[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!
O devotees of Agastya! I pray you may all blessings through His grace. Below is a link for Subramanya Karavalambam and Subramanya Bujangam, please save it.
The holy trinity will grant all the you ask for and make you get stuck in the whirlpool of vasanas and birth-rebirth. There is a ‘Paraparam’ above them. They do not have the rights to show you that. Lord Subramanya tells Agastya that if someone follows the path that He shows, then that person may attain that Paraparam, in his ‘Subramanya Gnanam’ – note that this is way too different than the Abrahamic religion of cursing those non-believers to eternal hell. Lord Subramanya has given this upadesha only to Agastya. If at all Lord Subramanya or Agastya Himself bestows this Gnana to us, there is no way one will know. The one who realizes the Paraparam releases himself from the birth cycle.
Subramanya, the chief of Siddhas
What is Shaivism, who is the founder of Shaivism? – this is answered by Ramaswamy Gurukon, who is an ardent devotee of Lord Muruga. It is surprising to know the definition of Shaivism.
‘Without killing any living being, by consuming the ones blessed by nature, by itself, and those who lives with a control of five senses are Shaivaites. Those who kill other living beings and grow their bodies won’t have ‘Thaadhu Suddhi’ which is required for attaining the Siddha Marga.
Between our eye brows is a glowing light of six petals. This light is called ‘Shanmukam’ as mentioned by wise men. Plus, three feet above our Mooladhara is a Nadi which is of six heads towards the left. This is called Subramanyam. The six senses, the light on the six ‘Adharas’ are called Shanmukam as well. Our mind is like a cave. Lord Muruga is like the light inside that cave. He is therefore called as Guha (gufa, gukai are some names which denotes the cave). Guhyam is referred to very secretive as well. As ordinary people cannot reach, He is named as Guha as well, they say.
While explaining the concept of Valli and Deivayanai, when our devotion is truthful and when searched for Gnana (God), the darshan is obtained. This is explained as the Deivayanai’s wedding. While if one remains with steadfast, true devotion, then the Lord Almighty will come to us himself – is denoted by Muruga coming in search of Valli for the union. As per the request of the Devas, Parameshwara appeared with His five faces plus the sixth as that of Ambika. The hill top denotes the intention of realizing one’s true light within and that true light on the hill top is Muruga, the very Gnana itself. Hence they mentioned that every mountain is the abode of Lord Subramanya (குன்றிருக்கும் இடம் எல்லாம் குமரன் இருக்கும் இடம்).
If the physical body is purified, the Lord assumes the place of the spirit. This is the concept of Thiru Avinan Kudi. It is not sufficient to just say ‘Muruga’ but it has to mix thoroughly with our very being itself. Then every word we speak becomes Sathya Vaak.
Those who chant Sa Ra Va Na Bhava with Om in front obtain the Mukthi.
Those who add ‘Om Hreem’ in front gets their ignorance removed.
Those who add ‘Om Kleem’ appear like Manmadha, the God of Love.
Those who add ‘Om Aiym’ gets the eloquency of creating poetries.
Those who add ‘Om Shreem’ gets all their miseries removed and remain blissful.
In addition to these, here are some rare information about Karthikeya.
While typing the incidents of Perumal & Adiyen, an episode talks about Adi Sesha recommending about Garuda to the Lord Almighty with such compassion and empathy. This raised a question within. Adi Sesha is a serpent form which is embodiment of poison and ferociousness. How come there is so much of compassion attribute in him? Why did the Lord assume such a being as His bed? What is the inner meaning of it? I asked Agastya Muni Himself.
In ‘Guha Thrayam’, when explaining about Lord Subramanya, He says that it is Lord Muruga Himself who assumed the form of Adi Sesha for Lord Narayana! Muruga is the very form of Brahma Gnana. Every God attribute of Sanatana Dharma has the snakes in some or other form. Lord Narayana chose it to be His bed. Even today, Lord Subramanya is worshipped in the snake form in Andhra and Karnataka (Kukke Subramanya for an example).
Another question likewise. A human is recommended to worship five different God attributes (Panchathayana Pooja), they are: Ganesh, Surya, Shiva, Shakthi and Vishnu. Lord Subramanya is not included in this. How can such a pooja be fulfilled without the worship of Subramanya Swamy?
The answer surprises us.
Surya Pooja – grants everything.
Ganesh Pooja – wards off every obstacle.
Shiva Pooja – bestows Gnana.
Shakthi Pooja – to experience all the above, this becomes the Shakthi in the physical body.
Vishnu Pooja – ensures there is no loss, protects and ensures that all these are experienced.
All the five poojas done above leads oneself to Brahma Gnana – which is Lord Subramanya Himself! All the poojas done to the above 5 goes to Subramanya. If Subramanya Swamy alone is worshipped, one gets the benefit of worshipping all five. Only those who are with Gnana can love others. Those with Brahma Gnana can take incarnations. Those who attained the Siddha Marga are the ones with Brahma Gnana. Then the next question came.
Who came as Jesus Christ?
When one thinks of Jesus, the attribute of forgiveness, even to the enemies, the resurrection etc., makes one think He must have been a Siddha himself, even so, the Siddha who is most merciful. When asked about this to Agastya, He replied: “It was Bhoga himself who came as the man in the Cross” (“சிலுவைக்காரனாக வந்ததே போகன்தானடா!”)
Lord Narayana says that Agastya is like His right hand. In Tirupathi, He appeared before a priest as Narasimha and says: “Agastya is beloved to me. Do not talk ill of Him.” If such a person prays to the Lord, then the Almighty grants it immediately. For example, when Agastya Muni went to Kutrala and stroked the idol of Lord Narayana with love, He transformed himself as Shiva Linga. This should be taken as the Lord is beyond all forms, attributes or any specific type of worship but surpasses everything. When the devotees opposed this figure transformation, Agastya argued with them for 5 days with Goddess Shakthi as the judge and transformed the Narayana devotees who decided to leave the town in to Siddhas and joined them with Him.
One should pay attention here. Those who wants to be in Siddha Marga should have the quality of forgiving even those who oppose them and to enjoin themselves, to have such a broad mind.
One should change their belief system from ‘Let it happen, then we shall believe’ TO ‘We believe, hence it will happen’.
Let us embrace this thought for the coming days are of the Siddhas’. The potential chance of being guided by a Siddha, to be blessed by them in whatever form they choose to come in, this rare opportunity should not be missed because of our inferior thinking. Hence I emphasize this!
~ to be continued…!
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