The GoS – How to lit a Moksha Deepam

[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!


Moksha Deepam or Moksha Deepa is lit for a departed soul, requesting the Almighty to help the soul rest in peace. Those in the field of medicine are strongly recommended to lit this Deepa, as suggested by Agastya Muni in Nadi. When the Nadi at Thanjavur Shri Ganesan’s ashram was read, the details of how to lit Moksha Deepam was kindly explained by Maha Guru Agastya. It is given below:


1. Banana Leaf

2. Camphor (not the chemical one, but the Pachchai Karpooram. One is got from a tree called camphor laurel and other is synthetically made. We call the edible camphor got from the tree “Pachai karpooram” in Tamil, and “Kapoor” in Hindi. The synthetically derived camphor is called “Karpooram” in Tamil.)

3. Cumin (Jeeragam)

4. Cotton Seeds (Paruthi Kottai)

5. Rock salt

6. Pepper (the round full one, not the grinded)

7. Nava Dhanya

8. Wheat

9. Grain (husk or rice grain)

10. Full Red Gram

11. Mung Bean (Pachchai Payaru)

12. Chickpea (Konda Kadalai)

13. Turmeric (not the hybrid variety)

14. Lima Beans (Mochai)

15. Black Til (Sesame Seeds)

16. Horse Gram (Kollu, full one)

17. Black Gram (unsplit, unbroken one)

18. Diya or lamp (200 ml capacity) – 42 numbers

19. Pure cotton cloth, a hand kerchief size – 21

The preparation:

Wash every item (including the salt, except the flowers) and make them dry in sunlight.
Wash the cloth properly, soak it in the turmeric and dry.
Wash the lamps properly and dry them in bright sunlight.
Once dried, apply Chandan and Kumkum on them.
Get prior permission from the temple where you are planning to lit the Moksha Deepam. This is very important. It can be any temple.
It is better to lit the Deepam on the Esanya corner (north-east) and in an elevated place.

First, prepare the wick (Thiri in Tamil). From a really clean cotton cloth, put camphor, black sesame seeds, cumin, cotton seeds, rock salt, pepper and put a knot. The other end of the knot is what is going to be used as the wick.

At the place chosen in the temple, spread the banana leaf first.
Spread the Nava Dhanya on it.
Place 21 lamps in equal distance and fill in sesame seeds in them.
Then place the remaining 21 lamps on top of these lamps.

Fill in the lamp with ghee to its brim.

Then dip the wick prepared earlier and place it in the center of the lamp. Lit the lamp.

The lamp should be lit with the wick facing upwards (it should not face any other direction). It appears like a Linga.
Then chant the Panchakshara Maha Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya) for at least 108 times.
If its a Vishnu Temple, chant the Ashtakshara Maha Mantra (Om Namo Narayanaya) for at least 108 times.

At last, pray to the Almighty thus: “O Lord, I am offering the merits of this ritual to all those souls who took birth in this earth and have departed. We pray to you to let those souls attain salvation and realization through this ritual. We are just the means to do this ritual where it is actually being done by the Siddhas and the Almighty.”

One may pray to their ancestors and seek their blessings too.

The next day, collect every item including the banana leaf, Nava Dhanya, not spilling even a drop and release them in the river. This is a must.

During one of the clairvoyance, Agastya Muni mentioned that every thing, even the sesame seeds are a soul. Hence release every item used in the Moksha Deepa in the river. This is a must.

Obtaining prior permission from the temple is very important too.

மோக்ஷ தீபம்

மோக்ஷ தீபம்


The suitable time for lighting up Moksha Deepa is evening 6 PM.

(Courtesy: Shri Ganesan, Agastyar Arut Kutil, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu)

Use these links for reference if you may please:
Google Images – search with their Tamil names – Original Tamil series

~ to be continued…!

The GOS 176 – The story of how one’s life was given back

[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!


Man becomes the slave of desires / pleasure and acts accordingly. Sometimes, to get out of such slavery, the Almighty’s grace and the Siddha’s mercy is required. Let us see how one such lad was saved from the brink of death and gave him a happy life by Agastya in this post.

