The Story Monk Phra Luang Phor Tuad

The life story of the monk Phra Luang Phor Tuad is very similar to a beautiful, special legend. Luang Phor Tuad, born in 1582 and died in 120 at the age of 1702, has had a special life.
He was born in Suan Chan Village, Chumpol District, Sathing Phra in Songkla in southern Thailand. His cradle was with a poor farming family with father Khun Hu and mother Mae Chan. Who gave their son the name Poe, which freely translated means Crab.

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Because his parents had to work in the fields, Poe was taken to work as early as 6 months old, where his mother placed him on a cloth in the shade under a tree, while she was working in the rice field next to it. When it was time to feed him and she walked back to her son, she was shocked to see a large python move slowly around her child. She immediately raised the alarm and neighbors and workers rushed in. The python had settled motionless around the baby and they didn't quite know what to do.
His mother suddenly had an idea that the python might be a reincarnation of a god. With this thought she picked seven different colored flowers and placed them on a plate in front of the python, closed her eyes and began to pray. The python woke up from prayer and spat out a crystal ball before disappearing into the forest. Everyone was shocked by the event, wanted to catch a glimpse of the crystal and began to crowd around the child. The mother took her son and the crystal and rushed home.

A rich man hearing about this tried to steal the crystal from the parents by offering them a lot of money, when the parents refused to sell the crystal, the rich man pressured the family with threats, causing the parents to give in and sell the crystal to the man.
The man was euphoric, until after three days all his family members became seriously ill. He consulted a medium who told him it was because he possessed something that did not belong to him. Fearing the worse, the rich man returned the crystal to Phor Tuad's parents. To whom the crystal did belong, because three months later the money started pouring in. Out of jealousy, the parents' neighbors stole the crystal ball to get luck on their side too, unfortunately they didn't get riches, but were chased by the ghost of the python. To escape this spirit, they threw the crystal into a well.
Poe's parents were visited in their dreams by a ghost who told them where to find the crystal. Because of all this, his parents became more and more devoted to Buddha and the monks offered sacrifices and started building temples.

At the age of five, Luang Phor Tuad went to the temple to learn the wisdoms of Buddha. However, at the time he was a kind of child prodigy, so that he had mastered all subjects within a year. He went out, first to the surrounding villages and later through the jungle to other villages to learn as much as possible from other monks.
At the age of twelve he was ordained as a monk and entered the monastery, where he could devote himself fully to the teachings of Buddha, Dharma.
He stayed here until he was 30, when he was told that his father had died at the age of 77. Shortly afterwards he left for another province.

Luang Phor Tuad left by boat to the then capital Ayuthaya. When they had been on the road for half a day, a storm arose, so violent that all the drinking water was thrown overboard. Everyone on the boat had survived the storm and after a few days, thirst set in. The people on the boat blamed Phra Tuad for the storm and thus for the loss of drinking water. On this charge, Phor Tuad summoned the captain to stop the boat. He threw one leg overboard and drew a circle in the salt water with his foot and instructed a sailor to scoop water from the center of the circle. The Sailor did as he was told and to his surprise the water in the circle was fresh water. Everyone on board was sorry, keeled over for him and begged Phor Tuad's forgiveness.

Arriving in Ayuthaya, he walked several kilometers until he came to a stately temple. There he was refused because he was considered to be poor. He turned and walked a little further, where he came across an ancient temple. The old administrator of the temple welcomed him and offered him a place in the temple. Here he went to study Buddhist theses and meditations.
This took half a year, because the then regent of Ceylon wanted to test the knowledge of the monks in Thailand. For this, he sent 7 monks to Ayuthaya, who took 12 bowls with 84.000 words with them. These words had to be arranged within a week in such a way that a Sutra (prayer) was created.
If the task was completed, the king of Ceylon would present 7 golden boats to the king of Siam. Should the task not be accomplished, the sovereignty of Siam would be transferred to Ceylon. The king of Thailand gathered all known monks to figure out the sutra and many tried but were unsuccessful.
Since the pressure was quite high, the search for the one who has the solution continued. On the fourth night, in a dream of the king, a white elephant appeared in a bright white light. Which according to a medium was a good sign to the solution.

On the sixth day, Luang Phor Tuad set out to beg for food. Arriving at a rich man's house, Luang Phor Tuad heard the people talking about the king's problem. When the master of the house realized that a monk was standing at his door asking for food, he got a feeling and went to bring him food. The rich man discussed the king's problem with Luang Phor Tuad and asked if he could help. Luang Phor Tuad said he wanted to help the king. The rich man immediately informed the king and she wanted to leave for the king the same evening, but Luang indicated that they did not have to hurry and that they could just leave the next morning.
Early the next morning they left for the king, Luang Phor Tuad in his robes and barefoot followed the servants of the king. They came into a large hall where the 7 monks and the 12 bowls of words were already ready. Luang Phor Tuad greeted the king and the 7 monks from Ceylon, after which the words were shuffled on the table. Luang Phor Tuad closed his eyes and started arranging the words, after about a quarter of an hour he looked up and indicated to the king that he was missing 5 words of the prayer. The 7 monks remained silent until the king said that if the 5 words didn't come out very quickly, he would kill the culprit. Soon the culprit put the 5 missing words on the table, after which Luang Phor Tuad proceeded to arrange the sutra, which he completed in perfect order.
Recognizing that the Thai monks were sovereign, the 7 monks from Ceylon presented the king of Siam with his 7 golden boats. It is from that day that everyone in the country honors and recognizes the name Luang Phor Tuad. He was allowed to go down in history as the divine monk.

Luang Phor Tuad stayed in the capital for a few more years, he only left Ayuthaya when he received a message that his mother was seriously ill. He went back south and shortly after he arrived in Singora, his mother died at the age of 78. He decided to stay in Singora after his mother died.

Here he stayed until a governor from the south named Phang came to Singora, who wanted to keep his negative past behind him and build a temple for it in Patini. In Singora he was looking for a monk whom he could appoint as builder. One evening he saw an old monk walking on the beach who left a trail of light on the beach. He knew right away that he had found the monk he was looking for and told Luang Phor Tuad his story. Luang agreed and left for Patini with Governor Phang. A few years later, the temple was finished and given the name ChangHai, which is still in use as a temple to this day.
Phra Luang Phor Tuad was abbot here until 1702 and died at the age of 120.

In short, Phra Luang Phor Tuad was one of the most divine monks of his time and has been bringing strength and protection to people for over 300 years. His amulets and effigies are said to protect the owner from danger and accidents. As a bearer of his amulet you are protected for good health, wisdom and they give protection while traveling.

 

 

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