Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?

 

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Lim Des SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
Recently I have came across a website summongenie.com, (ajarn patana) can anyone tell me if their love spells and love amulets are effective?
Jessy SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
My friend is a follower of aj patana, she told me that he is  good and a master with great compassion.  This ajarn helped my friend with wealth advancements and it does seem to work for him. Was told that the luk kok gave him lottery numbers 😀 😀 😀 and he strike 2nd prize lottery.
Prashi SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
I believe aj patana items does work, I have some of his first batch items.
I have shown the items to other monks when I visit Thailand, their reply
was “powerful” and they said that it was made by master of very high spirituality.
And one of the monk even said that the person who made the amulets(referring to aj patana) as a master who is already practicing at level of Bodhisattva.
Koh WX SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
Ohhhh wow! I hope to meet him in person. Where is his temple?
MLON29 MY
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
Ajarn Patana don’t have a temple for himself. I was invited to see him once. He lives in a small old shrine. It was very rundown shrine, he does not allow anyone to renovate or decorate for  him.  I heard his assistants say that he won’t accept any amount of donations for himself. He is a very respected man. They are in Chiangmai, you can contact them to bring you there. His items really does have power. I can’t describe it in words, but I can feel it strongly.
JasonHo2 SG
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Ajarn Patana is number 1 in my heart. He saved my family.
NgS333 SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
Ajaan Patana’s love ritual love spells and wealth advancement magic can work really well.
I own many of his items, and all I can say is one of the best true magic I have experienced
in my many years of amulets collections, and “magic testings”.
KoeA SG
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Re: Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
Some people are saying that he is scam in the forum when I did a research about him. Any input on this? I have also heard  many good things about him. I am confused.
TanBg SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
People who are negatively discussing about a true holy man will get their retributions.
These people just do not have a chance to own treasures because of their bad karma.
Those people who says that he is scam don’t even own his items, and only based on the
look of how their website was made. How shallow their minds? You should make your own judgement, I am also a follower of ajarn patana and also a follower of many other great gurus. I don’t follow blindly as many of the members here knows how I did my homework in seeking true masters.
Roan SG
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Re: Ajarn Patana Black Magic Love Spells?
He is a true master of black magic, my cousin is his follower too, and visits him every year.
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Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?

 

Topic: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Kelley MD
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Hi all, let’s discuss about which ajarn creates the most effective and powerful kumantong?And base on the strength of the presence one can feel. I am looking to get one (off mainstream) type kumantong made by Ajarn (not luangpu) because I have heard that there is a big difference of how it is created and effectiveness is also different.
Fuentes TX
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
I have own a few gumantong from different ajarns. Mainly Ajarn nikom, ajarn subin(use to be kruba) and Ajarn patana. Aj nikom made very nice looking gumantong, but I do not have much feel of his items, they are more of a nicer looking gumantong to add to collection. The earlier batch of aj subin’s gumantong are good, but the newer batches doesn’t seem to be able to feel the presence at all. Ajarn patana’s (Chiangmai) famous for his luk kok, and gumantong. I only own the small gumantong amulet from him, and I can feel the presence of it. The other masters I have not own one, so I can’t comment much.
Cohen TX
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Yes, guman made by ajarn can be more effective for different use. Especially if you are in the grey side of life. 😀
Duran ME
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
I only have LP yeam’s gumantong. They are cute and I feel they are holy. But they are quiet and one may not feel the presence.
Jensen OR
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Earlier batch of Aj nikom kumantong are good, not too sure of his later batches. I only have kumantong from LP yeam. I have not tried Aj patana’s. The most famous is LP Tae, and by LP Tae’s disciple LP Yeam. However, there are mainstream gumantong.
Mcgowan WA
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Yes LP Yeam kumantong is good. But if you really want more powerful ones, you can check out luk kok by ajarn patana. His earlier batch are good.
Reyes NY
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
To feel the presence of the kumantong, you can try using EMF detector to see if the readings increases. It is believe that these statues have strong energies. You may see the readings double or triple. Try it.
Warner GA
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
Yeah, I have tried EMF detector, downloaded through playstore. Yes, different amulets or statues have different readings. And usually double or triple from your surrounding’s energy field.
Craft WV
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
I personlly like LP hong kumantong. I am not into ajarn’s type. Because they may be too strong for me to handle. 😀
Hayes OH
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Re: Best Kumantong By Thailand Ajarns?
I hope I can afford a LP Tae’s kumantong. Aj patana’s luk kok is far more stronger. My friend owns one, and was told that you could literally feel that micro vibration in your hand if you meditate with it.
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Amulets Effects

