Luang Phor Parn was famous for his cat amulets carved from tiger fangs. These amulets are considered the best amulet for tiger wicha. He lived during the reign of King Rama V, residing in Wat Ban Hia. “Hia” refers to a monitor lizard, and may also be employed as derogatory word meaning “faeces”. Both these words were also often used as insults. For these reasons, the temple eventually changed its name to Wat Klong Dan
Luang Phor Parn was born in KhlongNangHong
In his formative years, Luang Phor Parn’s parents brought him to study at Wat Arun Ratchawararam
When he was 18, Luang Phor Parn desired to expand his social circle, including dating. One day while climbing the stairs leading to his girlfriend’s room, he suffered a nasty fall. These were no ordinary stairs however; they were made of Ton Takien, a type of wood that is believed by Thais to be extremely spiritual in nature (refer to our article on Ton Takien for more information about this belief). Luang Phor Parn took the fall as an omen; deciding that the mundane life was not for him, and that renouncing it in favour of ordainment was his destiny. He pondered for many days, and finally decided to become a monk at Wat Arun Ratchawararam.
Life as a Monk
His Preceptor was Zhao Khun SriSaKayamuni
Miracle of the Tiger wicha
In B.E.2442, at the Bang Hia river, holes appeared in the dam, and it began to leak, threatening the surrounding area. The people had repaired it repeatedly but were helpless to stem the ever-increasing danger to their safety. News of this reached King Rama V, and he came to investigate. He stayed for 3 days, and asked Luang Phor Parn to come and see him. Luang Phor was already 70 years old at the time.
The incidences that happened were recorded in a book, Phra RatchaNipon NaiPhrabathSomdej PhrachunlaJom KlaoJaoYooHua (Phra RatchaNipon means “Written by the King”, and the remaining words were the King’s full name). In it, the chapter “ReuangSadejPhraPat MonTonPraJin
In the book, it was written that Luang Phor Parn indeed heeded his call. The King had understood from the villagers that Luang Phor was excellent in Vipassana, Tudong practices and Saiyasart. He observed that Luang Phor was large-statured, very soft spoken, and relied on his assistant to relay messages to his audience.
The account tells of a strange incident. When Luang Phor went anywhere, it was customary for a young Dek Chai
Pod told Luang Phor that as they were crossing the river, the amulet had morphed into a tiger and leapt into water. The King was in disbelief. Could the child be immature enough to give a ridiculous explanation like that to his King? Upon hearing this, the whole congregation proceeded to the river, where Luang Phor grasped a handful of mud and shaped it into the likeness of a pig. He recited some spells, and attached it to a stick, waving it over the river. As he did that, a tiger leapt out of the water, furiously trying to catch the little mud-pig. Luang Phor continued to taunt the tiger, waving the effigy up and down just outside his grasp. The King was utterly convinced of his supernatural abilities, and requested for Luang Phor to stop.
Note: For a detailed account of these events, refer to the book Phra RatchaNipon
Luang Phor Parn : His Character
Luang Phor’s routine kept a strict, disciplined regimen. He begged for alms every morning, and perform suad mon chao yen (prayers in the morning and evening) every day at the Hor Suad Mon (hall for chanting). Sometimes he would pray for an entire day, reciting all the parittas in the book. He also recited the Patimok occasionally.
He also contributed to community work by building roads, such as the road from Klong Dan to Bang Priang
Luang Phor was recognized a s a very powerful monk during the reign of King Rama V. He is also recognized not only as a Phra Geji Ajarn (monk who is well versed in wicha) but also as a Dhamma monk, who adheres to Vipassana and Tudong austerity practices. He was so respected, that people installed and worshipped a statue in his likeness at his temple, as Luang Phor would often be away on long Tudong journeys. When Luang Phor learnt of the statue however, he relocated to Wat Phra Pathom
He was promoted to Phra Kru Pipadnirothakit
Luang Phor Parn’s most powerful amulets: Takrut Tone (Tone means one, meaning this takrut is an all-in-one for users) , Takrut Sarika and Takrut Maha Prab (overcome enemies)
1) Takrut Tone
This takrut is 4.5 inches long and 1.5 cm wide. It is made of takua (lead), and bound with string. It provides all the protection that one would require for a lifetime.
2) Takrut Sarika
This takrut is approximately 1 inch long, and 0.5cm in width. It is made of takua, or thong daeng, and a type of red string named Cheuak Lak Daeng was used to tie it. It is good for Maha Ut, KongKrapan, Amnaj and Metta Mahaniyom.
3) Takrut Maha Prab
Luang Phor wrote different yants on the takrut; yant KamNerdTorh