I’m back to writing in my blog after abandoning it again for the millionth time. Life’s been kinda crazy but great. I can seriously say, 2014 has been an awesome year! Finally quit smoking cigarettes and switched to a vaporiser and nicotine intake down to 6mg! This Christmas marks the 1 year anniversary of quitting cigarettes :).
Also, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a dragonboater and just finished racing in the Penang International Dragonboat Festival for the 2nd season! It was a totally exhausting and sun burnt weekend but an exhilirating adventure!
Anyhow, today’s post is about my spiritual journey. Since embracing Thai Bhuddism and getting my Paed Tidt Yant, I have been wanting to get another Yant. For the past few years I had the burning desire to get the Gao Yord Yant. It is referred to as the “master yant”, the most powerful Yant of all Yants. Usually received as the first Yant before getting other Yant designs. So I again Iooked and kept on looking for a place in KL to receive this tattoo but as always, I came to dead ends. Just last month I decided to travel back to the shrine in Penang where I get the Paed Tidt Yant and it was closed for the day (was just a short trip).
Finally found a place in KL somewhere foreign to me and went in the little shop to find out more. Long story short, I did not get the Yant there because I didn’t have a good feeling about that place. So I kinda came to the conclusion that I’m probably not fated to receive the Gao Yord Yant yet.
Apprently not! The week of the dragonboat race, I took extra time off from work just to rest up in Penang after months of brutal training and decided to visit the shrine again. I was in luck! They were open and me being nervous and all, chicken out. I learnt months ago that the GaoYord Yant was going to be the most painful Yant because of its power. After a couple days of contemplating, decided that it is now or never. So I made some arrangements with the Ajahn through phone calls and set to do it on a Friday, the day before the race!
I arrived super early on Friday morning and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I greeted the Ajahn, he was my father’s old friend who watched me grow since I was a kid! A huge flood of relieve washed over me. So we all got ready and I sat in front of Ajahn with my bare back and hugging the pillow. As he was about to start, it dawned on me that this is really happening, I’m finally receiving the Gao Yord Yant!
He started the process and boy, the pain was searing! I can safely say it is way more pain than the Paed Tidt Yant which was nothing compared to this. My whole body started shaking, hands clenched together, toes curled and I bit into the pillow as the pain continues to burn. At some point of time, I kinda zoned into the sound of prayer chants as I felt weaker and weaker. Half an hour passed, we took a break. Then conitued with 2nd layer of inking and patching up. At this point, my body was numb from so much pain I only felt little. And it was finally done. He lathered medicated oil on my back and prayed, it was so soothing.
Finally got it done and I learnt alot about myself during the process and about how fascinating our bodies are! I felt empowered and ready to conquer the world! LOL! Anyway, the Yant heals real fast, I did not feel a thing during the next 2 days of racing!
So that’s my journey, I’ll probably write about my race soon. Adios!