The GOS 135 – Nambi Malai 2

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.

Hence, many a people know what is Nithya, what is Anithya (permanent and impermanent) but still, they commit many a Papa (sins) knowingly. Those who are here, even if you have all committed many a Papa even knowingly, this Agastya assures you of freedom from those sins. This is the important information now. You might have committed it knowingly, unknowingly, through someone’s influence, or through anger, any how. Agastya assures you by pouring water from this holy river as from this moment on, all of you have become Punyavaan.

I asked to bathe the other day. When I said, I just pointed and said ‘its enough if bathed and come’. I myself help you take a holy bath with this holy water, no one has ever heard of anything like this that Agastya helped someone take holy bath. There is nowhere that one has heard that Agastya took a holy bath. There is no necessity for Him to do so. Whatever I have done, I have bathed Lord Shiva, Lord Nambi. Right in this same date and nakshatra, right here in this moment, I am bathing the Nambi who is inside here. No one knows. If one closes his eyes, abhisheka of milk is happening to Nambi now, which this Agastya is performing.

I assure you when I am doing this abhisheka. This holy river that runs by, listen to the sound it makes and one can derive 9 different Raga in it. With this 9 different raga only this river runs. That holy water, Agastya has taken and have sprinkled it on all of you. He must have told a while back, “about two nazhigai ago, water droplets fell from the sky”. It is the water that I sprinkled on you, have made all of you Punyavaan and have brought you here.

I asked you all to walk for a while, not to know how difficult it is to walk in this hilly area. It is such hilly area that the Siddhas stroll. A siddha came to Agastya a while back. He walks with his toe, not through his legs. You do not know that He walked right in front of you. He is the one who brought all of you up here. He is seated next to me. He is a marvelous one and is my beloved. Who He is, I shall tell you later. He is the one who bestowed happiness to you in the form of breeze, leaves of the tree etc., There are 17 other Siddhas around Agastya, even more are about to come at this time. How many will get such a vision you think? So, the human mind should be devoid of differences.

One of you said a while back, “I belong to a different caste. How will I get such a bhagya?” Do you think “Devar” kula is an ordinary one? You seldom know the history of this kula. Your ancestors have done many a anna-dhana,
have cooled many hearts, gave life to many a people. Agastya can tell you the list of anna-dhana done by your ancestors but this is no time for it. But…it is humanity which is important, who cares about what Kula one belongs to?

Has Agastya seen any difference in the kula? Hasn’t the Three Eyed Lord showed His mercy and gave moksha to Kannappa, who came from a sect of hunters? The God and Siddhas do not have any difference among caste, creed or religion. It is the Atma that’s important. That Atma must be pure and hence I brought you all here. All these people have carried siddhas like Me to this hill in palaquins, made them have darshan of Nambi, helped them downhill in the same palaquin, all of that I recall now. The one who carried the palaquin is shining as a star in this sky, all these are great history da!

Da, there is another thing in this Nambi Malai. Agastya is witnessing a wondrous sight. Close your eyes and when thought of, this surroundings, atmosphere, the waterfalls, all these reminds one of Ahobilam. Only those who have been to Ahobilam know its value. That Ahobilam Narasimha Deva, is seated right next to me and is looking at me as I speak. What other pride do I need? Swayam Narasimha Deva is here, listening to me. I have done a lot of Seva for Him. I have done anna-dhana in His name. Rang the temple bell for Him. I served Him in many a ways and have asked him with utmost devotion and reverence as to, “How did you do the Hiranya Vadha?”

Narasimha Deva showed me on how He killed Hiranya, in Ahobilam. They say that Agastya has witnessed only the divine wedding of Shiva-Parvathi, they do not know that Narasimha Deva showed me on how He killed Hiranya. Oh, what a wondrous sight it was! He himself is seated next to me, listening to me. There is no need for you to go to Ahobilam to have darshan of Narasimha Swamy. Just close your eyes, think of Him and He will show up. I request this to Narasimha Swamy and here, He smiles!

What does it mean? It means He is going to show His darshan to you. So all of you, think of Him now. Why is He here now? This is an important day as the Nambi and Ahobilam Narasimha are one and the same. I am performing some 28 types of Abisheka to this Nambi like Milk, Pannneer, Honey etc.

