Luang Phor Ngen, Wat Bangkhlang

Luang Phor Ngen is among one of the must-know guru monks in Thai Buddhism and occultism. For those who had visited the Kingdom of Thailand would probably have seen posters of His Venerable in many shops and offices. When you ask the Thais about His Venerable you are likely to be overwhelmed by so many stories that you could hardly digest.

In this article, we will provide you with a brief history of His Venerable and the reasons why His Venerable hitherto remains one of the most popular monks within the Thai community. We will also be introducing you to statues and amulets of His Venerable from Wat Bangkhlang, Phitchit province.

A Brief History

Luang Phor Ngen Puttachot, Wat Bangkhlang, Bangkhlang district, Phitchit province

Luang Phor Ngen Puttachot was born during the reign of King Rama I, Rattanakosin, on Friday, September 16, Buddhist Year 2348 in Bangkhlang District, Phitchit Province. His father’s name was Wu, a native of Bangkhlang and his mother Fak was from Kampheang Phet Province. He was the fourth child among a family of six children.

In year 2356, when Luang Phor Ngen was eight years old, his uncle and also his teacher by the name of Khuang received permission from Luang Phor Ngen’s parents to bring him to Bangkok to study at Wat Tong Pu, now known as Wat Chana Songkhram, the temple in which later another famous guru monk by the name of Luang Phor Pair was ordained. Three years later in 2359 he was ordained as a novice and became known as Sammak Nen Phuttachot. He observed three Buddhist Lent in Wat Tong Pu where he studied the Dharma and practiced Vipassana meditation. He was subsequently ordained as a full-fledged monk when he became of age.

After achieving a solid foundation in both Dharma and Vipassana, Phra Phuttachot took leave from Wat Tong Pu and travelled to Bangkhumprom District and sought to be a disciple of the top guru monk Somdej Phra Putchantoh Phramarangsri of Wat Rakhang Khositaram. His Venerable Somdej Phra Putchantoh officially took Phra Phuttachot as his disciple and imparted him with his magical skills. Phra Phuttachot learned and practiced well under the guidance of his master and subsequently became the most famous disciple of Somdej Phra Phuttachantoh. He remained in Wat Rakhang until his family wrote to inform him that his grandfather has fallen ill and requested that he come and spend his Buddhist Lent in Wat Kongaram.

Luang Phor Ngen stayed in Wat Kongaram for a year when a famous alchemist, Luang Phor Ho, was the abbot. Later on, he moved to the current Wat Bangkhlang, Phichit Province. Luang Phor Ngen quickly became a pillar of the province where he preached the Dharma and practiced Phra Weth to help villagers. His reputation spread quickly throughout the country and people flocked to Wat Bangkhlang to pay respect and asked for blessings. Holy water and talismans from Luang Phor Ngen became highly sought after items. There were as many monks as there were laypeople who travelled from all parts of the kingdom to Phitchit province to learn from His Venerable and many subsequently also became abbots of various prominent temples. For examples,

1. Luang Phor Pit,Wat Khamang, Mueang Phitchit;

2. Luang Phor Noi,Wat Kongaram, Photharam District, Ratchaburi;

3. Luang Phor Pai, Wat Tha Luang Phon, Photharam District, Ratchaburi;

4. Luang Pu Phu, Wat Tha Lo,  Mueang Phichit District, Phichit;

5. Luang Pho Hom, Wat Luang, Mueang Ubon Ratchathani District, Ubon Ratchathani;

6. Luang Pho Nuan, Wat Hat Mun Krabue, Mueang Phichit District, Phichit;

7. Luang Phor Feung, Wat Paknam Phasi Cheroen, Phasi Cheroen, Bangkok;

8. Luang Phor Kham, Wat Pho Tia, Lan Krabue District, Kamphaeng Phet; and et cetera.


Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak was the 28th child of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V


In addition, among his lay disciples was Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the 28th child of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V. Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak was then also a disciple of Luang Por Suk Wat Pak Khlong Makham Tao, Wat Sing District, Chainat Province.

Luang Phor Ngen diligently served the Sangha and people throughout his entire life until he entered nirvana on September 19, 2462 at the age of 114 leaving behind too many miracles to be recalled. Handwritten records by His Venerable pertaining to the treatment of diseases and evils are well preserved and vigilantly kept in Wat Bangkhlang. Up until today, amulets of His Venerable are highly sought after within Thai Buddhist circle. It is believed that they bring great wealth and popularity to worshippers.

After the passing over of Luang Phor Ngen, His Venerable’s statues and amulets have been created for many generations at Wat Bangkhlang and other temples, including government agencies, but the most famous and sought after remain those made and consecrated by Phrakru Phibun Thammawet or more popularly known as Luang Por Preang of Wat Bangkhlang.

Luang Phor Ngen Statues and Amulets

According to old records, Luang Phor Ngen has only made and consecrated five batches of amulets. The first batch of amulets made and consecrated by Luang Phor Ngen were pendants of an illustrative monk with a convex chest and a built-in loop. About 3,000 – 4,000 pieces were made. The second casting was the circular statues which the Phitchit people called “Bok Ta” or “eye mould” also known as the first batch of “roop” (mini statues) cast with brass. The finishing was rough and uneven. The number created was reported to be about 2000 pieces. Luang Phor Ngen made those amulets available to believers at a meagre price of 1 baht each, yes, you heard it correctly, only 1 baht!