A lady came with teary eyes saying, “Agastya who does so many miracles, can’t He save my son?”

“He sure will, however, let us ask Himself.” – I prayed to Agastya to give this lady a good solution and opened the Nadi.

“Ey you! You have put me in a dilemma by giving her that word. Her son is a drunkard, consuming alcohol three times a day, infecting his intestine. If he continues to do so, he may live for another three months that’s all. You have but told this lady that Agastya will cure him? Can’t you have control over your tongue?” – said Agastya.

I normally do not give away such promises but that lady’s face made me say those words somehow. But the reality that her son is addicted to alcohol and about his life span terrified me. I remained silent for a while. The lady had some doubts perhaps. With a voice choked with emotion, she asked, “Did Agastya mention something bad about to happen?”


“Then why isn’t there any reply?”

“Is your son addicted to something?”


“What is it?”

“Drinks. He consumes drugs as well frequently.”

“For how long?”

“About 7 years”

“Did you arrange any treatment for him?

“Many. We got him admitted in a hospital. He was ok till the treatment went on. He resumed his habits the moment he got out of the hospital.”

“What’s his age?”


“Is he married?”

“No. Since he didn’t go to his work place regularly, they took him off the work. Who will give him their daughter?” – said the mother while requesting that Agastya only can save him.

I thought for a while and opened the Nadi.

“His intestine is infected. The kidneys have begun to get affected too. His hands and legs will start shivering even if he doesn’t consume alcohol even a little every day. In this stage, how do you think he can be saved?” – Agastya asked a little angrily. I remained silent, let Him speak…He spoke again shortly.

“Let me suggest a few medicines. It has to be dried in shade, powdered and mixed with water or hot water. Ask him to consume it in the morning and evening, at least for 48 days. There will be cure then. If there isn’t, come back to Agastya.” – He mentioned a few country herbs and said “sometimes, these herbs may not be suitable resulting in some other troubles. If such things happen, come back to Agastya at once.”

It was very relieving.

“If only he comes out of this habits, he is our only son. We are not that rich. Though we have relatives, none cares for us. He is the only solace for me and my husband. We are awaiting on when he will be alright, trusting our whole self on Agastya.” – said the lady.

“Just do what Agastya said. Everything will be alright.” – I consoled the lady and bid farewell.

Two and a half months passed by where that lady came running and screaming.

“Through the medicines you gave, my son was recovering slowly and got rid of his drinking habits as well. I was very pleased but now he got this malaria. The doctors said that it is difficult for him to be saved. I came here leaving him in the hospital, to beg Agastya for his life!” – said the mother.

I was reminded of the letter she had written sometime back, that he is slowly recovering. The condition that she explained was terrific, with the blood spoilt totally and malaria in addition, death might be staring at him right now. I prayed to Agastya earnestly that he should be saved and opened the Nadi.

“He will be saved! Ask her to head straight back to the hospital, sit near his headrest and begin reciting ‘Garuda Dandakam, Shashti Kavacham, Dhanvantri Gayatri and Maha Mrutyunjaya Japam’. If she cannot read, ask her to keep these books and recite the Kula Devata’s mantra. No botheration even if recited incorrectly for the Almighty won’t get displeased. Agastya will save that son for this lady and for my beloved son.”

Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra

Then he said only to me, “O son, For this time, I shall save this boy for your request. Do not give away promises hastily hereafter. Don’t make me get in such dilemma either. There will be a miracle in the hospital through which her son will be saved. Just wait and watch the drama..”

This cleared all the fears in me. I was staring at that lady running and shouting, “Agastya has told. My son will be saved…!” like a crazy woman.

