Luang Pu Toh

Luang Pu Toh

by Jun Wei

Luang Pu Toh was born on March 27 BE 2430 in Bangkontee district, Samutsongkram Province. His father is called Mr Loy while his mother is Mrs Tub Ruttanakon. Luang Pu Toh was the eldest child as he still had a younger brother called Mr Chuey. 

While he was at the age of 13, both his parents had passed away. Luang Phor Kaew who was a relative of his decided to move him away and let him stay at Wat Pradoochimplee, where he was educated by Luang Poo Suek (then-abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee). 

4 years later, Luang Pu Toh was ordained as a novice but an unfortunate thing happened one day after, Luang Phor Suek passed away.

As a result Mr Klai and Mrs Pun who both are the relatives of Luang Phor Suek decided that they would do their best to support Luang Pu Toh until he reached the age of 20. Whereby he would be ordained as a monk by Luang Phor Saeng (Phra Kru Sammana Tamsamahtahn) Wat Paknam on July 16, B.E.2540. The preceptor was Phra Kru TammawiRat (Chei) Wat GumPaeng.

At the time he was renamed “Intasuwanno ''. after Luang Phor Suek, by the son of Mr Klai, Luang Phor Kum the Abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee.

Luang Pu Toh was a dedicated and merciful monk, highly respected by the locals, but he wanted to learn more about Lord Buddha's Dharma and magic sciences. Because of his desire and quest for knowledge he actually moved away to Wat Bhoti in Bangkok. It was not long however that the locals pleaded for his return.

When Luang Pu Toh had reached the age of 26, the abbot left his position at Wat Pradoochimplee and Luang Pu Toh succeeded him.In fact, Luang Pu Toh remained as the abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee until he passed on.

The interesting thing was that Luang Pu Toh was so interested in magic even before he was ordained as a monk as he would learn from Luang Phor Phromma who was then the abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee.

After Luang Phor Phromma had passed away, Luang Pu Toh would study under the guidances of many senior monks such as Luang Phor Roong Wat Takrabue, Samutsakorn Province, Luang Phor Niam Wat Noi Suphanburi Province, Luang Phor Pum Wat Bangklo, Bangkok.

Moreover, Luang Phor Parn Wat Bang Nom Kho had introduced Luang Pu Toh to Luang Phor Nong, from whom he learned a lot of magic sciences, so much so that Luang Pu Toh regarded him as his principal.

Whenever Luang Pu Toh began to join the ceremonies he also attempted to seek further knowledge. A close follower of Luang Pu Toh revealed that every time he was invited to a ceremony he would touch the sacred thread, and would be able to sense something, if Luang Pu Toh was to sense something he would enquire as to who created the sacred thread in order to learn further.

As a matter of fact, Luang Pu Toh was involved in many mass chanting ceremonies such as Phra Somdej Luang Phor Pae Roon Rahk chanting at Wat Suthat in BE 2494, 25 Puttawat chanting in BE 2500, Phra Luang Phor Thuad chanting at Wat Prasat in BE 2506, Phra Somdej 09 chanting at Wat Bankhunprom in BE2509, Phra Somdej Roy Pee chanting at Wat Rakang in BE 2515.

Even though he had been appointed as the abbot of Wat Pradoochimplee, Luang Pu Toh would spend much time travelling to seek knowledge that he desired.

Beside the lay people, King Rama 9 and the royal family respected Luang Pu Toh very much. 

It is believed that any amulet consecrated by Luang Pu Toh is to give its wearer great luck and protection and there is a saying that whoever owns a Luang Pu Toh amulet will be free from poverty.

Luang Pu Toh 出生於佛歷 BE 2430年3月27日曼谷市附近,自小便在Wat Pradoochimplee成為小和尚. 當佛歷 BE 2450年7月16日,他20歲時在當時三間大廟主持見證下正式成為僧侶.

當Luang Phor Phromma 完寂後,Luang Pu Toh 跟隨 Luang Phor Wong學習打坐及規條,及後他又去到泰國北部森林當苦行僧數年. 後跟當時非常有名 Luang Phor Rong Wat Takrabue, Luang Phor Niam Wat Noi, Luang Phor Nong, Luang Phor Pum Wat Bangklo 等等,向眾多高僧習法,最後再度回到曼谷接任Wat Pradoochimplee成為住持.

當時他認識到另外 2 位有名的聖僧:Luang Phor Sod Wat Paknam, Luang Phor Parn Wat Bang Nom Kho 並成為好友交流法門. 當時 Luang Pu Toh, Luang Phor Sod 及另一高僧常會結伴到森林修行,三人會各自畫一些符咒造成經粉(呈淡黃白色),將之混合再三人合力加持,完成後分成三份各自帶回寺中,而每次Luang Pu Toh 被邀請往一些大法會開光,席中多會有108位高僧,開光過程中高僧們都可感應到哪位大師有特別力量,然後會跟隨這大師學習. 