In year 2552, a badly oxidized and corroded piece of LP Ngen 2466 was reported by MGR Online to have been transacted at 1.2 million baht.

These century-old Luang Phor Ngen’s amulets currently cost as high as 29 million baht each depending on condition of the amulets. Even for the fifth batch, also known as the last batch, a bargain price for a not-so-well preserved unit is approximately between 4-6 million baht.

This year it is reported by online news and lifestyle site komchadluek.net that the recent transaction price of Luang Phor Ngen amulet of unknown condition has fetched 8 million baht in cash.

To be honest, albeit being more than two decades in this trade, besides seeing those amulets in collection books and magazines, we have never seen a genuine physical copy before and, thus, we are not in the position to delve too much into those amulets. Moreover, prices for those Luang Phor Ngen amulets are as steep as those Somdej amulets made and consecrated by His Venerable Somdej Phra Phuttachantoh which are beyond the reach for most of us. This has also led to many counterfeit items catering to the enthusiasm of treasure hunters.

Would you consider this piece of amulet claimed to be Luang Phor Ngen 2450-2460 for just 550 baht?

Therefore, we will only be introducing you to genuine but more affordable models of Luang Phor Ngen amulets made and consecrated by subsequent abbots of Wat Bangkhlang. Let us begin with those made and consecrated by Luang Phor Preang beginning from the year 2535.

Amulets Made and Consecrated by Luang Phor Preang

Pictures of LP Ngen 2515 extracted from collection books

It has to be noted that the first batch of Luang Phor Ngen amulets made and consecrated by Luang Phor Preang were those in the year 2515 sponsored by Pol. Maj. Gen. Sanga Kittikachon, Minister of Foreign Affairs at that time, and Mr. Phadet Jiraporn, chairman of the Phichit Provincial Council. The 2515 batch was made and consecrated for the purpose of restoring the old Wat Bangkhlang, now renamed Wat Hiranyaram, built by Luang Phor Ngen to remember the first Buddhist Lent His Venerable spent there. The consecration ceremony was led by Somdej Phra Wanrat of Wat Phra Chetuphon and Phra Wisut Wongsachan of Wat Suthat.

Nonetheless, we will also not be touching on this batch of amulets due to scarcity and price factors. The Phim Niyom 2515 has already broken the five hundred thousand baht mark and the medal or alternatively known as Spade Coin 2515 has also surpassed a hundred thousand baht. Therefore, in this article we will commence with amulets made from year 2535 to 2553 by Luang Phor Preang and Luang Phor Sirlit in lieu.

Luang Phor Ngen 2535 Loon Phrathampitaka

Luang Phor Ngen 2535 Loon Phrathampitaka was made and consecrated under a joint effort between Wat Bangkhlang and Wat Sutthat

Luang Phor Ngen 2535 is known as Loon Phrathampitaka which used the mould from the 2515 batch that was made and consecrated under a joint effort between Wat Bangkhlang and Wat Sutthat. Similarly, the 2535 batch of Luang Phor Ngen was again a joint effort between those two temples. The consecration ceremony was jointly led by Somdej Phra Dharmadilok, abbot of Wat Suthat and Phrakru Phibunthammawet (Luang Por Preang), abbot of Wat Bangkhlang, thus, making both the 2515 and 2535 batches to have high value.

There is also those that come in a set of two, an amulet and a pendant

Starting from the full moon day of the 12th lunar month, that was, November 21, 2534, the casting ceremony was commenced inside the temple compound so as to invoke Yant 108 and Napathamang 14 according to the auspicious occasion. The sacred objects were then transported to Wat Suthat where the Maha Phuttapisek ceremony was held in the Ubosot of Wat Suthat on 25-27 January 2535. Those sacred objects remained in Wat Suthat for 3 months where various guru monks came to perform blessings before they were being transported back to Wat Bangkhlang where another Maha Phuttapisek ceremony was being conducted in April the same year.

Luang Phor Ngen Loon Chotibharamee 2537

Luang Phor Ngen Loon Chotibharamee 2537 was made specially to raise fund for the construction of the parish building and the Hall of King Rama V Hospital

In year 2537, Luang Phor Preang made and consecrated another batch of Luang Phor Ngen amulets to raise fund for the construction of the parish building and the Hall of King Rama V Hospital, Taphan Hin Sub-district, Phichit Province. This batch of amulets is known as Luang Phor Ngen Loon Chotibharamee.

Because of the altruistic purpose, an extraordinarily grand Phuttapisek ceremony was being conducted for days and nights from 23-25 November, 2537 without interruption. Prominent guru masters from all over the Kingdom of Thailand invited to participate in the ceremony include:

