Phrakru Kasem Thammanan, or Luang Phor Chaem, was born on Wednesday, 6th of March B.E.2449 in Tambon Don Yai Hom, Amphur Meuang, Changwat Nakhon Pathom. His father was Nai Niam and his mother Nang Am Inthonchitjuy.
He was ordained in the main hall of Wat Donyaihom on a Friday, 6th of May B.E.2470 at the age of 21 and his main teacher was Luang Phor Ngern, Wat Donyaihom. Luang Phor Chaem learnt his wiccha knowledge from a few famous masters of their time, such as Luang Phor Ngern Wat Donyaihom (his main teacher), Luang Phor Roong Wat Donyaihom, Luang Phor Kong Wat Bangkaprom and Luang Phor Sook Wat Huay Jorake.
Luang Phor Chaem’s monkhood ranking achievements are as follows:
Luang Phor Chaem was also a key person in helping Luang Phor Ngern in his social contributions and even after Luang Phor Ngern passed on, Luang Phor Chaem continued his obligations to society and the needy.
Devotees of Luang Phor Chaem and even the general Buddhist public believed that Luang Phor Chaem succesfully mastered Taechokasin meditation (similar to Luang Phor Ophasi’s mastery) at a short span of time and also mastered Apinaya meditation which endowed him with extremely powerful mental energy and force. People who have been blessed by Luang Phor Chaem or are wearing the amulets consecrated by him have all reported of miracles which are mainly on Kleaw Klaad and especially Metta Mahaniyom.
Luang Phor Chaem passed away on the 9th of December, B.E.2536 at the age of 87 after being ordained in the monkhood for 67 years.
Some miracles of Luang Phor Chaem which were recorded or passed down orally by his devotees and disciples:
When Luang Phor Ngern Wat Donyaihom was alive, he was extremely famous and many devotees would flock to the temple daily to seek his help. One day, a devotee visited Wat Donyaihom to request Luang Phor Ngern consecrate some Nammon for general purposes such as drinking during illness and also for mixing with water for bathing. Upon reaching the temple, the devotee was informed that Luang Phor Ngern was away on a house blessing and would not return until later.
Determined to get what he wanted, the devotee asked if there was anyone who could consecrate Nammon for him and he was directed to Luang Phor Chaem. The devotee did not recognise Luang Phor Chaem as everybody only knew who Luang Phor Ngern was and he reluctantly requested for the lustral water. Luang Phor Chaem blessed the water which was contained in a Nam Tao (similar to a Chinese gourd) and gave it to the devotee. The devotee then left without saying another word.
On his way out, the devotee saw Luang Phor Ngern walking towards the temple, returning from his house visit. When he saw Luang Phor Ngern, he requested Luang Phor Ngern to consecrate Nammon for him which Luang Phor Ngern agreed. Immediately, the devotee uncorked the Nam Tao and wanted to pour away the water by the sidewalk. However, not a drop came out even though the gourd was filled. He tried very hard again and again and nothing came out. Luang Phor Ngern laughed and told the devotee kindly to return to the temple to ask for Luang Phor Chaem’s forgiveness, as Luang Phor Chaem is his disciple and has mastered many high-level meditation.
The devotee immediately returned to the temple, kneeled down and begged for Luang Phor Chaem’s forgiveness, which Luang Phor Chaem readily accepted and blessed his Nammon once again. From that day on, Luang Phor Chaem’s reputation grew and everybody knew that there were now two holy monks whom they could seek help from the temple when in need.
In the year B.E.2535, funds were needed in order to build a community hospital to serve more poor villagers in Nakhon Pathom province. Luang Phor Chaem, Wat Donyaihom was invited to consecrate a batch of medals and also to lead the consecration ceremony to raise funds for this project. The Rian features Luang Phor Chaem as he was a very popular monk during the time in Nakhon Pathom and many people were expected to come forward and make donations in order for the project to be successful.
During the consecration ceremony, Luang Phor Chaem sat down in deep meditation at a pavilion in Wat Donyaihom, when the rooftop of the pavilion exploded. This resulted in 2 cavities on the roof where the sun rays shone down on Luang Phor Cheam and the batch of medals in front of him. Many worshippers were awed at the sight and were convinced that Luang Phor Chaem is truly “saksit”. The medals were all taken up after the ceremony ended and was named “Rian Roon Lang Kha Rabert” (Rooftop Explosion Batch).
Luang Phor Chaem consecrated a small quantity of Wua Thanoo amulets to be distributed to the devotees. Wua Thanoo was popularly known in the province as a sacred object which was used to guard the house against burglers and all form of danger. In Nakhon Pathom, the most famous monk who created such Wua Thanoo amulets was Luang Phor Noi, Wat Srisathong who was most famously known for his Rahu amulets. As many people believed in the power of Luang Phor Chaem, they were all quickly taken up.
One devotee recounted his experience with the Wua Thanoo placed in his house. The devotee would faithfully follow the instructions from Luang Phor Chaem as to how to make offerings to the Wua Thanoo everyday. One night when he went to bed, he did not know that there were actually a group of burglers trying to break into his house. He was awakened by screaming outside his house and he rushed to the window to look out. He saw a few dark figures waving frantically and were running away in all directions. As he looked on, he saw the gigantic silhouhette of a bull which seemed to chase the men and he was almost frightened to death himself.
The next day, he recounted his experience among his friends and the story spread like wildfire among the people and that it just strenghtened their views that Luang Phor Chaem and his Wua Thanoo was truly saksit (effective).