The GOS 201 – Perumal & Adiyen, an intro – 1

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

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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[From the 217th episode of the Tamil series]

Beloved readers,

Whilst we apologize for the delay in publishing the 201st post due to a hardware issue, now an understanding has dawned that it probably is due to some reason that a week’s gap was ordained.

This narration is from another devotee of Lord Agastya. The Maha Muni wanted Shri Karthikean to compose the leela conducted by Agastya Muni with Lord Narayana in a separate series through Siththan Arul blog.

Shri Karthikeyan bestowed this task to me and I thought, “I am not qualified enough to do this mammoth task but composing the amruth from Agastya muni in writing is blessed to Shri Karthikeyan only who was governing the Siththan Arul blog. It was because of the thinking that it is He himself who gave the task to Shri Karthikeyan and therefore, it may not be appropriate for me to do so.

When I met Shri Karthikeyan, I realized that due to the magnificient changes in his life, he is focussed on completing the episodes of The Grace of Siddha, and I decided that all the treasure that Shri Karthikeyan has about the Maha Muni must be broadcasted to the world, just as he did every Thursday. Hence, whatever credit or praise goes completely to the Maha Muni and Shri Karthikeyan. If there is a shortcoming, only I am responsible. Please remember this.

[The above statement holds just true to the team of Gnana Boomi. If you praise or have derived any merits out of this series, the credit goes only to Shri Karthikeyan and Lord Agastya. The shortcomings, mistakes etc is through us.]

At first, I had titled this series as “Agastya & Perumal”, may be due to the affection towards Agastya. When I mentioned this to Shri Karthikeyan, I could see his face turning a bit dim. “I am not sure if our Guru Nath will agree. You have kept the title as per the term Matha, Pitha, Guru and Deivam where Deivam comes after Guru. I shall ask the same Guru himself, let’s see what He says.” – said Shri Karthikeyan. I requested him to ask the Guru if I am allowed to write this series as well, as I worried earlier. It was the fear of doing something wrong, incurring Agastya’s wrath. Two days passed by and nothing was known.

It was a Thursday where Shri Karthikeyan visits Agastya Muni’s temple after publishing the post for the day. He called me that night and said this. As he stood near the shrine, the door opened with the darshan of deepa aradhana to Agastya. As he stood there looking at Agastya’s face, he saw the Abaya Mudra of Agastya’s right hand. He closed his eyes and prayed where he got this order:

“Permission granted. But the title must be “Perumal & Adiyen”!

[Adiyen is a classic Tamil term which denotes Dasa bhava of a devotee. Here, Agastya Muni denotes himself as the Dasa of Lord Narayana]

When I came to know this, I became silent! Hence, the title is “Perumal & Adiyen” which is being composed by Agastya himself, not me! The first post in this series is being published below.

Perumal & Adiyen – 1

While the entire deva loka was waited in the banks of Koneri to have the darshan of Lord Narayana, Agastya Mamuni was not to be seen somehow. No one noticed it either except the all pervading Lord Vishnu. He notified Sage Narada saying, “just let Agastya know, He shall take care of the rest”. Narada was shocked indeed.

“Me, the foremost of rishis, should go to a Kuru Muni to convey the message of Lord Vishnu? Wouldn’t it appear like I am disgracing myself? What sort of a power that Agastya has? He is a Siddha, nay, foremost of the Siddhas. In addition, he is an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He is also the first disciples of Lord Shiva’s son, Subramanya. That’s all right?” – Narada sort of felt inferior and tired, bid farewell to the Lord who knew what was going on in Narada’s mind, He smiled within.

Narada began to look for Agastya who is not to be seen. He noticed that due to the presence and continuous arrival of all the rishis, munis, experts of the Vedas, devotees, all from the holy land of Bharath in the banks of Koneri, the Booma Devi was gasping notwithstanding the load of all the punya-atmas at the same place. He thought, if I mention this to Agastya, will He come over and save Booma Devi?

In the meantime, Boo-devi (Mother Earth) called Narada.

“What do you want Boodevi?” – asked Narada

“Really? You feel asking like this on seeing my condition. I am not able to bear this weight. Can you please give a shoulder?”

“O devi, I completely understand. But Lord Narayana has anointed Agastya muni for this task. It won’t be nice for me to intervene.”