Luang Pu Tim, Wat Phra Khao

Luang Phor Pair, Wat Phikulthong

Luang Phor Pern, Wat Bangplad

Luang Pu Put, Wat Klang Bangplad

Kruba Duangdi, Wat Tha Champi

Luang Phor Yen, Wat Sam Ngam

Luang Pu Yik, Wat Nong Chor

Luang Phor Mi, Wat Mawichai

Luang Phor Uttma, Wat Wang Kawi Wegaram

Luang Phor Phut, Wat Pa Salawan

Luang Phor Yod, Wat Kaew Charoen

Luang Phor Dee, Wat Phra Ru

Luang Phor Lamyai, Wat Thung Lat Ya

Luang Phor Yam, Wat Takhian

Luang Phor Kae, Wat Maenam

Luang Phor Mian, Wat Pho Kob Chao

Luang Phor Prathuang, Wat Nong Yang Toi

Luang Phor Foolon, Wat Phra Phutthabat Khao Ruak

Luang Phor Sawat, Wat Bueng Baworn Sathit

Luang Phor Jek, Wat Ranam

Luang Phor Charoen, Wat Thanyawari

Luang Phor Huat, Wat Don Pho Thong

Phra Ajahn Ita, Wat Chulamanee

Kruba Soi, Wat Mongkhon Khiri Khet

Luang Phor Naem, Wat Khao No

Luang Phor Ket, Wat Koh Lak

Luang Pu Luang, Wat Pa Samran Niwat

Luang Pu Waen, Wat Tham Phra Sabai

Luang Phor Hom, Wat Khuha Suwan

Luang Pho Chalerm, Wat Phra Kanthikaram

Luang Phor Phim, Wat Nong Ta Ngu

Luang Phor Samran, Wat Pak Khlong Makham Thao

Luang Phor Phol, Wat Dudkhon

Luang Phor Huol, Wat Phutthathai Sawan

Luang Phor Yot, Wat Sangkhositaram

Kruba Kasem, Wat Pa Tung

Ajarn Puan, Wat Nong Bua Thong

Luang Phor Sai, Wat Khanon Tai

Phra Maha Thongchai, Wat Trimikon Wittayaram

Luang Pho Daeng, Wat Burapharam and et cetera.

Because of that special Phuttapisek ceremony and the participation of prominent guru monks, this batch of amulets becomes collectible and highly sought after.

Luang Phor Preang Loon Phra Buddha Nimit 2538 (Loon Sukthai)

Temple committee claimed Luang Phor Preang foresaw his own time when he made this batch of his own amulet which made these amulets extremely effective.

In the year 2538, for the first time , Luang Phor Preang made and consecrated a batch of his own amulets and invoked the charm of high compassion and benevolence in consecrating his final batch of amulets which became known as Loon Phra Buddha Nimit. Subsequently, this batch of amulets became known as Loon Sukthai or the last batch of Luang Phor Preang’s creations as his Venerable entered nirvana the following year 2539.

Amulets Made and Consecrated by Luang Phor Sirlit

Luang Phor Preang was succeeded by Phrakru Visitsilapon, alternatively known as Luang Phor Sirlit.

Luang Phor Ngen 2540 

The first batch of Luang Phor Ngen made and consecrated by Luang Phor Sirlit took the human form of His Venerable.

This batch of Luang Phor Preang amulets made and consecrated by Luang Phor Sirlit the year when he assumed the position of abbot of Wat Bangkhlang.

Upon taking over as abbot of Wat Bangkhlang in 2540, Luang Phor Sirlit made and consecrated Luang Phor Ngen and Luang Phor Preang amulets to mark reverence for the previous two prominent abbots. These amulets portrayed the exact human look of the respective Luang Phor.

Luang Phor Ngen 2541 Loon Yon

During the end of year 2540, Luang Phor Sirlit also made and consecrated a batch of Luang Phor Ngen Loon Yon which literally means retro edition. However, there were two models, one mimicking the original of Luang Phor Ngen’s and the other resembles those of Luang Phor Preang’s. The consecration ceremony went on until March 4, 2541when the Maha Phutthaphisek Ceremony finally took place.

This model is made from seven element metal and resembles those originally made and consecrated by Luang Phor Ngen himself.

This batch reintroduced the original unrefined styles used during Luang Phor Ngen’s time.

This model is made from three element metal and resembles those made and consecrated by Luang Phor Preang.

Therefore, among one of the 2541 batch, there is one model where the number “40” is casted on the rear of the amulet.

Luang Phor Ngen Loon Banboonhun Kansiksa 2545 

This batch of amulets was made and consecrated for the purpose of supporting education.

Year 2545 batch of Luang Phor Ngen Loon Banboonhun Kansiksa was deliberately made and consecrated for the purpose to share merit and support for education. The consecration ceremony on April 25, 2545 took the tone of altruism and wisdom led by eight senior guru monks including:

1. Luang Pu Ruay Pasatiko, Wat Tako

2. Luang Phor Phrathep Molee, Wat Ratchaphatikaram

3. Luang Phor Wimonmuni, Wat Machimawat

4. Luang Phor Thuam, Wat Si Suwan

5. Luang Phor Un, Wat Tan Kong

6. Luang Pu Ki, Wat Sri Lamyong

7. Luang Pho Sarit Wat Bangkhlang

8. Luang Phor Sophon Kittayaporn, Assistant Abbot of Wat Suthat.


The blessing ceremony lasted six months up-to October 5, 2545 when the Maha Phutthaphisek ceremony was conducted in the Ubosot at Wat Bangkhlang with Somdej Phra Putthachan Keo Uppaseno presiding over the candle lit ritual on the 3rd day and Phra Thep Moli of Wat Ratchaphatikaram extinguished a candle on the 5th day. Therefore, this batch of amulets is said to bestow on believers the morality of altruism and wisdom leading to the achievement of both material and spiritual quality.

