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What’s More Powerful than A Vajrapani Ruel?

Published Agosto 26, 2015 by jptan2012

powerSeveral people have been inquiring about the Vajrapani Ruel, especially after reading that it is the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon. But the truth is the Vajrapani Ruel, although a lot more affordable than the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant is still quite pricey and also at the same time the truth is the Vajrapani Ruel is also quite limited. My Guru Lama has recently sent me a few more pieces, 14 pieces to be exact but that’s just it.

The Vajrapani Ruel, which is indeed one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful amulet I have ever encountered, has given so much blessing to a lot of people, not only to those whose stories I have written about but also to those whom I have not written about. Of course, for the sake of transparency, I cannot say that the miracle of those who got the Vajrapani Ruel is not 100%. There are some who has not experienced a wonderful miracle, but almost all said that it indeed has given them some comfort or ease in life gradually although the miracle is not very outstanding. There is one in Bohol who said she seem not to have experienced anything. Sharing this as part of my desire to be transparent.

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.

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.

But is there something more important than the Vajrapani Ruel? Especially, since I’ve already mentioned here that it is quite pricey and limited.

In my earlier post entitled – WHAT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN AN AMULET OR FENG SHUI? I mentioned that kindness, compassion, and generosity are more important that amulets and Feng Shui. As an example, I shared with you the story of BM, who is one of my readers in Davao City.

If that article talked about what’s more important than Feng Shui or an amulet, today’s articles I would like to tell all my readers who can’t get the Vajrapani Ruel, that I totally believe that there is something more powerful than the Vajrapani Ruel, and that is kindness, compassion, and generosity coupled with mantras, reading of Sutras, and sincere offerings to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or to your fellowmen. If you’re a Christian then sincere offerings to your God and Saints.kuan yin 5

I would like to suggest that you make the following offerings: incense, flowers, light (candle or artificial candle), and fruits. One at a time will do but it will be better if you do it all at the same time.

Regarding the saying of the mantras, 108x (one full mala) a day for each mantra will do, but if you really want it to be very effective, chant 10 to 100 malas of each mantra a day.

What mantra to chant? My blog has several you can choose one from those that I have written but if you can only chant one do chant the mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin – OM MANI PADME HUM.

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

For questions, comments and suggestions please email sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com

 

What’s Even More Powerful or Important Than Feng Shui or An Amulet?

Published Agosto 25, 2015 by jptan2012

GenerosityI know that this blog shows that I’m a firm believer of Feng Shui and amulets, but I believe that sometimes there are things that are more powerful than Feng Shui and the wearing of amulets, even if it’s the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon called Vajrapani Ruel. I would clarify that it’s not I disclaiming everything that I have written about Feng Shui, charms, talismans, and amulets, or even mantras, I certainly am not, but every now and then I come across stories that proves that sometimes there are more powerful things that those I just mentioned.

Let me share with you the story of BM. BM is my reader from Davao whose story I recently shared in a post called – UNEXPECTED HIGH SALES ATTRIBUTED TO THE SURANGAMA MANTRA AMULET: A PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER.

Even before BM requested or invited to have the Vajrapani Ruel or the Surangama Mantra Amulet, she has already been financially lucky, and from what I gather, she is also quite contented with her family life. She has a husband that she loves and that loves her and children that are intelligent but are also very respectful and obedient, not to mention intelligent.

In fact, BM got two Vajrapani Ruels and the Surangama Mantra Amulet not for herself but for her husband and brother. She just wants to help make her husband’s business more progressive and her brother and his family more stable.

BM has several businesses and she also has several properties, some of them are here in Manila, she let her brother and his family stays there for free.

I really don’t know where to start or what to share but BM has manifested an inspiring selfless generosity. She takes care of her brother’s family because her brother and sister – in – law are both of out job, so she helps them. When I say help, she really helps, so much so that her nephews have come to consider her as their second mother. She would not just send money, although she does that also, but she would even cook and send food from airport to airport, and she would do their groceries. BM would always say that she has a duty to her brother, but really what she is doing is beyond duty, because she doesn’t have to take care of every minute detail if it is just duty, but she does because it is really out of love for her brother and his family and also out of generosity.

BM also sends her nephews to school, and it doesn’t end there, she even paid for her nephew’s condo or dormitory so that her nephew will not have to go home everyday something that is terribly inconvenient because the school is several hours away from where they live.

