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The Challenging Last Quarter of the Year: What to Do and How to Protect Oneself (Part 2) – Chant – A – Mantra (15)

Published Oktubre 26, 2017 by jptan2012

In the first part of this post which was posted last week, I talked about how the energies of the year has started to be quite challenging. To make it easier for you to understand it, I have taken to share the article here again:

Late last year, I wrote that the lunar year 2017 would become challenging at the start of the 3rd quarter until the last quarter. The third quarter dawn upon us a lot of calamities both manmade (economic/political) and it is very likely that there is something that has started in the 3rd quarter whose effect we will feel this last quarter of the lunar year (November, December, January) or will feel it’s effect next lunar year, which starts in February 16, 2018.

The remaining energies of the year is not very nice, it is quite hostile, and this would most likely be felt in the financial aspect, although technically speaking all fronts are affected – personal, health, and political or even natural aspect.

There will be some economic of financial imbalanced and money will be quite hard to come in, so it is highly advisable for you everyone to have a strong wealth or money amulet. The VAISRAVANA – DZAMBHALA WEALTH AMULET is a very good amulet to have because it helps ensure stability and it helps create not just attracts money luck or wealth luck or financial luck.

Politically speaking, and even personally level, it might be a little more chaotic, so politicians are advised to have the Ruyi to strengthen their power and or the Vajrapani Ruel. On a personal level this will manifest in having more arguments, blockage to success or career path and also lost of support.

Health wise some people might be more prone to accidents and/or illness, thus it would be nice to have the gold Kalachakra pendant and/or the Illness Suppression Amulet.

Overall speaking, one has to protect oneself and wearing images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas should help. I personally suggest wearing the image of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (also known as Earth Store Bodhisattva or Di Zhang Wang Pu Sa). I also strongly recommend for one to wear the FOUR DHARMAKYA RELIC MANTRAS WITH THE LAMA ASTISHA AMULET, an amulet that I have previously written. You can read more about it by clicking here.

It is also highly advisable for everybody to start saving up and plan for long-term financial investments.

If it’s any relevance, it is not only me who is saying this, other reputable Feng Shui experts or writers are saying the same thing. The world famous Malaysian Chinese Feng Shui expert and writer, Lillian Too, has also announced the same thing. A friend told me that she has shared some mantras that you can chant to protect yourself by downloading her video for a fee.

As for me, I have shared with you the amulets that one would need to protect oneself from these hostile energies brought about by the last quarter.

However, as per consultation with Guru Lama, there some mantras that you can chant also. Please note that these mantras should be chanted under deep meditation, with a minimum of 108x (one full mala) or under extreme condition, chant 10 full malas of 1,080x each.

The protection mantras one should recite are the following:

Mantra of Buddha Amitabha: OM AMI DEWA HRIH

Mantra of Medicine Buddha: TADYATHA OM BHEKANDZYE BHEKANDZYE MAHA BHEKANDZYE RADZA SAMUGATE SOHA

Mantra of Buddha Namgyalma: OM BHRUM SOHA OM AMARITA AYUR DADAY SOHA

Note: Buddha Namgyalma is powerful protector Buddha.

Mantra of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara: OM MANI PADME HUM

Note: Avalolitesvara Bodhisattva is also known as Guan Shi Yin / Guan Yin / Kuan Shi Yin / Kuan Yin / Quan Shi Yin / Quan Yin / Kannon / Goddess of Mercy / Bodhisattva of Compassion / Chenrezig.

Mantra of Bodhisattva Earth Store: OM AH KSITIGARBGA THALENG HUM

Note: Earth Store Bodhisattva is also known as Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva.

Mantra of Bodhisattva Vajrapani: OM VAJRAPANI HUM

Mantra of the White Umbrella Goddess – Ushnisha Sitataputra: TADYATHA OM ANALE ANALE KHASAME KHASAME BHAYRE BHAYRE SAUMA SAUME SARVA BUDDHA ADISTHANA ADISHTHITE SOHA OM SARVA TATHAGATHA USHNISHA SITATAPUTRA HUM PHAT HUM MAMA HUM NE SOHA

Protective Mantra of Tantric Deity Kalachakra: OM AH HUM HO HAM KSHAMALA VARAYA HUM PHAT

Mantra of King Vaisravana of the Four Heavenly Kings: OM VAISRAVANA YE SOHA

Mantra of Yellow Dzambhala: OM DZAMBHALA DZALIN DRAYE SOHA

 

If you find yourself extremely affected in the financial aspect and you don’t have the VAISRAVANA – DZAMBHALA WEALTH AMULET, aside from the above mantras you can add the following:

Mantra of the Wealth Granting Tara: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE DANAM ME DADA SOHA

Mantra of the Green Dzambhala: OM KARMA DZAMBHALA AH SOHA

Mantra of the White Dzambhala: OM PADMO KRODA ARYA DZAMBHALA HRIH DAYA HUM PHAT

Mantra of the Red Dzambhala: OM DZAMBHALA DZALIN DRAYE DANAM MEDIHI HRIH DAKINI DZAMBHALA SAMBHARA SOHA

Mantra of the Blue/Black Dzambhala: OM DZAMBHALA DZALIN DRAYE BASHU DHARINI SOHA

If you wish to know more about the Five Dzambhalas (also spelled as Dzambala, Jambhala, Jambala, Zambhala, Zambala) please click here.