“O Narada, I am asking you. Can you help me for a short while, or not?”

“The Devi who is personified as the embodiment of patience has become angry. Am I denying? Had Lord Narayana appointed me to this task, I would have easily withstood the weight easily with my tapasya’s strength. But the Lord did not trust me but Agastya.”

“Let it all be. Please help me for a while, Agastya himself might come any time.”

“O Devi, a small query. If you can clarify me this small doubt, I shall bear this weight for any longer.”

“What is it Narada?”

“As far as I recall, you have been bearing the weight of uncountable things, humans, trees, creepers, mountains, oceans and what not! But today, when Lord Narayana is about to take the Avatara in Tirumala, why is He waiting for Agastya to come and bear the weight of this crowd?!!”

“Fair question. Not just this weight, Agastya can bear the weight of all the three worlds!”

“Hmm..but you know about the power of my tapasya right? There are other munis and rishis here who are great in their tapasya. But why did Lord Vishnu choose Agastya above all?”

“Alright Narada. Let’s have a deal. You are indeed very powerful. Lord Narayana is completely focussed on the new Avatar now. So He may not want to put His focus here.”

“What do you want me to do?”

“You have looked for Agastya all over. Without His presence, you should bear the weight of all this crowd here in Tirumala as you are powerful indeed.”

“Very well. I shall take this responsibility. But what if Agastya comes in between?”

“Let him! We shall manage it then. But he may turn back on seeing your power himself”

“Fair enough!” – said Narada.

Booma Devi transferred the weight to Narada Maharishi. When he first accepted the weight due to his power of tapasya, he did not feel it to be very heavy. He in fact felt that it was partial for Narayana Swamy to have waited for Agastya for such a task, which is simpler to him. Booma Devi rested for a while and asked, “O Narada, how is the weight?”

“O I am fine, you may rest as long as you wish. This does not seem like that heavy.”

“In that case, may I go up and have the darshan of Lord Narayana avatar in Tirupathi?”

“Of course!” said Narada happily. When Booma Devi came up, Narada just could not bear the weight. He began to think if he was quick to make this decision and if he did so only to make Agastya inferior. The weight was becoming unbearable, he cannot call Booma Devi either. At the same time, He cannot have the darshan of Lord Narayana’s new avatar in Tirupathi. I was quick and dumb this time” – Narada felt bad for the first time. He was tired too.

As He became tired, the Earth which was balanced all along, now the place at Tirumala started going down. Everyone was shocked at this but was convinced that it is one of Lord Narayana’s divine plays before an avatar. Narada realized that he just could not bear it any longer, He uttered “Narayana” just as a reflex, and prayed earnestly with folded hands thus…

“O Agastya! Please come wherever you are. Me, Narada is calling you.”

This was heard by Agastya who stood alone in Mount Kailash, doing tapasya. He, through his Gnana Drushti knew what has happened and appeared before Narada the next moment.

Narada felt immensely happy on seeing Agastya and welcomed him heartily. Agastya said, “O let it all be. Why do you get in to such trouble, here, give it to me and take rest.” and got the weight to himself. Narada was relieved.

“O Narada, you are an ardent devotee of Lord Narayana. Please go to Tirumala to witness the glorious site of when He is taking the Kali avatara in Tirumala. I shall bear this weight without any disturbance” – said Agastya.

Narada said, “there is still 3.5 naazhigai for Lord Narayana’s avatar. Can you bear this weight till then? Booma Devi has gone up for darshan as well”

“No problem at all. It is fair that everyone gets to witness the avatar. Please tell Booma Devi not to worry as well. Do not waste time, please proceed.”

As soon as Agastya bore the weight, the portion of Tirumala which was going down began to rise up. Narada was very surprised. He bowed to Agastya saying, “O Ma Muni, I misunderstood your prowess. I was thinking that you are powerless and hence I could not take the sincere effort in looking for you in spite of Lord Narayana asking me to do so. Please forgive me.”

“O Narada, it is normal to have jealousy in humans, but why with Devas? It is only Lord Narayana and Booma Devi’s divine play to change your opinion about me. I was aware of it from the beginning. Please do not delay further, proceed to witness the avatara.” – urged Agastya.

