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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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Simple Words Have the Power to Hinder Somebody Else’s Luck & Create Your Own Bad Luck!

Published Hulyo 9, 2016 by jptan2012

In the last past 15 years or so there is a resurgence in the belief in Feng Shui, this time, extending it to the Western world and also to non – Oriental Asians. Different professional Feng Shui consultants started giving out Feng Shui classes in languages other than in Chinese, most common is English.

Together with the resurgence of Feng Shui, the line between Feng Shui and Taoism and Buddhism begun to blur, because both religion also makes use of Feng Shui. Feng Shui experts and writers begun to write about Feng Shui and was not able to properly delineate the difference. This writer included.

But the real issue here is that anti – Feng Shui groups started to rise also. More concerning that some commercialize Feng Shui consultants started to rise and harbor anger against other Feng Shui consultants or experts or writers.

People also tended to forget that Feng Shui experts are also human, and are prone to make mistakes. My own personal life is a testament that Feng Shui writers like me can make mistakes, and I unintentionally made several mistakes to my readers, which I’m trying to correct.

But the worst thing is that because of these things, sometimes we tend to say things that are unwarranted or are simply not true. For example, Sean, whose experience about the Vajrapani Ruel I wrote about in the post called – A PERMANENT HIGH PAYING JOB IN SINGAPORE BROUGHT ABOUT BY THE VAJRAPANI RUEL : A PERSONAL TESTIMONY FROM A VERY VOCAL NON – BELIEVER!– According to Sean, he has read a lot of negative things about Feng Shui, not just about my blog, but other Feng Shui writers or consultant, in fact, the pastors in his religions claims that the practice of Feng Shui is the work of a devil and that invites evilness. This is quite surprising because in Buddhism we are taught to respect all religions, and that there is no such thing as an evil religion, well unless it espouses hate and divisiveness. But even then there is always a caveat that at the end it’s the intent not the act that really matters, and that only fate can judge us.

Again, the people who don’t believe in Feng Shui tend to say things against Feng Shui, or Taoism or Buddhism. Sometimes, they because they experience negative things against a Feng Shui consultant or expert they tend to bad mouth and create rumors about Feng Shui, Buddhism, and Taoism in general. Sometimes just because they didn’t get the thing that they want they tend to spread rumors and attacking something that they don’t have an actual experience of. The sad thing here is little do they know the extent of their words or acts. Sometimes, they prevent people from getting good luck just because of these words. Furthermore, what they really don’t know is the bad luck that they create because of their acts. They slander Buddhism and Taoism is like slandering the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas or Taoist Gods and Deities themselves. And the great bad karma that they get because of the their acts that prevented other people from getting their full luck is simply scary.

So next time, we should all remember that it’s okay to say what we believe in but it is best to stick with what we believe in. Do not slander other people’ s belief!

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Basic Buddhism 4: What Is Buddhism?

Published Setyembre 26, 2015 by jptan2012

Buddhism is considered as a religion. However, technically speaking, even if it has an estimated 300 million people around the world who are considered as Buddhist, Buddhism is not a religion in the sense that there in no God in Buddhism. Buddha is not a God. But more on that on my next post about Buddha.

Buddhism has its origins about 2,500 to 3,000 years ago when Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha, was himself got enlightened. Buddha itself means ‘the enlightened one’.

To a lot of Buddhist, Buddhism is a way of life, a kind of philosophy because philosophy means ‘love of wisdom’ and the ultimate of Buddhism is to be truly enlightened with the right wisdom.

Buddhism explains the real purpose of life and also helps you attain it. I know of a lot of Christians who has turn into Buddhism because it answers the basic question as to why people suffer. Buddhism explains why injustice and inequality happens. But more importantly it provides a guide on how to live one’s life that will lead to true happiness.

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Can You Still Pray to Your Christian God Even if You Have Feng Shui Charms and Amulets (2): A Perspective From A Christian Reader Whose Family Has So Much Vajrapani Ruel Miraculous Stories

Published Setyembre 10, 2015 by jptan2012

rosaryIII am moving the story that I initially have written today to gave way to RP’s email. Some of you, especially my regular readers, might remember RP as the guy whose family have had the most number of wonderful Vajrapani Ruel Stories shared on this blog. If you wish to read his Vajrapani Ruel Stories, I’m attaching a link of those stories at the end of this post.

RP read my post the other day entitled – CAN YOU STILL PRAY TO YOUR CHRISTIAN GOD EVEN IF YOU USE FENG SHUI CHARMS AND AMULETS? – And he has decided to email me his thoughts about them. I think what he wrote was very well said and deserve to be shared.

