Amulets of Luang Por Chaeng, of Wat Bang Pang (2428 – 2500 BE)
During the Second World War, Luang Por Chaeng was a Pra Gaeji Ajarn Master Monk who played a significant role in Thai history. He was a well-known Vipassana Kammathana practice Master whose Mastery was well-known around the world. After Luang Por Pra Atigarn Jaroen, Luang Por Chaeng served as the second abbot of Wat Bang Pang in Nontaburi, Bangkok. He was frequently invited to participate in the biggest and most significant “Putta Pisek” (Buddha Abhiseka) blessing ceremonies in history, such as the Great Historical Ceremony of Empowerment of Magical Protective Yantra Clothes and “Suea Yant” Yantra Shirts for the Thai Military. His powerful psychic abilities to empower amulets were well-known within the Sangha on a National Level.
The Thai Buddhist Folk of all Provinces knew and revered these great monks, irrespective of how far away the hamlet was, all through the Second World War and the Indo-China Wars for their Kong Grapan Chadtri, Klaew Klaad, and Maha Ud Magic. Luang Por Jong of Wat Na Tang Nork in Ayutthaya, Luang Por Jad of Wat Bang Grabao Luang Por, and the renowned Luang Por Chaeng of Wat Bang Pang, Luang Por Juan, and Luang Por Opasi were unquestionably these great wartime era monks of tremendous magical power.
The Thai military was ordered into battle during the Indochina War, and a great ceremony was held with a great blessing ritual, empowered by four of the three prominent monks, Luang Por Jong, Luang Por Chaeng, Luang Por Jad, and Luang Por Chuan, to make Pha Prajiad Sipsee Pan Tong of Luang Por Chaeng, and Yantra Shirts of Luang Por Jad to safeguard them in the War.
Three point-blank bullets were fired at the legendary Pha Yant Prajiad by those soldiers, all of which were unsuccessful. The famous story of the French Military witnessing Thai soldiers being shot with bullets, who were knocked to the ground by the bullets, and then immediately stood up and carried on into battle as if nothing had hit them is entirely predicated on these Yantra of Luang Por Chaeng and the Yantra Shirts of Luang Por jad (Wat Bang Grabao). The Thai military was then alluded to as “Taharn Phi” by the French military (Ghost Soldiers).
Luang Por Chaeng held the Wicha of a number of Kroo Ba Ajarn, who bestowed him with their lineage secrets, including the Great Luang Por Parn of Wat bang Hia (Wat Klong Dan), LP Khai of Wat Cherng Lane, Luang Phu Chay of Wat Panan Cherng,, Pra Kanajarn Say (Luang Por Say), Luang Phu Sukh, of Wat Pak Klong Makham Tao, Luang Por Parn of Wat Bang Nom Kho, and the Great Luang Por Jong of Wat Na Tang Nork.
When Luang Por Chaeng was still alive and serving as the abbot of Wat Bang Pang, he received several requests from devotees every day but rarely turned any of them away. Some disciples who had heard of his magical prowess came to beseech the secrets of his Wicha in hope of becoming Sorcerors themselves and assist folk in their hometowns, whereas others came for Blessings, Amulets, and to heal their illnesses. Without error, Luang Por Chaeng would bless, hand out amulets, and heal his adherents. Luang Por Chaeng would always make the Looksit learn to build their meditative skill prior to actually permitting them to let them to develop moral fiber and the five precepts, in regard to those devotees who beseeched apprenticeship to learn how to cast spells with Kata Akom Incantations. He would still not reveal the methods and sequences of the Incantations until they had successfully overcome the darkest temptations. He would educate his pupils in the expulsion of ghosts and spirits from afflicted souls, the casting out of curses, and the healing of illnesses.
In regard to the craft of creating amulets, Luang Por Chaeng greatly respected Luang Por Parn of Wat Bang Nom Kho and learned a lot from him. As a result, he frequently created models for his amulets which were similar to the renowned Pra Pim Pra Putta Jao Pratap Sadtw Buddha riding Animals amulets and paid homage to them. He developed innovative designs that were comparable to those of Wat Bang Nom Kho but varied in design. This rendered his amulets very well acknowledged since at that time in Central Thailand, this was the preferred type amulet.
A wide variety of amulets were created by Luang Por Chaeng, including statuettes of the Buddha riding animals, other sacred powder amulets in small (Pim Lek), medium (Pim Klang), and large (Pim Yai) sizes, monk coins, the renowned Pha Yant Tong Yantra Flags, blessed sandgrains from Sai Sek, the highly sought-after and now scarce Pra Kring, and Pra Chaiyawat Loi Ongk Statuettes
Many different types of amulets were created by Luang Por Chaeng, including statuettes of the Buddha riding animals, other sacred powder amulets in small (Pim Lek), medium (Pim Klang), and large (Pim Yai) sizes, monk coins, the famous Pha Yant Tong Yantra Flags, Sai Sek blessed sandgrains, the highly coveted and now scarce Pra Kring and Pra Chaiyawat Loi Ongk Statuettes, Pra Prajam Wan (Birthday Buddha amulets), Nang Kwak beckoning lady, Pra Putta Kwak beckoning Buddha, Pra Sam Lia (triangular amulet), and of course, his renowned and incredibly popular Pra Sivali metallic Loi Ongk Statuette amulets, which were made using traditional casting techniques in a variety of shapes and sizes for Bucha on the altar as well as for wear as amulets. He used a variety of Muan Sarn material clays to create his sacred powder amulets, including Puttakun (Yantra Powders), Nuea Din (Earthen Clay), and Pong Nam Man (Oily Herbal Powders). The Pong Nam Man Oily powder variants are typically preferred by enthusiasts and amulet collectors over the other Muan Sarn Holy Powders, but the price difference between them is not as significant as the difference in rarity.
Luang Por Chaeng, who had served the ordained Sangha for 52 years, died peacefully on July 26th, 2500 BE, at the age of 72. In 2501 BCE, his remains were transported to Wat Makut Kasatriyaram and then cremated. During the cremation ceremony, a quantity of “Rian Khaw Hlaam” four-sided monk coins bearing an image of Luang Por Chaeng were issued to the devout as a sacred memento of Luang Por Chaeng.
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