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Jan Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee – The Top 5 Most Cherished Sacred Ornament in Thailand

Jan Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee – The Top 5 Most Cherished Sacred Ornament in Thailand

 

Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee – The Top 5 Most Cherished Sacred Ornament in Thailand

 

 

Throughout the ages, the pursuit of the occult, both by secular as well as religious practitioners, has resulted in a staggering plethora of amulets entering public consciousness. These are crafted from a veritable cornucopia of mysterious materials and are aimed at achieving a dizzying variety of effects (such as defense, offense, charm, evasion, etc). Many masters originally honed their craft through the creation of weapons and charms for war, but eventually channeled this knowledge into the creation of amulets.

Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee

are five sacred objects not affiliated with the Buddha, or any associated imagery. They are widely believed to be some of the most powerful objects in the realm of Thai wicha. Here are the top 5 examples of these objects, which are often referred to as “Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee”.

 

1. Takrut Maha Sorot Mongkon

by Luang Pu Eiam, Wat Sapansung

 

 

Takrut Maha Sorot Mongkon of Luang Pu Eiam are widely considered to be the “King of All Takrut”. Many surviving examples are more than a century old. These takrut were created in varying sizes and styles, across several batches (read our article on Takrut Maha Sorot Mongkon of Luang Phor Eiam for more information). Most examples are crafted from brass. Some early examples of his handiwork were made from copper or lead. Each takrut is inscribed with Yant Sorot Mongkon

(an extremely sacred talisman), surrounded by Khata Itipiso
. Geji
believe that the Yant draws blessings from different realms; 16 realms from the heavens , manifesting as Realms of Form (Rūpadhātu
), and the 15 realms of Desire (Kāmadhātu
), similar to the legend of Mount Sumeru
, but differing slightly from the 31 planes of existence highlighted in the Pali canon of Buddhist scriptures. These are believed to protect a bearer from evil and danger, and draw auspiciousness into his life.

In the Pali canon, there are 3 worlds; Formless Realms, Realms of Form and The Realms of Desire. There are 4 planes in the Formless Realms which are difficult to access, and impermeable to prayers from our realm. The Realm of Forms has 16 planes. An additional 11 planes constitute the Realm of Desire, making up the 31 planes of existence contained in 3 worlds (Triloka

).

 

Perhaps wicha sorcerers of days past, included all the kingdoms found in these 11 planes of Desire; including the 7 heavens, the 4 continents surrounding Mount Sumeru, the Animal plane, the Hungry Ghost plane, as well the Hot & Cold Hells, resulting in a tally of 15 in The Realms of Desire instead.

Bearers of these amulets are protected from all forms of evil and sorcery, and will enjoy a life filled with prosperity and blessings. They also excels in other aspects, such as Klaew Klad

, Kongkrapan
, and a high level of Metta Mahaniyom
. They are thus extremely sought-after by collectors.

 

2. BiaGae

by Luang Pu Rod, Wat Nai Rong

 

The creation of Bia Kae (refer to our article on “What is BiaGae”) is a complex, multi-faceted affair requiring the participation of a series of craftsmen and spiritually-adept masters. Its origins are brimming in the pools from which the myth of Creation sprung forth, and their symbolism is closely tied with the horn that heralded it. The process begins with specially-selected cowrie shells, possessing 32 teeth. Shrines are set up to worship Witthayathorn

(Angel Musicians) or Khontan
, and special grade of mercury is prepared. This mercury is poured over a blade that touches the mouth of the shell, allowing the mercury to run into the hollow. Akara, Katha Phra Jao Sib Hok Phra Ong
and Yant Trinisinghae
, are inscribed on the shell, and it is consecrated with spells. Biagae is conduit for all forms of sacred blessings, including Metta Mahaniyom, Maha Ut, Kongkrapan, Klaew Klad, and offers protection from Black Magic, in accordance with the creation myth connected to Lord Vishnu.

 

3.  Paladkhik

by Luang Phor Leu, Wat Sao Cha-ngok

 

Luang Phor Leu, Wat Sao Cha-ngok is the Geji who created the Palad Khik that gained fame in the Asia Burapha war. He created them one quiet night, by placing the phalluses into his alms bowl, and entering a deep state of meditation. Through constant recitation of spells, the amulets began to move and jump like fishes, as they were imbued with blessings from higher planes. Any of the phalluses that jumped out of the bowl, were deemed fully consecrated.

These amulets have powerful effects on Kongkrapan, Metta Mahaniyom, and help to drive away evil and demonic entities. The blessings they bring are manifold, due to their inherent sacredness.

 

4.  Kieow Suea

by Luang Phor Parn, Wat Bang Hia

 

Luang Phor Parn’s Kieow Suea was made from real tiger fangs. Some are carved from whole fangs, and others, fragments of them. The best fangs have a hollow center, as these are believed to store strong mystical energies, even without the aid of additional consecration. During the consecration process, the amulets were said to have come alive due to Luang Phor’s chants, acting as if they were little tigers themselves (refer to our article on Kieow Suea Keh Pen Roop Suea, the tiger tooth amulets of Luang Phor Parn, Wat Bang Hia).
Authentic examples may be identified by a few key traits; the tiger’s face looks like a cat, its ears resemble a rat’s ears, and its eyes should be dice-like. Yant Kor Ya

is also inscribed under the base.
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The inherent sanctity of these amulets are beyond compare. Many firsthand accounts of the miracles border on the unbelievable. They are thus regarded as one of the Top 5 Kreung Rang Benja Phakhee.

 

5. Hanuman

by Luang Phor Soon, Wat Salakun

 

The Hanuman amulets of Luang Phor Soon were created from two trees that the master himself cultivated and cared for. These were a Pud Son

and Rak Son tree
, which he grew on the grounds of his home temple, and watered daily with holy water. At an auspicious time, he cut the trees down, and dried their wood. He sent the wood to craftsmen to have them expertly carved into Hanuman figures, which he carried back to the temple in his personal alms bowl. Every Saturday after, he prayed over the amulets. During the consecration ceremony, he sat atop a towering pile of weapons like guns, knives and spears. The Hanuman amulets were said to have come alive during the ceremony, dancing and leaping out of the alms bowl.

The Hanuman amulets of Luang Phor Soon are regarded as the pinnacle of Klaew Klad, Kongkrapan, and possess a high level of Metta Mahaniyom. They are also believed to help owners overcome insurmountable odds, in much the same way Hanuman assisted Rama.

These amulets are rare, and in extremely high demand, often commanding sky-high prices. Their scarcity has encouraged a thriving economy of counterfeiters. Special care must be taken to ensure that you are purchasing a genuine example.

An amulet’s powers are hard to fathom unless experienced first-hand. Relying entirely on external intervention, however, is never sufficient to ensure good fortunes. Aspiring towards the virtues of the masters who created them, however, will put you in good stead, ready to receive the assistance and support these amulets can offer to your life.

“But surely, happiness that depends on something is not happiness. The moment we depend for happiness on possessions, on people, or on ideas, those things become very important, and happiness passes us by. The very things on which we depend for our happiness become more important than happiness itself.”
J. Krishnamurti

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