Just looking at this beautiful magic
dagger made me think of the dagger that Professor Murdoch showed Merrill in the
episode "The Bleeding Frenzy". Could this also mean that the Professor has a
deeper knowledge of the occult?
The "magic dagger" used in
Tibetan tantric rituals is called a phurpa, it is used to destroy evil spirits
and physical obstacles.
The phurpa is used as a
multipurpose instrument in that you can use it to bind evil spirits by stabbing
and binding the evil spirit to the ground .The form of the phurpa suggests
that it resembles a tent peg with its three-sided blades these pegs are
used to fasten the rope stays of tents.
The triple blades stand for
the three root poisons ignorance, desire, and hatred and the need to control
these three elements in the past, present and future. The Head shows its
ferocious activity and the triangular form represents
When using the phurpa for a
meditation ritual, the sadhana of the phurpa is chanted to draw evil
spirits into the phurpa. After achieving this it is essential that
the will power, and concentration is controlled to succeed in defeating
the evil spirits. Because it might become necessary to in visualize impaling the
evil spirits to conquer them.