Face to face with Sri Ramana Maharishi – 5, 6 & 7

5 – Manu Subedar

Manu Subedar was a member of the Central Legislative Assembly in pre-Independence era.

I was alone in the car from Katpadi to Tiruvannamalai and wanted to go over my questions and revise them, if necessary. As I formulated each question, I found I knew the answer! So when I went and had the darshan of the Maharshi, I had really no question to ask. I presented to the Maharshi the Avadhoota Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita published by the Sastu Sahitya Mudranalaya Trust, Ahemadabad, of which I am the chairman, and drew his attention to the first verse of the Avadhoota Gita, which says: “It is only through the Grace of God that in men with knowledge is born a desire to experience cosmic unity, a desire which protects them from the great dangers of
samsara.”

With infinite compassion in his eyes the Maharshi looked at me and instructed one of the followers to bring a book. This was the Maha Bhakta Vijayam of Nabhaji. Bhagavan opened the book and began to read. (I noted with awe that the book opened exactly at the page where he intended to read.) The Maharshi seemed to relish reading the discourse. There are teachers who mystify in order to impress the pupil. The Maharshi, on the contrary, has the direct method. He discloses the truth and the whole truth in the simplest form in which he has not only formulated
it as a thought, but lived it as an experience. The look, which the Maharshi gives you, is a question. At least I
felt it so. The question is: “I see a unity, but you keep grasping at the variety. Why don’t you know yourself properly and realise your true self? You can then march on to the realisation of the unity of self with the Self.”

Nothing is so helpful as the august presence of the Maharshi for those who seriously intend to progress on the spiritual path. There is spiritual communication and kindliness in his looks, eliciting what is best in a person. His presence during the silent hour acts as a catalyst, enabling us to secure our spiritual yearning. There is grace and benignity in the way he looks at the devotees as a mother looks at her children.

6 William S. Spaulding (Jr.)

William S. Spaulding (Jr.) of New York City visited Sri Ramana in the 1930s.

As I sat in His Presence for the first time, the most powerful impression was that of what I can only call an almost palpable ‘golden radiance’, the visual effect of a tremendous spiritual force. There was an intense and subtle radiation that seems to flow from Him continually – and once having sensed this, words, questions, techniques of meditation, etc., seemed to dissolve immediately. The Maharshi also possessed to a high degree of that quality which is described as ‘divine indifference’, attributed to certain saints of the Christian Church. This must not be taken to mean what is generally associated with the term ‘indifference’, but rather as a beneficent, unfettered out-pouring of
healing radiations of a Realised Being.

7 Grant Duff (Douglas Ainslie)

Grant Duff (Douglas Ainslie), a scholar and a senior government official in Madras Presidency in the 1930s, was nephew of Sir Mountstaurt Grant Duff, Governor of Madras in the 1880s. I do not know what happened when I saw the Maharshi for the first time, but the moment he looked at me, I felt he was the Truth and the Light. There could be no doubt about it, and all the doubts and speculations I had accumulated during the past many years disappeared in
the Radiance of the Holy One. Though my visits to the Ashram were brief, I felt that every moment I was there I was building up within me what could never be destroyed.

There it did not take me long to see that I was in direct contact with one who has passed beyond the boundaries of the senses and was indeed already merged in the Absolute of his true Self, though manifesting here for our benefit for a few brief years. [When asked how he got such an impression, he frankly confessed] I cannot reply; as I should to one who asked me how I saw the sun on looking out of the window, by saying that I did so by the use of my eyes and incidentally of all other senses collaborating. I do not need any algebraic or other proof of the existence of the sun. I do not need any other proof of the divinity of Ramana Maharshi.

