The GoS – How to lit a Moksha Deepam

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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:

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…!

சனாதன தர்மத்தின் ஆன்மிக பயிற்சிகள் – சிவராத்திரி

சனாதன வேத தர்மத்தின் சடங்குகள் வெறும் புறத்தேயானவை. அவற்றில் வெறும் மூடநம்பிக்கைகள் மட்டும்தான் உள்ளது. இத்தகைய கூற்றில் அறிவியல் சார்ந்த உண்மை இருக்கிறதா? அதை சாமானியனும் புரிந்து கொள்ள இயலுமா? பார்க்கலாம் வாருங்கள்.

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சனாதன தர்மத்தின் விரதங்களும் வழிபாட்டு முறைகளும் மேலோட்டமாகப் பார்த்தால் வெறும் சடங்காகத் தோன்றினாலும் ஆழமான காரணத்தையும் குறிக்கோளையும் கொண்டவை. – சிவராத்திரி என்றால் இரவு முழுவதும் கண்விழித்து வழிபடுதல் என்று. ஆனால் அதன் உள்ளர்த்தத்தைப் பார்க்க முயலும் போது இது வெறும் சடங்கல்ல, பெரிய ஆன்மிக சாதனை என்பது தெளிவாகும். வாருங்கள்.  அத்தகைய ஒரு பார்வையை மேலோட்டத்திலிருந்து ஆழம் வரை சென்றும் அது இக்காலத்தில் எத்தகையதாகி விட்டது என்பதையும் கவனிப்போம்.

சிவராத்திரி தினத்தில் ஒரு வேளை உணவு மட்டும் கொள், இரவு முழுவதும் விழித்திருந்து வழிபட்டுக் கொண்டிரு என்று நம்மிடம் சொல்லப் படுகிறது. நாமும் “இது எப்படி சாத்தியம்?” என்று கேட்டுக் கொண்டாலும், சரி முயன்று தான் பார்ப்போமே என்று நினைக்கிறோம். இரவின் தொடக்கத்தில் மெல்ல மெல்ல உடலின் இயக்கங்கள் குறையத் தொடங்குகின்றன, பசியாலும் பழக்கத்தாலும். எதுவும் தனக்கு என்று வரும்போது தான் தெளிவான கருத்தாகப் பதியும். இப்போது பசியால் உடலியக்கம் குறைய, மனது தன்னாலேயே பசித்திருக்கும் மற்றையோரை கருணையுடன் நினைக்கிறது. பசித்தால் எப்படி இருக்கும் என்பது புரிகிறது. புத்தி மனதுக்கு தகுந்தாற்போலே கட்டளை இடுகிறது. இதுவே சாதாரண நாளிலென்றால் நிலைமையே வேறு, மனதானது கோபதாபங்கள் போன்றவற்றுக்கு ஆளாகும். ஆனால் அதே குரங்குக்கு ஒப்பிடப்படும் மனது தெளிவான நிலையில் “விரதமிருக்கிறேன்” என்று  புரிந்தமையால் அடங்கி இருக்கிறது.

மேலும், மனவுறுதி மற்றும் பயிற்றுவித்த எண்ண ஓட்டங்களினால் மனதை வசப்படுத்த முடியும் என்று நமது சனாதன தர்மத்தின் பிரமிப்பூட்டும் மூதாதையர்கள் நமக்கு சொல்கிறார்கள். அதற்கு ஒரு பயிற்சியாக இன்றைய தினம் இறைவனை மட்டுமே நினை என்று சொல்கிறார்கள். இதை கவனமாகப் பார்க்கவும். மனதின் இயல்பு என்பதே கடந்த காலம் அல்லது எதிர்காலத்தில் உழல்வது தான். இதையே, மனதின் இயல்பு ஒரு எண்ணத்திலிருந்து இன்னொன்றுக்கும் தாவிக்கொண்டு இருப்பது தான். குரங்கின் இயல்பு.அப்படி ஓடிக்கொண்டே இருக்கும் மனதை மறுபடி “ஒரு நினைவுக்கு” கொண்டு வரத் தொடங்கு என்று சொல்கிறார்கள். சாஸ்திர-உபநிஷதங்களின் படி மனதின் உண்மையான ஸ்வரூபம் “இல்லாதிருப்பது” தான். ஆனால் நாம் இன்னும் அந்நிலைக்கு எட்டவில்லை. எனவே “ஒரு நினைவு”, இறைவனின் நினைவு என்ற ஒன்றில் ஓடும் மனதை மறுபடி மறுபடி கொணர வேண்டும் என்கிறார்கள். அதை சாதாரண நாட்களில் செய்வதை விட சிவராத்திரி, ஏகாதசி போன்ற நாட்களில் செய்யத் தொடங்கினால் பலன் உண்டு. அறிவியல் ரீதியாகப் பார்த்தாலும், ஒரு உடற்பயிற்சி செய்பவர் உடற்பயிற்சிக் கூடத்திற்குச் சென்று, அந்த சூழ்நிலையில் பயிற்சி மேற்கொள்வது நன்றாக இருக்குமா அல்லது சாதாரண நிலையில், தன்னைச் சுற்றியுள்ளவர்கள் பேசாமலும்
சோம்பேறிகளாகவும் இருக்கையில் செய்வது பலனுடையதாய் இருக்குமா? அப்படி தகுந்த சூழலில் மனது “சிவோஹம், ஓம் நம: சிவாய, ஹர ஹர மஹாதேவா” என்றெல்லாம் துதி செய்யத் தொடங்குகிறது.

மனது உடலைப் பின்பற்றுகிறது, உடல் மனதைப் பின்பற்றுகிறது. கையோடு கை கோர்த்தபடியே.

ஒரு கருத்து உண்டு. எந்தவொரு விஷயத்தில் நீங்கள் மனதையும் ஆன்மாவையும் முழுமையாக அர்ப்பணிப்பீர்களோ அந்த விஷயமானது தன்னகத்தே உள்ள “ரகசியங்களை” உங்களுக்கு வெளிப்படுத்தும். மனதின் பின்னாலேயே, அதன் எண்ணங்களுடன் ஓடிக்கொண்டிருப்பதை விட அதை ஒரு தொடக்கப் புள்ளிக்கு மறுபடி மறுபடி திரும்புமாறு பயிற்றுவிக்கிறீர்கள். இத்தொடக்கப் புள்ளி என்பதை இஷ்ட தெய்வம் என்று கொள்கிறோம். இது சுலபமான ஒன்றாகவும் இருக்கிறது. மனது ஓடுகிறது, அதை நீங்கள் ஓட விடுகிறீர்கள், கட்டுப்படுத்துவது இல்லை, ஆனால் அதைத் தன் தொடக்கப் புள்ளிக்குத் திரும்புமாறு நினைவு படுத்திக்கொண்டே இருக்கிறீர்கள். மனதும் மறுபடி ஓடுவதற்காகவே திரும்புகிறது. இது மறுபடி மறுபடி நடக்கிறது. ஒவ்வொரு தனி மனிதருக்கும் உள்ள இயல்பைப் பொருத்து (இயல்பைப் பற்றியே ஒரு பெரிய கட்டுரை எழுதலாம், கர்மா, எண்ண ஓட்டம், இயல்பு, மனமுதிர்ச்சி என்று பலப் பல) காலப் போக்கில் என்ன நடக்கும் என்றால், இந்த பயிற்சியை மேற்கொள்பவருக்கு “ஒரு எண்ணம் எழப்போகும் முன்னரேயே அது எழப் போகிறது” என்பது தெரிந்து விடும். இது மேலும் முதிர்வடைந்து எண்ணமே எழாத நிலை ஏற்படும். இந்த நிலை, இதைத்தான் வேத தர்மம் “இருக்க வேண்டிய” நிலை என்கிறது. இப்பயிற்சியை மேற்கொள்ள மஹா சிவராத்திரி தினம் மிக மிக உகந்ததாகும். எப்படி படகை காற்றின் திசைக்கேற்ப செலுத்துவது சுலபமோ அதே போல. யோகப் பயிற்சி மேற்கொள்ள மஹா யோகியான சிவபிரானுக்கு உகந்த ராத்திரியை விட எது சிறந்தது?