“O Ma Muni, what about you? I feel sad to leave you alone here.” – said Narada for which Agastya calmly said:

“Do not worry O Narada. Lord Narayana will show His glorious avatara right here.” – Narada was taken aback by surprise.

Featured image courtesy: Bhaskar

~ to be continued…!

 

 

The GOS 200 – Nava Grahas – Kethu

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

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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[From the 215th episode of the Tamil series]

From Jyotish Shashtra, whatever is mentioned about Rahu appears similar to Kethu as well. He is reddish as that of a red flower, he is the foremost of the stars and grahas. Angrily temperament. He is the reason for Vedas, Vedanta based minute details and Moksha. He is the reason for the scientific efforts. He likes Shiva Bhakthi. He is simple + stubborn. He relieves one from the materialistic bonds.

He is the lord of hunger. He is aggressive in defeating his enemies. He governs the fever, eye related diseases, wounds etc., He is an eunuch as well. He creates anti-marital and unwanted affairs and thereby problems.

He is at his peak on Vrischika and neecha (lower) in Rishaba. His own house is Meenam. His gem is cats-eye. Though serving as a papa-graha, he gives vimochana (salvation) from the papa (sin) as well. Hence, being the remover of Vigna, he is called as Vinayaka. They call the Friday Vinayaka as his amsa. Budha, Shukra and Shani are his friends where Surya and Chandra with Guru are his enemies.

Kethu is Gnana Karaka. They say that Ganesha is Kethu’s swaroopa. If and when one prays to Ambaal (Goddess Parvathi) or does pooja to her, Kethu gets very pleased. If not Kethu, there won’t be devotion towards God, Gnana in people.

It is advisable to prostrate to Kethu before starting anything for he is Vinayaka swaroopa.

Jyotish gives the number 7 to Kethu.

If and when one chants the Kolaru-pathigam (Kol – graba, Aru – to cut, pathigam – sloka) everyday with devotion and focus, it clears off any obstacles due to grahas, time, if the day is not good etc., just as the fog and snow disappears on Sun’s arrival. It is very good to chant this every day for they get all kinds of auspiciousness.

It is a Tamil sloka which can be searched for (keyword – Kolaru pathigam). Pay some attention to the occasion in which it was sung by Thiru Gnana Sambandha and meaning of those verses which are very beautiful in itself. The meaning of this Pathigam is given below, stanza wise.

1. That Lord, who gave half of His body to Uma, whose shoulders is as that of a bamboo. He swallowed the alahala poison in order to save everyone and keeps it in His neck. He plays the veena which produces divine music, wearing a unpolluted Chandra and Ganga on His holy matted hair, the one who is fully occupied in me (that is, me thinking constantly about Him), none of the 9 grahas will do any harm to me and similar Shiva Bhakthas, whereas, they will do only good!

2. That Lord who subdued the ego of Vishnu’s avatars Vamana, Varaha and Koorma whereby the bone, kombu and the shell of tortoise adoring His chest, with Uma devi, He is seated on the white Bull (Nandi), wearing the garland of Oomatham flowers that glows like gold, wearing Ganga on the head and is occupied in me, the 9th star Ayilya, the 10th Maka, the 16th Vishaka, the 18th Kettai, the 6th Thiruvadhirai, all these stars which are not recommended for commencing travel, they do good to the Shiva Bhakthas even if they start their travel on these days.

3. The Lord whose body is reddish as that of coral in which the radiant holy Bhasm smeared (vibhuthi or sacred ash), that Lord wearing a Konrai flower, Chandra on His head, seated with Uma on a white Bull, is occupied completely in me. Hence, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi, Durga, Booma Devi, the lords of all 8 directions, everyone will provide merits similar to a rare wealth. They do good to the Shiva Bhakthas.

4. With Uma, whose forehead itself is like a crescent moon, the Lord who sat on the root of the banyan tree and offered the Vedas, is occupied in me completely with Ganga and Kondrai flower adoring His head. Hence, the time which is prone to cause anger, Agni, Yama, the messengers of Yama, cruel diseases, everything becomes very good hearted, and does very good to the Shiva Bhakthas.