I was restless for four days as I didn’t hear anything from that lady. I didn’t dare to ask Agastya either. The next day when I was browsing the daily paper, a small bit of a corner read:

“In Chennai’s biggest government hospital, a lad suffering from malaria was saved by giving him fresh blood.” – I confirmed that it was indeed the lady’s son. What has happened was:

This lady who sat in her son’s bed by his head and doing the japa that Agastya suggested, a chief doctor who happened to pass by checked this boy’s case with his crew and decided that the impure blood should be taken out through one hand, and through another hand, pure blood is to be injected. He was lucky that his blood group was available in ample quantity and the treatment became successful also. Agastya had saved him. They also said that such a treatment has happened there for the first time. The boy who recovered never touches alcohol or drugs, 100%.

~ to be continued…!

The GOS 175 – Agastya & Sri Rama!

[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!


During the time of Ramayana, Sri Agastya has appeared before Lord Rama and guided him on crucial moments. In Yuddha Kanta, he gave the famous Aditya Hrudhayam slokha and helped Rama win the battle against Ravana. This sloka has helped many others to this date. The reason is, Agastya has mercifully thought about the good ones in the Kali Yuga and to make them win evil. In that sloka, only an expert scholar who is a master of Sanskrit can say how many subtle, yet powerful Beejakshara’s are included. Even for that scholar, Agastya’s grace is required to know them.

There is a pressing question by many, that why Sri Krishna indulged in Rasa Leela. Some rationalists and people with vested interest to malign Sanatana Dharma ridicule and picture it in bad light. As Agastya Himself said, there will be many a subtle meaning in every word He says. Sri Agastya has clearly explained about the Rasa Leela of Shri Krishna.

Rasa Leela is the act that Krishna performed with the Gopika ladies in the water and in the land to make them happy. The normal eyes can perceive those ladies as youthful and beautiful, everything around the physical plane only. But a realized soul knows that it is a ‘left over’ part of Ramavatara that is getting fulfilled in Krishnavatara.

During Tretho Yuga, when Sri Rama went in to the forest to fulfill His Father’s bid, many Rishi Munis long for His darshan, touch His feet and to embrace Him. As they were in severe penance, they could not even move out of their Ashrams. Sri Rama could not fulfill everyone’s desire as such. He met only a few great Rishis, such as Agastya, Bharadhwaja, Sabari etc. In between, the Kishkintha, Yuddha Kanta took priority and hence Rama could not meet hundreds of Rishis. The truthful, simple yet powerful desires of these Rishis gradually got converted to Vasanas and they got hold of Rama!

Agastya appeared before Sri Rama and initiated the Aditya Hridhaya Slokha, when Sri Rama was dis-heartened as Lakshmana lay unconscious. Then He mentioned, “Sri Rama, get the blessings of these Rishi Munis who accompanied me. During your exile, these Rishi-Munis wanted to embrace your holy body, to have your darshan. Some of them could not do this due to the severe penance they had undertaken. I have brought those who have completed their penance. They wish to do Alingana (embrace). Please fulfill their wishes.”

Sri Rama agreed and Agastya asked, “Sri Rama, there are several hundreds of Rishis who still are yearning for this blessing. They were expecting so eagerly that you will visit them during your exile but it didn’t happen. Do you think you will be able to fulfill their desires in this Ramavatara?”

Sri Rama knew that it wasn’t humanly possible at this avatar alone. He prayed to Agastya Muni to show Him a way out of this, for He being the Maryadha Purushotham who did not want to hurt the sentiments of even a single creature, never to such noble souls. (Ramavatara does not portray any super natural abilities of Sri Maha Vishnu, for this avatar was that of a human form).

Agastya mentioned, “Sri Rama! These souls know very well that you are the avatar of Sri Maha Vishnu Himself. When you take the next avatar in Dwapara Yuga as Shri Krishna, these rishi-munis will take birth as Gopika ladies, to fulfill their wish to embrace you, to attain a super-natural blissful state. This is a Avatara-secret.”

Hence, the Rasa Leela is another spiritual dimension of the rishi-munis with their purvasrama vasanas, touch and embrace the Purnavatara Murthy Shri Krishna, they get to experience both the divinity aspects of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna at the same time, reaching a very highly elevated spiritual state.

