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Luang Poo Sook – Wat Makham Tao (Chainat)

Luang Poo Sook

Pra Kru WiMonKuNaGon or Luang Poo Sook GeSaRoh was born in Moo Bahn Pahk Klorng Makham Tao, Ampher Wat Sing, Jangwat ChaaiNaht. His father was named Nuam and mother was Torng Dee. He was born in 14th October BE2390 during the 4th King Regime.

When Luang Poo Sook was 10 years old, his mother sent him to Krung Thep (Bangkok) to be raised by his uncle. When Luang Poo Sook reached the age for ordain, he went to Wat Poh Torng Lahng and was ordained as a monk. His preceptor was Pra UPaChaYaCui JanNaTaSiRi. His ordain’s name was called GeSaRoh.

Luang Poo Sook studied Dhamma and Sammahdti at Wat Poh Torng Lahng until he was ready to go Tudong. He met many teachers during his Tudong and he learned Wicha (magic) from them. One of the teachers who taught him Wicha was Pra Ajahn Thum Wua Daeng. Pra Ajahn Thum WuaDaeng was also the teacher who has ever taught Luang Por Ngern Wat Bahng Klahn Jangwat PiJit, who was famous for his Pra Pidtah Pim Khee Dtah.

Luang Poo Sook went back to his hometown after many years in Tudong. His parents who has waited many years for his return, asked Luang Poo Sook to remain at Pahk Klorng Makham Tao. Luang Poo Sook obeyed his parents and stayed at Pahk Klorng Makham Tao until he became the abbot of the village’s temple; Wat Pahk Klorng Makham Tao. Luang Poo Sook rebuilt Wat Pahk Klorng Makham Tao, from a small village temple to a large and beautiful temple.

Luang Poo Sook has many disciples, both ordained and lay disciples. One of his lay disciple who was very close to Luang Poo Sook was GromLuangChumPron KhetUDomSak, who was the son of the 4th King. Luang Poo Sook taught him everything he knew about Dhamma and Wicha.

Luang Poo Sook was very famous for his Wicha. One of his abilities was that he could change the sizes and shapes of an object. There was one day when a large group of merchants, stopped by at Wat Pahk Klorng MaKhamTow to rest. During those days, merchants used elephants as a mean of transport as well as to carry their goods.

While the merchants wanted to cook their meals at the temple, but realised that they did not bring along enough meat. Some of the villagers, jokingly asked them why don’t they use their rifles to shoot at the pigeons at the temple, so that they could have pigeon meat for their dinner. One of the merchants took the joke seriously, and started to fire his rifle at the pigeon, but the rifle failed to fire. The villagers stopped him, and told him that Luang Poo Sook prohibits anyone to kill living things in the temple. That merchant refused to listen and seeing that the rifle failed to fire, he raised his cross-bow and fire the arrow at the pigeon. The arrow flew off, but dropped at a short distance, without hitting the pigeon. This merchant became very angry and started to shout: “The abbot of this temple has what great power?”

Luang Poo Sook could hear the merchant from his KuTi (hut) far away, he came out from his kuti with his hands carrying an empty coconut husk. Luang Poo Sook went to the gazing field. He chanted a certain katha on to the coconut husk and then pointed towards the direction where the merchants’ elephants were gazing. Miraculously, the elephants were reduced into houseflies and Luang Poo Sook covered the houseflies with the empty coconut husk.

The next morning, when the merchants were to set off their journey, they could not find their elephants. They quckly went to Luang Poo Suk and told him that their elephants have been stolen. Luang Poo Suk preached them precept of not killing of living beings: “If you kill a living being, the living being will feel pain. This is similar to the pain of losing your elephants.” Luang Poo Suk taught them the Dhamma and asked them to practise good deeds instead of bad deeds. The merchant then realised that it was Luang Poo Suk who was behind the strange happenings the previous day.

Luang Poo Sook led them out from his Kuti and went to the gazing field. Luang Poo Sook chanted a katha and removed the coconut husk and the houseflies turned into elephants one more time.

This ability to change objects into different sizes and shapes was one of Luang Poo Sook Wichah. He has never taught any person this Wicha, except GromLuangChumPron, his favourite lay disciple and GromLuangChumPron has never taught anyone until he passed away on the same year as Luang Poo Sook.
Luang Poo Sook Gesaroh Wat Makhamtow passed away on 21st January BE2466 at the age of 76.

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