Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
While having my breakfast now n pondering about my hobby of amulets collection, I think it is good to share an experience that I have recently and reflect upon lesson learnt. This also explains why do I MIA for like half a year without posting in my blog amidst busy schedule, projects etc.
Early Last year, I got a piece of amulet ( not too expensive, it cost around $1k +-) from a senior collector n very popular runner in Singapore. His livelihood from what I see is dealing with amulets n transaction from his amulet in website n forum.
I got from him an amulet that I love a lot but have not much expertise in it back then. Late last year, when I submit for competition, I found out that it is fake. Confirmed by dealer, expert in pantip n also competition. I went confront him n he denied everything. Initially he pushed It to the source of amulet. He refused to refund my money. N asked me to get refund from the original source of the amulet which he get from. Subsequently he made up story upon story to share with other collectors that I m not telling the truth. He even went to the extend of creating a fake cert to proof that his amulet is authentic when many people notice the photo in cert is different from my amulet obtained from him.
It was an ugly scene. I didn't pursue the matter further. Anyway, there is nothing much I can do if he took back his words.
What is the true meaning of Buddhism? What are the 5 precepts? Is it worth it to cheat others more so a friend or repeated customer (May be he had never regarded me as friend) just for the sake of 1k? Can 1k buy one's integrity or honesty? Can someone wear buddhist amulets , even the best can be found, and obtain protection from it if he/she constantly breaking the 5 precepts? ? I don't understand the motivation behind his wrong doing......hai..
This incident made me sad n felt dissapointed for a while.. n I stopped my hobby for a while until recently I notice I have not been updating my blog n ppl start to ask.
N now I am back :) I have support from many many good, resourceful, helpful thai amulets dealers in thai with high integrity. We are friends even when we don't talk about amulets..So, in such situation, it makes it clear that who are your real friends.
1. Always verify your amulets. Especially those high-end type.
2. There is no free lunch in this world..study more if the amulets you are getting is like 30-40% lower than market rate.
3. Don't believe in story. Believe in yourself n own amulet certification experience. At least, If it is fake, you have yourself to blame.
4. Get amulets from those that exhibits high integrity.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Pra Kru WiMonKuNaGon or Luang Poo Suk GeSaRoh was borned at Moo Bahn Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao, Ampher WatSing, Jangwat ChaaiNaht. He was borned on 14th October BE2390 during the 4th King Regime.
When Luang Poo Suk was 10 years old, his mother sent him to KhungTep(Bangkok) to be raised by his uncle. Luang Poo Suk remained in khungTep until he got married and got a son. When Luang Poo Suk reached the age for ordain, he went to Wat PohTorngLahng and was ordained as a monk. His ordain's name was called GeSaRoh. Luang Poo Suk studied Dhamma and Sammadti at Wat PohTorngLahng until he was ready to go Tudung. He met many teachers in his Tudung days and he learned Wichah from them. One of the famous teachers who taught him Wichah was Pra Ah Jahn ThumWuaDaeng. Pra Ah Jahn ThumWuaDaeng was also the teacher who has taught Luang Por Ngern Wat Bang Klang Jangwat PiJit.
Luang Poo Suk went back to his hometown after many years in Tudung. His parents who has waited many years for his return, asked Luang Poo Suk to remain at Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao. Luang Poo Suk obeyed his parents and stayed at Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao until he became the abbot of the village's temple; Wat Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao. Luang Poo Suk rebuilt Wat Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao, from a small village temple to a large and beautiful temple.
Luang Poo Suk has many disciples, both ordained and lay disciples. One of his lay disciple who was very close to Luang Poo Suk was GromLuangChumPron KhetUDomSak who was the son of the 4th King. Luang Poo Suk taught him everything he knew about Dhamma and Wichah.
Luang Poo Suk was very famous for his Wichah. One of his abilties was that he could change the sizes and shapes of an object. And there was a widely circulated legand of him transforming elephant into house flies n transforming human into crocodile. Just ask around and most ppl in bkk will tell you this.
