Refuge prayer defeats a witch.

I read the following story in a Thai Buddhist magazine. A man from USA wrote in to share his story. It was his way of thanking the protective power of the Triple Gems. I find this story interesting because this is the first time I read a Buddhist testimony involving witchcraft in the western world.

According to the story, he had very bad relation with his supervisor at work and his supervisor employed a witch to harm him through supernatural means.

During a company party, his supervisor had employed a female fortune teller to read tarot card as a form of entertainment. When the party ended, his supervisor assigned him the task of sending the fortune teller home.

The fortune teller was sitting next to him in the car and she started chanting some incantation when they were on the road. Her sinister expression and the chanting took him by surprise. A deep sense of dread and fear just crept into his mind. He felt like his own state of being was locked and imprisoned. Although conscious, he felt like he was losing control of his physical body. He had never felt so helpless in his entire life. He could not even say a word.

In his desperation, he remembered the qualities of Buddha and mentally recited the Vandana:

Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa  (Translation:
Honour to the Blessed One, the Exalted One, the fully Enlightened One )

Instantly, his fear abated and he noticed the witch looking surprised. Her chanting grew louder and faster. As he focused on mental recitation of the Vadanna, he found his voice again! The moment he vocalised the Vadanna, the witch stopped chanting and screamed in agony.

He stepped on the brake, pulled over, dragged the woman out of his car and drove all the way home, chanting the Vandana without stop. After that episode, his faith in Buddha grew tremendously.

I guess the power of our faith transcend all and soothes our mind. Hope you enjoyed reading.

May all be well and happy.