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.