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Marital Problem Fixed, Financial Problem Solved with the Unexpected Coming In of a Huge Amount of Money / Problem with Bank Loan Reversed: Two Personal Testimonies of Two Readers with Two Different Sources of Miracles! – And Why Do I Write About Miraculous Personal Testimonies?

Published Pebrero 1, 2017 by jptan2012

If there’s one thing that my experienced with Feng Shui and with my belief in (mainly) Buddhism and Taoism, is that MIRACLES DO HAPPEN! And it happens more often than we realize, it is just a matter of being able to recognize it.

I have so many miraculous stories to share, however, I simply don’t have enough time to write them all, on top of it, I will only share miracles that has been shared with me, either in whole or in part thru sms or email, this is so that I have something to show my readers the authenticity of the stories. Before, in order to protect the identity of my readers, I would not share their names and would only put initials. However, I realized I can share their first name and block out some of the important details to prove their identity, and lately if you notice those are the only personal testimonies that I share.

Anyway, today I would like to share with you not one but two personal testimonies of two different readers. I would have wanted to write about it separately but there are so much more things to write about, and truth be told I don’t think you will be happy if I simply write about miraculous personal testimonies of my readers.

But we all have a lesson to learn from these personal testimonies. It is not simply about the Vajrapani Ruel(1), or the Illness Suppression Amulet(1), or any amulet that I happened to write about, but it is about the experiences of readers who like a lot of you may be going through some problems in life. The problems may be personal that has something to do with relationships like your family or your longing for a partner in life. It can be about your personal growth, it can be about your career. It can be about money or the lack of it. What you are going through right now may be unique, but at the bottom of it, the root is basically the same for most people, and so from their stories we all learn something. And most of all, we are given hope that there is something else that we can do.

Such is the case of Grace. I met Grace because of her sister Mercy who is reader and a believer of Feng Shui. According to Mercy her life while she can still hope for something better is actually fine, and when I wrote about the Traditional Sutra Amulets (1)(Diamond Sutra and The Sutra On the Past Vows of Earth Store Bodhisattva) she just felt an affinity with it. Something seems to tell her that she should get it, even though technically speaking the Traditional Sutra Amulet(2) (TSA) is actually a Buddhist religious item and not a Feng Shui item and Mercy is a Catholic. Furthermore, she felt that she should also get one for her sister, Grace, who is actually going through a bad patch in her life.

According to Mercy, her sister Grace got separated from her husband about a year ago, and while Grace and her husband felt that they still love each other, the meddling of the in – laws (mostly the parents of Grace’s husband’s parents) is making things difficult. Grace’s husband is the only son. On top of that, Grace’s business is having some financial problems; she is in danger of losing her business, something that she has strived to build for more than ten years now.

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These are just one copy each of the very limited copies sent to me by my Guru Lama of the THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA, THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA and THE MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA. Sutras are also used as very powerful amulets, that is why you will often old Buddhist Chinese houses has a copy of the Sutra on their altar though they might not be reciting the sutra itself.

Mercy decided to get 2 copies of the TSA, she’ll give one copy to Grace. When I met Mercy, Grace tagged along. She obviously wasn’t a believer and it became apparent when she repeatedly questioned me as to how do the TSA’s work and why are they so pricey. I patiently answered all her questions and told her that technically speaking they are not paying for the TSA, which she calls book amulet, but rather the money goes to either feeding of the monks or images of the Buddha or Bodhisattva. I clearly remembered that she said well hope that her sister is shelling out for would not go to ‘statues’ but rather to the feeding of monks or ‘better yet to hungry even if they are not from the temple’. During our conversation, she subtly but repeatedly discouraged Mercy to get all TSAs, both THE DIAMOND SUTRA and THE SUTRA ON THE PAST VOWS OF EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA.

I met them last December, I think it was in the first week of December, and I didn’t hear from them again, not until a few days ago when Grace sent me a message. Apparently, she the non – believe experienced a wonderful miracle, which she attributes to the Traditional Sutra Amulet. Mercy clarified that while she hasn’t had a great miracle she feels that everything seems to be going smoother now.