But some of you would say that is her family, she will naturally help them. But that’s the point, her generosity, kindness and compassion is not only for her family. BM would regularly send youths or jobless people to undergo some training. She would even tutor them if the need arises, and she would give them allowance. After they finish school or their training, they have the option to work for BM or somebody else. They’re not tied to her!

She also makes monthly donations to a church or charity. I don’t remember which one or maybe it’s both.

I can say more things, but I guess you get the point. So why am I saying this, because I firmly believe that her good luck comes from her genuine kindness, compassion, and generosity! Who can beat that!

As I write this, her Surangama Mantra Amulet should be on her way to her. I think it will be more effective because BM is a good person. So the next time you want to get the Vajrapani Ruel or the Surangama Mantra Amulet or any other amulet. Think about BM. Yes these things are powerful holy objects that helps us gets blessing, but maybe sometimes the reason you’re not getting any blessings is maybe you’re the opposite of BM. If that’s the case then now you should know where to start.

Almost Directly Receiving a Gift from the Buddhas by Receiving a Stupa: Another Wonderful Gift from a Reader

Published Pebrero 2, 2015 by jptan2012

Several posts ago entitled – AURALITE: A GIFT OF LIGHT FROM A READER – I talked about how one reader, Atty. B, gave me a wonderful that I also need at that the time the gift was given to me. In that particular post, I mentioned that another reader has given me a very wonderful gift. The gift that was given to me is a Stupa!

AC contacted me because she wanted to get the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, this led to a series of email conversations and she really did give me an impression of being a very kind person. In one of her emails she inquired about getting a Stupa as somebody in the temple that she attends to offered this to her. I told her owning a stupa is such a wonderful blessing, especially if this was blessed by a high-ranking lama like Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She ended up acquiring the Stupa and what’s more her very kind heart and generosity prompted her to get one more for me to be given as a gift!!!!!

As mentioned before, receiving amulets or holy objects as a gift does not make it holier or more powerful, but the act of receiving a gift makes the object comes with an auspicious chi brought about by the giver’s generosity.

Even if I put her generosity aside simply having a Stupa is such a wonderful blessing, and words won’t be able to convey how happy and blessed I feel to have receive that gift from AC. I can’t imagine how much blessings I’ll receive because of the Stupa. In fact, I’m sure even my friend and reader, DU, who was the middle person to get the Stupa from AC and to give it to me will definitely have received some blessing simply because she held it and having it in her possession.

This is the stupa that AC gave me.

This is the stupa that AC gave me.

I thought I’d show my gratitude to AC by asking my Guru Lama whether I can invite a Vajrapani Ruel(1), which is considered as one of the most powerful if not the most powerful amulet in Buddhism, in behalf of AC and I’m really happy that my Guru Lama agreed and told me to go ahead with it. AC herself has expressed gratitude in advance for the Vajrapani Ruel(2), which has had enjoyed some personal testimonies already.

But why am I so excited about the Stupa? Not only because it was a gift from a reader but also because it is a Stupa!!! I think I should make myself clearer. Allow me to tell you first what is a Stupa and what are the blessings that it can bestow.

A stupa, which is pronounced with long U sound, is almost similar to a pagoda but is more mound – like and/or hemispheric structure that contains one or more Buddhist relics. A big stupa will usually contain a relic from a high-ranking Buddhist monk, usually a green, or red, or white, or yellow pearl – like object produced by high-ranking lamas when they are cremated. Surprisingly, people who are holy only produce these pearl – like objects. A layperson may produce this also and becomes an indication of the goodness of the person’s heart.

It is believed that Shakyamuni or the Historical Buddha’s body was cremated and the ashes were divided into equal parts and which was put inside 8 different stupas. Two additional stupas were further made for the temporary casket that was made for the Buddha and for the left over embers. However, these stupas were not identified.

All stupas represent the Buddha with his crown of enlightenment and in meditative lotus seat position.

The ubiquitous Five Element Pagoda, which is a very famous and effective cure for the Five Yellow Killing Star or the #5 Flying Star is actually patterned after a stupa and not a pagoda. Pagoda was used to make it more familiar with the majority, because a stupa is somewhat limited to Buddhists. The difference between a stupa and a pagoda is that a stupa houses relics and is considered a very holy structure. A pagoda may or may not be a religious or spiritual structure, and while it may house holy images, it doesn’t have relics.

