Luang Phor Hom

Luang Phor Hom

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Hom also known as Phra Kru Phawananuyoke was born on October BE 2433 in Amphur Ban Chang, Changwat Rayong. His father is Mr Nai Samrit while his mother is Mrs Nang Phoom Thongsamrit. He was the youngest among the 3 siblings. Luang Phor Hom only ordained as a monk at the age of 36 after fulfilling his duty to serve his parents and his preceptor was Luang Phor Khao Wat Thap Ma.

Luang Phor Hom spent his first rainy season learning about the Vinaya rules and also spent his time studying about Dharma. After learning from his Dharma teacher Luang Phor Chern Wat Maap Kha for 2 rainy seasons, Luang Phor Hom was very proficient in the Vinaya rules and also on Dharma teaching. He was considered a fast learner as he had surpassed many monks who ordained earlier than him but was around the same age. Luang Phor Chern also mentioned to other monks that he could see Luang Phor Hom becoming a well-respected guru monk due his unwavering self-discipline and intelligence. Not long after that, Luang Phor Chern gave Luang Phor Hom instructions to go to Chak Mak area in Amphur Ban Chang to advance his knowledge of the magic sciences and also to help the villagers to improve their lives.

Back in the days of BE 2471, Chak Mak area was still a wild jungle area that is full of wild animals such as elephants, tigers and wild boars that roamed around freely. There was a dilapidated monks' quarters which was unoccupied and after the villagers invited Luang Phor Hom to stay in the area, he made up his mind to restore the monks' quarters into a complete temple, later known as Wat Chak Mak. The entire process took him almost 10 years whereby he managed to raise 1,980,000 baht to do what he set out to do. The government even donated 200,000 baht for Luang Phor Hom to build schools in the area so that the children in Chak Mak area could receive some form of education. Even though at that period of time, wild animals were frequently spotted wandering nearby the temple but they were never once founded near the temple nor did they attack Luang Phor Hom and his devotees.

Luang Phor Hom's merits were noticed by King Rama 9. Hence he was given the rank of Dhamma Instructor in Pali Level 3 and the title Phra Kru Phawananuyoke during the state ceremony in celebrations of the King's birthday on 5th December BE 2507. As this was an important event in Luang Phor Hom's life, his disciples and devotees did their part by helping to consecrate a batch of Roop Meuan Luang Phor Hom which is inserted with a Kring inside. This was his first batch of Roop Meuan amulets and his second batch of Rian was also consecrated during this ceremony. In fact, every batch of amulets consecrated by Luang Phor Hom have many miracles which were related by witnesses. Everybody in the village believed that Luang Phor Hom's amulets were consecrated with the intention to help everyone and that it actually helped to alleviate their worries and sufferings.

Luang Phor Hom was one of the 108 famous guru monks who were invited to participate in the grand consecration ceremony of the Leela Sattawas amulets for the commemoration of 2,500 years of Buddhism. His reputation was so well-known in BE 2500 that after the consecration ceremony in Sanam Luang, there was a stampede caused by many devotees who rushed to get Luang Phor Hom to bless their amulets again personally. The situation was so chaotic that the lay disciples had to intervene and implore the devotees not to rush so that there will not be any danger or accidents.

Luang Phor Hom passed away peacefully at the age of 87 around 5 a.m. on 13th April BE 2520 in a hospital at the naval base of Sattaheep, Chonburi. Having spent 51 rainy seasons as a monk and on 23rd April BE 2521, he was cremated at Wat Chak Mak and the funeral pyre was officially lit by King Rama 9 who personally attended the ceremony.



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