(Purvasrama = Purva + Ashrama => previous birth)
(Vasanas = loosely translated to thoughts but Vasanas per say has deeper complexity)

If we think about the incidents that happened with the grace of Shri Agastya, we could understand one thing. To know it’s absolute subtlety, we need His grace. As said before, for the one whose thoughts are pure and noble, His subtleties will be clarified, will be known.


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The GOS 174 – Lord Shiva’s words: “I am He!”


[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!


Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwara:
Guru Sakshath Para Brahma Thasmai Sri Agastya Siddha Gurave Nama: |

Pranam O Devotees of Agastya!

Guru Purnima just passed by. We consider Agastya as Guru Agastya and as doing Namaskaram, I desired to publish a post. The information given below is new to me too, I just came to know and Guru Purnima came as well.

The holy history of Agastya Muni’s avatar is a rare incident which touches the heart. It is impossible to caliberate the time of creation by God. Crores of yugas appeared and disappeared with crores of Siddhas appeared. The Supreme Lord, who dwells is Kailasa, Aadhi Shiva (the foremost), His Amsa, Aadhi Moola Agastya Swami created history. He dwells in Sada Shiva’s bliss at all times. Just as that Almighty, Agastya possesses Nithyathva (permanence).

In Lord’s creation, everything must be fed right? Lord Shiva wanted to create the plant kingdom. As He thought, an attractive Devi appeared to whom Lord Shiva ordered to begin creating the plant kingdom in Earth. She obeyed and went on with her work. Shiva Murthy called her ‘Asha Suvasini’.

The plant kingdom provides food for crores of living beings, including the humans. Asha Suvasini wanted them to be one of the divine one in creation. It was the will of Lord Almighty too. She collected the good thoughts from everyone, in all worlds, Maharishis who live as purity in itself, Devas, Gandharvas, those who always medidate upon the Lord, all their good thoughts and gathered them all in to one. How can one describe the Mahatwa of such a thought?

Asha Suvasini prayed to Hari and Hara and said, “Hari Hara, this accumulated good thoughts in to one, that will have both your core being, pray let this be called Arisi” and they blessed so. The term Arisi (rice) is hence the roopa of Hari and Hara. To protect it from natures’ changes, another purest thought was used which covered the rice with rice being the first crop. The Devi’s wonderful work continues.

The rice which was formed as the roopa of Hari-Hara has to be multiplied, other different crops must be created. The Devi called upon that Maha Purusha who is purest in thought from head to toe to take the rice and pray, to get it multiplied. Many of them remained silent for it’s the Lord’s divine play isn’t it? Though qualified, many did not come forward. The Devi thought and prayed to Lord Shiva who agreed where she said:

“The One who comes from within, so wonderfully
The One who gives the title to uncountable Isha’s
The One who mixes in the thoughts only to purify it
The One who is the collection of all purity, such One,
O My Son Agastya, come!”

The Devi called and there stood a Jyothi covering everything from where Maha Agastya appeared as Vishwaroopi, with crores of Sun’s radiance. The Devi placed the rice bead on His hands which reflected as that of
Shankara-Narayana Mani. Within no minute, it multiplied as though it equalled crores of Himalayas.

The Supreme Lord Shiva laughed again (this time not to burn the forts) saying:

“Did you all see this wonder? This Agastya came from me! He is my Purna-Amsa Avatara Murthy. He emerged out of me, who will be the chief of Siddhas, this is my gift to you all for He is none other than Me, myself!”

The creation of various crops continued with the rice multiplying. Hence, the parent of all the plant kingdom is Agastya Himself. That is why when any herb witnesses Agastya, it bows down mentioning what type of herb it is, what it is called etc., Not that He doesn’t know them but out of devotion and respect.

When any herb is used by saying ‘Om Agatheesaya Namaha”, one can obtain the complete benefit out of it. It bestows abundance as well.

PS: In this Guru Purnima time, what Punya are you going to do thinking of your Guru? Do one good thing, thinking of Him. It is sufficient for a Guru Dakshina!

Om Shri Lopa Mudra Sametha Agatheesaya Namaha!