Friday, January 25, 2008
Ajarn Od of Wat Saimai
Ajarn Od of Wat Saimai is one of the rising "young" stars of the Thai Buddhist amulet world (the other being Ajarn Daeng of Wat Rai in Pattani). Wat Saimai is located in the Rangsit area of Bangkok, near the old airport. When I was there (on 18.01.2008), the temple was thronging with hundreds of Thai people all waiting and queuing up to see Ajarn. They were there because it was the launching day(s) of a new batch of amulets from the temple, and Ajarn was also giving out freebies. I only managed to cut queue and meet him thanks to my driver, who told the police officer guarding his kuti that I was from Singapore. The kind officer let us in specially to see Ajarn in consideration that I have come a long way (sort of). Coincidentally, another brother from Singapore also happened to be there for the same purpose. Ajarn Od drawing Yants on my Rians. He looked quite serious, but he was actually quite capable of joking with us; he offered to test the protective power of the takruts he gave me by hacking me on the back with his sword! Obviously I declined, to the laughter of those people present. Whew!
These are the you-know-what takruts I received from Ajarn. On the right are Ajarn Od's first batch of Rian (medallions). Each person was only limited to getting 3 pieces, so I bought 3 and gave one of them to my driver in appreciation for his help. Before I went to Bangkok, I did not know Ajarn's story. Then on further enquiry, my driver told me that sometime ago one of the Thai princes tested out Ajarn Od's takruts by trying to shoot him with a pistol. The prince tried 3 times, but the pistol failed to work everytime due to the protective power of the takrut. He was amazed and prostrated before the master. So from that time Ajarn Od became famous and many people went to Wat Saimai to pay respect to him. I seriously count myself lucky that I too was able to meet him and receive takruts from him.