முதலில், இப்பயிற்சி பொதுப்படையான சில பழக்கங்களை தகர்க்கிறது. தூக்கம், பசி, இரவு நேரம், இப்படி “பொதுவாக” நம்பப்படும் இயல்புகளைக் கடக்கிறது. கடந்து, பொதுவாக செய்யாத பயிற்சிகளைச் செய்யத் தொடங்குகிறோம், ஒரே இரவுக்கானாலும் சரி. இதை அனுபவமாகக் கூட பார்த்திருக்கிறோம். நம்முடைய பிறந்த நாள், மண நாள் போன்றவற்றில் மற்றவருக்கு அது ஒரு சாதாரண நாளாகவே இருக்கும். ஆனால் நம் மனதில் மட்டும் அன்றைய தினம் ஏதோ சிறப்பானது என்ற தோற்றமும், அதன் மூலம் நாம் காண்பதும் கூட ஒரு பொலிவுடன் இருப்பதாய்த் தோன்றும். அனைத்துமே மனதில் தான் இருக்கிறது என்ற சொல்லை நாம் நிச்சயமாக ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளலாம்.

தொடர்ச்சியாக ஒன்றை செய்து கொண்டிருப்பதில் ஆற்றல் உண்டு. எந்த ஒரு தற்காப்புக் கலை நிபுணரும் இந்த உண்மைக்கு சத்தியம் செய்வார். நன்கு பயின்ற ஒரு கராத்தே நிபுணர் விடும் குத்து ஒன்றினால் செங்கல்லைக் கூடத் தகர்க்க முடியும். உடலுக்கு ஒப்பிடும் இது மனதுக்கும் பொருந்தும். “மரா மரா” என்று சொல் ராம தாரக மந்திரமாகி ஜபித்தவரை வால்மீகியாகவில்லையா? இரவில் கண்விழித்து இருப்பது என்பது சாதாரணமாக ஒருவரை தன் இயல்பிலிருந்து மாறுபட்டு இருக்கச் செய்கிறது. அச்சமயத்தில் மனதில் “ஒன்றையே நினை” என்ற உறுதி ஒரே எண்ணமாகிய இறை என்பதைத் திரும்பத் திரும்ப நினைப்பது சாத்தியமாகிறது. தொடர்ந்த பயிற்சி நிரந்தரமாக்கும்.

மூளை பற்றிய ஆராய்ச்சியில் பலமுறை நிரூபிக்கப் பட்ட ஒன்று, ஒவ்வொரு எண்ணமும் மறுபடி மறுபடி நினைக்குங்கால் மூளையில் ஒரு மின்சார அதிர்வு போன்றவற்றை அனுப்புகிறது. அது மறுபடி மறுபடி நடக்கையில் அந்த எண்ணமானது வலுப்பெற்று, மனதில் நினைத்தது நனவிலும், நிஜத்திலும் நடக்க வைக்கிறது. விளையாட்டு வீரர்களிடம் சொல்லப் படுவது என்னவென்றால், தாங்கள் ஜெயித்தது போல எண்ணிக் கொண்டே இருங்கள் என்பதே. இது பலனளித்ததாய் பல விளையாட்டுக்காரர்கள் சொல்லியிருக்கிறார்கள். இதில் ஆச்சரியமானது என்னவென்றால், அதை பன்னெடுங்காலத்துக்கு முன்னே ஆராய்ந்து, உணர்ந்து கொண்ட நம் பெரியோர்கள் இப்பயிற்சிகளை நம் தினப்படி வாழ்க்கையின் ஒரு அங்கமாக ஆக்கி விட்டிருப்பது தான்! இறை நாமத்தை ஓதி உன்னை நிர்மலமானவனாக்கு என்பதே!

சரி, இத்தகைய பயிற்சியை ஒரு ப்ரதிமைக்கோ கல்லுக்கோ (சிவ லிங்கம், சிலாரூபங்கள் முதலியன) செய்வது எப்படி அறிவியல் சார்ந்ததாகும்? கல் ஒன்றும் கடவுள் இல்லையே என்று முழக்கம் கேட்கிறது! மிக்க நன்றி. ஹிந்துக்கள் கல்லைக் கும்பிடுபவர்கள் அல்ல. கல்லிலும் கடவுளைக் காண் என்பதே அவர்கள் உணர்ந்து கொண்ட தத்துவம். கடவுள் ஒருவர் உண்டேயானால் அவருக்கு உருவம் உண்டு என்றோ இல்லை என்றோ, கல்லில் அவர் உண்டு என்றோ இல்லை என்றோ மனிதனாகிய நீ என்ன சொல்வது? அவருக்கு உருவம் கிடையாது என்று நீ சொல்வாயானால் கடவுளின் அளப்பறிய ஆற்றலுக்கு நீ அணை போடுகிறாய் என்பதாகத் தானே பொருள்? அல்லது சாமானிய மனிதனைப் போல உன்னிடம் கேட்பதானால் “கடவுளுக்கு உருவம் இல்லை என்பதை நீ கண்டாயாக்கும்? “கடவுளால் உருவம் எடுக்க முடியாது என்கிறாயாக்கும்?”

அறிவியலுக்கு வருவோம். ஒரு பயிற்சியில்லாத மனதிற்கு அதை குவிப்பதற்கு ஒரு இலக்கு வேண்டும். வேதாந்தா அக்காடமி ஆஃப் மெட்ராஸ் (Vedanta Academy of Madras) அமைப்பினர் இதை ஒரு சுவையான உதாரணத்தின் மூலம் விளக்குவார்கள்.

ஒருவனுக்கு வானத்தில் தெரியும் மூன்றாம் பிறையை காட்ட அவனது நண்பர் முயல்கிறார்.
அவனுக்கு நிலா எங்கே என்று தெரியவில்லை. ஆகாயத்தைப் பார், மேலே பார் என்று கத்திக் கொண்டிருந்தால் மட்டும் தெரிந்து விடுமா? முதலில் ஆட்காட்டி விரலால் நண்பர் அவனுக்கு நிலவை சுட்டிக் காட்ட முயல்கிறார். தெரியவில்லை.
நண்பர் உடனே “அதோ அந்த மரம் தெரிகிறதா?” என்று கேட்கிறார்.
உடனே அவன் “கல்லைக் கும்பிடறவன் தானே நீ, மரத்துக்கும் நிலாவுக்கும் என்ன சம்பந்தம் என்று கேலி செய்கிறான்.
நண்பர் பொறுமையாக “உனக்கு அம்மரத்தின் மேற்கிளை ஒன்று வெளியே நீண்டிருப்பது தெரிகிறதா?” என்கிறார்.
அவன் ஆம் என்கிறான். அக்கிளையின் நுனி வரை உன் பார்வையை ஓட்டு. பின் நேர் மேலே பார் என்கிறார்.
அவனுக்கு நிலவு தெரிந்து விட்டது!

 

கிளை என்பது நிலவைக் காண உதவியாக இருக்கிறதே ஒழிய கிளை நிலவல்ல!
கிளை என்பது நிலவைக் காண உதவியாக இருக்கிறதே ஒழிய கிளை நிலவல்ல!

 

இதில் நிலவுக்கும் கிளைக்கும் எந்த சம்பந்தமுமில்லை தான். ஆனால் கிளை இல்லாவிட்டால் அவனுக்கு நிலா தெரிந்திருக்குமா? ஒரு வேளை தெரியலாம். இன்னமும் முட்டி மோதி, கொதிப்படைந்து, நிலவு என்பதே கிடையாது என்றெல்லாம் சொல்லலாம். அதே பதில் தான் கல்லைக் கும்பிடுபவர்கள் என்று எள்ளி நகையாடுபவர்களுக்கும். கல் கடவுள் இல்லை என்பது எல்லாருக்கும் தெரியும். ஆனால் “அங்கிங்கெனாத படி நீக்கமற நிறைந்திருக்கும் பரம்பொருள்” என்பதில் கல் என்ன விலக்கு? எங்கும் வியாபித்திருப்பவன் என்றால் என்ன? நாங்கள் கல்லில் இருக்கும் பரம்பொருளைக் காண்கிறோம். நீங்கள் கல்லை மட்டும் காண்பதில் எங்களுக்கு ஆட்சேபணையில்லை. ஆனால் உங்கள் பார்வைக்கு எங்களைக் குறை சொல்லாதீர்கள் .

Visualizing தான் இன்றைய உலகின் தாரக மந்திரம். இதைத் தான் பன்னெடுங்காலமாக ஹிந்துக்கள் செய்து கொண்டிருக்கிறார்கள்.

கல்லைக் கண்டால் நாயைக் காணோம், நாயைக் கண்டால் கல்லைக் காணோம் என்பதும் மரத்தை மறைத்தது மாமத யானை – மரத்தில் மறைந்தது மாமத யானை

என்பதின் உண்மைப் பொருள் மேற்சொன்ன Visualizing முறை தான்.