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The Many Benefits of A Sutra: How A Sutra Is Also Used As An Amulet! (A Special Recite – A – Sutra Article)

Published Oktubre 13, 2016 by jptan2012

In my series, Recite – A – Sutra, I have talked about the different wonderful benefits or blessings one gets when one recites – a – sutra. By reciting these sutras loudly, one invokes the wonderful energies of the many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and because of this one receives a lot of wonderful blessings and good chi.

However, if you have read some of the sutras that I mentioned, especially “THE SUTRA ON THE ORIGINAL VOWS AND MERITS OF THE MEDICINE MASTER LAPIS LAZULI LIGHT TATHAGATHA” (better known as the Medicine Buddha Sutra) or “THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA”, (also called “The Vajra Cutter Perfection of Wisdom Sutra” or “The Vajra Sutra” or “The Vajra Cutter Sutra” or “The Diamond Sutra“) or “THE SOVEREIGN KING OF SUTRA, THE SUBLIME GOLDEN LIGHT” (also known as “Suvarnaprabhāsa Sutra” or “The King of Glorious Sutra” or “The Sutra of Golden Light” or “The Golden Light Sutra”), you would have known by now that simply having these sutras will shower upon the holder or owner of the copy of the sutra tremendous amounts of blessings and most importantly protection. In that sense, a sutra is already an amulet, however, to some extent it is much more than simply being an amulet.

It is in the same principle that I’m a big advocate of wearing Kuan Yin with The Heart Sutra Pendant.

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This is a small Medicine Buddha Sutra Amulet and a Medicine Buddha Lamp Amulet. I shall be writing about the Medicine Buddha Lamp Amulet soon.

Now each Sutra are the same that they offer protection and some blessings, but each sutra might also differ from the other. For example, THE SUTRA ON THE ORIGINAL VOWS AND MERITS OF THE MEDICINE MASTER LAPIS LAZULI LIGHT TATHAGATHA brings with it a blessing of protection, healing, good health, and wealth. So simply having a copy of the said sutra will give you all the wonderful blessings that I just mentioned.

THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA brings protection and different kind of auspiciousness and wealth luck. In fact, it is considered as one of the most powerful sutra to have with you.

THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA is also very powerful protective sutra amulet, especially if you are in a managerial or leadership situation.

Again, all sutras have a protective blessing but each one differs in the other aspects of the blessings that they bestow to a person or owner. But everyone agrees that having a copy of the said sutra especially if it is printed a ‘traditional’ sutra manner carries with it some powerful energies, that is why a lot of Buddhist carries small sutra amulets and if they can get hold of it, they put traditional sutra amulets at home.

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This is a copy of the big and small THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA (traditional sutra amulet and sutra amulet) that my Guru Lama sent me. They are quite limited. I only have 10 of the big ones, and 7 of the small ones.

Allow me to share with you the story of Chuan Biao, a Filipino – Chinese who was born in China and who migrated here to the Philippines. At a very young age, just when the communist are about to take over China, Chuan Biao’s father had the foresight to leave and escape China and come to the Philippines. Chuan Biao was only about a year old then so he doesn’t have much memory of what happened. His father soon became a businessman here, and he was often told by his father that Feng Shui plays a big role in the success of his business.

Chuan Biao didn’t finish school, he didn’t even took up even just a year of college, but being the eldest son, he was trained by his father really well to handle their business, and soon Chuan Biao was handling their business and when his father passed away when Chuan Biao was only 30 years of age, he was prepared enough to handle and take over their business. Chuan Biao was also married by then, and aside from his own family; he took care of his mother, two sisters and younger brother.

After a while, his siblings also got married also, business was doing well, and he has expanded to other business. However, like many families, they started having problems because of their family business. When his brother got married, the wife wanted to get their share of the business and leave the family business. Many of you will not understand this but for Chinese families this is a big no – no. It is considered a taboo to do this. If you want to put up your own business, you just save up for it and put up your business, you don’t pull your share out of the family business. This created a big rift that broke the once peaceful family. With Chuan Biao and his sisters in one camp, then his brother in the other camp. Chuan Biao admitted that their tried to keep fair and be understanding to all her children but she really hate what Chuan Biao’s brother was doing and blamed the wife for all this.

Chuan Biao will be the first one to admit that he some what became bitter with how his brother and sister – in – law acted towards their business and their family that it became his goal to destroy his brother’s business. And so he put up the same business and naturally this made their rift even worse. So things got really serious that because of their family feud her mother had a stroke and passed away. Then this became the start of their bad luck.

Both Chuan Biao and his brother started losing money, their business went bad, and they have to start selling properties. Chuan Biao’s sisters’ family didn’t seem to have escaped the bad luck that strike. One of the sister’s husband left them for another woman, and Chuan Biao’s nephew from his other sister had an accident that rendered him paralyzed.

It is at this time that Chuan Biao’s wife seeks the help of a Buddhist monk. This particular Buddhist monk suggested that they put a sutra amulet of THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF THE BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA also called THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA or simply EARTH STORE BODHISATTVA SUTRA or KSITIGARBHA BODHISATTVA SUTRA.

