AA – The wicked and selfish are well off. Why?!

Q) Those who are selfish and narrow minded are very well off when compared to those who are kind-hearted and do good to others. Why is this situation?

  1. AA) What is bliss / Sukha? You think of it as peace of mind, without being poverty stricken, without any disease etc., Understand something. It is not the surroundings or situation which gives a man happiness or peace of mind. It is only based on his mind-set that he feels happy or miserable. If lot of wealth equates to happiness, then all those who are rich should have been happy. If being in a big position gives happiness, then those who are in big positions must be happy. But it isn’t the case. Hence, every individual’s maturity, mind-set, his mind’s evolution – all these relate to his peace of mind and happiness. If you keep your mind strong as that of a diamond, with vairagya, with magnanimity, with sathvic thoughts, walk in the path of Sathya, follow dharma, you can be happy wherever you are. You can be well off.

Do not confuse yourself with what you ‘see’ in the world as happiness or peace of mind with what your present condition is.

What are your requirements? The God Almighty who created you knows this very well. The Mother knows what to feed the baby who is sick and the baby which is healthy. Just so, the misery you may be going through and those who surrounds you, is nothing but the effect of karma from previous births. Only to reduce these, we suggest various remedial measures. Even if we feel pitiful to those who sit in front of Us with tearful eyes, We also hear the cries of those souls who were affected by this person’s deeds. At that time, We do think that God has kept everyone in their rightful place indeed.

But above all, if a person cries out with a truthful heart, that he will remain good and do good, irrespective of how he was in the past and in his previous births, the God Almighty’s mercy is there for him, sure!

If one wants to be happy, he should not mess with others happiness. If one wants to be at peace, he should not meddle with others peace. If one does not want to get hurt by others words, he should not hurt others by his words. If you keep these in mind and go on in the righteous path, do good in whatever ways you can and be devoted, your life will be filled with peace too.

 

AA – Whom should we do dhana-dharma to?

Q) They say that one should do dhana-dharma. Whom should we do it to? To those who doesn’t have? Or to our siblings and relatives?

  1. AA) Through the grace of God Almighty, when We use the word Dharma, one should pay very close attention. It is not possible for an individual to be told of all the shukshuma (subtlety) of dharma in one shot. We say in general. Only when one continues to do dharma, he will begin to understand the subtlety of it. Hence we say, “those who are needy, one can do dhana-dharma on any day, or night, without seeing the calendar for ‘the auspicious hour’ to those needy, by seeing what they require. It is very beneficial when it is done to anyone. But to those who are related by blood, We wouldn’t add this to ‘dharma’ as it is a duty for oneself to help his relatives in need. Only to those who are not related by blood, if a help is rendered, without any expectation whatsoever, it is added to one’s dharma. But at the same time, if the help is misused by the receiver, one can watch for only once and refrain from helping further. But it is not fair to start researching first before helping a person.

If God thinks of this and researches before doing anything, there wouldn’t be the five elements for the humans in the first place. How many are perfect here? Let the breeze be flowing only to them. How many are spotless? Only to them let sunlight be shown. Only to them let moonlight be. God does not think in this way. For such a benevolent love, we invite every human. It is beautiful to keep providing from that highest plane of love.

AA – Benefits of lighting up Deepa in dilapidated temples

O Gurunath, please explain us the benefits of doing abhisheka, litting up deepa in dilapidated temples.

AA) Through the grace of God Almighty, He is omnipresent. When prayed with a pure heart, pure thoughts and with sathvic thoughts and prays to God, the individual gets His grace. One can most certainly perform Kumbabisheka, litting up lamps, doing clean-up activities and other rituals in dilapidated temples, most welcome. Let us say to make this clear otherwise. There is a clean temple. It is neatly painted as per the rules. Wherever you see, there is purity. Everywhere there is fragrance of Akil, Javvadhu and Chandan. Pure ghee lamp is lit everywhere. It looks beautiful with daily 6 times Pooja being conducted regularly. A lot of people come. Veda Mantras, Thevaram, Thiru Vasagam are being recited. Nithya Pooja happens. Anna dhana happens. One feels pleased to see and blessed in heart. But if the people who are the staff there, who work there, who visit there remains with an impure heart, ill thoughts and just selfish, and if they come here with a thought, “what will I get if I visit here?” – will God be present in such a place?

Hence, the place that is most suitable for God is one’s mind itself. If that place remains pure, very pure rather, remains dharmic, remains sathvic, remains just, that man is always a blessed one by the Almighty.