Should those who have it in their power to visit the Ashram delay, they will have only themselves to blame in future lives. Never perhaps in world history was the Supreme Truth – Reality, Sat – placed within such easy reach of so vast a multitude. Here and now through no special merit of our own, we may approach Reality. The sole difficulty is
that of paying for the journey1 but the reward is Knowledge of the Self. The Maharshi has extraordinary insight into other beings. He sees and knows everything about all those who come before him. The Maharshi has particularly appealed to me because of his extreme politeness and gentleness. He is gentle to a degree that surpasses gentleness.
My visit to the Sage of Arunachala has been the greatest event in my life.

Extracts from his poem:

With Sri Ramana of Arunachala
I’ve wandered far: Yes I have been
From land to land to land:
Sages I’ve seen, great kings and queens
The lovely, wise and grand.
But only there – at the Asramam
By Arunachalam –
Have I known that joy without alloy,
I am! I am! I am!
***

~ to be continued…!

ஸ்ரீ ரமண மஹரிஷியுடன் நேருக்கு நேர் – 5, 6 & 7

5 – மனு சுபேதார்

மனு சுபேதார் சுதந்திரத்திற்கு முந்தைய மத்திய சட்டப்பேரவை உறுப்பினராக இருந்தவர்.

காட்பாடியிலிருந்து திருவண்ணாமலை சென்று கொண்டிருந்த காரில் தனியாக இருந்த நான் என் கேள்விகளை எண்ணி சரிபார்த்துக் கொள்ள விரும்பினேன். ஒவ்வொரு கேள்வியையும் எப்படிக் கேட்க வேண்டும் என்று உருவேற்றிக் கொண்டிருக்கையில் அதற்கான பதில்களும் எனக்குத் தெரிந்திருந்ததை உணர்ந்தேன். மஹரிஷியை சந்தித்த போது ஒரு கேள்விகளும் கேட்கத் தோன்றவில்லை.

அவரிடம் நான் சேர்மனாக அஹமதாபாத்திலிருந்த சாஸ்து சாஹித்ய முத்ரனாலயா ட்ரஸ்ட் பதிப்பித்திருந்த ‘அவதூத கீதை’ மற்றும் ‘அஷ்டவக்ர கீதை’ பிரதிகளை சமர்பித்து அவர் கவனத்தை அவதூத கீதையின் முதல் வரியின் பால் கொணர்ந்தேன். அது சொல்வது: “கடவுளின் அருளால் மாத்திரமே ஒரு புத்தியுள்ள மனிதனின் பால் அண்டவெளியிலுள்ள ஒற்றுமை பற்றி அறியும் ஆசை எழுகிறது. அவ்வாசையே அவர்களை சம்சாரத்தில் இருக்கும் பலவித ஆபத்துகளிலிருந்தும் காக்கிறது.”

மஹரிஷி என்னை அளவுகடந்த கருணையுடன் நோக்கினார். பின் தன் உதவியாளர்கள் ஒருவரிடம் ஒரு புத்தகத்தை எடுத்து வரச்சொன்னார். அது நாபாஜி எழுதிய ‘மஹா பக்த விஜயம்’, அதைத் திறந்து படிக்கத் தொடங்கினார். (அவர் படிக்க எண்ணிய அதே பக்கத்தை மிகச்சரியாக திறந்ததை வியப்புடன் பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருந்தேன்). மஹரிஷி அதை மிகவும் ஆழ்ந்து அனுபவிப்பவர் போலத் தோன்றினார்.

தம்மைத் தொடர்பவர்களை வியப்பிலாழ்த்துவதற்காக சில குருமார்கள் மந்திர தந்திர சித்துக்களை நாடுவதுண்டு. மஹரிஷி மாறாக ஒரு நேர் வழியை உபயோக்கிறார். உண்மை என்பதை வெளிச் சொல்லிவிடுகிறார், அது மிக எளிதாக, அவர் எண்ணத்தில் உதித்ததாயும் அவரே அனுபவித்து உணர்ந்ததாயும் இருக்கிறது.