It is difficult for humans to see the Gods but vice versa, it is easy. It is rare that a human gets the darshan of God, very rare. But Agastya will fight for and get my beloved sons a darshan. It is a phenomenon that when a person gets darshan of God, he does not live longer. I have given an example of the person who directed an English movie, where he saw God in the form of light and wasn’t alive the next day.

But to my beloved son, Agastya has shown God’s darshan many a times. The rest here, have fought for their rights asking, ‘is it only for that beloved son and not for us?’. All of you are beloved to Agastya for you all have orshipped Agastya like anything. Some of you have even considered Agastya as a lovely little child. Not now, but in your previous births.

Gratitude is a big thing and Agastya returns that pure love bestowed. Agastya has to give you all a good life right? Only to say this, on this day of Anusha star, in this Nambi Malai, Saturday…even this Anusha star is seated right there. All the 27 stars, have taken 27 golden pots to do Aradhana for Nambi, right at this time…where I have called you all upon, made you sit in front of His shrine, to witness the abisheka-aradhana happening to Him and to get you all that punya. Not just this, I have to say many a things.

Ah! I see that the Supreme Lord Shiva Himself will be here. Doesn’t it sound like in those movies? Can we believe it or not? Ever heard of Lord Shiva appearing in a Vishnu temple? Ha, here it happens, a history is being written!

~ to be continued…!

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The GOS 131 – Karkotakanallur – 2

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.

This is the place where Garuda took the Vishwaroopa form. Have you heard of Garuda assuming Vishwaroopa form anywhere? Agastya sees that holy sight now, what a blissful sight it was? It happened around 1547 years back approximately. The Garudazhwar has greater respect in this place.

The place where you are reading Nadi, beneath that there is a Tamarind tree with 108 branches. In each of the 108 branches, 108 Gods reside. There are 108 Rishis who reside. 108 rare herbs are there beneath. I mentioned about life-saving herbs. This is the place where the blind got back his vision. There are herbs which restored hands and legs to those who had lost it. When taken the juice of these herbs, mix a bit of Sendhuram, a little Mercury, keep it inside the small hole under the Neem tree after having it covered with the cow-dung, if one consumes even a tiny amount of that herb after preserving it inside the Neem tree for 32 days, he shall not get aged, his hair does not become white. He will be able to see in the night as the owl. The skin does not shrink for that person who consumed this herb.

The herb is called ‘Vananga Mudi’ and it grows only once in 240 years.

There are 7747 nerves in the human body. The types of diseases that could come in these are 4148. Do not think that Agastya throws some numbers. If you happen to go to Vaideeswara temple, tilt the 8th stone which is in the north-eastern corner. There you shall find every details, right from sneezing ‘huch’ till ‘Kandamalai’, the terrible
disease, every detail. This herb has the capacity to nullify all that 4148 diseases. That herb, if you dig 48 feet beneath this temple, you will find a lush green plant. Agastya is not giving false information, does not do magic, is not scaring you, as a whole, He is not cheating you.

Today in this banks of Thamirabarani, this herb is growing. Agastya cannot say who is blessed to witness or consume that herb. But it is through this herb that many a Rishis, Munis are roaming here for a very long time. The 205 siddhas who are with Agastya now has reaped the benefit of this herb. Those who consume this herb once in 400 years will live for 400 years. Why not then the humans are blessed with this longevity? It is due to the sins they commit, the laws that they themselves have bound within. The rules that they try to impose even to the Almighty, which He seldom like.

When this place was a big Nandavanam (Garden), the Three Eyed Lord, various Brahma’s and other Gods roam around this place. In the months of Aipasi and Karthikai, they gather in this place and take part in the feast of consuming Amrut. Only after this, the humans got in to the habit of gathering in the river banks, cook food and consume it during the month of Adi, like Adi Amavasya, Adi Perukku etc. Agastya can recall and see that marvelous sight of Lord Shiva seated with Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Saraswathi, and other gods and goddesses this same day. It is right on this place where Agastya is talking now.

The place Karkotakanallur is the holiest of places. This day is also the same day when Karkotaka was transformed to good. This is the place where Lord Vishnu came here and sat, turning green in color. He was earlier called as ‘The Green Colored’ (Pacchai Vannan) but somehow the name Bhruhan Madha lasted. They say this Lord as Para Brahma Swaroopa, they saw him as Madha (Mother) and all these got mixed to become Bhruhan Madha, which is only a colloquial term but the original name was Pacchai Vannan.

