The GOS – 96 – Ahobilam

The author visits Ahobilam, the abode of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, where the deity is said to take a stroll, till this date. The place where a number of miracles took place, where Lakshmi Devi, Prahalada and Garuda did penance to have the darshan of Narasimha Swamy. Here happens another miracle.

The Grace of Siddha series can be read here.

Kethu means the one who does bad thereby providing wisdom. The Tamil word Dhooma Kethu for comet means that it will give a difficult time to the country and then will make a happier turnaround. This divine saying on astronomy said by the rishi-munis of the yore, as seen in old palm leaves holds true to this date. This is mentioned in our Puranas as well, which takes even the non-believers to think.

What sort of a danger will befall the country, I thought. Either Pakistan wage war or China will create some nuisance or it might be an effect of the elements, resulting in drought. It could be earth-quake, heavy rain resulting in damaged crops, reduction in devotion, corruption and immorality in the nation, rape, murder, theft happening frequently. Apart from these, what else can harm? I thought.

But…

The Maha Muni asked to look at the sky in the north-eastern direction steadfast and the comet will be seen. I looked. Just as how it appeared a while ago, it appeared again. Now it was bigger but disappeared as soon as it was seen, never reappeared.

The following morning had a number of beautiful sight but my mind kept thinking about the comet. I got an English daily in the nearby station which contained a small piece of news about the comet, which was in detail in the evening paper.

I felt somewhat satisfied. It wasn’t a dream and can be shared. When asked to the Maha Muni, He just said, “We shall explain in the shrine of Lion“, that is Ahobila Narasimha Swamy shrine. I reached Ahobilam.

Ahobilam.

This place has witnessed many a miracles, situated around 2800 feet above the sea level, a place where Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy takes a stroll in the night, sometimes even in the day time. Its plush greenery, mountain covered with a green blanket of trees, remains as a visual treat for the eyes, as a display of nature’s magnanimity.

In the place of Ahobilam one can have the darshan of Nava Narasimha’s. The basement has 5 of them:

Prahladha Varadha Lakhmi Narasimha
Bhargava Narasimha
Shri Chatravada Narasimha
Yogananda Narasimha and
Karancha Narasimha

From the basement to the top, it is around 10 kilo meters. The reason why this place is so famous is because of the shrine of Ugra Narasimha who appeared as a Swayambhu (who or that which appeared all by itself) inside a cave, where Bhatha Prahalada, Shri Garuda, Mahalakshmi did penance for years and had His darshan, such a cave.

Here in the top, the other four Narasimha can be seen:

Ugra Narasimha (ugra – ferocious)
Shri Bhavana Narasimha
Shri Varaha Narasimha and
Shri Jwala Narasimha

The other important places are: the birth place of Bhava Nashini, Ugra Sthambam, Shri Malola Narasimha and the cave of Bhaktha Prahalada.

The Maha Muni though mentioned to visit Ahobila, He never said that there will be a lot of merits if one prays in this divine destination. It appeared as if He will appear in the Nadi only after having darshan in all the thirteen holy places. I went to each of the shrine with utmost devotion and had darshan as per the methods prescribed.

As I climbed up, a sort of fear occupied me.

There wasn’t much of a crowd, there is no defense mechanism to protect myself. No one accompanied me. I felt that it is not advisable to visit such mountains without somebody’s help. One has to step very carefully and should press their foot stern on the ground. If slipped off, that’s it. Only the Almighty can save.

As it was dense with trees and plants, the wild animals were roaming around freely, so I had to carefully proceed further.

There is a similarity between Ahobilam and Thirupathi. The head of Adi Shesha (the serpent which Lord Vishnu reclines) being Thirupathi, the tail being Shri Shaila and the torso being Ahobila, why I was ordained to visit Ahobila when I was in Thirupathi, I thought.

The place where Hiyanyakasipu’s stomach was torn apart, looks like Adi Shesha. The Jwala Narasimha’s shrine, being the stomach part of the mountain, I sat there with utmost devotion and respect and opened the Jeeva Nadi.

There were numerous incidents that the Maha Muni displayed, as if it was shown as a screenplay and said, This is the place where the battle happened. I will not say anything for you here. There is Ugra Sthamba a few feets from here where the holy feet of Lord Narasimha can be seen nearby. Touch those feet. You will feel an unknown pulling in your hand. Sit there and pray to Agastya. Whatever you ask, We shall answer you right there under the feet of Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy – said the Maha Muni.

I found the place exactly as He mentioned. I touched and prayed to that feet and opened the Nadi. I heard an unknown animal’s sound.

I began to sweat. There is nobody around and since they said that wild animals roam around here freely, I could barely breathe. How can I escape? I looked around and found nowhere to go. I even blamed Agastya if some mishap happens here, if my fate ends here in this place, in this way.

For about half an hour, the sound from the unknown animal was heard on and off. It was dark and that’s when the wild animals set out in search for their prey. There were no one around, they must have gone to safer places after knowing all this.

Come what may, I thought and began to read the Nadi.

