In our previous two articles about Luang Pu Sanit of Wat Lam Bua Loi we have explored the animalistic charms used in making and consecrating Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao but in this article we endeavour to go beyond that. We will introduce you to how Luang Pu Sanit merged the 9 points of wisdom and the Triple Gems (Phra Buddha Khun Phra Dharma Khun Phra Sangkha Khun) with ancient magical charms in the making of sacred amulets that included Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao.
9 Points of Wisdom
Many people know what Triple Gems are but may not understand what the 9 points of wisdom refer to. These 9 points of wisdom actually constitute the fundamentals of Thai Buddhism. Most of you who have been into Thai Buddhism for a while would have learned the chant of Itipiso but have you found the 9 rooms within the chant that contain the 9 wisdom? If you have, you can feel proud that you are really a Thai Buddhist to the core; if you have not, do not be daunted because we will briefly run you through the 9 rooms in this article. It is never too late to learn. Moreover, is it not that learning is part of Thai Buddhism? Just remember that in Thai Buddhism the growing of wisdom is infinite.
Pay attention to the phrases highlighted hereinafter, they are phrases that you find in the chant of Itipiso which you may not have fully comprehend or that you have yet to detect the true meanings thereof.
1. Arahant: Extinguished the fire of sufferings. This room is entirely fire proof.
2. Sammasamputtho: Gaining enlightenment. This room is used as a patriarchal to strengthen the glory.
3. Wichitjarat Sampanno: The ability to use means in a charitable way. This room uses the aspects of wealth and fortune.
4. Sukato: Practicing these virtues (aforementioned) well. This room is used to cover the three realms of air, land, and water.
5. Loka Vitu: Ability to see the world clearly. This room uses the state of water when entering the unknown and darkness.
6. Anutro Puriza Thammasathi: Learned and practiced well. Become knowledgeable and trained. This room uses the necromancy to communicate with spirits and ghosts.
7. Sattatha Devamanusa: Becoming a teacher of deities and humans. This room uses the method Metta Mahaniyom.
8. Puttho: The Enlightened and Awakened. This room uses chanting and prayers to avoid misfortune and pitfalls.
9. Phakawati: Being a blessed person. This room uses the Dharma in the way of preventing harm being done to us.
Consecration Ritual and Ceremony
The methods of incantation invoked by Luang Pu Sanit coincide with those of Luang Phor Somjit,Wat Noi Nanghong. Despite being gurus of the inner path, neither of them advocates extreme to both ends, that is neither extreme dharmic or extreme superstition. They followed the footsteps of Lord Buddha by adhering to the middle path which forms the crux of Thai Buddhism.
In Regalia, we cultivate the inner path but practice and advocate the middle path as instructed by our Ajahn, Luang Phor Somjit. This is to protect every disciple, follower, and believer. Extremism impairs the mental faculty, corrupts the heart, and destroys the soul. Thus, extremism has no place in Thai Buddhism and extremism is per se not Thai Buddhism.
Luang Pu Sanit adhered to strict ancient ritual and ceremony when consecrating sacred objects. Each consecration ceremony was long, cumbersome, and tedious. In each closure, the traditional ritual of Phutthaphisek was conducted with a full congregation of the Sangha summoned to perform the chanting of ItipisoThongchai 108 times. Therefore, these two chapters underscored the great incantation of Luang Pu Sanit’s sacred objects.
Phra Buddha Chinnaraj 2519
The Phra Buddha Chinnarat medal 2519 with both Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao on the rear side of the medal is the most well known Buddha medal from Luang Pu Sanit. It represents success and invulnerability with great power against danger and evil spirits. Some of these medals were distributed to soldiers of Camp Chakrabongse, Prachinburi, during the war against Communist Camp promoters (PEO) in the Kingdom of Thailand. Only 5,000 medals were made and, hence, they have become rare and expensive.
Phra Buddha Chai Mongkhun Marawichai
This is another popular Buddha amulet from Luang Pu Sanit. The Buddha sits cross-legged with His left hand resting on His lap and His right hand on His right knee with fingers pointing to the ground. This was the posture of Lord Buddha when He defeated the army of Mara Wasawadee, thus, signifying protection against all evil spirits. This is also the large Buddha image sitting in the Ubosot of Wat Lam Bua Loi. Luang Pu Sanit has on the Sao Har of year 2516 made and consecrated the first batch of Phra Buddha Chai Mongkhun medals which rear bore the image of His Venerable. This batch of medals was charmed with Khorng Krapan.
The second batch also took on the posture of Phra Buddha Chai Mongkhun Marawichai Chiang Saen style but with Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao on the rear. They were made in year 2518 and which consecration ceremony was also commenced on Sao Har (the auspicious fifth Saturday) of that year and lasted two years before these medals were made available to the public. However, in lieu of charming them with Khorng Krapan, this time round Luang Pu Sanit invoked the charms of Phra Khring, Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao. Therefore, this batch of Phra Buddha Chai Mongkhun Marawichai medals has the power to bring about good health, longevity, and protection against evil spirits.
