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.