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A Different Kind of Haunting!

Published Marso 16, 2017 by jptan2012

Generally speaking, an average person is definitely afraid of a living in a haunted place. Who wouldn’t be? It is definitely scary to see doors or cabinets opening or closing by themselves, or showers opening on its own, or toilets flushing on its own. Furthermore, you wouldn’t want lights turning on and off by themselves, or worst, you hearing moaning, crying, or laughing. To top it off, most us won’t be able to bear to see spirits or hungry ghosts. I think it would be such a frightful experience to wake up and see a lady or a being at the foot of your bed staring at you. These are quite frightening experiences.

However, what is even more frightening if we come across with a sinister insidious spirit. And what’s even scarier is that this is more common that most people realize.

My Guru Lama and I are currently in the process of helping a guy get rid of an insidious sinister spirit, not only in his house but also in his village. This is perhaps one of the scariest incidents brought to my attention. However, since this is still a ‘work in progress’ I will not tell you about it now.

But as I said this more common that we realized and today allow me to share with you the story of Camala.

Camala is a 34 – years – old housewife with three children. Two boys who are twins and who at the time when this happened was 13 years – old and a daughter who when this happened was only 10 – years – old. Camala is married to David who at the time that this happened was 40 – years – old. He is 6 years older than Camala.

Camala and David used to live with David’s parents, until one time, Camala’s cousin to sell their house. When Camala found out about this, she was naturally interested to get it since she and David was already planning to get their own house and they have already saved enough money to get their own house. The fact that her cousin’s place was near David’s parent house and her parent’s house and the school of her children was a bonus because he still want to be near both their parent’s (Camala’s parent and David’s parents) not only because they can help look after their children, but also because both she and David can also look after their parents.

There is only one problem. Camala’s mother opposes the idea of Camala and David buying the house of Camala’s cousin from her father side. The mother believes that it is not a good house because she believes that it was a problematic house because when Camala’s aunt and uncle moved into that house, they separated, the kids (Camala’s cousins) started fighting with each other. In the end, one of them died of a drug overdose, one went to jail because of homicide, and the two remaining one are not talking to each other because of a fight about inheritance. Note that all these happened gradually in the span of several years.

However, Camala is not superstitious and doesn’t believe in bad luck. And so she bought the house and invited a famous commercial Feng Shui expert to Feng Shui their house to appease her mother, and she literally followed everything the Feng Shui suggested. And so soon her whole family moved into the house. David’s mother also requested their long time house help to move and serve Camala’s family so Camala will not have a hard time. Everything is, as Camala and David want it to be.

Soon, even Camala’s mother started to believe that there is nothing to her initial fears that the house is bad luck, because everything seems to be fine. The gradually, the twins start to fight a lot, with their younger sister taking the side of one of the twin. They attributed this to the fact that they’re growing children.

Then the house help who have been serving David’s family for a long time started to show an aggression towards the Camala’s family. She ended up stealing some of Camala’s money and jewelries and ran away. She has been serving David’s family for more than 15 years! This naturally came as a total surprise to their family and as a great shock. More than that they were really emotionally hurt for they treated her as a member of the family. In fact, Camala’s children call her Lola (Grandma).

Then Camala started becoming paranoid, this was all gradual and didn’t happen overnight. She started accusing all the other house help of stealing things and poisoning her family. Then Camala and her mother – in – law who usually goes to their house to help oversee the kids had a big fight! They never had a fight in all the years they were leaving together!

Camala’s husband started to stay out late, and there are times that he would even go out of town with his friends on weekend while he used to love to stay at home with his family. At one point he said that it seems like the people in the house doesn’t like him, and that he feels unwelcome in his own home. Naturally this took a strain in their relationship not only as the husband of Camala, but also as the father of their kids.

The breaking point is when the twins had a big fight, and then in the course of the fight, which became physical they accidentally pushed the youngest down the stairs. She had to be hospitalized for a few days.

