Thaksin has used up all of his merit and credit

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OUSTED prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has exhausted his merit (boon barami). From now on, he will further suffer from his vibakkam (bad karma) until it is impossible for him to salvage his peripatetic life.

Thaksin’s boon barami evaporated into thin air on his 60th birthday last Sunday. On that day, his red-shirted supporters held a ngai bartr ceremony at Wat Kaewfa in Bang Kruay, Nonthaburi, in his absence. The religious rite was part of a merit-making ceremony to extend his boon barami and longevity. However, this rite marked the point of no return for Thaksin’s boon barami, which is completely exhausted because of his bad karma – the result of a series of sins against this country.

To ngai bartr is to turn an alms bowl back to its normal position, which is the opposite of khuam bartr, to turn an alms bowl upside down. A person may hold a ngai bartr ceremony only after he has repented his sins and has been forgiven by the sangha community that has held a khuam bartr ceremony against him. Thaksin has yet to repent his sins. Even worse, he has continued to foster bad karma against this phutthaphum, or Land of the Buddha.

On three occasions the sangha, led by abbot Luang Ta Mahabua of Wat Pa Bantad and his monks, held khuam bartr ceremonies against Thaksin. These were performed after allegations that he unduly appointed Somdej Phutthajarn (Kiew Uppaseno) of Wat Saket to conduct affairs on behalf of the Supreme Patriarch. This appointment was unprecedented, because only His Majesty the King can endorse the appointment. Sondhi Limthongkul and his yellow-shirted People’s Alliance for Democracy supporters bore witness to the khuam bartr ceremonies against Thaksin.

In the early Buddhist era, monks would perform a khuam bartr ceremony against a lay person who had demonstrated ill will against Buddhism or monks. This amounted to a social sanction, albeit with religious overtones. By turning the alms bowl upside down, the monks denied the lay person a chance to give food to the monks, thereby depriving him of merit-making activity. The khuam bartr ceremony first took place when Chao Wattalichavee accused Phra Thappamallabutr of having an affair with his wife. Monks investigated the matter and found that the accusation was groundless, so they decided to boycott Chao Wattalichavee by holding a khuam bartr ceremony against him. The ngai bartr ceremony takes place when monks agree unanimously to forgive a lay person who has faced a khuam bartr sanction but who has since repented his sins.

In fact, Thaksin has relied on charms and magic from the Khmer school to prolong his life and to increase his boon barami. The spirits might have helped him temporarily. But the boomerang effect has been equally strong. They all now have deserted him.

A person can’t go against his destiny, which is determined by karma. If you do good deeds, you will receive good karma in return. If you do bad deeds, you will receive bad karma. Thaksin has depleted his boon barami because of his bad karma.

This is similar to a person inheriting a fortune. If that person continues to spend without earning new money, his fortune will soon be depleted. He will have nothing left. Likewise, Thaksin no longer has any boon barami left to continue life on this earth. He now lives like a samphawesi (wandering ghost) who does not have a home to sleep in and who can only wait for more punishment on the cycle of samsara (birth, adulthood, becoming sick and death).

Boonlert Phairin, a former senator from Chachoengsao and a well-known astrologer, read into Thaksin’s future and predicted that after September 30 the star alignments will be opposed to Thaksin’s duang (fortune). Over the next six years Thaksin will face severe hardship. Boonlert cannot see how Thaksin can prevail over the bad omens ahead, which could result in his death.

“I am wondering how Khun Thaksin can move on when the bad omen star (dao bab kroh) and Rahu are aligned against his destiny. Thaksin might face a fatality. He has to be careful of an accident or sickness that might lead to the loss of his life,” Boonlert said.

“As for his attempt to reverse his karma, he has to do it by himself. He can’t just let others reverse his karma for him. Karma is a personal matter. To reverse bad karma, he has to do good deeds so that the bad karma can’t catch up with his present karma.”

By Thanong Khanthong
The Nation
Published on July 31, 2009

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