The Biography of Somdej Toh (Toh Phromarangsi)

Somdej Toh or Archan Toh was born on 17th day of April in 1788 (B.E.2331), in a small village of Kamphaeng Phet Province of the Chakri Dynasty, known formally as Phra Buddhachan Toh Phromarangsi, he was born before his father became the King. Among devotees he is addressed as Somdej Toh or Archan Toh, he is one of the most beloved and famous Buddhist monks during Thailand's Rattanakosin period in Thailand ruled under King Rama. Somdej Toh is a venerable person in Buddhism. Somdej Toh was named "Toh" before his monk hood and then "Phromarangsi" as his ordination-name. When Somdej Toh ordained as a novice at the age of 12. His family took him to Wat Nibbanaram - currently Wat Mahathaad in Bangkok, a temple right across the road from the Grand Palace. At the age of 21, in 1807 (B.E.2350), he ordained as a monk under the Royal Patronage at Wat Praseeratanasasadaram (Wat Prakeo) in Bangkok. Later he refuge in Wat Rakang ability to further his knowledge, he studied hard at the temple on philosophy in Buddhism and various Buddhist scriptures. Well-versed in Buddhist teachings, he was also named as Maha Toh, the King monk. He was noted for the skill of his preaching and Thai poetry to reflect the beauty of Buddhism. He studied the Buddhist scriptures of Pali scriptures with several Buddhist masters. A shilled meditator with closed connection with the royal family, Somdej Toh was famous for his wide popularity of his humble, despite his ranking and considerate, he was easily approach for communicating with advices and offered blessings with people at all levels of life. After becoming a well-known monk, he became the preceptor for Prince Mongkut, Prince Mongkut later became King Rama IV of Thailand. When Prince Mongkut was ordained as a monk. Somdej Toh was his senior monk, the one who taught him initially in Dharma and Vinaya. Soon after Prince Mongkut was appointed to a clerical post, his father the present King passed away. The Privy Council appointed one of his brother as King Rama III in place of his father. Somdej Toh in the course of his studies in Buddhist practice. he decided to leave Bangkok and went for “Thudong” alone, deep into the jungle to the border of Thailand, Laos and Cambodiafor more than 2 decades. Thudong is a monk’s journey to gain knowledge to build up good karma and to know the teaching of Buddha. Prince Mongkut remained in the temple as a monk for 20 years. When King Rama III (his brother) passes away, Prince Mongkut was then offered the throne. So Prince Mongkut disrobed and was reign as King Rama IV. As time goes by, in the year 1860 (B.E.2403), when King Rama IV built the Holy City Hill named “Phra Nakhon Khiri Royal Palace” locally it is known as Khao Wong or Palace Hill in Phetchaburi province, the King Rama IV invited the country monks for the opening ceremony and celebration in a grand manner. Among the monks, the King gave the order decree to fetch Somdej Toh back to Bangkok from Thudong. Royal Officer were sent out into the forest to look for him, or bring back any monk they could found. Finally the topic been brought to his attention, Somdej Toh voluntarily intended to returned back to Bangkok after 20 years of Thudong. He was invited for the ceremony, Somdej Toh set off his journey with a boat to Bangkok for the celebration, while on his way there was a sea storm occurred. Somdej Toh step out in front of the boat and with his virtue of prayer he waved his hand toward the sea. The wind died down and the sea storm was completely calm. It can said that with his prayer even the wind and the waves obey him. Somdej Toh had long been the favourite of the King. After that occasion, King Rama IV appointed him to be in charge of Wat Rakang, and provided him with the title of “Somdej”, is a high rank title a monk hold. After receiving the title his name was revealed as Somdej Toh until today. During King Rama IV reign year 1864, Somdej Toh was given the ceremonial name Phra Buddhacharn Toh Phromarangsi. Another contribution of Somdej Toh is the Chinabanchorn (Jinnabanchorn) Katha. This Katha was an ancient Buddhist katha, which Somdej Toh received from an old scroll from Sri Lanka. After having the Katha, on some occasions Somdej Toh editing and rewrite to improved the Katha scriptures from the original one making it easier to pray. The Katha is named “Chinabanchorn”, which is the same name to Tao Maha Phrom Chinabanchorn. Somdej Toh used this katha for ceremony chanting, blessing and meditation all the times whatever he do. Chinabanchorn Katha is known as the most powerful Katha of all and believed to be the supreme Buddhist spell because the words of this Katha invited the magic power of Lord Buddha Somdej Phra Sammasam Buddhachao, other Lord Buddhas and Phra Arahants. Phra Somdej amulets generally is good for protecting the worshipper from avoidance of misfortune, accident, disaster, dispelled black magic, evil spirits and ghosts. There is one story tells early in his reign. There was a time, before Somdej Toh went for Thudong, he went to reside at Wat Rakang to further his studies. The night before, abbot of the temple dreamed that a white elephant was moving toward the direction of the temple and devoured all the scriptures in a boxes, the abbot was awaken by the horrifying dream, the next morning he felt that a conclusion must be some unusual visitor will come to the temple to take refuge that day. As it happened as he thought about, at the same day a devotee came to the temple of Wat Rakang to invited the abbot to perform a religious ceremony out of the temple. Before the abbot left, he instructed a novice monk in the temple that if there were visitor who visit the temple that day, they must use all effort to retained him at the temple until he come back. On that day, when Somdej Toh arrived at the temple of Wat Rakang, the novice monk told him the incident and requested him to wait and stayed for his abbot to come back. Somdej Toh was amazed with the incident, but he however stayed on and wait for the abbot to get back. After a moment, the abbot returned in a hurry and asked the novice monk is there any visitor who came to the temple. Somdej Toh was even more surprised and asked the abbot how come he knows that he will visit the temple on that day. The abbot told him of his dream and Somdej Toh immediately greet and pay respects to the abbot. When the abbot saw Somdej Toh he knew that Somdej Toh was an unusual person, with his head appeared larger than the rest of other monks, he will become a very outstanding monk and accepted him as his disciple. Somdej Toh were popular for his knowledge in both holy Dhamma and Visha (magic). The abbot taught Somdej Toh everything he knew until the last day of his life. In Thailand, whenever the monks attend a prayer chanting ceremony they will carry a holy fan, these fan describe their ranking statue. Before any ceremony start, the holy fan will be raised in front of the monk’s before chanting the verses. One day the King of Thailand invited Somdej Toh to conduct a bliss seeking prayer ceremony at a temple. Somdej Toh was holding his holy fan standing at the river bank when he intended to get a boat to get across the river. The area boat-man around there would normally provide Somdej Toh a free trip without charge because they know him well. On a particular day, a boat-man who came from some where else that did not know Somdej Toh provide him a ride across the river and ask Somdej Toh for the boat fare. As he know that the boat-man is just making a living, he offered his royal sealed holy fan to the boat-man as the fare. When Somdej Toh arrived at the temple the royal guards get confused as why Somdej Toh did not carry the holy fan with him and thought that he might had forgotten to bring it along. When the royal guards learned about incident, they are in fear as the holy fan was granted to Somdej Toh by the King with the royal seal on it, and also the holy fan was decorated with precious gemstones and the handle of the holy fan was made by ivory. When this matter was referred to the King, the King immediately ordered his royal guards to get back the holy fan from the boat-man. When the royal guards found the boat-man, he was still shivering and mentioned that it was Somdej Toh who insisted him to took the holy fan as the boat fare. The royal guard paid the boat fare and get back the holy fan from the boat-man and returned it back to Somdej Toh. From this story we can see the generosity of Somdej Toh. After this incident the King make a decision with a new law that no boat ride charges should be imposed on any monk taking a boat ride across the Chao Phraya River and this law is still enforce to present day. There was a day when Somdej Toh was taking a short afternoon nap, he notice that somebody have entered his room by the corner of his eye, he realized that it was a thief. He keep unknown and pretended asleep and did not bother with the thief. When the thief is about to leave, he saw a small gift box on the wall shelf near where Somdej Toh is sleeping. He intended to get the small box from the shelf but scare it may wake up Somdej Toh. The thief try hard to achieve the small box, but he failed to get it. Somdej Toh suddenly woke up to get the small box and hand it to him. The thief was confused when he see Somdej Toh gave him the small box without anger. He bravely asked Somdej Toh why he gave the small box to him, Somdej Toh told him, you are here for your neediness that why you came here, this small box belongs to me and I have to take care and look after it everyday. Now that you want it, I shall let you have it and I will be free from taking care of it. We came to this world without bringing anything with us, and we will not be taking anything with us when we leave. So why should we have to tied ourselves so much in this human world? Somdej Toh remained so dedicated to his life as a monk and brought many inspirations and implications to the people. He devotes large amount of funds he had for building several large Buddha statues on the government property. During the year 1872 (B.E.2415), Somdej Toh intended to build a tall standing Buddha statue holding a alms bowl at Wat IN (known as Wat Intharaviharn), when the Buddha statue is in process Somdej Toh who personally inspecting the construction of the Buddha statue, when the Buddha statue were under construction he used to slept at the site tent under the foot of the Buddha statue. On a night of June in the year 1872, when the statue was incomplete Somdej Toh pass away at the foot of the Buddha statue. Somdej Toh who originated the idea and unfortunately he is unable to see its completion. Somdej Toh left behind many precious such as the Buddha statues, temples and hundred thousands of Phra Somdej amulets. He also left behind the scripture text of Chinabanchorn Katha which is beneficial to all (is also known as The Grand Sutra Text). At the present time, more than 50 percents of devotees are able to chant this Katha. Because of his power of meditation and prayer, he created amulet of Phra Somdej reputed to be the most popular amulet among Buddhist collectors. The amulets were blessed and chanted by him and other respected famous monks in Thailand. He became famous for his wisdom, a venerable monk who gives Dharma talk to the royal palace and the public throughout the country. After his death there have been many legends concerning that time. He also appears in many versions of the story of the ghost wife Nang Nak Phra Khanong, sometimes referred to as just Nang Nak or Mae Nak.