 

Subject: Effects of Amulets
Farley IL
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Re: Effects of Amulets
Dear All,

I was given the subsequent amulets by a Monk in Thailand.
Does anyone know what are the results of these amulets?

1) Phra Indochine Chinaraj
2) Phra Nangphaya chedi batch be2514
three) A rectangle wood with Chinaraj in front and powering is a Stupa

Please kindly advise me.

Scott CA
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Re: Effects of Amulets
All mainstream. Good safety and all around . Just do good . If can adhere to the 5 perceptive , if not try do some . Bless you bro assist you discover answer
Fisher PA
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Re: Effects of Amulets
Mentioned Bro.
I was told by the same Monk that I must wear these three amulets he gave me.
And I experienced been wearing them since I warp them.
Maldonado MI
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Re: Effects of Amulets
All unable to see. Kindly use tapatalk app to post photos. Simpler straight from album
Walton VA
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Re: Effects of Amulets
I don’t think u need to wear 2 Chinnaraj bro. Nang Phaya is extremely good for metta tho. My personal fav from the Benjapakee series.

If u wanna wear three, u can try a Nang Phaya, a Pidtha and a monk rian for the triple gem impact.

Good luck.

Malone IA
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Re: Effects of Amulets
Hi, can you clarify what is the triple gem impact? And why that specific three amulets that you have stated?

EmbraceBuddhism

Gibson FL
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Re: Effects of Amulets
three amulets together shinier. Everything good comes in threes. Like three….
Hurley MO
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Re: Effects of Amulets
I just recommend primarily based on wat I wear. It’s up to people tho
Brown IN
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Re: Effects of Amulets
I know the triple gem refers to 佛法僧, but how this hyperlink up to the three amulets?

Phra Nang Phaya = 佛
Phra Pidta = 法
Monk = 僧

Is this what you imply?

Burns KS
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Re: Effects of Amulets
Yes that is wat I intended, listened to it from my Shifu so wear that way. How precisely to clarify it, I think Buddha, Boddhisatva and Arahant?
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phra ngan better than phra chai?

 

Topic: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
Villarreal NE
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
as above… Cos i see alot individuals pray and buy phra ngan instead than phra chai. Issit becos its far better? Or a issue of choice?
I have a phra chai and i know generally the master wont give the katha cos its also lengthy or they scare ppl misuse it
Meyers WI
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
i think now it is tough to discover a actual phra chai(that soldiers use throughout the war) . the value are steep.
as for phra ngan, it is cheaper and it is almost everywhere. and the effect must be around the exact same, ceteris paribus. but cant say it for all. some phra chai are way far better in effect.
Mcgowan CA
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
hello bro, thanks for sharing.
Very first of all could i know by what u suggest actual phra chai?
Cos mine is a new batch created by lersi pu kasem and it cos very inexpensive and cost-effective
for me phra chai seems like the good way and phra ngan demonic way
Dixon KS
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
There is no good or demonic way bro there are only good or poor ppl.

Phra chai wears armour and Phra Ngan wears a robe.
Apart from that I see no big difference.

Lately some masters created what u call Phor Ngan and listed here I perception some differences, I am referring to the crooked crowned pop out eyed buchas.

