Phra Phong Roop Meuan Phim Yai B.E. 2521 – 2523

April 17, 2007

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Phra Phong Roop Meuan LP Toh Phim Yai were produced in 3 times by using the mould was that copied from Mae Phim Phra Roop Meuan Nur Navaloha that only produced 21 pcs in B.E. 2521.

The 1st batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan produced in B.E. 2521

The mould had been copied from Phra Roop Meuan Nur Loha (metal). The mould was made from hard plastic. During the pressing process of 157 amulets, the mould was broken at the left base of the amulet. This batch of Phra Roop Meuan Nur Phong has been named “Roon Raek Phim Block Taek” (the 1st batch from the broken block/mould).

For this batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan, Phra Kru Viroj Kittikhun (presently the Abbot of Wat Pradochimplee) had intention to give to the people who donated money to buy the land to extend a cave named Singto Thong (golden lion cave) in Ratchaburi province where LP Toh had contacted to purchase.

Khun Surat Mooputharak (Aun Songsin) who has high respects for LP Toh brought this batch of amulets to his friends who were also LP Toh’s followers to donate the fund to purchase the land at the cave Singto Thong. For every contribution of Baht 2,000, the donater will get an amulet of Phra Phong Roop Meuan. The whole batch was completely taken within a few days.

This 1st batch was possessed by LP Toh’s followers who lived in Jakrawas and Sampeng (nearby the China Town = old commercial area where rich Chinese traders live). This batch is rarely found in the market as the owners would not let go.

The 2nd batch was produced in B.E. 2523

Phra Kru Viroj Kittikhun subsequently repaired the mould by using Epoxy glue. Before pressing the amulets, he tried to produce 50 amulets of which the Nur Pong (powder material) did not contain Tang Ew Oil, but only with powder and water. Consequently, the amulets were shrinked so this trial batch was called “Roon Long Pim” (Trial mould amulets) while some other people called it “Roon Block Nam” (Water block).

This 2nd batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan used the materials from broken amulets of Phra Somdej Maruekhataiyawan of about 1 cigarette can, broken amulets of Phra Lampoon mixed with powder according to the formula of Wat Mai Amataros. There was no powder of Wat Pak Nam as misunderstood by some people.

After mixing all the powder materials, 10,000 amulets were pressed. In this batch, the amulets were big and the quantity produced was large too; however, the characteristic of some amulets were different. The earlier quantity that were produced were darker in colour and the pressing quality was deeper, while the latter quantities were lighter in colour and the pressing quality was shallower.

The 3rd batch of Phra Phong Roop Meuan (Roon Fang Takrood = with embossed Takrood) were produced at the same time as 2nd batch. However, this 3rd batch has Takrood at the base of the amulets. Quantity produced was only 400 pcs.

Phra Phong Roop Meuan LP Toh Phim Yai that had been produced 3 times has a strong and graceful characteristic. Though LP Toh was a small figure monk, he liked to produce big amulets. Most of his amulets were big mould types, eg. Phra Pidta Phim Jumbo (Jumbo Neung), some batches of Phra Somdej, and the Phra Phong Roop Meuan. This mould is big with a 4-cm, 2.8-cm width and 1.2 cm depth. LP Toh’s image sat in meditation posture in full frame. At the seat there is a Thai word “Phra Sangvoravimon Tera” (The Thai name in the monkhood) which was LP Toh’s designation/rank in B.E. 2521. At the back of the amulet is Yantrinisinghe (Yan-tri-ni-sing-he) with a Thai word “Wat Pradoochimplee LP Toh”. Many people who had worn them had good experiences of safety (from accidents, or whatever physical risks), while it was also good for those in the trading business as well. Many traders in Jakrawas and Sampen confirmed to this fact and that LP Toh’s amulets make honest and good people rich.

(Thank you to Khun Panida for the translation from the LP Toh Blue Book).


LP Toh Phra Kring Roon Raek (BE 2515)

April 9, 2007

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BACKGROUND

This amulet was produced by Khun Anake Leeratoempong (Khun Mak) in B.E. 2515. Initially, Khun Anake intended to produce Buddha images of “Phra Buddha Chinnarat” but after a reconsideration, he consulted LP Toh to produce a batch of Phra Kring in order to raise the fund to renovate the temple. LP Toh gave permission as requested. For this production, Khun Anake contacted Chang Rat (Technician) to be the one who poured the melted gold to make the phim. There were one Phra Bucha Buddha Chinnarat, and the left-over materials were used to produce Phra Kring Roon Raek 500 pcs, Phra Buddha Chinnarat 79 pcs (amulets) and Phra Somdej Phim Luek (deep embossed Phim) 20 pcs.

