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No… They’re not
dancing. The above figure illustrates technique of locking and breaking
opponent’s spinal cord. Please don’t try this with your friends as it is
there is only one type of self-defense technique: the method of bringing down
our opponent in the shortest possible time and effort. Call it by any other
names if you may: kung fu, boxing, silat, taekwando, karate etc.
I think at
present, the most practical martial art is boxing…
imagine the below scenario:
You are in
your casual suits with a pair of tight jeans out for a walk and someone is
confronting you. What would you do?
person brings a weapon, run…
If there is
no way to run, then you must be prepared to defense yourself.
is: with today’s attire, there is very little chance to do fly kicks or any
other kicking techniques as we can see from Jacky Chan’s movies. What is left
is your pair of hands.
yourself lucky if you have a pair of strong fists at least with a strong blow,
you will knock the assailant out cold.
happened if the opponent is too close for a punch, then we will need the
‘capturing technique’. If we know human anatomy pretty well, then we know where
the weak points in our body are and use these weaknesses to our advantage.
Let me ask
you another question:
best distance to capture and break a person’s neck?
is only an inch or so… Believe it or not?
come to me wanting to change their not so good luck to super good luck.
these folks have practised some form of Thai, Taoist, Hikmah or even tantric
rituals for years.
those people haven’t been able to change their lucks even with dozens of Phra
Ngan statues, endless Kumanthongs and even with the more powerful baby fetus in
and again that I have pointed out that Asian people were once ancestor
worshippers; and most of the Indochinese traditions still put ancestor worships
as the first ritual at the beginning of the day.
In the traditional
practice of Javanese Asma Sungai Rajah (ASR) on the other hand, one must obtain
the blessing of his/her mother and this is done by kissing the mother’s feet.
The ASR will not work without the mother’s consent no matter how many counts of
recitation one do.
in Thai magic, the parents’ blessing couple with the blessing of one’s
ancestors, his/her gurus, spirits, devatas and the Buddha will empower any
rituals to be effective. Amongst all of the rituals, one ritual that will definitely
change our luck is to wash our mothers’ feet. I supposed, it will work too if
we wash our dad’s feet too.
I did not
make up this ritual. This ritual was taught to me when I return from Vietnam
and reroute to Chiang Mai, Thailand to visit my long time no meet brother in
dharma, Mr. Suracai.
fetch me at the airport and after dinner, he brought me to see a senior monk
who stayed in a small temple just outskirt of Chiang Mai. The temple also
houses about 40 lonely senior citizens. When we arrived at the place, the old
monk was washing an old granny’s feet. So, we waited patiently outside for the
monk to complete his task. According to Suracai, the monk was once a powerful
arjan when he was young. But now he rather spends time in teaching dharma and
serving the person in need.
while, the old monk came out to greet us and we returned the salutation.
could open my mouth; the monk stared at my face for a while and said:
“You have learnt some Thai magic but your power
is not doing you any good. You must create more merit in order to receive your ancestral
for a while and replied:
“Please guide me to the proper way.”
just smiled and said simply:
“Just wash your mother’s feet as often as you
the smile and replied:
“Certainly I would.”
returned to Penang, the monk suddenly said to me:
“I know you will return to this place.”
returned home, I tried the ritual and my luck is changing as if the clearing of
the method to a few people, and my friend Mr. Tan said his business suddenly
improved. So I publish the method and hopefully everyone benefits from washing
his/her parents’ feet.
The cengal tree on left is the mother, the right is a banyan tree which is the father with the center tree as their child.
There are always two bird nests at any single time. Believe it or not?
I was visiting
an agarwood plantation in Gopeng and my guide brought me to a pair of entangled
trees. On one side, it is a rare Cengal Emas (Neobalanocarpus Heimii) and on
the other a Banyan tree. Both trees seem to be hugging each other with another
Cengal Emas growing erect between the two.
to my tour guide, the Cengal Emas was the emanation of a British lad, the Banyan
tree an aboriginal lady while the central piece is their offspring. Story has
it that the plantation management wanted to cut down the trees in the beginning
of agarwood planting phase but whatever they tried, the machineries would fail
at the very beginning… First, the bulldozers won’t start and the chainsaw
failed on touching the tree trunk.
