Luang Phor Prom Wat Kanon Neur

Luang Phor Prom Wat Kanon Neur

by Jun Wei

Luang Phor Prom Wat Kanon Neur was born on 20th October BE 2456.  He was the second child among his other 8 siblings. During his birth, an astrologer who was invited to foretell his future mentioned that he was a child with good merits and will grow up to become an important figure with high regards in the religion fields.

Hence, he was given the name Prom. During his childhood, the things that caught his interest were indeed different from the kids of his age. He would start learning about magical writing and rituals from his father (Mr Suwan) who had been through monkhood and learned from Luang Phor Khan Wat Nokkrajab. Something worth mentioning is that Luang Phor Khan would bring Mr Suwan to visit and seek more knowledge from Luang Phor Suk Wat Pak Kong Makamtao. So his father does know magic spells for Kongkrapan, Maha Ut, Bang Kap Pee, removal of black magic and astrology. 

As a child, Luang Phor Prom had a strong sense of responsibility and obeyed whatever his parents asked him to do.  He also had strong compassion towards animals.  At the age of 15 , he already started to consecrate some objects by using herbs and would distribute it out to few of his friends. The objects happened to be proven as when a fight took place between his friends and another group of boys at a temple fair.  There were no injuries on the body of the boys wearing the objects despite being stabbed by sharp objects.

During that time, robbers were also common and there was a group of robbers known as “Tiger Gang”. This group of robbers are said to possess ‘invincible’ talisman which normal weapons cannot harm them. There were not enough law enforcers to stop this group of  robbers at that time.  Then, news of this group of robbers approaching the village soon spread. The villagers decided to appoint Luang Phor Prom as the leader to protect the village.  Eventually, the robbers cancelled their plan as they heard that they will be facing a young boy with ‘magical power’.

Luang Phor Prom lives a normal life but he continues to practice magic with his father.  At the age of 20, he had the intention to join the army but was sent to work as an apprentice at the railway station by his father.

He was well liked by his superiors and elders at work but eventually he decided to leave the life in a city and returned to his hometown.

However, he was ordained as a monk on 6th March BE 2479 at the age of 23 at Wat Kanon Neur. By then, he already had a handful of devotees and believers as he was already well known for his magical knowledge.  The donations he received were all used to restore the temple which was quite run-down at that time. The then-abbot of Wat Kanon Neur was Ajarn Chum and he encouraged Luang Phor Prom to go out to seek for more knowledge on Wicha without having to worry about his commitments to the temple’s chores.

Luang Phor Prom stayed in Wat Kanon Neur for a few Phansa before his father suggested that he should visit and learn from Luang Phor Khan Wat Nokkajab as he was also a disciple of Luang Phor Khan. 

Luang Phor Khan then taught Luang Phor Prom the art of using rope to consecrate talisman and consecrate talisman by using cloth and knots.  Each day, Luang Phor Prom only studied for a few hours and devoted the rest of his time to help out with the temple duties and practice meditation.

After some constant practice, he left Luang Phor Khan to go to Saraburi province to seek knowledge from Luang Phor Am, Wat Ngee Ngam who is well-known for his Wicha Khom (ancient Khmer magic) and mind reading techniques on humans and animals.  Luang Phor Am was also well versed in all kinds of medical herbs.  He taught the knowledge to Luang Phor Prom as he told him that it is useful for a monk to possess medical knowledge on herbs especially during Tudong.

One day, Luang Phor Am decided to teach the skill of alchemy to Luang Phor Prom.  He let him hold a crowbar which weighed about 10 kg.  After that, he took him to a pond within the temple compound. And told Luang Phor Prom that everything in this world is made of a single or combination of elements.  If one’s concentration in meditation is high, one can unite or break up the elements by: changing heavy to light, changing hot to cold or changing liquid form to solid form and vice-versa.

Luang Phor Am then tied more weights to the crowbar and recited a Katha after which he threw the crowbar into the pond.  The crowbar sank immediately but just after a while it floated onto the surface.  Luang Phor Prom was delighted to see this phenomenon.  Hence, Luang Phor Am explained to Luang Phor Prom that he was ready to receive this knowledge.  He added that nothing is permanent and things can change from one state to another in just a short time. It was not long before Luang Phor Prom mastered this Wicha.

Luang Phor Am also taught the skill of ‘haste walking’ to Luang Phor Prom.  He explained this is useful and essential especially back in those days where transportation was a problem. It can also assist monks who were at Tudong to reach their destinations at a shorter time.  After that, he encouraged Luang Phor Prom to go for Tudong so that he can mediate in the forest to achieve another level of meditation.

Luang Phor Prom then went on for Tudong with 6 other monks to the Northern Region of Thailand. They travelled all the way to Buriram and back to Nakhon Nayok Province. 

The first batch of sacred talismans consecrated by Luang Phor Prom was in BE 2494.  It was mainly for devotees who participated in the merit-making ceremony.  Later batches of his consecrated amulets consist of a series of images of Narai, Hanuman (Monkey Deity) and Singha (lion) style.

There are many stories on the wearers of his amulets especially on Kongkrapan and avoidance of danger.

Among the more popular ones were Rian (coin pendant) Narai, Rian with image of Hanuman Goes to War, Rian Yant Kao Yort or Yant Kru (only 60 pieces were made from 5 rounds of mould pouring). 

Luang Phor Prom learnt about the methods of consecrating Narai amulets from his father with also knowledge from Luang Phor Saeng on Yant.  Most of the stories come from the batch of BE 2509 Narai.

In one of the stories, it was about a boat man named Tai who made a living by being a boatman. One night in BE 2511, he picked up 3 men who he had not seen before among his handful of regular customers.  Halfway through the journey, the 3 men wanted to rob him of his valuables and his boat. He fired 3 gun shots before he escaped by jumping into the water.

The next day, Tai was found floating on the water with his face facing down into the water by a woman doing her morning cooking at her house along the river side. After pulling him up from the river, the rescuers thought he was already dead.  But after a close exam, they found that he was still alive with no visible injuries at all.  They wanted to know what he was wearing and it was a BE 2509 Narai Rian made by Luang Phor Prom. This news started to spread around. As it not only helps the wearer to escape from calamity but also allows him to stay alive even when being submerged in water for a long time.

Another story of the Narai Rian involved a boy who looked after calves and cows. One day while he was out with his calf, there was a sudden thunderstorm and lightning struck the boy.  The incident occurred as the boy was in the open and he was having a belt with a metal buckle. When the villagers rushed to retrieve the boy, they saw his metal buckle melted but there were no visible injuries on the boy.

There are still many other stories surrounding Luang Phor Prom’s amulets. As it is believed that  whoever owns his amulets is considered to have a treasure in the person’s life.  Luang Phor Prom consecrated his amulets with concentration meditation methods just like that of Luang Pu Toh Wat Pradoochimplee, Luang Phor Doo Wat Sakae and Luang Phor Chong Wat Natangnok. 

However, Luang Phor Prom passed away on 27th January BE 2534.  His body is still in a glass coffin in Wat Kanon Neur without being cremated after all these years.  Till date, there are still many stories on his amulets that helped devotees to bring in wealth and wearers especially children to escape from harm or danger.

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