அவர் உங்களைப் பார்க்கும் பார்வையில் ஒரு கேள்வி தொனிக்கிறது, என்னைப் பொறுத்தவரை. அது கேட்பது, “நான் ஒரு ஒற்றுமையைப் பார்க்கிறேன், ஆனால் நீங்கள் வேற்றுமையை மட்டும் கவனிக்கிறீர்கள். நீங்கள் உங்களையே ஏன் நன்கு அறிந்து கொள்ளக் கூடாது, அறிந்து உங்களுடைய உண்மையான ஸ்வரூபத்தை உணரக்கூடாது? அதன் பின் உங்களால் உங்களுடைய நிஜ சுயத்துடன் ஒற்றுமை என்ற அந்த ஒன்றில் ஒன்றி இருக்க முடியுமே?” என்பதே அது. எவரொருவர் உண்மையான ஆன்மிகத் தேடலில் இருக்கிறாரோ அவருக்கு மஹரிஷியின் அருகாமை போல வேறெதுவும் உதவாது.

அவருடைய பார்வையில் ஒரு ஆன்மிக ரீதியான தொடர்பும் கனிவும் தென்படுகிறது, ஒரு மனிதரிடத்தில் சிறந்தது என்ன என்பதைப் பார்க்கிறது. மெளனமான அந்த மணித்துளிகளில் அவருடைய இருப்பு ஒரு சாதகருடைய ஆன்மிக ஏக்கத்துக்கு ஒரு ஊக்கியாக செயல்படுகிறது. அவர் பக்தர்களைப் பார்க்கும் அக்கனிவு மிகுந்த பார்வை ஒரு தாய் தன் குழந்தைகளைப் பார்ப்பது போலிருக்கிறது.

6 – வில்லியம் எஸ். ஸ்பால்டிங் (ஜூனியர்)

நியூயார்க்கின் வில்லியம் எஸ். ஸ்பால்டிங் (ஜூனியர்) மஹரிஷியை 1930களில் சந்தித்தார்.

மஹரிஷியின் முன் முதன்முறை அமர்ந்திருந்த போது ஒரு மிக சக்தி வாய்ந்த அனுபவம், அதை வார்த்தையால் விவரிக்க வேண்டுமானால் தொட்டு உணரக்கூடிய ஒரு தங்க பேரொளி என்று சொல்லலாம், மிக சக்திவாய்ந்த ஒரு ஆன்மிக சக்தி. அவரிடமிருந்து ஒரு மெல்லிய ஆனால் அடர்த்தியான ஆன்மிக உணர்வு வெளிப்பட்டுக் கொண்டே இருக்கிறது, அதை உணர்ந்த மறுகணமே கேள்விகள், வார்த்தைகள், தியானம் செய்யும் வழிமுறைகள், இவை எல்லாம் உடனடியாக மறைந்து விடுகின்றன. க்றிஸ்தவ சர்ச்சுகளில் ஒரு சில செயிண்ட்களுடன் ஒப்பிடப் படும் தெய்வீகம் பொருந்திய எதையும் சட்டை செய்யாத நிலையையும் மஹரிஷியிடம் காணக்கிடைக்கிறது. இதை வெளிப்படையாக ‘அலட்சியம்’ என்று நினைத்து விடலாகாது, மாறாக அனைத்தும் உணர்ந்த ஒருவரிடமிருந்து அனைத்தையும் ஆற்றும் சக்தியாக வெளிப்படுகிறது.

7 – க்ராண்ட் டஃப் (டக்ளஸ் அன்ஸ்லி)

க்ராண்ட் டஃப் (டக்ளஸ் அன்ஸ்லி), 1930 களில் சென்னை மாகாணத்தின் அரசாங்க உத்தியோகஸ்தரும், பண்டிதரும் ஆவார். இவர் 1880 களில் சென்னை கவர்னராக இருந்த ஸர். மெளண்ட் ஸ்டௌர்ட் க்ராண்ட் டஃப் இன் மருமகனாவார்.