Please note that this is the first time that I’m posting something on this blog that is almost totally written by a reader. I say almost only if you consider this introduction.

This is what RP has to say for Christians or Catholics who uses Feng Shui charms or amulets like the Vajrapani Ruel.

Good am JP! I would also like to share my comment on the above subject. When I started to have my Vajrapani Ruel, I was also hesitant to bring it with me on Sunday masses. But eventually, I realized that Vajrapani Ruel, based on your teachings, can be effective only if our intention of owning and using it, like any other amulet in the Buddhist Pantheon is for the GOOD and NOT for any evil intention for ourselves and others. In fact, the Vajrapani Ruel can only be made by the highest and most enlightened of the Buddhist Monks. You have also espoused that some have experienced the immediate favorable effect of the amulet because of their good karma. Karma is the equivalent of “What you sow, you shall reap” in Christianity.  What you do good to others, it shall come back to you a hundred fold.
Karma is likewise equivalent to the Golden Rule espoused by Christianity that is “Not doing unto others what you do not want others do unto you”. To state it the other way, we should do good to others so that they may also do good to us.
Based on the above, I fervently believe that since the Vajrapani Ruel will only be effective for people with good karma and good intentions, it does not therefore contradict with Christian teachings and values, so with other religion, but in fact complement with each other. With this realization, I have been wearing my Vajrapani Ruel every time I go to church to hear mass. Thank you. – RP

Thanks RP. I couldn’t have said it any better. I’m sure a lot of my Christian readers will find this enlightening.

By the way, before people wondered whether he did signed his email with the initials RP. Yes he did, in fact, he was the one who suggested that I use that initial for him.

RP’s Vajrapani Ruel Stories, or rather that of his family has been featured in the following posts:

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Cured of Cancer and Addiction is Stopped: How The Chinese Mantra of Medicine Buddha Helped A Wife and Mother in Crisis!

Published Hulyo 20, 2015 by jptan2012
Medicine Buddha

Medicine Buddha

Again, as part of my commitment of more natural remedies to problem, and to prove that they may be as effective as the Vajrapani Ruel, I would like to share with you the story of AG.

AG is a mother of two children. She was 41 when she first found out that she has stage 3-breast cancer, an aggressive form of cancer at that, with both kids still in high school, this news came as doubly devastating for her. However, to make things worst, just before her diagnosis she just found out that her husband is hooked on drugs and has become an addict.

Like most people, it was out of desperation that she searched for a possible cure or help outside of medical science and outside of her own religion. Because of her boss, who happens to be a Chinese and Buddhist, she was introduced to a temple in Quezon City here in the Philippines.

According to AG she was initially wretched with guilt for going to a Buddhist temple, something that was strictly prohibited by their church, however, she said she thought of her children and as to what will happen to them if she dies and if their father, her husband, continues to be an addict. And so she was ‘forced’ to enter the temple accompanied by her boss. After being introduced to a monk and pouring her heart out, she was instructed by the monk to chant the Chinese version of the mantra of Medicine Buddha. She was also given some Temple Water or Auspicious Water to drink.

AG, without the knowledge of her husband decided to follow the instructions of the Buddhist monk. She would chant the mantra in the morning and evening and every time possibly can. She would chant it while going through chemotherapy. Out of instinct, because she was told she can chant the mantra and blow on a glass of water to make the water a healing water, she instinctively chant over her medicines and blow over them while the chemicals are getting inside her body to fight her cancer cells. On top of that, she decided to continuously drink the temple water and would let her husband drink them while she silently chant the mantra with the hope that her husband quit his addiction.

While her cure was not astoundingly miraculous, AG still feels that there was indeed divine intervention. According to her, her doctor has continuously remarked that she was responding to the treatment far better than expected and that the side effects on her was not as bad. She was given 5 years to be careful before they can fully say that she survived cancer.

All this was 17 years ago. I met AG because thru a friend, and she said she could now be totally considered as a survivor. There was no remission in 17 years! AG believes that the miracle was all due to the mantra that she constantly chanted.

As for her husband, her husband suddenly went cold turkey over drugs. It is as if he just woke up one day and thought he can live without drugs, and he did! Also for 17 years now!

I guess one can say that they’re both survivor!

I just want to add that they now have 5 grandchildren from their children!

On my next post, I’ll write about the mantra.

If you wish to know more about Medicine Buddha you can click here.