Meyers VA
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
Once-called Phra Ngang but now called “Phra Chai” Buddha images.They are evolutional kind of the decorative Buddha images, stressing on structure a lot more than extravagant details.
PHRA NGANG
Phra Ngang is a vocab for calling a particular statuette of about 3-four inches large. It refers to the Ayuthayan statuette that has no robe, sitting on a triangle foundation. Such the statuette was so called for several many years just simply because the former-technology individuals misunderstood that it is not represented Lord Buddha. So, they place Phra Ngang in the trouser’s pocket. But it is now very clear that they are misunderstood by the qualities of the statuette. Present-day collectors now call the statuette “Phra Chai” which implies Buddha image of Victory.Phra Ngang is the evolutional kind of a decorative Buddha image which depicts the Lord subduing Phya Chompoo(Mara) who was arogant for his fantastic prosperity. Once Phya Chompoo satisfied the Lord , he arrogantly compensated no regard to him. He imagined that no a single could compare to him on the prosperity. Lord Buddha, a former rich prince, employed his miraculous energy develop a mountain of treasures much a lot more than Phya Chompoo’ s and remodel his body to be the greatest emperor, totally adorned with valuable jewels.

Phya Chompoo was so frightend with the Lord’s fantastic energy and yielded to him. The Lord taught him that being an emperor did not suggest much a lot more far better than other people simply because that a single still face with sufferings and the death, and that a best human being is a single who could wipe out all evils in his mind and achieve Nipphan(Niravan)-no rebirth once again. By the Lord’s instructing, Phya Chom poo enlightened the truth and asked for for an ordination from the Lord, and the Lord gave him a benevolence.

We have identified several Ayuthaya period’s decorative Buddha images. All of them were produced primarily based on the pointed out legend with two qualities, sitting and standing. The particular name of this Buddha image is “Subduing-Phya-Chompoo Buddha Picture”. The sitting type has much a lot more evolution. The decorative Buddha image has developed to a simple statuette stressing on its structure a lot more than extravagant details.

Even even though, so several individuals still misunderstands about its qualities and origin. The naive monks and lay individuals commercially create weird statuettes with crimson eyes and curved top-stem. They are still called Phra Ngang. All these are imaginary things and not approved by Thai veteran collectors. And a great deal of them are exported!! Do you have a single of individuals things ??

Mcclain CA
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
hello bro the big difference u refering to is in a poor way proper? so are you warning us not to get individuals ‘newly’ phra ngan?
cause i think previous 12 months i also hear one thing about these ‘new’ phra ngan.
is the ‘new’ phra ngan spirit ‘force’ to stay inside of? or…mind explaining a lot more? :confused2:
Roman AL
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
No I do not suggest that there is one thing poor abt it. I myself have two 12 inch phor ngan.
I intended there is a big difference between standard ayyuthya Pn and the contemporary ngan.Individuals who worship both will know the big difference.

As for spirits being compelled to reside, this is not restricted to Pn, it is taking place to kmt, hpy, lk and so on. At the finish if the day, it all boils down to the monk or Arjan producing these things.

Not all spirits are willing so some smart alecs power them in.
I know of two very popular fellas who carrying out this. A single is an Arjan and the other is a so called monk, I prefer to call him a butcher.

All i will say abt previous pn and contemporary ngans is that ayyuthya pn is wiser and contemporary ngans keen.

Rhodes IA
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
bro wasnt declaring that you say all pn are poor. was asking about the ‘modern’ ngan.
haha.what big difference? in conditions of jalan-ness? praying technique? experience? or..

ya i think i know who is the ‘arjan’.. but i was wondering who is the monk? mind to share through pm? or possibly i want to do a lot more analysis..hehe..

than once again bro, how about phra ngan by lp somchai?

Wallace KS
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
Phor ngans worship is desired simply because they can be keen to help but phra ngan ayyuthya is wiser and in my view a lot more jalan simply because he do ir wisely while phor ngans lengthy way to go to achieve phra ngan knowledge.

Should bear in mind that got spirits inside of both aside from pure ngan essense which can be missing in contemporary tends to make.

Abt lp somchai, I reserve my feedback.