PHRA KRING ROON RAEK

Quantity produced was 500 pcs. The characteristic is the same as Phra Kring Lang “Pi” as
produced by Wat Suthas. Before the production of Phra Kring Roon Raek, all devotees of LP Toh made a lot bookings, but when the production was out, the outcome was below their expectation (less beautiful) as the production was made according to the old style which the amulets were not trimmed or decorated. Since the committee did not have any experience with the booking of amulet, there were many orders made by words-of-mouth only. Some ordered 10 amulets, but only took 1 piece when they saw the final amulets. Because of that, there were a great number of stocks left.

The first 300 pieces were taken by the devotees and the temple embossed them with
code of Dok Chan 16 Chaek (16 directions asterisk) surrounding “Tor” (Thai Alphabet = LP Toh). The remaining 200 pieces were kept in the temple without embossing as there were no takers. Later, there were some great experiences encountered by the devotees who took the amulets, while some of them also heard from LP Toh that this Phra Kring Roon Raek could do Nam Mon (Holy blessed water), and thus all the remaining pieces were rented out without hesitation.

When the temple want to release the rest of 200 amulets, it was found out that the embossing stick for the 16-chaek code was damaged so the temple ordered a new embossing stick with 9-chaek code surrounding “Tor”. All 200 amulets were rented out in a short period of time.

(Information obtained from LP Toh blue-colored book. Thank you to Khun Panida for translating the Thai text).


Killing of ants in a Penang temple

April 3, 2007

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Several weeks ago, you may have read about the ant infestation in a Penang temple. The news obviously gained a lot of international interests, and was also reported in BBC, Chicago Tribune, etc.

I am the assassin of the temple ants. For your information, Tetraponera rufonigra is not a species that you want the general public to mess around with. For your information, they are not red-imported fire ants (RIFA), and they certainly inflict a more drastic effect that RIFA. This species bites and stings, and the sting is extremely painful. Commonly known as “semut Selangor” in Malaysia, there have been many hospital cases where kids got admitted into hospital because of the stings. Some people fainted after the sting as well.

When I first saw the situation at the temple, I was contemplating whether to go with a least toxic method (such as baiting with toxic compound), or to spray with non-repellent insecticides. After weighing all the consequences, I decided to go with the latter because:

1. I cannot afford to have the ants to continue foraging around, biting temple devotees and monks, while my baiting method is taking effect – I need swift action.

2. This species (T. rufonigra) is a lone forager – they do not forage in big numbers like RIFA, Pharaoh?s ant, Argentine ant, or most common ant species. Thus, baiting will be ineffective against this species. Other ant species that do not respond well to baits include crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis).

Another consideration that I have to decide was the concentration of insecticide to use. I do not want to use high concentrations, because I do want the ants to be killed upon contact. I want them to have time to go back to the nest, and via social-grooming, pass on the toxic compound to their other colony members and subsquently results in colony elimination. I do not resort to methods such as using herb or spice barrier because such methods are only temporary measures. Within a week or two, the effects of spice/nutmegs, etc will subside and the ants will be back.

Well, my plan and consideration pays off well. I was at the temple yesterday, and the colony at the Bodhi tree has been eliminated. Of course, we can still see a small number of ants along the perimeter of the temple which were coming in from the no-man?s land on the outside, or leftovers from the earlier exercise.

Now that the ant problem is solved, the temple should look into ways to minimize future infestation such as to trim the tree branches that touched the roof-top of the buildings to minimize the path of the ants getting into the living quarters.

Now, here is the irony part. Good Buddhists are not supposed to kill, but what about in this type of situation. What about if a buddhist temple is infested by termites? Should we not kill the termites, and let the temple roof collapsed and kill temple devotees, or the other way around? Very thought-provoking indeed, at least it is for me being a buddhist.


Phra Kring Saifa (BE 2520)

April 2, 2007

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(this amulet set belongs to my Thai friend)

The Phra Kring Saifa used the same mould (phim) with Phra Kring Yai Peng Yong by using the formula/process of making Phra Kring according to the formula/process of Wat Suthas. Total amulets produced were 2,520 (only 500 amulets in this quantity with 3 codes). The ceremony was done in the same time as Phra Kring – Phra Chaiwat Peng Yong which was on full moon night of 12th month of B.E. 2520 (Lunar month for Thai).

The ceremony was done inside the main temple of Wat Suthas. The name “Sai Fa” came from the time LP Toh was blessing, there was a flash moving down to the area so people called this batch according to what was observed.


Phra Somdej Lang Khao Sam Dam (BE 2516)

April 2, 2007

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(written by Bro Smoke):

In B.E.2516, Luang Pu Toh wished to raise funds for the repair and restoration of Wat Pradoochimplee and it was still undecided as to which mould of amulets to make to distribute out to the donors.