Somdej Phra Phuttacharn(Toh), Wat Rakhang

Somdej Phra Phuttacharn(Toh), Wat Rakhang, made and blessed top famous Somdej Wat Rakhang between B.E.2400-2413. He passed away in B.E.2415 at the age of 85. His all Somdej amulets were blessed by himself with ChinnaBanchorn Katha. Materials for making the Somdejs comprise: shell lime, Phong Vises ( holy powder), assorted flowers from shrine, rice remains after his consumption, lotus, banana, ashes from incense urns, honey, tang oil, etc. This new Phra Somdej Wat Rakhang is made from a mixture of hold powders and fragments of the original Somdej Wat Rakhang amulets. Somdej amulets from Wat Rakhang will be highly collectable . Thai People believe that Phra Somdej amulet is best for strong protection and give the wearer Smooth sailing in life, Good business luck, Wealth fetching, Overcome all obstacles in life, Good in Business, Protection from harm and danger, Protection from evil spirit and Increase your personal good luck.

City Pillar (Lak Meuang) and the first Jatukam amulets

There are many stories on how the City Pillar (Lak Meuang) and the first Jatukam amulets were made. One story tells of Police Maj Gen Sanpetch Thammikun, the provincial police chief during the 1980s, going to Wat Nang Phraya during a shamanistic ritual. The medium, a woman, told the policeman to come back. When he did come back later the woman wasn't there, but had been replaced by a new medium claiming to be the spirit of the military leader for the B.E. 17th century Nakhon Si Thammarat king. The police general came a third time, and the second medium claimed to be yet another spirit - Jatukam, who instructed him to lead the construction of a city pillar. However, the spirit advised him that first he should consult with Police Maj Gen Khun Pantarakrachadej (also known as Ajarn Khun Phan), who was thought to be a master of Buddhist magical arts (Puttakom). This is believed by some to be the reason why Jatukam Ramathep was chosen to be a model for the amulet images when the campaign to raise funds for the city pillar was launched. The city pillar was partly completed in 1986, and the original Jatukam amulets were made in 1987. It was circular pendant a five-centimetres in diameter, and was priced at 49 baht. Now many are sold for more than 100,000 baht each. In the past only very few Jatukam amulets were produced, but after Police Maj Gen Khun Pantarakrachadej (Khun Phan) passed away recently at the age of 103 (some say 108), the amulets again became very popular.

Jatukham Rammathep defination

Jatukham Rammathep is the name of an unusually popular amulet sold by some Buddhist temples in Thailand. The amulet is named for two princes of the Srivijaya kingdom of southern Thailand, and is believed to provide protection and good fortune to the bearer. Some legends hold that the name actually belongs to an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, whose worship was known in the south due to the presence of Mahayana Buddhism there during earlier eras. The original Jatukham Rammathep amulets were created in 1987 by a Thai policeman named Khun Phantharak Rajjadej who believed that the spirit of Jatukham Rammathep had assisted him in solving a difficult murder case. During 2006, following on the death of Khun Phantharak Rajjadej, Jatukham Rammathep amulets began to grow wildly in popularity among Thais who believed in their ability to grant good fortune and solve personal problems. The amulets were initially distributed by a temple in the town of Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand. As the demand for these amulets grew, they began to also be produced at other temples in Thailand.[2] In April 2007, a woman died after being trampled in a rush to acquire reservations for a batch of Jatukham Rammathep amulets being produced at the Mahathat Woromaha Vihan temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat.[2] Later that month, in the face of a crime wave of daily amulet robberies, Thailand's Supreme Patriarch stopped providing materials from the temple, such as ash from incense, used to make the amulets.[3] Trucks with loudspeakers blare promotions for different series of amulets all day in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and colorful posters cover many walls. It is estimated that sales of the Jatukham Rammathep amulet in Thailand will amount to over 20 billion baht during 2007.