This is when Camala’s mother decided to get in touch with me thinking that the Feng Shui of the house is wrong. She said she is a regular reader of my blog.

And so after about a month of coordinating I finally got to see Camala’s place. There was some Feng Shui blunders but nothing that would explain the intensity of the things that they are experiencing. Looking at their Bazi Chart / Paht Chee Chart also shows no significant reason as to why they are experiencing what they are going through.

However, what I noticed is that while I was there, although I’m not psychic there is different sensation. A sadness, disturbed feeling that I can’t describe. I knew then that this is the case that I should bring to the attention of my Guru Lama.

Without taking the history of the house, my Guru Lama said that the house is haunted by negative entities that manifest their hauntings in a more sinister and insidious way. The people of that house won’t see the spirits or feel them in a way one normally feels the spirits, but instead they have a way of affecting in a negative way the mental and physical health of a person. They become negative people and they have negative personalities!

So how do we exorcise or deal with this kind of haunting? How do we get rid of the spirits?

Guru Lama clarified that the curing will not be easy, but he suggested a Vajrapani Ruel(1), a Surangama Mantra Amulet(1) and Traditional Sutra Amulet(1), plus a special amulet to be placed in the house. At that time the Traditional Sutra Amulet(2) was not yet readily available and so Guru Lama had to specially source a copy for Camala.

That was in 2014. Now Camala and David are back to their good life, maybe even better, before they experience the different kind of haunting, a sinister and insidious type of haunting.

 

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Witchcraft: It’s Not What You Think But It Is More Common Than We Think It Is (Part 1)

Published Nobyembre 11, 2016 by jptan2012
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A few weeks ago a reader shared with me that he thinks he is a victim of witchcraft done by his ex – wife. Not really an expert in identifying witchcraft or sorcery and so I dismissed it and told him that it is not my expertise but will just ask my Guru Lama about it. Honestly, at that time I honestly thought that it was just a mild hallucination and desire to blame somebody else for what is happening. GP if you get to read this, I’m sorry for thinking that way. But really there are a lot of people who thinks that they are being a victim of witchcraft or sorcery but a lot of times it really just is their own bad karma or bad Feng Shui.

However, I went to ask my Guru Lama about GP and true enough according to my Guru Lama GP is a victim of witchcraft done thru a medium (a witch or somebody who is familiar with it) by his ex – wife.

My Guru Lama, sort of reminded me what I should know already by this time. That is WITCHCRAFT or SORCERY is not really how it is portrayed on TV or movies, wherein the witch is an ugly girl with a sharp nose, messy hair, with a cauldron and a voodoo doll. Although it is possible that some of them uses a voodoo doll. My Guru Lama also said that witchcraft or sorcery is more common that we think. To stress the lesson to me and to remind me not to be judgmental my Guru Lama reminded of some of the cases that I encountered that involves witchcraft or sorcery. Although some of these we didn’t really call witchcraft but if you analyze it, it is really witchcraft.

Allow me to share some the cases here on this article.

One of the cases involves DAS. For the purpose of this article let’s call her Diane. Diane was married to a Chinese guy who seems to be totally controlled by his mother, Diane’s mother – in – law. To make the long story short, Diane’s husband, let’s just call him ES, got a gift from his mother. The gift is a faux diamond set in silver. Aside from ES, his father, Diane’s father – in – law, also got one. Now the question here is, why were the other children and Diane and the grandchildren were not given the same pendant by the mother – in – law given that the reason given by the mother – in – law is that it is for protection. She is also very well capable giving all of them the same pendant because (1) it doesn’t look very expensive, and (2) the mother – in – law is really reach that she can afford to give one to all the members of the family even if it cause (exaggeration) around one hundred thousand Philippine peso each. However, Diane noticed that since having the pendant, her husband and father – in – law seems to always bow to the will of her mother – in – law, who totally dislike having another independent, self – reliant woman In their house like Diane. ES and his father have also a lot of times grown to rely on Diane, something that her mother – in – law detests. My Guru Lama and my Feng Shui teacher and a Taoist Priest in Hong Kong confirmed that the pendant given by Diane’s mother – in – law to ES and to her father – in – law is a way or means to control them. A lot of people can argue that this can be just a product of an over imaginative mind. That’s possible. But explain why when the ES stops wearing the pendant, he stopped being his mother’s pawn.