Finally an aborigine
elder came to them and told them this story:
decade ago, a young and handsome British lad fell in love with an aborigine
girl and they wanted to get married. However, their sweet dream was opposed by
the youth’s parents and they lodge a complaint to the British authority at that
acted according and sent in trooper to arrest the aborigine girl. The couple
was very scared on learning of the arrival of the army and didn’t know what to
do. Finally they came to the current location and made a prayer to the mountain
prayer, the mountain god manifested in front of the couple and told them that
if they truly love each other and that they wanted to stay with each other until
the end of the world; then the mountain god can turn them into a pair of
boulders or trees of their choice. After some pondering, the couple decided to
become trees and the mountain god thus turned the lady and lad into two huge
trees which stayed put until these days.
I am in no position
to say if the above story is true, but the guide told me that birds normally
build nests in pairs as shown in picture 2. If you have the time, why not come to
Gopeng to see the lover trees with your own eyes and make a wish too!
Many people practise Taiji boxing as a form of slow
exercise; only a handful few learnt Taiji sparing techniques for self defence
purpose. The former has now evolved towards performing arts or dance (舞蹈) while the later is not too
impressive (无看头) to look
at and slowly forgotten in time.
I am not going to touch on Taiji as a performance art; but
the other lesser known aspects of this uniquely Taoist art. There are many
branches to Taoist Taiji:
·The practice of human to human
·The practice of human to plants, spirits,
·The practice of human to heaven and earth
The practice of human to human is the man to man combat or
otherwise known as “push hands” (推手).
The basic idea behind it is very simple: to make the opponent lose balance and
hence to capture (擒拿手) or to
harm him/she. Hence in actual situation, Taiji is quite a deadly art and it
involves the training of fingers strengths. The basic idea is simple: one must
be able to feel the source of an opponent’s strength (听劲), lock it and use his/her own power against
The fundamental principle of Taiji is neither let go nor
opposes (不丢不顶); so when the opponent
made a mistake, he/she will be thrown off balance. Now, let’s move on as it is
getting too technical and boring.
Everyone knows that Taiji is based on Yin (阴) and Yang (阳).
So, one must understand where he/she stands against his/her opponent. A
stronger opponent is Yang, and a weaker one is Yin. Similarly, a plant and
spirit belong to Yin. Some animals are Yin while others are Yang type. The
celestial bodies such as the sun, moon and stars are Yang while the earth is
Yin. Only after we know where
we stand that we may start sending energy to, or receive energy from the
example, if we want to feel the energy of a tree, then we can first send our
energy and then retrieve the energy from the tree hence making a complete
energy exchange. We may choose to stop the energy or collect it and then
release back to the tree. Likewise we may go to a tomb and perform the same
exercise, but the danger in doing these exercises is that if the opponent is
stronger, it may steal our energy instead. So, please don’t venture into the
woods or cemetery first without permission; and second, without any
If you feel
sad or down for some reason, then you can perform the congregation of energy
exercise as above. Imagine that you are holding an invisible ball and turn it
clockwise and in circular motion. The energy ball may grow and when you feel
you have had enough, let the energy ball go with a shout. I guarantee that you
will feel lighter as if unloading a heavy burden. O, do the exercise in an open
area such as a garden please.
The “men in
black” here doesn’t refer to the movie “men in black”.
know of the origin of these men in black but they seem to lead the soul of a
dying person to somewhere. I have personally dreamed of a man in black led me
to a garden full of pink flowers.
My late dad
did tell me about a dream a couple of months before he passed away. In the
dream, a man in black brought him out of our house and walked nonstop until they
reached a small one trunk wooden bridge (独木桥). Since the bridge was too narrow for two
persons, the man in black walked first. As soon as he passed the bridge, the
wooden bridge suddenly broke into two and collapsed into the river. My late dad
couldn’t cross the river; hence he returned home and subsequently told his
story was told by a blog reader, know as QQ. According to QQ her father was in
comma and hospitalized for a week or so. The doctor told QQ that her dad was in
critical stage and asked her to be mentally prepared.
