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Vajrapani Ruel and Surangama Mantra Amulet: A Comparison

Published Oktubre 7, 2015 by jptan2012

When I first wrote about the Vajrapani Ruel and how it is considered as one of the most powerful amulet in the Buddhist pantheon a lot of people started requesting for it. However, when I wrote about the Surangama (also spelled as Shurangama) Mantra Amulet and how by wearing it you have all the Heavenly Beings that has an affinity with you surround you, readers and friends started asking me as to which of the two is a more powerful or better amulet. To be more specific some of them are even asking as to when can one use the Vajrapani Ruel and when can one use the Surangama Mantra Amulet.

First, which of the two is more powerful and may be considered as the “better” amulet?

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.

There is no easy way to answer this because they both had some miraculous stories and who is to say that one miraculous story of a person is better than that of the other. They also belong to different lineages. The Vajrapani Ruel is Tibetan Buddhism, and the Surangama Mantra Amulet is Chinese (strictly) Buddhism to be more specific Pure Land Buddhism.

However, the Vajrapani Ruel is rarer because it is only made every once a relic from a high lama becomes available which is one of the key ingredient of the Vajrapani Ruel. In fact, the last Vajrapani Ruel before the one that was released this year was made approximately half a century ago. It can only be made inside Tibet by high tantric lamas and since the invasion of China; it has become harder to make the Vajrapani Ruel and to bring it out of Tibet. You can read my post – THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL AMULET IN THE BUDDHIST PANTHEON CALLED VAJRAPANI RUEL – to know more about it.

On the other hand, the Surangama Mantra Amulet is more common but for it to be truly powerful one must have it blessed by a high-ranking Pure Land Buddhist monk. And it is believed that upon wearing the Surangama Mantra Amulet, Heavenly Beings that has an affinity with the wearer will hover over the person. Some say it is simply the energies of the said Heavenly Beings.

Second, when can one use the Vajrapani Ruel and when can one use the Surangama Mantra Amulet?

This is a sample of the older version of the Surangama Mantra Amulet. The newer one is smaller and has a glass case.

This is a sample of the older version of the Surangama Mantra Amulet. The newer one is smaller and has a glass case.

Again, there is no direct answer for this. I can go through how the Vajrapani Ruel, which is made under the power or energies of Bodhisattva Vajrapani, is good for business, for money, for protection, because it is has a lightning symbol and it is a wrathful image. However, it is tantamount to saying that they have specific roles. The truth is a Bodhisattva is a Bodhisattva and they can do whatever they want. We cannot limit them. To make it clearer, for Catholics, if we say that San Pedro Calungsod is the patron saint of the overseas workers does it mean that we can only pray to him in relation to overseas workers problems? Plus, some of the testimonials on the Surangama Mantra Amulet have also shown that despite of the fact that it is not known for having wrathful images that usually represents wealth luck in Buddhism it does attract money also by giving the person wearing it to have a positive aura.

So I guess, I’m really unable to answer these questions directly. But what I want to say is that whatever amulet you have it is important that once you experienced a miracle, one must be able to learn to give thanks to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. And one more important thing, no amount of amulet will ever be better than a good heart.

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

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Is This Really San Pedro Calungsod?

Published Disyembre 2, 2013 by jptan2012

A few days ago, I received an email from a friend from Cebu about an alleged San Pedro Calungsod apparition, that appeared on a tree near Sto. Nino Church. For those who are familiar with it, Sto. Nino Church is the church where the bell tower was damaged by the strong earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu.

Is the image on the tree San Pedro Calungsod?

Is the image on the tree San Pedro Calungsod?

I don’t know whether this is true, and looking at the picture, you’ll see that indeed it looks like an image of a person, but how was it identified as the second Filipino saint, that I cannot say for sure. However, according to my friend, the one who saw and said that it was San Pedro Calungsod is a woman who apparently said that he really felt that it was Pedro Calungsod. However, according to my friend, the one who took the picture who thought he really was seeing San Pedro Calungsod was surprised when he saw the picture and realized that it was really just an image in the shape of a man.

So is this San Pedro Calungsod? The answer is I don’t know. However, I believe when it comes to this things, its really something personal. For us the image may be just an image. But for those who were there to witness it, nobody can argue that it’s not San Pedro Calungsod.

When calamities strike, there is really a number of stories about miracles, this one if no different, just like the Kuan Kong miracle that I wrote about yesterday – DID KUAN KONG SAVE A BOY FROM THE WRATH OF TYPHOON YOLANDA?

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