Luang Phor Thongsuk Inn Ta Chohtoh
 

of Wat Tanod Luang
at Tambon Bangkow
, Ampur Cha-am
, Changwat Phetchaburi

Luang Phor Thongsuk

Luang Phor Thongsuk

 

Youth

Luang Phor’s birth name was Suk

. His family name was Deelerd
. He was born on 19th May B.E. 2420, the day of Keurn Gao Kam Pee Chaloo
, or the 9th day of a waxing moon, in the Year of the Cow. His father was named Joo, and his mother was named Tim. He was born in Barn TubDtai, Tambon Hin Lekfai, Kweang Muang Phetchaburi
, during the reign of King Rama V. There were a total of 6 children in the family.

 

When he was 9 years old, his parents moved to the area around Wat Pohtahwad, Ampur Barn Lad

, as they had relatives living there. Young Suk went to Wat Pohtahwad, where he studied martial and katha Arkhom
. As a young boy, he hung around the temple, assisting the monks, bringing them food and helping to clean the temple. The monks doted on him and taught him everything they knew. However young boy Suk was more interested in other less academic pursuits, like martial arts, or the esoteric knowledge of katha.

 

His family later relocated to Ampur Wat Pleng, Changwat Rachaburi

. By this time, he was a teenager, and, as with most people that age, always getting into trouble. He became a street thug, and because of his bravado, he soon became a gang chief with a substantial following. Not long after, he found himself wanted by the Police, and went on the lam. He escaped to a forest in Phetchaburi. After three excruciating days, and suffering from extreme hunger pangs, he emerged from the forest looking for food.

 

Upon entering the town, he saw people making Khaw Lam

(sticky rice mixed with coconut milk and black bean cooked inside bamboo). He asked for the food from the hawker, who promptly fainted at the sight of him. Young Suk’s forest ordeal had perhaps left him more than a little dishevelled.

 

Preparation of Khaw Lam

Preparation of Khaw Lam
(Picture Reference: Phaitoon Phengsakul/Shutterstock.com)

 

Khaw Lam (sticky rice mixed with coconut milk and black bean inside bamboo branches)

Khaw Lam (sticky rice mixed with coconut milk and black bean inside bamboo branches)
(Picture Reference: jpreat/Shutterstock.com)

 

Young Suk deeply regretted the state of his life. He reflected on the trouble he had caused, and the consequences his actions had yet to bear. In his heart, he knew that the gang life would only get progressively worse, full of hardship and suffering.

Turning over a new leaf

Young Suk’s status as a fugitive began to die down after some years, and he decided to abandon his old ways and ordain as a monk. He went to seek the help of his brother, Phra Kaen

, of Wat Pramot, at Ampur Wat Pleng, Changwat, Rachaburi
. At age 32, he ordained as a monk at the temple.

There were 3 senior monks present at his ordination ceremony. Luang Phor Tad of Wat Bang Wanthong

was his Preceptor, Luang Phor Tui
of Wat Pramot, was his Announcing Teacher/ First Ordination Teacher), and Luang Phor Khong of Wat Keaw Charoen was his 2nd Announcing Teacher/ 2nd Ordination Teacher. He stayed at Wat Pramot for some time but decided that he should travel to Wat Bang Wanthong to learn Vipassana
, a Buddhist Meditation of observing reality, from Luang Phor Tad.

Together with Luang Phor Khong of Wat Bangkraprom

, Luang Phor Piam of Wat Kohluk
, Luang Phor Nak of Wat HuaHin
, Luang Phor Jai of Wat Sadej
, Luang Phor Toh Wat Koothamsathit
, he acquired a large amount of knowledge of the skills and practices and spent years honing his proficiency in them. He then embarked on Tudong with 2 young Sammanen. He had some amazing and unexplained experiences during his travels, eventually arriving at Barn Bangkow, Ampur, Cha-am
. The villagers welcomed and respected him, and beseeched him to remain at Wat Tanod Laung
.

 

Achieving the fruits of Meditation

At the age of 38, Luang Phor Thongsuk took over from Luang Phor Tian as the abbot. Later he was promoted and given the title of “Phra Kru PhiNid Suttakhun

”. Luang Phor Thongsuk was known to have an aversion to having his photograph taken and would often close his eyes in pictures.
Luang Phor Thongsuk with his eyes closed

Luang Phor Thongsuk with his eyes closed

Luang Phor Thongsuk was proficient in katha and wicha. It was well known that he was able to help deranged or mentally unsound people regain their senses. He gains respect from many people as a result.