இப்படி ஒவ்வொரு சடங்கும் ஆழமான ஒரு குறிக்கோளைக் கொண்டதாக இருக்கிறது. பொதுவாக, மனதைப் பயிற்றுவிப்பது, புலன்களைக் கடந்த நிலையை இறையை உணர்வது போன்ற குறிக்கோளே இப்பயிற்சிகளில் முக்கியத்துவம் பெறுகிறது. எனவே இச்சடங்குகளை வெறும் சடங்காகப் பாவிக்காமல் உட்பொருள் உணர்ந்து செய்தால் இது வெறும் புறச்சடங்கு அல்ல, மாறாக ஆழ்ந்த, ஒரு வாழ்க்கை முறை பற்றியது, அனைவருக்கும் பொருந்தக் கூடிய, பின்பற்றக் கூடிய மற்றும் எக்காலத்திற்கும் பொருத்தமான செயல் என்பது தெளிவாகும். அதன் உட்பொருளை உணராமல் செய்தால், அது கேலிக்கும் நக்கலுக்கும் உரிய கண்மூடித்தனமான மூடநம்பிக்கையாகி விடும். எனவே “எப்பொருள் யார்யார் வாய் கேட்பினும் அப்பொருள் மெய்ப்பொருள் காண்பதறிவு”.

இவ்வாறான சடங்குகளில் பெரும்பாலான மக்களால் அதன் உட்பொருள் மறக்கப்பட்டு வெறும் சடங்காகவும், பிரச்சினைக்குரிய ஒன்றாகவும், அரசியல், பணம் விளையாடும் ஆடம்பரமாகவும் ஆன ஒன்று தான் விநாயகர் சதுர்த்தி. நாடு முழுவதும் பெரும் ஆடம்பரமாகக் கொண்டாடப்படும் விழாவாகி விட்டது இது. சதுர்த்தியின் அழகே அதன் எளிமை தான். களிமண் என்பது எங்கும் கிடைத்துக் கொண்டிருந்தது (?!). அதை வைத்து ஒரு பிள்ளையார் சிலை செய்து எங்கும் விளையக்கூடிய அருகம்புல், எருக்கம் பூ மாலை போன்றவற்றை அணிவித்து, பின் பண்டிகை முடிந்த பின் அதை விஸர்ஜனம் என்று ஆற்றில் கரைத்து விடுவது. இதில் ஒரு ஒழுங்குபடுத்தப் பட்ட சுழற்சி இருப்பதைக் காணலாம். களிமண்ணானது மீண்டும் ஆற்றில் கரைக்கப் படும் போது அதன் நீர்வளம் பாதிக்கப் படுவதில்லை, மாறாக பலமடைகிறது. இதில் தத்துவ தாத்பரியம் என்னவென்றால், களிமண், தண்ணீரால் செய்யப்பட்ட
இந்த பிரதிமை தண்ணீருடன் கலந்து விடுவது ஐம்புலன்களால் ஆன இவ்வுடம்பு தன் வேலை முடிந்த உடன் அவற்றிலேயே ஐக்கியமாவது போல. இயற்கையான முறையில், இயற்கையைப் பாழ் பண்ணாமல் நடந்த ஒரு சடங்கு. அதன் உட்பொருள் மறந்து போய் இன்றைய தினம் என்னவெல்லாமோ பொருட்களால் ஆன சிலைகள், வித விதமாய், கிரிக்கெட் ஆடும் விநாயகர், கம்ப்யூட்டரில் தட்டச்சு செய்யும் விநாயகர் என்ற கேலி கூத்துக்கள் ஒருபுறம், மற்றொரு புறம், பட்டாசு, ஊர்வலம், விநாயகர் முகத்தை விட விழா ஒருங்கிணைப்பாளர் முகம் பெரிதாகத் தெரியுமாய் சுவரொட்டிகள் என்று அருவருக்கத்தக்கதாகி விட்டது.அதன் சாயலிலேயே சிவராத்திரியும் மெல்ல ஆகிக் கொண்டு வருகிறதோ என்ற கவலை ஏற்படுகிறது.

சென்ற வருடம் தொலைக்காட்சியில் இரண்டு பிரபலமான (corporate) கார்பரேட் சாமியார்களின் சிவராத்திரி கொண்டாட்டங்கள் காண்பிக்கப் பட்டன. அதில் ஒரு கூட்டம் பிண்ணனிப் பாடகர்களை அழைத்து வந்து, அவர்கள் சினிமா பாட்டெல்லாம் பாடி, நடு நடுவில் ஷிவா ஷிவா என்று கூச்சல் போட்டுக்கொண்டு, நெருப்பை வைத்து நடனமாடிக் கொண்டு, இதில் கிடார் வாசிப்பவர் லெதர் ஜாக்கெட் எல்லாம் அணிந்திருந்தார். இன்னொரு கூட்டத்தலைவர் அனைவரையும் தூக்கி சாப்பிட்டு விட்டார். அவருக்குள் சிவன் இறங்கி விட்டாராம். கண்ணைச் சொருகிக் கொண்டு கையை உதறுவது போல மேலே தூக்கி உள்ளங்கையை அப்படியே பாம்பு போல குவித்து முகத்துக்கு நேரே கொணர்ந்து ஒரு பாம்பு டான்ஸ் போட்டார் பாருங்கள் – சகிக்கவில்லை! இது எல்லாம் கேலிக் கூத்தாகி விடுகின்றன, ஏனெனில் மேற்சொன்ன உட்பொருள் என்பது மறக்கப்பட்டு விட்டது.

நாம் வேகமாக உட்பொருள் மறைந்து வெறும் சடங்கால் ஆன வழியில் வேகமாகப் போய்க் கொண்டிருக்கிறோம். கவனம் தேவை. ஒரு ஆசிரியர் குருகுலத்தில் பூனை ஒன்றை வளர்த்து வந்தாராம். அப்பூனை பாடம் நடகையில் அங்குமிங்கும் அலைந்து கொண்டிருந்ததால் மாணவர்கள் கவனம் சிதறுவதைக் கண்ட குரு, அப்பூனையை கட்டிப் போட்டு விட்டு வகுப்பைத் தொடர்ந்தாராம். பிற்காலத்தில் அக்குரு வழி வந்த மற்றொருவர் மாணவர்களைப் பார்த்து “நம் குருநாதர் பூனையைக் கட்டி வைத்து விட்டுத்தான் வகுப்பை ஆரம்பிப்பார், அந்த பாரம்பரியம் தொலையக் கூடாது, எங்கே பூனை ஒன்றைப் பிடித்து வாருங்கள். அதைக் கட்டி வைத்து விட்டு வகுப்பைத் தொடங்கலாம் என்றாராம். எப்படி இருக்கிறது கதை? அது போலத்தான் ஆகி விட்டது சதுர்த்தியும் சிவராத்திரியும். எனவே சரியான உட்பொருளை உணர்வோம் என்று விழித்துக் கொள்ளுங்கள். அதற்கு இந்த சிவராத்திரி துணை செய்யட்டும்.

நாம் சரியான கேள்விகளைக் கேட்போம், அது தான் சரியான பதிலை நமக்குத் தரும். நம் எண்ணங்களாலும் செயல்களாலும் தூய்மையடைவது ஒன்று தான் இச்சடங்குகளின் குறிக்கோள். எனவே இந்த மஹா சிவராத்திரி நாளில் அதன் உட்பொருள் உணர்ந்து விரதம் கடைபிடித்து இறையருள் பெறுவோம்.

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Another experience of Jeeva Nadi reading at Kallar, Mettupalayam

We read and hear about Jeeva Nadi predictions and reading. But what it takes to have a first hand experience of one’s own question is answered, only in a motherly manner? This post reveals such an experience of a person who went to get Jeeva Nadi reading.

 

A devotee went to seek the guidance of Sage Agastya in the Kallar Gnana Peedam. His experience is given as it is, from how he stated them originally in Tamil.

First, let us see what the Siddha Kaka Pujunda says about Shri Agastya Muni:

அகத்தியரே பெரும் பேற்றை அடைந்தோராவார்
அம்மம்மா வெகு தெளிவு அவர் வாக்குந்தான்!
அகத்திலுறை பொருளெல்லாம் வெளியாய்ச் சொல்வார்
அவர் வாக்கு செவி கேட்க அருமையாகும்!
அகத்தியரின் பொதிகையே மேருவாகும்!
அம்மலையும் அகத்தியரின் மலையுமாகும்!
அகத்தியரின் அடையாளம் பொதிகை மேரு
அவர் மனது மவரைப் போற் பெரியோர் உண்டோ!
காகபுசுண்டர்

In English…

It is Agastya who attained the huge blessing
Oh my holy Mother! His words are pretty clear!
He clarifies the hidden meanings openly
The ears will be pleased to hear His words!
Agastya’s Podhigai Hills is but Mount Meru!
It is Agastya’s holy abode indeed!
Agastya’s identity is Podhigai Meru
Is there anyone who can match Him?
Siddha Kaka Pujundar → http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kagapujandar

Namaste

I have been reading the Sitthan Arul for weeks together now and have realized that I was getting immediate answers to all my queries from the various incidents from that series. Just like how I get a reply each week, this week also, I got to know that “If it is getting delayed to reach a place without we knowing or by unavoidable circumstances, they are for good only!”