Ganesh General Info

Many call Ganesh by other names such as Ganesha, Ganesa, or Ganapati. Ganesh, a Hindu god, first appeared about 2000 years ago. Over time Ganesh became a very important god. Millions of people believe Ganesh to be the supreme god - mostly in India. There are daily prayers offered to Ganesha from his followers. Ganesh is the son of Shiva and Vishnu. Shiva is said to have created Ganesh after a frustrating experience where he couldn't see his own wife - Vishnu - bathing. Ganesha is the god of obstacles, or, Vighneshvara. He is able to create and remove obstacles in peoples lives. It is said that if one doesn't worship him correctly he may put obstacles to your life - so Ganesh devotees are very good about honoring him! Ganesh is important not only in India where he originated, but in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Japan. In addition to obstacles, it is said that Ganesh can grant success. Ganesh statues, figurines, and amulets can be found all over Asia. Here in Thailand Ganesh statues share shrines with Buddha and Shiva quite frequently. Ganesh figures can be found in gardens, on the street, on the shore of rivers, at temples, in houses, in businesses, in college dorms, around necks, wrists and fingers, and on shirts! History - Ganesh Elephant - God with the Elephant Head Ganesh is a god that is worshiped by Hindus and to a lesser extent by Jains and Buddhists. He goes under a number of different names (more than 100) including: Ganesha Ganesa Vinayaka Ganapati Phra Phikanet (Thailand) Followers of Hinduism worship many gods, but Ganesh is the most well known to those outside of this religion because of his distinctive look. He has a large elephant head. Millions of people in India worship Ganesh as the ultimate god – the Supreme Being. Son of Shiva There are a number of legends that describe the birth of Ganesh. He is said to be the son of Lord Shiva – the god of death and destruction. One of the most popular stories of his birth is that he was magically created by Shiva’s wife – the goddess Pavarti. She made her son out of dirt because she needed someone to guard her door. Ganesh took his job seriously and he refused to allow anyone to enter his mother’s apartment. All was well until the Lord Shiva returned home from war unexpectedly. He was so angry about being stopped at his wife’s door by a stranger that he cut off Ganesh’s head. Pavarti was the only person in the world whom Shiva was afraid of, and she was outraged by what he had done to her son. The God of death and destruction become remorseful, and he promised to make amends. He decided to remove the head of the first animal he could find, and then used this to replace Ganesh’s amputated head. The first animal he came across was an elephant. The Power of Ganesh Ganesh is worshiped as the: Lord of Success Destroyer of obstacles Lord of elephants God of education and wisdom God of wealth Lord of beginnings As well as being the destroyer and creator of all obstacles, it is believed that Ganesh will deliberately create obstacles for those who disrespect him. He is also associated with the chakras in Kundalini yoga. He is said to reside in the sacral area – the root (first) chakra. Image of Ganesha Ganesh image amulet in gold oval case from Thailand.Ganesh is usually depicted with a humanoid looking elephant head, and a curved trunk. He also has a large protruding belly which is said to represent prosperity. Most images will show a small mouse beside his feet – this represents obstacles that need to be overcome. These depictions of Ganesh can be understood as representing his attributes: The large elephant head represents the wisdom given to him by Shiva His pot belly represents his ability to create prosperity The small mouse near his feet represents the many obstacles that need to be overcome Ganesh and Buddhism Ganesh is a Hindu god, but he is also on object of veneration for many Buddhists. This is hardly surprising as the Buddha and his early followers would have originally being devotees of Brahmanism (early Hinduism). There are even some Hindus who believe that the Buddha was a reincarnation of Ganesh. Some Buddhists believe that Ganesh was a bodhisattva – this is an enlightened being who decides to delay entering final nirvana because they wish to help those who are still suffering. Ganesha in Thailand Thailand is a predominately Buddhist country, but great respect is given to Ganesha because he is believed to be a bringer of good fortune. The Thais usually refer to him as Phra Phikanesuan or Phra Phikanet. There are many shrines devoted to him all over Thailand – one of the most prominent statues of him is located in Bangkok outside Central World. People will come to this shrine to make merit by laying flowers, sweets, or other treats. This is a particularly common practice for those who are looking for some luck when starting a new venture or sitting exams. One of the more novel ways that his image is used is that businesses that are going through a tough period will hang his picture upside down to indicate their distress. Ganesha Amulets Ganesha is seen as a powerful god who can help all humans in need. There are many stories from people who are convinced that he interceded on their behalf. Even people who have no real interest in Hinduism can feel that there is something special about Ganesha, and this is why his fame has spread to every corner of the globe. There are many ways to tap into the power of the elephant god, and in Thailand one of the most popular ways to do this is by wearing Ganesha amulets. It is believed that those who wear a Ganesh amulet around their neck will be protected from obstacles in life. They will also attract prosperity and benefit from increased wisdom. The fact that Ganesh is so well respected means that there are many amulets that use his image – some of the more expensive ones are made from precious metals - especially silver. We have many Ganesh amulets for sale here at Thai Amulet Sales (.com). Some of them are a combination of Ganesh and Kwan Yin's thousand arm pose.

History Jatukam Ramathep

There are many legends about the origins of Jatukham Rammathep, the name used to identify a certain kind of amulet, but it is generally agreed that it goes way back in the mists of time, long before the northern kingdoms emerged. Perhaps the most credible account is provided by late crime-buster Phantharak Rajjadej, who helped to create the famous amulets, as described in an almanac authored by Seawrite Award winner Jamlong Fangchollajit, a native of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where the history of it is set. Jatukham Rammathep is two people, not one. The names are the aliases of brother princes Inthara Sairen and Inthara Khao Kheo, sons of King Jantharaphanu, who ruled the Sri Thammasoke realm, the capital of the Krung Srivijaya Kingdom (757-1257) in southern Thailand, after his father who founded it. The Sri Thammasoke realm began to degenerate as a result of their father’s absence of 20 years during which he expanded his dominion to as far as eastern India. The brothers founded a new capital at Chang Khom Sirithammarat (present day Nakhon Si Thammarat), and renamed the realm Srivijaya Suvarnabhumi. Some legends say Jatukham Rammathep was another royal person living in a different era altogether, while others suggest it was a name given to King Jantharaphanu himself. But all legends – under the influence of Mahayana Buddhism which was widely observed during the period – commonly believe that whatever king or royal person the name belongs to, the right holder of the name is an Avalokitesvara, a future Buddha after numerous rebirths committed to intense self-dedication and intense sacrifice. Long after their deaths, the two princes continue to be idealised by succeeding generations of residents of Nakhon Si Thammarat and today are remembered by their preferred names of Jatukham and Rammathep as guardian angels. Source. Another version, Once upon a time, many centuries ago (about 1700 years ago), it was a time of war and trouble. There lived a king and his princes in Central Siam. The elder prince named Jatukam and the other named Ramathep. After many years of war, the King finally conquered and managed to secure Sri Lanka into part of his Kingdom. There was a saying that the King possessed a sacred treasure, this was none other than the holy relics of Lord Buddha. Before the King began his journey to the newly conquered land, he tasked the protection of the relics to his two princes, & ordered them to guard it with their lives. Some time later, the princes received information of plan by their enemies to capture the relics. They immediately informed the King in Sri Lanka. The King instruction was to quickly take the relics away by sea and head to Sri Lanka. Halfway through the journey, a thunderstorm struck and their ships were sunken. Except the two princes, the rest of the crew did not survive. The two princes were washed ashore, but well. Without the sea transport, they could no longer bring the relics to Sri Lanka. They started praying sincerely to the relics, saying: “Dear Enlightened One! If this land we step upon is a holy piece of land, then please guide us let us live a new life here. With our people, we shall guard and protected your relics forever.” Later the two princes built a temple on this holy land and with much hard work; they also establish a wealthy and strong city. They brought new hope and peace to all the people. In remembrance of the great deeds by the two princes, they named this place Nakhon Si Thammarat in their honor. This is now located at Southern of Thailand at the present time. The temple that the two princes built for the relics is called Wat Mahathat – as it is known now. Ever since then, after a few centuries, many people had traveled to Wat Mahathat to locate the relics that were buried by the princes. Finally, they found a stone carving and the relics buried at the Wat. The stories of the two princes were found engraved on this stone. The two princes had done many great deeds and the greatest is by erecting the temple to house the relics. And they promised to guard the Relics with their lives. They had earned respect from both the heavenly and earthly beings. Later, the people combined the two princes into one and named him Tao Jatukam Ramathep when praying to him. Tao Jatukam Ramathep becomes one of the most respected and popular deities in the South of Thailand. In olden days, Tao was used to address noble ones. It is believed that those that pray to Tao Jatukam Ramathep will be blessed with fulfilling life and better in all aspects in everyday work.


The Legendary Botak Chin

Wong Swee Chin or famously known as Botak Chin was one of the most notorious and feared criminal in Malaysia in the early 60′s and 70′s.
He was born in Kuala Lumpur in the year 1951.

Botak Chin had 10 siblings, and his father was a retired railways officer. He was educated in a Chinese primary school in Sentul and 
subsequently transferred to English medium school. He stopped schooling at the age of 15 and started doing odd jobs, including helping out in
a night market near Jalan Tun Ismail for almost a year.

Botak Chin began to mix up with the wrong crowd, and joined the notorious underground gangster group (Geng 360). His life took a tragic turn when his mother passed away in 1968, prompting him to spend less time at home and more time outside with his new found dangerous friends. He started staying out in their houses and began to get involved in small thefts around the area of Sentul.

Botak Chin was already a gangster in the making, although he was a small sized guy. Together with his 3 friends and equipped with 2 guns, they committed their first armed robbery on 19 April 1969, when Botak Chin was only 18. Amazed by how guns commands respect, Botak Chin bought his own .22 inch revolver and formed his own gang, and within a month in September 1969, he had committed a total of 8 armed robberies.

However, Botak Chin was caught and convicted, sentenced to 7 years in jail. Ironically due to good conduct, he was released early, and came out from jail in November 1974.He tried surviving by working in Sentul Pasar again, this time selling vegetables. But the money was never enough.

Botak Chin came back to business.
In April 1975, Botak Chin formed a new gang, this time he was joined by some of the most hardened gangsters including Ng Cheng Wong
(Ah Wong), Beh Kok Chin(Pangkor Chin) and Teh Bok Lay(Seh Chai).One month later, he went to Thailand to buy firearms for his new
found gang.Early Jun, Botak Chin robbed an illegal gambling shop in Sentul and got away with RM 5,800. He invested the entire money
to buy more firearms from Thailand, and build his own arsenal consisting a total of 11 guns and more than a hundred bullets. In Kepong,
Botak Chin practiced his shooting skills andimprovised it by shooting stray dogs.