Through the grace of God Almighty, one need not have to ask on the above query. Hence, what is important for Us is the God who is omnipresent, omniscient. Whatever you said is just that God Almighty. In that Maha Maha Samudra (ocean), We are a tiniest drop, that’s all!

AA – I did all possible good, but I am still stuck. Why?

Those who visit the Siddha Arut Kutil (at Thanjavur) for years, those who go pilgrimage, does abhisheka, archana, lit deepam, do prayers, lit moksha deepa, go on pilgrimage to Chathuragiri, pilgrimage on Shiva Rathri etc., in spite of all these, You are making us run without relieving us of the disease or poverty, is this fair? When children ask something to their Father, He seldom refuses. It is not enough to have removed the disease of one individual. It should be done for all of us. If that happens, progressing spiritually, dharma, Sathya all these will happen as you said. Is this fair for our Father of knowledge to say “we shall say later” and to give medicines that does not cure totally. Is this fair? This life is given by you. We can go on only if we are given dharmic thoughts right? For those who visit this Siddha Arut Kutil frequently in this prison of earth, please consider our good-deeds and change the rules of the heaven for us to get rid of the poverty and disease. Please suggest us the right medicines for the diseases. O Sire! This place is the right place. This path is the true path. True God. We are praying, while shivering out of fear. Please save us O Ishvara! Agatheeshwara! I am asking only you. Please reply!

AA) Through the grace of God Almighty, he says ‘cure the disease’. Not just him, no human understands where the disease is. It is right there in their minds. If that goes off, the bodily disease will also disappear. We are repeating ‘dharma, dharma, dharma’ right from the beginning. But as long as one thinks of keeping everything to themselves, the misery won’t end that easily. Another thing. Only after knowing one’s karmic effects, we remain silent in many an occasion. So, be it disease or some other problem, the reason why it came, when they see the effect, “Aha! It’s pitiful to see this person. He appears to be good. Why this suffering for him then?” they may say. But the one who knew his childhood might say, “Ha, what do you know about him? Do you know what all he did when young?”

The same way, “God Almighty, Us, the Navagrahas, see the effect of crores of his births and its karmas. “ Hence we repeatedly stress on, “dharma, it is the easiest path”. But if one remains in the clutches of his karmic effects and says, “no, I won’t come in the way of dharma”, it will seem as though a remedy is impossible. But we pray to God apart from all these and provide remedial measures.

“No, we haven’t got our problems solved after doing what was suggested in the Nadi” – if anyone feels so, they are free to approach some other Nadi, we frequently say this. We mentioned it before itself. What is a disease? What is the way out? We also said what is the way to get rid of poverty as well.

In short We say again: If one’s problems or misery did not get over even after praying to God or after doing remedial measures, it means that the bad karma still remains. Else, whatever he is supposed to do in terms of spirituality, his duty, is not sufficient.” If an individual makes himself stand in the court of his conscience and ask the judge (himself) as to why this came? What did we do? Why is this for us? – For sure he will know his mistakes. It is natural however to feel that he hasn’t done any mistake and that the punishment he is going through is way too much. But nothing happens without a reason in this world. Hence, if a problem is not solved, prayer, more dharmic way of action, implementation of Sathya – these are still required. This is what one needs to understand and should follow the path of dharma even more resolved. This is the meaning.

About a child who cannot speak fluently and karmic effects

Q) They did a abhishekam in many a temples, did archana as well, lit up Moksha Deepa and are living with dharmic thoughts. That family has only one child and that too is having difficulty in talking properly. This has caused a great distress in the family. O Sire, please show them a way out:

AA) Through the grace of God Almighty, those who seek our guidance for such problems, we repeatedly say, “the effects of one’s deeds returns“. So to say, it is not easy for humans to get rid of the effects of committing a sin. That is why we repeatedly say, “It is easy to commit a sin, but to get rid of it is’nt. But without losing faith, if one remains devoted to God, good things will follow.” If one thinks that he has done enough remedial measures, did a lot of good deeds, but the problem has not gone still…he must understand one thing. The one who did all the remedial measures may feel that he has done a lot, but for Us or Fate, we don’t feel he has done enough. This is the truth. We say this frequently in a different manner though.