Another story is that of a married wife. BY is a happily married wife until he found out that her husband had an affair with two different women. When he was found out, the husband professed his love for BY and his family and promised that he will stop seeing his mistresses. They didn’t have any problem with the first mistress, but the second mistress is out to get him back. And so there are times that the husband seems to be not himself. He will all of a sudden feel anxious and feel as if the girl is calling him. There are times that he will just stare into space and seems to be somewhere else. It was later on confirmed by my Guru Lama and another psychic consulted by BY that this second mistress has an employed the services of a witch to help bring back BY’s husband to her.

There is yet another story of another reader whose son is madly fell in love with a older woman of what can be considered is of an ill repute. The woman works as a hospitality girl; she is a kept woman of a politician. When the mother of the guy found out about the relationship, she set out to break them apart. The son came to his senses and went back to his mom’s loving arms. That’s when the problem and change in his son started. According to the mom, his son started staring into space; there are times that he seems to be awake without any ‘spirit’ inside him. Still there are times that the son would act like the woman is the most important thing or most important person in his life. Still there re times that he will sleepwalk, something that he never did before he got involved with the said woman, he will walk out of his house. But whenever he will come to his senses, he will go back to his mom’s house. However, there are times, that he himself doesn’t understand why it seems that he is unable to control himself and stop thinking about the woman. His mom brought him to see a psychiatrist, thinking that he might be depress because of the break – up. He end up seeing two different psychiatrist who saw him several times, when he was in control of his senses. They concluded that there is nothing wrong with him and that he knows that the woman is no good for him. However, still all of a sudden he would look for the woman and act strange. Until one day, he sleep walked going to the house of the woman. When his brother found out that he was not in bed, he called his mom and dad, and his mom knew that he must have gone to the house of the woman. They followed their instinct and went to see the woman. They were met by the woman’s mother who told them to leave. They refuse and asked the barangay officials to help and intercede, but since their son is already 20 years old, technically speaking he is an adult and if it was his free will to be there they cannot do anything. Still they insist to see his son. The woman then came out to talk to them to assure them that their son is speaking soundly and wanted to be with her. The mom refuses to give up on his son, and so she and her husband continued to argue and insist on seeing the son. All of a sudden, their son came running out crying and said he doesn’t understand why he went to the house of the woman. He went home with them. It was then that the mother thought that it maybe witchcraft. This was confirmed by an albularyo (Filipino Shaman) who tried to break the power of the witchcraft, but the sleep walking, the depressed moods, the staring into space moments continue to happen until the mom having read my blog contacted me. I in turn contacted my Guru Lama who also confirmed that it is witchcraft.

Still, there is another story of another reader whose child kept on getting sick, really sick that she has to drop out of school. This was a big blow to her because this happened right after when her problem with her husband just got solved. You see her husband fell in love with another woman, a very rich woman, but even before she found out about it her husband ended the affair with the other woman, she found out about it because he admitted the affair to her. This created a temporary friction between the two of them because she cannot fathom the fact the he betrayed her love and trust, plus it doesn’t help that the other woman seems bent on destroying their relationship and still pursues the guy. In the end their love won and they patch things up. This was when their only child started getting sick. They initially unable to find out the disease, but it was later found out that their child was suffering from leukemia. They sought the help of some of the best doctors in UST Hospital, but the child seems to be getting worse and is not responding to chemotherapy as well as the doctors expect. They were told by a friend who is supposed to be psychic that there is witchcraft involved. This was when they contacted me, and I in turn contacted my Guru Lama who confirmed that indeed witchcraft is involved. By this time, they have forgotten about the other woman, but my Guru Lama is the one who brought it up and said the other woman wants them to run into a big problem and run into financial problem, to come to a point where in the husband will go back to her and ask for financial help. Remember the other woman is really rich.