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This is a copy of the traditional SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA that my Guru Lama sent me.

NOTE: Although I have talked about Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and mentioned and put a link of his sutra, I really haven’t included this sutra in the RECITE – A – SUTRA series. But this is one of the most powerful sutra in the world.

Chuan Biao’s wife decided to follow the Buddhist monk’s advice, even though at that time her relationship with Chuan Biao is also already under strain because he seems to refuse to listen to her advice that he should make peace with his brother. She was also in luck because acquiring a traditional sutra amulet is quite difficult and is quite pricey. However, she was fortunate that the Buddhist monk who gave her the advice has a copy at that time.

Anyway, Chuan Biao’s wife decided to put a copy of THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA on their altar and sure enough things started to get better. In fact, at present Chuan Biao and his whole family, including his brother’s grandchildren and great grandchildren will always have a family reunion 3x a year. Her sister who was left by her husband, is now back with her husband who repented. Chuan Biao’s nephew wasn’t able to walk again but he is now also a businessman, contrary to what the doctor said at that time that he would not be able to work again and think properly again. His brains are now fully functional.

How do I know this? I met Chuan Biao in a temple in Manila; they were saying a sutra for family members who passed away. At that time I was quite surprised to see them because it was the first time I saw such a big family. My father has 12 siblings but even our family reunions pales in comparison with what I saw. One of the Buddhist nun invited me to partake in the Vegetarian lunch sponsored by Chuan Biao’s family at the temple (it is customary for Buddhist to sponsor a vegetarian lunch at the temple where the whole family will eat also when they pray for the family members who has departed), and this is where I met Chuan Biao or Uncle Chuan Biao as I call him. He was the one who shared with me his story after 3 or 4 meetings when we were both waiting for something at the temple.

Chuan Biao is now 83 years old, he and his wife still goes to the temple a lot, and both believes that it was THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA that brought the family back together again and brought their business back to it’s old glory. Chuan Biao believes that her mother passed away with a heavy heart that caused their bad luck.

At that time, when Uncle Chuan Biao found out that I am a student of Feng Shui, Taoism and Buddhism, he asked me whether I know where they can avail of the Traditional Sutra, because he wants all his family members to have one. Most temples have it but it is never given away or even sold. But at that time I don’t have anywhere to get a copy. That was about 3 years ago.

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This is a small Medicine Buddha Sutra Amulet and a Medicine Buddha Lamp Amulet. I shall be writing about the Medicine Buddha Lamp Amulet soon.

But imagine my surprise when my Guru Lama called me to inform me that he will be sending me a few copies of traditional sutra (amulet) of the THE DIAMOND SUTRA and THE SUTRA OF THE PAST VOWS OF BODHISATTVA KSITIGARBHA! Apparently, he got several copies from a Pure Land Buddhist monk in China, and he sent me 10 copies of each for me to be able to share with my readers in exchange for a specified donation that will go to food and an image of a Buddha. This has something to do with the exchange of energies, and to understand this better please read my post called – THE EVOLUTION OF ACQUIRING AN AMULET.

I was allowed to get one copy each so only 9 copies of each the traditional sutra (amulet) is available.

On my next post, I will talk about how THE DIAMOND SUTRA amulet and THE MEDICINE BUDDHA SUTRA amulet can benefit us.

You can download the sutras mentioned above by clicking on the link below:

  1. The Golden Light Sutra
  2. The-Sutra-On-The-Original-Vows-And-Merits-Of-The-Medicine-Master-Lapis-Lazuli-Light-Tathagata
  3. The Diamond Sutra
  4. Sutra of the Past Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
  5. The Prajna Paramita Heart Sutra

 

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Chant – A – Mantra (3b): Daily Mantras to Chant – The 4 Main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism!

Published Hulyo 12, 2016 by jptan2012

In the preceding post, I briefly talked about the importance of chanting mantras daily. Sometimes, chanting mantras takes getting used to and the more we do it, the more we get used to it, the more it is easier for us to learn new mantras. But more than that, chanting mantras should be considered like taking vitamins, we have to take it everyday for us to build resistance, and in this case resistance to negative chi. Furthermore, aside from building resistance to negative chi or negative energies, chanting mantras daily makes us more attuned to the cosmic energy of the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas whose mantra we are chanting, not to mention it makes more attuned to the cosmic energy in general.

While we won’t be able to recite the entire mantras daily, because some of them are long and there are really a lot of mantras available for us. Chanting daily mantras of selected Buddhas or Bodhisattvas will also make us, as mentioned earlier, more attuned with the cosmic energy, to the divine cosmic energy of the world of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, in such a manner that when we have to chant a specific mantra for a specific purpose, because we already have a ‘relationship’ with the divine cosmic energy, it is easier for us to be attuned to the energy of the new mantra we are chanting, even this is for only a specific purpose.

Yesterday, I shared with you the initial list of the mantras I chant daily. Namely of the 3 main Buddhas of our time and they are Amitabha Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha (Sakyamuni Buddha) and the only celestial Buddha among the three, Medicine Buddha.

Note: Medicine Buddha is the simplified name. Medicine Buddha’s formal name is Bhaisajya – guru – vaidūrya – prabhā – raja or King of Medicine Master and Lapis Lazuli Light. His Tibetan common name is Bhaisajyaguru.