Luang Phor Ngen Phim Niyom Loon Sang Vihan 2550 

The largest statue of Luang Phor Ngen measuring lap width 10 meters and height 12 meters at Wat Tai Nam

In year 2550, Luang Phor Sirlit made and consecrated a batch of Luang Phor Ngen Phim Niyom for the purpose of raising fund to build a Vihan or shelter for monks in Wat Tai Nam in Phitchit province. Wat Tai Nam is a temple where Luang Phor Ngen has spent a Buddhist Lent there and which honours Luang Phor Ngen with the largest statue measuring lap width 10 meters and height 12 meters.

This is the high polished model of Loon Sang Vihan

This batch of Luang Phor Ngen amulets, although not the smallest ever made, is nonetheless categorised as miniatures with a lap width of 10mm and height 15mm. They come in two tones, one is high polished brass and the other unpolished but are both beautifully refined with the number “50” printed behind.

This is the unpolished model of the Loon Sang Vihan

Participation in the building of a Vihan or any donation towards the purpose brings forth providence, a manifestation of divine care and guidance.

Luang Phor Ngen Phim Niyom Loon Mongkol Maharap 2551 

This batch was made and consecrated in the honor of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej

In celebrating His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 81st birthday, Luang Phor Sirlit made and consecrated a batch of Luang Phor Ngen amulets to help build a meditation centre in Wat Chaya Langkarn, Pa Pong Subdistrict, Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai Province in honour of His Majesty the King. This batch is called Luang Phor Ngen Phim Niyom Loon Mongkol Maharap which literally means “Auspicious Great Luck.”

The official ritual commenced on October 13, 2551 with Princess Soamsawali leading the casting ceremony on October 23. The ritual lasted five months with the Maha Phuttapisek ceremony conducted on February 20, 2552 with Princess Soamsawali joining Luang Pu Fu, Wat Bang Samak, Luang Pu Ruay, Wat Tako, Luang Phor Sirlit, Wat Bangkhlang Luang Por Peeradej, Wat Bowon and other prominent monks to bring the event to a closing. A total of 12,551 pieces of amulets were released to the public.

Luang Phor Ngen Loon Sirlokanat 2552

Sirlokanat ” means “most respected”. This batch of Luang Phor Ngen Loon Sirlokanat 2552 comes in both statues and amulets. Therefore, it connotes anyone who has a sacred Luang Phor Ngern Loon Sirlokanat 2552 statue or amulet will be most respected, thus, receive peace, happiness, and prosperity of the world permanently throughout this life-time on earth.

This is a Samlit amulet made from a mixture of three types of metal and has a “khring” inserted.

The amulets depict Luang Phor Ngen’s human features, seated in the Siddhasana style of meditation or what is commonly called a half-lotus posture. The posture itself connotes stability and when combined with Luang Phor Ngern Loon Sirlokanat, it signifies stability of peace, happiness, and prosperity as imprinted on the “sangkathi.”

This version of Luang Phor Ngen statue resembles the largest Luang Phor Ngen statue in Wat Tai Nam.

The statues come in two sizes, 5 and 9 inches lap width with Luang Phor Ngen seated in a meditating posture. There are two Phayod or monk’s rank fan by his sides. The one on his right bears the Phra Maha Pichai, the Thai king’s crown whilst the one on his left has his name “Ngen” written on it. On the front of the seat is imprinted “Luang Phor Ngen (Puttachot)” and on the rear “Wat Bangkhlang Pole Thale, Phitchit Province.”

Luang Phor Ngen Phim Niyom Loon Kontun 2553 

This nerwa amulet is mixed with old sacred materials left down by Luang Phor Ngen and casted in retro-style. It is one of the non-coded models.

There are two purposes leading to the construction and consecration of LuangPhor Ngen Phim Niyom Loon Kontun 2553 and they are, firstly, setting up a mutual fund for aged and sick monks; and secondly, setting up an education fund for Pali education for monks and novices. Therefore, the term “Kontun” which means “fund kept as inheritance and benefit for” has been used.

This tri-coloured amulet is casted with more precision to meet the high-tech contemporary style. Gold leaf left down by Luang Phor Ngen has been used for this model. It is also another of the non-coded models.

Luang Phor Sirlit has placed great importance to this batch of amulets that he even used sacred materials left down by Luang Phor Ngen and preserved by the temple for this batch of amulets. Furthermore, his venerable insisted in invoking traditional rituals including having the entire casting ceremony to be fully conducted in Wat Bangkhlang making it an event not seen for the past several decades.

This bronze amulet is mixed with various sacred ancient materials and it resembles the 2515 mould. It is called Phim Dintai and has talisman, year, and Thai numeral serial code imprinted under the base of the amulet.

Owing to the scale of the rituals and ceremony, Phra Dharmaratanadilok, Wat Suthatthepwararam, and Phrakru Vachiraphuttanukun, Wat Tha Luang were invited to assume the positions of advisor and chairman for the project and jointly preside over all rituals together with Luang Phor Sirlit. The casting ceremony was led and overseen by Phrakru Suwithan Sasanakit (Phra Arjahn Pailin), Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat (Chinaraj Temple), Phitsanulok Province. Several models were casted comprising retro-models to the more contemporary and refined models.

This silver amulet is called Phim Tampaka. It is one of the most beautiful among other models. It comes with talisman, year, and Arabic numerals serial code imprinted under its base.

