate positive chi of happiness.

My family and me recently went on a vacation in Hong Kong, needless to say, for the sake of the kids who are traveling with us we went to Disneyland. I won’t be able to post my family’s pictures here because they value their privacy, but out pictures shows that the adults enjoyed Disneyland as much as the kids did.

Somebody once told me that Disneyland Hong Kong did consult a Feng Shui expert, and judging from its entrance, I think it really has good Feng Shui. However, even if they didn’t consult a Feng Shui expert, the amount of positive energy created by all the happy images of Mickey Mouse and the Disney gang, and the amount of positive energy created by the people who go there is more than enough to counter bad Feng Shui.

What I’m trying to say is while good physical Feng Shui is important, inner Feng Shui, which is all about being happy and positive is much more powerful.

Allow me to share some pictures that we took in HK Disneyland. Just by looking at these pictures, it’s enough to create some positive chi.

The water fountain at the entrance of HK Disneyland signifies money coming in. It’s a nice idea that they put Mickey Mouse on top of the water fountain, because it signifies that the management is in control on how the money comes in and how they are spent.

The iconic Disneyland Castle also suggest power but at the same time it connotes warmth, which makes people want to visit Disneyland.

Inside the ‘It’s A Small World’ Castle. The atmosphere here is really of a friendly, peaceful one.

Seeing the different Disney characters is enough to lift one’s spirits. It’s just a surge of subtle positive chi. Both kids and adults seeing the different Disney characters.

Mickey Mouse

Minnie Mouse with Pluto

 

 

Goofy

Winnie the Pooh

Is this Snow White or Cinderella?

Stitch

Buzz Lightyear of Toy Story

Woody

Jessie

And of course the fireworks at the end of the days is simply amazing. Pictures are unable to capture the beauty of the sound/music that goes with the fireworks. But Disneyland made sure that even though evening is largely a Yin energy they still end with a Yang energy activity.

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