Luang Phor Liew PanNakoh
Wat Rai Tang Tong, Tambon Toong Look Nok, Ampur Gampeng Saen, Changwat Nakhon Pathom
When Liew was young, he was quite different from other children, with a strong sense of responsibility that drove him to assist his parents with their backbreaking work in the field, rather than playing. He also assisted his father with carpentry, honing his skills in the process. He often had to travel long distances and work till he was completely exhausted, falling ill as a result. He developed a keen understanding of herbal remedies, to help bolster his health.
Journey to learn Saiyasart
In those days, Liew’s village was surrounded by jungle, and the brigands who terrorized the area would periodically tear through his village, pillaging and murdering. Witnessing these unspeakable acts of cruelty made Liew feel powerless, and he made up his mind to learn Arkhom (sorcery) to defend his village.
Accompanied by 2 of his cousins, he snuck away from home and travelled to the Karen tribes to learn Arkhom. The journey was fraught with all the dangers of the wilderness, and they were exposed to inclement weather, malaria, and attacks from wild beasts. One of his cousins even succumbed to these hazards during the journey. They were too far from home to carry his body back, so they decided to cremate him. The other cousin was very disheartened by his death and abandoned the journey. Liew continued the journey alone, eventually finding his way to the Karen tribes.
After successfully ridding his village of the scourge, Liew returned to Karen, this time to learn white sorcery. He learnt Thai traditional medicine, methods of determining the correct time for important ceremonies and events, and the skills required for the crafting of takrut kongkrapan from tiger skin and bamboo. After acquiring these skills, he returned to his village, and life of agriculture. He cultivated mushrooms and made charcoal to eke out a livelihood. He later married his wife, Nang Yod
Journey as a Monk
After many years of marriage however, Liew felt secular life was meaningless. At the age of 27, he sought permission from his parents to ordain as a monk. He travelled to Patha Sima Phra Ubosot
Luang Phor Liew returned to Kayan to see his old friend and master the chief, who was overjoyed that Luang Phor had not forgotten him. The chief decided to impart all of his knowledge to Luang Phor, including the katha maha mon maha wej. Luang Phor Liew stayed there for many Pansa. Next, he travelled to Southern Thailand to visit Luang Phor Daeng, at Wat Khao Bandai It, Changwat Petchaburi
After leaving Kayan, Luang Phor Liew visited Phor Tan Klai at Wat Suan Khan, Changwat Nakhon Sri Thammarat
Ajarn Aum was an imposing, tattooed man, famous for his oil sakyant. Prior to his visit, Luang Phor Liew was fully aware of Ajarn’s prowess with wicha and katha. At their meeting, Ajarn challenged Luang Phor Liew to a test of skill. Luang Phor replied that there no need for such a challenge, as he was aware of the extent of Ajarn’s powers.
But Ajarn Aum was too headstrong, continuing to issue his challenge. In a bid to deter him, Luang Phor Liew recited katha, and blew onto him. Ajarn Aum’s face immediately took on a completely different demeanour. His eyes bulged, he growled constantly, and his hand clutched as if he had claws. He had been possessed by the Tiger Spirit. Luang Phor held Ajarn’s head and said; “Suea Suea
Contributions to the Community
He made several contributions to the Buddhist community;
- In B.E. 2482, he renovated Wat Tah Sao, Changwat Supanburi, and built 3 new kuti and 1 Phra Ubosot there,
- In B.E. 2484, he stayed at Wat Sanam Yeh, Changwat Kanchanaburi, and renovated Kuti, Wiharn, Sala Garn Prian(the place which housed the bodies of recently-departed monks. also the same place where people carry out merit-making on bucha, an auspicious day for Buddhists) and Ubosot. He continued to support these construction efforts for 36 years.
- In B.E. 2520, he built Wat Saithong, at Tambon Jorakhepueak, Ampur Dan MakhamDtia, Changwat Kanchanaburi. Construction took 5 years.
- In B.E.2525, he built Wat Rai Tang Tong, Tambon Toong Look Nok, Ampur Gampeng Saen, Changwat Nakon Pathom, and became Zhao Awat there on 7th June B.E.2535,
- He returned to Wat Nong Or in B.E. 2540, in his hometown of Ampur Po Tah Ram, Changwat Petchaburi. At that time, the temple had only one monk. He undertook the project to build a new kuti, which took 5 months. In the middle of B.E. 2543, after the PuttaPisek of WathuMongkhon Roon Saoha, he fell sick. His family and students wanted to bring him to the hospital, but he insisted on obeying the laws of nature. He believed that all beings eventually fall sick and die, and he felt no need for medical attention. On Monday, 4th Sep 2543, 8.35pm, Luang Phor Liew passed away at Wat Nong Or. He was 95 years old and had completed 74 Pansa.