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Myth Buster 18: You’ll Have Bad Luck If Your Chinese Animal Zodiac is the Opposing Ruling Animal Zodiac of the Year

Published Disyembre 31, 2014 by jptan2012

The husband of DU, my friend and reader, asked DU whether he’ll have a difficult year in 2015 because he was born under the sign of the Ox, and for those who are familiar with Feng Shui they know that Ox in the Chinese Animal Zodiac chart is right across the Sheep, which makes the Ox an ‘opposing’ sign of the Sheep.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It'll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don't subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government's meddling with Feng Shui practice.

The animal adjacent to your particular animal sign is usually considered as the opposing sign. This is usually because you have character traits that are totally opposite each other. It’ll be harder for you to get along. However, I believe that relationships are work on so I personally don’t subscribe to this so much, but I do acknowledge that it can be a little bit harder. However, the belief that you are going to be bad luck if your sign is the opposing sign really stems out from the Chinese government’s meddling with Feng Shui practice.

This is a very common misconception, which stems out from two factors. One, although I always say that relationships are worked on, the truth is its more difficult for people with opposing sign to get along harmoniously. They have to work on the relationship harder. For example, Ox is going to be more difficult to get along with a Sheep, a Rat with a Horse, and Pig with a Snake, so on and so forth. Please refer to the image. So taking this into consideration a lot of people believe that if you have an opposing sign you’ll naturally have a bad year ahead of you. However, this is not always the case. In fact, my own analysis for the year shows that for this year, most Ox born people will still have a good year ahead of them. You can read my previous posts about the forecast for the year.


 


 

The second factor why this belief came about is because of the communism of China. Mao ZeDong and his successors like Deng XiaoPing, strictly banned the use of Feng Shui, in fact, Feng Shui masters and/or experts are sent to hard labor. But, belief in Feng Shui is ingrained amongst Chinese, so like Buddhism and Taoism, the Chinese government was unable to totally repress it. So when the government realized that they couldn’t eradicate Feng Shui in people’s lives, they decided to control it instead.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

It is said that although officially he has banned Feng Shui, Mao Zedong himself has continuously employ the services of Feng Shui masters for himself and for top government officials. This practice has been followed by Deng Xiaoping and up to the present leaders of China.

Communist China did to Feng Shui what they did to religion. They can’t take away Buddhism, Taoism, and Catholicism is the country so they controlled it instead. Most of you know about the religions in China having the official and unofficial version. Depending on whom you ask, the Chinese government believes that they have the official version, and the official religions whose leaders are mostly abroad to avoid being kidnapped by the government and put into forced ‘vacation’, are considered the unofficial version. But elsewhere, outside Mainland China, obviously the official version is the Church ‘controlled’ (for the lack of term) religion, and the unofficial is the Chinese government controlled religion. The control is so strict that the government names their own bishops or archbishops, and in the case of Tibetan Buddhism they kidnapped the real Panchen Lama and installed their own Panchen Lama. The 11th Panchen Lama was kidnapped last May 17, 1995 together with his whole family. Nobody has seen them since and the Chinese government has installed a fake 11th Panchen Lama!

Going back to Feng Shui, although the government doesn’t allow Feng Shui experts or masters to continue doing Feng Shui, it is said that they continue to practice Feng Shui under strict control of the Chinese government. They’re only allowed to do Feng Shui for high-ranking officials of the government. As a result a lot of them sneak out and practiced Feng Shui in Hong Kong and Taiwan. For the general public, the Chinese government then gave licenses for ‘illegitimate’ Feng Shui masters to do Feng Shui for the people. Thus a lot of Feng Shui misconception has arise from these government – controlled Feng Shui masters.

A lot these government – controlled Feng Shui masters knows only some very basic rules about Feng Shui, thus they will say that if the ruling animal sign is your opposing sign then you’ll have bad luck, and they were also the ones who said that North is really bad.

They may be considered correct if that’s the only thing you should consider, but Feng Shui is not a simple formula of opposing and friendly signs, because Feng Shui is about animal signs, bazi/Paht Chee, elemental formula, 8 trigrams formula, flying stars, 24 mountains, Ho – Tu, auxiliary stars, and a lot more. All these formula should not be taken as a stand alone, they should be a combination and their relation to each other should be considered!

