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.
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
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?”
“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!