Today, allow me to share with you the other mantras that I chant everyday. They are 4 Main Buddha of Chinese Buddhism, especially for Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism.

Note: Zen Buddhism although has Japanese name actually started in China. It’s the English-speaking world that ‘popularized’ Zen Buddhism, but in reality it is called Chan Buddhism.

THE 4 MAIN BODHISATTVAS WHOSE MANTRAS I CHANT EVERYDAY ARE THE FOLLOWING:kuan Yin3 white

  1. NAMO DA PEI KWAN SHI YIN PU SA & OM MANI PADME HUM (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Kuan Yin) – Kuan Yin (also known as Avalokitesvara, Kannon, and also spelled as Guan Yin, Kwan Yin, Gwan Yin) is more popularly known as the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Sometime people also refer to her as the Buddha of Compassion (although she is not a Buddha) or Goddess of Mercy (although she is also not a Goddess). I have written about Kuan Yin Bodhisattva many times, so I will put the link to those articles below. But it should be noted that perhaps Kuan Yin Bodhisattva is perhaps the most famous and most revered Bodhisattva in all lineage and school of Buddhism. She has become so famous that even the Taoist has adopted her as one of their Goddess. I personally make sure that I always chant her mantra.You can read more about Kuan Yin Bodhisattva by clicking on the links below:

 

  • NAMO DA YUAN DI ZHANG WANG PU SA and OM AH KSTIGARBHA THALENG HUM and OM PRA MANI DANI SOHA (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Great Vow, Ksitigarbha) – Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is known to have committed to the Buddha that he will not enter Buddhahood unless he has freed all sentient beings from hell or from being a hungry ghost. This is his great vow. Chanting his mantra will help ensure that we are freed from suffering and help ensure a good rebirth. To under stand Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva better please read: Ksitigarbha Buddha is a Bodhisattva Who Vowed to Help All Those Who Suffer in Hell and In this World.

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    Bodhisattva Samantabhadra

  1. NAMO DA XING PU XIAN PU SA and OM AH HUM AH A KAR SA LE OD A YANG OM DU (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Great Conduct, Samantabhadra) – Samantabhadra Bodhisattva is a Bodhisattva known for her great conduct. She is also known as the Bodhisattva of Truth, because it is her sincerest desire the real truth be exposed does she has the famous TEN GREAT VOWS OF BODHISATTVA SAMANTABHADRA, where in each item of those vows has something to do with the permanent truth of Buddhism.

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    Manjushri is a disciple of Sakyamuni Buddha. He is also a great Bodhisattva.

  1. NAMO DA ZHI WUN SHU SHI LI PU SA and OM A RA PA CHA NA DHI (Mantra of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri) – Manjushri Bodhisattva (also spelled as Manjushree) is a Bodhisattva known for his commitment to make all sentient beings attained the perfect wisdom or full enlightenment. He is usually depicted holding a sword and a sutra book. The sword represents the slashing of false knowledge, and the sutra book represents that we are only able to attained perfect wisdom with the help of the sutra or words of the Historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Chanting the mantra of Bodhisattva Manjushri will help us attain wisdom and guide us in making our daily decisions.

So you see, aside from the mantras of the 3 main Buddhas of our time, I also chant the mantras of the 4 main Bodhisattvas of Chinese Buddhism. But that’s not all, in my succeeding posts, I will share with you the other mantras I chant everyday.

You can also read other posts in the Chant – A – Mantra series:

  1. Chant – A – Mantra: A Reintroduction to the Wonderful Benefits of Chanting A Mantra.
  2. Chant – A – Mantra (2): When You Need Compassion, Wisdom, and Power!
  3. Chant – A – Mantra (3a): Daily Mantras to Chant!

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Recite A Sutra (5): In Times of Conflict and Trouble Recite the Powerful Protector Sutra Called “THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA”!

Published Hunyo 20, 2016 by jptan2012

Several years ago, kidnap – for – ransom was such a big problem in the Philippines, that when you randomly approach a Filipino – Chinese, that person will surely have a relative, or a relative of a relative, or a friend of relative, or a relative of a friend who have been a victim of kidnapping for ransom. It was such a big problem here in the Philippines, and several of kidnap victims ended being dead.

This must have been about ten to fifteen years ago.

One time I got a frantic call from a distant cousin. Apparently her father – in – law was kidnapped, and she was asking for help as to what she can do. What mantras to recite to ensure the safety of her father – in – law. I was at a lost and didn’t know how to help her and so I have to call my Guru Lama.

My Guru Lama then instructed me to ask my distant cousin to recite THE SOVEREIGN KING OF SUTRAS, THE SUBLIME GOLDEN LIGHT. The sutra is also known as the SUVARNAPRABHĀSA SUTRA, or THE KING OF GLORIOUS SUTRA, or THE SUTRA OF GOLDEN LIGHT, or what is more popularly known as THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA.

THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA is a long sutra but is regarded as one of the most powerful sutra by some lineages. I just would like to add a caveat that for me all sutras are equally powerful and important, it really just depends as to how you use it.