Those who have gathered here, all their sins have been washed out. They are going to continue to pray and are going to be benefited even more. Agastya guarantees you on behalf of this Pacchai Vannan and on behalf of all the Siddhas gathered. Agastya has done penance for about 4000 years. I have witnessed many a Pralaya. It is only two who has witnessed Pralaya. One is Kaka Bujunda, another is this Agastya. This Agastya is all powerful. One thinks of Agastya as the son of Shiva and is associated only with Shiva etc., It was Agastya who assumed Lord Karthikeya as my Guru. Lord Shiva has bestowed about 75% of His power. Lord Vishnu? He has bestowed all His powers to me, lying down on the bed of snake in that huge ocean. He bestowed His powers with Goddess Lakshmi Devi beside, by holding My hands on His and by pouring milk (as bestowing). This is that day. Lord Vishnu has said, “I have bestowed all my Sowbhagya to you. You may do as you wish. I won’t interfer.”

Lord Brahma and Saraswathi and asked what I wanted. Me? What does a Siddha want? – I said.

“No, no! Though being the creator, I formulate the fate of people as per their past deeds whereby some become weak in studies, some are mentally retarded, some are deaf, some blind etc. No one can ask me as to why I created so as they seldom know that it is their actions which resulted in the effects. But I bestow the secret of my creation to you. If you want…..change their fate!”

This is the same day which these things happened!

~ to be continued…!

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The Sacred 108

There are countless articles in the internet on the importance of the sacred 108. The one below is from one of our beloved readers Madhavendra Singh in reflecting to our post on The Grace of Siddha 108. We hope that you will like it as much as we do.

108

About a year back I had been to a local ashram for purchasing a 108 beads Tulasi Mala. Among all the malas available in the shop one small size mala appeared to me the real Tulasi mala but it had only 27 beads. So I purchased 4 such malas and made my own 108 beads mala at home. However my mind started inquiring on rationality of 108 and what it brought forth is submitted here with due modesty seeking the valuable elaboration from the readers:

In all religious matter it’s a common practice for us to top-up a base figure by one. For example we give offerings of Rs 101, 51, 21 etc to Brahmin, astrologer or in a temple. It’s a simple good civilised manner to add a higher respect to an auspicious act. This is just similar to tieing a head gear to our guest of honour. Beside this, an additional count also helps compensate the losses occurring due to bad Japas such as misspell of mantra etc.

Now coming to 108. As per numerology 1+0+8 = 9, which is the largest among 1 to 9 numbers. Further, any figure multiplied by 9 makes it 9 when adding numerologically. For example 9X7 = 63, [6+3=9],  9X38= 342 [3+4+2=9] etc. This unique property of number 9 is not with any other number. Among all the single digit numbers i.e. 1 to 9 the number nine is nothing short of a PARAS MANI. Many scholars recommend that a mantra to be recited at least 9 times in a day.

Further, if we make 4 equal parts of 108 then we have 27, 54, 81, 108. Adding 2+7=9, 5+4=9, 8+1=9, 1+0+8=9. No other number has this property.

¼ ½ ¾ 1
101 25.25 50.50 75.75 101
102 25.50 51 76.50 102
103 25.75 51.50 77.25 103
104 26 52 78 104
105 26.25 52.50 78.75 105
106 26.50 53 79.50 106
107 26.75 53.50 80.25 107
108 27 [2+7=9] 54 [5+4=9] 81 [8+1=9] 108 [1+0+8=9]
109 27.25 54.50 81.75 109

 

A common man has so many worldly matters to fulfil which can be broadly grouped in 4 groups viz, Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. In order to achieve those mundane goals one goes to the fold of his or her beloved deity and do the Japa. This is called Sakam Japa [Sa-kam = with-desire]. Such Sakam Japa are normally done with counting the number of Japa. 108 is the only number from 101 to 109 whose four equal parts blesses the Sadhak with magic of 9 consistently.

The second kind of Japa is Nis-kam Japa [Nis-kam= no-desire]. This is the highest kind of Japa done under pure devotion without any mundane desire. No counting therefore required for such Japa. May the almighty father make us fall in this category.