Finally, on August 19, 2553, a congregation of 108 guru monks from all over the kingdom assembled in Ubosot at Wat Bangkhlang to perform the Phuttapisek ceremony.

This is the red copper version mixed with an assortment of sacred ancient materials. It comes with talisman, year, and Arabic numerals serial code imprinted under its base.

In this batch, there are the coded and non-coded models. Even for the coded models, some are coded with Thai numerals and others with Arabic numerals. A common mistake is to price coded models over non-coded models because the materials used in the respective models vary vastly.

This is the yellow copper version mixed with an assortment of sacred ancient materials. It comes with talisman, year, and Arabic numerals serial code imprinted under its base.

The Charm

There is a charm Luang Phor Preang taught us many years ago when we visited his Venerable. It is a charm of communication with Luang Phor Ngen to seek help and blessings. Since there is no restriction imposed on us pertaining to this charm, we will like to share it with believers who honour and worship Luang Phor Ngen as follows:

Recite:

Namo Tassa Pakawatoh Arahatoh Samma Samput Tassa (X3)

Then:

Ar ka ar ṭhi ar ṭhi ar ka ṭhi ae ka ae wan tha mi ar ja ri yang ja he ran ya na ma kang thi rang sit ṭhi tan tang maha teh chang e-ṭhi mang tang wa sa tha rang

Say your prayers.

Master of Charm and Fortune: Luang Phor Somjit Sukkho

Luang Phor Somjit

Luang Phor Khantidjitto (Phra Palad Semit) or more commonly known as Arjahn Somjit Sukkho is the most revered and respected Master of Charm and Fortune in the modern history of Thai Buddhism. His loving kindness had touched numerous devastated and broken families of which he had helped to rebuild and reunite; and his grace had also been felt by many who fell into financial difficulties of whom he helped back onto the path of prosperity. His Venerable had in his lifetime performed so many miracles that touched the lives of many people from the Kingdom of Thailand to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and to as far as Australia, New Zealand, and the United States of America. He has devoted his entire life to serving the true Lord Buddha and he had learned, practiced, and taught the Faith well. He was dedicated to enhancing and bettering the lives of people that in his lifetime he had made various images, amulets, and talismans to such effects and purposes.

A Brief History of Luang Phor Somjit

Luang Phor Somjit was born in Tambon Chaina Sena, Chanwat Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya on January 16, 2481 and has since childhood took a strong interest in Buddhist studies, with particular interest in spirituality and the “inner path” which pertains to the unknown including necromancy. He has a benevolent character and loved helping people, especially the poor and sick. From young, he showed great respect for monks observing the Sivali precepts and would make offerings to those monks and listen to their Dharma. Therefore, at the age of eight, he was accepted as a disciple of a legendary guru monk Luang Pu Yim of Wat Chao Chet, Sena District, Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya.

LPu Yim of Wat Chao Chet

Wat Chao Chet is a historical temple which was partially destroyed during the war with Burma but was rebuilt in Buddhist year 2335. His Venerable was thought the Dharma and “inner path” by Luang Pu Yim until he was conscripted at the age of twenty-one. Thus, he disrobed and entered the Royal Military College in Saraburi Province for 2 years before returning to Wat Chao Chet at the age of twenty-three where he was officially ordained as a monk and assumed the name of Phra Kantidjitto.

Phra Somjit, as he was then known, became highly learned in Buddhist scriptures and vipasanna meditation. He was sent by Luang Pu Yim to nearby temples to teach both the Buddhist scriptures and meditation to monks and laypeople. Soon after, Phra Somjit became a popular Dharma and meditation master throughout the ancient city of Ayutthaya. He also began giving lessons in Wat Prasat in Supanburi Province. After a couple of years travelling around teaching and cultivating, Phra Ajahn Somjit, as he became known, returned to Wat Chao Chet and studied the mystical component of meditation from Luang Pu Wai of Wat Kradongthong. Luang Pu Wai was a renowned thudong monk and every year he will walk to Wat Siprawat at Nonthanburi before travelling to Wat Pladuchimpri in Krungthep Maha Nakhon. Luang Pu Wai had spent sixty years in the jungle and Phra Ajahn Somjit spent a total of six years under Luang Pu Wai’s instruction until he had his third eye or what is commonly known as “heavenly eye” opened before he was allowed to leave the jungle.

Owing to the lineage proximity, Phra Ajahn Somjit was also sent to Wat Bang Nomkho, Bang Nomkho, Sena District, Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya and Wat Nak-Tang Nok, Na Mai, Amphoe Bang Sai, Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya to learn and practice under the instruction of two other legendary guru monks Luang Pu Parn and Luang Pu Chung respectively.

Luang Pu Chung of Wat Natangnok & Luang Pu Parn of Wat Bangnongkho

The three legendary guru monks, Luang Pu Yim, Luang Pu Parn and Luang Pu Chung were collectively known as the three guru Tigers of the ancient city. To-date, amulets made and consecrated by these monks remained highly sought after and expensive. Even images and amulets originating from their temples command premium prices. Phra Ajahn Somjit’s intelligence and kind character won the approval and trust of both Luang Pu Parn and Luang Pu Chung who then imparted their knowledge and skills unreservedly to Phra Ajahn Somjit who in turn mastered and practised well. The origin of many of Ajahn Somjit’s amulets may be traced back to these three legendary guru monks.

