ChakGaJan (蝉) Riak Sap ( Cicada that attracts wealth )

 

About Cicada

A cicada is an insect in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the world, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents.

Cicadas are benign to humans and do not bite or sting. Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.

After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig, and into these she deposits her eggs. She may do so repeatedly, until she has laid several hundred eggs. When the eggs hatch, the newborn nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years and some as long as 17 years.

Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives. The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.

In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins), on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned skins remain, still clinging to the bark of tree.

Finding Cicada

Locating them in deep jungles.

A permission ritual is carried out before digging them up. Because like Ven. LP Sanie Chan called it ChakGaJan Riak Sap Kayasit Thevasaktik, it means this cicadas is naturally endowed with auspicious energy and has Thep/Theva or celestials guarding them. Therefore proper rituals have to be conducted before digging them up.

Found one!!! Is is not very common to find them, the last time we had them was about 5 years ago. Some Ven. LPs made bronze or brass cicadas or carved cicadas from jade, but nothing is better than the natural real cicadas.

Only had 5 so far.

We cleaned them from sand and dust, and now we bring to Ven. LPs to thevaphisek or poksek.

Why is cicadas so popular?

Nowadays we commonly see fengshui practitioners introducing them to their clients, but mostly in jade or metal form. These knowledge of auspiciousness of cicadas go all the way back to ancient China. The cicada was a symbol of renewed life and immortality. As early as the Shang Dynasty (1523-1027 BCE) the Chinese were impressed by the dramatic life cycle of this insect. Beginning life as an ugly whittish grub that lives for seven to thirteen years underground. It then eventually tunnels to the surface and emerges as a flying creature. Like other creatures that seem magically reborn in dramatically different forms.

See it molt or shed skin!

In China, the phrase ‘to shed off the golden cicada skin’ is the poetic name of the tactic of using deception to escape danger, specifically of using decoys (leaving the old shell) to fool enemies. It became one of the 36 classic Chinese strategems. In the Chinese classic Journey to the West, the protagonist Priest of Tang was named the Golden Cicada; in this context the multiple shedding of shell of the cicada symbolizes the many stages of transformation required of a person before all illusions have been broken and one reaches enlightenment.

Cicada is considered auspicious because it symbolises happiness and eternal youth.

The cicada also symbolizes regeneration, rebirth and immortality. The cicadas was depicted on Shang rituals bronzes buried with the dead, and later jade or marble carved cicadas were placed in the mouth of the deceased. Because of the length of its life cycle-as much as seventeen years- the cicadas also symbolizes longevity.

ChakGaJan Riak Sap Kayasit Thevasaktik

These auspicious cicada is thevaphisek or poksek by :

  1. Ven. LP Selood Wat Kuk U Thong
  2. Ven. LP Sanie Chan Wat Huay Chod
  3. Ven. LP Dam Wat SanTitTham
  4. Ven. LP Thong Dam Wat ThamTapianThong

A close-up of Chakgajan!

 

Chakgajan with Takrut Sarika Koo ( Sarika Male & Female ) being tied with saisin ( holy strings used for poksek rituals ), together with Wan Sao Long, leaves and stems of a tree endowed with great Metta.

This ChakGaJan Riak Sap is endowed with :

  1. Metta, Loving Kindness
  2. Sanie, Love attraction
  3. Mahalap, Enhancing Luck
  4. Klaewkard, Avoiding Misfortunes
  5. Protection from dangers
  6. Make people like to listen to us speaking ( because of one pair of Takrut ngern Sarika Koo )
  7. Longevity
  8. Youthful beauty
  9. Enhancing our ability to withstand adversity and breakthrough ( like cicada underneath the ground for many years before breaking into the skies )

Katha ChakGaJan Riak Sap

Namo Tassa Bhagawato Arahato Sammasambudhassa x3

Piyo Theva Manussanang

Piyo Brahma Nakmuttamo

Piyo Naga Supannayang

Prijin Sriyang Na Ma Mi Hang

Ehi Jit Thang Pi Yang Ma Mak.

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