Luang Phor Parn
Wat Bang Hia (Klong Dan)
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 a 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. One might guess that perhaps in ages past, there was an abundance of monitor lizards in the vicinity, thus leading the village, and by extension, the temple, to be named after them. More recently, the temple has also been rechristened “Wat Mongkhon Khothawat
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
Life as a Monk
After Ork Pansa
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
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 NaiPhrabathSomdej PhrachunlaJom KlaoJaoYooHua, page 36-37.
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
He also contributed to community work by building roads, such as the road from Klong Dan to Bang Priang
Luang Phor was recognized as a very powerful monk during the reign of King Rama V. He is also recognized not only as a Phra Geji Ajarn
He was promoted to Phra Kru Pipadnirothakit
- 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.
- Takrut Sarika
This takrut is approximately 1 inch long, and 0.5cm in width. It is made of takua, or thong daeng
- Takrut Maha Prab
Luang Phor wrote different yants on the takrut; yant KamNerdTorh