After inheriting the knowledge from those three prominent guru monks, Phra Ajahn Somjit continued with his cultivation by travelling on foot to Wat Chaturamit, Wat Dangramarang before temporarily putting up at Wat Suthat where a relative was then abbot of the temple. Not long thereafter, he was also assigned to Wat Rakhang Kositaram, Thanon Arun Amarin, Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, Krungthep Maha Nakhon to teach Dharma and meditation. His Venerable prominence rocketed and became a well-known guru master in Wat Rahkang Kositaram which caught the attention of the royal family. He was appointed Permanent Secretary of the royal family and assigned as abbot of Wat Dao Dungsaram, a royal monastery built during the reign of King Rama I at Bang Yi Khan, Bang Phlat, Bangkok.

The prominence and ability of Luang Phor Somjit rose even quicker after assuming the title of Permanent Secretary of the royal family and taking the office as abbot of Wat Dao Dungsaram, a royal monastery. Then in the Buddhist year 2525, abbot of a small and very rundown historical temple at the Bang Yi Khan district, Luang Phor Boonrod Sumethorong personally visited Wat Dao Dungsaram and asked for Luang Phor Somjit’s help to rebuilt Wat Noi Nanghong, at 346 Soi Charan Sanitwong 40 Khwaeng Bang Yi Khan, Khet Bang Phlat, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. At that time, most people assumed Luang Phor Boonrod’s efforts will definitely fail. Who would want to leave the glamorous position of an abbot of Wat Dao Dungsaram, a royal monastery and take a role nothing more than a helper in a rundown temple? Yes most normal people would definitely not! However, albeit young, Luang Phor Somjit was already an enlightened being. To the surprise of everybody, he accepted Luang Phor Boonrod’s invitation.

Ajahn Somjit performing Rituals

In the course of helping to build Wat Noi Nanghong, Ajahn Somjit utilised his learning of the ancient art, the mysterious “inner path”, by performing rituals and conducting ceremonies for believers and, at the same time, he had also made and consecrated various holy images and amulets that help believers in their charisma, fortune, career, and family. Amongst his more prominent works are: Rheesi Petcherukhan, Ying-Tong, Bpatit, Somdej Leknampit, Somdej Nerwan, Somdej Sam-Heng, Somdej Heng-Talot, Khunpan Leknampit, Khunpan Pim-Lek, Kumanthong, Sekti-Sivali-Nana-Thong, Phra Pidta, and many more.

Phra Narai Petcherukhan

His Rheesi Petcherukhan amulets are most rare and sought after with prices of certain “phims” or moulds hitting as high as 400,000 baht. Even the last batch made in the Buddhist year 2530 which market value five years back was 80,000 baht has now climbed to 200,000 baht. The first batch of 5 inches Phra Narai Petcherukhan images has also hit a record high of 600,000 baht. Prices of other sacred images such as Ying-Tong, Rheesi, and et cetera are currently all well above 200,000 baht. For this reason, there appear to be many imitation products flooding the market.

Petcherukhan Pimlek

Believe it or not, whilst most prominent monks took decades to built or rebuilt a standard Thai temple but Luang Phor Somjit merely took a few years to not only restore Wat Noi Nanghong to its past glory but also expanded it 10 times its original size. Furthermore, besides restoring and expanding Wat Noi Nanghong, His Venerable had also helped restore many old temples in different provinces and helped provide for education to children of poor families. However, with the speed Luang Phor Somjit was going made Luang Phor Boonrod extremely worried for His Venerable’s health, knowing that over-exertion in the “inner-path” inevitably shortens one’s life. However, Luang Phor Somjit was not in the least worried. On the contrary, in the Buddhist year 2534, he told his assembly of disciples that he was a monk in his previous life but due to specific reason he was not able to reach nirvana and, thus, he was here merely to complete what he had not completed in his previous life, which is to enter nirvana. Therefore, indeed his life will be a short one.

His Venerable continued performing his duties to help both temples and laypeople. He travelled extensively throughout Asia and also part of the western continent to preach Theravada Buddhism. Shortly after returning from a trip to Singapore, His Venerable was requested to perform a cleansing ritual on October 10, 2537. After completing that ritual, His Venerable collapsed and was sent to the Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok. A couple of days after his discharged from hospital, he was again admitted on October 21, 2537. According to temple records, His Venerable summoned all senior monks of his lineage and a few of his direct relatives and told them to arrange for his discharge as he will be entering parinibbana in a week’s time. Again, on October 26, 2537, Luang Phor Somjit summoned Luang Phor Boonrod to the hospital and this time demanded that he be immediately returned to the temple. Luang Phor Boonrod acceded and brought His Venerable back to the temple.

Once back in the temple, His Venerable summoned all monks and told them about his coming parinibbanna. He instructed that his body should only rest for 100 days in the temple for people to pay their last respect and thereafter to be cremated. He spent the night of October 26, 2537 with Luang Phor Boonrod and other senior monks, instructing them on his passing and will. After performing his prayers on October 27, 2537, Luang Phor Somjit took his last breath and entered into parinibbanna at 12.13 hours.

When news of His Venerable demise broke out, the whole of Bang Yi Khan District was flooded with devotees that traffic almost came to a standstill. Luang Phor Somjit took his last mortal breath on the afternoon of October 27, 2537 but He continues to live and protect those who hold their faith in His Venerable.

