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Both of Hindu and
Buddhist tantra teachings agree that our breaths affect our temperament. Having
said so, the approach of Hindu tantra and Buddhist tantra is quite different;
hence the results too are different.
The ancient science of breath is known as ‘swara yoga’ and
this teaching merely says:
·If air flows through left nostril, then a person
feels at ease, friendly, happy and tends to be confident and tends to perform
other benevolent acts.
·If air flows through right nostril, then a
person is on a more active and on a more muscular side: he/she would do
exercises, martial arts, and music or even go to war.
·If air flows through both of the nostrils, then spiritual
energy would grow and hence the person feels ‘emptiness’.
In Hindu swara yoga, the flow of air into our nostril is in
accordance with astrological timings. If the flow of air is against the correct
astrology, then one should change the flow of air to avoid mishaps from
happening. Other than that if there is a desire to change one’s activities then
the air flow should also be changed in tune to the correct activity. Also if
one thinks he/she is falling sick or if one nostril operates for more than 2
hours in a particular day.
As we can conclude that swara yoga teaches us to tune into
our daily activities and make use of breathing technique to avoid disasters; at
this point we can say that swara yoga teaches us to live in this mundane world in
harmony. No wonder those who follow this teaching of old are progressing and
become prosperous. That explains why India is emerging as a emerging economic
On the other hand, Tantric Buddhism advocates the idea of ‘shunyata’
(emptiness) and follows the third option in the hope to prove theory of
emptiness is correct. The problem is that as one’s spiritual energy grows,
he/she become quieter and calmer. Consequently this person is not interested in
doing worldly activities. Needless to say, this is not good for business. If
there are too many people engaging in spiritual practices in a country, then
this country will definitely fall behind in this competitive world.
Perhaps the Buddha has seen this problem and hence gave out
a prediction that Buddhism shall vanish in this world in the end of dharma era?
I supposed there are some truths in this as the matter of fact that at the nations
where people only engaging in religious ceremonies cannot progress at a quicker
step. This is simply religious activities consume money, if there are no people
working; who else will generate money for the monks then? If there is no people
giving birth, then there shall not be any monks either J!
Fire puja costume for wrathful
ceremony is mainly made of bones. Previously this type of bone costumes were
made of human bones, but now days this type of costumes are mainly made of yak
or cow bones. A complete set of good bone costumes are very hard to come by and
it fetch sky prices. This photo shows an old set about 40~50 years old
originated from Tibet.
Tibetan rituals are very
intimidating and mysterious. Not only the tantric doctrines are difficult to
understand and accepted by general public; the ritual implements are also works
of arts and they are harder to find now days especially concerning human bone
Due to my study of Tibetan
rituals, I keep a set of each of fire puja costumes. Malaysia is too hot to
wear these costumes but I am sure you can feel the power and vibrations by
simply appreciating these work of arts. Mind you, both of the costume sets are
pretty heavy too!
Peaceful fire puja rituals
are done mainly on special occasions: festive seasons, one's birthday, for
deliverance services etc. A puja session must be initiated by a second party or
the effect is not good. A wrathful fire puja is meant for obstacle removal or
for subduing demonic forces, on occasion when a deceased is failed to be
delivered during the first 7 days after his/her death, then a overpowering fire
puja may be performed at the end of the second 7 day cycle. This is to save the
person's soul from being reincarnated into lower realms.
Of course, now days not many
masters would wear these types of costumes outside of Himalayans ranges.
Perhaps there are, but on very rare occasions in Tropics I am sure.
grandmasters such as Milerapa and Padmasambhava first obtained their
transmission directly from India; and later they preached the teachings in
Tibet. However due to over secrecy, many yoga techniques are lost in time. Hence,
current Buddhist Tantra teachings are not quite the same as the Indian counterparts
though the names remain the same.
condition is worsened when Buddhist Tantra texts are being translated to other
languages such as Chinese, English and others. For example in Tibetan Buddhist
Guru Yoga supplication, there is a pledge for the lineage gurus to bestow four
accomplishments. The sentence would sound something like:
“Please bestow the accomplishment of body,
speech, mind and activities!”
