The GOS – Maha Muni Agastya visits His temple – 2

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The priest who was doing the abishekha was startled as the fragrance entered the shrine. He looked out but couldn’t make out anything. He continued the Abisheka. He normally applies oil and washes it with water but for some reasons, he mixed a number of fragrances in the water and performed the abisheka.

As I was watching, I felt for a second that Agastya opened his eyes, smiled a bit and went back to Dhyana. While the abisheka was still happening, there was a light that came out of His right hand and spread out. Right after, the rays of sunlight touched His feet. Everyone including the priest noticed the sunlight and thought that it is the sunlight which caused ‘that’ light.

I got goosebumps as I kept watching. I said “Thanks so very much O Lord. This is enough” and I prostrated. For that moment, I felt an utmost satisfaction of achieving everything and felt what is there in life to achieve. The glimpse of the eyes opening made me yearn, and I prayed that I should get that darshan whenever I wanted.

Surprisingly, when my friend sent a picture of Agastya the next day, it appeared as if His eyes were open and were looking at a distance, thinking. The eyes appeared just as the human’s. We all would have been visualizing the temple and how the entire scene must have been, Agnilingam Arunachalam who runs the Sitthan Arul blog has kindly given the link for the picture of the Sanctum Sanctorum for everyone’s darshan.

The abisheka was done, alankara and deepa-aradhana happened where Agastya’s form appeared as it does normally. It was only the three of us witnessing the abisheka, where at least 10 people stand. The priest was minding his business and so was the temple in-charge. We realized that it is for His grace that we remained there.

The priest distributed the prasadam while still wondering where that fragrance came from. We were so silent that we did not want to speak anything. The mind was still. When we came out, one of the friends said slowly:

“When standing behind the mandapa, just before the abisheka started, I felt air descending down and entering the sanctum-sanctorum followed by a divine fragrance. Was it He?”

“Hmm.” – I just said and they understood everything. We all were so satisfied. There were a number of revelations following that incident:

1. If the wish is pure from the heart and is simple, He fulfills them for sure.
2. He is a very strict guru without any bias, but also is very merciful. Just as a Father who knows the minds of the children.
3. He makes situations favourable, purifies them and presents to us as a gift.
4. It is on us, to remain humble, discard ego and arrogance and follow His guidance.
5. What He expects from us above all is, “steadfast faith, bhakthi to the Lord, respect to the Guru and a lot of patience.”

I share the above as I realize to be very important to all those who read this series. When we were reading the Nadi in Nambi Malai, He said, “You are all my children” to those who were present.

We should think what we should do, how we should be for Him to say, “You are my son, you are my daughter” to all of us! Think!

~ To be continued…!

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The GOS – Maha Muni Agastya visits His temple – 1

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Those who read The Sitthan Arul series by Shree Karthikyean may realize for sure that certain things happening in front of them are through the grace of Agastya himself. There are many experiences where He has guided, turn my life towards good, made me do good. This post is one such experience I felt.

I used to read the post published in Thursdays early in the morning and visit a temple of Agastya to pray. I and a couple of my friends go along in one of their car. If I am not able to, I ask my friends to visit and I go there in the evening alone for darshan. This is happening for years now. When going in the car, I think of many such experiences that Agastya gives to others and think often, “how great it will be if He gives me such an experience.”

I tell my friends that even if God appears before us and asks what we want, we should be very clear in what we want. I like to sit in meditation, through God’s grace. I have listened to the wise men saying that the peace one gets through meditation empowers them.

While being in meditation once, I prayed to the Maha Muni Agastya thus: “I pray for your grace and I should feel it as well. Please allow me.”

I have this habit of forgetting what I prayed for after some time, even done whole heartedly. I forgot about the above prayer eventually as well. Months passed by where I visited many sacred places, had darshan and while meditating, I just say “Requesting your grace.”

It was a Thursday 4.30 am. I read the Sitthan Arul as usual and felt very light. My intuition said that something is going to happen today. Once read, I took bath and sat down for mediation with mantra japa. After a few minutes of struggle, the mind, body and senses became quiet and I began to be in that state. While being so..

I heard someone telling me subtly in my right ears, “I will come there to receive the abishekha today. Just observe the surroundings before the abisheka and my idol during the abisheka carefully.”

I woke up and came out and realized it was Agastya himself who mentioned this in my ears. I became very alert. It began to rain heavily in a few minutes. I involved myself in the routine while staying very alert, I have to pay attention if any other information comes.