There was one day, an large group of merchants, stopped by at Wat Pahk Klorng MaKhamTao to rest. During those days, merchants used elephants as a mean of transportation.
While the merchants wanted to cook their meals at the temple, but realised that they did not bring along enough meat. Some of the villagers, jokingly asked them why don't they use their rifles to shoot at the pigeons at the temple, so that they could have pigeon meat for their dinner. One of the merchants took the joke seriously, and started to fire his rifle at the pigeon, but the rifle failed to fire. The villagers stopped him, and told him that Luang Poo Suk prohibit anyone to kill living things in the temple. That merchant refused to listen and seeing that the rifle failed to fire, he raised his cross-bow and fire the arrow at the pigeon. The arrow flied off, but dropped at a short distance, without hitting the pigeon. This merchant became very angry and started to shout: "What great power that The abbot of this temple has?"
Luang Poo Suk as if could hear the merchant from his KuTi from far, he came out from his kuti with hands carrying an empty coconut husk. Luang Poo Suk went to the gazing field. He chanted certain kathah on to the coconut husk, and then point towards the direction where the merchants' elephants were gazing. Miraculously, the elephants were reduced into houseflies and Luang Poo Suk covered the houseflies with the empty coconut husk.
The next morning, when the merchants were to set off their journey, they could not find their elephants. They quckly went to Luang Poo Suk and told him that their elephants have been stolen. Luang Poo Suk preached them precept of not killing of living beings: "If you kill a living being, the living being will feel pain. This is similar to the pain of losing your elephants." Luang Poo Suk taught them Dhamma and asked them to practise good deeds instead of bad deeds. The merchant then realised that it was Luang Poo Suk who was behind the strange happenings the previous day.
Luang Poo Suk led them out from his Kuti and went to the gazing field. Luang Poo Suk chanted a kathah and removed the coconut husk and the houseflies turned into elephant one more time. This was witnessed by many back then.
This ability to change objects into different sizes and shapes was one of Luang Poo Suk Wichah. He has never taught any person this Wichah, except GromLuangChumPron, his favourite lay disciple and GromLuangChumPron has never taught anyone until he passed away on the same year as Luang Poo Suk.
Luang Poo Suk Wat Makamtao passed away on 21st January BE2466 at the age of 76 living behind this legend n his teaching.
Today, lp Suk amulets or takrut or pidta were highly sought after n were easily one of the top ten ranking in their own categories in thailand. Certain pim with special materials have prices comparable to a piece of somdej wat rakhang. It has become a dream for amulets collectors to own any phra from him or even his photo.
Got it last year. Somdej pilant greyish colour due to aging. It is really old n dry. Easily authenticate. Standard pilant material fir somdej. Not his most popular pim though. He has created more than 20 different pim of somdej. This is more of an entry level phra for amulets collectors that want a piece of pilant.
Somdej pilant is known as direct disciple of ajahn toh and is one of the most well known master in wat rakhang. One of the reasons is also because he is the son of a prince in thai Ratanakosin dynasty.. This somdej contains lots of somdej toh wrk powder n bailan consecrated by himself. This greyish colour. Another reason that I want a piece of somdej pilant is also because his somdej are widely believed n documented to be co-chanted by somdej toh as well. Who doesn't want a piece of somdej mixed with lots of somdej toh powder n co-chanted by him too at fraction of cost...needless to say....
I have shared my pert loke copper some time ago. This is my silver version. Price more than 3x of copper pert loke. Produced at qty only 1036 pieces. Silver is softer than copper. Thus not easy to find a piece with this condition.
Can clearly see ajarn suparat jarn behind n easily authticated.
N because of limited supply, n huge demand, prices has gone high for past few years.. but still I think it is worth every penny to own a priceless phra produced by a monk I honoured n respect the most.
Hope I can save up to get the gold piece. :)
Just to add on, this piece got a 4th placing in yesterday (9/8) major competition.:)