Luang Phor Kalong

Luang Phor Kalong

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Kalong has been recognised as one of the guru monks of Thailand that practised the arts of mediation, telepathy and magical incantations. 

Luang Phor Kalong was born on BE 2462 Klong 7, Pathumthani Province. His mother was from Suphanburi Province. She was in fact the younger sister of Luang Phor Niam Wat Noi which made Luang Phor Kalong the nephew of Luang Phor Niam. It was told that before his birth, Bang, an old man living opposite was fishing in the night saw a Lersi holding a young child's hand that walked into the house. Bang was absolutely stunned. He raised his hands and joined his palm in gesture of respect and paid respect with full conviction. He then focused his mind to make a vow,” If what I saw is real may the child born in this house definitely be a boy. If it is so I will quit my occupation and cease hauling fish forever." Thereafter not long, Luang Phor Kalong’s mother gave birth to him and named him,"Kalong" – which means “flying crow”. As for Bang, he kept his vow and also kept silent about this matter. Ever since then Bang constantly kept an eye on little Kalong discreetly.

Luang Phor Kalong had an extra tooth in the centre of his upper palate since birth. This tooth has its similarity to Hanuman from the Ramayana epic, which has a mystical crystal fang. Luang Phor Kalong was hence perceived by nature, a miraculous monk. It is also why he is also known as Khiew Geow, which means ‘crystal tooth’.

Luang Phor Kalong commented on his amulets:

"The object which I consecrated with my concentrated mind will therefore have the value that will exceed gold. It will eventually be more difficult to come across than a jewel." Because of this comment, Luang Phor Kalong’s amulets were popular amongst the devotees.

When Luang Phor Kalong grew older, he became very interested in studying magical incantations. Luang Phor Kalong is recognised as one of Thailand's guru monks that practised in the arts of meditation, telepathy and magical incantations. 

When Luang Phor Kalong was learning magic from the Veda lineage with Luang Phor Niem and Luang Phor Seung at Wat Naboon until he completed the study. The two teachers then wrote a letter to entrust Luang Phor Kalong with another monk called Luang Phor Kukan. Luang Phor Kukan was 120 years old and a Cambodia Guru Master at Sisaket. He was actually the teacher of both Luang Phor Niem and Luang Phor Seung. Luang Phor Kalong narrated that the very first night staying with Luang Phor Kukan. A monk there was trying to test him. This monk was a local spirit doctor and also an expert in spell and charm. At midnight,Luang Phor Kalong was bewitched by that monk. He casted spell on a piece of wood, turning it into a thousand centipedes to harm Luang Phor Kalong. Luang Phor Kalong composed himself and used the tarkut he made personally tying it around his body. Together with the spell and charm that Luang Phor Kalong study from many teachers. It happened that not even a single centipede was able to harm him. At this moment there was enough time for Luang Phor Kalong to cast a spell to catch the centipede making it return and transformed back to wood as usual. Luang Phor Kalong knew who was testing him. 

Next morning, the monk that tested Luang Phor Kalong doesn’t dare to come forward to face him as he felt very ashamed of his action. Luang Phor Kalong then studied spell and charm with Luang Phor Kukan for a long time until Luang Phor Kukan finally handed down the occult book of heritage to Luang Phor Kalong. The content was about Kong Grapan - casting spells on things and releasing things. Presently, this book was well-preserved by Luang Phor Kalong. As the legend of Tiger head Lersi was related by Luang Phor Kalong a long time ago. Luang Phor Kalong said that when he was young he liked to go into the jungle and mountain in order to practice meditation in seclusion. This was for the benefit and welfare of Buddhism.

One day, Luang Phor Kalong went to spend his rain retreat at Wat Dao Dueng in Singburi province. At that time, the temple was badly dilapidated. During the first night of his stay, a strange incident happened. There was a strong wind blowing and ghostly screams were heard. On the second night, there was a strong rotting smell and also a mass of big black ants. There were about 10,000 ants crawling around the resting area of Luang Phor Kalong. On the third night, there were sounds of a giant as huge as a tree walking around. With regards to the various incidents that happened, Luang Phor Kalong dealt with them with his Discipline, Concentration and Wisdom. Skillful in Wicha Luang Phor Kalong surmounted the obstacles smoothly, until there was a shadow which appeared in the place where Luang Phor Kalong  was sitting and chanting. When Luang Phor Kalong opened his eyes, he saw an old man with a fierce looking face, who was over a hundred years old. The face gradually changed into the face of a ferocious tiger. Tiger head Lersi asked Luang Phor Kalong, "Venerable Sir, who are you and where did you come from?" Luang Phor Kalong answered, "I am Kalong, and I came for seclusion so as to practice meditation according to the teachings of the Buddha." Tiger head Lersi then told Luang Phor Kalong the truth, "The incidents that happened the last few nights arose mostly from my power. I thought that you were trying to challenge me." The Tiger head Lersi continued, "In my previous life, I was ordained at the time of the 2nd King of Ayutthaya, about 500 yrs ago. My name is Luang Phor Krut and we have practiced together." "In my previous life, I practiced the occult art of Seua Saming until I was very skillful. My body transformed from a monk into a Tiger-head Lersi because of Seua Saming's spell. This remained so until I passed away." "After death, I became Lersi Poo Seua and continued to practice until today." In order to prove that he was speaking the truth, Poo Seua brought Luang Phor Kalong to a secret treasure chest hidden under a large rubber tree. There were two 9" golden Buddha images inside. It was the proof that in their previous lives, Luang Phor Kalong and Luang Phor Krut made them together as an offering to the propagation of Buddhism.

In BE 2505, Luang Phor Kalong shifted to stay in Lopburi temple at Ampher Patthana Nikhom. Luang Phor Kalong developed the temple by building an ordination hall until it was finally completed in BE 2515. Luang Phor Kalong then shifted to stay in Wat Khao Laem and intended to build the 9 ordination halls. When Luang Phor Kalong was 90 years old in BE2551 going through 70 years of rain retreat. There is also a story regarding Luang Pu Toh Wat Pradoochimplee and Luang Phor Kalong. As Luang Phor Kalong had meditated with Luang Pu Toh on many occasions.T hey originally met at Wat Indrawiharn, Bangkhunbrom. Luang Pu Toh had pointed at Luang Phor Kalong while asking Luang Phor Chaem  Wat Nuannoradit who this monk was, and from where he came. He had said that he had never met a monk with such strong powers of telepathy. 

Luang Phor Kalong passed away in BE 2552.

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