One of the more noteworthy themes of the sutra is the importance for leaders of the nations, or even businesses, or towns or cities to strive for good karma, because their karma is connected to the ones or to the nations that they lead. Because it is said their karma may lead to disaster or the blessing of an entire nation. Hence, the sutra also earned great importance or esteem as a sutra for protecting countries and is often suggested to be public read to ward off threats.

Even Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives high regard to this sutra and has numerously stated that when a person is in danger that person should recite this sutra together with THE DIAMOND OF PERFECT WISDOM SUTRA.

Because this sutra is long, if there is no emergency one can recite a few chapters at a time. However, in times of danger it is best to recite the sutra in one session.

As mentioned my Guru Lama that my cousin and her family should recite this sutra and that if possible request for a temple to chant it twice to thrice a day until they have ensured the safety of her father – in – law.

My cousin and her husband did just that. They even requested the temple of my Guru Lama to do the continuous chanting, w/c they have to make a monetary donation for the various important offerings. On the fourth day, the father – in – law rang their doorbell. They were all surprised because they haven’t paid the ransom because the ransom that they were asking for a too high and they’re unable to raise the amount yet. But from what they are able to gather from the father – in – law is that seeing his old age, he was 76 at that time, they have decided not to tie him and just lock him in a room. At first they were quite rude towards him, however, as soon as they locked him up inside a room, they’ve pretty much left him on his own. He was not released, he actually sort of escaped. I used the term “sort of” because what happened was one day he just heard a commotion, as if the people outside the room were in an emergency. After that he felt there was absolute silence and that nobody seems to be around. That’s when he tested the knob and was surprised to see that it was not locked from the outside. He then cautiously stepped out and soon realized that the kidnappers are all gone. When he step out, he debated whether to call his family or not, but like most Filipino – Chinese he erred on the side of being too cautious and decided to just try to go home on his own. He found out where he was, and because he was dirty, somebody took pity on him and decided to bring him home, but again; still fearful he said he’d just ask for money so he can take a cab. Surprisingly the person gave him more than enough money for him to go home. He then decided to take longer route and when he was sure that he was not being followed that’s when he asked to be drop off his house. They never found out who kidnapped him.

My cousin, her husband, and her in – laws, truly believed that it is because of the reciting of THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA that freed the father – in – law.

Honestly speaking, although the sutra is quite long, I will always make it a point that this a sutra that I get to regularly recite at least once a week.

In fact, those of you who have the highly regarded and what is considered as the world’s most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon called Vajrapani Ruel, might be happy to know that THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA talked about Bodhisattva Vajrapani extensively. It is this sutra that called Bodhisattva Vajrapani as the “great general of Yakshas”. Thus when you have the Vajrapani Ruel and you recite this sutra, it will enhanced the power of your Vajrapani Ruel thus making it more effective.

Furthermore, other than Vajrapani Bodhisattva, THE GOLDEN LIGHT SUTRA talks about various others Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. But we should not be deluded into believing that this sutra is only for protection in times of trouble and conflict. Because according to Lama Zopa Rinpoche is practically for everything even for financial luck, peace, harmony, etc. Allow me to directly quote him here:

At the beginning of the Sutra of Golden Light, Buddha Shakyamuni, the Tathagata, the Arhat, the Fully Enlightened, calls to anyone experiencing misery and affliction, bad health, poverty, loss, abuse, ill will, fear, nightmares, or other harms. He says to make the mind virtuous and to come and listen.

This “King of Glorious Sutras,” contains everything needed, from daily happiness to complete enlightenment. It contains a heart-rending practice of confession and rejoicing, profound teachings on dependent arising, reliable assurances of protection, guidelines for ideal government, and awe-inspiring stories of the Buddha’s previous lives, in which the Buddha shows how, even before he had completely eliminated the delusions, he liberated countless beings from the ocean of suffering through compassion and personal courage.

See how powerful it is. Hope this sutra brings you blessings and protection like it did to so many people. I will share other stories about this sutra in the future. In the mean time you can download the sutra by clicking here: The Golden Light Sutra.

Note: Light an incense while reciting this sutra will help double the merits of the act.

But remember, as always when reciting a sutra one has to chant 3x NAMO FUNDAMENTAL TEACHER SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA

Followed by the Sutra Opening Gatha:

The Dharma Infinitely Profound and Subtle

Is Rarely Encountered Even In A Million of Kalpas

We Are Now Able to Hear, Recite, and Follow It

May We Fully Realized the Tathagatha’s True Meaning

Then recite the sutra!

You can read all the other post about the ‘Recite A Sutra’ Series:

  1. Invite Wonderful Blessings in Your Life by Reciting A Sutra!
  2. Recite A Sutra (1): Create Harmony and Peace Thru The Powerful Sutra Called ‘The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra’!
  3. Recite A Sutra (2): Get Healed or Good Health, Create An Aura of Protection, Attract Wealth, With the Power of ‘The Medicine Buddha Sutra’!
  4. Recite A Sutra (3): For Protection & Unlimited Blessings of Auspiciousness Recite One of the Most Powerful & Highly Revered Sutra Both in Tibetan & Chinese Buddhism Called ‘The Diamond of Perfect Wisdom Sutra’!
  5. Recite A Sutra (4): Attract Auspiciousness and Cure Bad Feng Shui with “The Noble Stack of Auspiciousness Sutra”.