Since QQ is
working, she and her sibling to take turn to take care of the old dad. One day
QQ brought her 5 year old daughter; the little Nancy to visit her grandpa. It
was around 10am or so and QQ and Nancy were in front of the sickbed. All of a
sudden, little Nancy started to yell: “Stop it! Don’t drag my grandpa away!”
was yelling, she hastened to the other corner of the sickbed and perform a
seemingly tug of war action with ‘something’. Everyone was startled by the
little girl’s action and before QQ managed to catch hold of little Nancy, the
opened her mouth to scold Nancy, the little girl turned her head and told her
mom in a naïve manner: “Two naughty men in black wanted to drag grandpa away
but I have chased them away!”
thought it was the little girl’s vivid imagination and soon forgot about the
incident. A few days later, QQ’s father who was unconscious shown signs of
recovery. And another week later, he was fully conscious and being discharged.
Even the doctor was surprised of the old man’s amazing recovery.
went to fetch her father, her father told her a strange dream:
“I could see myself lying in bed on that day
you and Nancy came to see me. There were two men in black appearing from nowhere
dragging me away from the bed. All of a sudden little Nancy pulled my left hand
and started to make noise. After some resistance the men gave up and went to
the uncle lying in the adjacent bed.
The nurse told me the first thing when I awoke
from my comma that the uncle died on the day Nancy created commotion in the
that maybe young children have sixth sense to see the men in black; and we just
guessed that the men are messengers from hell. What say you?
younger years and in my years of magic studies, I have had many encounters with
snakes; physically and spiritually. Before going into another story, below is a
said to be Irish serpent charm evoking latent serpentine energy:
URTH BHAIS’S BETHA,
DO CHE’OL DENMHA.
O serpent’s breath!
O spell of life and
Thou art the charm of
two purposes of invoking such serpentine energy:
opens a portal to spiritual realm.
invokes serpent energy which can be seen in the midst of night as a grayish silver
fog for the spiritual sensitive ones.
it that the Druids in ancient time were known to be able to call mists to help
them to defeat the Romans. It was also said that a person who has tried the
above charm was physically dragged into the reptilian world and never to return
in early 1990. Hence, my advice is not to try it; or try at your own risks.
don’t evoke the serpent to devour your parents because you don’t want to sit
for exams; or your boss just because he scolded you in the office. Hahaha…
Whenever I talk about bear, some old time stories will
resurface in my mind. To tell you the truth, the bear influenced my younger
days a lot and later when I studied Thai magic at a later time. My Lanna master
gave me a bear tooth said to be from Cambodia for protection and I supposed I
am somewhat link to this creature. You may say that the bear is my totem animal
too. My leklai stones like honey, so do the bears.
Talking about bears, let me tell you about an old story of
mine when I was still staying in the old Kuala Kangsar rubber plantation some
dog gone years ago:
You know, the best time in rubber plantation then was during
My pa, my bro and I like to venture to the edge of jungle to
collect durians which fell during the night. Once when we approached a tall
durian tree, we heard a loud noise indicating some heavy object has fallen from
the tree. Everyone call out almost spontaneously: “durian jatuh!” (durian has fallen!) And without too much hesitation,
we ran to the location of the sound but after searching in the vicinity; we
just couldn’t find any durians.
“It’s the bear! Not durian!” Pa suddenly shouted.
Apparently bears can climb trees but when they want to
descend the tree; they will take a ‘free fall’ approach and hence the big ‘thumb’
sound that we heard. It is strange but true.
Well, that wasn’t anything too excited to tell. But the
following story has certainly scared the living daylight out of me:
It was during season again, pa decided to build a small hut
to watch over the durian trees overnight. So I helped him to do his project and
the work completed at dusk. As I didn't have the gust to spend a night in the
jungle, I decided to venture back alone on pa's old bicycle.
There were two routes that I could take: the first which is
shorter but I would need to go pass a two miles swampy area and a narrow wooden
bridge. The scariest part was that the locals said there was a white tiger watching
over the area. Someone even said that he has seen the manifestation of a
The second route is that I must pass through an old spooky
cemetery. The cemetery wasn’t very well tended and some part of it was eroded exposing
Which route would you choose?
Well, I didn’t want to be on the menu of the white tiger or
the headless one; so I have chosen the second route. But I wasn’t very fond of
meeting the good brothers in the cemetery either; so I peddled the bicycle with
all my might and crossed my fingers. (You see, I didn’t have any magic or
spirits to protect myself then.)
In the mist of passing the cemetery, the day darkened and
the temperature dropped quickly. So, I decided singing out loud to drive away
my fear and I did. Just as I was singing the first lyric; I immediately regretted
my stupidity and thought best just to keep my big mouth shut.