I had a grievance for a long time. For that, I have checked the Nãdi in various places and have done parihar, but I never thought that I will get an answer from Agastya’s Jeeva Nãdi! If “They” are the one who calls, then whatever happens is all because of “Their” grace. This was shown to me clearly as that of a movie by Them.

After lengthy thought process, I chose a auspicious vrata day, offloaded every other burden in the name of Lord and took the phone number of Kallar Gnana Peedam and gave it to people close to me, requesting them to talk. I can most certainly say that it is all Their grace. The first surprise was that I got a date allotted for receiving the Nãdi reading. But from that day on, whatever sins I havd committed knowingly began to daunt me, leaving me sleepless. I realized what sort of a big sinner am I, in those short span of time. There is forgiveness for sins committed unknowingly. But I had known from reading Sitthan Arul (The Grace of Siddha’s original Tamil version) that those accumulated karma’s effect will continue birth after birth. Having said these, will the Maha Muni Agastya say any word at all, for a person like me? This fear surrounded me.

I began to do Japa whenever I thought of, fed the cow with ample fruit and was doing whatever parihar I learnt. The truth is, as the day came closer, many sleepless nights added up. Even if He (Agastya Muni) scolds me, it is fine, but what if He says ‘I won’t help’?, everything will be over and done! Fear. I bewailed this to one of my friend who visits Agastya’s temple constantly. My friend might have thought – O, if only he relieves me of this torture – he use to say “do not go if you fear”. Again I use to get worried and then will summon courage to do the regular tasks!

The day of travel came!

As we could not get train tickets, we decided to go by bus. I thought I should get some sweets and snacks for the children there at the Ashram and to tell my friend before I set off. When I called him up, he asked:
“What are you taking for Agastya?”

I could not answer. Then he himself suggested to get Vastra (garment), Beetle leaves, fruits, saambrani (frankincense), rose water etc. As it was already dark, we could not get any of these and so we boarded the bus. The bus started an hour late and due to rain, it moved in the speed of a tortoise. What could be reached in 4 hours, it took 6 hours to reach Coimbatore. It is for good as the shops will be open by then! We boarded a bus that goes to Mettupalayam.

It was happier that from a shop, we got garland and other items. We inquired the cab drivers who asked for Rs. 600 to Kallar which is only about 6 kilo meters. As we stood there, an auto rickshaw came and hurried us to get in. He said ‘give me 100 rupees, but get in first’. It was about 8 in the morning. The auto rickshaw guy said that he knows the place but where he went was to Sri Ramakrishna Math. There were nobody and I thought I shall take bath right there as I remembered the post which said that there is a river that runs by. I was very eager but I couldn’t take bath since I could not spot any river. I began to doubt. Is this the place? The person accompanied me confirmed my doubt too. Then we realized that we have been mis-routed, and somehow reached Agathiyar Gnana Peedam. From a distance, the Ashram looked as if asking “Here you came, at last?” It was 5 minutes to 9. Once my companion took bath in the Ashram and then I began to read some slokhas and did some Japa. The garland we bought, as expected, covered the Sage Agastya from the neck to toe. This itself gave me a sort of peace. We are in the right direction, I realized.

The crowd was good enough. After a while, HH Mataji came out of the Dhyana Room. When she began to call out names, we said ours and she said ‘Oh O, I just called out this name and since there wasn’t any, I moved other names prior to yours”. Then she wrote our names. We were the eleventh.

Ok good. Let us do japa for a longer time, we thought. Around 11 AM, when inquiring a person who lives there, he explained how the Eka Mukhi Rudraksha came there. A spontaneous feeling of paying respect to that rose in me. Then I asked the doubt which I had in mind.

“If we have committed a sin knowingly, will Agastya Muni help?”

The answer he gave was so soothing. “Even if one has done the 5 most hideous sins (referred to as Pancha Maha Papa), Agastya has the motherly heart of forgiving, only 10 times more”.

While talking, I saw Lord Subramanya who is at a meditative posture and the moment I thought “O our Murugan, He is quiet without doing any mischievosness!” – the person whom I was talking to said “Today, the crowd is more”

“Looks like it will be dark before our reading”

“No no, the moment sun sets, Agastya Muni will say “Stop!” after which not even a line can be read!”. I became dumbstruck. By looking at the cold wind and the weather in that hill, it appeared as if the Sun might set right at 4 PM itself!

“When exactly does the sun set?”

“Anytime! Could be 4, 5 or even 6” – he said.

“So far, the reading is done only for 6!”

We c a n n o t do anything. It is His count. Humans cannot do anything. If sun sets, one has to just leave! We couldn’t get lucky, even they called out our names before! Without knowing this, we came slowly – all sorts of thought-bursts started. “O Muruga, please save me! – I began to chant the Kanda Sashti Kavacham for about 6 or 7 times, Hanuman Chalisa, Agastya Akhanda Japa – all these happened. Everyone was invited to have food. I could not go. I was greatly confused in mind. Around 2 PM, Swami Thangaraj came who appeared as the embodiment of peace. He asked “Had your food?”

“No” I replied.

“I am going for food, please do so too” – his words reflected a blissful silence!! Then Mataji took us to the dining hall and said “We will surely read Nãdi for you”. The mind was relieved a little. Then Japa, slokha and meditation continued. There were a few people and were with full of hope. One of them could not move his head. I felt a soft corner for him. Even our grievance is to be resolved, but the chances of his name to be called out was less. I went up to him and said “Do you want to go in before us?” He said “Let it be over for you first as you keep praying!!”

We all started chanting Adithya Hrudhayam by facing West, praying that everyone should be blessed with a reading. As a surprise, the sun did not set even after 6 PM!

They called us around 4.30 PM. One can have a darshan of the Eka Mukhi Rudraksha as soon as entering the room. I prostrated and sat in front of Guruji. I had written down my queries. Guruji asked my name, my
father’s name and asked if I have the questions.

“Quesions O Sir? I only have grievances.”

Thereafter what Guruji read off the Nãdi were only Answers, Reasons and Remedies! Who will have this much of mercy? Within ten minutes, Agastya Muni had become a Mother, Father, and Everyone! For that ten minutes, I totally forgot my bodily presence and felt like a leaf which afloats freely in air. It was as if a mother’s lullaby to her child in a cradle. He made me realize that all the suffering is only for the physical body! As and when he narrated my previous births, I forgot this present Janma (birth). The grievances was not grievances anymore! Even then He came as a rain-cloud of mercy. It felt as if the words that came out were more than enough, with which one can cross the ocean of birth.

Mataji writes down the reading in a notebook clearly and explains to us. Then they hand over the notebook to us. Even if the questions are same, two people cannot enter at the same time as the Nãdi will be read for one at a time. This is Agastya’s order. Then when explaining the reading, the others can be present. THEY DO NOT EXPECT ANY MONEY FOR THIS! But since they feed everyone who comes and does services, it is good to give around 500 Indian rupees. It is up to individuals to offer more, adding up good karma. Their request is that when there is a Guru Puja where a Yagna is conducted, one should be present and get the grace of Siddhas – this is the blessings of elders there.

Om Agatheesaya Namaha!

Note from GnanaBoomi Admin:

A number of people who came for the Nãdi reading said that they were asked to provide whatever they can, for the Yagna that takes place in December. This became a topic of discussion and eventually it turned to a comparison between what they experienced in Thanjavur with Shri Ganesan’s reading and here at Kallar. One of them said that the letters appear in Gold there with Late Shri Hanumathdasan and now with Shri Ganesan. The Mataji had told me that the letters scroll as and when read here.

Another person said, ‘Last time when I got the reading in Thanjavur, Gurunathar (Agastya Muni) had mentioned a few parihaar to be done and quoted that it is because of past karmic effects etc. I did complete them all but when I listened to Him here today, there wasn’t any mention about the past effects. I think that the parihaar what I did has taken care of it.

We could feel that the question of ‘Why does this information about Yagna is said to everyone and they are requested to do whatever they could for the ritual? Why this does not happen anywhere? The Sage does not compel anyone to donate money or even to perform the remedial measures He suggests! He just guides and leaves the decision to oneself. He has mentioned this in many a questions that the answers one get may differ at times, which depeneds on the individual’s fate, the time and his karmic effects. It is out of His mercy that the Agastya Muni goes out of the way to help people. It is the individual’s wish to donate anything they want or to do anything He suggests.

