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The Lek Lai

The following information has been translated by a text of the venerable Acharn Boon,
itself, a translation of a fragmentary ancient text. The passages do not always follow a logical sequence and I have done my best to make the text understandable all the while staying faithful to the original - nonetheless I must excuse myself in advance for any error arising due to my ignorance. These writings are not available anywhere else and I thank you
in advance for not copying and/or pasting them except for private use.
It is evident that the prayer texts recorded in these writings are for informational purposes on and IN NO CASE are they to be taken up and used by a person not qualified to undertake the harvesting of Lek Laï himself!

Acharn Boon Distinguishes the Two Major Lek Lai Families :

(1) Using for ingredients the minerals "Plaï Dhum", "Khamin Kaew" and "Mae Perng" (note: these are ancient Thai names for unidentified minerals ), some forest monks can put at work their transcendent powers during special ceremony to purify and commingling these mineral bases, making them become extremely hard, then changing them into a kind of Lek Laï green in color, which will be indestructible, even by the master who brought them forth! (Note: this strongly brings to mind and ancient version describing the technique of making Mekkapat).

natural lek lai
Lek Lai flowing from a rock.

(2) The ancient Lek Lai, which one finds sometimes hanging from cliffs and which those
who go deep into the jungle may find and bring back. If the person who finds has much merit and pure heart, he will be able to cut the lek lai from the cliff with an ordinary knife (note: Acharn Boon seems to be speaking here of a plant or at least some sort of organic substance, not mineral). This sort of Lek Lai can change color from black to dark green if one humbly so requests of it, and it will be able to carry and will always protect the one who is carrying it. WARNING: in no case ought the powers of Lek Lai to be put to the test!

How to seek out Lek Lai:

The ancient texts spell out that, if one wishes to find Lek Lai, one must take into account the following factors: a proper cave must be utterly free of bat droppings or those of any other of animal; its temperature should be cool (a rarity in Thailand!) and this cave must be in a deserted place, seldom or never intruded upon by humans. Take a gun and shoot at the area where you suspect the presence of Lek Lai - no bullet will issue forth no matter how many times you try! (Note: I was startled to find a reference to guns in a text set forth as ancient but, hey, I'm only the translator!)

After having found the place where the Lek Lai is, you will have to make offerings to the forest spirits, the spirit(s) of the cave and/or the local divinity who guards this place.
The offering should consist of the following:
- A pig's head
- A duck
- A chicken
- A fish
- A piece of meat
- Two fresh coconuts
- Two bunches of bananas
- A desert bowl full of red and white sticky balls, and nuts (Note: only those who have been to Thailand will know what he's talking about: a local desert, very special...)
A handful of assorted nuts
- Black sesame
- White sesame
- Food
- Other sorts of deserts
- White alcohol
- Betel
- Betel wine
- Cigarettes

All this should be offered to the local spirits and divinities if one is sure they're non-vegetarians. In the case of a vegetarian divinity, offer only vegetable offerings, vegetarian food, alcohol and cigarettes. (No, I'm not joking! Some local spirits are known vegetarians!)
It would be good to wrap the leftovers in banana leaves and leave them on the ground so that the lower spirits might also be fed...

You must place all this food atop a table in two equal heaps, then light nine incense sticks and nine white candles, reciting:

"Na-moh Sak-khen khum noom teew-wa-daa"
Then "Sab-pae tham maa naa lung ah phi ni way sa ya eh gaa ya no, ah
yung pik kha way muk tha satta nung vi soot ta yaa

Then say: All you divinities and spirits of this place and its surroundings, spirits of the jungle and spirits of the mountain, I invite you to come and partake of all the food and fruits as you like. I ask of all the divinities whose name I have uttered and those whose name I have not uttered due to my ignorance to grant me joy and peace, as well as the capability to do what I have to do. I and my companions want to discover lek lai and take it away with us to venerate it and change our accumulated merits. If the lek lai grants me wealth and fortune I will give 40% for charitable works and help to other humans. The other 40% I will give to the Sangha and Buddhist temples. I will keep for myself only 20%. If I do not do all these precisely as I have said, may the gods punish me with death.

If there should occur a dispute over the possession of Lek Lai between monks and people of a high spiritual level, and they don't know whom the Lek Lai spirits have decided to back, these people should take the following vows in a loud voice: "I, (name, first name), I want to have this Lek Lai and if you are the divinities protecting this Lek Lai say the word "hai" (in Thai, this word means "give"). The one must stand by and repeat "Hai" if one hears it. A person of
little merit will never be able to attract Lek Lai, not even be able to see it, not even an image !

cordon saï-Sin
A roll of "Saï-Sin" cord blessed by Venerable LP Sao

How to protect oneself during the harvest of Lek Lai using Saï-Sin cord: (Note: Saï-Sin cord is made up of nine white cotton threads which Buddhists monks use, among other things,
to make bracelets for their faithful and also to protect places from evil spirits.)

At the moment you want to call forth the Lek Lai from the stone in which it lives because sometimes the power of the spirit or of the divinities which inhabit the Lek Lai an accident or problems during the ceremony. Sometimes this can even end up in deaths, thus one must be prudent and to the greatest extent possible, wear amulets and protective talismans. It is good to string Saï-Sin cord around the rock where one expects to find the Lek Lai and to keep oneself about two meters away from it.