It is famously rumored that Botak Chin displays his gun openly in Sentul market, and the locals became very fearful and respected Botak
Chin.In Julai, Botak Chin robbed a bank in Jalan Imbi and got away with RM 95,000. The portion was shared among his notorious team
mates, with Chin raking in RM 25,000. He bought a new car, Datsun with this money, placing RM 3600 as a deposit. Next, a Chinese
temple became the target of Botak Chin . RM 10,000 was robbed from a few mahjong players in the temple.
Botak Chin was attracting too much attention and it was not long before Kuala Lumpur Serious Crime branch began investigation on him.
Deputy Superintendent of Police, S. Kulasingam (at that time also one of the most feared and respected policemen) was given the task to
capture Botak Chin. DSP Kulasingam is no ordinary man, he had been shot and even attacked with acid, yet he is one hell of a tough cop.
DSP Kulasingam started his investigation.
Botak Chin came back to business.

Botak Chin was having problem obtaining firearms, forcing him to be targeting policemen. He robbed three pistols from three policemen. While robbing Sentul Railways Club, he openly challenged the members of the club to a shooting game ala cowboy style.
The police continued hunting him and in September, police spotted a stolen Alfa Romeo occupied by Botak Chin and his members. After a 3.2 km high-speed chase rained by the police bullets, the car finally stopped in Segambut Dalam. Botak Chin quickly disappeared in one of the nearby slum areas. In a hurry, they’ve also left a .38 inch revolver in the car. Together with another member, including one who was seriously injured, Botak Chin got away by hijacking another Volvo car.
On the 25th of September, his right hand, Chau Kuan (Ah Kuan) was shot dead in a grocery shop along the Kovil Hilir street. But little this deterred Botak Chin.On the 26th of October 1975, Botak Chin committed his biggest ever robbery, gulping RM 218,000 after shooting down a security guard who was carrying gambling money from the Race Club. With his share of RM 40,000, Botak Chin finds himself in Thailand where he added more weapons to his arsenal, totaling now at 19 guns, 5 hand bombs, and almost a thousand bullets.
However, Botak Chin position as a leader began to unsettle when other members starts questioning his ability. He quickly moved in to eliminate his challengers and a few days later, Tua Pui Lek (gang leader of Lima Jari Gunung) and his own gang member (Ah Wong) was found shot dead in Jinjang. Seh Chai, killed himself after he was surrounded by police in Jalan Alor.
Early 1976, Botak Chin recruited new members, committed three more armed robberies totaling nearly RM 400,000. At the same time, 7 more of his new members were shot dead while the rest was caught. 15 guns, bullets and bombs were found to be in the possessions of the dead members. DSP S.Kulasingam was hot in pursuit of Botak Chin. It all came to an end on the 16th of February 1976. The police were tipped that Botak Chin was hiding in a wood factory near Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur. A detailed operation was carefully planned to ambush the hideout.
Police surrounded the area and waited till night falls and hours went by until a white Mazda turned into the factory area. 3 men came out from the car, and one of it was Botak Chin. They were well armed besides being equipped with 2 hand bombs. Botak Chin and his two other members did not realize that the police had surrounded the area, and continued with their usual activities. A few other gang members started patrolling the area, in order to protect Botak Chin. At that moment, the police moved in.
4 police squads from the Serious Crime Unit moved in, crashing into the factory area. The gang members, who were assigned to patrol the area, ran away. From inside the building, Botak Chin together with Beh Kok Chin (Pangkor Chai) and Hiew Foo Khen(Ah Keong), knew that something is wrong,and realized soon later they were surrounded by police.
The battle began, and the shooting was said to have lasted more than an hour. More than 500 bullets were shot towards Botak Chin and his members, topped with tear gas canisters. Pangkor Chai and Ah Keong shot back, also throwing in hand bombs towards the police. Botak Chin was eventually shot in his hands and legs, and was seriously injured. Within minutes, Pangkor Chai and Ah Keong were shot dead. Botak Chin was seriously injured and police moved in to arrest him. He could not fight back and taken to a nearby hospital where he recovered. It is believed that he took a total of 6 shots, but still survived.

According to Malaysian high-profile criminal records, “Botak Chin” as he was widely known, was a notorious gangster and robber of the 1970s. He was criticized by the authorities for being a self-styled “Robin Hood”. It was rumoured that “Botak Chin” wore a BE2480 (ie: 1937 AD) batch Tok Raja pidta and takrut( a kind of encased spell scroll, also made by Tok Raja). So whenever the police tried to arrest “Botak Chin”, he could always suddenly disappear or be able to evade their vision. It was believed this was because of the power brought by the Tok Raja Pidta. Pidta's are known to provide great protection, avoid danger and the ability to run off from your enemy(Pidta used 2 hands to close eyes and face). “Botak Chin” was bullets and weapons such as knives. After repeated failures to arrest “Botak Chin”, the Police had no choice but to seek Tok Raja for help. It was believed that with Tok Raja’s assistance, the police finally managed to apprehend “Botak Chin”. For his notorious crimes, “Botak Chin” was sentenced by the Malaysian courts to execution by hanging. “Botak Chin” had a final request: that he be allowed to wear his Tok Raja Pidta during the execution. The judger denied his request but promised to return him his Pidta after it is confirmed that he is really dead. After this high-profile incident of abuse, Tok Raja did not like to give out Pidta amulets to the public. He did not want the public to abuse the power of this amulet. Tok Raja thus only gave the Pidta amulet to whom he trusted. This remained so until Tok Raja passed away. Tok Raja’s Pidta amulets are highly sought after by those doing ‘informal’ businesses like discotheques and pubs (for eg, the owners, managers and bouncers of discotheques and pubs), loan-sharking, drug-smuggling, running gambling dens and so on. The Pidta BE2480 made by Tok Raja can said to be the Pidta king of Pidta amulets. Amulet collectors also eagerly seek this Pidta amulet because this batch of amulets is reputedly effective for wearing (ie: it is powerful), and worth it to collect (it has amulet collector’s monetary investment value).

One interesting thing about Botak chin was his obsession towards Thailand amulets. It is believed that Thai amulets could make someone invisible and individuals wearing it can obtain magical powers. Botak Chin was said to be wearing a few amulets, in particular ‘Pidta’, the Deity of Deceiving. Even when he was caught, when the police tried to remove his amulet, he warn them;
Botak Chin was also known as the Modern Day Robin Hood, as he famously declared during his trial that he helps the poor by robbing the rich. Botak Chin as notoriously as he may have been, was in fact never turned in by any members of the public in Sentul area, neither was the police tipped. That also explains the reason why he managed to evade the police for a long time. Some people had even claimed that Botak Chin had helped the locals with the money raked in from the robbery, particularly the poor Chinese people in his area.
Botak Chin had also never been involved in rape or violence of any kind towards woman. However, many women fell in love with him, while he was in prison. He used to receive many letters from outside the prison, all from young woman attracted to this young handsome man. It is not an understatement to say that Botak Chin was good looking, as you can see from the pictures.
After Botak Chin recovered, he was detained for a year and subsequently charged under ISA, and was finally handed down death sentence after Botak Chin pleaded guilty. His case was retried in April 1980, the court returned the verdict that he is still to be hung. The Federal Court also rejected retrial of his case. Even when he was in prison, he attacked two wardens in two separate occasions, seriously injuring one of them.

One of the most ironic thing about his case was he was never charged of killing anyone, neither did he admitted to killing any. He was sentenced to death solely because of the possession of firearms and hand bombs.
On the 11th of Jun 1981, Botak Chin was brought out of his cell; his face was covered with a black cloth. He was taken down to the chamber of death, and he looked as calm as he had always been. At the age of 29, Botak Chin was hung to death, ending the episode of the most notorious and legendary gangster in Malaysia.

Despite popular belief, the word "Botak" in his name does not refer to him being botak (bald or otherwise). It is actually an acronym for Bantu Orang Tak Ada Kerja, according to Abu Bakar Juah, a former director of Taiping Prison.