However, we took this question to none other than Mr. Karthikeyan, who writes the Sitthan Arul. His explanation made it very clear.

Why does everyone get a note about the Yagna that happens in December?
→ It is the Sage Agastya who mentions this to everyone to attend the yagna, where the Siddha-Purushas will be present in an invisible form and will bless those who attend and those who helped in whatever
means they could. This is told to everyone to get Their blessings! The Yagna is being conducted as per the instruction from Agastya Muni Himself!

Why doesn’t the letter appear in Gold as in other places? When they read it here at Kallar, the Guruji reads one palm leaf, flips and opens the second, and so on, where a video showing Shri Ganesan’s reading shows him reading it from a single leaf itself.
→ How the letter appears, how they read etc is not important. What is important is that it is Agastya Muni who answers. In case of late Shri Hanumathdasan, he sometimes closes the Nãdi, closes his eyes and
starts saying the clairvoyances! One has to focus on what the message is for them than how it is read.

What Siddha Agastya says is:

“With the thoughts turning inward, from a human perspective, even upon meeting a person who is holy, one should understand this clearly. Even if undergone many a spiritual experiences, this person is still entangled in Maya. Even he may have some bad karmic effects out of which, sometimes he may say a good reason, sometimes incorrect ones. So, every human, meeting a Gnani is not wrong, but if done so, one should think on his own and come to a conclusion. This is what We say at this juncture.”

And experience shows that the one who believes and surrenders to Agastya Muni, He never forsakes them, and never lets them go wrong!

First hand experience with Jeeva Nadi

Sage Agastya Muni has a message for us all. The author feels blessed to hear it. What did the Muni say?

 

As soon as the Important Update on Jeeva Nãdi was published, there were a number of enthusiastic responses seeking more details. Just like our thrilled readers, I was very excited to have a first hand experience of Jeeva Nãdi myself. So I set forth to the Ashram.

This trip was no short of a pilgrimage, with the mind completely filled with the thoughts of Agastya Muni and His Grace in many lives. The Ashram situated in the most apt location of Kallar welcomes one with its natural beauty. The weather was very comfortable and the people very kind and polite. I enquired the passerby on how to reach the place, albeit the name boards directing you very comfortably.

There came a figure descending from the hill with his saffron robe and walking-shoes. His hands gently glided through the beard of his and I ended up enquiring Himself. He said “It’s our Ashram only. Please wait in while I’ll be back from walking”. I later realized that He is none other than HH Thangaraj Swamigal, the founder of Agathiar Gnana Peedam, Kallar as per the instruction from none other than the Agastya Muni Himself. More on this later.

I was pleasantly welcomed by the inmates, a cat among them too. I was offered to choose between taking bath in the nearby river or in the Ashram itself and I chose the latter. The bath in cold water refreshed me a lot for I could not sleep well in the bus enroute. There were about three of us waiting, a gentleman who came the day before and another who was blessed with an experience of Jeeva Nãdi reading obtained from both Late Shri Hanumathdasan and Shri Ganesan of Thanjavur. When HH Mataji enquired our whereabouts, his reply was “The Sage has pulled me here as well”.

With our excitement growing, there formed a natural Satsang among those who came a little later. One among them is a gentleman with a rare but noble hobby, only done religiously. He plants saplings in temple premises with the choice of the temple authorities and hands over the responsibility of nurturing them to the locals / priests. Sometimes, he takes over them too wherever he can.

Talking to him revealed how famous the Sitthan Arul series is and how Mr. Karthikeyan is respected and sought after! He was all praise of the series and his wife enthusiastically joined him saying “We wait for it so eagerly”. Our man then said those words which validated the whole purpose of hosting GnanaBoomi. He said “I must have stumbled upon your link through Mr. Karthikeyan’s Sitthan Arul blog and I found those series in English as well, it is good. Keep up the good work. It is a pleasure to have met you.”

The gentleman who came a day before slightly differed with the posts however, by saying that one should buy the printed copies of the book written by Late Shri Hanumathdasan. It was a good meeting with like minded people sharing experiences and waiting eagerly.

HH Swamiji came back and had a few visitors. So we waited a little more, with a lot of excitement and a focussed mind. HH Mataji took our names in the order of our arrival. Swamiji went on with the Karpoora Harathi for Agastya Muni and Lord Subramanya doing penance, a rare sight indeed, both in golden color radiating beauty and serenity. He then went on to show Harathi to the huge 7 KG Eka Mukhi Rudraksha bead, seen nowhere else in the world. More on this later too.

Thava Murugar

The first person went in. It took almost an hour before he came out and people gathered around him asking questions out of curiosity. How was it sir, What is your experience, and so on. He answered them with patience and my excitement grew larger. Then HH Mataji called out my name…

I entered the room. Guruji has a sweet and gentle voice. He speaks slowly but clearly. He asked me to be seated while having a cup of tea. I was looking at the Nãdi with awe and the world seemed to have stopped for me, except the sound of the table fan and chirps of birds around the hill. My curiosity jumped out while Guruji was having His tea.

I asked..”Guruji, have you really seen the Agastya Muni?”

“What sort of a question is this? Is it without His darshan that I have started all these?” (meaning the Ashram duties)

“Please pardon my ignorance. I read about you in the booklet outside and it is just curiosity that I dared to ask so”

“Have I seen? Of course I have. It is Him who instructed me to establish this Gnana Peetam. I came here to attain Samadhi (after having done penance in hills like Chathuragiri for 4 years and more) where He appeared before me instructing me to do this and to be of service to others”

“That’s so wonderful to hear Swamiji”

I had written down the questions I wanted to ask in a notebook. He went through them carefully and confirmed with me on my questions. Then said “The questions ought to be in my mind when I read the Nãdi for answers”.

He opened the Jeeva Nãdi after praying to Sage Agastya, taking it closer to his eyes, as though worshipping. Then he slowly began to unwind the thread, my pulse and excitement increased. He looked at the Nãdi and asked “What was your name
again?”

I mentioned. He then asked my father’s name and looked in to the Nãdi again.

He then started narrating with HH Mataji writing down every word of it. He narrated them slowly and it was in understandable literature Tamil. It went on and on with me immersing deeply in to a strange journey within. I got tears at time, felt so grateful at His mercy, and felt so puny. It went on.

I had an important question in mind about a mail which I received sometime back, that the Siddhas are going to take over the world towards Dharmic rule and as a symptom of which, the temple tanks will get rid of any foul smell and will radiate fragrance. I had written that question and asked: 

 Is that true?”

Agastya Muni kindly replied thus:

This is the time of Siddhas. Every Yuga is ruled by Gods. In this Kali-Yuga, We have appeared to uplift the Dharma and to prevent the world from destruction. We have set forth to destroy the Adharma carried out by people in the name of religion. There will be fragrances of Sandalwood and the fragrance of Thiru Mann (the holy mark held by Sri Vaishnavas with Mann literally means soil) in places where we come by. Since you are Our devotee, We have uttered this truth to you.

Post the narration, the Guruji mentioned that “This is a great Bhagyam that the Sage has revealed such truths.” The day went on with a feeling of a heavy load lifted off my shoulders. I began to feel lighter and calm. Later during the evening, I had the fortune of talking to HH Guruji and I asked the same question again. The answer this time was elaborate.

“Have you seen Agastyar, Swami?”

“Yes indeed.”

“How did he appear? I mean, how was the whole experience?”

“Do the Siddhas have form? They take whatever form they want to. Just to appease us humans, they appear in forms. At first, there was a radiating light that appeared before me, within which the Agastya Muni was seen coming towards me (He gestures walking). It was wonderful!”

During the day, I had the great opportunity to listen to HH Mataji, who is a down-to-earth, loving lady. She mentioned that “On a certain day around 5 in the morning, someone had entered the Ashram premises and called us from there (she points me to a place). Guruji went up to him where the person said “It has been ordered to hand this over to you” and handed over a heavy item wrapped in saffron clothes. Guruji went inside and placed it in an altar, returned only to find the person to be missing. Mataji said.. “we have no clue as to how he entered the premises which was closed and locked”. When they opened it, they found the 7 KG Eka Mukhi Rudraksha, in the form of Shiva Linga, and another Rudraksha of about 650 grams, Eka Mukhi too.

I later spoke to a lady who said that whatever that came off the Nãdi was precisely true and that she felt tears when she listened to them. May be it is true that in the presence of divine, our bad karma begins to melt as tears!

 

 

 

 

Important update on Agastya Jeeva Nadi

The Jeeva Nadi reading has resumed as per the Grace of Siddha Agastya Muni.

