Khun Phaen

History                                                                                                                                                            Period ; in the year 147 ; His Majesty King Phanwasa  ruler of Ayutthaya, The King of the Dvara ( Dvara, meaning gate in Sanskrit, refers to the kingdom of Dvaravati which may have existed in the Chaophraya basin before the Ayutthaya era. Reference to this kingdom was incorporated into the official title of Ayutthaya as a claim for historical depth and continuity. Historical sources on Dvaravati are scant, and there is no agreement where it was, or whether it truly was a state.)  city of Ayutthaya, a world like heaven, sat on a brilliant jeweled throne surrounded by all his consorts and court ladies, like Lord Amaret (An appellation of Indra )of mighty power residing in the resplendent Wechayan(A name for Indra’s chariot and palace which was 1,000 leagues high and ‘covered with the seven kind of gems, that are gloriously beautiful beyond anything that can be conceived.) , surrounded by heavenly angels, and regaled by the booming drums of Indra.

Family lineage
His Father ; Khun Krai Pholphai ; He was a skilled and sturdy soldier in command of 700 conscripts.The king favored him to be a soldier of Ayutthaya, making him a dignitary in Suphan.

His Mother ; Nang Thong Prasi ; Origin from Wat Takrai in Suphanburi, which was abandoned after the city was depopulated in the wars of the late eighteenth century. Some ruins were visible 30 years ago, but not now. The site is now occupied by Wat Pradusan and its school. This wat is situated to the north of Ayutthaya, across the river from the palace, adjacent to Wat NaPhramen.

Incident related to His birth;
His mother ; Nang Thong Prasi was asleep with her husband in the big chamber. She dreamed that the thousand-eyed lord ( thao sahatsanai, Indra) flew in carrying a ring with a big diamond. He offered her the ring, and she accepted it with delight. The diamond’s gleam flashed in her eyes.

A special ring with a beautiful glittering diamond belonging to three-eyed Indra tells us this is something auspicious. Nang Thong Prasi will be pregnant with a boy. He will be like one of King Narai’s soldiers reborn—strong, brave, and daring, with the power to conquer all three lands. A diamond of such dazzling color means in future he will be a great soldier, ranked a phraya, with many retainers, and a favorite of the good king and his mother.

His birth ;
He was born at three by the shadow20 on Tuesday in the fifth month of the year of the tiger. The Chinese capital sent glittering crystal to present to the king of Ayutthaya for placement on the pinnacle of the big chedi built since the time of Hongsa and called Wat Chaophraya Thai for a long time. (Now Wat Yai Chaimongkhon, but called Wat Chaophraya Thai on the earliest Dutch maps of Ayutthaya from the mid seventeenth century, and mentioned in the chronicles in 1659, see Cushman, 248/37-8. According to KP:40, this wat was built by King Naresuan to commemorate his victory over Burma at Yutthakathi (elephant fights). When Khun Phaen was born it appeared that the Chinese Emperor sent a big crystal (luk kaeo) to the king of Ayutthaya. It must be very big so the king of that time put it up on top of the victory chedi (KP:40). Give him the name Phlai Kaeo, the brilliant.(Phlai means a male elephant, and Kaeo means crystal. The word waew wai, like ‘brilliant,’ means both sparkling and talented.) When Phlai Kaeo’s father died, his mother, Thong Prasi, fled with him to Kanchanaburi.

At the age of fifteen was ordained as a novice at Wat Som Yai. Abbot Bun, taught him to read and write, the big treatise about the important sacred formulas. everything—invulnerability, robbery, raising zombies (hong phrai, ghosts resulting from a violent death.) something for every occasion.

After mastering all the required skill Khun Keoe took leave and went to Suphanburi; to  Wat Palelai to learn from Master Mi. ; Mahachat, Dhamma, absorbed the big treatises on the art of war, the sun and moon, auspicious times of day, immortality, invulnerability, invisibility, and illusions used in fighting, love magic for captivating a woman’s heart without any chance of escape and everything about sacred mantra and formulas.

His Accomplishment 

When he was about seventeen years old.He lead the army of Ayutthaya to crushed the army of the King of Chiang Mai and Loas at Chiang Thong, chased the Lao troops back towards Chiang Mai, taking cities along the way.

Having won this battle  he was awarded the royal title and rank. The full title seems to be Khun Phaen Saensathan, though the text plays with the name, using Saensongkhram (great warrior), Saensanit (great friend), and other variants according to context. The nearest equivalent to this title in the list of titles in the Three Seals Law is Khun Phlaeng Sathan, palat of the left in the royal guard, sakdina 600 (tamruat phuban).

This mark the beginning of his victory in the battle field.

Summary
Thailand’s legendary hero Khun Paen grew up in Kanchanaburi Province, which would later become famous as being home to the “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Khun Paen was also a disciple of Arjarn Kong( Suphanburi ), a monk who was an expert in magical studies. The martial prowess of Paen, a monk-turned-soldier, brought him to the attention of king Phra Ramathibodi II who promoted him to the rank of Khun (general). Khun Paen is immortalized in an epic poem. It is said that he used his knowledge of “saiyasat” (magic) and yantras (magic diagrams) to perform amazing feats. Some of these include making himself impenetrable by weapons and invisible to his enemies, changing the open field his enemies were marching across into a labyrinth, and transforming the leaves on the trees into wasps to attack and sting his enemies. Khun Paen and his men practiced “powwana” (meditation) before each battle in order to focus their minds and center themselves. The sword weilded by Khun Paen, called the ‘Daab Fa Fuen’, was a consecrated blade of Namphi steel which currently resides in the National Museum in Bangkok.