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Translation for first Filipino Sentence: I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING ELSE… Translation of the Second & Third Filipino Sentence: Maybe you noticed that I was bugging you with all those question because I really don’t believe in Feng Shui. But now I’m a believer.

Going back to Grace. When I talked to her on the phone she said that maybe her first miracle was when she and her husband decided to patch things up last Christmas, and they went back to living together again this January. She said at that time she just ignored it and thought maybe it was really just their love that brought them together (and I sort of agree with her, it really is there love that brought them back together). But then a second miracle happened.

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She has a business that should have been doing really well, however, her biggest competitions are the bigger companies that has bigger financial capital thus being able to lower their prices because they can buy things by the bulk and get the items lower and in turn they can pass it on to the consumers at the lower price also. In order to be able to compete with them and in order to survive she needs a big boost on her finances. Her husband’s business while stable is not the liquid to be able to help her, and while her family tried to help, she knows that what they can afford to give her is not enough to help ensure that she will survive the big competitors. At that time that she was given the TSA she was already contemplating shifting to another smaller business or closing it down.

When she and her husband got back together, her husband had a heart – to – heart and man – to – man talk with his father, Grace’s father – in – law. He told him that their meddling with his family is the cause of their marital problem. He also told them the truth that for years, they have treated Grace unfairly, especially his mother who has been quite harsh and critical of whatever Grace do. Surprisingly, the father accepted his mistake and told his son that he will talk to his wife also. At that time Grace’s husband also mentioned the problem of Grace’s business.

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According to Grace that she initially doesn’t believe in the Traditional Sutra Amulet (which she call Book Amulet) but because it was pricey she decided to simply follow my instruction and decided to ‘dump’ it behind the images of her Catholic saints.

After getting back together, Grace’s father – in – law paid them a visit. Her mother – in – law didn’t go with him because she is feeling sour that she was partly ‘blamed’ for what happened to Grace and her husband. But Grace’s father – in – law apologized for how they treated Grace and he also offered to finance the expansion of Grace’s business to make it more competitive!!! Of course, Grace initially said no. But the father – in – law actually said that he would take offense if Grace refuses to accept the money. Best of all when Grace had her lawyer come up with an agreement stating as to when she will pay the ‘loan’ the father – in – law tore it up and told her to pay only when able, and that he will consider it as a payment if Grace will cook for them once a week. Grace said this is funny because they used to criticize, especially the mother – in – law, Grace’s cooking. But Grace said she would be more than happy to do that. What is nice here is that Grace never harbored any ill – feeling towards her in – laws because she understands that they felt like she ‘stole’ their son from them.

Grace considers this as a miracle because of the following:

  1. Although a lot of the ‘bullying’ came from her mother – in – law, her father – in – law is a traditional Chinese patriarch and will never humble himself for the younger generation.
  2. The father – in – law believes that Grace shouldn’t be working, much less having her own business. He feels that she should just help her husband in his business and their family business.
  3. His father – in – law whose money is all hard – earned was never ‘generous’ with money.

Before we ended our conversation, Grace said maybe her mother – in – law would be a future miracle.

Similarly, another reader also shared another miracle. Evelyn is a mother of 4 children and is a wife of an Overseas Filipino Worker. I have met Evelyn once and I simply love the ‘energy’ of kindness and love that she exudes.

Evelyn’s eldest child, his son, lives in Australia. I believe he is doing quite well in Australia. And he recently decided to get his very own home. He applied for a bank loan, but even before he got the approval of his bank loan he decided to pay give the non – refundable down payment to the said house. I believe that the down was a substantial amount.

Then comes the bad news from the bank. It seems like there seems to be a minor technicality and he might not get the loan. This is not an option because he already made a down and it is non – refundable.

Evelyn contacted me to ask for help in terms of what mantras to chant to help his son get the loan from the bank. I gave her the mantras. And he waiting started. I suppose it’s an excruciating, heart – pounding wait for them. But in the end the good news is that he got the loan!