Gaines MO
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Re: phra ngan far better than phra chai?
My praying technique?
Liquor, talking, meditation and toasting.
I rarely chant kathas cause pn do not want a katha to listen to u or to realize u.
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Hyaluronic Acid And Hair

 

Topic: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
Mullen MI
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
Hello,

I have been utilizing Deciem’s The Normal Hyaluronic Acid on my hair.. and it has Developed.. It really is actually formulated for the face and pores and skin, but do you know of any goods that has a robust quantity of the Acid in it.. It really is made my hair just.. Expand!!!

Carter SC
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
On your scalp or moisturizing your hair? and how significantly did you use? the bottle is fairly small, no?
Malone TX
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
On Scalp and Moisturizing my hair.. This is the bottle I have been utilizing.
Rivera PA
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
On Scalp and Moisturizing my hair.. This is the bottle I have been utilizing.
Macdonald SC
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
I know.. I had my bangs up to my ears and at the end of a month it’s shoulder length
Turner SD
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
yep..
i want to locate a hair item that has it because it is more for the pores and skin and face.
Knowles OH
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
so what you happen to be stating is your hair grew in the vicinity of four inches in 1 month’s time… 😆
the normal typical rate is 1/2 inch for every month.
i am not willing to experiment with it but perhaps somebody else will :search:
Extended NM
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
Not inquiring any person to.. Was just inquiring if there were hair goods with hyaluronic acid in it?
Bates VA
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
i didn’t feel it both.. but it grew.. *kanye shrug*
Rose IL
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Re: Hyaluronic Acid And Hair
I do not even mess with development aids but this may well be a hit. If you do not locate a hair item with that as a primary component perhaps you must search into making 1.
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KMT PHAYANT

 

Matter: Kmt Phayant
Taylor CA

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Re: Kmt Phayant

I wonder why all the kmt keepers set phayant behide?

Can i know the real purpose? lol simply because i also stick to the crowd, what excatly implies i also dont know. So can our AF brothers/sister assist this bad small kid right here? hahaha 🙂

Goodwin TX

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Re: Kmt Phayant

Possibly as a great qualifications :thumbs_up:

Hanson NJ

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Re: Kmt Phayant

Yeah hahah i also believe it’s for qualifications. lolol 😀

Lopez NY

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Re: Kmt Phayant

For more powerful energy? Much more jalan?

Duran VA

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Re: Kmt Phayant

Im curious about this as well , lol

Crawford CO

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Re: Kmt Phayant

It’s better seeking in qualifications and it’s better hang them up . Don’t wanna maintain it wrap up or folded up like items of paper might get wrinkle or harm . I display and hang all of my Pha Yant . I get ocd when I look if it’s folded and not hang up lol.

Mitchell Ok

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Re: Kmt Phayant

Does KMT phayat contains KMT as well? Deemed as 1?

Strickland MN

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Re: Kmt Phayant

i at any time requested a maker this question and he stated sure. It also makes feeling. If there is no kid spirit inside of, we purchase for what? Best is to inquire the maker of that certain payant or read the instruction leaflet.

Wallace PA

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Re: Kmt Phayant

I didn’t location the phayant initially, 1 of my frens who kept Kmt for a extended time advised me the phayant can improve the outcomes.

I placed a few phayant to attempt the result, but I believe it looks nicer as a qualifications than enhancing hahaha

As for regardless of whether there’s kmt inside of the phayant, I don’t believe so, it’s mass chanted and much more like a protective fabric, like a loop om and so forth. Kmt ought to be 1 to 1, unlike the typical Mainstream bucha or amulet and so forth. Thus I dun believe they can invite that numerous Kmt into each one phayant, assuming they print lots of such right?

Lang TX

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Re: Kmt Phayant

NIL

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Topic: LP Yeam’s Gumantong Anyone experienced presence?

