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The GOS 258 – Lord and The Siddhas – a small experience 3

[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here. The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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Om Lopamudra Sametha Agatheesaya Namaha!

This article is from the Tamil original seen at https://siththanarul.blogspot.com.au/2017/07/713-3.html

When we pray to Siddhas or Almighty and go in the path they show us, we will meet many surprises. Events may seem like there is a karmic connection somewhere even if they don’t appear as we wanted. Wherever I go, its a habit to pray to the Siddhas and the Almighty that “Let your presence be there guiding me, protecting me.” The events of the prasad distribution for the week as I had prayed to them, I felt I should visit Kotakanallur to have darshan of Perumal in the two days holidays I got. I put forth my request in my usual meditation session in the pooja room that evening after taking bath.

It is hard to believe, the answer came very fast, “Do not have to go anywhere. Just be seated here!”

I was surprised, “What an order, (He) never has said this before. Let us just do what they said. Let us not go anywhere.”

One of my friend came and asked if I wanted to accompany a trip to Podhigai hills to do abisheka to Guru Agastya during these two days off. I said:

“Please forgive me. I have been given different orders. They asked me to stay at home without going anywhere. I shall get some items for the pooja. Please take them and kindly bring me prasad. That’s enough. I cannot cross their orders. Let us see another time.”

These friends are known to my Father as well. I had prayed to the Siddhas only this, all these years:

“I should stay with my parents will their last breath. I should perform all the duties with Your grace. I should not leave out any duty missed out for my parents.”

My friends set forth to Podhigai that Thursday. That Friday night around 11, adiyen’s Father’s soul reached the almighty.

Had I gone to Podhigai, my entire family would have been in great distress. All the rituals would have happened only after two days as when someone is at Podhigai, there isn’t a way to contact them. The last rites were performed where my friends could come only that Sunday. They could not see my Father’s face or take part in the rituals.

“There! That’s the reason why I was ordered so. There is Karma. I had to stay. You didn’t have to see your friend or take part in his last rites. He got down in his stop. Let us continue our journey.” – the friends bid farewell. In the tenth day of the karma while seated quietly, a thought came:

“As Agastya mentioned in the Jeeva Nadi, a Moksha Deepa should be lit for Father. Let that soul attain salvation due to the almighty’s grace.”

I requested a person who had come for the 10th day’s ritual to get me the approval to put Moksha Deepa on the Kotakanallur Perumal’s temple. He asked what a Moksha Deepam is.

“It is a ritual. In the Isanya corner of a temple during Saturdays, a light should be lit around 6. The next day morning, all the items used in the ritual should be left in the river. I shall take care of the arrangements, please get me the approval.” – He agreed.

I didn’t say about this to anyone but only to a friend, “We may have to go to a certain place sooner. Be ready.”

Then after the 13th day’s Karma was over, when sitting down for Meditation and Japa, I placed a request to Agastya Muni to give His grace and approval for the Moksha Deepa to be lit. I did not mention this to anyone as I was convinced that whatever plans one make, it is the Almighty who carries out the way it should be. So I had decided to get on in full swing once I get the approval.

For two days, there wasn’t any reply and I began to worry if Agastya doesn’t want the Moksha Deepa to be lit? The Saturday I had planned to lit the Deepa is just 4 days away. I had to procure all the items.

I cried out loud in my mind, “O Sirs! What is this, can’t there be an approval or answer?” – I was stressed out as the day came closer. I guess they heard that loud cry. As I waited for an answer, Agastya sent out a detailed answer through a living person, who is an ardent disciple of Guru Agastya.

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Om Lopamudra Sametha Agatheesaya Namaha!

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The GoS – How to lit a Moksha Deepam

[stextbox id=”info” image=”null”]The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.[/stextbox]

The answers of Agastya Muni to the generic questions posted by devotees can be found here.

The readers are requested to send their spiritual experiences related to the Siddhas to GnanaBoomi at Gmail dot com. Though the experiences are unique and personal to them, it can shower some light or guidance to those who read them. Thanks!