Evelyn absolutely believes that they got it because of the power of the mantras. This is such a simple but profound miracle only because Evelyn’s son savings and better future is at stake her.

Two different miracles, two different channel (one is an amulet and the other one is the chanting of mantras)! Why did I decide to write these two miracles in one article?

This is to show that it’s not all about amulets. Mantras will also work as well, and it works best if you have faith and you sincerely do it and pouring in some love will make it more powerful.

We cannot deny that amulets like the Vajrapani Ruel(2), the Traditional Sutra Amulet(3), the Illness Suppression Amulet(2), etc. are an essential part of Buddhism, Taoism, and Feng Shui. We cannot deny that they work. We cannot deny that sometimes it is essential to have them. We cannot deny that things may work faster to our favor if we have them. But we also cannot deny and has to acknowledge that even without amulets we can still get the things that we aspire for. That’s what the mantras are for. Or that’s why we have the power of the prayers as easy as that!

But remember, whether it is thru amulets, mantras, or prayers, that miracles sometimes doesn’t come in a way we want it to be, or in a way we expect it to be. As I always say we should expect miracles, but do not dictate it!

If you wish to know more about the Sutra Amulet (A Special Recite – A – Sutra Article) Series you can click on the links below:

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Financial and Wealth Blessings From A Problematic Sale of A Property: A Personal Testimony About the Vajrapani Ruel and Other Amulets In the Words of A Reader!

Published Enero 20, 2017 by jptan2012

Busy is an understatement when it comes to describing my schedule the past few days or weeks. It’s been almost crazy, and it seems like I haven’t had any decent breakfast and lunch the past few days where I eat in the car while traveling one meeting to another.

On top of the meetings are the numbers of emails I receive both with the business, personal, and about Feng Shui or this blog. Friends and readers have been bugging to post something, but I really haven’t had time to write anything.

However, I’m really grateful with readers who take time out to share their personal testimonies and write it, because if you have notice, lately I have been posting testimonies only from readers who sent me messages either thru email or sms. And I’m thankful for those who really took time out to send me those sms and emails so I can post their stories here. The truth is there more testimonials than what I write but I simply cannot write the others because of the absence of an sms or email.

And so as I said, I’m extremely thankful to people who take time out to write me thru sms or email their personal testimonies. However, if you’re reader is like Angie, then that is heaven sent because I really don’t have to write anything anymore. She writes it so well, that I just have to copy – paste it here. And that is what I’m doing now. She actually had to send her email twice because I can’t seem to find the first email that she sent.

Like before I have taken the liberty to screen grabbed the actual email and post it here.

Do take time out to read her personal Vajrapani Ruel Miraculous Story because it is quite interesting. So without further ado, in her own words, here is Angie’s story.

Below is my email as promised. I did not include the part re my husband for privacy reasons so you can post this in your blog. Feel free to edit it if you wish so it will be shorter.

Hi JP,

After I got the Vajrapani Ruel from you last May of this year, the blessings it provided included harmony and love in my family life. (see A Reader Shares her Stories About the Vajrapani Ruel, Illness Suppression Amulet, Buddhism, and Other Things…) When one acquires the Vajrapani Amulet, known to be the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon, it is expected to give protection and financial prosperity to the person who possesses it. Your previous posts show that those who acquired it experienced receiving millions of pesos from unexpected sources.

In your above post where you featured my email, I wrote that while I did not receive my millions yet, I experienced increased harmony and love in my family life and for that I am always grateful. I even asked you later on about the person who got the Vajrapani Ruel who asked you what he should do since the financial windfall he was expecting was not happening. You said that the person made a donation to a Buddhist temple, aside from going vegan and chanting.

I did not have much funds then, so I did not make any donation but I increased vegetables in my diet and chanted once in a while. I also stopped expecting the millions that I expected to receive and focused on other things that I love doing such as my crafting hobby and painting.

