"Those who mistake the unreal to be real, and the real to be unreal;
dwelling thus in wrong thoughts, (they) will never arrive at reality."
Malaysia's New Life Post paper on 2.7.2008 did a report on Luang Nui, the celebrity monk of Wat Korhong in Hadyai. The 51 yr old Ajarn Luang Nui is famous for his mediumship of the guardian deity Jatukam Ramathep, and invited to participate in many consecration ceremonies involving the deity. The Jatukam shrine of Wat Korhong. Although there are quite a few other famous Jatukam priests after the demise of Khun Phan, he stands out from the rest as he is a monk and all the others are white-robe laymen. A few years ago at a big consecration ceremony, he shocked everyone present when he did a long deity dance under the possession of Jatukam. However, the Vinaya forbids monks from deity mediumship and priesthood. A close up of the Jatukam statue in the shrine. According to Thai Buddhist tradition, this role is reserved solely for white-robe priests or Lersi ascetics. Because of that Luang Nui came under a lot of criticisms, but at the same time there are many fans who support him as well.
People started to support him since 2004 after they witnessed a miracle during a Jatukam ceremony at Wat Korhong. The skies were originally clear and sunny, but soon after Luang Nui started chanting to invite Jatukam, storm clouds quickly gathered out of nowhere. A great downpour with strong winds followed, but the miraculous thing was that it only rained heavily outside the temple; within the temple there was no more than a light drizzle, as if the gods were sprinkling everyone there with holy water. This story spread like wildfire and soon many people started to become very interested in Luang Nui. So much so he was even invited to Bangkok to meet with the Princess as well as Phra Sangharaj. Phra Sangharaj heard of Luang Nui's unconventional behavior during consecration ceremonies, but he did not censure him; instead he just advised him to exercise more caution and be mindful of his position as a monk in public. Luang Nui took it as encouragement and continued to do what he believed was right.