One gets a loan of several lakhs from a bank. He repays the bank month after month and few years pass by. He thinks, “we are repaying through a major portion of our income, but hasn’t the debt got over?” and he checks with the bank. The bank says, “My friend, you got a loan of this much. The interest rate is this much. What you have repaid so far is this much. What you still have to repay is this much.” But the person who repays only knows the pain and struggle. He feels painful thinking, “I am paying a major part of my income as loan repayment and I am not enjoying anything for myself. But is this debt still not over?”

Hence, we say this to everyone who approaches us. Those who think that “We have done a lot of remedial measures. All these are just waste of time. Forgery. There is no use in doing any parikara (remedial measures)”, if they don’t lose heart and remains faithful towards God Almighty, they sure will succeed. It is not the fault of God that He doesn’t appear or He doesn’t help, but the fault is with the humans, that they should understand. Though we have mentioned not to seek guidance for individual problems, the human life and its misery makes oneself to still ask for the same.

Still, we took the fool who reads to a temple without his knowledge. It is a temple of Lord Narayana. He is called as “The Perumal who talks” and is located near the great city of Kanchipuram. People with such problems, the children who cannot speak, if they go to this temple whenever they can, there will be good results. If they do a proper and quiet prayer in Thiruchendhur, which is also called as ‘Thiru Seeralaivai“, there will be good results. Also, if one helps or supports such a foundation which supports such children, that itself will have good benefits.

Why such a thing happens? If one thinks deep, if a person suffers without being able to get rid of a suffering, it means that he has done that very same thing to others. So in this janma, if one performs good deeds, helps those who are affected with similar problems, and remains faithful in God and prays to Him, good will happen through His grace.

Those who think that “we sought the holy feet of God but nothing happened” have two choices: one, they can become an athiest OR they can remain faithful without losing hope. If one follows the second option, there is merit, there is merit.

About liquor being widespread across the country

Q) O Sire! Liquor is running like a river in this country. What is the status of the future generation?

AA) Through the grace of God, we answer. Such sinful habit did not appear yesterday or day before but right when the human race appeared, such habits, demonic acts are there very well. Mankind may think, ‘this is not required, let’s eradicate them’ but the truth is…”it’s never going to happen that way”. But each and every individual must develop ‘vairagya’ that he will not be possessed with any bad habits. If he can think for himself, “what will he get if he does it, what if it is not done?”, “what are the ill effects of it?” – one can easily understand.

The animals are not getting addicted to such habits, which are said to have just 5 senses. But the man tells that he has the sixth sense and he is the one who gets addicted. Where is the mistake? One should think, contemplate. This is the explanation.

For praayaschitta (remedial measures), if one performs abhisheka to deities who faces Northern direction, Ugra-Devata such as Kali, with the highest of things…particularly cow’s milk, howmuch ever one can, if they perform the abhisheka, if one adorns the deity with lemon fruit, that which is called as the king of fruits, adorns the deity with flowers of good fragrance, then if they do annadhana with good quality of food to those poor, who cannot afford to buy them, then there are high chances that their sinful habits will get rid of them slowly.

Thanjavur Sathsangam – Agastya Muni clarifies the crowd

The Agastya Answers series can be read here.

Q) What the Maharishi said about answering generic questions. Here, He  clarifies the crowd that He will answer generic questions and not to the specific queries of individuals.

AA) Through the grace of Almighty, though the Prathamai thithi has begun (where the Siddha does not provide answers generally), due to the repetitive requests by our beloved children, We got the permission from the Almighty God and are willing to reply to their generic questions. First of all, our blessings to those who are seated here, awaiting to hear the answers.  

At this moment, how much ever problems one has now a days and seeks our guidance, the root cause of all these is their own karmic effects, the sins they committed. People forget this most of the time. Wherever the sin is, the pain and misery follows. Therefore, those who want to live a life without misery, to live with true peace of mind, to live without any trouble, they must then seldom commit any sin. It is difficult. If a human birth is taken, knowingly or unknowingly, one ends up committing sins. But one should not do that sinful act, sinful talk or even to keep thinking about the sin committed again and again, is a right way to get the
Almighty’s grace.

Having said this, with so many pressing issues, there are some beloved who are eagerly awaiting that they could get some remedy out of what We say, and get out of our trouble, to live peacefully. But here We say, that we will only answer for generic questions and not for the specific queries from individuals. And life goes on. If the Siddhas keep quiet, then how are we going to solve our problems, one may think. Why can’t the specific answer be given, those who believe in the Nadi may ask. We have clarified already, we shall clarify now too. Through God’s grace, the one who remains in complete surrender (Charanagathi is the actual word used, where the word surrender is not even coming closer), the one who lives completely in accordance with Dharma, remains in truthfulness (Sathya), to him, We shall remain close to and do all good to him through the grace of God.

