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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The GOS – Siddha Marga – Karma accumulated through food

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“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!

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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 :)

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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,

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?”


“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.


Simple advices of Siddha Marga 6 – Forget The Face

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“Should forget the face” – well this sounds very good. I have never heard of it. Kindly clarify this for me.”

“In Tamil, every word is good indeed. How we are gathering them as a garland is where the humans should put their focus. Only by speaking simple and peaceful words, the sanctity prevails around. Let me tell you about it later.

To forget one’s face is a penance. I shall explain it as simple as possible. Tell me this, how many faces does a man have?”

“Just one?”

“The face when described, is the place where the nose, eyes, ears, mouth, forehead, cheeks, chin reside. But a man has many faces. His thoughts, mind, his position, they give different faces. Based on their urges, echoes, he changes his face often. For instance when his child calls him Father, he appears like a Dad. When his wife calls, as a husband and so on. He puts on various faces.

To forget the face is not just these faces. He should also let go of the faces he puts on. He puts a kind of face in front of unknown persons. This should change. Simply put, he should see every Atma in one Bhava. Whatever feelings he has is there in other beings too. Man should get this understanding, plus, with an understanding of whatever is happening is because of the almighty’s will and therefore remaining silent. When required, help others, guide them in the right direction without expecting any returns and go on. He should live for all other atma. He should never expect, and should treat winning and losing equally and should accept things as they happen and proceed.

When one tests himself on the above in all circumstances and continues this as a penance, the mind subdues. His mind remains still and the beginning stages of Siddha Marga becomes very easy. When someone crosses this stage, the Siddhas themselves will guide him in the right direction. When someone decides to observe and thinks he should correct himself, ‘forgetting the face’ becomes easier. Inside him emanates the Brahmathvam. He then becomes a Brahmana.

The one who remains with the atma, there is nothing in this world to obtain other than realization – nirvana – moksha. The one who remains with the body gets karma, vasanas all the way till the end and beyond the birth.”

“What you are saying is true indeed. But how is this practical for those who dwell in this materialistic world where they have to put forth various faces. Is it possible at all to follow what you are saying?”

“Why not?! No one stops from doing the duties of this world or to put efforts in being well. Such efforts when falls under Dharma, the blessing of the elders and wise men will help one cross it. They only stop man from going down the path of Adharma. Those who follow Adharma does not even think that they hurt others.

Even now there are many Atma who follow the path of Dharma, performing their duties and accepting whatever comes as it is, in the Siddha Marga while remaining in their family lives. Their count is less, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t here.

To do all these, the Siththam should be still. If that happens, one doesn’t accumulate karma, sees everything as equal and can forget their face.

~ to be continued…!

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Simple advices of Siddha Marga 5 – Lesson One

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“Pay attention here again – when you go to an interview, you may or may not get the job right? Just so, when a prayer is submitted to the Lord by offering the Shukshma bodies, it is up to the Lord whether to accept this offering or not. There are multiple stages, what types of karma can be dissolved, what can be reduced in this birth, in which birth one should go through certain karma etc., Even if He accepts all the Shukshma bodies, the pending karma will have to be spent in this birth itself. If in that case, a karma which was about to be spent in a future birth whose Shukshma body had been offered and accepted, that karma will probably be assigned in this birth to be spent, so a big disease or a problem may arise.

So when praying to offer a Shukshma body, one should be careful and be ready to accept whatever comes. It is not like offering the bodies and slide through the karmic ocean just like that.

The ‘opportunity’ of Moksha is only to those who do not have even a drop of debt. Watch, it is opportunity. But if we search for who such a person is, you wouldn’t find even one. Debt can be two ways, one that the mind perceives and one that is beyond the mind. To put it short, the mankind should yearn for not even a dirt of karma sticking to them. There are ways in Siddha Marga for this.

Being human, they are bound to either give or receive something or the other at all times. It is by nature. But this very thing is what becomes the gateway for accumulating karma. Plus his desires, thought, his perception and the likewise. If someone decides to live a honest life apart from all these, the world will put every possible dirty karma on to his head. If he remains silent thinking that whatever garbage is dropped in to him is only done to the almighty which resides inside him, the karma dropped automatically goes back to those who dropped it. Thus, his atma gets purified by only those who are dropping dirt on him. See how strange this punishment is, right?

“If you do not want to accumulate anything, when receiving anything, think ‘Narayanarpanam’. When giving anything, think ‘Shivarpanam’ and give. Nothing will bound you.”

I thought at once, “Ha, this sounds pretty simple!” but still asked, “What is the concept behind this?”

“Till the time one lives, everything belongs to Shriman Narayana, so when you receive something, say Narayanarpanam (Narayana + Arpanam – offering to Narayana). When giving, we offer it wholeheartedly, and with a wish that let them be happy. And everything in the end goes back to Lord Shiva. So when giving, it is Shivarpanam.” – he paused.

There was silence for a while everywhere. A temple bell rang from a distance gently permeating that silence. All four of them stood up and nodded me to stand up.

In a second, a huge snake went out from a bush nearby towards where the temple bell sound. I was shocked. Even shocking was a chillness in my back. When I regained my senses, one of the four put his hands on my shoulders and said, “quiet”.