A bear suddenly rushed out from nowhere perhaps startled by
my cacophony and rammed into myself. I subsequently tumbled into a bush at the
roadside together with my bike. As I was so afraid that the bear would harm me
or something, I immediately stand up and ran forward with all my strengths
until I fell onto the path due to exhaustion.
As I was sitting helplessly pondering if I should return to
get my pa’s bike; an acquainted old Malay Haji slowly pushing the bike walking
towards me with some durians.
When the Haji saw me, he smiled and said: “I knew your pa’s
bike and am on my way of returning it to your house!”
I immediately thanked the kind Haji and told him my ordeals.
The Haji gave me the bike and I hastily return home without the courage of
looking back… or sing.
Perhaps the bear spirit has tortured me enough, it finally
gave me a tooth for protection through my guru. At least, I still live to tell
you my side of the stories.
My grandparents were rubber tappers who for the most of the
time stayed in a rubber plantation near the Kuala Kangsar railway station. My
pa too was tapping rubbers when he was young. Rubber tapers normally start
working at around 5a.m. So they need to wake up at around 4am or earlier. For
few occasions during school holidays, I did follow my late pa to tap rubbers
too. Sometimes I go alone when my pa was busy with other works.
For a few times at the same location, I would see a strange
fire ball and at times three moving from tree tops to the roots, plying up and
down and then vanished into thin air. After I told my grandma my encounters,
she set up a Datuk shrine at the location where I saw fire balls and I have not
see any reoccurrences since.
I can still remember that once during durian season, my
brother and I borrowed grandpa’s old motorbike to go to the edge of virgin
jungle at the midst of the night to collect durians.
When we arrived at the destination, we saw someone has left
a pile of nice big durians with a machete lying beside. It was quite strange to
say the least if anyone would be so clumsy to leave those things behind as that
would mean wasting a hard night’s work for nothing.
So without hesitation we bagged the durians and took the
machete and call it a day effortlessly. However,
in the afternoon when we were enjoying the durians; news came to us: Our Indian
neighbour, Muthu has gone sick after returning from his durian collection trip
last night. The news has it that Muthu has seen some fire balls lingering on
top his head and due to extreme fear that he flee the place leaving all his
harvest and even his beloved machete! I have kept the secret for many years
I seldom see these bizarre fire balls now days. Some people
also call them ghostly fire balls (鬼火)
which are quite different from orbs. Ghostly fire balls normally appear in the
form of flames such as that of a candle flame while orbs are normally round. Have
you ever seen any ghostly fire balls?
When Ngai spirit is no longer wanted, instead of throw it away;
the owner can married it to a third party. This can be done in two ways. If the
Ngai is to be passed on to another person to continue with fostering Ngai, then
the rhizome is wrapped with a piece of red cloth and the package is handled to
the person who is normally a disciple or the person’s offspring.
If no one wanted to inherit the Ngai, then the rhizome
should be boiled and then dried under hot sun for three days. This is to bind
the Ngai spirit to the rhizome and not escape to elsewhere. After that, the
dried rhizome is wrapped with a piece of red cloth together with some money.
Instead of giving the package to a person, it is placed beside a road and
whoever picks the package up is deemed to accept the Ngai voluntarily; like it
My Ngai master told a story about someone refused to honour
this tradition and paid the ultimate price though years later. Ngai spirit
never forgets to seek its revenge:
This incident happened in the 1940’s in the village where my
A poor farmer picked up a parcel on his way home after a
hard day’s work in his rice field. When the farmer opened up the parcel, it was
a dried ginger rhizome and some money.
The farmer knew that someone wanted to get rid of Ngai
spirit and that he shouldn’t keep the money; but the temptation was too much
and that he wanted some money to feed his family. So, after taking the money, the
farmer decided to lose the Ngai by swimming across a river parallel to the
path. It is said an Ngai spirit cannot cross body of waters. However, the
farmer did not know that the Ngai has already attached itself on his hat when
he started to cross the river.
Luck was on the farmer’s side as his hat was washed away by
strong river flow in the midst of crossing the river.
Someone picked up the farmer’s hat somewhere down the stream
and hang it on a tree branch at the river bank. The tree subsequently withered
Years later the farmer went to the river bank where people
hung his hat with his son. When the farmer’s son pointed his finger towards the
dead tree and asked: “Dad! Why is the tree dead?”