மஹரிஷியை முதன் முதலாய் பார்த்த போது என்ன ஆயிற்று என்று தெரியவில்லை, ஆனால் அவர் என்னை நோக்கிய அந்த கணம் இவர் தான் உண்மையும் ஒளியும் என்பதை நான் உணர்ந்தேன். பல ஆண்டுகளாக தேக்கி வைத்திருந்த சந்தேகங்கள் அனைத்தும் இப்புனிதமானவர் பார்த்ததும் மறைந்து விட்டன. நான் ஆஸ்ரமத்துக்கு வந்த நேரம் குறைவானதாக இருப்பினும் ஒவ்வொரு முறையும் அங்கே இருக்கையில் என்னுள் அழிக்க முடியாத ஏதோ ஒன்று மெல்ல வளர்ந்து கொண்டிருந்தது.

உணர்வுகளைக் கடந்த, பரத்துக்குள் தன்னை முழுவதுமாய் கரைத்துக் கொண்டு விட்ட, பிறரின் நன்மைக்காக சில ஆண்டுகள் இப்பிறவியில் இறங்கி இருக்கும் ஒருவரின் நேரடி தொடர்பில் இருக்கிறேன் நான் என்பதைக் கண்டு கொள்ள வெகு நேரம் பிடிக்கவில்லை எனக்கு. (இக்கருத்து எப்படி இவருக்கு ஏற்பட்டது என்று கேட்கையில் உடனடியாக ஒப்புக்கொண்டார்) – என்னால் பதிலுரைக்க இயலவில்லை, எப்படி ஜன்னல் வழியே சூரியனை எப்படி பார்த்தாய் என்று கேட்பது போல, என் கண்கள் மற்றும் பிற உணர்வுகளின் மூலமாக என்று வேண்டுமானால் சொல்லலாம். எனக்கு சூரியனின் இருப்பு தெரிவதற்க்கு அல்ஜீப்ராவோ மற்ற அறிவியல் ஞானமோ தேவையிருக்காது அல்லவா, அது போல மஹரிஷியின் ஆன்மிக மேதமைக்கு எந்த ஆதாரமும் தேவைப் படவில்லை.

ஆஸ்ரமத்துக்கு வருகை தர முடிபவர்கள் வராமல் நேரங்கடத்திக் கொண்டிருந்தால் அதற்காக தங்களுடைய பின்னாளில், அடுத்த பிறவிகளில் தங்களையே நொந்து கொள்வார்கள். முன்னெப்போதும் இல்லாத வகையாக, மஹா பெரும் உண்மை, சத் – அறிவதற்கரிய பேறு நம் முன்னால் இவ்வளவு எளிதான உருவத்தில் அமர்ந்திருக்கிறது. இதோ நாம் தகுதி அடைந்திருக்கிறோமோ இல்லையோ, உண்மையை நெருங்கலாம்! வந்து போவதற்கான பிரயாணச் செலவை மட்டும் தரவேண்டும், அதற்குக் கிடைப்பது ‘தங்களுடைய சுயத்தைப் பற்றிய ஞானம்’.

(இது லண்டனிலிருந்து 1935 இல் எழுதப்பட்டது. ரமணாஸ்ரமம் பதிப்பித்த ஸ்ரீ ரமண கீதையின் முன்னுரையைப் பார்க்கவும்).

மஹரிஷி பிறரைப் பற்றி அசாத்தியமான உள்ளுணர்வு கொண்டவர். தன்னைச் சந்திக்க வருபவர்கள் பற்றி அனைத்தையும் அறிந்தவர். அவர் என்னைக் கவர்ந்ததன் குறிப்பிடத்தக்க காரணம் அவருடைய எளிமையும், மென்மையும், அமைதியுமே. எப்படிப்பட்ட மென்மை என்றால் மென்மைத்தன்மை என்பதையே கடந்த ஒரு மென்மை. என் வாழ்வின் மிகப் பெரும் நிகழ்வு நான் அருணாச்சலத்தின் முனிவரை அங்கு சந்தித்ததே.

