Lersi Por Gae Dtad Dton (Pak Mai Tao) - Hermit God planting his staff - Ajarn Plien (Wat Don Sala)
Lersi Por Gae Pak Mai Tao (Ruesi planting his walking staff/wand into the ground, before meditation) - one of the postures of the Thai Ruesi Dtat Dton (Exercises of the Ruesi) - Sacred Herbal Powder Hermit God Amulet from the Brahman Lay Master of Wat Don Sala Temple; Ajarn Plien.
The Ruesi Dtat Dton Edition by Ajarn Plien of Wat Don Sila, (of the Temple of Pra Ajarn Nam Khao who was the master of Luang Phu Tuad Wicha lineage) are released in a series of 12 or more postures ‘Asana’, each purposefully exuding an ambience particular to that ancient Yogic posture or ascetic action and exercise. “Ruesi” in Thai, from the Sanskrit Rishi, is an ascetic yogi or hermit. “Dat” means to stretch, adjust or train. “Dton” is a classifier used for a Ruesi and also means oneself. So “Ruesi Dat Dton” means the hermits or yogis self-stretching or self-adjusting exercises.
Each Ruesi bucha statuette is molded from the highest concentration of ‘Nuea Wan 108’ 108 magical herbal powders, which give the image it’s rough but pure and powerful appearance. Powdered, smelted and very rare ‘Lek Lai’ Kaya Siddhi Ruesi inhabited, adamantine elemental metals are ground into the powders as well as the base being molded from the smelted material. Dried and ground tiger fur, which is a material very particular to the historical Ruesi’s ascetic power, are affixed to the image, invoking a kind of ‘Prai Seua’ or ‘Seua Saming Prai’ tiger spirit, that each master Ruesi is known for through the fierce concentration of Ruesi Citta.
Ruesi performed posture exercises ‘bhandha’ or self massage techniques and acupressure, poses, neuromuscular locks, breathing patterns, ratios, and visualizations in conjunction with Ayurvedic medicine, mantras and meditation to cure various ailments and discomforts of both mind and body. There are also additional Ruesi Dat Dton techniques practiced by Ruesis today, which are not found in any text, nor depicted in any sculpture or paintings. These are also traditional techniques, which have been passed down from teacher to student over the centuries. In total, there are close to 200 different exercises and poses, including variations, in the entire Ruesi Dat Dton system.
The ‘Ruesi Pak Mai Tao’, is one of the postures of the Ruesi Dat Dton released by Ajarn Plien showing the Ruesis ascetic practice of planting ones walking staff into the ground marking the place of meditation, and using it to lean upon and avoid wobbling whilst leaving the body in astral travel. The mini Lersi Bucha image is made up of smelted ‘Lek Lai’, ‘Nuea Wan 108’ sacred herbal powders and ‘Piw Suea’ tiger skins to form various parts of the Ruesi's body and mortar and pestle.
Sacred hand inscribed yant are written on the back of the Ruesi as well as on the bottom base to invoke various aspects and blessings of the Ruesi, all magical materials within as well as the yant being innate blessings in and of themselves.
Please note, because these are not just machined or mass produced amulets, rather, each amulet is dressed by hand, and individually fashioned. For this reason, each amulet is unique and differs slightly from others. The amulet you receive can therefore differe slightly from the image.
It is interesting to note that the Ruesi pervades many of the occupations, arts and traditions of Thai culture. Some postures being specific to different occupations such as 'Nuad Thai' Thai Massage or 'Mor Ram Boran' Ancient Thai dance.
“The foundation and key to Traditional Thai massage is Ruesi Dat Dton. Ancient Ruesi, through their own experimentation and experience, developed their understanding of the various bodies (physical, energetic and psychic, etc.) They discovered the postures, channels, points, the winds and wind gates within themselves. Later it was realized that these techniques could be adapted and applied to others for their healing benefit, which is how Thai massage was developed.
So, in order to really understand Thai massage, as a practitioner, one should have a foundation in Ruesi Dat Dton and be able to experience it within oneself and then apply it to others. It is not only the roots of Thai massage but it also unlocks the method for treating oneself and maintaining one's own health.” (Ref; Ruesi Tevijjo Yogi).
Ajarn Plien is a Laymaster of the Khao Or southern Sorcery Lineage, who heads the Wat Don Sala temple laymasters of the Dtamnak Dtak Sila Khao Or Lineage, as the oldest living laymaster of the Luang Por Kong and Pra Ajarn Nam Linneage, which is the direct magical transmission lineage for Luang Phu Tuad of Wat Chang Hai.
Note, Because each amulet is individually made and dressed, each amulet can differ slightly from the image. This amulet is just one of perhaps a dozen different postures. Recommended for healing, and for empowering other amulets, and for those who practice Meditation, Astral Travelling, Forest wandering, or practitioners of the Occult, practice herbalism, as well as those who revere and worship the Lersi hermit Gods, and those who dedicate themselves to practice the Lersi Hermit Path.
Worshipping the Ruesi brings a full range of blessings and protective magic of the Boroma Kroo and the Immense Power and Protection of the 108 Ruesi Hermit Sages.
Kong Grapan, Klaew Kaad, Gae Aathan, Gan Kun Sai, Choke Lap, Kaa Khaay, Metta Mahaniyom, Serm Duang, Maha Sanaeh. All of these blessings are given with the practice of revering and following the Ruesi Devas.
It requires somewhat more effort to practice revering the Ruesi, than to wear an amulet, because the practice of Revering Ruesi is a regular applied practice and you must think that the Ruesi are always with you, and that one lives and behaves as a Looksit of the Ruesi Boroma Kroo Por Gae.
It is thus a practice of Bucha which must be kept to and maintained in proper Ritual Manner. the Ruesi Kroo Deities, are essential to have as Bucha Item for those who indeed themself practice Ruesi-Ism, Yoga, Meditation, Herbalism, Minerology, and magical Practices, such as Incantation or Amulet and Talisman making.
Meditation practitioners recieve extra blessings from the Ruesi, for Meditation is the primary practice of the Ruesi himself, and those who revere and practice the Science/Arts of Ruesi-ism, will attain great advancements in their meditations by studying and practicing the way of the Ruesi as a way of life.
The Ruesi Path is now becoming a very popular alternative to the General Buddhist path, because even a layperson or a married person is able to practice the Ruesi way, and advance within the framework of their own lifestyle. No ordination as Monk is necessary, but a true diligent attitude and effort to practice the Mindfulness path and the path of meditative skill and wisdom is crucial and must be applied.