It is quite amazing in a very negative way that some people can use the name of Buddha or Bodhisattvas or their images or even objects (such as amulet made under their power like the Vajrapani Ruel, Surangama Mantra Amulet, Kalachakra, etc.) in a malicious selfish manner for their selfish gains. But the truth is this happens.
Allow me to share a simple story that was shared with me by my Guru Lama several years back.
Anyway, according to my Guru Lama this happened when he was still a young monk and ‘works’ under a high lama. In fact, at that time this happened he is not yet a fully ordained monk. Meaning he is somebody who has taken the some initial initiations to become a monk. The story involves a Tibetan refugee and so for that purpose let’s just call him TR.
TR is one of those Tibetan refugees who escaped Tibet because of the Chinese invasion and oppression. At that time this happened, TR is a lot older than my Guru Lama. They just settled in India and life has been pretty hard for all Tibetan refugees. Food was scarce and a lot of Tibetan refugees had to resort to relying with food rations, something that I are not used to doing even if a lot of them are not somebody that you can call rich in their country. As a result, a lot of them would like to have some amulets from the temple or from the lamas.
Regular readers of this blog would know that during those times, amulets are only available for people who regularly make sincere contributions to the temple, whether this is monetary or food or more importantly labor contribution. But because this happened the first few months of the transfers not much donation can be done because everyone is busy rebuilding their lives, and no temple has been made yet. Furthermore, the lamas/monks has not yet started with the production of amulets and the amulets that they were able to smuggle out of their temples in Tibet are generally kept first for safety.
One day, TR approached my Guru Lama’s guru. He requested for an amulet because he said his family are getting sick, his children are sick, his wife is sick, his parents are also ill. Something that is not farfetched because the Tibetans were still adjusting to humid and very warm weather in Dharamsala at that time. Without verifying his story, my Guru Lama’s guru agreed to lend him an amulet. Little did they know that the real purpose of the acquiring an amulet is something else.
TR used the amulet to entice their Indian guards and social worker to give him a job outside the refugee site. He told the Indians that when they hold the powerful amulet they would be blessed. But he asks for something in return. He said they would have to give him a job outside the camp. They agreed. TR got his job and he returned the amulet to the temple.
If you notice, technically speaking he did it for something really good. To get himself a job and so that he can properly feed his family. But despite of that fact he still got sick and soon he was unable to walk. Western medical practitioners and even Tibetan medicine people are unable to find what’s wrong with him and soon he has to reach out to my Guru Lama’s guru again where he finally admitted what he did. Unfortunately, TR never recovered from his illness.
My Guru Lama said, his guru explained to him that what TR did is one of the gravest sin one can person can do. Used a holy object, or holy name (such as names of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas) maliciously even for a ‘noble’ purpose. The end doesn’t justify the mean.
My Guru Lama explained that while technically speaking TR’s purpose his noble, it was still kind of selfish and that he was malicious when he lied to be able to get the amulet. Thus he created a grave sin against the Buddha or Bodhisattva themselves, and while they are compassionate, he created his own negative karma, which he has to pay for.
So let us remember, never be malicious and selfish when it comes to Holy Names, Images or Objects, because it will create a very bad karma that even acquiring powerful amulets or images or crystals might not prevent.
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