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The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.
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[From the 194th Tamil series]
After I started reading Jeeva Nadi, I seldom get solitude, mostly. When I do, I raise one of those numerous questions I have in mind and the Maha Muni answers me. He has mentioned about many a temple, Siddhas, holy places etc. This post is about a Siddha which Agastya Muni mentioned in one such interaction.
There is hardly anyone who does not know Thirumular in Tamil Nadu. Likewise, there is a Siddha in the northern part of the country called Saanga Deva. He is an expert of transferring his soul to another physical body. His very own disciples have not seen him directly. He teaches his students through the medium of just voice (asareeri in Tamil), a first of its kind in educating.
He lived on the shore of Tapti river in his ashram. He taught hundreds of students. At the same time, he flies all the way to Pandaripuram and sings the Pandarinath’s praise. Such a Siddha Saanga Deva who taught students through his ‘voice’ heard an information through a voice one day.
“On the outskirts, there is a person who is well learned, very talented, who has reached the peak of spirituality. His name is Gnana Deva. He is a very big Siddha. Meet him this Pournami (full moon day) with due respect.”
Saanga Deva felt a bit of pinch in his heart once he heard that voice. He refused to meet Gnana Deva. The thought of “I” dominated him. He rejected everyone’s suggestion. The news reached Gnana Deva. He thought that Saanga Deva might come to meet us once his mind changes, and Gnana Deva was playing with a child in front of his house.
Saanga Deva eventually decided to meet Gnana Deva. He created a tiger through the power of his tapasya. He then transformed a black cobra as a whip. He sat on that tiger with the whip in his hand and majestically reached Gnana Deva’s residence.
Gnana Deva saw this and he waved his hands thrice. The whip changed to a garland and the tiger changed to a cow. Saanga Deva lost his tapasya’s powers and stood alone. He then realized that there is a lot more that he could learn from Gnana Deva and fell at his feet. Gnana Deva accepted Saanga Deva as his disciple and taught him various knowledge.
Once Saanga Deva accepted Gnana Deva as his guru, he continued his miraculous powers but with a limit. He would sat on the water and cross the river. If he puts his legs in the water, the river split into two, letting him go. He brought back many a dead with the grace of Lord Shiva. He quenched the hunger of poor through Amudha Surabhi. Apart from the art of transferring one’s soul to another physical body, he taught his disciple every other knowledge. He gradually then became visible to others in a human form in the due course.
Saanga Deva lives to this date on the banks of river Tapti, blessing those who seek His guidance and grace, eradicating their karmic effects and diseases!
~ to be continued…!