The third batch of Phra Buddha Chai Mongkhun Marawichai medals were made and consecrated in 2521. This batch has Phaya Tao in the form of talisman on the rear side of the medal. On the shell of Phaya Tao is the charm “Nasang Si Mo Sang Si Mo Si Monasang Monasang Monasang;” in the middle are the hearts of the five Buddhas, “Namo Phuttaya”, backed by the Phra Buddha Singhe and the recital “Buddhasangmi“, surrounded by sixteen Buddhas. They are designed specifically for good heath and warding away illness.
Luang Pu Sanit’s Medals
In Thai culture, it is believed that a special spiritual connection is built or a spiritual channel of communication is established between a believer and a guru master through worshiping a statue or wearing an amulet of the guru master.
The last batch of Luang Pu Sanit’s medals depicts His Venerable sitting on Phaya Tao and was released when his Venerable entered nirvana in 2542.
Similar to belief in Phaya Jolakhe, myths, legends, and folklores relating to Phaya Tao are abundant in Thai culture. The belief may be traced as far back as 1600 AD after the Siamese victory over the Laos. A new settlement Tao Ngoi Village was built along the Lam Nam Phung River in Sakon Nakhon. Presently, the Kudnakham Arts and Crafts Center has built a giant Phaya Tao sculpture surrounded by numerous smaller ones behind the Tao Ngoi District Office.
The main essence of this belief is longevity and prosperity. There are several guru masters in the Kingdom of Thailand making and consecrating statues and amulets of Phaya Tao and the most prominent is of course Luang Pu Liu of Wat Rai Tang Thong, Nakhon Pathom.
Phaya Tao from Wat Lam Bua Loi
If the most acclaimed Phaya Tao statues and amulets are attributed to Luang Phor Liu, you may wonder what then is so special about those made and consecrated by Luang Pu Sanit of Wat Lam Bua Loi?
Whilst most guru master used conventional charms of longevity and prosperity in their creation of Phaya Tao, on the other hand, Luang Pu Sanit, besides conventional charms, has added charms to detect and protect against dangers to his creation. These are special features of Phaya Tao originating from Wat Lam Bua Loi.
Phaya Tao Reun Wud Khring
These features are most eminent in the Phaya Tao Reun Wud Khring amulet made in year 2535 and consecrated for five years before they were released in year 2540. In each of these Phaya Tao Reun Wud Khring amulet there is a talismanic heart inserted into the belly of the Phaya Tao. When the bell rings it signifies auspiciousness but if it does not then believers are advised to avoid all intended activities because the Phaya Tao has detected dangers.
For anyone who has visited Wat Lam Bua Loi he would have noticed that in one of the chamber there are numerous Phaya Tao carved from stones and marbles sitting of racks. Those statues are actually not available to the public. They are actually meant to guard the temple which is why Wat Lam Bua Loi is also known as the house of tortoises to the locals. The only Phaya Tao statues available to the public were made in year 2540 and released in year 2542 after Luang Pu Sanit entered nirvana. They come in the sizes of 3, 5, and 7 inches. Only a total of 797 pieces were made altogether.
However, according to the current abbot Phrakru Pradit, there have been a large number of fake Phaya Tao amulets and statues that are falsely represented to have originated from Wat Lam Bua Loi and consecrated by Luang Pu Sanit. His venerable has in a notification dated September 6, 2560 made the following clarifications:
1. The statue of Phaya Tao on a green resin tray (on the left side of Luang Pu Sanit’s photograph) is a prototype brought by a craftsman to Luang Pu Sanit for examination. But because the craftsman was not able to find all the 9 colors stipulated by Luang Pu Sanit, therefore, the construction was stopped. The only prototype is now at the temple as seen in the photograph.
2. The bronze Phaya Tao on a white tray (on the right hand side of Luang Pu Sanit’s photograph) was made and consecrated in year 2540. A total of 797 pieces were created.
3. The Golden Phaya Tao (in front of Luang Pu Sanit’s photograph) is taxidermy and there is only 1 piece.
4. The small Phaya Tao of size 3 inches (bottom left hand of Luang Pu Sanit’s photograph) is made from plaster with a ring of Luang Phor Sub, Wat Taluk, Chai Nat. This is the most fake and cited type.
5. The small cast iron tortoise of size 3 inches (bottom right hand of Luang Pu Sanit’s photograph) is a factory casting from Ma Sai, Tak province, given to Luang Pu Sanit by one of his grandnephew. It is purely for display only.
Finally, his venerable advised believers to “use your discretion when considering carved stone turtles in order not to become a victim to a group of people who are disguising those fake objects as sacred objects from Luang Pu Sanit.”
In these two articles we have introduced you to Luang Pu Sanit’s Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao and in our next article we will introduce you to more Luang Pu Sanit’s amulets whereby his Venerable combined the two charms into one. So stay tuned.
