Since I started this blog, this is one of the most common question that I get from readers, largely because they are simply a lot of copycat charms or amulets in the market. This is true not only in the Philippines, where Greenhills and Ongpin has been the hotspot for these copycat charms, but this is also true in Singapore and Malaysia.
I have refused to answer this question only because some commercialized Feng Shui consultants who sells fake always take it against me when I comment about their fake items. But since Guru Lama released the Special Gold Piyao, copycats have since copied the design already. They sometimes even put 999 signifying that it is also 99.9% pure gold, while it’s actually not, and are only lower carat of gold, plated with pure gold to make the color look it’s really 99.9% gold.
But before we go any further let us differentiate first what are fake and what copycats charms or amulets.
Fake are basically items that are passed off as Feng Shui charms, or crystals, or amulets but are totally useless because they have no functions, sometimes they even bring harm. When I started this blog, readers would always email me about something they bought and are wearing for me to see whether they are real or not. Most of them did this when I wrote a series on identifying real crystals, or semi-precious stone, or even gems. Empowered with the information that I shared with them, they realized that what they’re wearing might be fakes and so they will email me and send me photos of a particular item. This item is usually a crystal, semi-precious stone or gem bracelets. If they have put the name of the Feng Shui consultant where they got the said gem or semi-precious stone bracelet, I will no longer answer the question, but if they didn’t put the name of the person or store where they got the said lucky bracelet made of crystal or gem or semi-precious stone, I will answer them truthfully. Unfortunately, a lot of these items that were shown to me are fake, and a lot of them I found later after telling the truth usually came from two sources. In fact, one of them eventually has to close shop and has since then blamed me for her ‘downfall’.
Copycats are basically a copy of an amulet or charms that is usually made by somebody else. Perhaps it is safe to say the Lillian Too’s designs are the most copied Feng Shui charms or amulets. Once she has released her designs, it is only a matter of days before a copycat version comes out in the market. And they are way more affordable that what Lillian Too sells. But of course, I know that the quality of Lillian Too’s items are far more superior than the copycats that are sold in Greenhills and Ongpin.
So the question is now do they work or not? I’ll answer this question straight to the point.
Fakes don’t work! Plain and simple they simply don’t work. A fake crystal made of breakable plastic, is simply just that plastic and it will not have any effect. There is also a proliferation of fake Prayer Wheels in Ongpin and some stores in Greenhills. For a prayer wheel to work you need to have sutras or mantras inside the prayer wheel, otherwise it is just a waste of time and energy to be spinning it if it doesn’t have any mantra, so still it doesn’t work.
Do copycats work? This is a bit more controversial and I would like to explain it clearly.
Lillian Too recently released a statement in her sites saying that buying these copycats in what she calls fakes can create bad luck. And in a way, I agree with her. Copying a Feng Shui charm or an amulet designed by a person is in a way stealing the person’s idea and there is no good thing that will come out from copying, and thus this creates bad luck. Also, more than that, in making these designs, one has to follow some guidelines, so for all you know in copying the design they might have unconsciously altered some of it and thus it brings more bad luck than good luck.
Having said that, when I released the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT and the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT, I actually gave my blessing to my readers to copy the design if they have the means to make it or ask somebody to make it for them. My reasons are simple and it is in reality who actually owns these images or these designs. For me nobody really owns an image of Buddha or a Bodhisattva, the mantras are handed down by Buddha so who owns them? Nobody owns them, and if I’m lucky enough to know how to utilize them, which I am, then I will utilize it and bring it out to the public. If somebody decided to copy it then so be it. In a way, I have a blanket permission to allow anybody to copy it.
Which brings back us to the question whether Lillian Too was wrong in saying that it might bring more bad luck than good luck. I think Lillian Too in a way was right in saying that it might bring more bad luck, because the people who copies her amulets or Feng Shui charms uses low quality metal and it tarnish right away, so once it has started to tarnish, it will bring in bad luck, and it is not safe to use it anymore. Also, she has not given her permission, so in a way it is stealing her designs.
We then go back to the fact does she really own these mantras or images thus one cannot copy it? The answer to that question is that while she doesn’t own them, she was the one who came up with the idea of putting it together or using them, so making an exact replica of what she did or of her design is stealing, whether it is patented or copyrighted or not. If you take an inspiration from it and come up with a different design, then I think that draws the line of not being considered as stealing, because again nobody really owns it anyway. Buying this is akin to stealing it either because you know what you just bought are copycat. So this is one of the reasons why I do get a lot of readers emailing me asking why the amulet or charm that are copycats are not working.
The Special Gold Piyao(2) has been copied also, and will it work or not? When I ask my Guru Lama about this, all he said is that although he was the one who brought the different ideas or designs for a Piyao into one design that will make it more powerful, the designs are not his and thus he doesn’t hold any negative emotions to those who copied it. However, we all have to remember that the design is not what makes it truly special. What makes it truly special is that the gold used in making these gold Piyaos are empowered gold. For years they have received the energies or have been exposed to energies coming from the chanting of mantras, recitation of sutras, or pujas performed by Bhiksus, Bhiksunis, High Lamas like Guru Lama.
And so, I hope this answer your questions about fakes and copycats, fakes are a big no – no. Copycats may be fine if with blanket permission or blessing of the one who design it and if you are sure that the quality is a good or even better than the original.
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