Some said that the most invisible lethal weapon of mankind is a curse. It is even more so if the curse came from an old sick or senior people. These peoples are those that about to die, they curse you because they hate you. And when they die, they bring along with the resentment into the grave. Since young my mother always reminded and warned me of the consequences. She even has a few true life stories to share with me so as to engrave her strong warning on my head. If the only last thing the dead people carry into the coffin is a resentment, than it would not be easily dismissed. Even worst, it may never be dismissed.
My story today is not from my mother. It is a true long story from a man i met through our today internet world. His name is Ah Chai in his mid 40′s. Ah Chai decided to give me a call after he read all my stories on my blog. He was very depressing and lost when i first met him in our temple.
To start the story, i have to take you back to 25 years ago. Can you still remember what you did and could had said 25 years ago? I think most of us here including Ah Chai cant possibly recall much either. But i will tell you later in the story how Ah Chai can recall every details of words 25 years ago.
25 years ago, Ah Chai was a young man who had just married his girlfriend. He was foolish enough to commit a crime and was charged for criminal offence and was sent to jail. After his released, he couldn’t find a stable job and eventually, he had to live with his wife’s family home and depend on his wife for a living. Soon, his wife’s family members feel Ah Chai was an eye sore and slowly, they were not happy with him.
Ah Chai was broke but he was still young and spiritually confident, he thought he was going to make it big one day and thus he fight back and started to show disrespect to the elderly in the family.
In the family, there was this Ah Ma. She is the grand-mother of Ah Chai’s wife and she was especially like her grand-daughter. Because of her grand-daughter, she got no choice but to keep the eyes sore together under the roof.
Not long later, Ah Chai mother-in-law who was the daughter of the old Ah Ma passed away due to illness. And Ah Chai who was already not in a good term with the family choose not to fulfill the Chinese funeral as a son-in-law. At the most he would do was just to attend the wake and not anything more. For this, the old Ah Ma was very angry with Ah Chai and she thinks Ah Chai was very inhuman. They have been sheltering him since he was jobless and broke and now they are not asking for anything but just a simple respect and duty of a son-in-law should do.
The old Ah Ma was especially protective towards her own daughter and also her grand-daughter. She was very upset when Ah Chai refused to ?? her daughter which she deem as a very important role in a chinese custom. Especially when there will be so many relatives around
during the wake.
Well, that was not the worst yet. The worst set back for the old Ah Ma was Ah Chai wanted to divorce her grand-daughter after a fight. For that matter, the Ah Ma was almost hits the roof.
The old Ah Ma felt that Ah Chai was an animal that is running with cold blood. How could he be doing all these when they were treating him so well in the time when he is down. The Ah Ma was never understand and was also especially hits by the news that Ah Chai had wanted to divorce her grand-daughter because in the eyes of this conservative old Ah Ma, once a woman is married, she is deemed as someone’s wife and can never be back to single and find another man for the rest of her life. Meaning to say she will be lonesome and suffering for the whole life. This thinking was especially so during the olden day.
One day, just before Ah Chai was about to leave the home after packing his stuffs, the old Ah Ma walks to him and says this…”Ah Chai, you’re a most heartless man i ever seen in my life, we’ve been treating you so good all these times and all we got in return is your cold and inhuman action. Now, before you leave, i have one last word for you. The day i die will be the beginning of your end.”
Ah Chai was stunned and shocked with her words but he still managed to stay cool in his mind. He kept his fists behind his back because he knows the old Ah Ma can never stand a punch from him. If he really did, the old Ah Ma die, i think the curse would really be true because Ah Chai will be spending the second half of his life in the prison.
Anyway, if you dont know, that was a curse. A very poisonous curse from an old Ah Ma. But for a young man like Ah Chai, he actually didnt really take the confrontation at heart, he thought nothing but just angry words from an old woman. After that, Ah Chai left the house and they stop seeing each other. And the words was slowly faded from his mind. The conflict was also consider closed for awhile.
Some people think that going to a temple to ask for better luck is a waste of time because one’s fate cannot be changed. I think they are confused between one’s luck and one’s fate. Destiny is fated but not completely. With hard work and a little bit of luck, it would certainly helps to smoother one’s career. But if there is no luck, no matter how many hours of hard work you put in or how many meal you have skipped to do the job, the thing you do would just never be as good in everybody eyes.
