Sidhargal

Jeeva Samadhi...95

The Body will never decay whether it is thousand or ten thousand years old JEEVA SAMADHI of a person is filled with everlasting life force. Conceptually, by spiritual practices, life is not allowed to leave the body. The seed cells in the body never get damaged. Such a person stops the functions of the body after completion of the mission by his own will. The mind is fixed with the Almighty and the body stops functioning. The body is then buried and will never decay whether it is thousand or ten thousand years old, because the magnetic force in the body itself acts as a life force in the body. As “unseen masters” or they guide the human race to wisdom. 'Jeevan' the soul of life remains in 'Samadhi' forever with no activity, no decay or growth, and the time limit for the 'Samadhi' status depends upon the saint's bio-magnetic strength, which may vary in terms of hundreds of years. Until then, the soul in samadhi stage will continue to bless the devotees. The place around the Jeeva Samadhi has very high spiritual magnetic force and this can be sensed by the 'gnana' aspirant. If these places are maintained properly, they can become 'energy banks'. In India there are many Jeeva Samadhis. All the popular temples in India have one or more 'Jeeva Samadhis' and they accord relief to people visiting them. The temples formed around these shrines are also believed to have powerful and intense magnetic fields.

Agastya...95

Given description and instructions for the creation of medicines for fever, cancer, impotency, brain problems, eye problems and bone problems. AGASTYA was a Vedic Siddhar or sage. Agastya and his clan are also credited to have “authored” many mantras of the Rig Veda, the earliest and most revered Hindu scripture. In his book, he gives description and instructions for the creation of medicines for fever, cancer, treatments for impotency, abdominal problems, brain problems, eye problems and bone problems. Reputedly, his medicines give quick results without any side effects. He is considered as the first and foremost Siddha and Guru of many other Siddhas. He made contributions in the field of Medicine and Astrology -especially Nadi astrology. He is said to have lived for over 5000 years and that one of his medicinal preparations, Boopathi Kuligai, is so powerful that it can even bring the dead back to life. Agastya Statue as a bearded, pot-bellied Hindu sage is located in the archaeological museum at Prambanan, Java and Indonesia and probably date back to the 9th century A.D. Agastya was one of the divinities worshipped at Candi Shiva, the main temple at Prambanan. Agasthiar Ashram – Papanasam. A small temple connected with the sage Agasthiar near the falls also attracts a large number of people on full moon day of the Tamil month Chithirai. The devotees worship the altar after a bath in the falls.

Mata Amritanandamayi...95

Embraced more than 29 million people throughout the world Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram  Mâtâ Amritanandamayî Devî is a Hindu spiritual leader and teacher, who is respected as a saint by her followers, also known as “Amma”, or “Mother”. She is sometimes referred to as “The Hugging Saint”. “For Amma, removing the sorrows of others is as natural as drying the tears from her own eyes. The happiness of others is Amma's happiness. The security of others is Amma's security. The rest of others are Amma's rest”. This is Amma's vision. Countries in which Amma has held programs include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dubai, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of America. Amma says, “People come and tell me their troubles, they cry and I wipe their tears. When they fall weeping on my lap, I hug them, the next person followed and thus this habit continued.” Amma's organization, the Mata Amritanandamayi Math, claims Amma has embraced more than 29 million people throughout the world. She accepts the various spiritual practices and prayers of all religions, for the single goal of purifying the mind.

Bhogar...95

The shrine at the top of the hill, Palani temple was created by BHOGAR a South Indian by birth, belonging to the caste of goldsmiths. In Bhogar's Saptakanda he reveals details of various medicinal preparations to his disciple Pullippani. According to the last wish of his guru, Bhogar proceeded to China, to spread the knowledge of siddha sciences and his journey is said to have been made with the aid of an aircraft he demonstrated to the Chinese, the details of the making of aircraft and later he built a sea-going craft using a steam engine for them. The details of these and other experiments demonstrated by Bhogar in China are clearly documented in the Saptakanda. Bhogar's guru, Kâlângi Nâthar, is believed to be a Chinese who attained siddhi in South India and thus became included among the Eighteen Siddhars. The emergence of Lao Tse with his theory of duality of matter and the journey of Bhogar to China seem to have taken place about the same time and it is believed that it was quite possible that Bhogar himself went under the name of Lao Tse in China, like another Siddharishi Sriramadevar, who was known as Yacob in Arabia. The shrine at the top of the hill, Palani temple was created by Bhogar. It was maintained after him by sage Pulippani and his descendants, almost as their personal and private temple. During the time of Thirumalai Nayak, his General, Ramappayyan handed over the puja rights to the new Brahmin priests. The descendants of Pulippani were compensated for the loss of this right.

Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal...95

People who stay overnight at the Samadhi have seen mahan, circumambulating the Samadhi and chanting the Rama Nama. They visit Sri Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal's Samadhi with problems and sufferings in their heart and pray with devotion tide over their problems SRI BHAGAVAN NAMA BODENDRA SARASWATI SWAMIGAL, Govindapuram - One day, Sri Bodendra Swamigal was camping in a village called Perambur in Needamangalam. A couple came for his darshan and invited him for lunch to their home. Sri Bodendra Swamigal arrived at the couple's residence. He sat down to eat. A plantain leaf was laid and food was served. He noticed a little boy in the house and asked him to sit down beside him and eat. In spite of his repeated requests, the little boy did not respond. The parents slowly explained to the Swamigal that the boy could neither hear nor speak. He was deaf and dumb from birth. Hearing this, tears rolled down Swamigal's eyes. He cried uncontrollably because, he had made a proclamation in one of his works that one would escape the fear of death if he sings or hears the Taraka Nama at least once. He had thought that the Nama would be heard by everyone and thus all would hear the Divine Name knowingly or unknowingly at least once during their lifetime. He felt sad for this little boy because he could neither utter nor hear the Lord's Name. At the tearful pleadings of the hosts Sri Bodendra Swamigal had three handfuls of food and then took leave of them. The couple reverentially accompanied the Swamigal to the entrance of the village. Being hungry, the boy reached out to the leaf that Swamigal had eaten from and ate the leftover food. No sooner had he eaten the 'Uchchishta' from Sri Bodendral's leaf that he began singing the Names of the Lord! When his parents returned to the house, they could not believe their eyes seeing their deaf and dumb child jumping with joy and crying out Bhagavan Nama, in devotion. The Uchchishta of the great saint had performed this miracle! One evening, in a place called Govindapuram, next to Tiruvidaimarudur, Sri Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal sat on the banks of river Cauvery after his regular 'anushtanas'. He watched small kids playing and joined them. He asked them to bury him in the sand and said that he would come out of another place. Fascinated by this play, the kids wanted to do it again and again. This continued for some time. At one point, Swamigal was covered with sand and he did not come out of the other end. The kids panicked and called the elders nearby. The elders rushed in and decided to dig the ground in search of the Swami. Just then, a voice came from inside asking them not to do so and that Swamigal had gone into Jeeva Samadhi there and wished to be so, forever. Even today, we have Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal's Jeeva Samadhi in Govindapuram. It is said that Bodendra Swamigal lives there chanting the Rama Nama all 24 hours, all round the year. Devotees who go there and chant the Taraka Mantra in His Samadhi can hear Rama Nama emanating from the Samadhi when they spend their night there. A few can even see the form of the Mahan in Danda and Kamandala circumambulating the Samadhi chanting the Rama Nama. Those who visit Sri Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal's Samadhi in Govindapuram with problems and sufferings in their heart and pray with devotion tide over their problems. That is the greatness of Sri Bodendra who achieved Jeevan Mukthi on the banks of river Kaveri in 1692 AD-310 years ago.

