Saturday, November 21, 2009

FAMOUS MONK-LUANG PHOR PERN, WAT BANG PRA

Luang Phor Pern Tithakunoe was Born inThambon Bang Gaew Nakhon Pathom on the 12th of August 2466.

Shortly after his Birth, his mother and father decided to move to live in the small Village of BaanTung Kork, in The district of Sorng Pi Norng province of SupannBurii.

Supan Burii was a territory that teemed with "Nak Laeng and infamous highwaymen including well known characters such as, Suea Dam, Suea Bai, and Suea Mahaesworn. (Interestingly it is now these very type of modern day characters that seek the protection from LP Pern)

At this time, Luang Phor Pern who was still a Layman, found it wise to source some magic charms to protect himself from the dangerous elements of the region.

In addition to this, Luang Phor Pern had always been attracted to Buddhist Magic used by warriors in the historic past. Suffice to say he was seriously interested in all things paranormal.

He sought out one of the most respected monk of his time, Luang Phor Daeng (Pra Kruu Suwannasaatugith). Luang Phor Daeng was based in the area at Wat Tung Kork, in Supannburii Province. Luang Phor Pern became a Lay Disciple of Luang Phor Daeng, who was in turn a disciple of Luang Phor Hnoeng (Wat Klong Madan); an Expert in matters of Sorcery.

At the age of 26 Luang Phor Pern would become ordained as a Monk. He was ordained by Phra Ajahn Huem, who was also his teacher in Buddha Magic and Sorcery.

Apart from that, Luang Phor Pern was a Disciple of "Agkara Khorm" , and a student of yant composition and application. His yant were renowned for their aesthetic beauty and the power that they carried. Luang Phor Pern studied
vipassana meditation with utmost dedication for many years and through these studies was able to become a disciple of the Great Luang Phor Opassi, one of the Greatest monks of the time, known for his powers of white magic.

After this, Luang Phor Pern went "Tudong" in the jungles of Western Thailand (Kanchanaburi) He crossed the border into the realm of Marit (Burma), through the remote areas of Saesawoe and Bang Graenggawia; Known in that time as being the thickest darkest Jungle, full of dangerous animals and unknown fevers.

According to Thai beliefs, there was also the added dangers of "Naang Mai" (wicked fairies and tree spirits), Phii Phoeng and Phii Phaa (Jungle ghosts) and all sorts of evil spirits. The inhabitants of this thickly forested and mountainous region were mostly Karen, many of whom became disciples of Luang Phor Pern.

Luang Phor Pern seemed to be loved and respected wherever he travelled, due to the fact that he posessed such a transparent personality that allowed all to see his great compassion and his power to help folk with his magic.
One day Luang Phor Pern was called upon by the local folk to become Abbot of Wat Tung Naang Hlorg (Temple of the field with the lady ghost), in Kanchanaburi, where he developed the temple during his five year stay. After this he returned to the jungles to practice the ancient ascetic meditation practices. (see reussi)

In the year 2509 admirers and disciples of Luang Phor Pern erected a statue of him in honour and respect of all the great acts of compassion he had performed for the folk of Nakhon Pathom province.

By this time Luang Phor Pern was Abbott of Wat Koeg Khaemaa in Nakorn Pathom, but after the erection of this statue, was invited to become Abbott of Wat Bang Phra Temple where he remained until his death in 2004.

In later years Luang Phor Pern and Wat Bang Phra was better known for spiritual tattoos or yant especially the tattoo festival in the month of March.

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