Luang Pu Kamphan Kosapanyo
Luang Pu Kamphan was born on 10th January, 1915. His secular name was Kamphan Srisuwong, and he was born to Mr. Ken
On 7th September 1932, at the age of 17, he ordained as a novice monk at Wat Sriboonreung
In 1939 however, when Luang Phor Kamphan was only 24 years old, tragedy struck. His mother passed away, leaving him with no choice but to leave the monkhood, in order to care for his two young sisters.
The secular life, however, was not for him. A few years later, at the age of 30, Luang Phor once again returned to his true calling in the Sangha. He once again ordained as a monk, settling into Wat Pah
In 1946, after attaining the Naktam ChanAke
There is a multitude of stories involving the supposed miraculous nature of events surrounding Luang Phor’s life, many of which are supposedly first-hand accounts from his disciples. Here are some, which help illustrate the holiness of his pursuits.
The Miracle of the Sand
This story was told by Eakkachai Chanthong
One day a group of off-duty soldiers had heard about a Wat Pah (a term used to refer to a temple situated within a forest) situated in Pla Pak district that was home to famous Geji. They set out to pay respects to the master. Seeking blessings and protection from the growing conflict, they implored Luang Pu Kamphan for amulets.
“I have nothing to give you, only the Dharma of the Lord Buddha to give,” he said. The soldiers, however, were persistent, seeking the master’s assistance with protecting them from any harm, which would surely disavow them the ability to protect their country. Finally, the master relented, asking them to retrieve some sand from the riverbank.
The next day, a group of soldiers, this time accompanied by curious villagers, returned, bearing sand from the Mekong River. Luang Phor Kamphan blessed and consecrated the sand, and distributed it among all those present. He is said to have converted the sand through an alchemic process similar to the revered Chao Khun Nor
Inevitably, as the conflict waged on, the troops who had received the sand amulets, clashed headlong into violent conflict with the Laos troops. Astoundingly, not a single man was harmed in the skirmishes, unlike troops from neighbouring regiments who did not carry the amulets. From then on, soldiers, police and nearby villagers poured into his temple on a near-constant basis, seeking the holy sand. This caused Luang Phor’s renown to grow exponentially.
Luang Pu is considered to have well and truly pierced the veil of holiness in his spiritual practices, such that even ordinary grains of sand would be consecrated by his touch. In his later years, his famous Phra Kring amulets also contained sand from the middle of the Mekong River, which he regularly consecrated and added to the base of nearly all his amulets.
Luang Pu Kamphan’s Amulet Saved Lives
This story was reported by KhaoSod
At the site, she saw a white Toyota pickup that had been flipped on its side, sprawled across a roadside ditch. The officers began to free the driver from the vehicle. The driver, 36-year old Watcharapong Faimeunwai
While driving along the road, he was beset upon by torrential rain and sudden gusts, ruining visibility and making it hard to drive properly. Suddenly, a car loomed past him at high speed, causing him to swerve sharply to try and avoid it, colliding with the sign and flipping the car multiple times, before being halted by a ditch.
About a one kilometer away from this accident, on the same day, a similar accident occurred due to the inclement weather. In this instance however, the driver was severely injured.
Both of these stories are simply examples of the dizzying number of accounts that exist from Luang Pu Kamphan’s lifetime. The true source of miracles however, are hard to pinpoint. Perhaps it gets a little easier, when a miracle happens to you. Please follow our other articles, for more astounding stories from the world of Wicha.