 

It is with immense pleasure and gratitude that GnanaBoomi announces that Sage Agastya has agreed to resume providing guidance to those who seek (Nãdi) His grace through Jeeva Nãdi again. 

When The Grace of Siddha series started, many a readers requested the contact details of Jeeva Nãdi readers and thus far, the information was not available. It was due to the Maharshi Agastya’s instructions that the Jeeva Nãdi be kept under pooja so far. Now, He has kindly listened to all our prayers and has ordered the Nãdi be read again. Those who seek His guidance with a pure heart and true yearning, can obtain the same in The Agathiyar Gnana Peedham, Kallar. 

The contact information of the Ashram is that of Her Holiness Mataji at +91 98425 50987. At present, they have only 5 sessions for a month and it is done by prior appointments. Those who wants to read the Nãdi for themselves should be present in front of Guruji who reads the Nãdi. 

A few important points to note:

1. Please call up the number and speak to Mataji to fix up a time to get the Jeeva Nãdi reading and to obtain the directions to reach the place. The Guruji speaks English, if you are not familiar with Tamil.  

2. The Jeeva Nãdi is read on Saturdays mainly. But on Wednesdays, they do read the Nãdi for urgent needs.

3. The Guru Muni Agastya has kindly agreed to give His clairvoyance even on Saturdays that falls on a Ashtami, Navami days, where the Nãdi is not normally read.

4. Have your questions clearly written down. The Guruji asks for it before reading the Nãdi. This is to keep the questions running in his mind, to seek guidance from Agastya Muni. Avoid discussing your issues while waiting, to anyone. It is better to focus on Agastya Muni, do chanting or prayer and sit in silence. A satsang is good, but let it not turn in to a gossip session. It is a general recommendation to avoid disclosing your name, profession or why you have come here to anyone. You have come to get guidance from Agastya Muni. So request Him to guide you than disclosing personal information prior to the reading. 

5. The person to whom the Nãdi is to be read, must be present in the divine altar and others are not permitted. Speak to HH Mataji for further clarifications or updates about the same.

6. Be generous in your contributions. Though they do not charge for Jeeva Nãdi reading, they do accept the donations for feeding a group of poor children, their education etc.

7. Last but not least, have a yearning and a true seeking mind. DO NOT try to validate or test the Nãdi revelations. This is not a labaratory but a place of spiritual solace.

Jeeva Nãdi reading at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Agastya Muni has instructed the Nãdi be kept in pooja at Thanjavur and kindly agreed to resume reading from June 2014. You may contact Shri Ganesan through this mail address – arut.kudil at gmail.com (no space in between, replace the word at with the @ symbol). His phone number is +91 9443421627, which remains switched off most of the times as he may be busy. We have heard that his phone remains on on Mondays. He responds to email queries however. 

Important:

1) In any place, it is a general recommendation NOT to reveal your personal identity before the Nãdi reading is done. This is particularly important because, the Agastya Muni has clearly mentioned that what comes out of reading has its effect on the Karma of the person and even the Karma of the reader. So, have faith but remain silent about your identity till the Nãdi reading is done. 

2) GnanaBoomi.com has NO affiliations or direct involvement in any of the above places regarding Jeeva Nãdi reading. We are merely updating these information as it may come helpful to those who seek His guidance and we have NO direct or indirect association with the places above. 

 

We sincerely thank Sage Agathiyar for His continuous grace upon us. 

Om Agatheesaya Nama:

Read Ramayana

Ever wanted to read the Ramayana with the original sloka and its description in English? The initiative from ReadRamayana.org delivers the slokas in your email. Join in, read and appreciate that such a man lived in flesh and blood in this same Earth and be inspired!

What is your benchmark of piousness?

What’s your score in possessing good qualities?

And how far have you been successful in following those qualities?

For instance, speaking only the truth. This seems simple isn’t it? Give it a try and ye shall find the road-block within five minutes! 

Sage Valmiki had a longing. He wanted to know if there is anyone who is a perfect picture of all the qualities good. When Narada appeared before him, he lists them with utmost sincerity and expectation. Each of those qualities when looked deeper, takes at least a life time to get comfortable with, as against mastering and yet, Valmiki wants to know that: 

“Who in this world is a person:

1) of adorable and admirable character, 2) of great valor, 3) of acute discernment about right and wrong, 4) that appreciates, remembers and grateful for the help received from everyone, 5) that stands by his word all the time, 6) and pursues his goals to their completion, unswerving? 7) Who is a man of proven record and reputation, 8) who always wishes and does good to all beings, 9) who is well read about all aspects of life, 10) who is capable of getting the most challenging things done, 11) who is also approachable, personable and pleasing to all alike, at all times?
Who is a person 12) of exemplary courage, 13) in complete control of his temperament, 14) of great intellect, 15) that is unbiased and doesn’t indulge in slander, 16) and whose displeasure would be taken note by even the gods?

Greedy he must have been, ain’t he? No! Yet, there lived a person flesh and blood in this very Earth, who not only possessed the quality of speaking only the truth, but was the very picture of all these qualities above. Do we need to say he was Sri Ramachandra? His glory is sung in Ramayana. 

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Arun, Deviantart.com

Ever wanted to read the Ramayana’s original slokhas in Devanagiri or a handful of other Indian languages AND to know what they mean, right from your inbox? ReadRamayana.org has such a wonderful initiative. You will receive about 100 slokas in your email, along with their meaning.

Join in, read and appreciate that such a man lived right here in this Earth and get inspired. Talking about evolution, He truly is the benchmark of all evolved ones!

 

  

 

Mindful Maha Shiva Rathri

Thoughts on the purpose of Maha Shiva Rathri, other than the ritualistic aspect of it. We celebrate a lot of rituals but the purpose behind them is nearly forgotten, leaving them meaningless. But they are not without purpose, just that we don’t do it mindfully. This article ponders about the same and urges to follow through mindfully.

To view this article in Tamil, please visit – http://www.gnanaboomi.com/spiritual-practices-of-sanatana-dharma-sivarathri

Gnana Boomi wishes everyone a blessed Maha Shiva Rathri

The vigils of Sanatana Dharma has greater meaning and purpose beneath them. From the surface, it looks like a mere ritual, to stay awake throughout the night and pray. But if we start to look beyond the surface, it’s wonderful. Let us start such a remarkable revelation, right from the surface.

You have been told, keep upavasa, or eat just once in a day today and stay awake throughout the night & pray. You wonder how is that possible yet decide to do it. In a little while, the activity of the body and mind comes down due to hunger. One starts to feel (real) hunger and compassion towards the hunger-struck fellow beings. If it is any other day, we may react totally different, but when the mind is ‘set with the right expectation’, it adapts. The brain sends the appropriate signals to the body. The otherwise “hard to tame” mind starts to slow down. Further more, the amazing forefathers of the Vedic Dharma tells us repeatedly that with the will power and a trained mind, one can start gaining control over it. It coils down to ‘one’ default thought and as a natural phenomenon, it wants to roll back to its original being. But the original being of mind is not being at all, as per the Shashtras and Upanishads. But we haven’t reached that state yet, and the mind must keep itself alive, so it clings to one thought. The thought of ‘today is an auspicious day, a divine one etc’ with the surroundings echoing the same vibes, it starts repeating the name of the Lord ‘Hara Hara Mahadeva, Shambho, Shiva Shambho’, Om Namah Shivaya… and so on.

The mind follows the body and the body follows the mind, hand in hand.

There is a saying that when one puts his heart and soul to something, it starts revealing itself to him. Instead of running behind the mind and its thought-current, you train it to revert to a default point, say, a Ishta Devata (the God to which one prays more – wikipedia), the process becomes smooth. It runs, you let it run, don’t control but remember the default point and it comes back, only to run away. This goes on and the result of this game varies between individuals but it is said that eventually, one gets the ability to find ‘that a thought is about to rise’ even before it rises. This process further continues to evolve to a point where there is no thought and THAT, the Vedic Dharma says is the perfect state to be in. The Maha Shiv Rathri is one such great night to do this Sadhana or spiritual practice. Just like how its easy to sail with the wind, the condition favors the mind during these days. Moreover, you get to rise up the benchmark by performing this practice by keeping a vigil, to stay awake and to keep your mind fixed on a thought / purpose.

First of all, it beats down all the generalizations of hunger, sleep hours etc and proves the ability to stretch oneself from what is “believed” to be normal can and can’ts – even for one night. You might have observed this. For instance, on a day that is special to you, be it your birthday, anniversary etc, you walk around and everything looks special. The day is normal for others but you feel special on that day. Everything is in the mind, they say and we can’t agree more.