For ten minutes, nothing came out. Alright then, even Agastya Muni abandoned me, I thought. I held the iron sthamba tightly saying “O Lakshmi Narasimha, save me!”

The Jeeva Nadi which I was about to read was scattered in the feet of Lakshmi Narasimha. I do not know how long I was holding to the Sthamba. I gained my consciousness when somebody woke me up, asking who I was in Telugu.

I mentioned everything in Tamil, after which he began to speak in Tamil too, which gave a huge strength to me. I asked what that animal was, whose sound was terrifying. He said that it was that of a wild wolf and that it was roaming around for sometime.

“Wolf?”

“Yes. It is a dangerous animal that even does not fear the Lion and Tiger. It ventures before them without fear. They go only in groups mostly and looks like this one got separated from the group. It hasn’t eaten for four days and so it bites anyone who comes here. The steps to release it there inside the wild wasn’t that fruitful.” – he said.

I thanked the person and asked him if he can accompany me till the basement. He said that the temple authorities must have chased that wolf away with fire-torch and that I can descend without fear.

I interrupted him right there and pleaded him to stay with me till I get a company to go down. He accepted with a half heart and showed the Nadi which was scattered near the Ugra Sthamba mentioning, “You’re leaving these and going, you have to read this here first and then only go. First take these, arrange them nicely and read. I shall come after.”

I was shocked. I had forgotten the Nadi completely out of fear. Who is this person who points me to the Nadi and read it?!

~ to be continued…!

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The Grace of Siddha – 43 – the mother becomes the child

Unique are the ways of Siddhas. They are ever merciful, but act as if they are very strict in their ways, only to bring forth goodness in their devotees.

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?!

A young lad came running by. He was sweating profusely with eyes in grief. He belonged to a poor family. He has come running in the hot sun without wearing any sandals.

I made him relax for some time, offered some cold water and asked him what’s the matter and why is such a hurry.

“My mother is not feeling well. Will she be alive or be gone? Please ask Agastya Muni” – he said. If the mother is in such a critical condition, he should ideally be next to her, why has he come here running? I thought, and opened the Jeeva Nãdi.

He is the only son of the mother. He lost his father at an young age. The mother struggled a lot to bring him up in life, but this fellow…since he lost his father and so was brought up with so much affection, he got addicted to all sorts of bad habits, got acquainted with friends who are to be shunned and roamed around.

The mother worried. Howmuchever she tried to turn him around towards good, he refused and so she gave up. She was told that if he gets married, he will be alright and so she tried all sorts of ways, told a number of lies to get him married to a beautiful young girl.

He was quiet till the marriage was over but started off with his routine as soon as the marriage was over. His activities got increased manifold after the marriage and police came to his house, searching for him often. The girl realized this guy’s behavior to be bad and so she went back to her parents without telling him one day. This fellow mistook his mother to be the reason for this and started hitting her, with the climax that happened this morning when he hit her with an iron rod. The mother is struggling for life in the hospital.

This fellow only got the realization that he has made the mother suffer so much and that his wife has forsaken him. Someone has told him about Agastya and hence he has come over here.”

In addition, the Sage mentioned, “He will realize his mistakes and recover. For his mother to live, he must forsake the drinking habit right from today and should go to the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Murugan and lit 5-faced lamp. He should work hard for his earning. For his wife to come back to him, he should forsake his friends. In addition, he should visit his Kula Devata’s temple every week and lit up a ghee-lamp. Will you?” – asked the Sage.

“For sure!” – said he.

If you want Agastya’s words to be truthful, do all that We said without fail. Otherwise, Agastya cannot guarantee for your Mother’s life. Your wife may not return to you either. What do you say?” – Agastya Muni put forth a condition.

“O Sire! Never say so sir! Only now I realized all my deeds. Instead of running away from the police, I want to lead a normal life, I need my wife, I would like to have children” – he prayed earnestly with tears and ran back to his mother.

Two months went by.

As soon as he completed all that Agastya Muni asked him to, his wife came back to him one day. In the meanwhile, he joined as a daily-wager in a big company. His mother recovered as well. Though she wasn’t like before but she was immensely happy that her son has listened to Agastya’s words.

One day, he came to me with his mother and wife.

“It’s been three years, we don’t have any children as yet”. He was totally changed. Agastya Muni mentioned that his wife will conceive in about 9 months and not to worry. But the doctors had mentioned that it was not possible for him to become a father as he was impotent. I came to know why he asked such a query only after knowing his problem.

The mother pleaded to me “My son needs to have a child. If Agastya’s grace allows, let Him take my life. I want to be born as a child to my son” – she pleaded.

Agastya Muni accepted her prayer and the mother went back with a pleased heart. It was Tuesday and a Shashti Thithi as well. He came back running and said that suddenly, the Mother is not feeling well and only I should help her recover.

Go home. Read Skanda Shashti Kavacham three times. Place your Mother’s head in your lap, for her soul to rest in peace. There will be a girl born to you in about ten months. It will be a re-birth of your mother” – said the Maha Muni!

Just as the Maharishi said, there was a girl in his house. He is looking at his mother in the form of his child.