Luck can be changed to better or worst. Ah Chai’s luck was getting from bad to worse. From someone that was used to make few thousand dollars a month to just $600 a month as a cleaner in a coffee shop. If it was not the papers cut-out, i don’t think i would want to mention this because not many people would believe me. But why don’t he work as a driver or deliveryman which can easily demand a thousand or more. Why does a strong young man like Ah Chai needs to be a cleaner in a coffee shop? A job that only fit for old uncle? A salary of $600 would only enough for a retiree?
Now i tell you, it was all because of the little bit of luck that Ah Chai didn’t have. Every time when he started to look forward a new life with a better pay job, he will be asked to leave less than a month. It was not because he is lazy, in fact he is a very hardworking man. But unfortunately, out of 30 days, he will fall sick for no reason for 15 days. Using words cannot describe how bad his health was during that point of time. But i was told that when he try to wake up in the morning for work, he just couldn’t lift himself up from the bed. Or even if he pulled himself up with a rope tied to his neck and to force himself up, to challenge his ability, next thing is, he will find himself vomiting non-stop. As long as if he stay on his bed, thing would turn better. Nothing would happen to him and he can even be a very healthy man the next day if he lost his job. Common sense would ask him to check with a doctor. The result came out nothing.
Obviously the above is a curse. The curse by the old Ah Ma is now taking effect on Ah Chai. The beginning of his end is to make him suffer, no money, no luck, no health, no love and nothing left…
Ah Chai’s mother is a devoted Buddhist. She is a care taker in a famous Buddhist temple in town. With the help of her temple members, they group together to perform Buddhist rituals on Ah Chai regularly. Thinking that the evil in him can be removed with the Buddhist chants. But, it doesn’t help.
Later, Ah Chai was advised by a reputable monk and with his help, Ah Chai flew to bangkok to shave off his hair and becomes a live-in monk in a Thai temple for about a year. The reason was remained the same, to shake off the whatever evil in him. But again, the same thing and same illness that used to appear in him cannot be shaved off like his hair, every time he found a new job here after he served as a monk in Bangkok, the same old problem would comes back again and again. Never failed.
For your info, up till this point, everyone including Ah Chai thought he was possessed with evil spell in him. No one knows what exactly is the caused of the problem. The curse was never crossed his mind. He has forgotten all the Old Ah Ma said many years ago. Ah Chai was living like a zombie for more than 20 years…How many people can really tolerate for so many years and how many can feel the agony he went through. For many times, he thought of ending his life.
I shall say, Ah Chai is a very strong man. Not just physically but also mentally. Although he has thought of ending the game soon but he never really give up himself to the evil yet. He has been to many big and small temples in Singapore and Malaysia to seek for an answer to his problem. Many could only solve only half of his problem. The first half that they could help is give him a hope that they will get him a solution one day, the other half is can still keep him alive for awhile.
OK, before i go further, maybe i should clarify here that i am not trying to say my temple is very good and effective with this type of cases. Most of the time in order to successfully solve a case, there are many factors involved to make it work. One of the examples is fate. The fate between the devotees and the deities. If the two can blend very well together, the communication and many would be much easier to work things out. So for Ah Chai’s case was one of a classic example that my Ah Pek can blend to his body and soul.
Anyway, one late night, i got a call from Ah Chai. That was the first time he calls me. A very excited and hopeful voice from the other end says: “Bro, i visited your website and I’ve read all your true stories, i think maybe you would be the only one that can help me.” He than carry on to tell me his very ‘koh lian de’ story. He only managed to share 1/4 of his life story to me before i burnt my ears and over-heat my hand phone battery. So we decided to meet in my temple on the next session.
On the day when we met, the first time when i see him, the first impression Ah Chai gave to me was, he has a pair of sleepy eyes. He looks very tired despite the facts that he has a muscular and looks healthy body. He came to me with a pair of very warm palms to shake my hand and a voice of hope in his greeting. He shooks my hand so hard that if he has met a living Buddha. keke (serious, if only you have seen it) He then carry on to tell me the other 1/4 of his ‘koh lian de’ story.
Very soon, his Q number was calling. So we walked into the temple together to see my boss. Ah Chai and his wife was standing on the left side of Ah Pek and I was on the right doing the translation. When Ah Pek was trying to check his abacus after a brief intro by Ah Chai, Ah Chai suddenly feels uncomfortable with his chest. This symton is exactly the same as he felt in the morning before he wants to go out to work. Soon, he feels like throwing out. Ah Pek quickly uses a spelled talisman to control the evil in him. Ah Pek tried to find out more details from him but Ah Chai was too weak to even talk. Instead of standing, he is seating beside Ah Pek with 2 big guys supporting him at his sides. If you were first time to my temple, you may thought he was dee ya pek in trance sitting beside Dua Ya Pek with a bull and a horse. keke
Anyway, to cut short the story, Ah Pek knew this is not an ordinary case, and we are unable find out more from Ah Chai base on his situation now, so Ah Pek gave him 2 talisman for him to bring home and come back next week. One talisman is to make sure he can come back again next week, the other one will reveal all the information to Ah Pek in the next session after Ah Chai bring it home. It was a ‘talking’ talisman.