Repetition has power. Ask your martial arts guru and they would vouch for it. The punch given out after tremendous practice can break down bricks. The same goes with the thought. Staying awake in the night already makes one feel a little imbalanced and the mind is trained to think nothing but one, and eventually, the repetition gains control. We all remember the story of Sage Valmiki uttering just Mara Mara which turned out to be the most wonderful Rama taraka mantra. Practice makes permanent. The researchers of brain confirms that repetition of thought triggers the brain to send out pulses repeatedly and upon every repetition, the frequency goes stronger and stronger, thereby making a physical or hotline link between “thought and action”. There are numerous tests conducted in this area. We are just amazed as to how intuitively this is interwoven in to our daily culture, to repeat the name of the divine and cleanse yourself! Repeat the act of good thinking and purify yourself!

But what is in performing a set of ritual to an image or a stone? The stone is not God! Thank you, and even the Hindus know that. To the untrained mind, an object of focus is highly recommended and any teacher would confirm this. A sweet example narrated by the Vedanta Academy of Madras is that of helping a man view the crescent moon which is not so obvious in the sky with the help of a branch. He is not able to see where the moon is, he is asked if he can see the huge tree beneath. He ridicules, just like how the stone worshippers are being ridiculed, and says he could see it obviously. He is pointed further towards the edge of a top most branch and he could do it very easily. Now he is told to look a few degrees to the left, upwards and lo! There is the moon!

Courtesy: http://pix.alaporte.net/pub/d/10646-1/Branches+and+Crescent+Moon+1.JPG
The branch is just an aid to see the moon and it is NOT the moon!

Now there is no relation to the moon and the branch, at least for this example, but without the branch, it could’ve been very difficult for him to locate the moon. The same goes with the stone image worship. We all know that the stone is not God, literally, but we know that God pervades, permeats everything and He is also in that stone. We keep this as a point of focus and perform the rituals, by showing the love and devotion, as if He is right there in front of us!

The corporate buzzword for this age-old technique is “visualizing and believing”. There is a couple of wise phrases about this fact:

மரத்தை மறைத்தது மாமத யானை – மரத்தில்
மறைந்தது மாமத யானை

When one looks at the image of a wooden elephant as an elephant, then the wood is not seen, and look at it as a wood, the elephant is not seen.

கல்லைக் கண்டால் நாயைக் காணோம் – நாயைக்
கண்டால் கல்லைக் காணோம்

The above phrase is totally mistaken and taken literally where they associate it similar to that of murphy’s law that when you have a stone to throw, there is no dog and when there is dog, you get no stone. But in actual sense the phrase means just like that of the elephant’s.

Every single act in the name of ritual has a deep purpose behind it and most of them is to train the mind, to descend beyond the senses and to realize the self. When the mere rituals are performed mindfully, the only recommended method, one starts to understand the deeper meaning behind them. It is no longer an object to ridicule, but the most effective system, a “way of life” that is down to earth, applicable to one and all, surpassing ages together and still going stronger. Take the mindfulness out of it, it is absurd to the untrained mind. Hence it is important to know the purpose behind every ritual and to do it mindfully.

A good example of the absence of mindfulness is the festival of Ganesh Chathurthi. It is a festival which is celebrated with great pomp. Sadly, it has become a commercialized hype with its true purpose hidden, not gone but. The main ingredient of that function is clay through which the Ganesha murthi is made. The idea is availability and affordability. In those days, it was easily available and free for everyone, just pick up the clay in river bed and if you are good at clay-art, you get to do it yourself. Then comes the grass called Arukam Pul (pul-grass) which grows by itself in most places, auspicious for Ganesha. The modern world has made everything costly where even sand is not spared. The idol of Ganesha in various forms and sizes sells like hot-cake. But with no mindfulness, we started buying the idol made of clay, plaster of paris and what not!

The symbolic representation of the clay getting mixed in to the water at the end (visarjan) is to represent the oneness of Jivatma with the Paramatma, or to realize one’s own self. It makes sense to dissolve it in water, which eventually makes the sand fertile. This is also taken literally where we joyfully gather to pollute the water bodies with all sorts of chemicals that the idols are painted with. We burst crackers, make noise and everything, but the purpose, when done with mindfulness, is the most simplistic one.

A wise teacher back in those good old days use to share his knowledge to a handful of students. There lived a cat in the hermitage which used to roam around freely in his house. On seeing the students getting distracted because of the cat, the Guru ordered one of his disciple to tie-up the cat in a pillar next to their class room. This helped the students focus on the class and days went by. Two successors came after the Guru and the third one said to his students: “bring a cat and tie it up, that’s how the class use to start – we must follow our tradition”!!

Just as ridiculous as it sounds, this is the exact condition of how the rituals are being followed, they are being celebrated more than being followed, at least to a greater extent. Let us be aware of the purpose and follow a ritual mindfully and derive its true benefit. Bursting crackers or arranging cultural programmes that deviates from the true purpose is no different than going to a movie to stay awake in the Shiva Rathri night.

Let us ask right questions to get right answers. Let us all be mindful of our thoughts and actions for we are the cause of our effects and are directly and solely responsible as well. Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides!

Om Namah Shivaya!

Ramayana in the view of a scientist

The greatest epic of India, in the view point of a scientist. Through this interview, GnanaBoomi tries to get clarification on many a pressing questions on the Ramayana related to today’s science. The author who has written a book on Ramayana from a scientific perspective clarifies them all.

If there is anything that is read, heard, watched, debated, loved and cherished over and over again through all the mediums you can think of for centuries together, it is The Ramayana and The Mahabharata, beyond a doubt with Ramayana being the Adhi-Kavya. Inspired from the original Valmiki Ramayana, the Kamba Ramayanam being the oldest among the rest of may be a hundred versions, we have Ramayana in many a languages. Recently, the Internet God Google has been instrumental for a version of it. It is one of the rarest of the rarest which makes you read it, watch it and listen to it no matter how many times you have already done so. It is not an exaggeration to say that Ramayana and Mahabharata are the direct or indirect inspiration for all the stories across the world.

The two epics stand out of the rest in their marvelous revelations about history, geography and the knowledge that was common in those times. Our forefathers were superior in their scientific knowledge that the recent discoveries stand as testimonials, so open and bold they were, that they challenge us to take it up, question it and verify it for ourselves.

Rather than being just a story, there are references for scientific facts, innovation for those who look for it. But, The Ramayana has been visited mostly for its divinity, moral character and on top, the incomparable story line which amazes the children of all ages. Through their dominance, the scientific facts normally gets overlooked. This probably resulted in many a passer-by comments it received and is generalized under the not-so-adequate word Mythology. We have had those pressing questions in our minds too. Was it real? Did such a man really exist in our country? Can somebody lift a mountain? Is that all possible and so on and so forth. They even said that a person of science will really laugh at such stories. But the questions persist.

But here’s a person who looks at it in the scientific sense and perceives the same story in a different perspective and reassures that our motherland has indeed produced the greatest of men and women who pioneered even in science and technology. He has written a book and aptly named “Valmiki Ramayanam, A scientist’s view”.

Yes, the author is a scientist.

Note:

This book can be obtained by emailing the author (krishlal @ yahoo dot com).

Ramayana, a scientists’s point of view.


This is one of the must-have books for anyone who wants to have the scientific view on the greatest epic. Need we say more that it will strengthen our views towards our country, its tradition, the character that Rama glorifies,
its culture and most importantly, it will restore the fact that we are the heirs of our great forefathers with the same potential?

 

GnanaBoomi interviewed him with some of these pressing questions:

[GB] Vanakkam and welcome to Gnana Boomi. Please tell us about yourself.

  • I am Krishnan, was born in 1932, raised in Madras (now Chennai), studied in The Vivekananda College and The Presidency college. Then I moved to Delhi and worked in The National Physical Laboraotry. I worked under Sir. K.S. Krishnan FRS, submitted a thesis in The Madras Univarsity and got my M.Sc. degree in 1960. Soon I left for Paris and worked there and got my D.Sc. degree from the Universoty of Paris (Sorbonne). I joined Laboratory of Magnetism and stayed on till I retired as the Director of Research in 1997. I was the head of a group working on novel Magnetic Materials for Information Storage. I had started collaboration with various labs in India since 1980 and this goes on even now. My main collaboration now is with IITB, Mumbai. I am now an Honorary scientist in my old lab which has changed its name since as GEMAC and situated in Versailles, a famous suburb of Paris. We continue to live in Paris but since my retirement, my wife and myself visit India during winter particularly to listen to Carnatic music and of course visiting temples, friends and relatives.

[GB] That is very impressive. Ramayana from a scientist’s view is not only interesting but something that we all have always looked for. What attracts a person of science towards the epic apart from its beautiful story line?