The farmer told his son the story behind it.
It was pretty unlucky that the Ngai spirit was still
attached to the tree and when it heard the farmer’s tale, it immediately knew
that the farmer was the person it has been searching for. The Ngai didn’t waste
any time and swiftly attached itself onto the farmer.
On returning home, the farmer was fallen sick and started to
waste away. People said that the Ngai has consumed his soul.
‘Keris pusaka’ is a term used to describe heirloom keris and
that keris is a type of short dagger or sword once used as a weapon. There are
many keris collectors around the world especially in Indonesia, Malaysia,
Below magic rite was described to me when I took over a very
special Javanese keris from my friend’s stepmother some time ago. I have not
personally tried this ritual but I think it is applicable to other similar
objects such as a ritual knife, a parang or a sword made of iron.
First and foremost, this magic is a little eerie but I
supposed the purpose of it is to reduce mental stress caused by someone wanting
to seek revenge due to unjust done on him or her; but due to the prohibition of
secular law or physical inability.
Now, the method:
Anyone who wanted to try this spell must first get hold of a
keris pusaka or anything along the line. After that, he/she must get a piece of
his/her opponent’s photo and write the person’s name and date of birth. If a
photo is unavailable, then it is possible to draw the target’s figure on a
piece of yellow paper.
After the personal particular is written, then the
photo/paper should be attached onto a wall in the bedroom and the weapon should
be put right under the photo/paper at midnight.
When the setup is ready, stand in front of the picture; burn
some benzoic incense if you like. Say something like:
“To you my enemy,
so-and-so; tonight I send you my keris pusaka to seek my revenge! The truth is
on my side, my magic is true and my curse is severe! In the name of God, so
mote it be!”
After reciting the incantation a few rounds detach the
photo/paper and attach it on to the area where you want the keris to harm. Go
to sleep and you will be dreaming of tracking your enemy, subsequently catch
hold of him/her, and stab the person to death. The success indicator of this
spell is that the spell caster will be awakening by his or her own laughter as
if in tremendous joy.
The above spell might sound cruel and that it may be just a
dream; I wouldn’t want to encourage it. What difference would it make if it
doesn’t work? Even if the spell did work, then it will be very bad karma and
the debt will need to be repaid in coming years though not in the court of law.
Know the magic as it is part of our Nusantara heritage and
that’s all to my intention of publishing this spell for your reading pleasure.
There are many methods to balance one’s aura. One can
perform the traditional chakra balancing techniques of Kundalini Yoga if he or
she so wish desires; or one can use the ‘herbalist’s tree balancing method’.
Basically in old herbalist’s view, our emotions and the well
beings of our physical body are pretty much affected by the external world: Our
working environment, our colleagues, people that we come into contact daily and
seasons of the year affect the conditions of aura.
Our aura can be contaminated by parasitic entities, negative
or positive energies; whatever case it may be. If these foreign energies are
not grounded at the end of the day, our emotions and subsequently our health
will be affected. And that’s the reason why people in professions such as
doctor, teacher, masseurs, social workers etc. tend to suffer from serious
illness years later.
In order to get the maximum benefit, one should be able to
detect his or her weakest organs by running a simple check:
·Move the chi (气)
to a point about 3 inches below navel called ‘dantian’ (丹田) and meditate for a few minutes.
·Now lead the chi into the kidneys and see if kidneys
are okay. Move on to liver, heart, spleen, lungs and finally back to dantian
·If any of the organs are weak, then we will need
to rebalance those organs one at a time.
After that, one must choose a tree according to below and go
to the tree preferably in the morning:
·Lung: Poplar (杨树)
·Liver: Pine (松树)
·Kidneys: Cyprus (柏树)
·Heart: Indus (梧桐)
·Spleen: Willow (柳树)
Now the person must stand in front of the tree touching the
tree trunk with both palms.
With some practise the person should feel a flow of energy
entering his/her body through the palms and then out of the body from the palm.
Let it be until the energy flow stopped. This may take 10 to 45 minutes
depending to the condition of the organ. Don’t forget to give thanks for the
tree before leaving the place.
If there are more organs to balance, then come another day
to other trees. Please don’t perform this exercise repeatedly to the same tree
or the tree may die because it takes time for the tree to purify the negative