Phoo Song / หลวงปู่สงฆ์
Phor Song / หลวงพ่อสงฆ)
Apr 30, B.E.2433(1890) - Aug 2, 2526(1983)
Luang Phoo (= reverend grandfather) Song Chanthasaro was born
on Apr 30, B.E. 2433(1890) under the sign of Tiger in Chumphon.
Although his family name is not known, his father was Mr. Daeng
and his mother Mrs. Nui. They were a poor peasant family. As a
young boy he admired art, dance and shadow-plays. When he was 18
he entered a temple for 2 years, studying Buddhist disciplines
but had to leave after 2 years to help his family at the farm.
Shortly afterwards he entered the temple again and spent there one
rainy season. As he was practicing
meditation, he started realising that jungle is a far better
place to carry on the Dhamma practice than the temple. In the end he left the temple and
stayed in the jungle avoiding all the harm from wild animals,
malaria and other dangers. He was travelling around the province
without a real destination, practicing meditation in search for the
eternal truth. In the end he spend 7 years wandering in the
jungle. His hair and beard had grown long and his robe got worn
out. His pilgrimage lead him to Phuket, Burmese border by
Pratchup Kiri Khan, Kanchanaburi and Suphanburi. After that he
decided to go back home and settled next to the current Wat Sala
Loi location. He was decided to continue his search for
In B.E.2462(1919) he was invited by local villagers to stay in a
"kuti" - a small monk-dwelling house the villagers built in the
jungle. He agreed and decided to enlarge and rebuild the "kuti"
into a real temple which was named
Wat Chao Fa Sala Loi(shortly
Wat Sala Loi). Nobody but a few novices was let into the temple
as well as no money was allowed to be kept there.
Luang Phoo Song had spent all his life teaching in the temple,
searching for the truth and speaking the truth. His words always
came true and they were believed to be holy. He kept refusing any
titles even to be called the Abbot.
Luang Phoo Song passed away quietly at Wat Sala Loi on Aug 2,
B.E. 2526 at about 10:00am. He was then 94 years old. The
glass coffin with his corpse has been accommodated at Wat
Sala Loi. The corpse has never decomposed, it just dried up to
have stayed at the same condition ever since. Surprisingly, his nails and
hair are still growing on his dead corpse and have to be cut from
time to time.
||MrYeeshkul, 2006 :: eMAIL ME
the above text was partly compiled and corrected from various sources on internet