இவருடைய கவிதையிலிருந்து:

அருணாச்சலத்தின் ரமணருடன்:

நான் தொலை தூரம் அலைந்திருக்கிறேன்: ஆம்
ஓரிடம் விட்டு மற்றொரிடமிருந்து மீண்டும் வேறோரிடம்
முனிவர்களைக் கண்டிருக்கிறேன், பெரும் மன்னர்களும் அரசிகளையும்
அன்புமயமான, அறிவார்ந்த, பிரமிப்பானவர்களை
ஆனால் இங்கு மட்டும் – அருணாச்சலத்தின்
ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் மட்டும்
எந்தக் கலப்புமற்ற ஆனந்தத்தை உணர்ந்தேன்
நான்! நான்! நான்!
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The GOS – Maha Muni Agastya visits His temple – 2

Source – https://siththanarul.blogspot.com/2014/12/blog-post_13.html

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

Source – https://siththanarul.blogspot.com/2014/12/blog-post_12.html

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 2

Source – https://siththanarul.blogspot.com/2018/08/764.html

“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?”

“Yes”

“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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The GOS – Siddha Marga – Karma accumulated through food

Source – https://siththanarul.blogspot.com/2018/07/762.html

“Let us pause this conversation right here and continue tomorrow. It’s become very dark now. You will be given a simple dinner. Have it and take some rest.” – He said.

I thought I will take that as an approval to stay with them for the night but a surprise awaited me. The food was served only to me. They just took tea and I didn’t feel like asking why. They are following a method and know what they want very well. I lied down in the place allotted to me and was chewing all that happened during the day in my mind. Before I knew, I had slept off.

It was 7 in the morning when I woke up. The body felt like it had the most peaceful sleep. I came out and saw the others were doing Vasi Yoga. The eldest wise man was in meditation. I went and stood next to him slowly and he opened his eyes.

Namaskaram, I said.

“Thiruchitrambalam” – he said.

“Go ahead and do what you have to do, take bath and come.” – he pointed me. The well water was cold, I started from the feet and all the way to the head, it was so refreshing.

When I stood before him, he opened a small bag and said, “Here is holy ash. If you have the habit of smearing it, do so.”

I applied the bhasm mixing with water in my forehead and in my body. It had a nice fragrance. I thought it must have been used for an abisheka in some temple.

“It is the bhasm used in the abisheka of Lord Muruga Peruman. It means that you have his grace as well.” and asked, “How come you got the thought of mixing it with water and applying it?”

“O Sire, I always apply the vibuthi (holy ash) mixing with water. I have seen many doing so also. I feel if we do so, it remains in the forehead for a long time.”

The other three had done their practices by now. The eldest looked at the youngest of all and nodded his head as saying ‘see you then’. The youngest one went down.

“Those in Siddha marga always apply vibuthi after mixing with water. I just wanted to know if you got this from someone as part of a deekshai.”

“When applying vibuthi everyday, say ‘Om Namah Shivaya! within and pray, “I am goiing to become just this (ash), destroy my ego and be present in me, make me realize it”

“Thanks very much. I shall certainly do it.”

“Stay here for some time. I shall be back within a nazhigai” – he took the other two and went out.

The mind started closely observing the silence around. The city dwellear that I was, this surrounding, the gentle cool breeze, a forest type of an appearance, the chirping of birds, the sound from the cow-herd from a distance, the huge mountain opposite, all these brought a serene peace within me. I did not feel like thinking or talking. If this is the nature, then why am I not getting this peace where I am, everything except the mountain is there too? Is this the noise that’s the reason?” I thought and sat down for meditation. I couldn’t think really.

I heard someone saying “Namashivaya” from a distance and woke up. All four of them were seated in front of me.