7 days have gone, and Ah Chai message me through his mobile phone few hours before he is due to see Ah Pek that night. The message reads: “bro, i’m feeling very sick, i think the devil in me is trying to stop me from visiting your Ah Pek. Dont worry, i’ll be there no matter what”.
When i was there at the temple, i saw Ah Chai was carried by a big size man by his armpit. This is what we called, drag by his feet.
The Ah Chai i saw today is very different from the one i saw last week. Today, he was like a wounded soldier from a battle field. Cant walk by himself and he speaks with a voice like a dying old man giving his last words on a sick bed.
Ah Pek unfolded the ‘talking’ talisman quickly after Ah Chai pulled out from his wallet. He used 2 of his fingers to clip the green talisman, scanned through it and he turns to Ah Chai who was still feeling very unwell and says “Can you remember you have a relative that is dead and was burial but not by cremation?” Ah Chai asks “Could that be my father who had passed away 7-8 years ago?” Ah Pek says “no, it should be longer than that.” Ah Chai was very sick so Ah Pek asked him to go back to take a rest and at the same time think hard of the question and come back again next week. This time, Ah Pek gives him 2 new triangle talisman, one for him and the other for his wife to put below their pillow. they are for them to have a clue by dream or see.
7 days soon gone again. Same thing, Ah Chai messaged me to say he is very sick but still he will be there at all costs.
The picture of the problem is getting clearer this evening. Ah Chai dreamt the old Ah Ma sitting on a tomb in a cemetery staring at him. His wife saw a black figure resemble an old woman standing in front of their bed in a middle of a night. Ah Chai than revealed the whole story of him and the old Ah Ma to Ah Pek. Ah Pek is now very firm that the root of the problem is that old woman. On surface, it was just like an ordinary case that can be solved by a few talisman and whips to get rip of the devil. But this time, everyone in our temple was caught by surprise. Ah Chai condition was getting from worse to even worse. The resentment of the old Ah Ma was so bad that she is even ready to take on anyone that is trying to save Ah Chai as a challenge. That include Ah Pek.
Well, before I confuse you guys further, the wife I mentioned now is Ah Chai’s 2nd wife after his 1st divorced.
On his 4th session to our temple, the root of his problem is seem to be clearer now. The culprit is the Old Ah Ma which was his ex-grandmother- in-law.
The devil in him has been trying very hard to stop Ah Chai from coming to our temple. Ah Chai would suffer the same old symptom of chest pain and vomiting by the late evening just before the sunset till he reaches our temple on every friday. The rest of the whole week is pretty normal to him, no chest pain and nothing. As I’ve mentioned earlier, the fortunate thing about Ah Chai is, he has a very strong will to survive and never says die attitude.
Inside the temple, Ah Chai looks helpless and restless. There is a bit of doubtful show on his face. He thought, we could be just another temple that can only goes this far. My another observation with my boss is, I can see that Ah Pek was not showing a sign of stress on the issue. He looks pretty cool despite the facts that his ability is somehow challenged by the devil.
At least that was what we see as a bystander. This time, Ah Pek was not rushed to close the episode like he did to all the other cases. For this case, the old Ah Ma is challenging a heavenly appointed deity that has thousand of armies under his command at any point of time in a camp or out in a battle field would mean as good as self destroy. (those temple helpers will know what I mean)
Ah Pek turned from anger to curious of how much the devil can do and how far she can hold her power. Ah Pek is also eager to find out why she goes so far to give Ah Chai only a hard time, to make him suffer. Which is very uncommon because eventually the whole thing would burst, the culprit be punished and the victim be saved. So why does she want to delay? To make sure that the devil’s sin be punished fairly, Ah Pek wants to deal with the case, the devil with more understanding first. This is an extraordinary case, he shouldn’t be just listening to just one side of the story. He believes that there could be a hidden agenda underneath. Something could be untold by Ah Chai. He wants to unearth them and give a fair justice.
“Ok, since she has hinted Ah Chai to see her in a cemetery, we will see her in a cemetery tomorrow. And prepare the armies.” Ah Pek commands.