These are just some of the stories that my Guru Lama reminded me. And yes, I realized that Witchcraft or Sorcery is more common that we thought it is. It is more accessible that we thought of. We should take away our stereotypes against witchcraft or sorcery but we should also realize that it is more common that we realize.

And so going back to GP. He is indeed suffering from witchcraft. To make things worst, his second wife, and daughter from his second wife are getting affected also. GP himself started getting ill and was diagnosed with a heart ailment. My Guru Lama confirmed he is being attacked through witchcraft by his ex – wife. The ex – wife seems to have contacted a relative who is familiar with it. She is doing this simply because she wants GP and his family to suffer to the point that GP go back to her begging for forgiveness. GP’s case is work in progress; my Guru Lama is helping break the witchcraft done on him. Let’s all pray it works.

Diane’s case is also still a work in progress. I lost touch with BY so don’t know what really happened. But the son who fell in love with the woman of ill repute is now totally sane and has gotten rid of the power of the witchcraft over him. He is now working and earning a good sum of money every month. After a series of chemotherapy who at the beginning she was found not to respond well on the said medicines, the child who suffered from witchcraft because of her father’s other woman is now doing well and is back in school. The cure recommended by my Guru Lama varies, but usually involves powerful amulets.

But looking back at the stories, you will see the witchcraft involves people who have some relationships with the one who propagated the witchcraft. Why? This is because witchcraft or sorcery is more effective if there is an emotional or even binding relationship between the one who propagates it and the victim. By binding relationship I refer to either marriage or parent and child. A strong emotion is also a powerful conduit, so love and extreme anger are strong conduit. In the case of the child who had leukemia, she was not involve, but either the love or anger of the other woman to her dad is the conduit, and in turn that conduit is extended through the love of his dad for her.

You will notice also that most of the witchcraft involves a woman. It’s not because they are more evil but it is because a woman’s emotions is naturally stronger than that of a man, and emotion acts a conduit to make the witchcraft more powerful. Having said that it doesn’t mean that a man cannot be a conduit for witchcraft to be effective.

You can read the other posts on this series:

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

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The Case of The Eerie Resemblance of Enzo Ferrari and Mesut Ozil: Is This A Case of Reincarnation?

Published Hunyo 9, 2016 by jptan2012

Buddhists and Taoist believes in reincarnation, a belief wherein the spirit or soul of a dead person gets to be reborn again. For these two religions, it is not a matter of proving it but rather understanding the obvious signs that we give regarding our past lives.

It is believe that sometimes we may retain our physical looks. This is also the reason why a lot of New Age people believes that Enzo Ferrari, the founder of Ferrari, reincarnated as Mesut Ozil.

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Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari was born February 18, 1898 and passed away August 14, 1988 at the age of 90 years old. If you want to know more about his life, I suggest you Google him, there are a lot of written materials about him.

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Mesut Ozil

On the other hand, Mesut Ozil who was born October 15, 1988 is a German footballer who plays for English club Arsenal and the German national team. If you look at their pictures there is an eerie resemblance between them. If you don’t know them one would even say they might be twins.

This eerie resemblance led people to think that Mesut Ozil is the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari, especially because Mesut Ozil was born approximately two months after Enzo Ferrari passed away.

Now the question is Mesut Ozil the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari?

If we are to be base it on Buddhist beliefs or teachings, the answer is NO. Why?

In Buddhism, the Sutra says that once we passed away, our soul will be reborn again either on the 7th day or 21st day or 35th day or 49th day after. It can be reborn as human again, or animals, or we could be reborn as hungry ghosts or if we are really good, then we can be reborn as heavenly beings.

Also, it is written in the Sutras that our consciousness or soul enters our body upon conception! Meaning our soul enter our ‘body’ as early as when the sperm meets the egg!

