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Article Date : 28 January 2012
Article Author : Chris Jones
Luang Phor Daeng - Wat Khao Bandi It
Luang Phor Daeng, also known by his official title of Phra Kru Yan Wilas was born in B.E.2421 (under the sign of the Cock) in Petchaburi province, Thailand. He was one of 12 offspring of a poor peasant family.
Due to severe poverty his parents were unable to afford the expense of sending him to school but at the age of 20 he enrolled at the local Buddhist school (In that era Buddhist schools in rural areas would take the responsibility to provide the young with an education.
The following year, aged 21, he was ordained a monk at Wat Khao Bandai-It. He spent the following 38 years of monastic life in self modification and cultivation. Daeng like other Buddhist monks lived a calm and quiet life studying Dhamma.
Luang Phor Daeng was a very close disciple of Luang Phor Plian, the Abbot of Wat Khao Bandai-it who passed away in BE 2461. Daeng, as he was affectionly known, assumed the role of Abbot, aged 40. He continued to study, Dhamma and magic under Luang Phor Chui of Wat Kongkaram, sometimes called the greatest guru of Petchaburi province.
Daengs notoriety and popularity grew during a severe epidemic which afflicted the local farming community in BE 2477. Livestock was consumed by the plague and as a result the very livelihood of the already poor community was in serious jeopardy.
The villagers panicking in despair asked for the assistance of LP Daeng. Using the acquired skills and managed to overcome the catastrophe (he made out many talismans for the farmers, telling them to place the charms into cages with the ill animals). His reputation and popularity began to rise. News spread and farmers from neighborhoods also came to ask for the merciful and special talismans.
From then on, Wat Kao BanDai-It styed flourished. Worshippers and devotees came pouring in with offerings. Such were his deeds and benefits to the ordinary people that earned him the reputation which traveled far and wide.
Amulets consecrated by Luang Phor Daeng are known to have help save many lives from road accidents. It is reported that no victims of road deaths have ever been found to have been wearing LP Daeng's amulets.
Another well reported event was the incident of a parachutist who jumped from a plane, but his chutes failed to deploy. Inexplicably the strong prevailing wind blew him into safely into a swamp and survived. he wearing the LP Daeng Somdej amulet.
Petchburi province in Thailand was known to be violent, with many conflicts settled with guns. It was said the LP Daeng Somdej amulet acted as an invisible force or bullet proof jacket with bullets being unable to penetrate human flesh. Miraculous incidents were widely reported and prices rose rapidly
In WWII, LP Daeng created and presented his Pha Yants (magic clothes) and Takruts to Soldiers and people. When the Japanese troop landed in PraChuabKiriKhan Province which borders Petchburi, a small group of soldiers and patriotic people fought fearlessly, yet remained unharmed due to LP Daeng's amulets.
For almost 40 years this amulet has been proven time and time again to be one of the most efficacious amulets of the modern era, providing the wearer with Klaew Klaad (free from all harm) and Kong KraphanChatri (invincibility).
LP Daeng released many batches of amulets right up to his death in BE 2517. He passed away at 96 having served Buddhism for 76 years. The coffin with his remains is still at Wat Kao Bandai It and many people visit to honour the venerable monk.