“Looks like you went deeper in meditation. I said I’ll be back in one nazhigai but it took 45 minutes. We waited for another 15 minutes and then only woke you up. How was the surrounding?”

“It was very peaceful.” – I said.

“You must have thought, “Why aren’t we feeling this in the city I think?”

“Yes indeed!”

“It is only when the atma within the man realizes that the truth becomes clear. Though there is nature, it is only when someone sits quietly in meditation and gives away good thoughts as rays, it receives it, amplifies it and gives it to those who ask for it. Those who receive it cleanses himself and everything around him. Whatever practice and meditation we do to the Lord, we offer it to the nature itself. We seldom expect. We just pray that it should reach everybody. Those who live in the city cannot realize these truths due to their lifestyle and the noise around them. How can they sit for meditation then? It is nature why you felt peaceful here. Every atma wants to be at peace, but the problem arises when deciding where to pick that peace from. They get stuck in it but instead if they search within, they can get the light. A lot of truths can be realized.”

“True indeed. But the man probably forgets it in their search for life.”

“It is him who decides what he wants to search right? It is all materialistic thing he searches for, so they are left with so much suffering. Those who eat idly when hungry is in the same earth as that of those who eat the air when hungry. The only difference is that those who eat the food accumulates a lot of papa karma. The thavasi eats the air, drinks water and cleanses the nature.”

“What?! The food that nature gives the man to sustain his life, he gets papa karma through this? Can you please explain this further?”

“Sure, listen with patience and understand.”

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS – Some truths and about The Inverted Shiva Linga!

Source – https://siththanarul.blogspot.com/2018/07/761.html

He continued. The Grammar became Thirukkural!

Only those who felt hunger and pain can realize the pain and hunger of others.

Use Tamil, Lord Muruga who is Tamil himself, use it with gratitude and thankfulness. The Lord Subramanya will reside in your tongue. The Siddhas will be around you and protect.

For a good life, divine should reside in one’s mouth.

Control your senses and route it to the higher plane. But do not restrain or suppress anything or grow something, it is a future prison you are constructing for yourself.

As the Karma gets dissolved, just as the sand gets removed in the anthill, the almighty appears within you just as the snake comes out of the anthill.

Food, even when given as charity is Narayana Seva. The body without the Atma when given to Agni, is Shiva Seva.

There is nothing permanent in this world, except the Lord.

The thought becomes ripened when the divinity dwells.

One who searches for Subramanya in Panchathayana Pooja, he will be shown the Paraparam (almighty) easily.

Become the philosophy in Chin-mudra. The scattered life will come in control.

Grow like a rice grain. Bow down like it humbly. Within you will dwell the Shiva like the rice pearl.

Everywhere it is sweet that is bitter, spice that is sour.

Just how karma is hidden within a disease, karma dwells in hunger too. The karma-dahana happens in the stomach everyday.

As he went on, I was dumbfounded. I wondered if I could remember everything. He paused as if he read my thought again.

“Ok, let us see about the inverted Shiva Linga!”

“Shiva Yogis sit in meditation and meditate on the holy feet of the Lord in Sahasrahara. In the peak of this meditation, the holy feet disappears and a Shiva Linga appears. As they continue their meditation, the Shiva Linga slowly changes direction facing their inner body (inverted). This can be called as ‘ripened’ as if the rice grain bows down when it is ripened. We could also say that the Lord is turning towards the Thavasi due to the penance.

At a stage, when the Shiva Linga is completely inverted, for a nazhigai, drops of nectar falls inside the body from that Shiva Linga. It purifies the body. When this nectar has spread all across, the body will not even need air to breath. The inverted Shiva Linga talks just that – by saying indirectly ‘try if you can’. If you can, try to see the Inverted Shiva Linga in your shukshma during meditation.”