 

Subject: LP Yeam’s Gumantong Anyone knowledgeable presence?
Meltsz
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Re: LP Yeam’s Gumantong Anyone knowledgeable presence?
I have just acquired a LP yeam gumantong, but do not really really feel the presence, anyone can really feel it? Or how do I know it is there?
GMTLOVERX
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Re: LP Yeam’s Gumantong Anyone knowledgeable presence?

Lp yeam’s gumantong are typically tranquil and peaceful

 

topic ajarn patana summongenie no response after paid for an item

Subject: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item?? 
Kelly Boa
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
I was questioning if any individual had knowledge with summongenie.com web site? It has been a 5 days I acquired no response from Mr dan following I have paid for an item, are they genuine?

Update: Just a quick update. Mr dang has replied to me,  the ritual is 9 days, and he needed time to translate to master. Apologize for all the fuss. I have also received the item which I had ordered from them. I am so sorry.

Darren AW
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??

Don’t worry, he will reply you and they are definitely 10000% genuine. I have got reply from them all the time.
Keith Chan
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
They are real and sincere people. I have met Mr Dang in person and master last yr, you will know how hectic they are when you meet them. Perhaps do send them a couple of far more emails. You will get your item when they finished the prayers and cleansing for the things you’ve ordered. The most I have waited is 1 day.
Lost Mind
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
I was also suspecting if they are genuine at 1st, couple of many years in the past I acquired a luk kok from Master Patana, Master’s magic is quite effective and I feel it is worth the wait. Till now I am even now following up with them and they are the nicest people I have ever met.
DotaMota
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RRe: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
Be more patient with them, I believe they have hundreds of requests to take care of. On my side, I have already recommended many of my friends to seek advise from master. They need time to response.
Panor Asc
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
You ought to send them a couple of far more emails, they will reply you and you will certainly get your item. I have acquired mine following about 1week. I am in the USA. Their response are getting better after another helper came.
Chow Chow
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
Who is this master? What is he expert at?
Ruben Teo
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??He is effective for many varieties of magic, particularly nam man prai, luk kok, and gumantong. My pal owns one particular of the 1st batch luk kok, and my pal purchased a brand new Maserati following about 6 months following obtaining the luk kok from this master. I have yet to get one due to the fact I am even now short of funds to get one particular. :'(
Joshua L
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??
I have been following master patana for over two years, they are real and truthful. So not to worry. They do big charities, I have observed them and participated in their mega charity drive.
Lionel Hon
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Re: Ajarn Patana – Summongenie no response following paid for an item??I have acquired the luk kok, anyone have the guidelines and chant?

Wells Fargo says hardly any pay disparity for women, minority staff


Wells Fargo & Co pays female and racial minority employees very close to what male and white employees earn, an executive said, making the bank the third top U.S. lender to detail its pay ratios in recent weeks.

The sign outside the Wells Fargo & Co. bank in downtown Denver April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

BOSTON: Wells Fargo & Co pays female and racial minority employees very close to what male and white employees earn, an executive said, making the bank the third top U.S. lender to detail its pay ratios in recent weeks.

Mike Branca, head of compensation for the San Francisco bank, said in a telephone interview late on Wednesday that according to recent analysis of its U.S. employees, women earn more than 99 cents for every dollar earned by male peers, and minorities earn more than 99 cents for every dollar earned by their white peers.

The ratios have been similar in recent years, Branca said, and account for factors like job tenure and geography.

Wells Fargo has 265,000 employees overall, primarily in the United States. According to its latest disclosures, 57 percent of its workers are women, including 37 percent of its top executives.

Since mid-January Citigroup and Bank of America each have said that women and minorities earned 99 percent of what their male and white peers earned in the United States and in other countries.

All three banks and others have been under pressure to give the figures from activist investor Arjuna Capital. Arjuna Managing Partner Natasha Lamb said she plans to withdraw a shareholder resolution at Wells Fargo for this spring’s annual meeting. But she hopes the bank and others will disclose more details such pay ratios within job levels and the median pay of women and men across the entire company.

Asked about the further details, Branca said the bank will “continue to look at that and see how that contributes to the conversation.”

