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Article Date : 09 July 2011
Article Author : Chris Jones
Phra Kru Wat Makhamtao - Luang Phor Suk
Luang Phor Suk of Wat Pak Klong Makhamtao was one of the most famous senior monks in the Thai history and any of his amulets are in high demand by collectors and worshippers alike.
Many people have experienced the miraculous power of his amulets and its no wonder that they command such high prices.
After Luang Phor Suk passed away several decades ago it has become increasingly harder to source his amulets, most of which are now in the hands of individuals who realize their true value.
It should be of no surprise then that when a new Kru was found containing his amulets, it was very big news indeed, and attracted thousands of people to the temple. Amulet players and dealers realized the massive potential of such a find and hoarded at the temple in the hope of obtaining a few examples.
Even during his life time Luang Phor Suk was highly respected and was often invited to many temples to both create and bless amulets.
Many such temples would actually bury the amulets to prevent them being stolen, such was the value even then. Examples being Wat Klong Kom and Wat Anongkaram.
Around BE 2456-2460 Luang Phor Suk had assisted Luang Phor Um, Abbot of Wat Klong Kom create a series of sacred amulets
It was known that these amulets were made of many auspicious materials such as Wan 108, Pong Patamung (sacred powder), flower pollens and most importantly ashes of bailan a species of plant leaf used to record Lord Buddha's dharma and sacred kathas. etc.
It is said that whilst the bailan were burnt monks walked continuously around the flames reciting sacred incantations, believed to protect worshippers from all kind of danger.
Apart from Luang Phor Suk and Luang Poo Um, other senior monks joined the blessing ceremony to transfer sacred power into the amulets including Luang Phor Boi of Wat Manao, Luang Phor Im of Wat Huakao, etc.
These amulets were blessed for three months consecutively. Also important was the attendance of Luang Phor Parn of Wat Bangkonom, respected as one of the most sacred monks in Thailand. This series of amulets are thought to be very scared, because of the monks that created and blessed them.
The main purpose in creating the amulets was to gain funds to support the renovation of the temple. After completion, many amulets still remained, and LP Um decided to retain these in secret locations.
The first place he buried a quantity was under the base of the temple’s principle Buddha Image and the second place was inside the sacred chedi near the temple.
We know all this information because Luang Phor Um engraved a metal plate identifying the amulets as being created by Luang Phor Suk along with other pertinent information.
These amulets remained undisturbed in their secret cells until B.E.2522-2524, when a big storm lashed the temple, damaging the chedi, which by chance was discovered by thieves who raided the buried hoard of amulets.
Fortunately they were unable to remove the entire cache, and when the monks discovered the damaged chedi, they decided to officially inspect it. Inside they discovered the remaining amulets along with the brass plate.
Shortly after they made an announcement to the general public of the discovery, and it was this news that attracted many people. The metal plate detailed the location of the second cache under the Principle Buddha image, which was also officially opened.
Nowadays these amulets of course are in very high demand, being almost 100 years old and created by one of Thailand’s most famous monks.
Many of the amulets were fused together having been buried in damp soil for a considerable period of time and monks took hours separating them and drying them in sunlight.