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Phra Somchai, who became famous last month for predicting the end of the world, now finds himself under investigation for actions "unbecoming of a monk".
“End of the world” monk investigated
Phra Somchai: "The end of the world is near."
Phra Somchai, known as Luang Phor Porsrisuriya Khemato, a popular preacher at Wat Romportitham in Loei's Nong Hin district, became famous for his apparent ability to predict natural disasters.
He was right often enough to attract a large group of followers. And when he predicted last month that the end of the world was near, scores of panic-stricken people flocked to his highland temple to escape what they believed would be a gigantic flood.
In his preachings last month, Phra Somchai said that the world had breached Buddhist teachings and in March all continents would collapse and be wiped out by giant waves.
He warned that Vietnam would be completely destroyed while small areas of Burma would remain intact. Bangkok would disappear but much of the Northeast would be spared the catastrophe due to its large concentration of Buddhist sites.
Now it seems that it is Phra Somchai himself who may been in trouble for breaching Buddhist teachings.
The Secretariat of the Sangha Supreme Council are sending officials to his temple to investigate allegations that Phra Somchai has engaged in conduct unbecoming of a monk.
Apart from making his grand predictions, he reportedly allows fellow monks to wear long hair, grow beards and tells them not to perform routine prayers, which is against the Sangha rules.
Amnart Buasiri, director of the Secretariat of the Sangha Supreme Council, said officials have been sent to the temple in Loei province to check if Phra Somchai had broken any rules.
If Phra Somchai considered himself to be a monk, he must not behave improperly. Monks must have their heads shaved and take morning alms, said Mr Amnart.
The preacher would be defrocked if he was found to have acted against Buddhist teachings, he said.
Adapted from a story in today’s Bangkok Post
investigate – to try to find out the facts about something in order to learn the truth about it ตรวจสอบหาความจริง
preacher – a person who gives religious talks and often performs religious ceremonies นักเทศน์,ผู้แสดงธรรม,ผู้สั่งสอน
apparent – clear; able to be seen or understood ซึ่งเห็นได้ชัดว่า
predict – to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า
natural disaster –an unexpected natural event, such as a very bad storm or flood that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage ความหายนะธรรมชาติทาง, ภัยพิบัติธรรมชาติทาง
scores – large numbers of จำนวนมาก
panic-stricken – having sudden strong feeling of fear or worry that causes you to be unable to think clearly or calmly ตื่นตกใจ
flock – a group of birds, sheep or goats ฝูงนก
gigantic – extremely large มหึมา ใหญ่โต
breach – to fail to follow a law or rule ละเมิดกฎข้อบังคับ
continent – one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries (adjective form is continental) ทวีป
collapse – to suddenly fall down ล้มลง
wipe out – to get rid of something completely กำจัดให้หมดไป
wave – a raised line of water that moves across the surface of the sea, ocean, etc คลื่น
intact – not harmed, damaged, or lacking any parts as a results of something that has happened สมบูรณ์ ไม่บุบสลาย
disappear – to no longer exist หายไป, สาบสูญ, สูญหาย
spared – prevented from having to experience something unpleasant อยู่รอด
catastrophe – an extremely damaging event เหตุร้ายกาจม ความหายนะ
concentration – a lot of something in one place แหล่งชุมนุม หรือ ศูนย์รวม
site – a place where something is located สถานที่
secretariat – a group of senior people within a government or organisation สำนักเลขาธิการ
Sangha – ordained Buddhist monks or nuns สงฆ์
supreme – most important, or most powerful สูงสุด
council – a group of people chosen to give advice, make rules, do research, provide money สภา, คณะกรรมการ
allegation – an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา
engage in – to take part in a particular activity มีส่วนร่วมใน
conduct – the way someone behaves, especially in relation to particular rules or accepted ways of behaving ความประพฤติ
unbecoming – not appropriate or acceptable; not suiting a particular person ม่เหมาะสม, ไม่งดงาม, ไม่สมควร
grand – very big ใหญ่โต
fellow – used for talking about people who are similar to you or are in the same situation เพื่อนร่วมชะตากรรม
beard – hair that grows on the chin and cheeks of a man's face เครา
routine – ordinary; usual ตามปกติ
shave – to make a part of your body smooth by cutting off the hair using a razor or shaver โกน
alms – food, money, and other items that are given to Buddhist monks; money, clothes and food that are given to poor people ของทำบุญ ของบริจาค
defrock – to officially remove a monk priest from his job, because he has done something wrong ทำให้สึกจากการเป็นพระ