Luang Phor Ngern

Luang Phor Ngern

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Ngern was born in BE 2351 at Bangklan in Pichit Province, Thailand. His given name “Ngern '' in Thai has the meaning of money or sliver. Both represent wealth to the householder. When he was a baby his parents did not have any financial hardship but rather enjoyed a easy life with him around.

We strongly believe that Luang Phor Ngern had attained Arahantship with special Abinna telepathy that was developed through his meditation practices with accordance to the way Buddha had prescribed. In those days there were no telephones or mobile phones like today’s modern world. Highly attained monks could communicate with each other from remote distances with meditation practices.

At the age of 12, he became a student of the famous guru monk Luang Phor Suk Wat Pak Klong Makamtao. 8 year later, which mean Luang Phor Ngern was 20 years old he ordained at Wat TongPu which is known as Wat Chanasongkram now. 

When Luang Phor Ngern reached the age of 25, he decided to return to his village at Bangklan, Pichit Province. He stayed at Wat Kongkaram in Pijit Province where he also spent some time practicing Tudong. But he found the atmosphere is not conducive for his practice. Before leaving he prayed to Buddha and took along three Bodhi leaves sapling from the temple’s main entrance. It was during that time that he visited Wangtago village where he planted the three Bhoti tree saplings. Whilst in prayer he promised to construct a temple on that spot should the saplings mature. The rest was history. Wat Bangklan was built. Nowadays the temple is named Wat Hirunyaram.

During that period, Somdej Buddhachan Toh was still alive and Luang Phor Ngern had visited Wat Rakang on many occasions to pay respect and further develop his understanding in Buddhism apart from learning magical sciences. That's why the efficacy of Luang Phor Ngern's metal composite amulets are equivalently sacred as Somdej Toh's herb based amulets.

One of Luang Phor Ngern’s famous trademark is making holy water that is very well known to Pichit’s village folks during the height of his popularity. One day, a Chinese businessman came to seek Luang Phor Ngern to make sacred holy water to take home for drinking and bathing for good luck purposes and increase prosperity through his business dealings. Without any hesitation, Luang Phor Ngern lit up a candle stick and had a long conversation with that man. The man felt as though the casual conversation had taken too long and he asked “When can Luang Phor finish making the holy water?”. Luang Phor Ngern then replied to him “It is already done”.

The man raised his doubt and feeling down due to not witnessing Luang Phor Ngern chanting or doing anything else except having a conversation with him. With a distraught mind, the man took the container filled with the supposedly holy water and left. Upon reaching the temple gate nearby the river bank, the man tried to pour away the water from the container. No matter how much water he tried to empty from the container, the holy water didn't seem to stop flowing out from his opened container. This is just one of the many stories associated with Luang Phor Ngern.

In BE 2452, at Nakhon Phatom Province the then Supreme Patriarch Somdej Phra SangKaarat (Kay) Wat Bowon Niwet issued an invitation to all temples in every provinces to send representative monks with high Wittayaakom (magic) and Palangjit (mental power) to participate in an exchange of knowledge. There would be a test of Ultra Dhamma. The response was overwhelming as hundreds of monks from different provinces attended this knowledge exchange event that was held at Wat Phra Pathom Chedi, Nakhon Pathom for a period of 3 days and 3 nights.

The monks had to use their mental power to move a carpenter's wood plank from a starting point to a designated point and then back to the start. In this test, many monks were able to move the carpenter's wood plank to a designated point. However, most of the monks failed to move it back to the starting point. Only 10 great monks passed the test.

Luang Phor Klan Wat Phayatigaram, Ayutthaya

Luang Phor Boon Wat KangBanKeow, Nakon Phatom

Luang Phor Suk Wat Makham Tao, Chinat

Luang Phor Yaim Wat Nang, Bangkok

Luang Phor Ngern Wat Bangklan, Phicit

Luang Phor Taa Wat Paniangdtaek, Nakhon Phatom

Luang Phor Tong Wat KaoGaBotWaaSee, Nakon Sawan

Luang Phor Pan  Wat Banghia, Samut Phrakam

Luang Phor Yim Wat Nongbua, Khachanaburi

Luang Phor Jon  Wat Don-Ruap, Chumpon

The miraculous power of Luang Phor Ngern was widely known to folks throughout the Chao Phaya River from providing assistance to those in need and constructing many Buddhist structures. Luang Phor Ngern had dedicated his entire lifetime to Buddhism and lived until the age of 111 years. Luang Phor Ngern passed away on September 20 BE 2462.

Luang Phor Ngern’s small cast statue “Roop Lor" or "Loi Ong” and “Rian Phim Jop” are particularly popular although he had consecrated many types of amulets during his lifetime. This statue possessed broad spiritual values with respect to increasing charms and loving kindness, promoting prosperity and luck, escaping from dangers and enhancing one’s safety - weapon proof included.

Roop Lor in particular is the favorite among Thai businessmen because it is believed that Luang Phor Ngern's small but wonderful figurine could increase the financial ability and business success of the beholder over time. Likewise, for protection against dangers it has been proven throughout the millennium that it is comparable to Somdej Wat Rakang's votive tablets.

Luang Phor Ngern's Amulets

Luang Phor Ngern consecrated many amulets during his lifetime. Two of which made him very famous indeed, and are instantly recognizable by almost every amulet collector are Roop Lor “Loi Ong” and Rian “Phim Jop” (triangular shape). The most widely known Roop Lor figurines are dated to BE 2460 that are kept in temple’s Chedi.

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