So taken these into consideration, base on Buddhist beliefs, it is impossible for Mesut Ozil to be the reincarnation of Enzo Ferrari because Mesut Ozil would have been already 7 months pregnant when Enzo Ferrari passed away.

However, admittedly, I don’t have any explanation as to why there is an eerie resemblance between the two of them.

 

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8 Simple Steps to Give the Gift of Luck!

Published Hunyo 24, 2015 by jptan2012

goodluck-large-bpx-500x500I have a reader in Cebu who has a very generous spirit. She bought the Vajrapani Ruel(1) for herself, but when she found out that her friend is experiencing some problems, she was very generous to give her Vajrapani Ruel(2) to him, even if the Vajrapani Ruel(3) is not very affordable. In fact, it can be considered quite expensive. But I know because she was sincere in giving it and she is very generous, that simple act of passing on the Vajrapani Ruel(4) gave her a lot of good merit.

However, I know that not all of us will have enough money to give out expensive amulets, but what can one do if we see somebody experiencing a lot of problems and we want to help them thru Feng Shui.

There are a lot of things one can do that are not expensive, and it might not even cause you a single centavo. Here are some of them:

  1. Chant a mantra for them.
  2. Read a sutra and dedicate the merits of the act for them.
  3. Light some incense for them.
  4. Light some candle for them.
  5. Offer or fruits or flowers to the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas for them.
  6. Give them some fruits.
  7. Give them some flowers.
  8. Give them rice or sugar or salt as a gift.

Numbers 6 to 8 are gifts that has natural yang energy and the act of sincerely giving it to them also offers an added yang energy that will surely help them. Numbers 1 to 5 are very good acts that you can do for them. It may not be as strong as if they do it themselves but the act, when sincerely done, is filled with a lot of merits that it’s impossible that it doesn’t help them. What’s more by simply sincerely doing for them, you will also have some merits yourself.

So remember, while giving of images of Buddhas or Bodhisattvas, or amulets, or Feng Shui charms creates a lot of good luck for both the recipient and the giver, these things can get quite costly. So don’t feel helpless because the 8 simple acts mentioned above will work ‘magic’ as well.

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Myth Buster 27: Knock On Wood

Published Hunyo 23, 2015 by jptan2012
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In the western world and even here in the Philippines, you might be literally living under the rock if you’re not familiar with the phrase “Knock on wood!” One usually says this if one said something or thought of something that is not very pleasant. To avoid what was said from happening, one utters the phrase ‘knock on wood’ while literally knocking on wood.

But where did this belief come from?

In the olden times, unlike now where most cities are highly urbanized, people lived amongst the trees, and they believe that inside the trees dwell some spirits. So if they think something bad may happen, they knock on trees to ask for the help of spirit or spirits dwelling inside the tree. Remember houses were not big then and people usually discuss things outside amongst the trees.

As a lot of places got highly urbanized and trees are cut down, this became ‘knock on wood’ because (1) trees are no longer that accessible and (2) wood comes from trees.

But is there truth to imploring the help from the spirit of trees? And also does it work with ordinary woods that have turned into furniture?

To the first question, my answer is yes. However, the biggest mistake here is how to discern whether the spirit residing in the said tree is a good or bad spirit. And if it’s a good spirit how to discern whether it is strong enough to help. So better not to ask help from tree spirits unless you really know that they are good spirits.

When it comes to the second question. The answer is most wood whether they are turned into furniture or not doesn’t carry a spirit anymore, but having said that some antique wooden furniture may still be inhabited by a spirit or soul. Usually in this kind of situation, they are bad spirits. So better not to ‘knock on wood’!

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A Leisure Tour that Caused Several Years of Bad Luck

Published Marso 25, 2012 by jptan2012

In one of my previous posts at the start of the summer season here in the Philippines, I wrote about the different SIGNS OR OMENS OF A BAD TRAVEL LUCK and I also shared some FENG SHUI TIPS FOR A SAFE TRAVEL.

