A lot of questions in people’s mind, how do we judge if the amulet is powerful and what is the process of the amulet? First, we must understand that making of amulet does not comes from Buddha’s teaching. For making and wearing of amulet is what we called wicha（玄术）. The purpose of wicha is to protect and grant what you wishes. My first master who teach me the path to Buddhism is thru introduce me Thai amulet. I remember that he told me there is no amulet in the world will give you forever life, forever wealth and forever healthy. The main motivate is to protect you from harm of spirit and less of your suffering in this world.
What type of material is use in making amulet? It depend on what material gather by the master in involving making the amulet especially what they intent to give to the wearer. Example: Ajahn Chum (Wat Kao Or), he will use fragment of the brick from histrionic kru, temple soil and even gold dust to make Khun Paen. He choose the material that would brought wearer great fortune and wealth. Some master like Luang Phor Derm’s mitmor using coffin nails to do it, not because of spirit. But because there is lots of coffin nails left after the body of the decease being cremation. Nobody would dare to use the nail for other purpose. In order to solve this issue Luang Phor Derm uses the coffin nail and remake them into mitmor. For wearer to carry for protection.
A lot of people thinks that an amulet that is not conceive does not carry any effectiveness and they either throw away on the floor. Well, it is true that when an amulet is not proper conceive may invite evil spirit to reside in it. However, you must not anyhow discard it. When the object carry the image of Buddha or Gods you have to treat it with due respect. What you need to do is to bring the item to the temple if you don’t want it anymore.
What will happen to the item when they are given to the temple? Temple will choose a date and use the material mix with temple material to remake it into a new amulet. They will not waste the material.
People may ask will there be any harm in wearing an amulet not proper conceive. You see people wear Buddha make of jade, gold, etc. not conceive by temple. Any harm on them? No right.
Pic : Somdej from temple Wat Inn (BrangKunPhoon). Left to right : 16, 8 and 4 steps.
Somdej Wat Inn or Somdej BrangKhunPhoon carry the same name as Somdej Wat Rakang. Somdej is design, create and chanted by Somdej Ajahn Toh. Even the sutra to create Somdej is amended by Ajahn Toh. The sutra used to chant for somdej is know as Jinbanchor. This sutra is from Angulimalakang one of Buddha’s disciple who used this sutra taught and given by Buddha to bless a lady who is in hard labour. The original sutra is around 30 over sentences. Somdej Ajahn Toh amend the sutra into 16 sentences without reduce the effectiveness of the sutra. This is still practise in Thailand and even young children are able to recite the prayer.
Why Somdej is created in Wat Inn (BrangkhunPhoon) ? Somdej Ajahn Toh stay in Wat Inn before he is invited to be abbot of Wat Rakang. That why when he created the amulet Somdej Wat Inn is also involved in making the amulet. Three temple are involved in creating and making the amulet. They are Wat Rakang, Wat Inn and Wat Phra Keow. The mould used to create Somdej by Wat Rakang and Wat Phra Keow are the same. However, Wat Inn have a unique mould. Their somdej have 4, 8 and 16 steps. This step has a deep meaning in the amulet.
For 4 steps represent the blessing of 4 element. Earth, Water, Fire and Wind.
For 8 steps represent the eight directions. Buddhism eight directions.（八正道）
For 16 steps represent the highest level of Deva – The blessing for the Deva.
Somdej Wat Inn is famous in making holy water. It is believe that Somdej Wat Inn can cure sickness.
Pic : Somdej From Left to Right ( Wat Rakang Somdej and Wat Inn Somdej).
Note: Amulet Somdej Wat Inn is know as Brangkhoonphoon.
First batch of Somdej amulet is created by Ajahn Toh Abbot of Wat Rakang. However, before he become the Abbot of Wat Rakang he used to stay in Wat Inn. That why Wat Inn also produce Somdej amulet. No doubt the way the material in producing is also the same, the mould of the somdej is different. The early batch of Wat Rakang Somdej is thicker and the Wat Inn is thinner.
Usually from the outlook of the Somdej we will be able to identify the Temple that create the Somdej. Somdej Wat Inn usually has multiple step below the Buddha. It is believed that the more step it has is better. Of course the best is sixteen step. It represent the Somdej has blessing from the Deva in heaven. Somdej Wat Rakang has only three steps which represent the Buddhist’s triple gems. (Buddha, Dharma and Sangkang).
The material use to made in Wat Rakang are mostly for protection, luck, fortune and metta (loving-kindness). As for Wat Inn, it is believe that there is a material inside the Somdej that can be used to make holy water. This holy water is believed that it can cure sickness. That why some Ajahn will put Somdej Wat Inn in their bowl with water and sprinkler on their devotee when they give blessing to them. Today this is still a practise.
The wrong concept people have is Somdej does not able to exorcist evil spirit. This is not true. The Katha used to enhance Somdej amulet is the best Katha not only to exorcist spirit but also enhance good fortune. Making friends around you.
So where people said that Somdej is a normal amulet. Think twice. It maybe common in looks but the material and the Katha use is something you cannot belittle for.
Pic : Somdej Created by Luang Phor Somboon (Year 2013).
Amulet Somdej is the king of amulets. The first person who created this amulet is Somdej Ajahn Toh. Who is a very famous monk in Thailand. He is also the one who subdue Nang Nak the ghost wife (This story has been made into the movie in 1999).
The creation of Somdej amulet is using the shadow of Lord Buddha’s meditation. It is where the Lord Buddha defeat Mara (King of Demon). It a symbol of success and overcome any obscure. The outline of around Somdej amulet represent the bell of the temple. Ajahn Toh’s belief that the bell of the temple represent enlightenment. He wishes that who wear Somdej will be able to get enlightenment.
The Somdej amulet represent Thursday Buddha. Hence, For those who are born in that day are even best to wear it.
Ajahn Toh use Jinapanjara Gatha as the as the spell to enhance the power of Somdej amulet. It is now every master who created Somdej uses the Gatha for creating Somdej. Jinapanjara Gatha is the Sutra pass down by Lord Buddha to one of his disciple Angulimala to bless one of the lady who is in hard labor. The one who kill almost one thousand lives in order to get his enlightenment. He is later subdue by Lord Buddha.
In Buddhism there are two types of Sutra. One is Parita (protection). The other is Metta (loving-kindness). Jinapanjara Gatha is under Parita (protection). It has been rumour that if you can recite Jinapanjara Gatha with strong focus it can even stop the penetration of knife and bullets. Apart of all this it can even prevent you from people bad mouth about you. As you are protected in all areas by all saint around you.
The ingredient in making an effective Somdej is also carefully selected. This make the amulet even more powerful. Some of the ingredient in Somdej are able to cure sickness. That why if you observe some of the master will place a Somdej in water when they bless the devotees.
Does Somdej enhance wealth on devotees? Does success in whatever you does consider wealth enhancement?
If you are a newbie in Thai Buddhism and wish to get a good amulet. I recommendation to you will be Somdej King of Amulet.
No doubt there is a lot of Somdej around the market (Local and Thai) there are a lot of fake amulet also. If you are getting an amulet. Please look into the detail like who is the master who created the amulet, material used.