It’s been quite some time since I wrote about an article under the MYTH BUSTER category. But today, allow me share a pervasive myth amongst the local of Siquijor (a province in the Philippines known for witchcraft and stories of Manananggal or local vampires). In a trip to Siquijor a few months back, some people told me that I will never see a pure black cat in Siquijor because the albularyos (local shamans) hunts the black cat, kill them, then burn it and use the ash in looking for demons and fighting them. I was quite surprised and told my guide to hook me up with an albularyo who practices this because I would surely love to understand more about this practice.
Some of my friends who are with me warned me not to talk to the albularyos because I might get hexed or bewitched. I was pretty confident that it wouldn’t happen because I have my Kalachakra Pendant and more importantly I have my Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet.
I was lucky enough to meet two elderly albularyos who absolutely forbid me to take their photo because they believe that their soul might be captured by the camera or photo (I will discuss this in succeeding posts). Anyway, they told me that this is a known way to best see and fight a demon, but it is a practice that is quite difficult to do. At the end, they said that they have tried it, however, they don’t know the actual ritual thus are unable to do it.
I got really curious about this practice and decided to do more research about it. I found out that ancient Hebrews also believes in this practice. Now the question is there truth to this?
The variables present as was shared with me are they only need of the ashes of black cat and some prayer. If I’m going to base it on this alone, I think this is more of a myth. Why? Because an ash has no chi. It is literally without energy thus it can be used into a spiritual object or amulet. In fact, Buddhist prefers to be cremated because in that case they won’t have to worry as to where to put the ash. Once a person has been cremated, one will not need to worry about the Feng Shui of the burial site because the ashes have no chi.
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Given that there are a lot of testimonials about the Vajrapani Ruel, it is certainly living up to its reputation as the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon.
However, today I would like to share with you a simple story wherein the Vajrapani Ruel didn’t worked and was over powered by something else.
KA is young man in his 20s, his father was a famous actor before, while his mom used to a model. His mother and father never got married and he has other siblings from both his mother and father.
KA grew up with his grandmother and with his aunt, his mother’s elder sister who never married, who treated him like her own son. KA admits that although they all tried, he simply can’t get along with his mother and his father. He said that both are bad parents who are not capable of rearing their own child.
KA got to know about my blog through his aunt who happens to be the reader of my blog. She convinced KA to try the Vajrapani Ruel because he has been ill and doctors seem unable to find the real problem. While spending so much money for different diagnosis, he also gets weaker and weaker and thinner and thinner. According to KA the Vajrapani Ruel helped a little, but for months he continues to be ill. His parents were concerned and wanted to see him but KA denied them that right because he said whenever they’re in the same room they always end up fighting.
When the Vajrapani Ruel didn’t really work for KA, his aunt and grandmother became desperate and went to consult fortune teller and “albularyos” (Filipino shamans) and they told him that there is an evil spirit out to get KA and that this evil spirit is so strong that they might not be able to stop it.
Despite the absence of a conclusive diagnosis and the absence of the confirmation of the doctors that KA is going to die, his aunt and grandmother decided that KA’s father and mother should talk to him even if KA doesn’t want to see them. And it was the catalyst that will make KA better.
His parents thinking that KA might soon die, not only because of what his aunt and grandmother told them, but also because of how he looks, decided to pour their hearts out to him. They decided to say everything that needed to be said and KA said what he always wanted to say, their were blaming but it all end up in forgiveness, and just like that KA started to get better in the next few days. Soon he was back to his old self.
All that he needs is learn to forgive. KA said that his relationship is still a work in progress in the sense he is trying to get to know his parents and his siblings from both parents but it is a new chapter. He is now enjoying his “big” family!
KA’s aunts believes that it is really the Vajrapani Ruel working its magic because the miracle for her is that both KA’s mother and father wanted to see him at the same time as soon as KA got the Vajrapani Ruel, and this is a miracle because they’ve always avoided being together, but KA didn’t see that, instead he was only seeing the miracle of being cured of his physical illness not realizing the illness is not physical at all.
What KA’s aunt says may be true, but for me, it only shows that sometimes the most powerful amulets are from within us!
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