How to place the Saï-Sin cord:

You will need 9 or 19 pieces of wood, which should come from this part of the forest and have the form of walking sticks. (Note: a little word play on a Thai phrase meaning "Can I have it?" which one can say in nine different ways.) The tenth stick should be bigger than the first nine and must absolutely be carved from a hard wood engraved with the Pali word "Lerh" ("to retain "), then recite:
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Pha gaa sean thoo thaa-chuu-chok kon soh kor krai mai dai thong hai gor khor khor"

Then, taking in hand the biggest of the walking sticks (which signifies that this is the one who wants the Lek Lai), one recites:

"Phut thang pra sit may tham mung pra sit may sang khang pra sit may" all while attaching, along the lines of a directing an activity (in order to protect the place):

"Phut thoo phut thang na gun thang ah ra hung phut thoo"-"Tham moh tham mung na gun thang ah ra hung tham moh"
"Sung koh sang dhang na gun thang sung koh"
"Na moh phut tha ta na ma pa ta ya pa ga sa pha ma na uh ga sa na thu put ta gun na"
"Tham ma gun na sung ka gun na"-"Ih must sa ming mong kol jak ga waan tung perth thit, phut ta prasit phen gum-peang-gaew djet chan"
"Ih rah khaa tha ra saa kaa yaa duu lair rak saa duay tham ma pra sit sung kung pra sit"
"Na moh na mud gum jhad ork phai sat-truu yaa glai sea mah mon thon"

The protective cord being in place, the Master in charge of the ceremony and all his helpers should be clothed in white, have a clear spirit and do a short meditation before the ceremony itself.

The spell to cut Lek Lai:
"Om sa waa hoom maa ma ma na rak kha jit thang phan tha nung"
Na rong hai moh kram-kruan, pha yuu mai dai ka ork maa waa phen kg kaa
pha-jau. Na moh phut tha ya thid sa ah ra hung"

lek lai harvest thailand magic
Lek Laï harvest in a cave

If the spirit of the master or the monk conducted the ceremony is higher and stronger than that of the spirits protecting the Lek Lai, then the Lek Lai will slowly melt and flow outside the rock toward the top of the cave (one can also use honey to attract more Lek Lai). When the Lek Laihas come forth from the rock and is in the midst of taking sustenance from the honey, but before the cutting, the monk must conduct a ceremony tying the Lek Lai to the base of the rock with Saï-Sin cord - or the Lek Lai will flow back into the rock !

He must recite thus:
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Namo Tassa Bagawatto Arhahato Samma Samputhassa"
"Ih puuk thi mud phi rud soh therng pha kherng kah sung mih"
"Na moh na muh hai mud aw pai phut tha phut than sung mih"

meedh moh lek namphi
Ritual knife Meedh Moh composed of Lek Nam Pee, perfectly suited for the harvest of Lek Lai.

While attaching the cord, one must have ritual knife Meedh Moh at hand, and recite :

"Na orh moh nim phut kaw thaa kaad ya-rid dej pi nart kaad duay ma ah uh, na ma pa ta na moh ta sa tad na ta sa kard"

The one cuts the Lek Lai using the ritual knife or sometimes with a tuft of hair from a virgin girl which has been dipped in the blood of the family's first born. After having cut the lek lai,
one must invite it with the following prayer :

"Saa thu sor si sor siang kah kor siang thai rer si thang lai hai kaw maa yuu nai vi marn tii riak waa Leklai (there add the specific name of the Lek Lai you harvest)
"Jat thu pho thang ah ra hung pho tha jat thu ma ya eh hi eh hi"

"Phut tho may na tho, tham mo may na tho, sung koh may na tho sa ka pa ja phu cha ja buu chaa tarn puu duu lea rak sa tard un sak sit song rit ah nu paab"

"ih sa wa su ih thi phi so pha ka wa lek lai ja reon maa, ja reon ying, ja reon dii sing dii dii tang lai lung lai kaw maa haa ka pa jau sam ma sam mah sam mah sam ma, ma ah uh"

Visit to a Lek Lai cave in Wat Tham Lek Lai.

road to lek lai cave
The temple is located in a rather remote area and the road to go there is very basic.

spirit house thailand
Along the road at the entrance of the Temple is a long line of spirit's houses.

lek lai stone
The monks showed me proudly those samples of Kod Lek Lai.

magic stone thailand
They also showed me this ordinary looking grey stone, telling me it was Phiset mak mak
(very special) but i have no clue whats so special about it .

entrance lek lai cave
The entrance of the cave is very abrupt, lucky there is an (old and wobbly) metal stair.

lek lai cave
The entrance of the cave seen from inside.

thai spirit house in cave
Inside, yet one more spirit's house.

visiting lek lai cave
Your webmaster at the Lek Lai cave.

lek lai cave

lek lai 22

lek lai cave

lek lai cave visiting

deep lek lai cave
Some of the gallery are very narrow, no guide, no security, and more often than not the lights are out of order....the visit is absolutely nothing like an aseptised cave visit in Europ.

meditation lek lai
Deep inside the cave the monks aranged this basic platform to come here to meditate.

lek lai
Some trees from the surface send roots very deep in the cave to get some water.

bats in lek lai cave
Lots of bats live in this cave.

orbs photo
With no apparent reason, thousands of orbs show on this picture taken inside the cave.

lek lai extraction
This space was arranged for the ceremony when the monks call forth the Lek Lai.

lek lai ritual
It is in the square area that the Lek Laï manifest when called by the monks.

moine bouddhiste
Learn more about the various types of Lek Lai.

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