During that year, a village leader from Kampaeng Petch arrived and presented a bag of black glutinous rice (Khao San Dam) that was found in the former Kampaeng Petch province. As these black glutinous rice were found from the same Chedi as Phra Leela Kampaeng Petch (Thung Sethi), it is estimated that these rice were ancient and exceeded 1,000 years old. When Luang Pu Toh received this bag of ancient black glutinous rice, he sat down to meditate on the bag of ancient black glutinous rice as the object of meditation. As he arose from his mediation, he announced that this bag of rice were of excellence in virtues (Koon Wiset).

After he was presented this bag of black glutinous rice, he departed for Wat Rakhang Kositaram and consulted with the senior monks there as to how to make the best use of the bag of ancient glutinous rice. It was decided that 2 different phim of Somdej were to be produced, Phim ProkPo Lang Yant Trinisinghae and Phim Than Singha Lang Yant Trinisinghae. A total of 7,500 pieces were produced for both phims and every piece was inserted with a single black glutinous rice.

This batch of amulets was consecrated on Saoha Day (Saturday, 5th day of the 5th Waxing Moon) which was considered an auspicious day and all consecrated pieces were entirely distributed out to the devotees in Wat Pradoochimplee. The money raised from donations allowed the temple to proceed its restoration and reparations works.

The devotees who wore this piece gave the feedback as such that on many occasions, they were able to miss or escape any form of danger (kleaw klaad) and also good fortune were bestowed on them. This is most likely because of the black glutinous rice that were found in the same chedi of Phra Leela Thung Sethi, which has the most famous saying that “those who own me will never be poor”.

It is seldom that this piece is seen in the open market due to its moderate quantity, popularity and origin. Most people who obtained this piece directly from Luang Pu Toh will not sell away their pieces or trade for other amulets.

It is important to note that as the amulet was consecrated in Wat Rakhang, the powder and texture will look significantly different from all other Luang Pu Toh’s amulets. It is also extremely important that one should learn how to identify and study this piece carefully due to the high-end imitations that are easily found in the open market.


Phra Kring Trilokachet (BE 2521)

April 2, 2007

Phra Kring Trilokachet (BE 2521)

This Phra Kring Tri Lokachet was consecrated by Luang Pu Toh, and was released in B.E. 2521. The amulet that I got came along with its original temple box which read on the box cover:

Phra Kring
Tri Lokachet
Produced at Wat Sutas
Dated 23 November B.E. 2521.

According to Brother Smoke, ‘Tri Lokachet’ is likely referring to the Ruler of 3 Realms. ‘Tri’ = Three (3), ‘Loka’ = Realm (Earth, Heaven and Hell), and ‘Chet’ probably refers to ruler/conqueror/victor.

*****Information from Red book (page 163)*****

Pra Kring “Tri Lokachet” B.E. 2521

- Use Pra Kring Nong Sae, the old Pra Kring to make the mould (phim).
Blessed for 3 times : 1st time at Wat Sutas with LP Toh in the blessing
ceremony, 2nd time at Wat Prasri Ratanamahathat Pitsanuloke Province, 3rd
time at Wat Pradochimpree by LP Toh himself.

- Numbers of production 318 pcs.
Pra Kring is red tone. At the bottom of Pra Kring was cut deep like a bottom of a bowl and this mould (pim) is called “Khon Tuay”. There are another lot of 99 pcs produced by Khun Pengyong, using the same mould (pim) + the rest of the holders (branch) of Pra Kring Tri Lokachet (1st batch). Therefore, the colour is black and the bottom of the amulet is flat. This batch is called “Than Riab” (flat base)

- Both moulds (pim)and both batches were stamped with water drop code at the
back of the pin located at the right of Pra Kring. Some amulets from pim “Khon Tuay” were written (in Bali) beautifully but some did not. However, every Pra Kring must be stamped. If no stamp, it is fake.

******Information from Blue book (cover showing Thai King helping LP Toh) (pg 114 – 115) *******

This batch of Pra Kring, KhunWichai Uthaisuthichit (Lim Krungthai) requested and approval from LP Toh to produce in order to give to the people who contribute to LP and to give to all friends, associates who pay respects to LP Toh.

Khun Wichai used Pra Kring Nong Sae (old Pra Kring) as the mould (pim). Ajarn Malee is the one who made the mould. Ceremony of pouring gold plates was done at Wat Sutas in B.E. 2521. The blessing had been done 3 times at Wat Sutas which was the big ceremony and LP Toh was present in the chanting.

The 2nd time was at Wat Prasri Ratanamahathat (Pra Budhachinarat) Pitsanuloke Province and the 3rd time LP Toh blessed them at Wat Pradochimpree by himself that lasted 3 hours.

This batch of Pra Kring is searched by people and collectors who know the history, but it is a pity that the number of production is only limited to 318 pcs. Khun Wichai donated some of the amulets to Wat Chang in Nakhon Nayoke Province in order to be given to people who contributed for the construction of the sanctuary according to whom Ajarn Nirun Tangwichit recommended. The rest of the amulets were distributed to all friends.

