See Phueng by Luang Phor Thap of Wat Krabok Khuen Phueng “The Legend of Thailand’s Most Enchanted Lip Balm” Part 2: Sharing & Secrets
In Part 1, we explored the early origins of the See Pheung, as well as the array of esoteric ingredients that make up this mystical balm.
In Part 2, we will explore some accounts of its purported effectiveness, and discuss how to use See Pheung effectively.
All Boxes Great and Small
One of the most peculiar characteristics of See Pheung
The ritual to consecrate each batch of lip balm needed two or three days to complete, enough time for scores of devotees to gather at the temple, anxious to be among the benefactors of this magical substance.
As the ceremonies went on, it became normal for devotees from the area to come and go, periodically checking in on the progress. Those who traveled from further provinces often slept at the temple, and yet others enthusiastically volunteered to collect herbs and material for the master.
At the end of each consecration, after filling each box given to him, LP Thap would freely distribute the balm to everyone in attendance, warning them to use it for moral pursuits.
A Cut Above
See Phueng Khiaw
How To Use
Swipe a small amount of balm with a finger, and then touch it to your mouth. The finger you use, depends on who you are about to speak to:
– Using a thumb when speaking to a grown-up, or someone of high rank.
– Using an index finger when speaking to your peers or servants.
– Using a middle finger when speaking to the elderly or widowed.
– Using a ring finger when speaking to a young person.
– Using a little finger when speaking to someone younger than you.
While touching the balm, recite “Namo tutsa phakhawato arahato samma samphutthatsa”
Recite “Jitti, Mitti, Arahang, Piyangmama”
Should you wish to simply carry the balm on your person, recite the spell:
“Namo tutsa phakhawato arahato samma samphutthatsa (3 times)
Ukasa, Sampati, Jitti, Mitti, Arahang”
Though the balm may be used to attract members of the opposite sex, this should only be done when absolutely justifiable, and only in a responsible manner. Using it as a tool to satisfy your libido, will quickly turn a compulsive flirt’s life to tragedy and misery.
Some collectors may possess all three colours of the balm. These should be stored separately, and if in the same container, with clear demarcation between them to prevent intermingling.
Beauty & The Balm
In 1960, Rayong Province organized the Miss Rayong contest to promote tourism in the area. Near the day of the contest, a young beauty queen hopeful from Ban Khai
Luang Phor Thap consecrated some holy water and poured it over her head. He then gave her some of his famous lip balms and consecrated the powder she was to use on pageant day. She was instructed to carry the balm with her throughout the contest, and apply the powder each time she went on stage. To her astonishment, she won the contest, even with her acne-riddled face.
As the years went on, the story grew to become a legend. During each “Miss Rayong” pageant, contestants from Ban Khai district never fail to seek out a customary holy water wash over the head, as well as perform a Na Thong
How to recognize the real deal
Information about the dark brown and yellowish-white versions of the balm is extremely sparse, owing to their age and scarcity. The most popular, and readily available variant, the green one, is the subject of our guide to identifying the genuine article.
Opinions about the authentic characteristics of the balm vary. Some claim that genuine See Phueng Khiaw must be emerald or clear green. Others believe that it should be dark green. Our research has revealed that the color may vary between any of these shades, depending on the batch it came from.
Early batches of green See Pheung Khiaw had an emerald green color, with a slightly translucent appearance. One particular incident, however, led to its more intense green color commonly found today.
A devotee once brought a batch of green balm to Luang Phor Thap, seeking his help with additional consecration. The man has acquired this balm from a trader, instead of the temple.
When Luang Phor Thap saw the balm, he recognized it as the handiwork of Luang Phor Poh of Wat Ban Bueng Temple, Ubon Ratchathani
Following that incident, in an attempt to make his balm more recognizable from his master’s, Luang Phor Thap began adding more herbs to deepen the green hue of his balm. As a result, current versions of his balm are a deep, intense green color. Bluish-green examples are likely fake.
To discern if your green balm is genuine, you may rub a small amount inside a plastic bag, and hold it to the light. Examine it for traces of herbs, as fakes are often colored with dyes instead. The lack of distinct particles in the balm is usually a sign of a fake.
Additionally, the genuine balm should have a pleasant, light smell, though this may vary according to how the balm was stored. Due to its lack of preservatives, poorly-kept balm may suffer from degradation. Nevertheless, experts caution against purchasing balms that give off unpleasant smells, as this is usually a sign of a counterfeit.
From the information our research has uncovered, it can be concluded that there are three main types of See Phueng made by Luang Phor Thap: See Phueng Dam, which excels at Saneh, See Phueng Khao, which blesses users with Maha Amnaj, and See Phueng Khiaw, which offers outstanding for Metta Mahaniyom. With a little careful observation, it is entirely possible to verify the authenticity of your balm, although some experience helps. It is our hope that with educated observation, you might be able to discern if the balm in your hands is the genuine article, and hopefully experience its blessings in your own life.