Luang Phuu Thuad


luang phuu thuadLuang Phuu Thuad was born in 1582 in Suan Chan Village, Chumphol Dustrict, Sathing Phra in Songkla (Southern Thailand). His parents named him “PU” (meaning crab). One day his parents took PU (still a new born baby) out to the rice field and before going to the field they made a cradle by hanging a cloth between two trees for the child to sleep in. On checking the child, his mother was surprised to see a large snake curled up around her child’s cradle and cried loudly in fright. Those in the distance quickly rushed to check out what was happening. They found out that a snake had curled up around PU. To their surprise, the snake did not harm the child. With the old belief that this snake might be the Buddha’s created vision, they prayed to the snake and offered flowers and rice cake. The snake then uncurled itself, spit out a Crystal Translucent Gem and left the child. The crystal gem emitted rainbow colors beside his neck. The crystal gem was properly kept and given back to PU when he was grown up. Even today, the crystal ball is still kept at Wat Phra Kho in Songkla with many stories of its miracles.

When PU was seven years old, he was sent to stay with Abbot Chuang (his Bikkhu uncle) at Wat Kudi Luang and further his primary school studies there. At the age of 15 he was ordained as a novice monk and lived with Phra Khru Saddhammarangsi at Wat Sri Ku-Yang (at present in Ranod, Songkla). At the age of 20, he was ordained as a monk and was given the Buddhist name “Samiramo”.
 
Luang Phuu studied for three years under the guidance of Phra Khru Ka Derm, learning Dhamma and Pali Language. Later on, he wanted to further his study of Buddhist scriptures in Ayudhya. After obtaining permission to leave from his preceptor, he left for Ayudhya accompanied by the passenger ship owner. Three days after sailing off the open sea, a sudden storm and rough sea started to rock the ship. The ship had to be anchored till the sea becomes calm before proceeding on the journey again. During this time, the passengers consumed all of the fresh water as well as food. Out of anger and frustration, other passengers on board including the owner vented their anger by blaming and cursing Bhikkhu PU and exclaimed that he had brought bad luck to them and wanted to expel him from the ship. Bhikkhu PU then rose and dipped his foot into the sea to draw a circle. He told a sailor to fetch fresh drinking water from the sea from where he had circled with his feet. The sailor followed his instruction as told and tasted the water himself, after satisfying his doubts that it was potable like normal fresh water. Soon after sufficient fresh water were collected and stored for the rest of the journey, they proceed with their interrupted journey. After realizing the ability of Bikkhu PU, all on board kneeled down to beg his forgiveness. 

In Ayudhya, Bhikkhu PU studied Buddhist scriptures at 1 arahant 5Wat Lumbalinavas. Around that time, the King of Sri Lanka challenged the King of Siam to arrange all of the golden alphabets in the Buddhist Scriptures to the correct order within seven days. The King summoned learned monks and persons within the capital city of Ayudhya but no one was able to meet the challenge. After six days of anxiety, the King was advised of the great abilities of young Bhikkhu PU and summoned him to translate all of the golden alphabets into the Buddhist Scriptures to the correct order. The young monk went to the assembly, paid his respect to the Maha Sangha and King before engaging the seven Brahmins from Sri Lanka.

Bhikkhu PU started to rearrange the golden seeds into the Dhamma according to Buddhist texts with no difficulties. The 84,000 units of the golden seeds were all used up except for seven missing seeds. They were Sarn (Dhamma-sangani), Vi (Vibhanga), Dha (Dhatukotha), Pu (Puggala-pannatti), Ka (Kathavatthu), Ya (Yamaka) and Pa (Patthana) which are the heart of the seven scriptures of the Abhidhamma Pitaka. The young monk turned to the seven Brahmins and asked if they had kept the missing golden seeds. When they were given, the complete re-arrangement of golden seeds into the Buddhist scripture of Abhidhamma was finished on the 7th day, The Brahmins, as the Ambassadors of King Sri Lanka, then gave all the treasures of 7 boats to the young monk but he turned everything away and gave them all to the King.
 
Pleased with his knowledge and wisdom, Bhikkhu PU was bestowed the ecclesiastical title of "Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya" the highest rank ever conferred on any wondering monk before in the country by King Ekadasaroth of Ayudhya.
 
Somdej Phra Rajamuni Samiramagunupamacarya or Luang Phuu Thuad stayed on at Ayudhya to advise the King in many areas till his old age and then asked for permission from the King to return to his home town (where he stayed at Wat Phra Khoh).

Luang Phuu Thuad had spent his life spreading the Dhamma for the benefit of people without impartiality and took leave from Wat Phra Khoh along with a young novice to preach Dhamma and help people at various places in the South up to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. His second permanent residence was at Wat Changhai, Pattani. He was reported to have passed away in 1681, at the age of 99 and his remains were cremated at Wat Changhai, Pattani Province, Southern Thailand.


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