Abu Bakar also told the Star that Botak Chin could be friendly and used to play checkers with him in prison.
“He was a genius in his own way. He was small-sized but if he set his mind to do something, nobody could have stopped him, he was always one step ahead of you” Abu Bakar added.


马来西亚僧王 督拉惹

หลวงพ่อครน บางแซะ
Luang Por Kron Bang Sae


更有人称銮菩为马来亚“必达王”ปิดตา(Pitta),可想而知,他所铸造的“必达”是多么出名的。但简称銮波为“阿祖”或“阿公”,较为有亲切感。泰族人称銮菩为銮菩孔榜锡หลวงพ่อครน บางแซะ (Luangpo Kron Bangsae)。


銮菩孔十二岁时,父亲才带他去越乌塔玛喃 วัดอุตตมาราม(Watuttamanram),也称越榜锡วัดบางแซะ(Wat Bangsae),随寺院主持学习泰文,过后又学会了巴利文,而能朗诵经文。銮菩自从进入寺院,学习语文后,就非常喜爱研读经书,甚少游乐,与其他孩童性格绝然不同。住持在观察下,就觉得此孩童,似乎前世曾修过梵行,看他的一举一动皆有僧侣的风范,他日必为僧中之尊呀!


到年龄二十一岁时,銮菩要求父母给他筹备出家之事,父母也和亲友们为他剃度受戒为僧人。于1895年(佛历2438)6月15日,为受戒的是柏巴叻差法师,銮菩的法名柏昆普纳苏瓦若(Pra Kron punasuwano)。

起先銮菩孔用两年的时间深入的研习巴利大藏经,过后他觉得自己应该出外走走,寻求更高一层的佛学知识。就毅然此外了住持,步行出发去修苦行戒律。但是当时没有良好的道路,只好翻山越岭,当然得徒步行走。整个月后来到了一个村庄,有间寺院越莲乍(Wat Leamchak),得知有位法力高强的高僧,叫做銮菩玛哈蕾(Luangpo Mahaloi)。

起初銮菩玛哈蕾将一本法术秘籍交与督拉惹,他得花上两年时间方能背诵通笈交里的经文,接着更深的修禅定法门。其后他也各地去寻访名师钻研各门法术,而且还在泰南各府,当了多间佛寺的主持。督拉惹多住在宋卡府和高头廊府一带,也曾在越考乌(Wat Kao-or)修习多种信物的独特法门。


他 准备大肆修葺寺院。当时周围都被胶园团团围住,寺院的地大约二十多英亩。居民多是以割胶为生,过的生活的相当辛苦,不过每逢节日却都非常诚心的前来献僧供 佛,有者今天看他们欢天喜地的来献僧,明天却传来他的恶讯,说是被蛇咬死了!因为树胶园里毒蛇丛生,尤其是眼镜蛇,在攻击人的时候,竖起起来像人一般 高。

銮 菩看到这种情景,非常难过,就将以前修苦行戒时所收集的圣土,用来制造 避险的圣物,这就是初期 銮菩孔制造 掩面佛牌的心意,制成后派发给信徒,信徒佩带后果真 一路平安无事,更奇怪的是毒蛇遇上有佩带必达佛牌的村民,都会掉头而逃,不敢接近,甚至碰上老虎、熊也会出现相同的情况,信徒们一传十,十传百,銮菩孔的 必 达佛像的神奇就此迅速的传遍开来。。。。。



信 徒一到寺院,一般先回和銮菩闲谈,銮菩是一位很健谈的僧人,不会难以相处,而当信徒要求必达佛牌时,銮菩就会记录下他个人的行业和需要,如果是做生意者, 銮菩就会多用人缘经文。然后才然后再择日鋳造制模,集会圣土、花粉、经水和石灰等,放进模型里印出了一枚必达佛牌。



銮菩孔 所住的吉兰丹 州,銮菩在这里却没有受到回教徒的排挤,銮菩具有高深的法力,时常帮忙这些马来同胞解决一些玄妙的奇难杂症,如中邪、中降、小孩子哭个不停等的问 题。 銮菩 也 常常唸一些经水让他们带回去饮用或洗澡,一般可以解决一些玄妙的问题。甚至连吉兰丹苏丹也亲自觐见銮菩,并向銮菩谈起说:他每次去举行王室仪式时,都会感 到头顶有撕裂头痛的感觉,因为其中有一点血统奥妙的差距。銮菩就说没有问题,走入佛舍里,拿出长约一尺多的手杖。

此手杖泰语成为“迈古鲁”ไม้คูรู(Mai Kru),意译是师父杖或权杖。此杖的功能是增加权威,避一切的邪恶。銮菩孔就把它交给吉兰丹苏丹王。而苏丹王从此每次开王室大会时,再也不会发生头痛的问题。而苏丹永远手不离此权杖,时常紧随于身。苏丹为了感谢銮菩孔的恩典,就第一次封 泰族高僧为僧王,马来语就是“督拉惹”(Tok Raya)。


过 了三个月的守夏节。有一天老僧叫銮菩孔来到床前,这时候老僧已病倒在床了,老僧将一支拐杖状的木棍交给銮菩孔,说是当年他年轻时候有位高僧交给他的,并吩 咐 他说他日得遇见有慧根者才传交于他,并传授口诀以及制造迈古鲁的秘诀,銮菩孔就是从此处学来的。銮菩得到迈古鲁后,就日夜拥带在身旁,连睡觉也相随,觉得 得到迈古鲁后,自己的法力也隋着增长。不久之后传迈古鲁于他的老僧也圆寂了。


自 从銮菩孔回到家乡主持寺院,首先就是着手发展教育、建设校舍,并由柏吗哈曾当老师。接着还筹建了一间全马来西亚甚至泰国所无的,与众不同的大雄宝殿。四方 有门进出,前门的十二支大柱子有祥龙盘卷的雕刻,更有许多奇珍异兽的雕像团团围绕,计有龙、象、狮、虎、鹿、鹰及牛等等。进口处两旁筑了两座神龛,分别供 奉大伯公与观音大士的圣像,蔚为奇观。


在1962年(佛历2505年),銮菩孔从新加坡回返之后,就一直卧病在床,吉兰丹苏丹也亲自前来探病。无奈 老銮菩年事已高,终于在11月19日圆寂,享年88岁,入戒68年,一代圣僧从此沉寂了



出售佛牌給你的人, 必須因為恭請佛牌的原因,不斷地親身前往泰國 。這一點可以從護照的出入境記錄看出來。有不少直接委託泰國的朋友, 以郵寄的方式把佛牌寄來本地再出售。 而這個佛牌的商人是否能確保他的朋友所恭請的佛牌, 真的出自正廟? 還是來自路邊攤?

而有關於佛牌的功效, 注意的事項、 佩戴的儀式、 一些心咒的*動以及售後服務等等, 是否可以獲得保證呢 ?可能就連出售佛牌的本人, 也是一頭霧水。
打個比方, 同樣早坤平將軍的佛牌; 拿著雞的 、抱著兩個女性的、 坐著人頭的、抱著古曼童的、單純自身法相的 ;其功效心咒和須注意的事項, 統統都不一樣 。不同的正廟, 所製造的同一類型佛牌, 心咒也會不同。

例如鬼王廟的古曼心咒, 阿曾力光的古曼心咒 、 鑾波潘的古曼心咒、沒有一個是相同的 。這些如果沒有當面跟住持溝通、 問個清問楚、出售佛牌的人又如何購買佛牌的善信交待?
去過泰國一兩次旅行的人, 隨手從路邊攤抓起一把佛牌就當真佛牌 。所以信徒們一定要注意,如果是認真從事佛牌行業的人, 他們必定至少每半年到泰國一次。
必須看看護照上出境紀錄(可以要求出售佛牌者對護照進行拍照) 才能確保此人是否真的不斷去泰國恭請佛牌。 單純去過一兩次的, 很可能只是旅遊,不值得信任。