Last October, my broker based in our province called me and told me that another broker wanted to talk to me regarding a farmland owned by my siblings and me, that his client wanted to buy. I have been selling that land for 5 years to several buyers but no sale has occurred because our tenant who farms the land demands half of the sale proceeds or else he will block any sale transaction. (Our Land Reform Law provides lots of favors to farmers, and this is one of them.)

All of a sudden, the sale of my communal farmland owned by my siblings and me, pushed through. After 5 years of trying to sell it; a serious buyer came forward and made a 50% downpayment to me of several millions of pesos. I take this as the effect of the Vajrapani Ruel, although it took sometime to happen. I guess it did not happen immediately after I got the amulet because a lot of things had to be ironed out first.

What I can say is that I learned a lot of lessons on spirituality during this process, i.e. lessons in forgiveness, unconditional love, letting go and letting God, generosity, being positive and prayerful, etc. I realized that I did many things that most sellers will never do such as: the tenant was asking an additional P100,000 on top of the P1 million that I was paying him and he was making the process of his releasing the land to us owners very difficult. As a matter of fact, my broker began to hate him because for 5 years he had been approaching my broker, proposing all sorts of nefarious schemes because his ultimate goal is to get the land for himself and sell it. So, I immediately approved the additional amount without any hesitation. During their negotiation, when my broker was asking him to sign the Quit Claim document, I spent the day in prayer, meditation and chanting to the Bothisattva Vajrapani. I also tithed to the religious organization where I regularly give my tithe. At first, when I got the downpayment, I did not give my tithe thinking that I will tithe when I get the balance. But I tithed 10% of my share of the downpayment to send the message of my trust to the Universe, and acted as if the tenant has signed the Quit Claim document and that the sale would be closed easily and effortlessly. I also made a donation to your temple (10% of my 5% commission on the sale proceeds) and asked you and your Guru Lama for prayers for my intention. I also got my wish to acquire the Traditional Sutra Amulets, and three more amulets that were customized for me.

In the evening of that day and the following day, I did not get any call from my broker whether the deal had pushed through. I did not call her because I was afraid of a negative message from her. When I woke up that morning, I felt that I was going to be okay even if the deal did not push through. My fear of returning the downpayment to the buyer in case the tenant refused to sign the Quit Claim document, has disappeared and replaced by an overwhelming trust in God that He will provide as He has always provided for me in the past. I felt relieved; I felt light as angel wings, releasing all my fears and worries to God.

At noon, my broker called to say that I have nothing to worry about; the tenant finally signed the document. She added that she had a heart-to-heart talk with the tenant who poured out all his fears and problems with the land because he had developed a deep love and attachment to it, having worked on it for 40 years. In the end, they are now the closest of friends (BFF, as they say.)

Thank you, JP for enabling me to acquire the Vajrapani Ruel that started all the miraculous events in my life: prospering me, balancing all areas of my life, and many more unexpected great things. I also thank your Guru Lama who prayed, and I know, continues to pray for my family and me.

In light and love,

Angie

So there goes Angie’s story. If it’s not a miracle, I don’t what it is.

My next post will be about another testimony of a reader.

You can also read the following posts about the Vajrapani Ruel:

Vajrapani Ruel

The Vajrapani Ruel looks simple, maybe even rustic, but this simple amulet is packed with a special talisman paper inside, with various ingredients, which includes Namtso Salt, soil, various herbs and plants, crystal, and a relic from a high lama. It’s important to put the ruel inside a amulet holder or something sturdy as to not ruin it. If the cloth had tear which exposes or spill the ingredients inside, the ruel becomes useless. The Vajrapani Ruel itself is only about 1 to 2 inches and it varies from one ruel to another.

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Witchcraft: It Is Not What We Think It Is But It Is More Common Than We Think It Is (Part 2)

Published Nobyembre 14, 2016 by jptan2012

In my preceding post, I talked about how witchcraft is more common than we think. In today’s post I would like to talk about as to how easy it is to do witchcraft and who can do it.