There are many Thai myths, legends and folklores about crocodile spirits running back many centuries. The most popular is that of Nai Kraithong subduing the great crocodile spirit Phaya Chalawan. This myth originated from Phitchit during the end of the Khodtabang Thewarat Dynasty around 1800 AD.
The statues of Phaya Chalawan in both human and crocodile forms are found all over the Kingdom of Thailand especially in Phichit province.Belief in Phaya Jolakhe can be traced back to time immemorial. Magic and charm in relation thereto are also deeply entrenched in Thai culture. There are many Thai temples that make statues and amulets of Phaya Jolakhe but the most acclaimed came from Nakhon Nayok.
The Great Grandmaster of Crocodile Charm
Phrakru Worawet Niwit also known as Luang Pu Sanit Sintharo , Nakhon Nayok, was born in the year 2468. He was ordained as a monk at the age of 22 and took special interests in occultism and astrology. In year 2496, that was 6 years after his ordination, Phra Sintharo, as his Venerable was then known, was officially accepted as a disciple of Luang Pu Daam of Wat Kut, a highly regarded master in the art of animalistic charm, mysticism, and astrology.
After completing his learning in Wat Kut, he was instructed by Luang Pu Daam to travel to Changwat Prachin Buri to learn the ancient crocodile charm from a famous guru monk Phra Ajarn Seng of Wat Santhree. Luang Pu Sanit also learned traditional medicine from Pkrakru Uthai Thammathari (Luang Por Di Suriyawong Sawatdee) of Wat Thao U Thong, Prachin Buri Province, and other ancient magical charms from Luang Phor Thongdam of Wat Khok Mo, Nakhon Sawan Province.
Phaya Jolakhe First Batch
Luang Pu Sanit mastered the knowledge and merged his learning into a powerful art that he used to create his two iconic amulets, namely Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao. Luang Pu Sanit made the first batch of Phaya Jolakhe from black lead around year 2508. This batch of Phaya Jolakhe was consecrated for seven years from year 2509 to 2516 using the ancient methods imparted by Luang Pu Seng before the 7,999 pieces were made available to believers during Luang Pu Seng’s funeral.
Wearing this batch of Phaya Jolakhe bestow on believers as follows:
1. A great power against dangers;
2. Protection against evil spirits; and
3. Dispel charms cast by others.
Following the release of the first batch of Phaya Jolakhe in 2516, a group of civil servants and police officers have requested Luang Pu Sanit to make them a batch of Phaya Jolakhe which came to be known as the Police Model. The Phaya Jolakhe Police Model was miniature gold crocodiles with a silver arrow on their backs made and consecrated for three years from 2516 to 2519. A total of 89,499 pieces were created.
Full Moon Model
Another batch of Phaya Jolakhe was made in 2528. It was a bigger version of the Phaya Jolakhe Police Model which came to be known as Full Moon Model or Phim Dwongchankan. This model was made from alms bowl and underwent a stringent consecration process lasting five years. Luang Pu Sanit specially added a charm on each full moon night beginning year 2528 throughout the five years and, therefore, this version of Phaya Jolakhe is also called Phim Dwongchankan, the full moon. The five years consecration process came to a closure on February 21, 2533 when the Phuttaphisek ritual was conducted.
This version of Phaya Jolakhe is special compared to other models because this batch contains a charm leading to the ancient root of crocodiles where the most mysterious powers lay. The power is unthinkable and is said to even surpass that of Phra Trimulathit. During the monthly full moon night, Luang Pu Sanit summoned the Angel of Weapon Theap Tri Petch Surakan as the teeth; the jewels of Chakra as the nails; the diamond sceptre as the backbone; Phaya Anan the Nakarak as its tail; and the arrow of Vishnu directed its back. Thus, Phaya Jolakhe Phim Dwongchankan has power over the sky and the three realms.
The last batch of Phaya Jolakhe known in Thai as Phaya Jolakhe Loon Sukthai was made in 2540. This batch came in a pair of gold and silver coated meant specifically for attracting wealth and good luck. They went through two years of consecration and were released when the Great Grandmaster of Crocodile Charm, Luang Pu Sanit, entered nirvana on March 14, 2542 at age 74 years, after serving a total of 51 years of monkhood. His Venerable’s body lay in the temple’s main hall for public prayers for two years and was cremated on March 18, 2544.
We have introduced you to the four batches of Phaya Jolakhe made and consecrated by Luang Pu Sanit. The processes were cumbersome and tedious. These, according to the temple, were reasons why each batch of statues and amulets originating from Wat Lam Bua Loi are always expensive. Meanwhile, it is worth taking note that the amulets and statues made and consecrated by Luang Pu Sanit are so highly sought that many fake objects were claimed to have came from his Venerable so much so that in year 2561, the current abbot of Wat Lam Bua Loi, Phrakru Pradit Anutaro has to publicly denounce those fake statues and amulets…… In our following article, we will be introducing you to Luang Pu Sanit’s Phaya Tao and other amulets in which the Grandmaster combined both Phaya Jolakhe and Phaya Tao together. So stay tuned.