Building a stupa is not an easy matter. Obviously, in modern times you’ll need the skill of an architect and an engineer, but it is impossible to build a stupa without the leadership of a monk who is familiar with building one. There are a lot of empowerment ceremonies, Buddhist texts transmissions and ceremonies for one to build a stupa. And the most important component is the presence of a relic. In the absence of a physical relic, the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras, which are considered as a first class relic because it is said that it was the Buddha himself of wrote those particular mantra are put inside the stupa. All small and multiple – produced stupas, like AC’s gift for me, will have the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras. It is highly considered immoral to own a physical relic for oneself. Because it should always be shared thus it is always put inside a stupa or hidden in temples. Most Buddhist temples will also have the stupa easily accessible so people can circumambulate around it, if space is of a concern, thee stupa is put on top of the structure so that everyone who passes under it will be blessed.

The different kinds of stupa are:

  • Relic Stupa, and it is the relics of the Buddha, or human Bodhisattvas (like monks) are interred here. These relics are considered first class relics. 
  • Object Stupa, where in the relics that are interred are the things used by the Buddha or monks. For example, their prayer wheels, mala, clothes, shoes, etc. These items are considered second-class relics. 
  • Symbolic Stupa, these kinds of stupas are built to symbolize various Buddhist aspects. For these kinds of stupas, the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras are interred. 

In Tibetan Buddhism, these different kinds of Stupas are further, sub – categorizes into the 8 different types, which is called the Eight Great Deeds Stupas, which are base on the different events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life.

The Eight Great Deeds Stupas are the following:

  1. LOTUS BLOSSOM STUPA, which is also known as the BIRTH STUPA, or STUPA OF HEAPED LOTUS, or BIRTH OF THE SUGATA STUPA.
  2. ENHLIGHTENMENT STUPA, which is also called as the STUPA OF THE CONQUEST OF MARA.
  3. STUPA OF DESCENT FROM TUSHITA HEAVEN, which is also called as the STUPA OF DESCENT FROM THE GOD REALM.
  4. STUPA OF GREAT MIRACLES, and is also known as the MIRACLE STUPA, or STUPA OF CONQUEST OF THE TIRTHIKAS.
  5. STUPA OF RECONCILIATION OF THE SANGHA, which is also known as the STUPA OF RECONCILIATION.
  6. STUPA OF COMPLETE VICTORY, which is also VICTORY STUPA.
  7. STUPA OF MANY DOORS, which is also called as the STUPA OF MANY GATES or STUPA OF TURNING OF WHEEL.
  8. STUPA OF NIRVANA, which is also called as the STUPA OF PARINIRVANA.

Much later, another kind of Stupa came out of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the Kalachakra Stupa. It has nothing to do with the Buddha’s life as represented by the other Stupas, but rather it is a symbolism of the tantric practice of Kalachakra. This particular stupa is said to be able to double the protective energies of the other Stupas as enhanced by a Kalachakra symbol.

The image below will show the images of the different Stupas, but it has to be noted that these are just the basic image, for example as Lotus Blossom Stupa may look a little different from one another. The stupa that AC gave me is a Stupa of Nirvana.Stupas 8stupas 8b

A sample of a Kalachakra Stupa

A sample of a Kalachakra Stupa

Simply seeing, being around or owning a stupa will give you a lot of blessings, more so if one circumambulate or prostate around it. Allow me to share some of them here:

  • Blessing of happiness.
  • Karma Cleansing or Purification of Defilements.
  • Gift of Dharma Blessing. (My own journey in learning the Dharma started when I came across a Stupa. After that I was granted the blessing of having access to the Dharma and studying it. Dharma is basically deeper Buddhist teachings.)
  • Eradication of Sufferings.
  • Purification of the Mind.
  • Gift of a Better Next Life.

More than the above mentioned benefits it also helps establish peace and harmony.

It is said that when a wind touches or passes through a stupa it temporarily becomes a holy wind, and has the ability to give blessing those who are ‘touched’ by the wind, even if they don’t believe in Buddhism.

Simply receiving a stupa as gift brings you numerous wonderful blessings, and giving it as a gift earns you not just numerous wonderful blessings but also a lot of good karma merits!

I took the liberty of copy – pasting below the text from a talk given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the stupa. But before that I again would like to thank AC for the wonderful gift and for the wonderful blessings that comes with it! It’s more than just a Buddhist gift; it’s a gift of good life!!!!

 

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