Luang Phor Nong Thammaphutho (Phra Kru Thammakitkosol)
Wat Sai Khao,Pattani province
Early History and Life of Luang Phor Nong
His father’s name was Ruang Northong
He ordained as a novice monk at the age of 19 years at Wat Na Pradu
1965 (B.E. 2508) : He became the vice abbot at Wat Changhai
1971 (B.E. 2514) : He received the royal honorary monk’s title of Phra Kru Sanyabat Chan Tri
The Monk and His Character
Luang Phor Nong was a monk who preferred a simple life. He rejected any form of luxury, and did not yearn for any titlesor positions in the Buddhist committee. He cared solely for the welfare of Wat Sai Khao temple, its inhabitants and its community. All of the funds drawn from the donations of the laity or the sale of his amulets, were donated to charity. He donated to hospitals, schools, temples and even mosques. He never judged anyone by their religious inclinations. Once he was sick and was admitted into a hospital. Instead of enquiring about his own health, he asked the doctor, “Do you still need anything to help your community?”. It is these acts of selflessness that madeLuang Phor Nong respected and admired by the people of Pattani. He always taught others to donate to the less fortunate, and to always reach out to those facing hardship and troubles. He preached that the more one gives, the more one does to reduce their greed and attachments.
His exemplary behaviour is an exact reflection ofhis name “Thammaputho” (the teachings of the Buddha); performing Dana
Sahathammik (Confidant) between Luang Phor Tim and Luang Phor Nong
Path leading to his fame of Luang Phor Thuad amulets
In 1954, both masters were creating and blessing amulets of renown, such asLuang Phor Thuad Nur Wan. These were popularly referred to asLuang Phor Thuad Wat Chang Hai. This style of amulet is much cherished by people inThailand, Malaysia and Singapore. Luang Phor Nong learnt the secret of effective Wicha Pluksek
Luang Phor Nong was initially reluctant to continue creating amulets in the style of Luang Phor Thuad. By providence, one day while entering a state of intense focus during meditation, Luang Phor Tim saw a prophetic vision, which he attributed to Luang Phor Nong. In his vision, he saw that Luang Nong was successful in creating powerful and sacred batches of Luang Phor Tuad amulets, and insisted that he should start consecrating them immediately. Up to this point, although Luang Phor Nong had inherited all the Wicha Plusek from Luang Phor Tim, he had never consecrated his own batch,only assisting Luang Phor Tim during all prior consecration ceremonies.
Embracing his path as a powerful Geji Ajarn
A short while before Luang Phor Tim’s passing, he had a premonition about his own impending death. He paid his final visit to his Kalyanamitta of many years, Luang Phor Nong. He beseeched Luang Phor Nong to take good care of Wat Changhai after his passing. He then dedicated his merits, saying, “May all the merits I have accumulated from my lifetime, be dedicated to you, my friend, and may we remain Dhamma friends in our next life.”
The memorial book of the royal cremation ceremony of Luang Por Nong Wat Sai Khao on 20 May 2002, details the creation and consecration of Takrud Narai Pleang Roob. It contains an account of the seemingly miraculous manner in which Luang Phor obtained the requisite katha
The resulting amulets were christenedTakrud Narai Pleang Roob, and their fame has only grown in the years to follow. They are known to protect their owners from danger, as well as possessing the distinct advantage of imbuing them with Metta Mahaniyom
There are several forms of TakrutNarai Pleang Roop, which may be divided into the following categories:
- TakrudPlok Look Puen(Takrudfashioned from spent rounds of .22 mm, .38mm, and 11mm ammunition). It was estimated that Luang Phor Nong began to consecrate these in 1953 (B.E. 2496). They began appearing in the amulet boxesfrom Wat Sai Khao in 1971 (B.E. 2514). These are considered first batch (Roon Raek).
- Takrud Ngern(takruts made from silver); these began to be consecrated in 1992 (B.E. 2535), and looked vastly different from the 1971 version.
- Takrud Nur Thong Kham(takrut made from gold). These were made for a period of 4-5 years from 1994, until he passedon. There are 2 sizes, big and small. From 1998-1999, the takrut were inscribed withthe code“นรัศมี”, “นะ” and “อุ”. These were made by a gold shop.
- Some batches were made of completely different materials, such as cannonball shells.Luang Phor created these on a case by case basis, but the consecration and imbued powers are considered to be the same as the other variants.
Many monks have consecrated amulets, but very few have become as famous as the legendary Luang Phor Tim and Luang Phor Nong. Prices of these amulets have soared over the years since their creation, and it is believed that they will only become more rare and pricey over the next coming years.
Owners of these Luang Phor Thuad amulets have witnessed many miracles, and are often unwilling to let go of their own pieces, choosing instead to pass them down to future generations as cherished heirlooms.
Are these prices the result of manipulation, faith, or the actual miraculous powers of the amulets themselves? Perhaps only the people who have owned one, will ever truly know the answer.