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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!
Om Sree Lopamudra Sametha Agatheesaya Namaha!
You might be surprised that the episodes of Perumal & Adiyen came to an rather surprising halt. Why the Agastya Muni came in Jeeva Nadi and narrated it, why was it stopped were shared by Shri Karthikeyan (the composer of the original Tamil series of The Grace of Siddha) are being given here. Please try to understand these from their original standpoint.
The wish of everyone to be happy is the fundamental reason for which Dharma is established in this Earth. The Siddhas’ thought flow is just the same, implemented for they do not have any expectation. They don’t wish anything for themselves. How much ever one is distracted or deviated in this Kali Yuga, how much ever mistakes they may have done, the Siddhas pray to the Almighty for these people’s forgiveness and with the Lord’s permission, they started the “Nadi” and wrote down every possible things about this world in palm leaves. They also created the method of answers appearing as letters for specific questions asked, then and there. This type of Nadi is called Jeeva Nadi for Jeeva means ‘the alive one or life’. All the Siddhas have Jeeva Nadi for themselves. Those humans who are held responsible for keeping these Nadis with them explain the remedial measures mentioned by the Siddha for a specific problem and help them. Such examples are numerous in this Earth.
The karmic effects accumulated by actions done even in their previous births can be easily spotted by the Siddhas for they know all three phases of time (past, present and future). It is not that easy for someone to possess such a Jeeva Nadi. It is rare to have darshan of a divine soul. How rare it is to be in a constant touch with one of the greatest of divine souls! To obtain such a person as friend is great indeed, for one does not need anything else in this world then. How if such a person is placed in the seat of a Guru? All these but require divine grace, also the guidance of Siddha.
The thought of sharing those good things which were shared by such a friend, to all those who are earnestly searching for ‘answers’ in the Siddha Marga resulted in the blog “Sitthan Arul”. Even the title was given by Guru Agastya.
We never expressed our friendship to others. We had an amazing clarity in it. He was rightful to call me ‘Dei’ (a means of calling another friend, younger ones in Tamil). But even such a thing may cause others to look at me differently he thought and gave utmost respect to me when speaking. This grew the respect I have for him. Also, I had realized many a times that though he is a separate individual, Agastya Maha Muni was speaking through him and being with him in Aruba form. It is the truth as well. He never thought of getting any fame for himself, never. Everyone praise the Siddhas, is what he says always. He had the firm belief that his very life is to live the way the Maha Muni wants. He never cares about the next minute for he believed that Agastya Muni will take care of it.
I listened to him and changed my life for good. The changes he brought in me made me treat him as my guru. He is my Manaseeka Guru (to consider oneself as a guru within one’s mind, though not explicitly mentioned or expressed, like how Ekalaiva considered Drona as his guru). During one of the conversations he said, “I never care for this body. Therefore whatever happens, no one should worry. Agastya will take care of everything.”
I realized that something is happening, something is about to happen and said, “Why this word, at this time?”
Then he opened up like a reservoir and said many a things from which I could understand many a things. Everything happens through the divine will. Our job is to reduce the Vasanas (desires accumulated over births!) as much as possible, I realized. He handed over a script through one of his relatives. When asked, he said: “Let it be with you. You may get the auspiciousness of serving Agastya Muni. I shall pray as well. To nullify your karma, to reduce the Vasanas in it, is possible for Agastya Muni. Keep it safe and use it.”
I gave a lengthy thought and kept it with myself. One of them were the episodes of Perumal & Adiyen. But it was not completed. I asked: “What will I do with this which is not completed yet?”
“Hmm…wrong question. You should have asked – why is this paused here? When will Agastya Muni give the remaining ones.”
“True indeed. Why did all the information Agastya mentioned stopped suddenly?”
“It’s been 6 months since I got the order. He ordered His name should not be used, which was used everywhere. He said it should be forgotten and asked me to stay away from everyone and everything.”
Though I was shocked on hearing His order, I asked politely. “Please explain if you can.”
“Agastya Muni was explaining the situation on how the Seven Holy Hills were named. Five of them have been explained and I was waiting for the reason for the Sixth. It was my job to take a copy on what Agastya Muni says in the Nadi every day. I was waiting that day as well but just how He appears in Nadi after me praying, He did not come. Something happened or was happening, hence He did not come I thought, and placed the Nadi in the holy feet of Sri Rama in my Pooja Room and came out.”
“Three days passed by. Agastya never made me feel uncertain like this before. I even began to think what mistake I had made, none came to my mind. I didn’t know what to do and I meditate upon Himself. Normally, if He does not say anything, I won’t dare to ask why. As He remained silent, even the slightest of my courage dissolved. It was a Thursday, Guruvar, so I had faith that Guru Agastya will definitely appear and I waited. He came and spoke, I felt very happy.
Agastya Perumane! For three days I am waiting for you. Please forgive me if I had done any mistake. Please narrate the reason for the naming of the other two holy hills too.”
The answer which came shocked me, very much.
“As We said before, stay away from everyone and everything. You have to forget your name. You must forget your face. The Lord has stopped explaining the naming ceremonies of His holy hills. When I asked the reason, He asked me to go and pray to the Lord of Mount Kailash why. I went straight to Mount Kailash and hence could not speak to you for three days.”