Kriya Yoga, the three terms: body, speech and mind are interpreted as mudra,
mantra and visualization; practitioners also attribute this to the ‘three
secrets’ (三密). It is said
that one can only achieve siddhi when all of the three aspects are in union.
of the Higher Buddhist Tantra practices continue to refer the ‘three secrets’
in their teachings; I have some doubts as I am more inclined to think the Buddhist
concept of body, speech and mind is in fact described by Swami Muktibodhadana in
interest is with the term ‘speech’ (语). Many people think the ‘speech’ refers to ‘mantra’ but according to
Swara Yoga, the speech refers to ‘swara’ or ‘voice of breathing’.
Yoga, there are three types of swara:
refers to mind that controls our sensory nerves and left channel
refers to life force that controls our 5 organs of actions and right channel
refers to spirit which is the overall controller and related to central channel
So as you
can see, the definitions given by Swara Yoga fit better in the context of Buddhist
Anuttara Yoga Tantra. It is apparent that we now need to turn to the study of
Hindu Tantric texts to understand the Buddhist Tantra teachings now days. Or further
supplications to gurus would not yield any benefits if we cannot understand the
meaning of true ‘speech’!
a Kong Tau or Thai Arjan worships many deities and spirits. The main character
is of course the 8 major land 108 minor hermits (lersi), followed by Phi
(ghosts) as in Phi Phop and other natural spirits. Let us set aside other spirits
such as goddess of fortune, snake goddess, earth goddess, Kumanthong, Phra Ngan
and many more other major and minor deities specific to each school. I even see
some arjans worships Guan Yin and Taoist deities in his altar now days. Such
act was not permitted just a few years back though.
so, now days many arjans behave as if they are also spirit mediums and these
mediums may or may not understand how to cast spells. It doesn’t matter to the
general folks as they shall not be able to differentiate anyway; so what is the
It is not a
surprise to say that although many Kong Tau (Thai Magic) masters admit that
they are Buddhist, as a matter of fact, they practices are about 80% influenced
by Hinduism and local animism; the Buddha is really the odd man out. Of course
Buddhaguna, Buddha Jaya Mangala Khata and other auspicious prayers are being
recited in the morning and at night.
So what are
the popular Hindu deities that are worshipped by these arjans? Let us explore
the arch types only:
is claimed to be the grandmaster of Kong Tau. As in Indian Shabar mantra, he is
worshipped for his power in bestowing protection against black magic.
is the god of creation. Legend has it that Brahman has 4 faces, 8 eyes, ears
and arms. So he shall grant anyone who has prayed to Brahman wholeheartedly. It
is said the best time for worshipping Brahman is between 7pm to 9pm.
is said that goddess Kali controls over all lustful and materialistic sentient
beings in this universe. When goddess Kali has possessed an arjan, he/she too
shall make the facial expression by sticking out his/her tongues with wide open
Kali is worshipped for bestowing protection, exorcising evil spirits and for
bestowing blessings. Certain sorcerers also invoke Kali to curse his/her
opponents. Hence Goddess Kali is very much feared off amongst Kong Tau
community. Not may arjans can control the energy of Kali.
has it that Ganesha is the son of Kali. Story has it that Shiva, who is the
husband of Kali went out for a long trip and Kali felt bored. So she used her
power to ‘create’ a kid to accompany her. One day, Kali went out and she asked
the kid to watch over the house property.
As soon as Kali went out, Shiva returned home
and found a kid in his house; both of them thought their opponent is the
intruder. A fight broke out due to misunderstanding. Having said so, the kid is
no match to powerful Shiva and his head was smashed into pieces by Shiva.
At this time, Kali returned home and she was
saddened by what she saw. Shiva felt sorry seeing Kali was so sad, so he cut
down the head of a recently died elephant to replace the smashed head of the
Amazingly, the kid survived and he has become
today’s Ganesha. Because the kid was charged to watch over the property of his
house, later people also call Ganesha as “the elephant head god of fortune”.
This Ganesha story reminds me of the story of
Yama and Yamantaka. I wonder which comes first, and which copies which.