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சனாதன தர்மத்தின் ஆன்மிக பயிற்சிகள் – சிவராத்திரி

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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.

ஓம் நம: ஷிவாய!

 

The Grace of Siddha – 23 – Miracle in a month and a half

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The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!

Here is an important update about Jeeva Nadi!

There are many who come for Nadi. Each one comes with one issue to be solved through the guidance of Jeeva Nadi. Of these, it is notable that many of them are devotees of Agastya Muni. In this post, let us see one such lady who sought Agastya’s guidance.

A young lady with a tired face came seeking Agastya Nadi. Right as she came, she asked ‘You are the one who reads Agastya Jeeva Nadi?”

“Is there really a blessing for me to have a child?” – she asked ferociously. As I didn’t know the impact of this question, I said “O lady, this needs to be asked to the Sage Himself”

“Ok, how many children will I have, will the Sage tell this?” – she asked.

“This is a slightly disturbing question. I am not sure if Agastya Muni will answer such questions” – I said.

“Why?”

“No one has asked such a question before. Moreover, this is a question that has to be handled carefully. If some reply comes out of our hurry, then chances are that your married life might change course” – I said.

“Ok. But I do know a truth. If that can be verified with Sage Agastya, it is enough. Whatever the reply is, I will accept it with all of my heart” – said the lady.

“O Lord. Do not get me in to trouble. Please do tell a favourable reply” – I prayed to the Sage with devotion as well as fear, and opened the Jeeva Nadi.

She has delivered two male children in a famous hospital in the city, in the same star. When this lady was unconscious after delivery, a person took away one of the male twins. Then from the same hospital, he took a girl child who was born the previous night around 12, and have kept it near her. The male child is in somebody’s house

The Sage said this truth only to me as Deva Ragasya, “O Son, if you say this out to her now, she will be shocked and will become a lunatic. So don’t say this out now. But within one and a half month, the male child born to her will reach her. The girl child with her now, will also reach the mother who gave birth to her” – said the Sage, incidents like we see in movies.

“What Sir? You are looking at the Nadi for quite some time, but aren’t opening your mouth?” – she broke my silence.

“The Sage has said something good indeed”

“What is it?”

“You are blessed with children. There are two children for you”

The lady was intelligent. She looked at me with a meaningful sight and asked the next question beautifully.

“Will there be a twins, born at the same time or has it born already?” – asked the lady. I was shaken away by that.

“On what basis are you asking this?”

“I won’t ask such without a reason. I worship Agastya Muni by keeping his picture for years. My father has built a temple for Sage Agastya and is worshipping for about 50 years. Also, our Kula-Devata is Lord Muruga (Subramanya Swamy)”

“In my dreams, it appeared as someone took away one of the children born to me, and had kept a child with a dark complexion near me. The doctor who had tested me used to say that I am blessed with a twins, very often. Though I have two children, which is mine out of the two, I do not know. There is a doubt which is bothering me for about 20 days. That is why I came here to read the Nadi, in spite of having just twenty days passed after delivery.” – said that young lady.

I felt a strong urge to say what I read in the Nadi. If I don’t say, I may have done a great betrayal to that lady. But if I do say it out now, this lady might lose her mind and if that happens, the sin will be of mine. In addition, I will also be blamed for not keeping up the words of Sage Agastya and I might even earn His anger.

For about ten minutes, I faced this dilemma and I prayed to the Sage again saying “Please do not let me get stuck in this. Please show us a way where the lady can get her child back” – and started reading the Nadi again.

From this day on, let this lady recite a few mantras including the Garuda Dhandakam. In one and a half months, the children will reach their respective places” – briefly concluded the Sage.

I was not satisfied with this reply that Agastya Muni gave.

When I myself wasn’t satisfied, how could this girl be? Won’t she ask as to why she should recite these mantras? How will her child reach her in a month and a half? Even if it does, how would she believe that it is her own? Let it all be. First of all, why did this interchange of children happen? What’s the reason and who is behind this? Who did this? I scratched my head with all these questions.

Those who come to read Nadi will only come with some issues. If we can say a few good words and send them back, it would be good enough – is what I think. But issues such as this may arise out of which I will be stuck in a dilemma – I never thought, even in my dreams.

