The Siddha and Sayadaw Bhaddanta Pandita

The accomplishment of the long life prolongation after undergoing the transformation by fire at the Cave of Victory.
During the time of General Ne Win, the Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, at midnight on Tuesday 2nd of December of 1975, a full moon day, there was a loud explosion and flames came out from the Cave of Victory, while the words “By the Blessing of Buddha, Victory, Victory” echoed in the vicinity. This happened when the Siddha and Sayadaw Pandita succeeded in the long life prolongation by fire process at the age of 719 years old.

He was born on a Thursday of 1257, at Shwe Kyaung Gone village (today Mebegon Village), during the reign of King Narathihapatay, and his parents, Po Thu and Ngew named him Maung Myat San. He became a monk with the name of Pandita at Ratana Bummi Monastery. After his parents passed away, Pandita looked for the favor of an official of King Narathihapatay named Athinkhara, who helped Pandita’s brother, Po Shwe, to become an accountant of Mayor Zaw Aung.

As Pandita had no more money to continue with his works of Alchemy, one day, without his knowledge, his brother Po Shwe stole some silver with the support of Mayor Zaw Win who, betraying him, finally ordered Po Shwe execution. Fearing for his own life, the 37 years old Pandita, together with his nephew Tint Saung (today born and known as the Abbot of Auntawmu Monastery, the Sadallaw Sanathar Tillaw Keinda) went to hide in a deep forest.

By day they hid in a cave, whose subterranean fumes caused damages in the eyesight of Pandita, while by night they went out to look for fruits. Six years later, Athinkhara could find out the truth about the stolen silver, and the Mayor was punished, at the same time that it was granted amnesty to Pandita and his nephew, who finally returned to Shwe Kyaung Gone village. When the eyesight of Pandita got worse, he was treated by a Shan medical doctor, Lu Toke (today born as the Botaw Bo Htun Aung) who cured completely his eyes. Although Pandita insisted in reward the doctor, Lu Toke left from there without asking anything in return.

One day, Tint Saung gave three viss of silver to Pandita for using them in his works of Alchemy, telling him that a man in white robe donated the money for him to restart his Alchemy practice. He lied to his uncle out of fear that Pandita could beat him. Pandita continued with his Alchemy and,  in 1297, at the age of 41, after being a monk for 21 years, he succeeded as a Mercury Siddha in this very spot, Pauk Kyaung, at Mebegon village.

Pandita studied with the Head Master of Nagama Mountain, the Sayadaw Kowida, and learned about medicine and cabalistic diagrams (Inn). He had not yet gained the full age of 1000 years, but was able to undergo the long life prolongation through the transformation by fire process ceremony before fifty students from all over the country, who won the medals which allowed them to witness the event.

Some of the participants shouted "Pandita has successfully completed the fire process," and threw yellow, red and white popcorn. Each one of them marked their sections with popcorn and, twenty minutes past midnight, the Sayadaw Sanathar Tillaw Keinda threw the ignition bar through the eleven inches hole located in the western side of the Cave of Victory. There was a loud explosion and the frame of the iron door was destroyed.

Thaung, Ba Shain, Tin Kyi and others were injured by the falling door and the fierce flames. They were looked after by Dr. Sein Yi and the Health Assistant, Tun Aung. To everyone's amazement, the Sayadaw was seen calmly sitting in the middle of the flames. Twenty seven minutes past midnight, Sein Hlaing, Shwe Pyi and Kyaw Khaing threw the precious medicinal bars with a time separation of 2, 3 and 5 minutes between them, and the ceremony transformation by fire process was successfully completed fifty minutes after midnight. By 5:00 a.m., the entrance to the cave and the hole at the western side had been sealed off with concrete.

Five months later, on 26th of April 1976, at 1:45 a.m., the Sayadaw emerged from the cave and preached before one thousand disciples from all over the nation, who had came to worship him. Thus the ceremony concluded and the Siddhas who came to welcome him returned to the Nagama Mountain.
                                                                                                                                
The above chronicle is found at the southern side of the Cave of Victory of the Siddha and Sayadaw Pandita and was written by the authors Thein Oo, Than Tun Aung and Mayor Zaw Win. It was painted by an artist in Myanmar script, following the petition made by the solemn donors.
 

The Siddha and Sayadaw Bhaddanta Uttamakyaw

The accomplishment of long life prolongation by undergoing the transformation by fire at the Cave of Victory.

