The ‘Maha Setti Kaeo Mani Chot’ pha yant amulet is a sacred yantra cloth made by the Thai Buddhist master Luang Por Aun Apipalo of Wat Dhamma Ko Sok in Uthai Thani Province, Thailand. All amulets from this historical batch, including the pha yant, were individually empowered by Luang Por Aun himself (see picture below) during an official consecration ritual held on the holy temple grounds of Wat Dhamma Ko Sok on October 11, 2551 B.E. (2008 CE).
The sacred white cloth features the image of Luang Por Aun in the center amidst various Hindu-Buddhist mythical animals like monkeys, lions, and birds. Two lions are depicted on the pha yant, one on each side of the venerable master. Both lions hold a precious parasol or umbrella, representing a royal gift of these celestial beings to Luang Por Aun. Indeed, the umbrella is a traditional Indian symbol of both protection and royalty. Thus the two lion lords (Sanskrit: rājaśrī) carry parasols to cast a shadow of protection in order to offer the master and his followers protection from harmful forces and illness. Furthermore, according to ancient Indian mythology this particular type of lion (Sanskrit: siṃha) is believed to possess supernatural abilities through which it can bring about power, fear and respectability.
In addition, Luang Por Aun’s image is supported by two monkey-like humanoids (Sanskrit: vānara) in the lower center of the yantra cloth. These forest-dwelling creatures (Skt. vana: forest; nara: man) were created by the Hindu god Brahmā to assist Lord Rāma in his search for his wife Sītā, who was kidnapped by Rāvaṇa – a powerful demon spirit of the Brahmin caste (Sanskrit: brahmarākṣasa). Later the vānara soldiers–with the white monkey god Hanuman as their army general–also helped Rāma in his battle against Rāvaṇa. In the Rāmāyaṇa epic of Valmiki the monkeys are considered to be very adventurous, honest, loyal, and courageous. While in the Hindu epic poem the supernatural monkeys faithfully serve Lord Rāma, they are depicted here on this Buddhist pha yant amulet as loyal servants of Luang Por Aun.
Next, on the upper part of the amulet we can see that Luang Por Aun is flanked by two mythical birds from the Rāmāyaṇa epic; i.e., Jaṭāyu (left) and Garuḍa (right). The humanoid birds represent a vulture (Jaṭāyu) and a eagle (Garuḍa). These mighty birds are invoked–both by Hindu and Buddhist masters–as a symbol of impetuous violent force, speed, and martial prowess. Besides being endowed with the divine characteristics of various mythological deities (Sanskrit: devatā), the pha yant is also enriched with sacred incantations in the ancient Thai Khom script. And so, the Maha Setti Kaeow Mani Chot yantra cloth by Luang Por Aun can be considered a super wealth (‘maha setti’) attracting amulet. Moreover, besides this being a powerful gambler’s amulet that improves one’s luck and fortune, the pha yant can also be used as a protection charm against negative influences.
Before Luang Por Aun became a member of the Buddhist monastic community he was a police officer and the subordinate of the famous Thai Buddhist laymaster Ajahn Khun Pan. As a layman he was a follower of the legendary master Kruba Srivichai from Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. Eventually Luang Por Aun ordained as a Buddhist monk in 2498 B.E. (1955 CE). Later Luang Por Aun would often join Kruba Srivichai on his forest wanderings (‘tudong’).
Aside from the many different wicha (magical knowledge and skills) he learnt from Kruba Srivichai, Luang Por Aun also studied with other famous Thai guru masters, like Luang Por Suk of Wat Pak Klong Makhamtao, Luang Por Derm of Wat Nong Pho, Luang Por Jungtara from Chai Nat, Luang Phu Ploy of Wat Huay Kha Nang, Luang Phu Kleub of Wat Hnong Gradee, Luang Por Ken of Wat Dong Setthi and Luang Por Poon of Wat Nong Ta Ngoo.