Whatever case it may be; it does not matter as stories of our world are copied
from one culture to another anyway.
friends practise many simple day to day folk magic which we may overlook if we
are not observant enough when visiting a traditional Indian home. Below are
just some common yet simple magical remedies:
bad luck or curses:
some sea water with cow’s urine in a bowl and then sprinkle the water all over
the house during Tuesday, Friday, full moon and new moon.
your livestock or pets frequently fall ill or loss of appetite, then bath the
animals with turmeric water.
your business is bad and you suspect it is the working of black magic, then you
can put lemon or lime into a clear glass filled with water and put the glass at
a conspicuous place. The water must be changed every day and that the lemon
must be replaced on every Saturday.
things in your house lost or broken quite often, especially if your electrical
appliances; or your light bulbs burst at a regular basis. To remedy this
problem, put some color beads or stones in a white bowl and hide it at a quiet
your baby likes to cry out loud at night or if the baby feels agitated after
someone visited your house; then hold a pinch of salt in your palm and move
your palm around the baby’s head three times clockwise and anti-clockwise.
After that the salt is dissolved into a glass of water and then solution is
poured into flowing water.
your children suffer from constant stomachache and you suspect that it might
the working of black magic, then you must take small amount of sand in the
street and mix it with mustard seed powder. Then apply the mixture onto your
children’s stomach. After that, recollect the mixture and burn it in fire. It
is believed that by doing so, the black magic workings shall be burnt off as
you believe that you are besieged by misfortune, bad luck or jobless, then it is best to keep an
aquarium in the south side of your living room.
a pregnant lady wants to ward off evil spirits or black magic, then she should
bring along 2~3 pieces of need tree leaves when she leaves the house. After she
returns home, she must burn the neem leaves.
you are a speaker or a teacher who depends on speaking to earn a living and
that you suffer from constant throat problems, then this might be someone who
has cast a black magic on you. To remedy this, take a twig of Peepal tree
(ficus religiosa) and tie it on top of your main door. After that take another
twig, break it into 3 pieces and keep them in your pocket.
you suspect that someone has put a separation spell between you and your wife,
then keep some dry roast alum, red chili, green chili or a large sea shell and lemon
near your bed.
again, modern Indian friends might not follow such practices. If you have more
folk magic to add; then please kindly let me know.
This is not
after the fact that I said the summer and winter of 2015 bring disasters. Many
of my friends know this as I had advised them not to make major decisions
during the lunar month of 11 and 12. My bro decided to move house in December
just before winter solstice and now his car is sent to repair shop just a week
after the house move…
for my unease of this particular year is that the ‘3 kills’ (三煞) of the year is at the north, while
the 3 kills for the month is at the south. This making the movement from north
to south or vice versa undesirable; in fact any major movements would not be
desirable. This is because the 3 kills for the year belong to water element and
the winter is when the 3 kills are the strongest. Further the ‘Tai Sui’ (太岁) is also located at the south too
particular year, the east coast is particularly vulnerable especially towards
the end of the year. The year and month reading combines into ‘mountain and
water’ making a 蹇, which means
obstruction. This situation may last for one month or so but diseases may
Just on 28th
December 2014, a plane heading northward direction went missing and yet to be
found. So let analyze this case a little closer. The timing for this plane:
the lower characters are all in conflicts, this indicating of bad decisions
that had lead to disasters.
inspecting I Ching relating from southwest to northeast; a few reading results:
and mountain’ means travelling
and water’ means trapped
and swamp’ means unclear/foggy
and mountain’ means limit
and earth’ means disaster
So, we put
all readings together which concluded to:
will lead to trap as the future is unclear which limits the journey due to
is pretty clear that I Ching reads the mind of God. It is up to us the mortal
being to interpret and take correct actions for the sake of our love ones.