I prayed to Sage Agastya earnestly again.

“Please allow me to tell the truth to this lady. At the same time, please protect her from any mental disabilities that may arise.” What the Sage said was…

Have patience. Everything will happen for good. Ask this lady to come after a month and a half. There will be a miracle with regards to the children. Just tell her that she will get what she lost“.

I mentioned the lady what exactly the Sage asked me to. “Keep up with your prayers, your dream will come true in one and a half month”. She accepted it as well.

I began to think once she left. This lady must have known these already. She wanted to get this information indirectly,
my intuition said.

Exactly one and a half month passed by, one fine morning, the lady, her parents, her hushand came in. I was reminded of her arrival before but didn’t display anything as such. The lady showed the twins and sought my blessings. Then she began to tell..

“Just like how Agastya Muni said, my child has come back to me” – she said happily.

“I don’t understand quite well. Please explain” – said I.

“Just look at these two children. They both look alike right?”

“Yes”

“Even if the other twin was a girl child, the face should have some resemblance. That day, the girl child which was lying down next to me did not have any resemblance whatsoever. Right at that time I got a doubt that that child wasn’t mine. I came to you. I sought Agastya Muni’s clarivoyance. You had said that a miracle will happen in a month and a half. That miracle happened just yesterday” – she paused.

No one uttered a word till she resumed.

“There is a lad who is my paternal uncle’s son, named Shanmugam. He comes home often and behaves nicely too. He fell in love with a girl of a different caste and got married in spite of the opposing from our family. So my uncle did not let him home. He started living alone. On the day when I was admitted in the hospital, his wife got admitted too. I wasn’t aware of it earlier. His wife gave birth to a girl the previous day and they were told that there is some trouble with the baby’s health and that it won’t survive for long. He became very upset.

Once he came to know that I gave birth to a male twins, his criminal brain started working. As his wife’s ward was just nearby mine, and that the people there knew that he is our relative, he used to frequent. At that time, he took his girl child and put it near me and took away one of my male child. He has confessed it to his wife as he was drunk yesterday. As a true mother, his grief striken wife came in the next half and hour in an auto, gave my child back to me and got her own and went back. My brother has also confessed this to us in the morning and we forgave him”.

The lady further said.. “Just as Sage Agastya’s clairvoyance, this happened exactly in one and a half month. We came here only to thank Him”

… to be continued ~

The Grace of Siddha – Episode 20 – Tester gets transformed

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

These are not stories. They are real incidents. Read through these and do reflect if anywhere, anything in these series is resonating with your own self. Do you feel any of these telling anything to you? Do you feel yourself that any of the phrase is a reflection of yours? Is there an answer to you in these?!

 “Through God’s grace, I have all the comforts but peace of mind. The whole night is spent sleepless. There is some thing which scares me off. It tries to strangle my neck as well. Can you please check with the Sage for a remedy?” – asked a person.

“Yes sir. They happen even to me every day” agreed the lady who accompanied him.

I was listening to them patiently. I did not open the Nãdi yet.

“For how many days such bad incidents happen?”

“For eight months”

“Did you ask anyone else about this? Have they mentioned any parikaram?”

“I asked many. They said someone has done something to you, which needs to be taken out. It will cost 20, 000 rupees which we paid. But these things continue to happen” – they said.

I giggled to myself and opened the Agastya Nãdi. There came a few information swiftly.

“O Sir, do you know that Sage Agastya does not believe in these witch-crafts even to the tiniest bit?” – I asked.

“No sir”

“The Sage wants us to have a spiritual thoughts combined with rational thinking. So as you think, no one has done any witch-crafts against you” – I said.

They gazed each other upon hearing this, puzzled. Then…

“No sir. There is something in this house. We are suffering every day in different manner. What should be done so we can sleep in that house with peace? Please ask Agastya Himself” – the person asked.

Without opening the Nãdi, I asked them “If you feel that there is a bad omen in that house, why don’t you vacate that house and go elsewhere?”

“We tried even that. But it hasn’t been possible with some or the other obstacles keep coming” – his lady.

I opened the Nãdi again.

A few updates came still, but I did not say it out to them.

“What does the Sage say?” – the person asked humbly.