He said, “Amma has gone to witness the pooja for the Lord. We can continue our discussion.” I suppressed the surprise and said, “We all can go to witness the pooja as well, can’t we?”

“I has to be experienced from where we are and not to chase it. If the eyes are closed and did focus, the same pooja can be seen within. If chased, then there may be blocks. Try if you want.”

“No no, I don’t want to do it. Whatever you say is just fine.”

He laughed, “Are you scared?”

“To tell the truth, yes!”

“I said when closed the eyes, one can see this pooja right, the Siddhas call it ‘Ul poojai”. Have you heard of the story where a certain person constructed a temple within his mind and the Lord gave precedence to his over the king’s temple. Have you heard that incident?”

“Oh yes! But I have always felt that there is some deeper meaning in it. But I couldn’t realize what it is.”

“Yes it is deeper indeed. To know it, we should witness it from a distance.”

“Please can you help me realize the deeper meaning?”

“The person while in meditation forgets who he is, where he is and becomes the thing he is meditating on. Nothing affects him which are happening outside for his attention is focussed on that point. At that time, he doesn’t even have a sense of his own body. The Lord wants the humans to attain this very state.

Those with the sense of body will have all sort of vibrations, distracting him. You saw the snake and realized how close you were seated to such a danger according to you. But the rest of them were just normal. It wasn’t a danger, not even an experience for them. Why is that?”

“Is it the mind focussed in a point, without any vibrations?”

“Fairly correct, but the actual truth is: It is the faith that “Everything happens as per His will” and that “Not even an atom moves without His will” and “He will take care of everything”. Those who attain this state of mind can do anything, his mind is focussed and everything appears to be normal.”

“To attain this state of a steadfast mind, can you please suggest where a man should begin, what practices he should follow?”

“You know the first lesson already. The very first lesson of Siddha Marga is – “To forget the face” – he paused.

~ To be continued…!

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The GOS – Simple advices of Siddha Marga – 4 – An easy path with danger

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Continuing the simple pathway to realization through Siddha Marga. “Make careful notes hereafter. One should give wholeheartedly. Only then it will bear its fruit even if reaches them. Anything given for the sake of it does not bear its benefits intended. This applies to the prayers submitted to the Lord as well, a reason why some prayers doesn’t become fruitful too. It is not a blame though. Humans are controlled by Kali, and he follows what others do in the material plane. They don’t do anything with total faith or mind. Just as they do any work in the material plane, let them do it with prayers also and see if it happens or not. It will.”

“What will you do when you spot a temple on the way?”

“I will enter the temple, have darshan and pray to the Lord”.

“What if you do not have the time to enter the temple, how will be your prayer then?”

“I will think of the Lord’s holy feet in my mind and pray, ‘please bless and protect every being O Lord'”

“Good prayer indeed. But still, have you observed what happens when you pray at that time, in that situation?”

“I have seen a human who looks just like me doing a sashtanga namaskaram in front of the Lord. But I will think that it is my mind that creates such an image, it is not real, and I will go my way.”

The wise man kept looking in to my eyes for a while.

He then looked around at the others and smiled, “That look-alike is nothing but one of the Shukshma Deha of yours. The body which is observing what is happening and to record. The body which follows you wherever you go!

You could pray when you see that body at the Lord’s feet thus: “O Lord, please take that Shukshma Deha and make me birthless, and offer the body to the Lord wholeheartedly. If the Lord is willing, he may dissolve the karma related to that Shukshma Deha or change it to another one. I am not saying that the Lord will dissolve every karma, he of course can. But he may will that you spend some in the same birth itself. There is another way to spend and dissolve all the karma and these shukshma bodies, much faster.” – he paused.

“Whenever you see a body prostrating in a temple, “Whatever form you have taken and whichever temples you are, these Shukshma Bodies are praying to you Lord. I thereby offer my namaskaram to you. Please take all these bodies and make me birthless.” – by praying thus, we could offer many a Shukshma bodies to the Lord himself, right?”

“Yes indeed. This is simple too. If this is true, then it is very easy for the mankind to cross the ocean of birth and death. They do not have to accumulate so much of hatred, grief and greed and suffer so much!” – I said.

“It is their doubt, disbelief, is this all possible, attraction towards material world, desire above all, are the blocks. They cause blockage to such simple things to be practised.

But even if someone tries to put this in to test, they have to face a potential danger, a test by the Lord himself.”

“How can a test from the Lord be dangerous? How can the man venture in to this then? You are showing a way and are mentioning it is too dangerous, how can the mankind be blamed for not venturing in to all these?” – my voice echoed frustration a bit.

“Humans always want everything to be easy. You do not know how much difficulty a Siddha goes through to get in to this path. The Lord has tested them like a gold in the fire.

Lord Shiva gave his abode to those who kept thinking his name, “Nama Shivaya” even when they were thrown in to the ocean or fed poison. Even if he gives a small portion of those tests to you people, none of you will fair. Such people do not have the eligibility to even question.” – he said very slowly but steadily.

I began to think if I had made any mistake or said anything wrong.

One of the others said, “Let there by debate, but let us not deviate. Let us continue the conversation. Please explain the test by the Lord and what is the danger too.”

~ to be continued…!

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