Pra Kring “Tri Lokachet” has beautiful characteristics. The pouring of gold plate was done neatly. The colour of the amulet is in red tone and the bottom of the amulet was cut deep like a bottom of a bowl called “Khon Tuay”

In the same ceremony, Khun Pracha Sriwinyanon (Pengyong) used the same mould of Pra Kring Lokachet to produce a batch of 99 pcs Pra Kring by adding the holders of Pra Kring Pengyong which kept by Khun Pracha + gold plate valued 5 Baht (5 x 15 gm). The colour of this batch is black and the bottom of the amulet is flat.

The Pra Kring Than Riab (flat base) had been divided into 4 parts. Two parts with Khun Wichai and 1 part each with Khun Pracha and Khun Kiatisak (Neng). The rest was distributed to friends at Baht 1,500 per amulet. The money had been contributed to merit.

Both batches of Pra Kring Lokachet would have water drop code similar to Bangkok Bank Logo stamped at the pin (located at the right of the amulet). If there is no such stamp, it is fake as there are some people copy the amulet to reproduce a mould for the fake amulet. So people who are interested in this amulet must be very cautious.


Biography of Luang Pu Toh (Wat Pradochimplee)

April 2, 2007

The revered Luang Pu Toh with the present Thai King

Prarat Sangwalapimon or Luang Pu Toh Intasuwano was born on 27 March 2430 in Ban Klong Nang Noi, Jangwat Samutsongkram (near Bangkok) to Khun Loy and Khun Tub Ruttanakon. He has a younger brother named Chuey. When he was 13, his parents passed away, and a relative named Luang Phor Kaew sent him to Wat Pradochimpree where he learnt under Luang Pu Suek. He studied dhamma under the then abbot, LP Phrom. He was ordained as a novice when he was 17, but unfortunately LP Suek passed away a day after the ordination. At that time, Khun Klai and Khun Pun (relatives of LP Suek) helped to support LP Toh until he was 20, when he was ordained as a monk. This happened at 3.30 pm on 16 July 2450 by LP Saeng of Wat Paknam. Also present as the preceptors were Praku Tamawirat (Chei) of Wat Gum Paeng and Praku Argatrahnusit (Porng) of Wat Nuanoradit. He was renamed ‘Intasuwano’ by LP Kum who was then the Abbot of Wat Pradochimpree.

After Ajaan Phrom passed away, LP Toh went to study dhamma under LP Rong of Wat Tagrabeua (Samusakon Province), LP Nium of Wat Noi (Supanburi Province) and LP Pum of Wat Bangklo (Bangkok). Sometimes, he also went Tudong in Northern Thailand. Because of his desire to learn more, he also moved to Wat Bhoti in Bangkok.

However, at the age of 26, he returned back to Wat Pradochimpree to succeed LP Kum who resigned from abbot position at the temple. He got to know LP Sodh of Wat Paknam, and they became close friends. Through the introduction of LP Pan of Wat Bangnonko (Ayudhya), he went to study magical science under Luang Phor Nong.

Even as Abbot of the temple, LP Toh would spend much time travelling to seek the knowledge that he desired. When LP Toh began to join the Buddhist ceremonies he also attempted to seek further knowledge. A close follower of LP Toh revealed that every time he was invited to a ceremony he would touch the sacred thread, and incredibly would know the strength of the magic power, if the power was strong he would enquire as to who created the sacred thread in order to learn further.
LP Toh was very popular and highly respected in Bangkok and involved in many mass chanting of amulets such as Phra Somdej Luang Por Pae Roon Raek chanting at Wat Suthat in BE2494, 25 Puttawat chanting in BE2500, Phra Luang Poo Thuat chanting at Wat Prasat in BE2506B, Phra Somdej 09 chanting at Wat Bahn Koon Prom in BE2509, Phra Somdej Roy Pee chanting at Wat Rakang in BE2515 etc. Whenever there were ceremonies such amulet chanting, fund raising etc, LP Toh would be invited, because by nature of hearing that he is invited, many people will come and give support.

Besides the general public, the present King of Thailand and the royal family respected Luang Poo Toh very much too. One can see from many photographs of the royal family had taken with Luang Poo Toh.

In BE2463, Luang Poo chanted the first batch of amulets made of Neua Phong. The most popular Pim from this batch is the Pra Somdej KaToh , which is very rare and expensive now. Since that time, Luang Poo Toh continue to chant many batches of amulets of many types, such as Pra Pidta, Somdej, Roop Meuan and Rians etc. All Luang Pu Toh’s amulets are very well-proven to be able to protect people from accidents and hardship.

He remained as the Abbot of the temple until his death on 5 March 2524. Luang Pu Toh was succeeded by LP Virojana-kittikun, who is the present abbot.


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