The GOS – Simple advices of Siddha Marga 1 – Prayer

[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!


Source – Siththan Arul

Pranaam devotees of Agastya!

Sri Gurunatha Agastya has given another opportunity to present a series of the grace of Siddhas’ for which my namaskaram to Sri Lopa Mudra Sametha Agatheeshwara.

Recently, I got an opportunity to talk to a few Vasi Yogi’s who are specialized in the Siddha Marga. They have clear cut answers for all the happenings of the human life. I submitted all the questions I had in mind through Agastya’s words of wisdom and was surprised at the way they received those questions and answered them. It was as if they taught me in the place of a teacher. As the conversation went by, I realized that whatever I thought I know is nothing from the way they explained things in a simple manner. So I crafted my questions carefully and noted down the answers and guidances carefully, which I will present in the coming weeks.

Today’s title is Prayer.

My question: O Sire, Lord Agastya has mentioned that there is nothing which is greater than, grander than Prayer. Can you please explain this in detail?

The answers they gave is compiled below.

– The Lord Almighty gave a blessing to the mankind to purify himself, purify his karma. That blessing is Prayer.
– It can be classified in to two. 1. Prayer for self and 2. Prayer for others.
– In this Kali Yuga, 95% people do the first kind. Only 5% understand what the Siddhas said and follow the second type.
– When such a shortage is present, how can the world we rectified, sanctified?
– The reason for all the bad things happening in this world is man’s greed. But that will be taken care of by the Lord Himself.

How should this prayer be?

– It should be natural, just as a child asks the sweet from its father, the child knows it has the rights
– It should be without attachment. Even if the prayer is for one’s relatives, the thought approach should be ‘These are all your children, they have taken birth as friends and relatives due to their Karmic effects’ – just as we will pray for unknown.
– When praying for those who are in difficulty, pray ‘What you think is good for this Atma, please do that, and do that faster’

Most importantly,

– When someone prays for others, he/she dissolve their karma, they purify the stains that cover the Atma and begin to elevate themselves.
– Such a person’s prayers will take effect immediately as they continue to do so
– The Lord Almighty gives an opportunity for everyone to raise themselves up spiritually but the man who calls himself as having sixth sense does not understand this. It is the mankind who loses the opportunity, and who feels sorry for them is the Siddhas and the Lord.

My question: But the prayers are happening in the temples and in holy places. People indeed do their prayers in ways they know. Isn’t it enough?

“Good question. For a very thirsty person, how can a drop of water quench his thirst? Such small prayers aren’t enough to dissolve the amount of bad karma. How can 5% cross 95%?”

My Question: True indeed. How can one place their prayers to God? How should it be? How will such prayers cleanse the Atma? Can you please explain in detail?

“This is a good question too. But you have missed asking something. Can you think what that is?”

They gave some time to think but I could just not get it. I agreed I didn’t know.

“I said the Lord gives many opportunities for everyone right? If not all of them, you could have asked for a few examples right?”

I bowed my head down and requested them to explain a few examples.

He began to explain. Myself and the others around started to pay close attention.

~ to be continued…!

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The order of Acharya

[Based on Deivathin Kural by Kanchi Paramacharya]

Sri Adi Shankara Bhagawadh Pada established Peetas all across India. He has given an important order to us, who be in these Peetas. It is that we should always meditate on the Ishwara, and make others do the same. Why Ishwara-Dhyana, it is because He has manifested as us all. That is, for us to find out that our real swaroopa is He himself. If not found so far, just meditate on that one who is called Ishwara who is the embodiment of all auspiciousness. The one who surpasses attributes yet adorning them (Saguna, Nirguna). Since we and He are one and the same, He will make us realize our real swaroopa, which is none other than He himself. When this happens, all the gunas will be gone and we will become Nirguna.

We are sending our children to the school. If they do not behave well, we blame it on the teacher. If you are not behaving well, then it means that I, your guru is not correct. When one has the responsibility of correcting the other, then when this person makes a mistake, it is to be blamed on the person responsible. The papa committed by the people gets to the king. The papa of the wife goes to her husband, says the Shashtras. A guru normally has a few disciples. The papa done by the disciple goes to the guru. If he is a Jagadguru, imagine the amount of papa he may get, the world full of papa.

[We are trying to avoid the word Sin for Papa as the English word sin has an established half-baked theory which does not convey the message properly.]

The only way to get rid of this papa is to do Bhagawadh-Dhyana. Hence the Adi Shankaracharya suggested us to get the people to do dhyana. If they don’t do, then do it yourself on behalf of them, He said. Hence I am trying my best to do Dhyana for you all. So if you can do how much ever dhyana you can, it will reduce my weight.

