Luang Phor Suang

Luang Phor Suang

by Jun Wei

Phra Winayatorn or also known as Luang Phor Suang Wat Chee Ba Khaw is a Gaeji Ajarn who possessed Witayakom Buddha magic and is renowned for his purity and steadfast resilience in the practice of the Vinaya. His practices leaned towards Vipassana Kammathana Mindfulness and Jhana (Dhyāna) Meditation.

His Jhanic meditation allowed him to master psychic abilities through the attainment of the Jhana Samabhatti. He was like a father figure to his devotees with his great deeds of charity and has earned the nickname of ‘Por Yai’ (Big father). He was also known as the ‘Taepa Jao Mueang Singh’ meaning ‘Angel of the Land of the Tiger’ (Singburi)

Luang Phor Suang Wat Chee Ba Khaw was born on 18th June BE 2442 in Singburi Province. He was the son of Mr Heng and Mrs Am Panich. At the age of 26, he was ordained as a monk at Wat Bote in Gaes Chaiyo Municipality, just across the river from Wat Chee Ba Khaw. His Upachaya Officer was Luang Phor Fueang Wat Nok (the well-known guru monk for his Phra Somdej) . Luang Phor Suang was given the Dharma Name “Apayō”. After his ordination, Luang Phor Suang went to stay at Wat Chee Ba Khaw to perform his practice, and remained there serving the temple and advancing in his attainments until he became the abbot of the temple.

Luang Por Suang received his early teachings in Wicha and Kammathana practices from Luang Phor Dam Wat Singh and had mastered Wicha Tam Pra Yant Tong Chim and Wicha Sak Yant Butr Lob. After that, Luang Phor Dam recommended Luang Phor Suang to go and master Wicha Akom with Luang Phor Bpaen Wat Sao Tong Mai in Ayutthaya. After seeking the knowledge of Wicha Akom from Luang Phor Bpaen, Luang Phor Suang was sent by Luang Phor Bapen to further his studies on Vipassana Kammathana and Wicha Akom with Luang Phor Rit Wat Ban Suan (now known as Wat Noi), in Sukhothai. Luang Phor Rit bestowed Luang Phor Suang with Wicha Tam Hwaen Chin, an ancient Wicha using Alchemical Metallurgy and Incantations to make leaden rings and Wicha Ya Bpriaw (bitter medicine).

In fact, Luang Phor Suang was a monk whose personal comportation and self restraint in Vinaya was visibly meritorious. His meditative prowess was excellent as he was not attached to the world of forms and possessions. He was also known to have refused titles of eminence and official status increase, which he considered imaginary. He refused the position of Arch-Bishophood of Singburi Province as he preferred to remain as a monk with mindfulness practice. His practice led him to become Adept Practitioner of Vipassana Kammathana, Samatha meditation, and Wicha Akom Buddha Magic.

Luang Phor Suang was also known for his amulets as he possessed the knowledge of different Wicha. 

Before Luang Phor Suang passed on, he instructed the Sangha of Wat Chee Ba Khaw to preserve his corpse in a glass coffin until the Uposatha shrine room finished its construction, if not, the shrine room would not be completed. After his passing, the Sangha fulfilled his wishes and placed his remains on display in a mausoleum, whereby his devotees are welcome to worship his remains, and made merits enough to finish the completion of the Uposatha Shrineroom within the predicted time.

Luang Phor Suang passed away 10th July BE 2510 at the age of 69 after spending 45 years in the Sangha as a Buddhist monk, and was placed in his mausoleum closed within a coffin for 26 years until 2nd March BE 2536. When the Sangha Committee opened the coffin to inspect Luang Phor Suang before cremating his body, they were astounded to find that Luang Phor Suang’s remains had not deteriorated according to the passage of time.

In fact, his body was dry and hard as stone as if calcified, and preserved in its original appearance. The Sangha thus decided not to cremate his remains, and placed his body within a special sarcophagus inside a Mausoleum which was specially built for the placement of his remains, for devotees to pay reverence and pilgrimage to.

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