出售佛牌給你的人,只要是恭請佛牌來自正廟, 就肯定會和住持大師合照。 這就是證明佛牌不是來自路邊攤的最根本證據。

因為就算是泰國本地人, 也很難確保自己在佛牌商店裡頭不會恭請到假佛牌。 更何況我們這些外國人? 所以為了不受矇騙,通常佛牌商人的每一批佛牌, 聖物, 都親自到泰國恭請,還必須親自從主持高僧手上接過佛牌,確保佛牌已經加持和開光。
在這種情況之下, 就算我們不能分辨佛牌真假,但是當面跟佛牌的主持高僧現場恭請, 這就沒有可能是假的了 。因此信徒們一定要注意, 出售佛牌給你的人, 如果單純只有一兩張照片是和某個大師合照的話, 那就得要再深入觀察一番。

出售佛牌給你的人,本心是借佛法救世, 而不是唯利是圖 。以素質 、修養和談吐,這些可以憑個人經驗去分析, 從而做出判斷。

LP Thuad Biography

Luang Phor Thuad was born in 2125 and was highly respected and revered as a guru monk throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. He spent his entire life spreading the Dhamma for the benefit of the people without impartiality. Luang Poh Tuad was a monk who lived around 300 years ago in the so called „Ayuttaya period". Normally he stayed in monasteries in southern Thailand, but he also travelled a lot to the central regions and the former capital Ayuttaya.
It is said that LP Tuad was able to do miracles and there are written reports on is fabled that Luang Phor Thuad had the ability to change salt water to fresh water and it is for this reason that the amulet is often worn by fisherman as a protective talisman against the perils of the ocean. When LP Tuad died he was cremated and his ashes were kept in a chedy (pagoda) in the temple "Wat Chiang Hai" in Pattani province (South Thailand).
It was the year 1954 when the than abbot of the Wat Chiang Hai temple (Luang Poo Tim) blessed the first LP Tuad amulets and gave them to his followers.
Over the past more than 50 years LP Tuad amulets were blessed from many other acharn-monks from lot of other monastries.
They are all a little bit different in their mixture of powder, clay, herbs and other ingredients. Most of the amulets have also bits or little pieces of ore/metal mixed in or pressed on the back side of the amulet.
It is said that the wearer of a LP Tuad amulet will get over/survive an accident or attack (with less or no injury) like a miracle.
Amulets of Luang Phor Thuad have shown many miracles to individuals wearing it.
LP Tuad is well know for his protection,wealth ,business and safe driving. LP Tuad will help u in metta,protection,business and safe driving.
Purpose:Safe Driving,protection,Wealth ,Business and good luck.



相信“泰国佛牌“的人,都会相信或希望单单戴着佛牌就可以改变他的生活和处境(命运),如人缘,财运和其他......., 戴了朋友或某某方面介绍的某某佛牌,佩戴了佛牌就在那里等待好运或奇迹的来临.............,过了一段时间的等待,都没有改变现有的困境,还没有渡过难关,人缘,财运和其他还是很差.....相信有一大部分的人就会觉得这尊佛牌不好和不出名,不够“Power”,或者他觉得这佛牌不适合他,换了另外一尊(或多尊)来佩带,过后也是没有改变,又换一尊..........一年里不知道换了多少尊,“花”了不少钱,都还没有改善,问题在那里呢 ???

有位资深的大哥有分享过“佛牌只是辅助/助力”。 我们可以带着一尊有“功能”的佛牌来助力,或者带着一尊佛牌当做一种提醒自己来改变我们自己......,最重要都是多做善事,包括改变自己不好的心态和想法,持有道德和慈悲心,好好供奉(孝顺)家里的两尊大菩萨(父母)和其我们佛教徒所应该守的戒,应该做的善事,相信福报或奇迹很快就会来临,有时候福报来的时候,让你高兴到笑不出口.....虽然不同的人会有不同的福报,这也要看个人前世或早期所种下的根(因),才有现在的果。有的有福报的人,做了一点善事,就有现眼报,有可能几个小时里内就看到效果,这可能是他之前所种下来的根


Biography of Tok Raja

Tok Raja of Wat Uttamaram Pasir Mas Kelantan Tok Raja of Wat Uttamaram Pasir Mas Kelantan .
Khron Ratchanaren (known as Tok Raja) was born on Thursday December 1, BE2419 (1876). He was sent to Wat Uttamaram by his parents when he was 12 years old to learn Buddhism and Thai language. He stayed with Archan Lok who was the temple Chief Abbot at that time. Tok had showed great interest in Buddhism and became a “Dek Jom” under the supervision of Bhikkhu (monks) in the temple. Besides, he also learned crafting and construction. He once told the devotees that even from an early age, he cherished the ambition of joining the monk hood and stay in the temple to learn Buddhism unlike his other kampung (village) boys of the same age who more preferred to stay in their homes in the kampung.
Ordination (Upasombot)
Tok Raja joined monkhood (Bhikkhu) on Jun 15, 2438 (1895) when he was 21 years old. The ordination took place at Wat Uttamaram and was ordained by the following monks:
1) Phra Upatcha Palad Chai of Wat Mai Suwankhiri
2) Phra Khru Ophart Phuthakhun of Wat Chon Prachumthart and
3) Phra Athikarn Phut from Wat Bangtakwa Silaloi who became Kammavacanusavanacarn
Tok Raja was then given a Buddhist name known as Punnaksuwanno.
 Seeking knowledge
After becoming a monk, he stayed at Wat Uttamatam for two phansa after that he travelled to Southern Thailand to learn Pali language and at that time is known as the big book. Tok was resided at Wat huaphom Nai in Songkhla and learn Buddhism in greater depth. He also learned “Phrakhatha vertmon” which consist of “Khamphi Mulkachai” and “Khamphi Thammadboth” in Wat Huaporm Nai as well as Vipassana Kammatharn technique in Songkhla for 15 years. In the year 2449 BE, Tok Raja was appointed Chief Abbot of the Wat for 10 years.
Due to the fact that Tok Raja needs to be back to Malaya, he stepped down as Chief Abbot of Wat Huaporm Nai. Once back from Thailand, he became the Chief Abbot of Wat Mai Suwankhiri for 6 years before been transferred back to Wat Uttamaram and became the Chief Abbot of the Wat in year 2468 BE. He taught Vippassana meditation and ubasok ubasika Buddhaborisat to the kampung folks Buddhist fundamentals as well as Vertmon Katha to his pupils.
Positions hold by Tok Raja
  1. 2470 BE (1927) – appointed by Phra Khru Ophatbudthakhoon as Phra Palas Thananukrom
  2. 2476 BE (1933) – Tok Raja became Upatchaya
  3. 2484 BE (1941) – appointed as Phra Khru Vicarn
  4. 2488 BE (1945) – became the Chief Abbot of Kelantan State known as Phra Vicaranayanmuni
His role in the deployment of Dharma knowledge and spreading of Buddha’s teachings When Tok Raja  came back from Songkhla Thailand, he stressed a lot on knowledge skill. He worked very hard in order to expand the knowledge skills to devotees in Kelantan but did not meet his expectation since the Society at that time did not realise the importance of education and as such, was unable to achieve his mission to the fullness.
In early year of BE2491 (1948), Thai Buddhism has spread out of the country especially to the neighbouring country like Malaya.Malaysia was formerly known as Malaya. In that year, the first Naktham school was established in the Kedah state of Malaya. Tok has waited for the opportunity to open up such school for long time and has establish the same Naktham school in the year BE2492 and the first school was established in Wat Uttamaram Bangsek itself.
It was a resounding success in establishing these schools and Tok Raja later handed over the management of the school to Phra Maha Chan Kesaro who possessed “Parian Tham 6 Prakyok” as a teacher master. Even though there was a shortage in teaching resources, there was a huge demand from monks all over Kelantan to study at Wat Uttamaram to seek knowledge and learn Naktham where the expenses incurred were manageable. It was not easy to go to Wat Uttamaram at that time where it took hours to reach by walking through the jungle. Such obstacles did not prevent these pupil monks from reaching the Wat and in the same year as it was established, the first Naktham examination was held at Wat Uttamaram in Kelantan.
The Miracles of Tok Raja (The Sacred Tongkat)
Tok Raja spent his non-meditation hours in research into ancient and forgotten manuscripts which revealed ceremonies and prayers for every occasion. He made searching enquiries into information gleaned from his readings. He never considered unlikely or as far-fetched the stories he had read or heard of how and where priceless documents had been hidden in times of peril. He explored caves which others fear to enter and seldom found his mission unfruitful. From these ancient writings he copied the prayers and chants which are the weapons he uses in his self-imposed war against Black Magic. He tried the effect of these prayers upon himself when sick, and at all times opportunity offered itself to test his Faith & Power. One day, a novice brought to him a very aged document which he knew was something precious as it has been zealously guarded heirloom. He found that the documents described how a sacred tongkat (wand) should be constructed and the ingredients that went into its making. The tongkat was too powerful for the novice who made no use of it. On his death-bed, the novice gifted the tongkat to Tok Raja. Since then, it has never been out of his sight for a fleeting moment. He carried it with him wherever he goes and when asleep, it rests beside him. He has put the tongkat to good use in effecting cures both physical and mental. No ordinary man can touch the tongkat without feeling its Power. He has attained so high a standard of perfection and he was no mere mortal. By a few seconds of association with someone, or at a glance, he can say if the person seeking his help is clean in heart, a genuine sufferer or a fake if he has come to him convinced that only prayer can save life.
Tok Raja had never refuse aid and preached Dharma to those fake instead. He won more and more followers to his philosophy of life. News spread widely from devotees and even strangers about the wonders he had performed for them. He certainly was a modern Miracle Worker who convinces you of the unbelievable stories from the recovery of a dying man to saving from been possessed of evil spirit and even non Buddhist experience similar wonders in resolving their problems.
Donations poured in to the temple from all corners of Malaya (including Singapore) and with adequate funds, Tok was able to built the Kelantan first Naktham school in Wat Uttamaram (2nd School in Malaya after Kedah) and constructed Ubosoth (Both) and Kutis surrounding the temple.
Tok Raja’s Last Days
Tok Raja enjoyed good health and always fresh and active even at the age of over eighty years old. His health only started to deteriote from July 2505BE (1962) onwards. Tok’s health was deteriorating significantly after his trip to Singapore. The bad news about his health was spread like wild fire and many people from all over Malaya (Malaysia) came to visit him, including the Royal Highness The Sultan of Kelantan. Due to old age, Tok Raja passed away on November 19, 2505BE (1962), 15 days before the conferment of “Chao Khoon” title bestowed to him by the King of Thailand, his Highness King Phumibol Adulyadeth where Tok Raja was invited to be present at the King Palace in Bangkok on December 5, 2505BE (1962)



