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He entered the priesthood on the 2nd May, 1938 at the principal monastery of Wat Sam Ngam Temple, officiated by the Reverend Father Utarakarnbodi (Sook Pathumwasano) of Huay Jorakhe Temple, Luang Phor Tae Kongthong, the abbot of Sam Ngam Temple, and the Luang Phor Petch.
After passing the Buddhist exams, he continued to study meditation, magic incantation, and magic drawing from the Luang Phor Tae Kongthong who was his master. He gained a lot of knowledge from Luang Phor Tae.
Luang Pu Yeam is now 99 years old and in the 68th year of his priesthood. He is the appointed Master, or a first-class abbot of a private temple, Wat Sam Ngam. His position is similar to that of Assistant Abbot of a first-class royal temple and is duty bound to sustain the Buddhist religion.
Luang Pu Yeam is highly revered and respected for his powerful mind developed from meditation and mantra, ancient astrology, traditional medicine, magic drawing and incantation, and of course his amulets. His powers are well known both locally and internationally. Because of this he is invited to many temples in Nakhon Pathom to participate in sacred ceremonies. He is a major disciple of the Reverend Father Luang Phor Tae Kongthong, a famous guru master.
Luang Phor Tae of course is an exceptionally well known guru master, known particularly for GumanThong. The Reverend Father Luang Phor Tae Kongthong was a disciple of the Luang Phor Ta of Paniengtaek, Luang Phor Chaem of Wat Takong Temple, and Luang Phor Wongse of Wat Tungpakgood.
These monks were highly respected by Luang Phor Tae Kongthong and Luang Pu Yeam was to often to meet Luang Phor Chaem of Wat Takong, during his visits to Wat Sam Ngam and was able to add considerably to his own knowledge. Furthermore, Luang Pu Yaem learnt from other masters, such as Luang Phor Luea of Wat Saow Cha Ngoak, Chachoengsao Province.
Luang Pu Yeam Thanayooto was appointed to be the abbot of Sam Ngam Temple in 1957 and as a verbal declarer in the same year. He has followed Luang Phor Tae’s methods regardless of religious duties or meditation. He has a very good memory and will always share his knowledge with other people. We were very lucky to have spent a great deal of time with Luang Pu Yeam, discussing his life and learning more about the Golden Idol amulet. One of the most fascinating facts he told us, was that he had not washed for 40 years as instructed by his Master, Luang Phor Tae.
In fact anyone that wants more knowledge, can ask him, he is always pleased to provide an explanation, although he is a little hard of hearing, and some patience is required.
He has many religious duties, for example, the principal monastery at Dontoom in Nakhon Pathom Province, the principal monastery at Srasampaothong Temple in Kanchanaburi and Tungkathin Temple in Ratchaburi, Tungjedhab in Pichit, the latter three which he was responsible for creating himself.
Luang Pu Yeam has created many amulets including Phra Kring Barami 80, amuletic medals, amuletic Khun Paen made from herbal powder, Nang Phya amulets, Toan amukletic rolled brass, Chud am, uletic rolled brass and three circle amuletic rolled brass.
But his most famous amulet is that of the Golden Idol made from clay and metal. It is well-known among amulet collectors that Luang Pu Yeam of Wat Sam Ngam is the guru monk who make the best Guman Thong statues and amulets, after the late Luang Phor Tae Kong Thong of Wat Sam Ngam.