I felt this is the most difficult part of any Sadhana I have ever heard. It is those humans who walked down this path, persevered, stood by their sadhana and has become Siddhas as said by many a wise men, I realized.

 

The GOS – Simple advices of Siddha Marga 8 – Important for those who read this :)

Source – Sitthan Arul

Before we mention about the inverted Shiva Linga, I wanted to say something. When you publish this conversation, all those who read this should adhere the following points in their lives. Remember, we gave the permission to meet us after two long years of your follow up. At first we thought we would not share anything in detail. But we respected your good intention of sharing these things to a wider audience, so we explained them in detail. Let’s move on..

Those who have chosen the Siddha Marga are called “Siddha Vidhyarthi”. I share a number of things with you but I myself am a Vidhyarthi (student) still. Only this thought can elevate us. They stand away from the normal material life, practice Siddha way of life, purify their thoughts, focus their mind to a point and remain in meditation. They are affected by the thought patterns of others a lot. It is a hindrance to their meditation. Every human may get a chance to meet a noble soul in their lives due to their karma. Once done, all the conversation they had, information gathered, their presence, all these give a blissful state of mind. They forget themselves. But when they resume their life, they should focus in adhering to the wisdom they gained by meeting thous souls. But instead, they shouldn’t keep thinking about these souls. This creates a big hindrance for these souls’ meditation. It pulls them back and creates a block in their Siddha Marga. This is the reason, while they are being a Vidhyarthi, they stay away from worldly affairs and others.

Second, Siddha Marga is a method which completely shun anything that harm other beings. They should not even look in to the direction of those who think of harming other beings. For example the meat eaters. If one has the curse of Guru, they could remediate by doing service to some other guru in some other birth. But if and when one incurs the curse of a Siddha, there is no way out at all. It is the most dangerous of all. The almighty shows the presence of a guru’s curse in a person’s horoscope but hides any curse of Siddha if present. It is only known to the Lord and the Siddhas. Such a curse which cannot be found out easily, why risk incur it? One can make the guru feel blissful and ward off a guru’s curse, but the Siddha who is unaffected and unattached, how will one make them cool down? When will such be free?

Third, the Siddhas use Vamacharam (Atharvana Veda) only for medicinal purposes. They are well versed in all the prayoga. In spite of knowing when what to do, they do so only after getting the Lord’s permission. They are not only the dear children of God, but they are like the God’s right hand. Only through them the Lord is still doing all the miracles. The witchcraft and black-magics will vanish in front of them. The humans should never enter these paths. The humans are the reason why the Vamachara has grown so much now. Even if something like that is written in one’s karma, they should fight against it and live. They should strive to get the Lord’s grace and never use Vamachara against a jiva.

Fourth, in this place where the Lord himself has been Tamil, there is preaching against Him in Tamil itself. One should stay away from those who speak ill of the Lord. We should completely refrain ourselves from seeing such things and hearing such words. Even something is given, it gets completed only when someone receives it. So there should be none to receive such ill thought flow of the Lord, to receive. Just stay away and remove the circumstances out of your mind. Why should you be a witness?

In reality, impossible is impossible in our terms. The Siddhas protect the world by giving away so much. Do not think that whatever is given to you is just for you, pay attention that the Lord is placing a test in front of you.

The Siddhas opposed idol worship. It is also true that the same Siddhas themselves installed the idols in various places for worship. The child in the first grade uses books to read but these books are not useful when it reaches the university. The first grade lesson begins in the temple. Once grown spiritually, the temple will be used for others who reach the first grade but not to the spiritually grown. Know this.

Whatever one has got, even when it is given by the Lord based on his deeds, one should know the test in place. The Lord is quietly watching if the one who has is lifting the one who doesn’t.

The Lord may forgive the mistakes done unknowingly, but when one does a mistake after knowing, there is no forgiveness, but he gets punished immediately.

The answers to your questions are right there within yourself. Look for it and you will find. You will not get lost.