The truth is some people can do witchcraft even without them knowing it. This is more commonly called as Evil Eye or Usog in Filipino. However, for the purpose of this article, let’s focus on the type of witchcraft or sorcery that is done on purpose. Who are the types of people who can do it?

For witchcraft or sorcery to be effective there must be some kind of emotions involve. This emotion is usually either love or anger or both.

Witchcraft or sorcery usually connotes a lot of negative image because we always think that witchcraft is meant to do something bad or harm to a person. Unfortunately, this is the most common reason why witchcraft is done or why people seek to have witchcraft or sorcery is done. However, witchcraft or sorcery is really simply an act wherein you interfere in the flow of energies and set out to put an energy that is meant to manifest physically. Having said that witchcraft or sorcery is simply an act, whether it is good or bad depends on the intention and the final output of the energy set out by the one who propagate or initiates it.

In Taoism, the religion, a Taoist priest is almost always familiar with witchcraft. The burning of Fu or Talisman papers are in so many ways an act of witchcraft wherein you call on an higher entity to set out a task. In my previous posts, I have discussed that in Taoism, the Gods, which are the Heavenly Beings in Buddhism, are like humans in a way that they still have temperaments, they get angry, the love, they get tired. They can also do wrong things. What a Taoist priest or a Taoist medium (somebody who is familiar to tap into the powers of this beings) does is they set out to call on these beings to do their wishes. Sometimes, these wishes may not be very right, or to put it simply I have seen Taoist mediums that may set out to do more harm. Like the story I shared on the preceding post, a Taoist priest or medium is involve in giving Diane’s mother – in – law the tool for her to have power over her son’s and husband’s will. Whether the said Taoist medium knows the intentions are pure or not, although I think if the Taoist medium is powerful enough to make such a tool, he or she will also be powerful enough to see the intentions, is an entirely different matter.

The truth is it is open knowledge amongst most Chinese and Taoist that a Taoist priest or Taoist medium who are familiar in tapping the powers of entities can do either good witchcraft or bad witchcraft.

Having said that, if one is familiar on how to tap into the other realms it is easy to do witchcraft or sorcery. In fact, sometimes you don’t even need to have the technical knowledge, sometimes all you need is a very strong emotion and a strong intent.

You can read the other posts on this series:

  1. Witchcraft: It Is Not What You Think It Is But It Is More Common Than We Think It Is (Part 1)
  2. Witchcraft: It Is Not What You Think It Is But It Is More Common Than We Think It Is (Part 2)
  3. Witchcraft: It Is Not What You Think It Is But It Is More Common Than We Think It Is (Part 3)
  4. Five Ways to Protect Yourself From Evil Eye and/or Witchcraft.

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The Ten Realms of Existence in Buddhism (2): The Four Higher Realms

Published Nobyembre 9, 2016 by jptan2012

In the preceding first part of this post, I introduced to you the TEN REALMS OF EXISTENCE IN BUDDHISM and also talked about the SIX LOWER REALMS. Today, I would like to talk to you about the Higher Realms. We should all aspire to reach these realms, although the ultimate goal is that we enter the highest realm. Once one enter into these realms one will no longer go back to the lower realms but again the goal is to reach the highest realm. Once you entered this realm you are considered as enlightened, although not fully enlightened unless you reach the highest level, which is Buddhahood.

The 4 Higher Realms of Existence in Buddhism are the following:

  1. ARHAT. This is the first level of the higher realm. Simply put this is someone who by listening or reading and practicing the Buddha dharma, as extinguishes all defilements and has achieved nirvana. While it may be easier for the Asuras and the Deva (Heavenly Beings) to enter Arhatship, they are a lot of humans who has entered Arhatship also. This is especially true during the time of Sakyamuni Buddha. When an Arhat passes away, their body usually doesn’t decay in the way like most people do.
  2. PRATYEKABUDDHA. Is someone who entered nirvana and has ended samsara. But in Buddhism, there is a time that there will be no Buddha and no Dharma, but if one enters nirvana through meditation this person is considered as a Pratyekabuddha also.
  3. BODHISATTVA. The word is actually a combination of two words. First, Bodhi means awakened or to awaken to the truth. Sattva means sentient beings. In short it means an awakened sentient beings. During the time of Buddha Sakyamuni, it is extremely possible to become a ‘living’ Bodhisattva or to be a human Bodhisattva. To this day, the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa are considered as living Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva is strongly characterized by their compassion, loving – kindness, wisdom, great vows, good deeds. A Bodhisattva also has tremendous power to help all sentient beings. Some of the most well known Bodhisattvas are Avalokitesvara (also known as Kuan Yin, Guan Yin, Kuan Shi Yin, Guan Shi Yin, Kannon), Ksitigarbha (also known as Earth Store, Di Zhang Wang) Samantabhadra (also known as Pu Xian), Manjushri (also known as Wun Shu Shi Li), Maitreya (also known as Mi Luo and colloquially called Happy Fat Buddha), Vajrapani (also known as Chin Kang Shou) and who is the Bodhisattva that controls or has power over the Vajrapani Ruel, Mahasthamaprapta (also known as Da Shi Zhi) and a lot more. In Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism, they acknowledge that some people although technically not a Bodhisattva and do not have supernatural powers and still has a body, do manifest the wonderful Bodhisattva traits. At this point, I’m reminded of my reader turned friend BM and Mother Teresa, now Saint Teresa. (Incidentally, a saint maybe equivalent to a Bodhisattva).
  4. BUDDHA / BUDDHAHOOD. This is the ultimate goal, and Siddharta Gautama achieved this in human form until he moved on to spiritual form. As a Buddha he is called Sakyamuni Buddha. A Buddha is some who has achieved perfect enlightenment, and one who is has perfect wisdom and perfect compassion. A Buddha is not a God. There are so many Buddhas that existed and still exist before Sakyamuni Buddha, and according to Buddha Sakyamuni the next Buddha is Maitreya Buddha .

 

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The Ten Realms of Existence in Buddhism (1): The First Six Lower Realms

Published Nobyembre 8, 2016 by jptan2012

When I wrote the post entitled – IS THERE A FENG SHUI RELEVANCE TO ALL SOULS DAY – I know that this is really the time for me to write about the topic that I have always wanted to write but has withheld from writing it because I’m not sure whether my readers are ready for it and also if it is the right time.

However, in hindsight this is something that I should have written before I even wrote and posted about the article about the Feng Shui relevance of All Souls Day. But having said that, I still believe that everything works and happened on its right time. And maybe it is really meant for me to write this now.

For Christians, when you die you either go to hell or heaven, maybe purgatory. And there you stay forever, that’s the only rebirth you experience. But in Buddhism, it is said that one goes thru reincarnation or rebirth, and there are different realms that you go to, the first six realms which are considered as the lower realm you go through that several times.

What are these SIX LOWER REALMS?

  1. HELL. To put it plainly this is a realm very similar to what Christians believe in. This is where you undergo punishment for your sins. If I’m not mistaken, in the Bible, hell is described as a lake of fire. In Buddhism, the lake of fire is just one part of hell. There are many different stages and parts of a hell. But needless to say in all those parts you go through retribution by a lot of suffering from your offenses in your other lives.
  2. HUNGRY GHOST. This is somewhat akin to hell, only the difference is that some Hungry Ghost still has the capacity to live amongst humans. You undergo suffering and retribution in this realm by feeling that you have a physical body but are unable to touch physical things. One of these things is food. Technically speaking, Hungry Ghosts may be nice or temperamental. They retain characteristics of human in terms of temperament and personality.
  3. ANIMAL. Simply put you are born as an animal, which is seen as a lesser being because of several attachments and inability to fully discern right and wrong. And most animals have a short life span and also are less fortunate than humans.
  4. HUMAN. This is us. If you are human, it is considered that you have enough good karma for you to be born as one. Because humans have the power to right things and learn new things and learn about the dharma (Buddha’s Teachings). But take note that we are still in the lower realm, and we are not in the highest in the lower realm.
  5. ASURA. Asura’ are unseen being that are better off than humans, they still need to learn things and they have their own realm of existence. They can see us, but we cannot see us. It is said that you are born as an Asura if as a human you are very generous but tends to have foul mouth and a bad temper. I guess one example of this is to take the story of Robinhood. Somebody like will be born as an Asura because he did a lot of good things but at the same time he stole things.
  6. HEAVENLY BEINGS. There are so many stages in Heavenly Beings that I will discuss in the future. But as a heavenly being one has some kind of supernatural power, but one has no physical body. A Heavenly Being lives in a place much like what the Bible described. However, as a heavenly being they still need to learn more about the Dharma. Some of the gods and deities of Taoism are considered as Heavenly Beings in Buddhism. In the lowest realm of Heavenly Beings are the Demons, who guard the lower realms like hell. And heavenly beings can be reborn as an Asura or Human or Animal, but their life span is much longer than that of human. Heavenly beings can help protect those in the lower realms like humans. In fact, in the Sutras a lot of the Lord and Yakshas and ‘Demons’ have committed to protect the people who read and carry or own the Medicine Sutra, Diamond Sutra, Earth Store Bodhisattva Sutra, and the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