For the one who has not realized the self, even if God appears before him, there is no use. The asuras are the best example for this. Many of the asuras have had the darshan of God. But what happened at the end, those who read the Puranas know. Hence, even if one has had the darshan of God, if he does not have the realization, Sathvic thoughts, Dharmic thoughts, one cannot rise up. One may ask, isn’t it true that the moment one has the darshan of God, wouldn’t his mind become ripen enough? The omnipresent God, if one realizes His presence, can’t he rise up? Even Me and the God Almighty think exactly the same and we get along with humans. But the humans, at all stages expect us from their own perspective than what we think of them, from our perspective. If We continue to speak philosophically, it definitely does not raise any interest in them. We are aware of that.

To say it short, if one suffers from an ailment that hasn’t got any cure even after so many treatments, We say at this moment. Let them perform a prayer to their Ishta Devata in a way they can, there is no harm in it. In particular, We say, pray to Dhanvanthri. If a person recites the mantra of Dhanvantri for a minimum of one Nazhigai just before he goes to sleep, his health will be very good. If one suffers financial trouble, let him pray to any deity, but in particular We say, pray to Mata Mahalakshmi, the better. We say that everyday, pray to Lord Vinayaka, Subhramanya, Bhairava, Navagrahas… The Supreme Lord who is omnipresent is just One.
The forms are different. Though We know this, based on every individual’s temperament and to rise them up step by step, We suggest them different methods of prayers.

To say it short still, in spite of acute difficulty, if one does not lose heart, stays focussed and faithful in the Lord, does whatever Dharmic activities he could and performs his duties correctly, for sure the fate will change and start doing good to him. Thinking of dharma, one need not have to assume that they have to spend in lakhs or crores. Let them do dharma whatever they could. Even the one who does not have anything, he could even feed an ant, right? Whatever one gives to others, indirectly means that he gives it to himself. Hence We recommend Dharmic activities in this Nadi leaves frequently.

At this moment, the children who are seated in front of Me, blessings to you all. From now on, however their karmic effects makes them raise a question, let them ask. Blessings to one and all at this moment.

Thanjavur Satsangam – Question 1

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Q) The Almighty who created both the physical body and Athma, why does He separate the body all of a sudden? What is the Shukshuma behind this?

AA) Through the grace of God, Athma is eternal and Physical Body isn’t. The body is just a means to realize the Athma. Hence, if there is a comfortable living for an individual right from the beginning, he cannot realize the sweetness of it. But if a person struggles for his life, lives in poverty and then gets all the comforts, he realizes the importance of it. That man who suffers in the heat of sun knows the value and importance of a shade. If he gets to see a huge tree by his side, he feels so relaxed. Just so, to realize the greatness of Athma, the Almighty has given various bodies such as the humans, the animals, the birds etc., based on one’s karmic effects. The experiences that the man goes through, the karmic cause and effect cycle operates and thus God gives opportunities for the man to realize his Athman.

Through his question, We shall ourself raise another and answer…

Athma is permanent. It does not perish. It stays in the eternal state, always. When it is said, it is clear that in a body, the Athma is prime factor. It has precedence, shakthi, everything. The body is just like a garment then. Having said so, when the garment gets weakened, why then the Athma gets weakened as well? The Athma can remain at its eternal peace and bliss is it not? Why is Athma getting tired too?

AA) If we examine this, a person who is in a realized state, when he is in a divinely awakened state, then whatever happens to the garment (body) is not passed on to the Athma. In other words, whatever the garment goes through is not felt by the Athma.

This is because, the person dwells in his Athma and knows clearly that he is separate from the body and that he is The Athman. To cover oneself, a person wears a garment. If it gets torn off, will he announce that ‘my garment is torn’ OR ‘my body is torn’? He discards the garment and wears a new one.

Just as the Vilam Fruit (imonia acidissima) once ripen, begins to dance within without a hold of its shell, the person who attained Gnana knows that the body and the Athma are different. For such a person, it is all the same when he is pierced by a thorn or hit by a brick. It is all the same even when he is given a bed of roses. He is but in the eternal bliss of his own self. Till one reaches this state, the pleasure and pain that the body experiences will be felt as if its happening to him, the real self.

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