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Article Date : 23 August 2011
Article Author : Chris Jones
Luang Phor Pae
Phra Dhammamuni (Pae Khemangaro Por. Thor. 5)
The abbot of Pikulthong Temple (royal monastery) and Monastery Master of Singburi Province. The old name of Pra Dhammamuni (Pae Khemangaro Por. Thor. 5) is Pae.
He was born on the second month of Big-snake Year (it is considered as Small-snake Year according to international principle), in the night of the waxing moon. It was on January 1st, 1905 (B.E 2448) at Suankluay Village, Bhromburi District, Singburi Province
At the age of 11 he studied Thai language with the Abbot of Wat Pikultong, Ajahn Pan. In addition he also studied Thai language with Master Pom Chantasuwanno. This was considered basic graduation studies at that age.
After his basic graduation, Mr. Bun Khamwibul, his uncle and his father-in-law took him to Master Som, a Khmer
monk of the 15th department of Chanasongkram Temple, Pranakorn District, Bangkok where he learnt basic subjects for 1 year and then Pali grammar at Wat Mahathatyuwaratrangsarit, Bangkok.
He was a disciple of the Reverend Wanarat (Heng Khemarimahathera). He entered his priesthood as a novice on Thursday of the 5th month, waning moon 12, Monkey Year, A.D. 1282 at New Pikulthong Temple, Singburi Province.
The abbot Pan was a preceptor at his ordination (This temple was changed to Pikulthong Temple in 1940)
At the age of 22 he was finally ordained a monk at Wat Pikultong on the Wednesday of the 6th month, waxing moon 10, Tiger Year, A.D. 1288. It was April 21st, 1926. (B.E 2474)
Pra Monkoldhipmuni, the abbot of Chakrawadirajawat Temple, Sampanthawong District, Bangkok, was the preceptor. Prakru Sithidej of Chanasongkram Temple, Pranakorn District, Bangkok, was the monk who led the verbal declaration. The abbot On of Mae Thong Temple (Champathong), Poeprachak Sub-district, Bromburi District, Singburi Province was the chaplain at the ceremony.
He was given the priest name "Khemangaro" from his preceptor.
1923 – Graduated the third class of Buddhist Test at the age of 18 years
1925 – Graduated the third level of Buddhist teaching (when he was a novice) at Mahathatyuwaratrangsarit Temple, Pranakorn, Bangkok.
1926 – Graduated the second level of Buddhist Test at Mahathatyuwaratrangsarit Temple, Pranakorn, Bangkok.
1927 – Graduated the fourth level of Buddhist teaching at Mahathatyuwaratrangsarit Temple, Pranakorn, Bangkok.
Appointment to be abbot and learning psychology
In 1931, the villagers surrounding New Pikulthong Temple invited Pramaha Pae Khemangaro to return to his domicile and assume the vacant position of Abbot of New Pikulthong Temple. It was considered that he was sufficiently qualified to take up the challenge to sustain the Buddhist faith.
When he agreed to take the position he decided that he needed to further educate himself to better serve the people and develop the monastery. He started to study Psychology and Magic, including Thai Herbs which in that period were very important aspect of village life.
He studied under Master Kliang of Suthatthepwararam Temple in Bangkok. Master Kliang taught him all that he needed to know in the various disciplines in which he was interested.
Apart from Master Kliang, he also studied under the Reverend Srisatjamuni (Pramaha Sonthi Yatitharo) and the Reverend Father Liam. (the villagers called him as "Luang Ta Liam") Both of whom were disciples of the Patriarch as well.
He devolved close relationships with all his teachers. This is evidenced by the fact that when there was a ceremony to the bless amulet of Phra Somdej Thong and Phra Chinarat, the Reverend Sonthi asked Master Kliang to bring his mould to LP Pae.
These are identical moulds to Phra Chinarat Mor. Khor. 1 of Suthatthepwararam Temple. In addition certain Kring amulets of Wat Suthatthepwararam were mixed with the amulets of Somdej Thong and Phra Chinarat.
At a latter date he studied psychology and magic under a very famous and highly respected monk from Wat Praprang, Singburi. His name was "Luang Por Si" or "Prakru Sriwiriyasopit" (Si Chaya Gesaro"). He studied until he became a recognised expert himself. Indeed it was with the help of Luang Phor Si that he chanted his first amulet. his first amulet
Luang Phor Pae was known as a good monk, one who respected the Buddhist precepts, his masters, his family, and the villagers who loved and trusted him. He was the beloved disciple of Luan Phor Sai.
Unfortunately Luang Phor Pae passed away at the age of 94 having been in the priesthood for over 70 years. The funeral and cremation was carried out under the patronage of Their Majesties the King and Queen.
The beauty and efficacy of his amulets are known the world over. His amulets are collected by individuals from every corner of the globe. In particular his unique rainbow pims are instantly recognisable, and very popular amongst his devotees, almost a trademark amulet.
Although he chanted over 100 amulet batches during his life time, some have become quite rare, and all continue to increase in value. Some of the better known batches are listed below:
Phra Somdej Neua Phong Batches
1. Phra Somdej BE 2494
2. Phra Somdej BE 2509
3. Phra Somdej BE 2510
4. Phra Somdej Pae Sorng Pan
5. Phra Somdej Than Sing BE 2515
Phra Neua Laha Batches
1. Phra Somdej Kleep Bua Pim Yai Sammahdti Than Ba Ngaai BE 2482
2. Phra Somdej Kleep Bua Pim Lek Sammahdti Than Na Na BE 2482
3. Phra Somdej 2494
4. Phra Poot Chainarat BE 2494
5. Phra Phim Nang Kwak Reun Raek BE 2506
6. Phra Roop Lor Roop Meuan BE 2519