The ceremony started at night with the spiritual training. It is important to complete the spiritual requirement of Doa and Zikir all along the night before being tested in the morning. There was also the Mandi Tapak, as a group of beginners being blessed by the Master to enter the Gayong family. For the students who had already taken their Mandi Tapak, they gathered to take their Mandi Seni. But it is not a normal Mandi Seni. After shaking their hands with Tok Mail, we were allowed to witness a paranormal view. Everyone of the students were laying their hands on the water container, and Tok Mail hit the hand with a sharp sword (strictly verified by me!) with a continuous 5 to 7 strikes. But not even a trace nor the cuts left on the hand. It reminds me a lot to the Mandi Seni of certain senior Masters. It is said that in the old days, it is normal to do such of the test during the Mandi Seni to build up the confidence among the students.
muka blur di pagi hari. tak percaya dengan apa yang berlaku di malam semalam. heheheh
In the morning, after completing our Fajr prayer, we were told to prepare. We took our breakfast lightly and I knew that was the time to get known each other. It was the first time for me to meet the Gayong students of Melaka and other groups under Master Tok Mail. As I expected, the ice was broken easily and quickly! As long as we hold the name of Gayong, everyone is like brothers and sisters. Surprisingly I met one of my ex-Gayong student Munaji from SMK Kamil. He now continues training and learning Gayong with Puan Mariam and Tok Mail. Alhamdulillah, once you are Gayong, never leave it!!! :)
The Khatam Lembing ceremony began with the "opening bath" for those who didn't do it yet before. It was a bath with flowers with the waterfall water. After that, the ceremony began. Anak Gayong made a line, and walk under the waterfall, which had been tied a Lembing and had been stretched a yellow cloth, to signify that Anak Gayong is honored to take his "spear's water" under a Royal blessing. After walking for several times, each student than stood up on the rock, while the Master, Cikgu Ismail Jantan threw as powerful as possible the javelin to the student. As he said, to be a Hulubalang (Knight), one must now just avoid the javelin, because it risk to hurt the person at our back. How could a knight avoid the javelin and let it hit the Sultan? A knight must catch it. A knight must use it to attack the enemy back. So every student during the Khatam must catch the Javelin. Alhamdulillah.... everyone managed to catch the "sacred" Javelin! ;)