Everybody in the lower realm undergoes rebirth. One can go up to Heavenly Beings or go down to Hell depending on one’s karma. As long as we don’t achieve Samadhi we will continue to be born in one of these realms.

We only stop samsara (cycle of rebirth) once we have attained Samadhi. And we enter the 4 higher realms. I will discuss that on my next post.

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Is There A Feng Shui Relevance to All Souls Day?

Published Oktubre 31, 2016 by jptan2012

Ire, Loves Well, obviously the Chinese ‘All Souls Day’ or day of remembering the dead doesn’t happen in November 1, or to be more accurate about it on November 2. All Saints Day / All Souls Day is a big deal for a lot of Filipinos and perhaps Catholics in the world. But is there is Feng Shui significance or relevance to this special day?

For Chinese, especially those who are in the older generation, it is very important that we remember our ancestors or loved ones who passed away, this is taken as a sign of respect but at the same time, it is believed that we should not earn their ire by forgetting about them, or we should earn their approval so that they can help shower blessing upon the living. This is why remembering our loved ones or dead ancestors are important part of the life of a Chinese. In fact, a lot of us have images of our ancestors in our home, where we light incense and offer food on special occasions. The older generation will offer incense everyday. This may be a little too excessive.

In Buddhism, according to the Medicine Buddha Sutra, when a person dies his or her consciousness will undergo rebirth within 7 days or 21 days or 35 days or 49 days. I will clarify that it will go through rebirth on the first day, it will have to wait for 7 days, then if you didn’t go through rebirth on the 7th day then on the 21st day if not then it will be 35th day, until 49th day. If you don’t go through rebirth in the first 5 stipulated days, then you will sure go rebirth on the 49th day.

But rebirth doesn’t necessarily mean rebirth here on earth as human.

There are different levels of possible rebirth and starting from the bottom they are the following:

  1. Hell
  2. Hungry Ghost
  3. Animal Kingdom
  4. Human
  5. Asura
  6. Heavenly Beings
  7. Arhat
  8. Pratyekabuddha
  9. Bodhisattva
  10. Buddhahood

The first six are considered as the lower realms wherein the being still has an attachment and the last four are considered as the upper realm wherein the being or our consciousness no longer has any attachment. Once one is born in the upper realm, his or her consciousness no longer goes back to any of the lower realm.

It should be noted that for Catholics or Christianity, heaven is the ultimate goal, for Buddhism is a better place than the first five but it is still a place where in desire and attachment exist and one can still go down to the other realms. It is also not the most desired realm. I will talk about the 10 realms further in a future post.

I will also discuss the difference between Hungry Ghost and the Hell in another post.

But for now what I want to show is that for Buddhism, one can be born in different realms, until we reach Buddhahood.