Let us pray
together for all those who are suffering to have strength and for the rest to
be free of all disasters in years to come.
to be weapons of old days. Today, a keris has become a collector’s item. Well,
there are people collect keris as antique; but many people collect keris due to
their magical properties too. The price of keris ranges from USD100 to
USD10,000 and above… this is especially true for ‘special’ types of keris.
stories told if a keris is used to point at a person, old Malay believed that
by this mere act, the person can be killed. Along the same line, some Malays
believe of a form of magic called ‘ilmu tuju’ which coupled with appropriate
incantations, pointing of a finger, keris or human bone to a person can bring
bad luck or kill the person.
pusaka or heirloom keris can be used to stab onto the footprints of a person
can also bring disaster or even death to a person. Some old keris are said to possess
a watcher or khodam if someone like to call it. These types of keris are said
to be thirst of blood and they will fly out from their sheaths during certain
nights of the week, normally on Thursday or Friday night to kill people and
after they are quenched with blood; they shall return quietly into the sheaths.
believed that a keris in the collection of Taiping Museum has this capability.
There is another heirloom keris in Kraton was said to be particularly bad
tempered and it was ordered by the ruler to have it destroyed.
also believe that a keris pusaka can rattle in its sheath if its owner are
facing with danger hence alerting its owner. Another type of keris known as
keris majapahit has dual identity: a male and a female; it can also be used to
transfer flames from a place to another place as well as performing the ilmu
guts or brains of snakes are brought into contact with the keris in the hope to
make the keris more deathly. The power of a keris pusaka is said to increase
upon slaying of a person too. An execution keris that has been used to kill
many people is considered as scared.
keep a keris in their house because they think the keris can trap a thief so
that the thief cannot leave the place, the keris can also make firearms fail to
work, in some instances even flood waters can be held back or even volcano
Javanese empu (blacksmith) even pointed out that his keris will fly out of
their sheaths during the full moon when the Queen of the South Sea holds her
court at seashore.
so, either it is lucky or unlucky that it is not easy to make or come by a
magical keris. Believers believe it is only by the will of the God that one can
own one of these treasures. In short, only a virtuous man/woman can get a piece
by chance. If a keris does not fit a person, then everything in his/her life
shall go wrong.
case that might be, the cult of keris is still very much alive in Malay Archipelagos
There is a
very good reason why one must and should learn from a qualified master before
learning how to cast a death spell on others. Well, there is nothing wrong with
cursing others; the problem is when the opponent is too powerful and the black
curse is being reversed back to the spell caster. So, if you are cursing on
others and when the curse is reversed; what can you do to help yourself?
are many ways of course, one is that the curse you have thrown out shall be
absorbed by your guardian spirits; but various Taoist schools have different
methods of dealing with this issue:
If you have
been visiting the altar of Liu Ren (六壬) or Jin Ying (金英), then you shall notice a covered porcelain bowl filled with water and
a piece of green leaf is dip in the water. The purpose of the water is used to
absorb magical ambush if any onto the master of the altar.
methods available out there are but not limited to:
to rock (寄石)
to objects (寄物)
to trees (寄树)
to sea (寄海)
for all of the transferring methods are about the same, but there are two ways
a curse can be transferred:
of sorcerer’s soul under a rock, tree or sea (藏魂)
the energy of an attack onto an object (寄物)
variation is that the ‘soul hiding’ rituals must be done as a precautionary
ritual; i.e. the sorcerer’s soul is hid under a rock or tree even before any
magic is cast. This hiding of soul should be performed on every 3 year
transferring methods can be done right after one has cast a curse onto his/her
opponents. For example after I had cast a death curse onto Roy, then I will
write this talisman: ＂勒令退法于某某物代挡＂onto an object, such as an umbrella.
limitation is that one can only perform the transferring energy method for 72
times in his/her lifetime. For double precaution, many sorcerers would choose
to perform both of the curse stripping methods.
I have not
seen the stripping of retaliations being practiced in other traditions except
Taoist magic, maybe there are similar ones that I am not aware of.
I put on
the Palden Lhamo’s skull crown last night during my meditation and saw she
appeared in front of the sky above me. So I asked her: “Since you came and
brought tremendous flood and disasters in o my country; what do you say about
the coming 2015?”