Everyone in the temple was very excited with tonight’s mission. Tonight, Ah Pek is going to the cemetery to pay her a visit. She thought she could get her zombies gang to back her in the cemetery, but she didn’t know that the cemetery is actually Ah Pek playground. We went to the Lim Chu Kang cemetery with just a brief information from Ah Chai. It was all base on what he saw from the dream in the past few nights. Many things are still very uncertain, but never mind, we are into 3G already, Ah Pek also has his way to pull her out even he doesn’t has a 3G subscription with singtel. Keke
With just her full name, a few of us went through the tomb one by one with a small torch light in hand with Ah Chai trying to identify by the photo on the tomb. After searching for more than one hour and hundreds of tombs but still cannot find her, Ah Pek starts to loss his patience now. We were asked to gather near at a T junction, Ah Pek then instructed us to make offering to the 5 generals on the ground. Half way through the offering, Ah Chai starts to feel very uncomfortable with his chest again. This time, his condition is worse than the few times we saw. He was perspiring and breathing very heavily. This signs showed that the devil is very close to where we are now. Ah Chai was left alone grasping for air and beside him was Ah Pek waving his ‘order’ flag to command his generals. Ah Pek then quickly spelled a talisman, burnt it in a cup filled with clean water and hand it to Ah Chai and says: “Drink this and rub some on your eyes.” Ah Pek then says: “Tell me, can you see where is the Old Ah Ma?” Ah Chai looks around anxiously, before he could reply, Ah Pek says again: “Tell me the direction if you can spot her.” Ah Pek then continue to wave his ‘order’ flag. Not long after that, Ah Chai suddenly says with a recovering tone: “Ah Pek, she is there!” pointing to a forested area. Ah Chai continues: “She saw us, but she is now walking further and further away into the green.” Obviously she is trying to run away.
Ah Pek continues to wave his commander flag, this time Ah Pek threw some paper money into the air. Suddenly Ah Chai says: “Ah Pek, she is coming to our direction now.” Then shortly he says again: “Ah Pek, she is here already.” Ah Pek then asks: “Are you sure she is the one you saw in your dream?” Ah Chai answers yes.
The following is the whole conversation of the trial with Ah Chai standing on my left and me as the translator, in between is Ah Pek on my right with his abacus. The Old Ah Ma was on Ah Pek right. We knew because Ah Pek was looking at that direction where he was working on his abacus. The communication between Ah Pek and the Old Ah Ma is the abacus.
Ah Pek: The Ah Ma says you didn’t perform your duty as a son-in-law when your mother-in-law passed away, is that true?
Ah Chai: Yes.
Ah Pek: Why?
Ah Chai: Because we were not in a good term then.
Ah Pek: The Ah Ma claims that they have been housing you while you were down, why didn’t you repay their kindness and yet you went and divorce her granddaughter-in-law?
Ah Chai: It was not my idea to divorce, it was her granddaughter-in-law who wanted to separate. Because she was seeing someone else.
Ah Pek: Do you understand the consequences of not repaying someone kindness?
Ah Chai: Yes, I do.
Ah Pek: Do you agree that you are also part to be blamed for all these.
Ah Chai: Yes, I never deny.
Ah Pek: Would you agree if I ask you to perform 7 years of ‘pu du’ for the old Ah Ma in exchange for her not to harass you again?
Ah Chai: Yes, I agree.
Ah Pek: In the name of Seng Ong Bei Chu, if the Ah Ma broke her promise, I will deal with her with no mercy. Also, I see that you were in the wrong for not performing the duty of son-in-law, I want you to kneel and knock your head 3 times on the floor before the Ah Ma to show your remorse.
Ah Chai followed.
Ah Pek then swing his abacus and the whole trial ended.
We were very curious with what Ah Chai saw in the cemetery, so we find out from him. He says, after his eyes was cleansed and opened, he saw the 5 generals searching around for the old Ah Ma while Ah Pek was waving his flag. Very soon after he has identified the Ah Ma who was trying to run into the green, he saw the generals escort her to where Ah Pek was standing. He says: “The 5 generals are colored and looked exactly like those on our altar, even the weapons they carried are also the same.”
So guys, remember to pay your respect to the 5 generals the next time you visit a temple.
Ah Chai was really very appreciative with all the things Ah Pek done for him. He was the one pushing me to write this story. He even wanted to volunteer himself to be photographed to make the story more convincing but I declined. I think he should not be exposed to his enemy at this time. So, this story is specially dedicate to all the Ah Pek!