Look Om Phong Prai Kuman, Wat Pho Samphan, Chonburi, B.E.2518
In B.E.2517, a famous and respected guru monk named Luang Phor Boonmee of Wat Pho Samphan passed away at the age of 59. Although Luang Phor Boonmee passed away at a relatively young age, he was respected and well-loved by the people in Chonburi due to his compassionate heart, high level of meditation and also specialty in creating amulets which are known to bless the wearers. Luang Phor Boonmee learnt from many great masters at the time, such as Luang Pu Hin of Wat Rakhang (Bangkok), Somdej Phra Phutthakosacharn Charoen of Wat Thepsirin (Bangkok) who was also the teacher of Than Chao Khun Nor and also from Luang Phor Chaeng of Wat Bang Pang (Nonthaburi), etc.
Look Om Phong Prai Kuman with a pair of Sarika Thakrud inserted (visible on x-ray film)
On the 25th of January In B.E.2518, a cremation ceremony sponsored by the Royal Family was held for the cremation of Luang Phor Boonmee in Wat Pho Samphan, Chonburi province. A batch of amulets were specially created to commemorate this event and also in rememberance of Luang Phor Boonmee. Many famous guru monks of that era were invited to participate in the event, such as:
1. Luang Pu Hin, Wat Rakhang, Bangkok
2. Luang Pu Toh, Wat Pradoochimplee, Bangkok
3. Luang Pu Thim, Wat Lahanrai, Rayong
4. Luang Phor Thira, Wat Palelai, Suphanburi
5. Luang Pu Sim, Wat Tham Pha Plong, Chiangmai
6. Luang Phor Krum, Wat Wang Wa, Rayong
7. Luang Phor Mon, Wat Nern Ta Mak, Chonburi
8. Luang Phor Rerm, Wat Jook Ka Cheua, Chonburi
Look Om Phong Prai Kuman with code "3"
Besides the amulets which were consecrated by Wat Pho Samphan for the ceremony, Luang Pu Thim specially prepared a special batch of Look Om for distribution in Wat Pho Samphan. The Look Om amulets were created in Wat Lahanrai in B.E.2517 by Luang Pu Thim and were chanted for 1 whole year. The components comprise of the following items:
1. Phong Prai Kuman of Luang Pu Thim
2. Phong Itthije
3. Phong Trinisinghae
4. Phong Patthamang
5. Kesa of Luang Pu Thim (hair)
6. Saet Saisin (remnants of sacred chanting thread)
7. Namman Look Phrakham (oil of chanting beads)
8. Namman Phra Jao Tak
9. Remnants of broken amulets
10. Phong Phutthakhun of Luang Phor Boonmee
Look Om Phong Prai Kuman with code "Sala"
For some pieces the hair of Luang Pu Thim can be seen (very rare), some have the remnants of sacred chanting thread, some with code "3", some with code "sala" (very rare) and some were inserted with a pair of Sarika Thakrud. To prevent confusion and mix-up from those Look Om previously created by Luang Pu Thim to be distributed in Wat Lahanrai, the paint used is of a different quality and looks much more bronze than gold. Also, the code "3" used for this batch is also different from those used by Wat Lahanrai.
The most important difference is that as compared to Wat Lahanrai distributed pieces, this batch of Look Om underwent blessing by Luang Pu Thim personally for 1 year and then consecrated by many famous guru monks subsequently for Luang Phor Boonmee's cremation in Wat Pho Samphan and is no less inferior to those pieces originally distributed in Wat Lahanrai. Due to the more affordable pricing for these pieces compared to those from Wat Lahanrai, many collectors may choose to collect the amulets created for Wat Pho Samphan. However, due to its popularity, imitations have already been created but those who are experienced enough will be able to spot the many differences.
For further info on Wat Lahanrai pieces, please refer to the article Phong Prai Kuman, Luang Pu Thim, Wat Lahanrai, Rayong.
Look Om Phong Prai Kuman
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