However, when we are on a vacation or on a leisure trip abroad it’s very easy for us to get excited and lose our Feng Shui consciousness. The different wonderful site and/or historical or cultural places sometimes cause us to do some Feng Shui blunders.

Several years back, I went on a trip to mainland China with a couple of friends, who happens to be married to each other. We mainly stayed in Beijing, and were easily lost in the wonderful cultural sites the place has to offer us. Part of our itinerary is a trip to the Great Wall of China and the famous Ming Tombs.

At the Ming Tombs we went down and entered some of the actual tombs and were mesmerize with the rich historical story behind the tombs, not to mention the beauty of the site.

Everything in that trip went really well, and we soon came back home and went back to our normal routine. However, the normal routine proved to be abnormal in the sense, we started having different challenges. My problem is about my work and career. I lost some money because somebody stole it from me. I’ve shared about this in one of my first posts.

My friends, who are married to each other, had bigger misfortune. A few months after we arrived, my guy friend lost his job, his wife, my girl friend, got pregnant which should be a joyful event but she had a miscarriage on her 3rd month of pregnancy. But more than that they also both went through several years of bad luck even if their Bazi, which was analyzed by a Feng Shui expert, indicated that both of them are going through a 5 year cycle of good luck.

It is only when I studied Feng Shui that I realized that the trip to the Ming Tombs could have caused the misfortune that befell us.

Another proof that visiting a Yin dominant place can be bad for your luck happened to a former officemate. A and her whole family went to Egypt. As expected they went to visit some pyramid where the whole family went inside the pyramid and different chambers, which as everyone knows are the tombs.

Maybe the effect with them is much more magnified because the whole family went inside and was affected by the Yin energy of the pyramid. Right after that trip, A’s mom had cancer, the father’s business started going bad and A herself started doing poorly in her work. Furthermore, A’s older brother started using drugs also.

I was no longer working with A when I found out about this, but she decided to ‘consult’ me because she knows of my Feng Shui background. She shared with me that out of desperation with all the bad luck that was happening to their family they consulted a psychic. This psychic told them that the whole family attracted a bad luck because they trespassed into a ‘spirit’ world. According to A the psychic didn’t know that they went to Egypt and entered the pyramid. A was not actually sure whether the psychic was referring to the pyramid because it happened more than a couple of years ago.

When she shared with me the story, I knew right away that the psychic was right and that A was also right in thinking that it was caused by their trip to Egypt.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you’d know that living spaces like malls, houses, and offices are Yang dominant places. On the other hand, cemeteries or even morgues are Yin dominant places. We must treat Yin dominant places with ‘respect’ and should not simply go there out of fun. There must be a purpose before we are really ‘allowed’ to go to a Yin dominant place and even then we should take a lot of precaution because going into a Yin dominant place may create some bad luck to the person who went inside the Yin dominant place. The effect may not be immediate, and sometimes if you wear some Feng Shui/Buddhist/Taoist amulets you won’t feel the effect at all, but it’s always better not to tempt fate.

Ji Gong: An Eccentric Buddhist Monk that Became a Taoist Wealth God

Published Marso 19, 2012 by jptan2012

Today, allow me to share with you another powerful, though not very famous, wealth god called Ji Gong or Che Kong (濟公). Also spelled as Ji Kong or Che Gong.

Ji Gong is known as the ‘Legendary Monk with a Magical Fan’. This is because he is usually portrayed as having a fan and sometimes with a bottle of wine.

I entitled this post as – JI GONG: AN ECCENTRIC BUDDHIST MONK THAT BECAME A TAOIST WEALTH GOD – because Ji Gong in reality was a Buddhist monk, was expelled from his monastic life and later on became a Taoist wealth god. The irony here, is that he’s not considered as a Buddha or a Bodhisattva in Buddhism, and it was only after the Taoist has adopted Ji Gong as a deity did the Buddhist started including him in their Koans.