除泰國人民外,泰國九世王及皇族成員亦非常尊重Luang Pu Toh,泰國很多地方不難見到他們的合照. 在佛歷 BE 2463年,Luang Pu Toh 督造了第一期聖物崇迪,之後Luang Pu Toh繼續督造其它的聖物. Luang Pu Toh 早期其實用了很多精神去督造13種不同版本的崇迪,在佛歷 BE 2518年才開始督造其最為著名的必打,大師督造的必打佛牌被譽為近代靈驗之最. 佛牌多由古老經書、花粉或香灰三種不同版本制成,當中會加入Somdej Toh 崇迪佛牌粉,早期白欖佛牌粉,四世皇時代僧王佛牌粉,以及Luang Pu Toh 與其他高僧合制手寫經文粉(碰依鐵姐),有時如找到一些特別聖物也會加入. 

部份佛牌底部還會加入大師的手寫塔固,相對更加珍貴稀少. 當佛牌倒模完畢後,有一些會放到聖水中加持,曾經有人見過放在水中加持的必打浮上水面(正常物理情況應沉底),大師督制必打開光儀式大多為三個月完成. 

大師的必打佛牌可謂神跡不斷,每次遇到飛來橫禍時都能逢凶化吉. 有人曾在兩萬尺高空跳降落傘時,因降落傘發生故障而未能打開,原本以為難逃一劫,怎知落地時只發現雙腳骨折,身體其他並無大礙,當時他身上便是佩帶Luang Pu Toh 督造的必打,亦有很多人佩帶後大富大貴,生活無憂.  

更有仿間流傳誰可擁有 Luang Pu Toh必打佛牌,除可事事逢凶化吉,遠離意外、在事業、人緣、生活各方面得到成功,財運會如留水般不絕, 現為九聖僧之一.

相傳,  一次Luang Pu Toh 在大殿打坐時,八仙下凡來到Luang Pu Toh 的面前,並對Luang Pu Toh 說:觀音菩薩要收您做徒弟,並要您不要吃牛肉,以及在吃素盛會吃素. 但是Luang Pu Toh 不肯,並說:觀音是華人,我是泰國人,我已經信佛了,所以不能跟你們. 八仙拿Luang Pu Toh 沒法子,就只好離開,但是還是不死心,不時還來游說Luang Pu Toh 跟隨觀音菩薩修行.  直到一天,八仙又來了,並說:今天觀音菩薩駕到.就在外面. 

Luang Pu Toh 也不管,還是把眼睛閉上. 直到其中一位請觀音菩薩進來. 進來後,就請Luang Pu Toh開眼. Luang Pu Toh 睜開眼睛一看,只見觀音菩薩法相莊嚴,並且大放光芒. 觀音菩薩請Luang Pu Toh成為“大乘佛教”的弟子,並送了一套北傳袈裟給Luang Pu Toh. Luang Pu Toh一時也忘記,就把袈裟穿上. 才穿了一點,才回神過來,趕緊脫下北傳袈裟. Luang Pu Toh 說,他出家修行是為了解脫痛苦,成為阿羅漢. 沒想過要修菩薩道. 這個時候,觀音菩薩見Luang Pu Toh 如此,也沒強迫他,只是要求Luang Pu Toh說:希望你從此以後,每年的九皇爺誕能夠吃素,以及穿上北傳的袈裟. 說完,就和八仙隱身不見了.

在觀音菩薩離開後,那一年的九皇爺誕,Luang Pu Toh 並沒有吃素。Luang Pu Toh 認為,他那時並沒有給予任何承諾. 然而,Luang Pu Toh 在那段期間就病重.但是, Luang Pu Toh 還是不相信這是跟他沒吃素有關. 在接下來的那年,Luang Pu Toh 還是沒吃素,結果又再病重. 結果,Luang Pu Toh 才發願,如果這病好了,他將會每年都吃素. 結果病也因此而好了. 從那一年開始,每一年的九皇爺誕,Luang Pu Toh 都會吃素,並在晚上打坐的時候,穿上北傳的袈裟. 這只有靠近Luang Pu Toh 的弟子才知道的. 而在Luang Pu Toh 打坐的時候,觀音菩薩就會來教導Luang Pu Toh 佛法. 因為這樣, Luang Pu Toh 很多的弟子,都是華人子弟. 他們顯得特別喜歡Luang Pu.  

可惜Luang Pu Toh 於佛歷 BE 2524年4月5日完成他一生僧侶過程,享年93歲。他的事績,會永留在人們心中.

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