It’s true that if your sign is the opposing sign of the ruling sign of the year, in this case for 2015 the Ox is the opposing sign of the Sheep, and if you only consider that formula then the sure answer is you’ll have a bad year. However, I remember the FM radio DJ, Chico Garcia, saying on radio once that he was told that he will have a bad year because his sign is a conflicting (opposing) sign of the year but then Chico Garcia said it turn out to be one of the best year of his life. Why? Because that’s not the only thing that should be considered. You have to consider all the other formulas; all the other factors that’s need to be considered.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun or Goddess of the North Star is a powerful Deity to counter the effects of Tai Suey. She is said to be the creator of all the Tai Suey Gods does has the power to rule or control over them.

Of course, you have to remember but if you’re sign is the opposing sign of the year, then you’ll definitely face the God of the Year or Tai Sui (also spelled as Tai Suey) or Grand Duke Jupiter. This is easily addressed by wearing or carrying an image of a Piyao (also spelled as Pi Yao, Pi Xiu, Pixiu) that will help appease the Tai Suey. Wearing an image of the Goddess of the North Star or Dou Mu Yuan Jun is also a very effective cure because she is the mother of all the Tai Sui Gods and is said to be the only one who can subdue them.

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Christianity and Buddhism: The Difference is Only Superficial

Published Mayo 8, 2014 by jptan2012
Photo uploaded from Google Images

Photo uploaded from Google Images

I debated for a long time whether I should write about this particular post, because admittedly this can be quite controversial. However, before I continue, I would like to clarify that I’m not a theologian and neither I do consider myself as an expert in these matters. Nevertheless, what I’m about to write right now is a simple fact and anyone who will simply research on it will know this basic truth.

When people are interested in getting the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, a lot of the inquirers will inevitably ask me whether this goes against their religion. Whether it’s still as effective even if they’re Catholics.

I’ve always wondered why would religions draw so much attention to their difference and not concentrate on the similarities. I believe that in the end, all major religions only teach love at its very core.

I’m writing this blog article in the hope to make people realize that at the end, its not your religion, but it’s how you treat yourself, your fellowmen, and the world that makes the difference. Because I believe most if not all religions came from a single source of consciousness, and the difference was just incorporated by the people to make it more comprehensible and accessible to us. You see, I think the spiritual world, is beyond our comprehension and understanding. However, we call the Buddha, Buddha, and the God the Father, God the Father because this what makes us understand them. What do I mean?

To be able to write this clearly, I will borrow an example from yet another religion, which is Hinduism. In Hinduism, there three different forms on how they look at their gods. First, is called Brahman, then Brahman Nirguna, and Brahman Saguna, stated here in no particular order.

I think it’s Yann Martel, the author of the bestselling novel ‘Life of Pi’ was the one who described all three accurately and clearly. In ‘Life of Pi’ he wrote that Brahman is the world soul, the sustaining frame upon which is woven, warp and weft, the cloth of being, with all its decorative elements of space and time. He described Brahman Nirguna as without qualities, which lies beyond understanding, beyond description, beyond approach. Lastly, he said, Brahman Saguna is with qualities, where the suit fits. We call it Shiva, Krishna, Ganesh. We approach it with some understanding and discern some of its attributes – loving, merciful, and frightening. There is a gentle pull of relationship. It’s Brahman and Brahman Nirguna manifest to our limited senses. I don’t think anybody else could have explained it better than how Yann Martel did in his book ‘Life of Pi’.

The Virgin Mary or Kuan Yin are only seen and called as such because that’s how we perceived them. That’s how we understand them. Avalokitesvara, Chenrezig, Kuan Yin, Thousand Hand Kuan Yin, are all but Kuan Yin in different forms. Our Lady of Penefrancia, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Fatima, are all but The Virgin Lady!

Going back to the topic. Christianity and Buddhism, as the title implies are more similar to each other. For example, the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit is actually Amitabha, Shakyamuni, and Medicine Buddha in Buddhism. The Virgin Mary is Kuan Yin in Buddhism. The Second Coming of Christ is comparable to the Future Buddha, Maitreya Buddha (aka Happy Fat Buddha). That’s just the start. There are a lot more similarities. This is because; personally I believe the Christianity has its roots from Buddhism, which is more than 2000 years older than Christianity. This doesn’t make Buddhism the better religion, but it just shows that whatever religion we believe in, it’s how we make use of its teachings and how we use it to benefit ourselves, other people, and this world that we live in that makes its better than the other one. Also, this shows that instead of looking at the difference, it might be better if we just concentrate on the similarities, and again I believe that the core of the teaching of all religions is LOVE.

Remember Jesus Christ was not a Christian, Buddha was not a Buddhist, and Mohammed was not an Islam. But if you closely look at their teachings, and take away all the rituals, all they teach is love.

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