(Reporting by Ross Kerber; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)



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North Korean athletes to fly South for Winter Olympics


SEOUL: North Korean skiers and skaters were due to arrive in the South Thursday (Feb 1) to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Games, setting the stage for a “peace Olympics” after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Eight days before the opening ceremony, 10 North Korean skiers and skaters were to fly in on a chartered Asiana Airlines plane, in a rare direct flight between the two halves of the divided peninsula – for which a special exemption had to be sought from US sanctions.

The three cross-country skiers, three alpine skiers, two short-track speed skaters and two figure skaters will accompany a South Korean delegation who held joint ski training at the North’s Masikryong ski resort – a pet project of leader Kim Jong-Un – in the latest in a flurry of cross-border trips in the run-up to the Games.

Hyon Song-Wol, leader of North Korea’s popular Moranbong band, has also headed to the South ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics. (Photo: AFP/Korea Pool)

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are being held in a hitherto little-known part of the South, but have triggered a sudden apparent rapprochement between the two Koreas.

In the past year tensions reached fever pitch as Pyongyang carried out a series of weapons tests – including intercontinental ballistic missiles that brought the US mainland into range, and its most powerful nuclear blast to date – while Kim and US President Donald Trump traded personal insults and threats of war.

For months, the North ignored repeated entreaties from Seoul for it to take part in a “peace Olympics”, letting deadlines for registration slip by.

But in his New Year speech Kim finally expressed a willingness to send a delegation to Pyeongchang, triggering a rapid series of events.

The two Koreas held their first high-level talks for two years at Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that splits the peninsula.

A dozen North Korean female ice hockey players arrived last week and have been training with their southern counterparts for what will be the first unified team in 27 years. (Photo: AFP/Korea Pool)

Pyongyang agreed to send athletes, cheerleaders, officials and an art troupe to the South, and both sides decided to march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony and form a joint women’s ice hockey team.

A dozen North Korean female ice hockey players arrived last week and have been training with their southern counterparts for what will be the first unified team in 27 years.

It has been accorded its own three-letter Olympic code, COR.

FOAL EAGLE

But the joint team has not met universal acclaim in the South, with critics saying that Seoul has made too many concessions to Pyongyang to secure its participation, and has effectively denied some of its own players the chance to compete on the Olympic stage.

At the same time, some say the North is seeking to gain advantage from its participation, and reports say it will mark the anniversary of the founding of its regular military with a major military parade a day before the opening ceremony.

The Pyeongchang Games have suffered none of the controversies over infrastructure delays that have marred previous Olympics, but have struggled with issues of their own. (Photo: AFP/Yonhap)

Earlier this week, Pyongyang unilaterally called off a joint cultural event slated for Sunday at the North’s scenic Mount Kumgang, underscoring the fragility of the agreements.

“Pyongyang must stop acting unpredictably and fulfill agreements sincerely,” the Korea Herald said in an editorial Thursday. “One cannot erase the impression that the South is trying hard not to pique the North.”

And there are doubts about how long the warmth will last after the Games. Seoul and Washington agreed to delay the giant annual Foal Eagle and Key Resolve joint military exercises, which always infuriate Pyongyang, but only until the end of the Paralympics in March.

DOPING SCANDAL

The Pyeongchang Games have suffered none of the controversies over infrastructure delays that have marred previous Olympics, but have struggled with issues of their own.

Until it agreed to take part, the security threat from the North raised fears for athlete safety among some countries, and ticket sales were initially slow.

And hanging over the competition is the vast Russian doping scandal.

The IOC banned Russia from Pyeongchang after the McLaren report, which documented a vast Moscow-backed scheme to artificially enhance its athletes’ performances in previous Games.

In December, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said clean Russian competitors would be allowed to take part in South Korea under a neutral flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia”.

Those who want to do so are being forced to pass a unique set of anti-doping tests.

At first 500 were thought to be potentially eligible, before the number was cut to 389. And Russian Olympics officials said last week that only 169 had been approved.



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