Our Association

Luang Phor Somjit & Master Tan

Master Tan was officially ordained at one of Thailand’s historical temple, Wat Noi Nanghong, by Chao Khun Pratheap of Wat Pathom Chedi and was formally accepted as a disciple by Luang Phor Somjit on December 1, 2534. Master Tan learned and practiced under His Venerable and other prominent guru monks of the lineage for many years and remains, hitherto, affiliated to the various temples of association. Therefore, on each January 16 and October 27, and 15th day of the lunar seventh month, we conduct the ancient Thai custom of “wai kru” to honour and remember our teacher Luang Phor Somjit and His teachings. Incremental thereof is also the ritual of divine lineage and offerings to Luang Phor Somjit and Rheesi of our “inner path”. This regular ritual helps disciples coordinate internal and external energy, remove obstacles and bad luck, and bring peace, happiness, wealth and prosperity. Anyone who joins us in this ritual, whether physically or spiritually, will also receive the blessings from Luang Phor Somjit and all the Rhessi within our lineage.

批族古曼貼的歷史

批族在瓦蒜鑾佛寺已經很長時間,大約200年。瓦蒜鑾佛寺位於湄公河附近,在過去,它只能通過船隻到達。在寺廟前面是彎曲河流,河波漸漸侵蝕了河岸。有一天,一塊木頭漂浮在寺廟前面,一名村民把船劃前一看,那塊木頭型像一個裸體小男孩的形象。從那時起,那塊木頭就被立於瓦蒜鑾佛寺內。

從前方丈帕估薩穆維立亞珀恩或鑾普培克時代開始,他就把那裸體男孩的雕刻搬到他的房間。在老方丈的坐化後,新任方丈注意到方丈禪房破舊不堪,不得不拆除,從新建造。由鑾普培克開始的剃度寺建設項目也還未完成。此外,寺廟還需要一座鐘樓,更有許多損壞也需要修理。很明顯,他需要錢來進行這些裝修工程。但他沒有錢。有一天晚上,新任方丈祈禱後,大約午夜時分,當新任方丈靜坐時,一個異像出現他眼前。新任方丈看到一個7至8歲的小男孩向他叫道:“鑾波,塑造我的金身,我來幫你重建寺廟”。在那之前,瓦蒜鑾佛寺從沒塑造過批族的金身。

“鑾波,塑造我的金身,我來幫你重建寺廟”

新方丈決定製作批族的金身,首先,鑾波塑造了259個批族的金身。批族告訴新方丈,他不需要邀請任何宗師僧侶來幫助他加持開光批族的金身,他只 需要在批族的金身前冥想即可。新任方丈在這些批族的金身面前靜坐冥想足足了三個月,之後方讓信徒們恭要批族的金身以籌集建廟資金。很快 ,這些批族的金身很快被信徒搶空了,新方丈不得多做幾批复族的金身。從銷售中獲得的大部分金錢都花在建造寺廟上。令人高興的是得知 那些恭請批族的人,無論是商業,運氣還是職業,他們的願望都一一實現了。即使是供奉佛像的聖殿也都是用批族的錢建造的。

批族第一批用大田神木所雕的神像

批族的名字是祂自己告訴新任方丈的。

“我不再是個小男孩了。 我老了。 叫我批族吧!”

可能是200歲吧,由於批族說他已經老了,所以讓他被稱為“批”。批族的奇蹟可分為財富,銷售和職業。首先,是財富。信徒得到的一些財富是他們自己的財富,而有些則來自對批族的要求。第二是銷售。大多數商人要求批族 幫助他們把客戶招到他們的商店,並幫助他們銷售更多商品。第三種是最常見的,信徒在遇到工作障礙時要求幫助和祈求晉升的都顯靈。這些都可以從信徒們者捐贈給寺廟的情況得到明證。做古曼貼的最佳方法是什麼?古曼貼可由各種材料製成,通常採用兒童的形像。批族古曼貼也有多種形式。他可以是一個嬰兒小雕像或一個小男孩,但無論哪種形式,批族古曼貼都會幫助那些尊重並真正相信祂的人。

原作家

原作家:翁珀恩亦延澇(湄公小姐)研究員兼作家

翻譯者:陳壟伐

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鑾普沙利製造的神聖物品

在前兩篇有關瓦拉姆補咯哎佛寺前主持鑾普沙利的文章中,我們探討了製造和開光鱷魚神和龜神時所使用的法術和咒語,但在本文中,我們力求超越這些, 我們將向您介紹鑾普沙利如何將9點智慧和三寶與古代法術和咒語融合在一起,製造出包括鱷魚神和龜神混為一體的神聖佛牌。

9點智慧

許多人知道三寶是什麼,但可能不理解9點智慧的所指的是什麼。這9點智慧實際上構成了泰國佛教的基礎。你們大多數進入泰國佛教一段時間的信徒都會學到“伊迪批頌”的經文,但是您是否在經文中找到了包含9點智慧的9個房間?如果已經找到的話,您可以為自己身為真正的泰國佛教徒感到自豪。如果您還沒有找到,請不要感到灰心或失望,因為我們將本文中中簡要為您介紹這9點智慧的9個房間。學習永遠不會太晚。此外,學習不是泰國佛教的一部分嗎?請記住,在泰國佛教中,智慧的增長是無限的。請注意以下突出顯示的短語,它們是您在“伊迪批頌”經文中可以找到的短語,您可能尚未完全理解這些短語的意識,或者尚未瞭解其真正含義。