 

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Jatukam Ramathep: Thailand’s Modern Powerful Amulet of Unknown Origin

Published Disyembre 30, 2012 by jptan2012

Several months ago, I wrote about Thailand’s Four Faced Buddha, which remains to be one of the most popular religious icons that the country has ever produced. That particular post remains to be one of the most well read post, it’s constantly in the top 12 post of my blog. I was not surprised how well you, the readers of this blog, received that particular post, it is because the 4-Faced Buddha is really one of the most popular spiritual icon because the 4-Faced Buddha is extremely powerful and swift in delivering his blessings. In fact, I received a lot of emails from people who have experienced the miraculous protection of the 4-Faced Buddha.

Today, allow me to introduce you to another very powerful religious or spiritual tool that came out in Thailand. I’m talking about the Jatukam Ramathep Amulets, sometimes simply called as Jatukam Amulets. Some people, especially Westerners, will sometimes spell it as Jatukarm (with an R), this is because that’s how it’s pronounce by Thais.

From my personal collection. This Jatukam Ramathep Amulet is from the 4th batch made at Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan. This is the front side.

From my personal collection. This Jatukam Ramathep Amulet is from the 4th batch made at Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan. This is the front side.

Jatukam Amulets became so famous that I’ve met a couple of Thais from Phuket and a Chinese Thai from that haven’t heard of Mario Mauer, a Thai famous actor, but who absolutely gets excited when I mentioned the Jatukam Amulet.

Jatukam Ramathep Amulets can be considered as Thailand’s modern powerful amulet of unknown origin because it is, I think, the only amulet that was discovered in modern times, also it is also a very powerful amulet as can be attested of those who has it, like me. But before that let me share with you story of where the amulet came from.

The truth is, there are a lot of different stories relating to the history of the Jatukam Ramathep Amulets. I will not dwell about the different stories, but instead allow me to share with you the most widely accepted story.

It is said that during the 800 AD, Asia experienced one of its greatest turbulent era. The King of Siam (modern day Thailand) has two royal sons who are very devoted to the throne and to Buddha. The princes’ names are Jatukam and Ramathep. Obviously, the amulets were named after them.

But before we go the story of the princes, it is important to share with you that their father is said to be a very powerful and noble king. The king is also a devoted Buddhist. Going to wars only when he really has to. It is in one of these wars that the King was able to get possession of some sacred relics of Siddhartha Buddha himself in Sri Lanka. He naturally brought the sacred relic to his kingdom and palace in Siam (Thailand). Because the sacred relic is so precious the king decided that he could only entrust it to his sons – Jatukam and Ramathep.

It is also said that a Buddhist monk tried to approach the King to tell him that he had a vision that the Buddha wants the sacred relic to be transported to a province in Northern Siam. However, palace guards prevented the monk from facing the king, thus he was unable to convey his vision.

After a few years, with the war in Asia further escalating, the King found himself travelling with some of his people to protect his kingdom. Unfortunately, Siam is losing the war, and enemies were conspiring to take the kingdom’s riches and also the Buddha relics ‘owned’ by the kingdom. To protect the relic of Siddhartha Buddha they decided to bring it back to Sri Lanka. The two princes unable to send word to their father the king decided to head to Sri Lanka by sea.

On their way to Sri Lanka, a wicked storm came and sunk their ship. Some say that all the people aboard the ship died except for the two princes, and some say all of them survived and wash ashore in a land of fertile soil. The place is now the present day Nakhon Si Thammarat (spelled as Nakhon Sri Thammarat).

According to the stories, the princes tired their best to continue their mission to move to Sri Lanka, however, for some weird reason, they were unable to move the case containing the relic. They took it as a sign that the relic wants to make Nakhon Si Thammarat as its home. Because of this the princes decided to make Nakhon Si Thammarat as their new home. They build Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan, a Buddhist temple that still stands in Nakhon Sri Thammarat. To this day, you’ll still see the said temple, which has again become really famous because of the Jatukam amulets. Also, to this day, the Buddha relics that the two princes were trying to saved are still in that temple. Some say that the relic is a Tooth Relic.

However, for a very long the temple’s history is actually unknown, although there was some oral history handed down from one generation to the other. Until several years back when they were renovating the temple they chance upon the relic the princes’ bodies buried near where the relics is hidden.

After awhile, Thais immortalized the two princes and started praying to them as one, thus calling them Tao Jatukam Ramathep. It is said that praying to Tao Jatukam Ramathep will be blessed with a happy, well-balanced life, filled with wealth.

Several years back I was bless with the fortune to be able to visit the temple – Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan. It’s located at Ratchadamnoen Road. At the entrance of the temple are statues of Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep, this is very symbolic of their mortal duties as the guardian of the Buddha relics housed within.

Note that the story just shared with you is the most widely accepted version of the history of the temple and of Jatukam Ramathep. The truth there are a lot more different versions, and nobody is unable to say which of the stories circulating are the most accurate version. However, what is certain is that it was a Thai policeman named Khun Phantharak Rajjadej a devotee of Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep, who first commissioned the monks of the temple to make him a Jatukam Ramathep amulet. This was in 1987 and no known Jatukam Ramathep amulets existed before that.