I was confused, but He knows everything, so I remained silent. He continued..
“I stood before the Three Eyed Lord Almighty in Kailash. It was blissful. He asked the reason for my visit. I said that it is a Punya to come and have His darshan in Kailash Mountain. He then asked me to come straight to the point. I said:
“I was narrating how the Holy Hills at Tirumala were named after Lord Narayana’s orders. But He asked me to stop and when I humbly inquired why, He asked me to check with The Three Eyed Lord, You O Mahadeva. Hence I came here. Pray, please guide me.”
“The time for Agastya’s son who reads Nadi is about to end. The time for his return is coming closer. So the Lord of Seven Hills took His orders back. Certain things happen only as per it’s fate.”
“A request O Lord. For the humankind to walk in the path of Dharma, there are quite a few things to do, as You know. Hence I chose this son. I earnestly request to extend this son’s life by another ten years.”
“Lord Shiva replied: “No Agastya! I don’t have any intention to change his fate. He has to come back. You may go. The time will help you in your mission.” – I requested Him many a times but His decision did not change.
“All these are happening as per the Lord’s divine will. Am I even affected by the love of son, I thought and I came back from Kailash Mountain. This may disturb you as a human, may have its effect. Just abandon every attachment. At the right moment, We shall appear and take you back.” – and the Maha Muni remained silent.”
All these shattered me like thunder, but I gained some sense and asked.
“Ok but when..? In how many days? How? When? Did the Maha Muni mention?” – I asked nervously.
He smiled, “What? You are an ordinary person? Will He say such a time? It is the Almighty’s will. Just stay calm. Keep what is given to you safe. You will get the sowbhagya (blessing) of serving Agastya Muni. Hold on to it tightly and climb up and reach there. See you later, bye.” – Agastya’s son bid farewell to me.
I was silently watching Him walking back slowly. It was the last time I saw him, met him.
The days ran. There were many changes in his body. After a few days, in spite of all the medications given in the hospital, His Atma left His physical body.
I was shocked. I did not speak to anyone for a week’s time, did nothing. Even the day to day activities were stopped. I did not have the slightest will to do anything. I sat in front of Agastya’s picture and kept staring at it. I felt it was a great loss, like how something is uprooted totally. I felt whoever they are going around me, did not realize who they were, even someone speaking was heard.
“It is certain for those who has taken the human birth. Come out of this. Many such things will happen. Just accept them as the God’s will and do what is assigned to you as a duty.” – someone came closer to my ears and whispered these, I heard this very clearly within my head when I was seated in meditation with my head down, eyes closed. I opened my eyes and looked to my right. As if a fierce power in the form of air came and said this and went away. Who was it, was it my Friend? Was it Agastya? Was it a Siddha? I would not know.
After a brief silence I began to think again and decided that ‘Someone is with us. Let us do what is instructed.’ and tried coming back to normalcy. It took a few days to come out of the grief however. On a morning during meditation, something urged and so I kept this request thinking of Agastya Muni.
“My Friend has shared many a things with me. I want Your permission to have it broadcasted to the people of this world. I only ask this so the name of my Friend and Agastya be known. It will be an opportunity for me to have served You and my Friend. All the fame I may get, I offer to you. If there are any mistakes, please forgive them as mine. I humbly expect Your permission.” – I kept this request and went out to take care of other things.
It was evening when I came back. I felt I should take bath and sit for meditation. I did so and within five minutes I heard…
“My blessings are with you”
I closed my eyes and wanted to see who said this. There stood Agastya Muni with His right hand raised up in a blessing form. I was so immersed in bliss that I stood and fell at His direction. He said: “Let auspiciousness be.”
I requested, “O Lord, please guide me and give it a suitable name yourself.”
It was Him who named the series, “Siththan Arul” – then to make everyone understand its subtlety, the present administrator changed the series to “Agastya Muni’s Siththan Arul”
This is why the narration of naming of the Holy Hills stopped with the Fifth. When it was asked in the Sathsang of Shri Ganesan in Bangalore where Agastya answered the generic questioins as to “When He will narrate the incidents of the other two hills”, He said: “When the right time comes, when the Lord permits, We ourselves shall say about it. Have patience till then.”
When He narrates them, we don’t know who will be blessed to receive them, then record them as per His orders, we won’t know who that blessed soul will be. But one wish is, the people of this world should get to hear them.
Let us wait for His orders and the right time.
Through the Grace of Siddha, this series grow and there were quite a few who helped as well with each of them taking part in one or another way. I thank them sincerely. I thank Shri Saravanan who drew all the beautiful images for Siththan Arul. I shall convey Agastya’s blessings to him as well. The current administrator and Saravanan had made a combined effort in the image for this series. Just as how Sri Rama Pattabisheka happens, they thought why not Venkatava has such a Rajya Darbar and drew this. I shall say that it has come out very well and let me bid farewell from you all, once for all. I shall bless you all shall be blessed by the Almighty and Guru Agastya! Vanakkam!
Om Lopamudra Sametha Sri Agatheesaya Namo Namaha