1.阿拉漢:撲滅苦難的火焰。這個房間是完全防火的。

2. 薩嘛潵普陀:獲得啟示。這個房間是家長制以增強榮耀。

3. 威基加拉潵盤諾:以慈善的方式使用擁有的能力。這個房間利用了財富和財力。

4. 蘇卡多:好好練習這些美德(上述)。這個房間用來覆蓋空氣,土地和水的三個領域。

5. 羅卡維度:能夠清晰地看到世界事務。當進入未知和黑暗時,這個房間使用水的狀態。

6. 阿奴塔羅 普莉薩 探馬薩蒂:很好地學習和實踐。變得知識淵博且訓練有素。這個房間利用巫術與鬼魂交流。

7. 薩塔大 迪瓦瑪努薩 :成為神與人的老師。此房間使用礦大心胸和人緣法。

8. 普陀:開明和覺醒。這個房間使用誦經和祈禱來避免不幸和陷阱。

9. 帕卡瓦地:做個有福的人。這個房間使用佛法來防止對我們造成傷害。

開光儀式和禮儀

鑾普沙利調用的咒語方法與瓦耐南鴻佛寺的龍波順治大師一致。 儘管他們是神靈派的權威,但他們都沒有主張佛教兩端任何一個極端,既不是無神論的極端也不是迷信的極端。 他們遵循了佛陀的足跡,堅持了構成泰國佛教癥結的中道路,也就是兩端間的平衡。在聚佛樓,我們按照阿贊順治的指示,依照神靈派修行,但實踐並倡導中道路。 這是為了保護每個門徒,追隨者和信徒們心靈和精神上利益。 極端主義削弱智力,破壞心靈,摧毀靈魂。 因此,極端主義在泰國佛教中是沒有地位的,極端主義本身就不是泰國佛教的一部分。鑾普沙利在開光聖物時遵守嚴格的古代儀式和方式。 每次開光儀式都是漫長,繁瑣的過程。 在每次儀式的終結時,都會舉行傳統儀式“普塔批塞克”,召集全寺僧侶進行朗誦“伊迪批頌通才”經文108次。 因此,這兩種過程強調了鑾普沙利製造的聖物改採取和使用的偉大咒語。

佛曆2519年金那拉佛佛牌

金那拉佛也稱為勝利佛,佛牌後面刻有鱷魚神和龜神雕像。

佛曆2519年金那拉佛佛牌的背面刻有鱷魚神和龜神雕像,這是鑾普沙利最著名的銅牌。 它代表著成功和無敵,具有抵抗危險和惡靈的強大力量。 這批佛牌其中一部分是分發給當時正與共產黨交戰中的巴真武裡府查克拉奉世營地的士兵們。 這批佛牌僅製造了5,000枚,因此,它們變得稀有且昂貴。

帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌

2516年首批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌

這是鑾普沙利另一個受歡迎的佛牌。 佛陀盤腿而坐,左手放在腿部上,右手放在膝蓋上,手指指向地面。 這是佛陀擊敗馬拉•瓦薩瓦迪魔鬼軍隊時的姿勢,表示可以抵禦所有邪靈。 這也是供奉在瓦拉姆補咯哎佛寺大殿內的佛祖神像。 鑾普沙利在佛曆2516年的第五個星期六造並開光了第一批鑾普沙利,這些佛牌背面都印有鑾普沙利本人的形象。 這批佛牌開光使用的是闢邪避險的咒語。

2520年第二批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌背面刻有鱷魚神和龜神雕像

第二批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌同樣採用清盛風格和姿勢,但佛牌背面刻有鱷魚神和龜神雕像。 它們是在2518年製作的,其開光儀式也於當年的”縿哈“(吉祥的第五個星期六)開始,並持續了兩年,方於佛曆2020年面世共信徒奉請。 然而,這次不是闢邪避險的咒語吸引信徒,而是鑾普沙利使用了藥師佛,鱷魚神和龜神等咒語的原因。 因此,這批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌有為信徒帶來健康,長壽和免受邪靈侵害的能力。

2521年第三批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌背面刻有龜神雕像和神咒

第三批帕普塔才蒙昆馬冉威柴佛牌是在佛曆2521年製成並開光的。這批佛牌的後部以符咒的形式描繪出龜神,且龜神外殼上刻有“ 納桑絲莫桑絲莫絲莫納桑莫納桑莫納桑”的咒語。 中間是五顆佛心,即納莫普塔亞,由帕普塔辛格和普塔薩迷佛作為後盾,周圍環繞著十六個佛陀。 它們是專為健康和避免疾病而設計的。

鑾普沙利本人佛牌

佛曆2523年鑾普沙利本人佛牌

在泰國文化中,據信信徒和宗師之間建立特殊的精神聯繫,或通過崇拜宗師神像或佩帶宗師的佛牌而建立了溝通的渠道。

佛曆2542年鑾普沙利本人佛牌

鑾普沙利的最後一批本人佛牌描繪了他坐在龜神背上,並在2542年鑾普沙利進入涅槃時共信徒奉請。

佛曆2542年鑾普沙利本人佛牌