传说 相传,佛祖坐下一位弟子,名为"拍马哈格咋也纳",他非常聪敏、长相俊朗、而且样貌与佛祖有几分相似,所以到任何地方都受到善信特别热诚的对待,更有善信 误认他为佛祖,但这些也做成他修行的障碍,部份师兄弟也有很多闲言闲语,更因为有些女善信对他的款待,被人说他与女子有染犯下重戒,"拍马哈格咋也纳"有 见及此,便利用神通法力将容貌改变、身材变成矮小、肥胖,这也是现今有称为"善加财"佛像的法相,但原来这是不能令善信们改变对他的态度,所以"拍马哈格 咋也纳"便将眼长期合上,不理会别人对他的态度及闲言,只一心修行,因此有"拍必打"的俗称。 至于"拍必打"佛牌的创制,现在已经很难确实追溯,有传是一位称"拍马哈爹纳"的僧人所制,而"拍必打"佛牌较正确的名称应为"拍咭温角你"或"拍咭 温",而现今所制的"拍必打"佛牌,大致上分为两种,一为两手、二为多手(如八手),一般两手的"拍必打",我们称为"拍必打马哈胡",多手的称为"拍必 打环",而这种"拍必打环",多为八手造形,称为"拍必打环吞九",意即掩盖九处主要渠道,双眼、双耳、两鼻孔、口、肚脐、肛门,令对我们不利的事、物, 不能进入身体影响我们的心灵。 佩戴多手比达,可以帮助善行挡灾,适合危险职业的人佩戴。主要是招正偏财(以偏财为主)、挡灾、避险、避小人、避不好的事发生等。 掩面佛又称必达佛,将对佩戴者不利的事、物阻挡在体外,使之不能进入身体影响人们的心灵,由此挡灾避险,同时避小人及不好的运气近身,使之正气随身,同时 佩戴者还会借助掩面佛的功力,有助招偏财运,使佩戴者正财、偏财滚滚来!小人霉运远远去


what is pidta?

Phra Pidta, meaning closes or covers its eyes in Thai, also known as closed eyes Buddha. There are few types of Phra Pidta in Thai, with four arms, six arms or fully covered with mantras. It is one of the favorite kind of Buddha amulets of Thai citizens.

Phra Pidta amulets can enhance your fortune and ward off the evils. People who often go for business trip or doing dangerous work are suitable to wear this.
The Phra Pidta hides its eyes meaning that when we stop concerning, asking
and caring something, nobody can do any bad things to you such as making rumors.
Phra pidta closes his eyes, thus has the function to prevent villains.
It’s for avoiding weasel and devil, bringing unexpected money, investing in business.


what is takru?

Takrut, is a type of tubular amulet that originated from Thailand. It is also known as "Tangkai" in other cultures.

They are worn by Thai people as a protective amulet and have existed for thousands of years. They are by rule, a talisman that is an elongated shape, taking the shape of a scroll. The scroll can be made of any type of metal, paper, leaf, papyrus, animal skin, or a large number of other mediums, including bamboo and wood vines. They are mostly worn on a cord around the waist, but are also often seen accompanying amulet on neck chains. The Sacred Inscriptions made upon the Takrut are a form of Sacre Geometry based in Thai Buddhist and Ancient vedic and animist traditions, which has come to be a very well known Niche Topic around the world since the Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie received a Sak Yant Tattoo, which is also a yantra like a Takrut, except tattooed in the skin. Also, since the existence of the now well known website on Sak Yant ( and the more anthropological and academic website '' run both by Ajarn Spencer Littlewood, has caused a great increase in the amount of interest in both the tattooed aspect of sacred geometry and the beliefs in its magical powers, as well as in the Takrut Amulet, which is one of the most favored types of Thai amulet.

Yant, which are incantations and sacred geometry designs with Pali Kata and Buddhist prayers, (Invocations and Empowerment Spells, inscribed using the Ancient Khom Pali (Khmer). The takrut is used for all purposes from Maha Sanaeh attraction, Metta Mahaniyom Business Success and Popularity, Mercy Charm, Riches attraction, and even of course, last but not leasty, Invincibility

Potential takeouts include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell, incantation, to repel evil or bad luck


什么是Tarkut ?

Tarkut/Takrud("打固")是一种"符卷"(符管/符筒), 制作Tarkut的师傅多会亲自在素材上写上经文,咒语,图腾.常见用来制做Tarkut的素材像:金,银,锡(Takua),虎皮,棕榈叶,木材,象牙,骨头或其他少见的素材物质.在马来西亚这种"符卷"也称做"当盖"(马来语为"TangKai").Tarkut一般都用来増进人缘(metta) 或不能伤害 (KongKraPan)2个功用.