There were many accounts of Luang Phor Thongsuk’s supernatural powers.  One incident occurred when Luang Phor was travelling to officiate the opening ceremony of an Ubosot at Wat Chang TangkraJad

. He stopped by a creek to rest at night. Being thirsty from his travels, he decided to drink from the creek. A hunter saw his brown robes in the darkness and mistook him for a tiger. He panicked and fired two shots at the monk, but strangely, the gun jammed and was unable to fire any bullets, merely misfiring into an empty chamber. Luang Phor Thongsuk heard the commotion and emerged from the shadows. Only then did the hunter realize his mistake and apologize profusely to the monk.

Another incident occurred at his temple. The relatives of a possessed woman brought her to the temple to seek the monk’s help. Upon reaching the temple, one of the relatives hurried ahead to speak to Luang Phor, while the rest remained at the sala

. Upon hearing of what had transpired, the monk closed his eyes and recited some katha. According to the account, the monk entered a state of intense mental focus (samadhi
), where he conversed with the spirit who had possessed the lady. He recited katha to enable to spirit to end its anguish and turmoil and pass over into the afterlife, and the possession was instantly lifted.

 

Later Years

There was a man named Phon Aek Phraya Phahon Phon Payu Ha Sena

(Phot Phahon Yothin)
, the second Prime Minister of Siam. He simultaneously held several other posts in the ministry as well. In the year B.E. 2495, he requested that Luang Phor Thongsuk be his teacher, and participate in a ceremony to consecrate some amulets, (amulet Phra Kring Yod Mood
and Wean Mongkhon Kao
) together with 108 eminent monks of the time. The ceremony was to be held at Phra Ubosot, Wat Rachabophit
. Khun Phot also requested that Luang Phor use holy water to bless his guns and knives (Khun Phot was also Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Army), as well as bless his troops, who were headed into the Indochine War.
Phon Aek Phraya Phahon Phon Payu Ha Sena (Phot Phahon Yothin)

Phon Aek Phraya Phahon Phon Payu Ha Sena (Phot Phahon Yothin)

In B.E. 2500, Luang Phor attended his last consecration ceremony, called Phithi Puttapisek Phra Kreung Ngan Chalong 25 Puttasattawat

. It was held to commemorate the end of a Buddhist century, from B.E. 2400 to B.E. 2500, on Feb B.E. 2500. Not long after, Luang Phor Thongsuk fell ill and passed away on 13th Dec B.E. 2500. He was 80 years old.

 

Consecrated Items

Luang Phor Thongsuk was famous for wicha Bpow Kramom (the “blowing spells” of Maha Ut

and Kongkrapan Nang Neow
, that render a user invulnerable to attacks from weapons, after being “blown” onto their heads. He is also known to sakyant around your nipple, making the invulnerability permanent.

He was also renowned for wicha Napad Talod. Wicha Napad Talod is practised through the forceful exhalation of 3 breaths onto devotees, in order cleanse inauspiciousness, and bestow upon them baramee in work and luck, and Metta Mahaniyom

.

There were 2 incidents where Luang Phor exhibited his prowess with wicha. On one occasion, he inscribed “Na” on the trunk of a tree, and announced to his devotees that anyone able to retrieve the letter from the tree would be presented with a special prize. All who were present tried fervently, some even resorting to using an axe to cut off the bark with the letter on it. However, after hacking away for some time and even causing the tree to fall, they were unable to cut off the exact piece of bark with the letter written on it.

In another incident, a Sammanen was tasked by Luang Phor to inscribe yant on a stack of leaves. The Sammanen was young and inexperienced and was slow in his task. Luang Phor proceed to take the stack of leaves, inscribe the desired yant upon the topmost leaf, before blowing hard onto the entire stack. When the Sammanen checked the leaves, he found that the yant had miraculously been copied onto each and every leaf.

He has the heavenly eye for unobstructed seeing (Dibbacakkhu), as well as knowing the future (Anagatamsanana).

Some of his most famous amulets are:

Luk Om

– It was said that when people put his luk om into their mouth, they became invulnerable to weapons such as knives and guns.

Rian

– for general blessing and protection
2nd batch Rian B.E. 2498

2nd batch Rian B.E. 2498

 

Takrut Sarika

– the most famous of all his amulets. It was said that when Luang Phor consecrated his Takrut Sarika, he would throw them into a pail of water and recite his katha. Only the takrut that floated to the top would qualify for use. This exemplified the power of his wicha, as the takrut were written on metal, such as copper or lead. (Refer to our article on Takrut Pok Krang, Luang Phor Thongsuk).

 

Takrut Sarika, Luang Phor Thongsuk

Takrut Sarika, Luang Phor Thongsuk

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