"It may not be important to one but may be so to another. "
Nowadays, it is a must for a temple to come out ( produce / make ) with the scared tongkat ( Mai Thaw @ Mai Kru ) for the sake of getting donation from the public / devotees. This is because for them, ( wat committees ) nobody will come to your wat / temple if you do not making / producing any tongkat. Because of that, various type and design of tongkat flooded in amulet merchandise. Some are REALLY a good authentic tongkat produced by the prominent monks / temple while some are just a business oriented tongkat or perhaps a decorative wood.
no tongkat RM flies away !”
The scenario; in Malaysia for example, in 2007 Wat Bhupharam, Penang had organised the biggest ceremony of Jatukham Ramathep blessing. Many famous and top monks from both Thailand and Malaysia, including, Achan Khun Phan's youngest son, Master Nak Son (nickname, Nui ) were invited and participated in the ceremony. Wat Bhupharam chief abbot, Phra Jong / Phor Than Jong ( formerly from Wat Kok Seraya, Tumpat Kelantan. Disrobed and left monkhood in 2008 ) led and organised the whole ceremonies and even built the biggest Jatukham Ramathep statue in Malaysia.
From 2003 to 2008, various Jatukham Ramathep amulets flooded in Thailand and its neighbour countries. Even in Gerik, Perak ( Luang Phor Thuad’s shrine – Rajamoni’s Park in Air Kala , Gerik, Perak ), during the very 1st year of the official opening ceremony of the shrine, Jatukham Ramathep gained its popularity and thousand of people flocked to the site to get the special batch of this Jathukam Ramathep amulet. Some of the irresponsible amulet traders throng to the site too. The purpose was to sell their imitated and factory made Jatukham Ramathep. Well …… sold out like a hot cake.
Toward the end, many of us lost thousands of ringgit because of the fake and uneffectious Jathukham Ramathep amulets. Luckily I haven’t fallen into / get hooked in this wind of change. Just owned 3 pieces of Jatukham Ramathep amulets, all were a gift from a close friend.
Bros and sis, stop and think and rethink. Is this the correct way of producing the SACRED TONGKAT ? Are they following the right methods of making sacred tongkat ? Do our beloved Phor Than Kong had ever finished his tongkat by using the same way ?
About those yants / khata akhoms; it's about YES n NO answer. YES for the certain yants that been used in tongkat making and NO for most of the yants, because Phor Than Kong didn't used any while finishing his version of ongkat. YES, for certain yants because some of the yants are used as a main and supportive yants. For instances, Yant Phutsorn, Yant Ong Phra, Yant Phra Chao Ha Phra Ong, Yant Kratu Chet Grabarth and Yant Nak Phra Nak Thong are widely used in various yants design, including for certain tongkat making, BUT THOSE YANTS are JUST the SUPPORTIVE YANTS and THOSE YANTS cannot STAND ALONE as a MAIN TONGKAT YANTS ! ( sample of supportive yants / khata akhom to be discussed in depth soon )
It’s hard to believe but that’s the fact and what had happened nowadays. Many of us are cheated with this naïve type of tongkat creation. The sacred TONGKAT that we are renting is none other than a piece of decorative wood with an ordinary rolled takrut. Am I knocking your head or perhaps scratching your back ? Feel cheated ? Well…….. do believe me, it’s true !
As mentioned in my earlier post. The basic materials used are …….
( to be discussed in depth soon. Ha ha ha ...... times constraint ! )
i. ivory tusk
x. left over rice from the arm bowl
Path Nar Thang / Lek Lai / Lek Nam Phee fragments
Do ask, ask, ask and ask before renting any, otherwise you will loose your 'blood & sweat money' to a specially designed and crafted DECORATIVE WOOD !
Merely Sharing of Thought !
sabbe satta sukhita hontuk !
sadhu ! sadhu !