  • There are ever so many editions of Ramayana written by great Pundits. Why should person like me attempt to write one more version? The incident which led me into writing this book is… In September 2008 I happened to lay my hands on ‘Valmiki Ramayanam’, sixteen volumes of it, which my father used to read daily during his prayers (Ramayana Parayanam) for over twenty years. I have heard him reading it over and over again and going in raptures about it which made me wonder. He used to tell us that all modern inventions existed already in those ancient times. I have also listened ever since my childhood to scores of discourses on Ramayana by Pundits but I never had a clue of what modern invention or knowledge existed in that period. It is known that the ultimate goal of a man is to get out of the cycle of birth and death and this spiritual pursuit to understand the Paramatma or the Eternal Brahman forms the basis of the studies of our Puranas and Ithihasas. So no special attention is paid generally on details which are rather ‘terre à terre’. Though this is understandable, in my humble opinion this is not really justified because our seers had realized so much in the hoary past. Our ancestors questioned where the Universe came from and how it functioned.

They knew Mathematics, Medicine, Geography, Astronomy and Astrology and so on. This was a time when most of the rest of the world lived in total ignorance. I feel that it is our duty to reveal this to the younger generations or else it could create a general feeling that everything came from the West and there was nothing in India. This feeling gradually could develop into a sort of inferiority complex and one is no longer proud about one’s own country. Furthermore this lack of knowledge of our past achievements could also seriously impair our progress. Therefore I wanted to read for myself and bring out these aspects that could be found in our Ithihasas.

I would like to caution and say that one should not also overdo and say that everything originated in India!

I am a scientist by profession and hence the type of treasure that I searched in Valmiki’s great work and my view of things could be somewhat different and perhaps be of interest. So I decided to find out for myself such details.

[GB] Is Valmiki Ramayana the main source of reference in your work?

  • I started reading all the volumes of ‘Srimad Valmiki Ramayanam’ by Late Rao Sahib P.S. Krishnaswami Iyer of Mylapore, edited by M.N. Ramaswami Iyer. I read with great interest and it was indeed a discovery for me. I personally derived a great deal of peace and happiness in having spent several months reading this great epic of Valmiki. I read the Tamil translation carefully and also those verses in Sanskrit which described some interesting details in order to appreciate (using my limited knowledge of Sanskrit) the translation better. Though I have closely followed the above work, in certain instances I also consulted the translation of a few others in order to get a balanced view. I was very much impressed to find so many rich details and interesting information on several aspects of tradition, culture, Astronomy, Geography and so on which are not generally talked about and which I have highlighted in my book.

[GB] Can you please provide an example in the Valmiki Ramayana for the interesting information on tradition, culture or science? 

  • Valmiki’s deep knowledge of Astronomy and Astrology is amazing. I was surprised to discover that iron was already in use in Ramayana period. Let us note that the westerners attribute a much later period for the use of iron and also claim that the knowledge of planets came to India from the Greeks! I think it is our duty to reveal such treasures to the younger generation. We have been insisting perhaps a bit too much on spiritual matters found in our ancient works but not revealing any aspect dealing with science and technology. This situation has given us a complex (at least for me) and one feels that the West knows things better. I wanted to do something to put things in the proper perspective and here is my humble attempt to do so.

[GB] I recall an article which I read earlier, where Valmiki mentions about an eclipse when Hanuman flew over the ocean to Sri Lanka. This was later verified with the help of software technology, when dated back to the days of Ramayana, there happened to be an eclipse as per the planetary positions. There are articles mentioning the exact date of birth of Rama to be on the noon of January 10 in the year 5114 BC. Do we have a scientific validation for these?

  • This is a ticklish question. There are instances where one finds the mention of Eclipses and other celestial objects. The experts believe that basing on eclipses could be hazardous. How the configuration of planets etc. could be more helpful. This aspect is still a bit uncertain and gives us only some approximate dates. The genealogy also helps to fix the dates.

[GB] From a scientist’s perspective, do you think that our forefathers embedded greater truths and values in to stories, an easy medium to recall and sustain? If so, what is the value or truth that Ramayana teaches us?

  • Ramayana teaches about the way of life but also to tell us about the way of life in those times and what interesting things existed.

[GB] We are blamed to be dwelling too much in our glorious past! How is Ramayana useful in today’s world, in the field of science and technology? How can the ‘cool dudes of Facebook’ relate to it?

  • It is somewhat true we do recall the achievements of our ancestors may be a bit too often. But this became and continues to become necessary. In the first place after a couple of centuries of foreign rule we people have lost our confidence and self respect. This foreign rule has instilled in most of us an inferiority complex leading to the feeling that the West knows best. Therefore it is necessary to recall the past glory to remind us that we too had achieved things but in the ancient past. Any civilization decays-Greek, roman and so on but ours has suffered greater damage. When one finds in Ramayana certain examples which would help this situation and when I find that these are generally not mentioned, it pains me.

[GB] The Atharvana Veda allegedly talks about missiles and air-planes that flies with air, water etc! Did you find any such interesting notes from Valmiki?

  • Valmiki per se does not describe the functioning of these. He just mentions the existence of Vimana (Bhagavadam also mentions this) usage of destructive missiles etc. There are other works which describe more in detail about these. Rishi Bhardwaja has written a treatise on Vimanas but we have only fragments available now. Some of these documents have been taken away by foreigners (Germans) who seem to have benefitted from them.

[GB] A weird question. During the Aswamedha Yagna that Dasharatha performs, the translation from the original text of Valmiki allegedly talks about the queens mating with the slain horse etc. Though it sounds bizarre and ridiculous, these phrases are repeatedly pointed by those who preach negative on the Sanatana Dharma and particularly bash Ramayana. What is your view on those texts?

  • These are not Valmiki’s words so I did not come across such a description. The only thing he says is that the queen killed the horse in the end.

[GB] We now know that Medha in Ashwamedha Yajna does not mean sacrifice, but it also means the welfare. See here

[GB] From a scientific point of view, what do you think of the possibility of constructing a bridge over the sea, the pushpaka vimana, celestial weapons, lifting the mountain etc.?

  • Building a bridge is quite feasible considering the length which was probably not too much as it is today. Also the sea could have been shallow those days! There are instances where Bhrama Astra was used and it is believed that this was probably based on nuclear energy. Recently it was found that in the Valley of Mohenjadaro some skeletons were unearthed. The way they were found in certain positions would indicate that the death occurred in a very short instance, like Hiroshima bombing! Also both in Ramayana and Mahabharatha one finds mention that much caution was employed before using Bhramastra. Lakshmana requests Ram not to use it to destroy the sea God for he says why destroy some innocent people? One only surmise as more details are not given at least in these works.

[GB] Some claim that the birth place of Rama is not the Ayodhya of India, but as per the texts of Valmiki Ramayana, the geographical location of Ayodhya of Ramayana is in Nepal, with Sarayu river too. Do we have an authentic reference from the Valmiki Ramayana about this?

  • The description by Valmiki of the surroundings and how they left for the forest etc. would fix it as Ayodhya as we know of it today, in India.

[GB] Do we have any scientific validation on the period of Ramayana & on Hanuman flying over, lifting the mountain etc.

  • As I said about the period we cannot be so certain. Flying mountains could be figurative.

[GB]NASA released a photograph of a allegedly man-made bridge, the Rama-Sethu. Do you think that it is indeed the bridge?

  • One could say that it resembles a pathway- may be the remains of a bridge.

[GB] The most famous Sanjeevani. It is believed to bring back the dead to life. How does the modern science look at it? 

  • The science never admits things unless proven. Many things are cured today which was not possible some 50 or 100 years ago! So we cannot be certain on such matters. Again, The Ramayana dates back to at least 7000 years, where there could be no knowledge about many things. Unlike the Vedas, which followed the oral tradition, the Ithihasa – Puranas are believed to have undergone modifications and interpolations. 

{GB} True. The Vedas were only recited orally and in groups (hence the name Veda Kosha), thus avoiding any possible adulteration. In addition, the Vedas contain cross verification technique, making it fool proof. Indeed, marvelous. 

[GB] The cover of the book is unique. Usually we see the primal characters of the story depicted in the cover. What does this depict?  Cover

  • The picture is that of a Nebula some 5000 light years from us. I felt that if light had travelled from faces of Rama, Sita and all could travel that distance it would be visible there by now! Just a fancy.

Sweet! Thank you for your time sir. We are honored to have known you and we truly appreciate the value this book will bring in, to know our own tradition only more scientifically. Thank you again.

  • You are very welcome.

Further Reads:

http://www.stephen-knapp.com/lord_rama_fact_or_fiction.htm

Who was Rama – Myth or Historical Hero

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