~ to be continued…

The Grace of Siddha – Episode 5

Every sacred text says this “ask and ye shall receive”. The same holds true to Jeeva Naadi. Whoever searches, finds. Agastya muni guides you when truly surrendered.

 

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?!

There are many a types of inconveniences in reading Naadi. Those who come will want to read it right away, some suspect that it is not coming in Classic Literature Tamil. They just forget what Agasthiya is saying. Some won’t believe if the name of their parents, brother, sister etc does not come. Moreover, they expect Agasthiyar to open up all the secrets about whomever they are thinking about in their minds. Their expectation is that Agasthiyar should come forward and tell everything proactively and if not, they brand it as fake.

Gaanda Naadi and Jeeva Naadi are different. Still, they relate the Gaanda Naadi and Jeeva Naadi and say, “in that Naadi, it came out that way, this doesn’t say so?”

The Tamil word Naadi has many meanings on which primarily it means “to search” and “pulse”. So if someone “searches for” and come down directly to those who read, they get good answers. If they ask someone to get answers on behalf, it does not bear good results. Some do not believe this either. I face many such trouble.

But the person who came to read Naadi that too after consuming poison shook me very much.

“What happened to you?” – I asked in a hurrying tone.

“I consumed poison”

“Why?!”

“I don’t feel so good”

“Ok! Why should you come here for that?”

“To see Naadi”

“Now?!”

“Why? Agasthiyar won’t say?”

“I need to ask. But before that, you need to get admitted in a hospital and cure yourself” – I said.

“No! I need to see Naadi right away” – he persisted.

“Sir, you look elder, first please go to the hospital. Then I will come there itself to read Naadi” – I begged fearfully.

My scared look and begging must have been hilarious to him as he laughed aloud but the foam that came out of his mouth was more than the laughter where the bluish-black color was visible even at that evening. I got scared that the poison’s effect might have increased. Whatever it is, this person is going to “go” in half an hour’s time.

I will get caught if something happens – this thought made me shake terribly. I even thought of taking him to the hospital by force but no one was nearby to help. But even if I convince him and take him there, there will be thousands of questions, the police might even have an inquiry with me.

“Are we here to read Naadi or to answer others? Why am I being tested so?” – I felt so pressurized. I didn’t even ask that elderly person to sit, and he too was standing while he was talking.

“So…tell me, can you read Naadi for me or not?”

This got me frustrated but I managed somehow. “At this moment, at this situation, I cannot read Naadi for you”.

“Ok. Can you get just one information for me?”

“What do you want?”

“Now that I have taken this poison. Will I stay alive or die? Just ask this from Agasthiyar!”

He spoke with clarity and determination and never seemed like he consumed the poison. It was me who felt I have done so.

“Hello! Please ask Agasthiyar already! The stomach and intestine is burning” – he threatened.

Frustrating it was.

“I am telling you know! Just ask this one question from Naadi. I will go” – he was adamant.

“You asked one question and I will answer just that. But you should be gone right after the answer” – even I was firm. It will be a great relief if this person goes away, I felt. I asked him to sit down and took bath quickly, took the Naadi from the Pooja room and came out. I even prayed to Agasthiyar that nothing harmful should happen. Thankfully, nothing has happened to him.

When the Olai was about to be opened, the person who was alright so far was about to puke. With his dizzy eyes and his body began trembling, “Alright, there may not be a need to read him Naadi as something not so good is about to happen” – I thought and began to close the olai suvadi (the palm leaves).

“Will I stay alive or not? Read” – this person was adamant enough and so I began to read the Naadi.

This was told just to me as a Deyva Ragasya.

This person is a Shiva Bhaktha. He struggled to come up in life, started his business near Coimbatore. The angel of good fortune was with him where he became very rich pretty soon. He got married but had no kids and this became the difference of opinion between the spouses. Taking advantage of this, the relatives started confusing the couple from their part.

Even if he has all the wealth now, he came out of the house one night without anyone knowing. As he roamed like a beggar, his relatives and his wife thought that he is dead and have divided all the property among themselves“…Agasthiya narrated his pastime life. I just mentioned to the person on what the sage said “he sure will live“, but he wasn’t ready to believe it.

A illustration of how the letters might appear in Jeeva Naadi.
A illustration of how the letters might appear in Jeeva Naadi.

With a smile, he opened the pesticide again. I got scared, totally.

I only mentioned “Agasthiyar has told that you will live” without saying anything about his past life because when I read Agasthiyar Naadi, He will mention a short description about the person who is in front of me. As he says that as ‘Deyva ragasya”, I never use to mention this to anyone.

“Even if you have consumed poison, you will stay alive” – I pleaded him to go to the hospital.

“You should tell me properly. What did the sage say? Read it again” – he said.

I got frustrated. There is a saying back home. The snake that coiled the leg won’t leave without biting (literal translation) – I scolded him in my mind and I read what Agasthiyar told – “He will live for sure“.

“I don’t believe this” – he said and suddenly opened the pesticide bottle and swallowed the remaining poison!

~ to be continued…