Lhamo gave a shriek and said:
mule (2014) comes the wooden ram (2015) with Agni on it; spring and summer
would see progress when the ram has enough to eat. When the ram is starved in
autumn and winter; then troubles spread as wild fire engulfing dry woods.”
development in the center part at the beginning of the year but slows down at
arise in the east and the condition persists throughout the year and hence it
is best to keep this place untouched.
shall see some constructions but not free from incidents.
shall see very little progress in developments.
developments in south shall also see little progress.
southeast and northeast shall see more development activities to come in the
first half of the year.
southwestern activities may come still for the time being.
northwest shall be at peace for this year.”
So, from Palden
Lhamo’s riddles, I think 2015 is only slightly better off compared to 2014; but
overall the condition stays the same. It actually was strange that Palden
Lhamo came into my vision as this fierce deity is related to wars, disasters and
epidemic. I think there will be some kind of epidemic in 2015; but let us just
If you have
affinity to dragon, then the below dragon ‘creation’ spell is for you.
will need the following items for this spell:
should meditate and clear your mind. Then use your imagination to visualize the
shape of dragon you want. When you have finally decided on a form in your mind’s
eye, take the clay in your hands and work it into the shape of your dragon.
Now, open your
eyes and add details like ears, spikes, scales, and eyes. Then slowly fire your
dragon in your kiln. When it is dried, then paint your dragon any way you want.
After that, take the needle and prick your finger. Squeeze a drop of blood
where his Heart would be.
give it a name him and call its name three times. Then say "as I will it
come to be, as I call so mote it be!”
sure how long it takes for the life to go into it but when it does you will
are in need, call its name then say "as I made you, you shall see. I need
(to do something) so mote it be".
make it a routine to call upon your dragon twice daily: once in the morning and
once at night before you go to bed to check on the status of your dragon pet.
It too needs your attention otherwise it may be low in energy and failed to
perform to your expectation.
Tantric 5 skull crown belonged to Palden Lahmo medium.
This hat used
to be worn by a 90 year old medium in Nepal who was also a Ningma sorcerer. It somehow
ended in my hands and the day before I received this beautiful hat, I dreamed
of 13 Tibetan ladies in traditional costume holding khata (哈达) welcoming the arrival of the hat.
learnt that the leader of the ladies in my dream was the Snow Mountain Fairy
with her 12 sisters. All of them were emanations of Tibetan mountain ranges.
Coincidentally, the mountain goddesses are also said to be retinues of Palden
Lhamo in Tibetan mythology. Palden Lhamo is equivalent of Sri Devi in Hinduism;
although both of them do not look alike.
nothing is too strange about this skull crown except it is a wonderful antique
you might wonder? Now, let me tell you a story of amazing power of this hat:
My friend Mr.
Wu was said to be possessed by a lady spirit after he went to pray for lucky
numbers in front of a lady in red who committed suicide by hanging herself. Not
only that Mr. Wu didn’t get the numbers that he wanted, the lady spirit wanted
Mr. Wu to accompany her on the other side as she is very lonely as she cannot
enter the underworld due to it was still not her time yet.
All of the
Taoist mediums refused to help as they said that the lady ghost was too fierce
and that she is ordered to seek revenge. That was how Mr. Wu ended up at my
place. To tell you the truth, I am not an exorcist and I do not intend to help
people like Mr. Wu due to his bad karma. But since Mr. Wu was brought to me by
a close friend, I have to help him.
It was a
coincidence that the skull crown was on my altar; I picked it up and put the
hat onto Mr. Wu’s head and start chanting Palden Lhamo’s mantra: “Jiu~ lamo,
jiu~lamo, jiu~jiu lamo…” repeatedly. After a few minutes or so, Mr. Wu started to
shiver and fell onto the ground. So we propped him up and sprinkle some cold
water onto his face to wake him up.
After Mr. Wu
regained consciousness, I asked him what had happened but he only gave me a
blank look… apparently he thought that he was still at the cemetery! Since Mr.
Wu has nothing wrong, I let him go home.
lady ghost returned to Mr. Wu, perhaps! But I didn’t follow up as I dislike
tempering into other people’s bad karma.