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Moksha Deepam or Moksha Deepa is lit for a departed soul, requesting the Almighty to help the soul rest in peace. Those in the field of medicine are strongly recommended to lit this Deepa, as suggested by Agastya Muni in Nadi. When the Nadi at Thanjavur Shri Ganesan’s ashram was read, the details of how to lit Moksha Deepam was kindly explained by Maha Guru Agastya. It is given below:

Required:

1. Banana Leaf

2. Camphor (not the chemical one, but the Pachchai Karpooram. One is got from a tree called camphor laurel and other is synthetically made. We call the edible camphor got from the tree “Pachai karpooram” in Tamil, and “Kapoor” in Hindi. The synthetically derived camphor is called “Karpooram” in Tamil.)

3. Cumin (Jeeragam)

4. Cotton Seeds (Paruthi Kottai)

5. Rock salt

6. Pepper (the round full one, not the grinded)

7. Nava Dhanya

8. Wheat

9. Grain (husk or rice grain)

10. Full Red Gram

11. Mung Bean (Pachchai Payaru)

12. Chickpea (Konda Kadalai)

13. Turmeric (not the hybrid variety)

14. Lima Beans (Mochai)

15. Black Til (Sesame Seeds)

16. Horse Gram (Kollu, full one)

17. Black Gram (unsplit, unbroken one)

18. Diya or lamp (200 ml capacity) – 42 numbers

19. Pure cotton cloth, a hand kerchief size – 21

The preparation:

Wash every item (including the salt, except the flowers) and make them dry in sunlight.
Wash the cloth properly, soak it in the turmeric and dry.
Wash the lamps properly and dry them in bright sunlight.
Once dried, apply Chandan and Kumkum on them.
Get prior permission from the temple where you are planning to lit the Moksha Deepam. This is very important. It can be any temple.
It is better to lit the Deepam on the Esanya corner (north-east) and in an elevated place.

First, prepare the wick (Thiri in Tamil). From a really clean cotton cloth, put camphor, black sesame seeds, cumin, cotton seeds, rock salt, pepper and put a knot. The other end of the knot is what is going to be used as the wick.

At the place chosen in the temple, spread the banana leaf first.
Spread the Nava Dhanya on it.
Place 21 lamps in equal distance and fill in sesame seeds in them.
Then place the remaining 21 lamps on top of these lamps.

Fill in the lamp with ghee to its brim.

Then dip the wick prepared earlier and place it in the center of the lamp. Lit the lamp.

The lamp should be lit with the wick facing upwards (it should not face any other direction). It appears like a Linga.
Then chant the Panchakshara Maha Mantra (Om Namah Shivaya) for at least 108 times.
If its a Vishnu Temple, chant the Ashtakshara Maha Mantra (Om Namo Narayanaya) for at least 108 times.

At last, pray to the Almighty thus: “O Lord, I am offering the merits of this ritual to all those souls who took birth in this earth and have departed. We pray to you to let those souls attain salvation and realization through this ritual. We are just the means to do this ritual where it is actually being done by the Siddhas and the Almighty.”

One may pray to their ancestors and seek their blessings too.

The next day, collect every item including the banana leaf, Nava Dhanya, not spilling even a drop and release them in the river. This is a must.

During one of the clairvoyance, Agastya Muni mentioned that every thing, even the sesame seeds are a soul. Hence release every item used in the Moksha Deepa in the river. This is a must.

Obtaining prior permission from the temple is very important too.

மோக்ஷ தீபம்
மோக்ஷ தீபம்

 

Time:
The suitable time for lighting up Moksha Deepa is evening 6 PM.

(Courtesy: Shri Ganesan, Agastyar Arut Kutil, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu)

Use these links for reference if you may please:

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/indian-spices-glossary-of-indian-spices-in-english-and-hindi/
Google Images – search with their Tamil names
https://madraasi.com/tag/paruthi-kottai/
https://siththanarul.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/blog-post.html – Original Tamil series

~ to be continued…!