Mythologies throughout the world recount the story of the eagle-man, the one who transcends and rises above mundane existence to connect with the wisdom of the spacious, luminous sky. From the western Himalayas, across India, to the Mongolian plains, to the Indonesian archipelago, the Garuda represents this transcendent quality present in all humans, that which empowers and removes all obstacles to our spiritual development.
The Red Garuda is especially known as a healing practice for emotional and physical problems, both for ourselves and others, for the fiery strength of enlightened energy quickly burns away all obstacles. It also is known for its ability to resolve issues related to disturbances of the nagas, the beings of the waters.
Sungkhor (protection amulet) in general is said to have the capacity to protect and expel obscurations, obstacles, hostile actions and objects, as well as other negative forces that have caused them. If one wears it correctly, next to one’s body, with respect, never putting it on the floor or spoiling it, the protection mandala is regarded as a weapon.
Inside is a piece of paper upon which the particular mandala and mantras are written in Tibetan. The sheet is then folded and wrapped with colored string. These may be worn as a pendant, hung in one’s car or home, or placed on one’s shrine.
All amulets have been blessed.