In the time of Saw Maung, the Chairman of the State Law and Order Restoration Council, on the Friday 24th of February 1989, at 10:55 p.m., there was a loud explosion coming from the Cave of Victory, while the words "by the Blessing of Buddha Victory, Victory" echoing in the vicinity. That happened when the Siddha Master Ashin Uttamakyaw became victorious by gaining the longevity after undergoing the transformation by the fire process.

After his birth in the year 1453, he received the name of Maung Utta from his parents Thauk Kyar and Thin Si, who lived in Myo Lulin village. He would become the master of two Kings, King Mingaung, the second of the Inwa period, and King Narapati, of Bagan. He learned all the Tripitaka text by heart and he could defeat in debate Kondaw Naung Kyar Ban, of Bagan, being even successful in The Sangha committee office. He became famous with the name of Ashin Uttamakyaw. He was one of “TheFour Monks and Four Palms”, the historic prediction which announced the birth of four relevant masters. The King of Inwa begged him to live in the capital, but he refused and went into the forest to meditate in a bamboo hut. In 1542, he passed away in the Natmeelin Monastery of Taungdwingyi at the age of 89, after being a monk for 69 years.

His master, the Sayadaw Pandita, took away all the physical aspects of Uttamakyaw to the Nagama Mountain in the time he entered his Siddha life, when he was 447 years. Although he had not yet lived the full life of a Siddha, at the age of 536, under good planetary positions and with the support of eighty-seven assistant disciples, he underwent the transformation by fire.

At the time appointed by the Siddhas and Sayadaws, the Sayataw Sanathar Tillaw Keinda throw the ignition bar from the eleven inches hole located at the western side of the Man Made Cave, and the explosion half removed the roof and pushed the walls apart, leaving gaps over a foot wide. By the Blessings and Glory of the Triple Gem and the Loving-kindness (Metta) of the Sayadaws, no one was hurt, but Tillaw Keinda (Abbot of Aungtawmu Monastery) was brushed by the flames and hit by a falling brick, losing consciousness until the turn of Saturday, when he recovered himself ten minutes past midnight. Dr Sein Yi and Dr. Thar Myat took care of him from 11:00 p.m. With an interval of twenty minutes between each other, Khin Maung San, from Mandalay, Col. Thein Dan, from Yangon, and Dr. Sein Yi shouted "Victory for the transformation by fire of Sayadaw”, while throwing the precious medicine bars towards the Siddha and  Sayadaw Uttamakyaw.

The four Sangha members, including the Sayadaw Thayarwady and fourteen supporters, were the Guardians of the medicine bars. The Guardians of the keys of the cave were Hla Bu and Khin Maung San, from Mandalay, while the Guardian of the Drum was Mayor Zaw Win. All eighty-seven supporters were witness of the event.

On the Sunday 23rd of April 1989, at 8:00 p.m., the Sayadaw emerged from the iron door of the Cave of victory and preached a teaching on attaining Nirvana to the many disciples who had gathered to welcome him, thus completed the ceremony. Then, he left for the Nagama Mountain, where the Head Master, the Sayadaw Kowida, resides.

The above article is written in Myanmar script at the eastern side Cave of Victory of the Siddha and Sayadaw Uttamakyaw, located at Pauk Kyaung, in Mebegon Village. It was written by Zaw Tun, Than Tun Aung and Mayor Zaw Win. The chronicle was painted by an artist on the 1st of January 2000 as per the request of the donors, Mayor Zaw WIn and Tin Tin Win.
 

The Director of the Mountain Nagama- The Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida-
 

During the tenure of the General Than Shwe, Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council, on the Saturday 3rd of December 1994, at 9:08 p.m., a loud sound came from the Cave of Victory, followed by the words “By the Blessing of Buddha, Victory.” The sounds echoed throughout the area. That was at the time when, being 1026 years old, the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida completed the ceremony of undergoing the transformation by fire process, thereby gaining the longevity.

He was born in the year 968 A.D. at Khante village, located at the West of Shwebo town, in Myanmar, during the reign of King Kyaung Hpyu, also known as King Kunzaw of Bagan. His parents, Thar Aung and Yin May, gave him the name of  Maung Kan Thar.