Why dhyana? To purify the mind, to bear the effect of old papa karma, to not to do any new papa, everyone should do dhyana. If one is determined, they definitely will get time. The time spent in gossip, newspaper (social media!), can be diverted here for one’s benefit. One should consider the first duty is to do dhyana, whether one gets wealthy, poor, healthy, sick, how much ever they could, they should do dhyana.

Not just us, but we should also encourage others to do dhyana. Don’t get frustrated if they aren’t but suggest them with a lot of love and in a way they understand. When explained with love, any mind will listen. I mentioned Shri Adi Shankara’s order to do dhyana and to make others do so. Whether I am making you to do dhyana or not, I am completing part of his orders by doing it myself. I got the bhagya to tell this because of you. Shri Acharya wanted to say this and you are blessed by hearing it. So this is a win win situation.

Please get this clearly in your mind. When this janma gets over, ‘phew, we did get the benefit of taking this birth. We can go without a fear’, such a determination and satisfaction should be felt by everyone. Let the Parameshwara guide us all in that direction and bless us. Right from our childhood we have done so many papa. If we had started doing Ishwara Dhyana from our childhood, a lot of such papa would have disappeared. But we are still accumulating papa. The purpose of taking this birth itself is to do the Ishwara-Dhyana. The papa baggage is ever increasing. Let us stop it. This world is a place of accumulating this papa baggage. Let us stop it and make this world a place where we empty this baggage.

There are quite a few places for this – our own body, mind, Shashtras, Kshetras, Theertha are available only in this world. The papa committed by our words and hands, let us make them disappear by using the same words and hands. When we leave this world, let us not have the papa baggage. Then we can leave lightly and blissfully as that of cotton. We can reach wherever we came from and can remain blissfully ever after.

There is a saying in Kannada about our Acharya: ‘He makes even the Papi a Paramatma’. Those who are called Dhuratma is nothing but the Paramatma says Shri Shankara and to make him reach that state, He has made foot steps for. This starts from Karma Marga, goes via the Bhakthi Marga and ends at Gnana Marga.

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~ to be continued…!

Dwaita / Boutha = Advaitha (Advaita series)

[Based on the Deivathin Kural by Kanchi Paramacharya]

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पुर्णमुदच्यते
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Puurnnasya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

This is the Shanti mantra (invocatory verse) of Isha Upanishad (IshaVasya Upanishad) Which is a part of the (Shukla) Yajurveda. It means, Brahmam is complete. The world is complete. From the complete Brahmam came this world. Even though the completeness called world is taken out from the completeness called Brahmam, what remains in the Brahmam is the Brahmam itself, the completeness itself.

The question now is, how can one remain complete if something is taken out of it? What does the above mantra state in reality? The world is not a thing which has come out of Brahmam. It is the Brahmam which has manifested itself as the world. Brahmam itself appears as the world. Brahmam did not ‘create’ the world with something else. Neither it has ‘transformed’ itself as the world. It merely ‘appears’ or ‘manifests’ as the world. Just like the rope appears as snake in the night. It is just two complete thing which when observed as rope, the snake doesn’t appear and vice versa.

Did the weight of the rope change when it appears as snake? No. This is what the above mantra means, the completeness is what remains when the completeness manifests itself or appears itself as the complete world. But why should the rope appear as the snake? It is because of the ignorance or maya. What is Maya? What is not there means Maya. The non-existant Maya makes the same Brahmam appear as many. How can a non-existent thing ‘do’ such a thing? Let us answer this mathematically.

We saw addition and subtraction earlier. It doesn’t increase, neither decreases and remains the same. Let us divide and multiply now. We divide a number with another. When the dividing number becomes smaller and smaller, the remainder increases.
If 16 divides 16 and the remainder is 1.
If 8 divides it, the remainder is 2.
If 4 divides it, the remainder is 4.
If 1 divides it, the remainder is 16.

If the number divides it becomes 0, then the remainder becomes infinite. Whatever is divided by 0 becomes infinite. 1/0 = infinite and 100000 (plus some more 0’s) divided by 0 = infinte. The same infinite. This infiniteness can be associated to the infinite Brahmam. The non-existent, valueless 0 makes the number infinite and can be abbreviated to Maya. The same Brahmam while remaining constant, appears to be on a constant move while in the world. This is similar to multiplying anything with 0, the answer is 0 always.

Brahmam (world) X Maya (0) = 0, the Maya filled world aka 0. Therefore the Advaita says that the Brahmam is bliss absolute, the one without a second.

Dwaita says that the world that appers is also true, sathya.

Buddhism says that the world, Brahmam everything is 0, maya. It stops by saying everything is maya.

So we could either say:

Advaita X Buddhism = Dwaita
Dwaita / Buddhism – Advaita

Featured image: Ramanasrama, from the picture, are you searching where is Boutha? It is not there as everything is maya aka 0 as per Buddhism :).

~ to be continued…!