The temple I visit is about a 30 minutes drive from my home. The enroute is full of traffic. Here the Maha Muni stands with Lopa Mudra, there are other shrines for Ganapathy, Nagaraja, Krishna, Odhiyappa (Muruga) and Navagraha. The temple opens up at 5.30 and abisheka happens at 6 am. Nirmalya, Abishekha, Alankara, Pooja, all these take place where one can come out by 6.30 after receiving Prasada. We normally start from our place at 5.15 am.

That morning, my friend wasn’t seen till 5.40 and I became a little angry yet remained silent, deciding I shouldn’t spoil anything that is going to happen today. I felt that Agastya is testing me on how I deal with things. My friend came at 5.50 with a lot of ‘sorry’. I remained silent and handed over the bag to be kept inside. We started at 5.55. In normal days, the pooja will be over by 6.30, how can then we see or feel anything in the abisheka now? Agastya himself should do some miracle, we put every worry in His feet and remained silent.

As it rained well, the road was clean and without traffic as a lot of people didn’t come out due to the rain. The rain had made the air cool as well. My mind was quiet without any worry. I sat in padmasana pose in the back seat of the car and began to meditate. After a while, I didn’t know where I was. I was awakened by my friend after reaching the temple, only then I came back to this world. It was a bright morning, 6.30 am showed the time.

I was observing everything, remained silent and went inside the temple. The shrine was open, lamps lit but the abisheka hasn’t taken place as the big vessel with water used for abisheka was intact. No one was there. I was still silent but was actively observing everything when the temple in-charge came and said ‘the priest hasn’t come yet. I had opened the shrine myself. Just wait, he will come and do the abisheka.’

There is a small mandapa in front of the shrine where they keep all the pooja items. There is a small pathway between this mandapa and His shrine. It is where the steps to go into the shrine begins. I stood there and had His darshan saying, “Here I am! It is your turn to bestow your grace.” and stood there in the mandapa with my waist resting on it. My friends stood behind the mandapa. I hadn’t mentioned anything about what I heard that morning to them, I thought let them realize when it happens.

The priest came rushing in a while and entered the shrine to perform the abisheka. As he began to chant the Mantras…

A dense air form flew down, crossed my friends, climbed the mandapa and climbed the stairs and entered the shrine s l o w l y. Along with this came the aroma of Vibuthi, Kozhundhu, Panneer, Turmeric fragrances.

I was motionless and was looking at Agastya’s idol inside the shrine.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS – Siddha Marga – Karma accumulated through food 3

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The mankind does not know the amount of papa accumulated through food. Do you know, it is the almighty’s maya that he created the different tastes such as sweet, sour, spice etc., As long as the mankind is under this spell, it is easier for the Nava Grahas to control them. It means that whoever has better control over the food, he can safeguard himself from the effects of Nava Grahas. The sins accumulated in the body is just because of the food. Let us see how to escape from it though.

Whenever you partake food, take a bit of water in your right hand, chant a japa known to you, sprinkle the water on the food, and then take it. The agni present in every human can be felt in the palm as a heat. The mantra japa empowers it even more. The sprinkling of this water removes the dosha in the food.

Invite the Almighty to be within and pray to accept the food as an offering and eat it with a mentality of total surrender. Any dosha related to the food will not affect the person who eats it. Even simplifying it further, before eating the food, think ‘Sarvam Krishnarpanam’ or ‘Sarvam Shivarpanam’ genuinely and eating will be greatly beneficial too. (Recall how the brahmins perform ‘Anna Suddhi’ before eating food everytime).

The environment in which one eats food should be quiet. Very noisy location, places where foul words are being spoken will create dosha in the food. If you get a very very quiet place, know that it is a grace of God.

When those who cook be clean, think of good thoughts, chant whatever mantra they know while cooking, will ward off any dosha in the food naturally. Nowdays, this is where all the Anna Dosha culminates.

Before eating, take some food, pray to all the Gurus and Pithrus (ancestors), and offer this for other living beings to eat and then consume the rest. This will ensure one gets all the blessings from everyone. When the other beings eat this food, whoever he might have thought of while offering the food will get the benefit of this food being offered and he in turns gets a very good life.

Those who feed the hungry cuts the chain of cause-and-effect, his bad karma. Those who do this with the Almighty in mind becomes one with the Almighty himself. What is greater than quenching one’s hunger is greater than quenching someone else’s hunger. The mankind should realize this.