As the wise man went on with these gems, I was staring at him with bewilderment. What blew me out was the greatest of Siddha Marga wisdom were in such simple terms. He read my mind again and said, “the mustard is small but the spice in it?” – he smiled and paused.

~ to be continued…!

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The inverted Shiva Linga

What does the Lord convey in every birth?

This post may change your life forever. Hence pay attention to every word, please. It is rare to be born as humans, hence requesting you to take complete advantage of it! ~ editor, GnanaBoomi.com


This is the 7th episode of the Simple advises of Siddha Marga series.

“Once the Siththam is stable, the Atma finds its way to salvation. That’s where the first seed of Siddha state is sown. For this, a man should reduce his external searches and ask questions within – why, what, how – and wait patiently, he will understand everything correctly. He can also understand the cause for everything that’s happening in the world. Only when there is a relation with the Siddhas, even for a minute, he can walk in this path. Do you know something? The Siddhas and the Almighty are ever ready and are very eager to guide such a man in the right direction. It is the man who doesn’t have time because his priorities are faced towards the worldly affairs. 

The one who controls his mind and keeps it between the eyebrows (Suzhumunai), he can listen to their voices, and can realize that the voices speak the truth when he witnesses them happening in the real world. He needs to have faith. Those who do penance search for secluded spots only for this reason. Whatever things happen after the penance, the end of penance will lead only to the ten-gate.”

“Please explain about the journey to these ten-gate in detail.”

“Keep this as a base. Whatever is being said, unless one realizes them himself, he cannot know for sure, right?”

“Yes.”

“Have you touched the head of a just born baby?”

“Yes I have”

“Why don’t you say how it will be?”

“The top of the skull will feel like its open with the skin covering it. When rubbed gently, we can feel there’s a small bump.”

“True! The Lord conveys a message to the mankind through the newborn everytime. The atma which got separated from him (or thinks it has separated from him) and lives the life governed by fate, attains salvation when such an atma leaves a body through the ten-gate. The wise men call this as Sahasrara. The Siddhas call it Dasavasal. This is because the human body contains 9 holes. He should gather the energy from all of these and drive it to the Dasa-vasal, the tenth hole. The open bump gets covered after one month of birth. The parents worry that it should cover faster and apply oil to cool it down. It normally gets closed down faster as well.

The intent of Vasi Yoga is to drive the atma by inhaling and exhaling the breath in a methodical manner all the way to Dasa-vasal. When one begins the practice and walks down the path, he gains control over the breath. He begins to realize the secrets of life, almighty, siddhas, things happening externally, internally, everything. As the time goes by, all the rare things becomes part of him. If all these are said, the man will get confused and so the wise men said ‘Watch the tip of your nose, watch your breath’. What to do, even this has become a big business now.” – he smiled.

“We can say this is due to the time now I think”

“No! One does a business by knowing what the other person doesn’t! Leave it! Let us get back on track. The chest of a person is called ‘Hrudaya Kamalam’. When one meditates his ishta devata on his chest and inhales, the Lord will make him realize his presence right where the man seated him, you know? If you can, try placing the simplest form of God, the Shiva Linga in your heart. You may feel the Linga form thrusting in your chest literally after sometime.

The wise men saw this in their meditation when they went through the Suzhumunai to the Dasa-vasal – there is a Linga hanging upside down and waiting to drive the atma to salvation. It means, the Lord Shiva himself is waiting to help man to salvation, we could say right?”

I was sitting quietly watching him with surprise. I had this question about ‘upside down Shiva Linga’ seen in a certain Siddha temple. The Avudai or the base is visible in the ground, Banam will appear buried inside. A Siddha himself made this linga thus. Whenever I cross this place, I think about the message the Siddha wants to convey. But I was answered in a more profound manner without even asked for.

“What? The moment you saw that linga, you began to research and now you have the answer. But you haven’t got the answer to your actual question yet, right?” – he shocked me by asking.

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