Khun Phantharak Rajjadej believes that it is Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep who helps him solves his difficult murder cases. Again, Khun Phantharak Rajjadej left not written record, but according to his family, one time in an official police operation, a friend and colleague of Khun Phantharak Rajjadej was shot and died. Fearing more for his family than for himself, he begged Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep to always protect him and to continuously provide for his family, because his meager salary as a police is not enough.

This is the back side of my Jatukam Ramathep Amulet.

This is the back side of my Jatukam Ramathep Amulet.

Again, there are two versions of how he came up with the Jatukam Ramathep amulets. One version is that after praying to Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep, he was paid a visit by the two guardian princes in his dream, there he was told to convince the Buddhist monks of Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan to make an amulet for him. It was said that it was Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep who told him the basic manner of making the amulet, which he needs to convey to the Buddhist monks. The other version is that after praying to the princes, he was approached by a woman who has no knowledge of what he prayed for but told him that she had a vision from Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep, to tell him to convince the monks to make an amulet.

The two versions state that it was Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep themselves through the dream or the vision who gave Khun Phantharak Rajjadej the ‘ingredients’ and the procedures of doing the amulet.

The ingredients of the amulet are quite simple, because all they need is some incense ash from the temple, soil, and a very small splinter of wood from the old doors or roofs of the temple.

The design is also quite simple because it is said that Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep has provided this through the dream or vision. What’s difficult is the process of making it, because the Buddhist monks will have to do empowering meditation for one lunar cycle and then they will have to travel to the mountain, and the sea, face EAST, WEST, NORTH, SOUTH to make a special prayer in each of the direction before the amulet is fully empowered and effective.

Well, did the amulet for Khun Phantharak Rajjadej? To answer that question, allow me to share with you that after he got hold of the amulet, it is said that he never had an unsolved case. Furthermore, he and his family were all blessed with material wealth and long life. Khun Phantharak Rajjadej himself died at the age of 108 and has the position of a Major General. He also became so loved and respected for his selfless acts to protect the public that he was given a Royal Cremation ceremony where more than 250,000 people attended. Also in attendance are several government officials, businessmen, and celebrities. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the ceremony, which is under the patronage of the Thai King and Queen.

Major General Khun Phantharak Rajjadej.

Major General Khun Phantharak Rajjadej. Image was uploaded from Google.

By that time, the amulet has already gained some popularity, but it was the Thai King himself, King Bhumibol Adulyadej who furthered made the amulet really famous. King Bhumibol Adulyadej got really ill and was rumored to be on his death bed. The rumor was not surprising because it was the first time that he was confined in the hospital for long period of time and it was also the first time that several members of the Thai royal family had to cancel several official engagement to be with the king. However, after a few weeks the king was discharged from the hospital and he was seen, videoed and photographed to be wearing one of the original Jatukam Ramathep Amulets, it is from the batch that was commissioned by Khun Phantharak Rajjadej.

The image of the Thai king leaving the hospital wearing a Jatukam Ramathep Amulet further soared its popularity, and a businessman who said to have been blessed by the first batch of the Jatukam Ramathep amulet again commissioned the temple to make another batch of Jatukam Ramathep amulets to be given out for a minimal fee. On the day of its release, a lot of people flock to Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan to get an amulet. The crowd became so unruly that a woman died during a stampede. Because of this incident the Buddhist monks threatened that they will hold off the releasing of the amulet and that they will no longer make any Jatukam Ramathep amulet.

For a while, they did what they said, and it was after a few more years when they started making another batch of Jatukam Ramathep amulet. Because of this, prices of the existing first 2 batches of Jatukam Ramathep went really high. In fact, a Jatukam Ramathep from the original batch that was commissioned by Khun Phantharak Rajjadej now costs about US$ 300,000.00 and somebody bought it!!!

I was fortunate enough to be able to get a Jatukam Ramathep amulet from the 4th batch that was made by the Buddhist monks of Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan. This is a prized possession because the truth is they can only make Jatukam Ramathep amulets by batches, once, at most, twice a year.

There are a lot of wonderful and magical stories about the Jatukam Ramathep amulets, and all you need is to Google it to read about them. However, I have personally heard from people who has directly benefitted from the Jatukam Ramathep Amulets that is why I decided to get one for myself to try it out. This was before I became a believer.

When I first had my Jatukam Ramathep amulet, I immediately felt its power. The feeling is very subtle and quite difficult to explain but more than that I also noticed that everything seems to be going smoothly. I have already been practicing Feng Shui and have been enjoying its good effect when I had my Jatukam amulets, so there is really no astounding personal story that I can share with you. However, whenever I’m running into an extremely bad month or year or week as indicated by my Flying Stars, I always wear it and everything seems to go really smoother.

Nevertheless, allow me to share with you the story of a friend who also got a Jatukam Ramathep amulet from the 7th batch that was made. He was experiencing a particularly difficult year. I think it was karmic because no Feng Shui cure seems to work. His marriage was going through a really bad time and he got separated from his wife and his 2 children. Business is also really bad and he is about to declare himself bankrupt! Out of desperation, he requested me to acquire for him a Jatukam Ramathep amulet. We both travelled to Thailand to get his Jatukam Ramathep amulet.