The Lord has created a leaf if eaten, there won’t be hunger for a long time. There is a leaf which cures all sorts of diseases. Another one turns any metal to gold. The godmen who do penance in these forests aren’t attracted towards these leaves, but these leaves are the reason why they remain peacefully without the worries like hunger affecting them.

“Do you know? All the Siddhas, Thavasi’s, Rishi-Muni’s, Siddha Vidhyarthis at the end of their prayer, they submit their thankfulness to Agastya Maha Muni? Whoever guru this gratitude and thanks are submitted through, it reaches Agastya himself at the end. Do you also know that the Almighty does not even accept any prayer that is not foreseen by Agastya Himself?”

I folded my hands together within my mind and offered a hearty thanks to Agastya. I felt very pleased to know about such a Siddha who is all powerful, and to drive my life in the direction He has shown.

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~ To be continued…!

The GOS – Siddha Marga – Karma accumulated through food 2

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“What is Karma? It is the effect of what is done. Karma gets added both through good and bad deeds. When will the effect of that Karma be fruitful, in which birth, how an Atma will experience is decided by the almighty. The karma of an atma gets dissolved by two methods. One is Karma Paripalana and the second is Karma Parivarthana.

What is Karma Paripalana?
It is the atma experiencing the effect of karma and dissolving it.

What is Karma Parivarthana?
An Atma’s Karmic effect is accepted by another Atma and going through its effect.

There isn’t a need of an example of an Atma experiencing its own karmic effects. Everyone gets doubtful about the second, how is that even possible! If we observe the lives of any wise man you know, we shall find out. Examples are: Ramalinga Adigal, Ramana Maharishi, Yogi Ram Surot Kumar to name a few. Not many understands what they did to the mankind. There are countless others like these one. It is because of these Mahans that the humankind is saved from many a disasters. This is true.” – he paused.

“Ok, let’s come to the point. We saw about the karma dissolving in two methods. We already saw that 95% of karma comes by either giving or accepting karma from others. Out of this 95, half of it comes from food, the remaining is through his deeds. If his deeds and food becomes pure, he can rise up. The circumstances in which food is cooked, how the food materials are procured, how it is served, the mindset in which the person eats it, all these determines his future, his good and bad effects. For instance, a non-vegetarian food will only increase the savage mentality in him. This is because, the body which is cooked contained an atma and it would have struggled to remain alive, its fight for life must have been present in the body. Such a body is eaten, how can one get Satvic mentality? One has to attain Satvic stage and remain in that state for him to get the feeling of divinity from the almighty. Only then can he progress right? Understand this too. Even if you eat vegetarian food, if the person who cooks it, serves it eats non-vegetarian, the dosha of this person will be shared with you, who eats this food. This is Karma Paripalanam.”

I was shocked at this. We could have accumulated papa even if we have searched for and found vegetarian food. How can we drill down so deep and live in this age? I wondered and asked him too.

“Please forgive if my question is wrong. How is it practical to find out if a food is linked to evil effects in such a world which has all sorts of people? Is the method you mentioned practically possible?”

“It is. Practically Possible.” – he said firmly.

I felt that he must have researched well, implemented it and must have succeeded as well. That is why he answers so firmly.

“Ok, I believe, but please clarify.”

“There is a saying in the Siddhas, “The Siddha is the one who can convert meat (karuvadu) to brinjal (kathirikkai)”. This is not a magic. Let us however see this later. Have you heard of the word ‘Aacharam’ which is used by a lot of people for so long?”

“Yes, those who are spiritual, those who does not lose their balance, those who follow a certain path are referred to be as ‘Aachara seela'”

“In the Achara, aa refers to the Almighty. Charam refers to dependability. It simply means “To be dependant on the Almighty”, a method of living which is as per the will of the Lord. In this way, living without hurting any being is also being in Aacharam, right?”


“Only when there is someone to eats or receives, the person who gives / does remains. If the one who eats corrects himself, where is the question of the giver? Unless individuals correct themselves by themselves, even those who are vegetarians, should take part in the effect of the papa directly or indirectly, right?”

“We cannot fix the society, unless the individual corrects themselves. How can the impure society give out a good generation?”

“Now do you understand? Why Siddhas refrained from living with the humans? They knew that their connection itself is prone to such sins. But they are waiting with a lot of hope that the humans will realize and fix themselves.”

~ to be continued…!

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