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Thai Yogi Meditating In Boiling Oil

Some time ago I heard that there is a “Thai Yogi” who meditates in boiling oil. That of course peaked my curiosity and I had to go there and check it out. The event took place in a temple called “Wat Tanak” near Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 6, 2011.

I caught the entire event on film just like it happened. Everything was in plain view the entire time. The abbot of the temple was there watching, and there were hundreds of spectators.

I referred to a “Thai Yogi”, but they are actually called “Luesii” in Thailand. This Luesii’s name is Sombet, and he has been putting on his amazing performance in several temples in Thailand.

It is obvious from the video that he prepared the vat in such a way that the heat of the boiling oil is somewhat reduced where he is sitting – and who can blame him for that!

I just filmed what I saw. The fire was real, the oil was hot (I touched it), and I don’t know how hot it was where he was sitting. But Luesii Sombet was being “cooked” for 40 minutes!

So I cannot tell you if it was a supernatural feat or something that could be explained in another way. But I can tell you that it was a very interesting way to spend a Sunday morning, and at the very least it was a fascinating cultural experience.


image of the the author, Shama KernThe author, Shama Kern, has been living in Thailand and southeast Asia for two decades with his Thai wife. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy. You can reach him at shama@thaihealingmassage.com

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6 thoughts on “Thai Yogi Meditating In Boiling Oil”

  1. Hello , I love the video about the Yogi in the oil. Do you know of many yogis in the area?

    I am wondering if you offer private sessions?

    Also if your offering a course in chiang mai in the next few wks, i am thinking about it .. Your site is very informative… and your video are great..

    Thanks sequoia

    • Hi Sequoia,
      I just called him a ‘yogi’, since he sure looks like an Indian yogi, and he acts like one too. However here in Thailand men like him are called ‘Lersi’, and there are not many of them around. They may be herbalists, healers, counselors or something along those lines. Some of them do have special powers.

      Regarding private lessons, please email me at shama@thaihealingmassage.com


  2. Hai shama, I know about these but do’t know how get there. Are the prayers often took place. Kindly assist me to visit the temple. Tks . Waiting for your reply.

  3. Very interesting! I would think that the soil/compost has an insulating effect. However, I am sure that it is still quite hot! I’m sure that he has the presence in the meditative state to either accommodate the discomfort, or be in such a deep state that he isn’t affected at all. Thank you for sharing this Shama.


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