5. The Neela Khanta who stores the deadly poison in His throat (whereby the name Neela Khanta), who is my Father, who rides on the white bull with Uma devi, who is the Supreme God Shiva, wearing the dense-black Vanni flower, Kondrai flower in His head, is occupied completely in me. Hence the asuras with deadly poison, the heart-breaking thunder, lightning, the elements which may cause grief, all these gets scared of us, the Shiva Bhakthas, and does good to us.

6. The Lord who wears the tiger skin which is radiant and with lines as a garment, who wears the Koubeena, who wears the Vanni, Kondrai flowers that appears like they blossomed just now, who wears Ganga on His head, that Lord is occupied completely in me with Uma. Hence, the terrible animals which kills, the tiger, the mighty mad elephant, the wild boar, snake, bear, lion etc., does only good, only good to the Shiva Bhaktas.

7. The Lord who gave Uma, who has breasts like that of a sombu (a copper vessel) half of His body, who rides in the white bull, who wears the Ganga and Chandra who approached Him, is completely occupied in my self. Hence, diseases like fever, jaundice, vaadha, piththa, and grief caused by these will not reach us, will only do good to us.

8. The Lord who opened His third eye to burn Kama (Manmadha), who rides in the bull with Uma, who wears the radiant crescent moon, Ganga, Vanni leaf, Kondrai flower etc., is occupied in my self completely. Therefore, similar to the amount of grief caused to the king of Lanka, which is surrounded by 7 seas, Ravana (by abducting another man’s wife) won’t affect us. Even the deepest of oceans will do only good to us, it will do only good to the Shiva Bhaktas.

9. The Lord who anoints different forms, the Ardhanaareeshwara (Madhorubagan = maadhu (lady), oru (one), baagan (given a side) – the one who has the woman on half of his body), our Lord who rides in the bull, Lord Shiva, who wears the Ganga, Erukku flower on His head, since He is occupied in my completely, the Lord Brahma who is seated on the lotus flower, Lord Vishnu, The Devas, The Vedas, the future, the ocean with mighty tides, the mount Meru, all these will do only good to us, the Shiva Bhakthas

10. The Uma devi who wears beautiful flowers on her hair with whom the Lord in the form of a hunter went to help Arjuna, the Lord who wears Oomatha flower, crescent moon, snake etc on His head, is occupied in me completely. Hence, the Buddhists and the Shamana followers will get defeated by Lord Shiva’s test of holy ash. It’s glory is certain. Everything will do only good, they will do only good to the Shiva Bhakthas.

11. The garden which is full of flowers brimming with honey, the place where sugar cane is grown in abundance, the place where reddish rice grain is grown, the one which is radiant as gold, the place where Lord Brahma worshipped and thereby was known as Brahmapuram, in this place where me, Gnana Sambandha, who realized both Apara Gnana and Para Gnana, who has sung this Pathiga so that the grahas, the days, the stars won’t affect those Bhakthas who recite this sloka with devotion, who in turn will rule the heaven who recites this. This is my pledge.

The Nava Grahas series ends with this episode.

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 199 – Nava Grahas – Rahu

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

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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[From the 214th episode of the Tamil series]

Rahu is called as the Chaya Graha. Born in the asura kula to the father Viprasidhi and mother Samhika. He is seated in a Simhasana, four hands wielding varadha mudhra, shoola, sword, and shield. He has the dhyana for Kavacha and Dhyana.

The shilparathna says the following verses about Rahu:

Rahum Chathurbujam Sarma Shoola Gadga VarAngitham

and

KarAla vadhanam Gadga Sarma Shoola VarAnvitham

He wears the garment resembling the colour of smoke, blue coloured flower, sandalwood, garland, flag, umbrella and chariot. He circumambulates the Mount Meru in the anti-clockwise direction. Paishusha is his gothra.

The Puranas say that Rahu and Kethu are of the Revathy star. But in Navagraha ArAdhik Krama, Kethu has a separate star. He was born in the star between Uthrada and Thiruvona stars. It is said that it is the 28th star.

He is the king of Babara Desa. He is seated in the South-Western direction of Surya in the SurpAkAra mandala, facing south. This mandala appears as that of a winnow.
The Samith for Rahu is Arugu
Metal is lead
Vehicle is goat
Durga devi is the Athi Devata
Sarpa Raja is the Pratyathi Devata

As the bestower of wisdom, Rahu is called as Gnana KArakA.