招財女神 Nanguat





「招財女神」的造型是以古代淑女形象,穿著古代的服裝,頭髮整齊束起,戴上精美的髮飾 ,顯得典雅典莊,常常是坐像,上臂和手腕都戴有金鐲子。 這位女神不時會發揮靈性,使人們走進店裡購物,自然能使店家主人生意興隆,財滿金庫。




必達因為遮眼 因此延伸出避小人,就是當我們不聞不問不理睬時,小人們也不會有機可趁更無法造謠!而必達可以招財,是因為當我們專心去工作不再理會小人 自然而然就會專注在賺錢囉~也會心平氣合~事事順利!!
Pit 意思指的是"关闭"也就是"盖上",Da 意思指的是"眼睛",所以Pitda就是指閉眼佛,或遮眼佛及掩面佛。註:有人會唸Pidta或Pitda其實發音都是差不多的,像Somdej(崇迪)也有人唸Somdet(顺德)純粹發音問題。必達跟崇迪一樣都是近兩百年來才有的產物,跟超過千年如拍洛之類的五古佛比起來其實不算久,在兩百年以前你不會看到任何有關於Pitda這種類型的佛像。必達這種類型的佛牌大約為100~170年前才開始被製造,也就是從Top5 monks(五大師)那時期才有,必達是一種依佛教故事所想像出來的佛像。

拍必打拍必打意思為掩眼佛,在泰國"拍必打"佛牌是非常著名,各地眾所周知,但"拍必打"的事跡相信不是很多人知道。 相傳,佛祖一位弟子,名為" 拍馬哈格咋也納",他聰敏非常、樣貌與佛祖有幾分相似長相俊朗,所以到任何地方都受到善信熱誠的對待,更常有善信誤認他為佛祖,但這些也做成他修行的障 礙,部份師兄弟間出現很多閒言閒語,有些女善信因為他的外表而加以款待,被外間說他與女子有染犯下佛門重戒,"拍馬哈格咋也納"有見及此,便利用神通法力 將容貌變得醜陋、身材變成矮小、肥胖,這也是現今有稱為"善加財"佛像的法相,但這都不能令善信們改變對他的熱誠態度,所以他唯有便將眼長期合上,不理會 別人對他的態度及閒言,只一心修行,因此有"拍必打"的俗稱。 至於"拍必打"佛牌的創製,現在已經很難確實追溯,有傳是一位僧人所製。現今所製 的"拍必打"佛牌,大致上分為兩種,一為兩手、二為多手(如八手),一般兩手的"拍必打",我們稱為"拍必打馬哈胡",多手的稱為"拍必打環",而這種" 拍必打環",多為八手造形,稱為"拍必打環吞九",意即掩蓋九處主要通道,雙眼、雙耳、兩鼻孔、口、肚臍、肛門,令所有對我們不利的事、物,不能進入身體 影響我們的心靈。 "拍必打"佛牌如由著名的高僧所製的話,價值不菲,泰國著名製作"拍必打"佛牌的高僧也不少.

在什麽样的情况下 佛牌才会有那神奇的感应呢?

佛牌一定是要经过高僧大德密咒加持过的 那些得道高僧 修持越好的 效力越大 所做出的佛牌就会越灵验 因爲要用念力加持的
注明一下 佛牌一般是经过一些吉祥物做出来的 像是吉祥木 吉祥土 吉祥铁 高僧舍利等还有就是选吉日做好佛牌
念经加持 加持时间不一定 要看不同的高僧 当然时间越长 就会越灵验

佛牌的价钱也有分别 差别很大的 看样子是同样的一尊佛牌 可有的几百块 有的一两千块 有的好几万块 也有的好几十万呢
如果不是行家的话 根本看不明白的
一般比较贵的佛像 不管是金属做的还是土做的 价钱最贵的那一种是因爲那是应该称得上是件古董吧
有好上百年的时间了 是经过有名望的得道高僧做的 加持的
像是泰国最有名的佛牌 崇迪佛牌 算是泰国最贵的佛牌啦 泰铢有一百多万啊 有钱想买都买不到呢 这种佛牌大多数都在那些高官贵人手里
还有就是在泰国国家博物馆里 少数流落在民间 所以如果想买这种佛牌 最好要有国家政府批的保证书 才可以请 虽然民间也有
像曼谷一些高等的大商场里的佛牌专卖店里就有的买 但是你们无法分辨真假 所以不要贪便宜 以免容易上当 如果真的要去的话
那要找个信得过的人 熟悉这方便的人带你去 他们应该知道哪个店里卖的是真货
还有就是用来做佛牌的物料比较贵 所以价钱也就高 像是有名的 蝴蝶佛 有的上万块 最低的也有大几百呢 爲什麽会这麽贵呢
因爲是用名贵的香料做成 佛牌後面还习惯用泰国名贵的色彩宝石还有用金片做成的圆管里面写有经文做成的的 所以价钱就贵了点
不过这 蝴蝶佛 蛮灵验的 对正姻缘人缘 还有 财运 是蛮有效的

普通的佛牌 一般是寺庙办法会或者什麽特别日子做的佛牌 价钱就比价便宜 有的随喜布施多少都可以每人得到一个
也有的是指定标价的 也就是那麽几百到一两千而已(是新做的佛牌 要明白的是 一般的佛牌都是时间久了就会涨价的)
如果到外面的佛牌专卖店里买 价钱会比佛寺里卖的高 这也是必然的 一般如果有什麽新的佛牌出来 那些佛牌专卖店
就会买去了 然後把价钱提高

在泰国有很多卖佛牌的地方 如果有朋友来过泰国去过玉佛寺大皇宫 就应该看到过 在玉佛寺旁边的街道上就有卖
什麽样的价钱都有一般 几十 到几百 几千 上万块不等 不过呢如果不是行家带你去 那你不要自己买
因爲那里的佛牌假的 多如牛毛 很容易上当的 如果是买来玩玩的 花个几十块 买来玩玩也可以
顺便提一下有些朋友去泰国到佛寺里请了佛牌 大概几千块吧 再去逛了一下其他地方 就觉得受骗一样他们
说请给他们的那麽贵 外面那麽便宜 真是让人哭笑不得 怎麽能相提并论呢 那些佛牌是假的嘛 所以买很便宜嘛
也难怪真的佛牌那麽贵 当然要做假的来赚外国人的钱了
赫赫有名的现在已经是上百万株的(崇迪佛)几百年前 那位得道高僧做出来免费发给善男信女的佛牌
做梦也想不到现在已经是上百万铢的价钱了 想想看 一张100元人民币都有人做假 那上万块的佛牌能没人作假吗
真是满街都是崇迪佛啊 到那种地方请佛牌 也蛮好玩的 可热闹了 泰国人请佛 是要先看看真假 一人一个放大镜 坐在那里拿著佛牌一个一个的照 看看哪个是真的哪个是假那情景真是好壮观 有机会去泰国的朋友如果懂你也去照照 运气好的话 也许能捞个古佛 那可真赚到了


就是要敬重祂 不要随便乱放 佛牌要戴在脖子上 不能放在比腰低的地方 不能放在不干净的地方 不能用脚踩 或者从上面走过
不能用脚对著佛牌 带佛牌的人 要避免对著别人的脚坐 夫妻睡觉时把佛牌放在床头柜上可以 不要放在枕头下 (如果没有发生夫妻关系 也可以放在枕头下)
不要从晒衣架走过 不管晒衣架上有没有晒著衣服 如果真的不可以避免 可以用手捂住佛牌 用心祷告
洗澡的时候要拿下来 住酒店的时候 防水的佛牌可以洗澡不离身睡觉佛不离身
去桑那在游泳池泡澡的时候 也不要戴佛牌 因爲不干净 对佛牌不敬 电影上经常看到有人戴佛牌泡澡 那是不正确的
可以戴的不是佛牌 一般都是护身物 (什麽是护身物 下面再跟大家说)
上厕所时可以戴 没有多大关系的 因爲佛牌是戴在脖子上的 还有就是佛牌绝对不要装在钱包了 放在裤兜 屁股压著 那对佛牌不敬
去国内的寺庙 医院 清明上香 都可以戴佛牌
看了这些应该想到了些事吧 那就是佛牌会经常拿下来 所以戴佛牌的链子要能容易解开 方便拿下佛牌 泰国戴佛牌的链子很不错
如果在泰国请完佛牌别忘了买链子 普通的链子一般几十到一两百上千的都有

也就是就重要得啦 戴佛牌的人要多行善事 行善积德嘛 能行五戒 那最好了 如果平常没有机会行善积德的朋友 只要你不是大恶大奸之人
也没关系啦 不做坏事也就等于是做好事了嘛 不做要切记一条 就是不能犯邪淫 在中国邪淫的意思就是除老婆以外的人 在泰国一般是指别人的老婆(老公)或则别人女(男)朋友绝对不可以碰 不能破坏别人的感情 如果已经犯下错误了 要知错就改 切忌切忌
这是重要的一条 要不你戴一身的佛牌 也救不了你的