Friday, February 15, 2008
Guman Thong created in the form of a lovely young child, but it's really a ghost !! It's was first created in the early of Ayutthaya era or some 500 years ago during Khun Paen's life period. It can be said that Khun Paen was the first who created Guman Thong. He brought the dead baby from the womb of the dead Bua Klee, one of his minor wife, to the Bosth's outer area within Pathasima marking boundary pillars for ritual processes. Bosth is the major chanting hall where the main Buddha image of the temple is placed. Bosth and its outer area are so sacred place that no mighty ghosts or spirits can enter to make any harassment.
By the legendary descriptions, Khun Paen was chanting some important Mantras to activate the spirit of Guman Thong while baking the dead baby on the fire. It's Thai belief that a mother who died with her baby in the womb may become a very mighty ferocious ghost, Thai people call such the ghost PHI TAI TONG KLOM. By Thai tradition, any pregnant lady who died in that manner will not be cremated immediately in all cases, believing that it will make the spirit of the dead unhappy and may activate her to become the vicious ghost. Creating Guman Thong in the ancient time was very thrilling. The master had to go to the graveyard alone in the night, dig up the corpse, cut the corpse's abdomen bringing the dead baby out, and then rush directly to the nearest Bosth's outer area for baking processes. That's the safe place to protect the ghost mother from trying to bring her baby back.
So only the strong-mind person who possesses the advanced magical knowledge's to fight the ghost could do this. On the ancient Thai belief, Phi Tai Tong Klom is also a good source for producing the opposite-sex attractive oil, NAM MAN PRAI (Nam Man = oil, Prai= female ghost). The master who wants to produce this oil needs to activate the corpse rising from the grave, and then use the candle flame heating under the corpse's chin, the derivative dropping down liquid is the best quality opposite-sex attractive oil !! Even the root form of Guman Thong is actually a dead infant. But it is traditionally created in the form of a young child with various materials, such as wood, bronze, ivory tusk, plaster, etc. The main purpose of creating Guman Thong in the ancient time is for protecting the owner.
His two great teachers passed away with their bodies undecayed. When Luang Phor Parn passed away in B.E.2480, his body was also undecayed as same as his teachers'. In 1932, five years before he passed away, he had announced to all his disciples the date and time of his death. His precognition was quite clear and exactly correct, he passed away on the date and time he had foretold.
Luang Phor Parn was a meditative guru monk and also had magical knowledge's. On Buddhist Dhamma, it was recorded that he reached the great six knowledge's of miracle. So he possesses knowledge on precognition, out-of-body ability, mind detecting, ability to do comprehensive paranormal phenomena, etc. Apart from this, he also possesses the highest state of Wipassana or knowledge of mind cleaning to stop next rebirth. It was his great Dhamma practicing that had cleaned and "distilled" his inner body (astral body) to crystal-like state which changed his body's cells immortal. Many great guru monks in Thailand hinted their Dhamma levels to their disciples this way.
Luang Phor Parn's amulets have marked long-time uncountable records in warding off dangers of all kinds. And it's great for making holy water for healing illness that modern physician could not do anything with it. Luang Phor Parn's amulets are not like any other guru monks', of his the Buddha sitting on a carrier creature, i.e. Garuda, Hanuman, porcupine, fish, cock and bird. Once Luang Phor Parn told his disciples that his amulets had been blessed through the Lent period of three months, it's long time more than enough to charge Buddha's power into amulets capable of warding off dangers of all kinds. He said that if they were blessed for 3 years, the Garuda and the bird on the amulet would fly out. Luang Phor Parn's amulets are very popular among Thai amulets users and collectors because of their frequent miraculous phenomena both recorded and unrecorded.
It's so he had many wives, and still many ladies fell in love with him. Khun Paen had magical knowledge. He used magic to make himself invulnerable and unseen to enemies, to change the marching track of the enemies to become labyrinthine field, and to change leaves of the tree to become wasps to sting enemies etc.
By his skillful fighting, he was appointed by the king to be Khun or a high ranking military officer. His biography was far more extended and rather a fictitious story by poetic authors of the early Rattanakosin period or some 180 years ago. His baby-ghost son named Guman Thong, he used magic to create him from a dead baby in the dead Bua Klee's womb. Bua Klee was a Khun Paen's minor wife.
Sivali is worshiped as the greatest fortune-fetching monk. Sivali was an important disciple of Lord Buddha. He was praised by the Lord as the most miraculous monk for fortune.
Buddhist legend says the Lord and his large group of disciples made a pilgrimage to a jungle for meditation practices. There were no people but gods and the unseen creatures existed along the way they went by. The deep jungle really caused troubles, no people offered food to Lord Buddha and all his disciple monks.
How and where could they get food from? Had they anything to eat ? The Lord's closest disciple, Anondha, was strongly worried about that. But the Lord soothed him to not worry because Sivali, who had also joined the pilgrimage group, could help bring food for everyone by his great miraculous power. That's true, all gods and unseen creatures in the jungle gathered to pay respect to Sivali and brought a great deal of food for all
Nangkwak story in Thai mythology related to the Thai-version Ramayana epic. Nangkwak was the only daughter of a great saint named Pooh Chao Khao Khieu who had friendship with a demon named Thao Unaraj or Thao Gok Kanak.
Rama met his enemy Unaraj accidentally while he was seeking his lover Sida. Rama launched his magic arrow fixed the demon at place. Unaraj's daughter named Prachand took care of her paralyzed father since then. People strongly hated Unaraj and vowed to revenge him for his past cruelties while his daughter Prachand was also shunned .
Pooh Chao Khao Khieu had heard that unpleasant news and sent his only daughter named "Nangkwak" to be Prachand's friend-in-escort. Marvelous enough, people turned back to pay benevolence to Prachand and brought a lot of eatables and valuables for the two ever since.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The result of making merit depends on the qualifications of the three components. These are the receiver, the alms and the donor. The result of making merit would depend very much on how the alms-receiver is. If we offer alms to a monk, the purer and more observant the monk is, the more merit we will receive.
If we give food as an alms to animals, in terms of merit, we will receive very little. The reasons is that an animal is in a lower position than human beings. The animals cannot observe religious precepts. Buddhists believe that observing precepts is moral training or a purification process. For the same reason, if we give alms to those people who do not have the 5 precepts in mind, for example mischievious people, we will receive very little merit, but more than offering to animals.
We will gain more merit if the receiver observes the 5 precepts (refrain from killing, stealing, from sexual misconduct, from lying and from taking intoxicants). We would then gain even more merit if they observed 8 or 10 precepts. And of course even more if it was a monk who observes his 227 precepts completely.
But, we also have to be aware that the alms we offer is clean. For example, if you offer something that doesn't belong to you. If you are immoral as well and the monk doesn't observe properly all 227 precepts, then you won't receive merit. Only if you are morally clean and have good intentions, and so is the monk who observes his religious precepts perfectly, then this alms-giving will result in a full and perfect merit.
Main Source: How to get Good Results from Making Merit