When the Parkadal ocean was churned, the Amruth came out. The asuras knew that the devas will become immortal if they consume the amruth and so they rushed to get their share. Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Mohini, enticing the asuras from goind after the amruth. Mohini asked her to sit the asuras in a line. Before they could form a line and sit, Mohini distributed the amruth to the devas quickly.

The asura Rahu realized this and disguised himself as a deva, sat in between Surya and Chandra and started consuming the amruth. Surya and Chandra signalled Mohini about Rahu’s presence, who swiftly beheaded the head of Rahu with the Sudarsana Chakra. As he had consumed the amruth, his head appeared huge and when it got cut down by the Sudarsana, it fell down as if there was a big earthquake. The hands fell down as well with the various parts of the body falling elsewhere.

Someone named Paitinasa was going with Rahu’s mother Simhika, they got hold of Rahu who fell down. Rahu grew further with his face appearing with the tejas of Devas and the body as that of the snake. He wanted to take revenge on Surya and Chandra, he wanted to swallow both of them, which we call as Surya Grahana and Chandra Grahana.

He then did severe penance towards Lord Vishnu, who granted him the status of a Graha. But both Rahu and Kethu are not denote as grahas, though they are part of the grahas, but they are referred to as Chaaya Graha.

Rahu’s mantra begins with the phrase “KayAna Chithra’. The rishi for this mantra is Vama Deva. Chandha is Gayatri. He is the owner of Nruthi direction.

Black sandalwood, black flower, black garland, black garment, black umbrellla and flag belongs to him. The Athi Devata for Rahu is the Cow. Pratyathi Devata is the Snake, they say. He has a son named Amutha Katikan. He is slow in nature. Black rock stone and cinnamon stone are his.
His grain is black Urad bean (vigna mungo), orchid flower, Arugu (Tamil word) are the favourable flowers for Rahu’s archana.

In his dhyana sloka, it is mentioned that he is seated in a black simhasana, snake in appearance, the son of Simhika and the one who protects his devotees.

“NakadhwajAya vidhmahe padhma hasthAya dheemahi
Thanno Rahu PrachothayAth”

…this is Rahu’s Gayatri Mantra. The holy places for Rahu is Thiru Nageshwaram and Srikalahasti.

Thiru Nageshwaram is near Kumbakonam with a separate shrine for Rahu where abisheka are performed during Rahu kala. When milk is poured, it turns bluish.

Srikalahasti is in Andhra Pradesh, in Chithur district, about 20 kilometers distance en-route to Thirupathi. The Gnanambika here is Rahu’s athi devata. One can do archana here, the Rahu dosha will vanish.

Jyotish shashtra gives the number 4 for Rahu. Rahu is the lord of Thiruvadhirai, Swathi, Sathaya stars. The shashtra goes on saying that Rahu has half body, very brave, the one who is born on the womb of a asura woman, position in Government, fame, the positions that are very active are all by Rahu. He causes roam around. He transforms one to intelligent.

He is the bestower of the pleasure from a woman. He checks ones merit and demertis and makes one a millionnaire in shortcut means. He is the enemy of studying. He has most of the qualities of Shani. His qualities are that of an eunuch. He is Tamasic in nature.

He is the lord of the South-Western direction, he is the sky in five elements. He is of ill-spoken words. He has cruel qualities, he consumes sour tasting items. The cinnamon stone belongs to him. Black rock stone is his. Vruchika is the Uchcha house, Rishaba is Neecha house, Kanni is his own house.

He becomes the reason for inter-caste marriages. He makes one speak heavy (not pleasant) words. He likes bad company and likes serpents and widows.

Budha, Shukra and Shani are the friends of Rahu. Guru, Surya and Chandra are his enemies. He makes one suffer due to Vadha and Kapa. He is considered as the bone in human body. He removes diseases and destroys fear. He also grants proficiency in languages, says Jyotish shashtra.

To win in anything that is started, the following sloka from Soundarya Lahari should be recited everyday.

“Virinchi Panchatvam Vrajathi HarirApnothi virathim
Vinasham KeenAso Bajathi Thanano yaathi nithanam

Vithanthari Mahenthri Vithathirapi Sammeelathi ThirusAm
Maha Samhaare Smin Viharathi Sathi Thvathpathi Rasou”

Featured image courtesy: Angel Marthy

~ to be continued…!