“The smoke of Sambrani (Frankincense) must be shown in all the rooms, especially on the Amavasya Fridays, spread this smoke both morning and evenings, says the Sage”

“That is exactly what we are doing for about 4 months now sir” – the person said swiftly.

What is this? Whatever the Sage says, this person tells me that he has done it already. Is it true that he is affected by some Atharvana-Veda tricks? Or the Sage Himself is thinking something else, where He replies thus? – I thought.

When I opened the Nãdi again, there came another few updates which I didn’t share it with the person, but gazed at him. Holy ash applied on forehead as Tripundra with Kumkum on the middle, the vibhuthi applied in both the hands as Tripundra, he appeared as if a riped bhaktha.

More than him his wife, kumkum on the forehead, sandalwood paste, Vibhuthi, silk saree, the face having turmeric marks after applied it, neck-ful of gold chain, ears shining with diamond ear-rings, both the hands adorned with 6 pairs of bangles, all studded with navarathna stones.

What Sage Agastya mentioned is different, but that they have come for, is different. What to believe, was my dilemma.

“What are you thinking? Does the Sage Agastya believe in what we say at least now or not?” asked the person.

I began to speak as I realized there isn’t any use in hiding from them.

“Sire, do not mistake me. You have come here to test Agastya. You belong to the Rationalist Party. You came here in disguise only to test if what Sage Agastya says is true or not. There isn’t a own house for you and you stay in a rented house. Another fact is that, you both are not real husband and wife. Are these true isn’t it?” – I asked.

Sage Agasthya Muni at Agastyarkoodam Kerala

The moment I said this, the person stood up and seeing this, the lady got up as well.

I thought that some feud is about to begin and felt ‘let whatever happen happen’ by thinking of Agastya Muni quietly. The next moment…

They both fell at my feet with no words coming out of them for a while. Then…

“What Agastya says is correct. We are not real couple. We heard that some people loot money from poor in the name of Nãdi. We wanted to get the truth out and so we came in disguise by wearing ornaments and symbols of religion etc. Please forgive us” – they said.

These are not new to me. Many a people have come thus and have got disappointed. You do not have bhakthi. You do not have faith in jyotish or Nãdi. Then why are you wasting your as well as my time? My business is not to get money and cheat people. I read this Nãdi as a guide. Those who believe shall. Those who don’t shall do so too. I am not the Bhagwan and neither is Sage Agastya a magician, to change the fate at once” – I said.

“Sir, please do not consider this as a great sin. Now, I really do wish to see the Nãdi. Kindly ask Sage Agastya” – said the lady. The person who came was in tears, and he requested so as well.

I prayed to Sage Agastya and started reading the Nãdi.

You, the lady from Salem is Swarna Lakshmi. In your younger age, you felt in love to someone and became pregnant thereby. So you came to a hill-side and gave birth to that child. The male child was born in the Moola Nakshatra. Had it been alive, he could have been king-like in this city. But since it was born out of anti-marital affairs, you had killed the child by feeding a poisonous spurge-milk. There you were possessed by the Brahma-Hathi dosha. You could not forget this incident by any means, and to this date, there is no marital life for you. With your family abandoning you, you are being forced to live by every other means” – said the Sage to the lady who was crying so uncontrollably.

She asked on what parikaram she should do to get rid of these.

For 45 days, let her lit lamp to Kala-Bhairava and then come” – said the merciful One.

“O Sire, you should read the Nãdi for me as well” -said the rationalist.

Divert your mind towards spiritual service. To your Kula-Devatha temple, do milk-abhishekam for 9 months, every Sunday. Then your life will change forever and you will shine” – said the Sage.

Nine months passed by. The rationlist became the devotee of Sage Agastya. He started a weaving business and has become wealthy. O, the special update about this is that those who acted as couple became a real couple.

Looks like people are more eager to check the validity of Agastya Muni than getting help from Him. Though a validation test is emphasized very much in Sanatana Dharma, the people in this post have gone to a greater extent to test the genuineness of the Maha Muni. He not only passed the test :), but transformed the testers themselves!

 ~ to be continued…

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Mindful Maha Shiva Rathri

Maha Shivarathri!

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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!

TASMAC getting closed – just imagine!