So when a person dies, his consciousness or soul as Christians would call it will be born again in one of these realms. As humans 98% we will be born in either the realm of Hell or Hungry Ghost or Animal Kingdom or Human (again). If we have been good we might be born in the realm of an Asura or a Heavenly Beings.

This is where remembering and offering ‘good merits’ to our departed love ones or ancestors will become important. For example, your loved one or ancestor was born in the realm of the Hell or Animal Kingdom or Hungry Ghost, by offering good merits to them such as praying for them or chanting mantras or reciting sutras for them will shortened their suffering in the lower realms of Hell or Hungry Ghost or Animal Kingdom. On the other hand, if they were born in the realm of Human, by offering good merits to them their life will be better. If their current life is bad it will become better, if it is already good it will become even better. And if they were born as an Asura or Heavenly Beings then their life will even become better or they maybe pushed up to being born as Arhat or a Pratyekabuddha.

But this is the thing. Days like ‘All Souls Day’ are important because it forced us to remember them on these days. However, it certainly doesn’t mean that we should only remember them on this day. In fact, it is very important that we offer prayers or mantras or sutras or incense to them everyday. And by remembering them and offering merits to them everyday, we in turn make our life better. Because we are interconnected with each other. They may have a totally different life now but because of affinity with each other we are somewhat linked to each other. And if we send them merits, in a way we also get our own merits.

 

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How Fast Does An Amulet Work?

Published Oktubre 18, 2016 by jptan2012

One of the most common question people ask me is – HOW FAST DOES AN AMULET WORK?

In Buddhism, he standard belief is that it takes 3 months to 7 months before you start to feel something that is brought about by the amulet. However, it is not totally alien for Buddhist to sometimes feel something already even before they physically get an amulet, simply the thought of acquiring an amulet and making a move to acquire it, like sending a donation, sometimes already signifies the start of your ‘relationship’ o affinity with the amulet. Furthermore, if for example a love one acquired an amulet for the purpose of giving it to somebody, sometimes the one who will receive it can already feel some changes brought about by the amulet. This is what happened to one of my readers, Cecile.

Cecile, intends to give an amulet to her sister so that she can patch things up with her mom, amongst other things, and Cecile believes that even before he sister received the Vajrapani Ruel, the miracle has already worked on them.

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TRANSLATION OF WHAT CECILE SAID:”Hi! Do you know just it was only earlier that I was able to give the Vajrapani to my Sister, but as early as yesterday she has patch things up with my mother. In fact, she even to Divisoria with her. Isn’t it great?! Even before she get it, the miracle has already happened to her. ” – The last part of her sms she talked about my article about ripped jeans, which she suspects is the cause of the lowering of her child’s grades. Then she talked about being vegan.

The Vajrapani Ruel itself enjoys some miracles that are quite instantaneous, so even if Buddhist beliefs states that it should be about 3 months to 7 months, sometimes it can be so much faster than that, and it’s totally possible as proved by some of the personal testimonies found on this blog.

But what are the factors that makes it work faster than others?

Well, there are several factors. Belief plays a role in it, but as you can see in the post entitled – Vajrapani Ruel Stories (25): Illegal Detention and Murder Cases Against An Underdog Politician Dropped (How The Vajrapani Ruel Saved A Person Without Him Knowing)– the one who was actually helped didn’t even know that he has the Vajrapani Ruel. The Karma plays an important role also. For example, some people are bound to have a specific luck, and acquiring a powerful amulet makes it faster. Still about Karma sometimes a powerful amulet takes awhile to work because it still needs to cleanse some negative karma that serves as an hindrance to the luck that one is aspiring for. Sometimes, additional or support energies help to make things faster, such as chanting of mantras, lighting of incense or candles, etc., or even good wishes from friends or loved ones.

For the Vajrapani Ruel, I notice that going Vegetarian, especially Vegan, makes it work faster.

At the end of the day, our attitude towards the amulet contributes to the efficacy of the amulet. Note, I stated that our attitude contributes but I would like to make it clear that it’s not the determining factor because an amulet will work or not whether we believe in it or not. Especially if its a powerful amulet.

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