(A Koan, for lack of a better description, is like a form of Sutra. It’s a fundamental part of the history and lore of Zen Buddhism and it consists of stories, dialogues, questions and statements, the meaning of which are said to be understandable through intuition or lateral thinking. )

Ji Gong was born to a famous and rich family during China’s Southern Song Dynasty. His father is a highly respected ‘businessman’ and military advisor. Ji Kong, the only son, and whose real name is Li Xiuyuan (李修元), came late in the family. His parents were actually told by a respected Feng Shui consultant that they don’t have descendant’s luck and that they will never have any children. This cause great sadness to both his parents, and considered this as one of their greatest misfortune. Since they are a religious couple they decided to make sure that they would go on various pilgrimage to different temples to ask for child.

Like most Chinese then and now, they don’t really make any distinction between Buddhism and Taoism and they would visit temples from both religions even if they were really Taoist.

It is said that in one of their pilgrimage to a Buddhist temple, they entered the hall of the 500 Arhats. Whereby the image of one of the Arhat, Mahakasyapa, fell off from the altar. It was taken as a sign that at that moment Mahakasyapa’s energy or spirit left ‘his’ image.

Not long after that, Ji Kong’s mom found out she was pregnant. They remembered the incident in the temple and believed that the baby in her womb was a gift from the Buddhas. They even began to think, that what she was carrying in her womb is the reincarnation of the Arhat Mahakasyapa!

At the age of 18, Li Xiuyuan decided to go to Hangzhou (a province in China), to enter the monastic life at the famous temple called Ling Yin Temple. After several years of studying Buddhism, he was finally ordained as a Buddhist monk and named Dao Ji Chan Shi. He was then normally called Dao Ji, thus this has become another common name of Ji Kong.

His monastic life proved to be short but memorable. Being born from a very rich family, he’s used to eating meat and drinking wine, and he was unable to give this up when he became a monk. Furthermore, he started showing some eccentricity and it is believed that he is slightly mad. However, they all agree that he is kind hearted and generous. Nevertheless, because Zen Buddhists strictly prohibits eating of meat and drinking of wine, they really didn’t have much choice but to expel him from the monastery.

After being expelled from his monastic life, Dao Ji or Ji Kong never really bothered to search for another monastery that can adopt him. He just roam on the streets and is often thought of as beggar monk, because he really didn’t gave up his Buddhist robes either.

His eccentricity continued to manifest on the streets, but so his kindness and compassionate heart. It is said, the even he looks poor he never really begged for money, and it is often a wonder as to where he gets money for food. Some say that it could be part of his inheritance, but if it were from his inheritance, it’s a mystery were he kept his wealth.

However, after a while, Dao Ji or Ji Kong started to manifest another eccentricity. Since he has a compassionate heart, he would often approach beggars on the streets and other poor families. He would listen to them, crack a joke, then murmur a prayer, after which he’ll use his fan to fan them a little. Soon after these incidents the recipient of his kindness and weird ritual will come to a good fortune. He thus earned a reputation for being a Buddhist magician, which, in turn earned him the title Ji Gong Huoto, which means the Living Buddha Ji Gong. Ji is derived from his Buddhist name Dao Ji, Gong, is a respect for a powerful elderly, and Huoto literally means living Buddha.

At his old age, Ji Kong was adopted by another monastery. This is where he passed away on the 14th day of the 5th Lunar month. Right after his death, Taoist immediately adopted him as their deity, and it is said the he continuously manifest his compassionate and magical powers to every one who keeps his image and go to him.

His image is usually pictured as a monk in rugged clothing, holding a bottle of wine and a ‘magical’ fan. He is always shown with a smiling face, because he has a very happy nature. Although, he is usually pictured wearing a hat with the word Fo, which means ‘Buddha’, Buddhist never really considered him as Buddha or a Bodhisattva. However, seeing how much he is revered in Taoism, Buddhist did include him in their Koans, some sub-sects even considers him as an Arhat.

This is a jade Ji Gong pendant. It’s very similar to the one that I have.

Having an image of Ji Kong at home, and wearing his image as a pendant is a sure way to continuously tap into his blessings of wealth.

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