Rumors are that the CM Ms. Jayalalithaa is working out a plan to shut down the entire TASMAC unit irrespective of its massive income share to the Government. We pray the Almighty and to the CM that this rumour become a reality, only a permanent one.

The whole of TamilNadu will be indebted to the CM if this dream comes true. Yes, we include those who visit TASMAC regularly as they too will reap the benefits, in the longer run for sure. The Government may incur heavy losses due to this, but the long term gain is much more than the “money part” and so this bold step must be taken.

Those who think of procuring liquor from other states, stay calm as, ‘out of sight is out of mind’. Though it may not stop the habit immediately, a slowdown is sure. Not many can go to other states to continue this habit. If you stay stubborn, all the best!

As this news spreads like wildfire, some of the points that comes to mind immediately are: 

  • The women who are directly and indirectly affected will praise and bless the CM, forever. This itself says it all. 
  • This will prove that Ms. Jayalalithaa is indeed a caring leader who ‘does what she speaks of’. 
  • If and when this becomes permanent and not just a election stunt as many decipher, it will further strengthen the hope in a leader from the people of TN who witnessed only hopelessness by its leaders. This hope is much awaited which is almost at its last breath for the people of TN. 
  • That the dream of making TN the number 1 state of India will march in the right direction. 
  • This is one such step that no other in TN could even dream of before. 

However, enough care should be taken to address the illegal procurement and availability of illicit liquor.

We are eagerly awaiting for the official announcement. We thank the CM Ms. Jayalalithaa in advance from the bottom of our heart and wish all the best for Her and the TN Government

Note: This article is not a political propaganda. The core value of GnanaBoomi lies in improving one’s thoughts for the good of one and for all. This we will do by the Vedic wisdom proclaimed in this country. Therefore it is natural to applaud any measure that reflects our core value. This potential step is one such thing to be appreciated, even in advance.

Taj Mahal, the symbol of cruelty

You got me right here. The Taj is NOT the symbol of love. It is a symbol of cruelty. Those who call it the symbol of love either do not know what love is, or do not know history or are simply overlooking the facts upon the surface beauty of the building.

I am not discussing the fact that the Taj is quite possibly built on the place of a very old Shiva temple called Tejo Mahalaya. Stephen Knapp has already written an awesome article on it with photographs and scientific evidences. I am approaching it more in the humanitarian basis than that of religious.

The king of a soft and artistic nature

Shah Jahan is termed artistic and of a soft nature. This fact is comfortably presented because during his regime, no major war or invasion  happened, owing to the iron-fist rule that Akbar had before. So the ‘spoiled-son-of-a-rich-man’ is left to taste the beauty of the world, arts and things under the sun. Apart from his lifetime task of reproducing 14 children from a single woman (Mumtaz), we get to see that he had appointed men to have detailed records of how birds mate, animals rejoice and so on. Very artistic indeed. We hear that he appointed an artist to wait upon a dying man and draw his portrait ‘at the moment of death’ to present the world the feel of it. Very artistic indeed.

Had he stopped his artistic nature with just these, it would have been ok to call him artistic because we do see historic records in him overseeing the creation of those beautiful gardens. But it didn’t stop there. He wanted something long-lasting, long after he was gone. He wanted to express the world his love towards Mumtaz, one of the many many queens in his chamber whom he loved the most. So a plan to construct a monument got his mind. The plan sets off quickly and the building came up with the tiresome effort of many artists worldwide. But the soft and artistic nature of the king and the purpose of a “monument of love” turns upside down when he cuts off the thumbs (some say the hands) of some 40 chief craftsmen who were involved in building the monument and signed threatening contracts to many others not to involve in a similar project. Let’s pause for a moment and see what love is.

The definition of love

Wikipedia – Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection; and “the unselfish , loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another“. Love may also be described as actions towards others or oneself based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.

What do the oldest and the grandest scripture of mankind, The Vedas define love as:

 Love is the firstborn, loftier than the Gods, the Fathers and men. You, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 19

Greater than the breadth of Earth and Heaven or of Waters and Fire, you, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 20

Beyond the reach of Wind or Fire, the Sun or the Moon, you, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 24

According to the grandest scripture ever known to mankind – The Bhagawadh Gita, unconditional love – Love of God and love of a child to his mother and vice versa. This kind of love is the purest love of them all and all humans should love this way.  This kind of love has no expectations, only forgiveness and respect.