When we got back home 2 days after he got his Jatukam Ramathep, his brother called him to inform him that he was able to get him an investor who can help him get out of financial rut. This is something that he is looking for but a lot of people think that his business is too far-gone that nobody wants to gamble on a losing business. Furthermore, he was able to make peace with his wife and they started living together again, it happened a month after he got his Jatukam Ramathep amulet.

Another story that I would like to share is from a Malaysian businesswoman, who said that 3 days after wearing her Jatukam Ramathep amulet, she went to buy a lottery ticket. Guess what? She won!!!

Stories like these…testimonials like these are what make the Jatukam Ramathep amulet really famous. In fact, they are so famous that it is now a 20 Million Baht ‘industry’. Unfortunately, a lot of these are Jatukam Ramathep amulets that have the same designed but are no longer made in Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan, and they don’t go through the empowering meditation and the mountain, sea, east, west, north, and south special empowering prayer. I know I might get into trouble by saying this, but for me, I think unless a Jatukam Ramathep amulet is not made in Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan, then it is considered fake.

Remember, some of the main ingredients of the Jatukam Ramathep as instructed by Tao Jatukam and Tao Ramathep is for it to have incense, soil, and a splinter from the old door or ceiling of the temple. The main ingredients, not to mention the empowering prayers done, are what make Jatukam Ramathep amulets powerful.

In fact, the first and second batch of the Jatukam Ramathep amulets are made purely of hardened soil and clay, and they are considered to be truly potent that just merely holding them can fulfill our wishes. However, because it doesn’t have a plastic casing they easily break also and a lot of the original Jatukam Ramathep amulets no longer exist.

If you plan to get yourself a Jatukam Ramathep amulet, please make sure that it is made by the Buddhist monks, with the ingredients from Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan. There are a lot of Jatukam online, and in the malls in Bangkok, most of them are not real Jatukam!!!! Most Jatukams are quite expensive and this is because it is really hard to make them and it takes money to make them, especially, the newer version of Jatukam Ramathep amulets is also partly made of bronze, or silver, or gold. The money goes to the restoration and maintenance of Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan.

Now, is also the best time to get your Jatukam Ramathep amulets, because Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan monks have just released the batch 14 of Jatukam Ramathep amulets. This is also one of the reasons why I’m going to Thailand on the 16th of January. I’m going there with some friends to get some Jatukam Amulets from batch 14. Personally, I’m getting more of the Jatukam Ramathep amulets for my nephews who still don’t have one!

BLOGGER’S NOTE ADDED DEC. 30, 2012 AT 19:45: It’s been only nineteen hours ago when I posted this ‘article’ about the powerful Jatukam Ramathep amulet and I already got a total of 17 email asking whether I can help them get the Jatukam Ramuthep in my upcoming trip to Thailand. I urge you to make that trip yourself, but make it soon because the latest batch is selling really fast. But to answer the question whether I can help get them the amulet, the answer is Yes. You can email me directly at sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ADDED JANUARY 3, 2012 22:45: I decided to include this FAQ because I’ve been receiving a lot of questions through email about the Jatukam Ramathep Amulet.

Q1: Do we need to have the amulet blessed or cleansed from time-to-time or after wearing for a long time? The answer is NO. The only who can bless the amulet is the Buddhist monks who made them. Actual blessing of the pendant is done through an empowering meditation and special prayer done in the mountain and the sea, and facing East, West, North, and South. However, if people touches your pendant, it might be a good idea to let it pass over an incense smoke. 

Q2: Is there a special mantra for the Jatukam Ramathep amulet? The answer is NO. Just wear it and it will start working for you.

Q3: Can the Jatukam Ramathep amulet be shared from one member of the family to another? This is not a very ideal thing to do. However, since the amulet is quite pricey, this may be an alternative. A family member who may be experiencing a spade of bad luck can wear it.

Q4: Are the Jatukam amulets available online real? My answer to this particular question is ‘I don’t know’. You will have to check whether they are really a reputable supplier. As mentioned in the article, there are a lot of other Buddhist temples, and, unfortunately, even ‘businessmen’ who started making their own Jatukam Ramathep amulet. Remember, if it didn’t come from Wat Phra Mahathat Woromaha Vihan, and was not made by the monks from that temple, and if doesn’t have the material from the said temple, then it is not a real Jatukam Ramathep amulet. It needs to have all the component to make it a real Jatukam Ramathep amulet. When buying online, I suggest you do the following: 1. CHECK THE CREDIBILITY OF THE ONLINE STORE. 2. CHECK WHAT BATCH OF JATUKAM ARE THEY SELLING. Note that Jatukam amulets are in high demand, the truth is there is no longer single Jatukam Ramathep amulet available in the market from the last batch (before this latest one recently released) that was made. If it’s an original Jatukam Ramathep ask them from what batch it belongs and ask how were they able to ‘hoard’ and not sell it right away. 3. PRICE IS ALSO A FACTOR. Unfortunately, because of the tedious process, and some of the precious materials used in doing the Jatukam Ramathep it is usually very expensive. The one’s I’m getting from this last batch is quite pricey. It’s THB 11,200.00.

Q5. Is there any special way of wearing the amulet? Unlike other amulets or talismans, the amulet is usually worn outside the shirt. Meaning it is usually worn exposed. However, I personally wear it hidden under my shirt.

 

 

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