In the year 986, he became a Buddhist monk at the Newthar Monastery, and in 1027, at the age of 59, he became an Iron Siddha through the teachings of his Indian Master, the Siddha Upagote. He lived at Nagama Mountain, where he founded the residence of the Siddhas. At the age Siddha of 966, he completed the Transformation by fire ceremony as related above. When he was about to initiate this practice, he said that he would not “overstep the authority of the elders”, and allowed the Sayadaw Pandita and the Sayadaw Uttamakyaw to undergo the transformation by fire process first.

On that evening, at 5:00 p.m., together with the Botaw Bo Htun Aung, the Sayadaw came to the Aungtawmu Monastery and directed the disciples to perform the ceremony. By 6:00 p.m., on the Upagote pond, to the South of the Cave of Victory, on a Karaweik Bird crested boat lit with colored lights, it was placed a golden Buddha Image on a throne of elephants. This was surrounded by three homage offerings, each one containing a precious medicine bar. The ignition bar was placed in a special homage as an offering inside the Cave of Victory. Between the cave and the pond, Major Zaw Win and his friends from Yangon, and Ba Yi and his friends of Mandalay, altogether over 300, sat on bamboo couches. Separated by the walkway, Dr. Sein Yi marked out a string of Dharma flags on the demarcation line, made with popped corn.

The Sayadaw Say Kuttara and nine other Sayadaws commenced reciting inside the cave protective chants to cover those inside and outside. The Sayadaw from Toungoo, Rawi Nanda, gave the nine precepts to the audience and at 7:45 p.m. the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida arrived by his glory inside the demarcation circle where his disciples stood. He gave the nine precepts again and after completing his preaching, he asked the Sayadaw Sanathar to open the door of the Cave of Victory. On a place laid with one hundred sticks of thanakhar wood, the disciples from the two groups scattered white and yellow popped corn on him and shouted: “The Sayadaw Kowida ceremony to transformation through fire is victorious.”
 
The Sayadaw placed two packets of lucky charms on the shrine inside the cave. Then, the Sayadaw Sanathar Tillaw Kheinda took the ignition bar from the homage offering inside the cave and locked the iron door. He then gave the keys to Ko Lay and Kan Hla. After this, thirty men chosen from each group threw red popped corn through the eleven inches hole located  at the West side of the Cave of Victory, shouting as before.

At about 8:30 p.m., E One, Hla Myin and Gyi took the three medicinal bars from the Karaweik bird crested boat and gave them to the men chosen for throwing them. At the auspicious hour, 9:08 p.m., the Sayadaw Sanathar Tillaw Kheinda threw the ignition bar from the homage offering into the round hole as mentioned earlier and the door broke. To the amazement of everyone, the Sayadaw was seen seated in the lotus position in the middle of the flaming sticks of thanakhar wood, facing the East and with his robe covering his head.

Then, Min Maung, from Mawlamyaine, Myo Lwin, from Yangoon, and Sann Tun, from Mandalay, with a time separation of 2, 3, and 5 minutes between each other, threw the medicinal bars taken from the barge through the round hole, shouting as before. While others tried to lock the door, again twenty men threw Eugenia leaves and Holy Water into the hole, shouting again. At about 10:00 p.m., the ceremony of life prolongation by undergoing the transformation through the fire process was completed.

After seventy four days, on the night of Monday 13th of February, thousands of disciples waited around the Cave of Victory. When the cave door was opened, the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida gave the packages of lucky charms to Major Zaw Win and Ba Yi. Then, together with the disciples led by the Siddha and Sayadaw Pandita, they covered the Siddha Kowida with four white umbrellas and carried him around.

There were so many people present, that the Siddha was carried back to the cave for a second time, so that all could see him. Only at the third attempt, at about 1:30 a.m., he could be successfully taken away from the cave to preach to the many disciples.

 After that, the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida left in Khin Maung Thet’s car. By his power, on the way, he spontaneously disappeared from the car and returned to his abode on the Nagama Nountain. In this way it was completed the ceremony of the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida.

The abode inscription is found on the Southern side of the Cave of Victory of the Siddha and Sayadaw Kowida, located at Pauk Kyaung, in Mebegon Village. It was written by Thein Oo, Zaw Tun, Than Tun and Mayor Zaw Win. With the contribution of the donors, Tun Kyi and his wife Thein Thein Aye, on the 1st of January 2000, the inscription was painted by an artist in the Myanmar script.