Adalaj Stepwell

Now  having a glimpse of what real love means, we are moved by the following story of Adalaj Stepwell (given as it is from Wikipedia)

There is an interesting legend related to the building of this stepwell. In the 15th century, Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty, a Hindu ruler, reigned over this territory, then known as Dandai Desh. His kingdom was attacked by Mohammed Begda, the ruler of a neighboring kingdom. The battle resulted in the Rana king getting killed. Consequently his territory was occupied by the invader. Rana Veer Singh’s widow, a beautiful lady known by the name Rani Roopba, though in deep grief at the death of her husband, agreed to a marriage proposal made by Mahmud Begada on the condition that he would first complete the building of the stepwell. The Begda who was deeply enamoured of the queen’s beauty agreed to the proposal and then built the well in quick time, and with great interest. Once the well was completed, Begda reminded the queen of her promise to marry him. But the queen who had achieved her ambition of completing the stepwell started by her husband, decided to end her life, as mark of devotion to her husband. She circumambulated the stepwell with prayers to God and jumped into the well, thus ending the saga of building the well in tragedy.

Wikipedia further tells us another legend that the invader asked if a replica of the well can and will be made for which when the masons accepted, he killed them as he didn’t want a replica of this architectural marvel. It is said that the queen designed it thinking the welfare of the villagers who can fetch water during summer. It is a surprise as to why these soft-natured men could not stand a thought on replica – our artistic hero Shah-Jahan could not tolerate the thought of a replica to the Taj either.

A black Taj

On the contrary, it is said that when he was kept in house-arrest by his own son, he wanted a replica of the Taj, a Black Taj connecting the white one where he wanted to be buried. This idea was promptly rejected by none other than his son Aurangazeeb who said “the existing Taj has place to bury him too” – love, do we say?!

Some may brush all these as mere myths, but the historians does not feel so and we have similar proofs of many other temples getting destroyed, wealth looted etc. After all, they came here to loot and not for social service or for the welfare of the land. Period.

We are living in a weird society. A warfare minister asking the right thumb of a potential conspirator as a guru dakshina (where we can only arrive at conclusions on why he did so) becomes a hot topic because of one grand reason – he was a Brahmin and they comfortably named  Ekalavya as a low-caste so Drona must be bad. Had he thought only on clearing Ekalavya out of Arjuna’s pathway to supremacy, then Drona is partial indeed, but after all, he never claims to be perfect. We scream and debate on this a lot. On the contrary, an artistic butcher cuts down the thumbs of over 40 chief craftsmen, after getting their finest of workmanship, completely disabling them not just physically but mentally, emotionally and what not, to show the world his love for the woman who delivered his 14 children and died shortly after the 14th delivery, probably because of the over-time done as a delivery machine. We call that a symbol of love and regard him a great lover, we exclaim about the fact that his black beard turned pale white after losing the love of his life, that is blasphemy. The same pattern of killing and looting and butchering is followed by many other butchers before and after this artistic hero but we never mention it, not even in the history books because we are secular.

When I see the picture of the Taj, I see the silent cries of those craftsmen. Had Mumtaz lived, she probably wouldn’t have wanted such a cruel monument in the name of love as we see that she had great love to the king and the king loved her so much too. Probably he never would have built the Taj if she had lived but she over-worked already. Symbol of love? Far from it. I would rather call the Coral Castle a symbol of love made by a single man for his ‘sweet sixteen’ instead and his remarkable theories and inventions on magnetism that is still debated.  Or the Adalaj Stepwell built by the queen thinking of the welfare of her people, in spite of having lost her beloved. After all, this is love and this is a nation which not just teaches love but lives it.

But (there is always a but), we may most certainly not know what really happened with Shah Jahan’s Taj or why Drona did that act. And as a seeker of Truth, we always keep our mind open and does not pin point or blame someone or something just because everyone does so. May be Shah Jahan did not cut off the fingers, maybe the place where Taj stands was not that of a Shiva temple and if that is the case, we truly will admire his artistic nature and the beauty of the Taj. But only may be, because the pattern and historic records we see about such looters talk otherwise, including the story of Taj. May be the Almighty does not want me to see this cruel monument. I have never visited the Taj, probably never will.