VeeraBrahmendraSwami...96

Miracles and wonders that Brahmendra Swami’s predicted proves to be true even today. SRI POTULURI VEERA BRAHMENDRA SWAMI, Cuddapah offers a glimpse of events and trends, destined to take place in the future. He restored eyesight to Acchamma’s son, Brahmanandareddy by suggesting a retribution for Reddy’s sins of past life. While visiting the temple in a nearby hamlet, Pedakomerla, Veeram Bhotlayya chanced to come across a funeral procession. Going near the bier, Veeram Bhotlayya sprinkled holy ash alias Vibhuthi on the dead body and to the amazement of everyone, the dead man, one Mr. Reddy, got down and bowed at the feet of Veeram Bhotlayya. Veeram-Bhotlayya began to be worshipped by devotees as Veeram - Brahmam. One day a fifteen year old Muslim boy, Sheik Saheb came to the Ashram to become a disciple of Sri Brahmam. Brahmendra Swami’s sons refused to allow him in, because he was a Muslim. Brahmendra Swami scolded them for their intolerance and allowed the boy to enter.  He renamed the boy Siddhayya who turned out to be the most loyal and devoted of his disciples. Brahmin couple fell at the feet of Swamiji and begged him to cure the terrible disease of leprosy. Brahmendra Swami not only cured him but gave the couple initiation, blessed them and sent them home. Once a group of thieves who entered the Ashram at the dead of night to loot it, lost their eyesight. Next day taking pity on the blind robbers, Swamiji talked to them about the importance of honesty and right living and restored vision to them. Swamiji’s wife Govindamma cooked payasam to be offered to Goddess Poleramma, Swamiji made the deity come in person to partake the offering. On the last day of his earthly existence he deliberately sent Siddhayya on a task to collect flowers for the worship of God because he knew that Siddhayya could not bear the sight of his beloved Guru dying. When Siddhayya came to know of Brahmendra Swami’s death, he was overcome by grief and tried to commit suicide. Taking pity on him Brahmendra Swamiji came out of the grave to present him with his sceptre, sandals, ring and cane. As in the scriptures like Bhavishyapurana, Bhagavatham and Harivamsam, his predictions were mostly about the historical, geographical and social changes that would take place towards the end of Kali Yuga. As is supposed to be the case with the western forecaster Nostradamus, Brahmendra Swami’s predictions also have proved to be true. His predictions include, anticipatory references to British rule in India, the disintegration of the caste system, rapid steps in science and technology, invention of trains and automobiles, growing dependence on electricity and electronic gadgets, the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi, widow remarriages, social acceptance of divorces, the fall of aristocracy and the mounting prominence of weaker sections of society, power in the millennium will be in the hands of women and actors. Society will witness a propagation of fakes and quacks and that there will be a general declining of moral values and that honest  people would be at the mercy of criminals and rowdies, class distinctions and caste divisions would be eroded and the gates of opportunity would be thrown open to all the rich and the poor, men and women.

Chitra Muthu Adigal...96

Established in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and London CHITRA MUTHU ADIGAL Ashram, Panaikulam is a large village located in the eastern part of Ramanathapuram district. During the nineteenth century, opportunities present in Malaya, now called as Malaysia, attracted Panaikulam people and many of them went to Malaya, to earn money. Chitramuthu Adigal was born in 1900 in Panaikulam. He became a disciple of Jeganathar in India, before going to Malaya in 1922, 1940, and 1951. He stayed in Ceylon in 1953. and established many missions in India and Malaya and the Atma Santhi  Nilaiyam in his hometown, Panaikulam. The whole village had abstained from consuming meat which was a great feat indeed. Muthu left for Malaya in 1922, staying in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. He worked as a toddy tapper for six years before returning to India in 1928. He met Swami Jeganathar in Malaya and Jeganathar took him as his disciple and called him Chitramuthu. Jeganathar helped Chitramuthu realize his true self, his full potential and his mission in life. Chitramuthu Adigal preached at the Sree Dhandayuthapani Temple in Penang, the Aruloli Murugan Temple in Penang Hill, the Maha Marimman Temple in Ipoh, the Court Hill Pillaiyaar Temple in Pudu, the Scott Road Kandaswami Temple in Brickfields, the Athi Eswaran Temple in Sentul, the Sree Maha Marimman Temple in Jalan Bandar, the Shiva Temple in Jalan Sungei Besi Kuala Lumpur and the Mariamman Temple in Singapore. He established the Athma Shanti Nilayam in Alagan Kulam PANAIKULAM was built by Chitra Muthu Adigal in 1958. The Athma Shanti Nilayam became the Thaiveedu where the Deepa Dharisana Thiruvizha is celebrated annually on the 7th day of the month Chithirai to commemorate the birth of Chitramuthu Adigal. The Aruloli Mandram was formed in 1960 under the patronage of Tun V. T Sambanthan, a Minister in the Malaysian Government. The Malaysian Government donated a piece of land in Ipoh where on completion of the building the then Chief Minister of the state of Perak Datuk Sri Haji Kamaruddin bin Haji Isa officiated its opening of the building on 11th February 1973. Aruloli Mandrams have since then been established in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and London. He built and completed his Samadhi Mandapam and had Shivasri Muthu Kumara Shivachariar perform the Kumbhabishekam of the Shivaraja Gopuram in the year 1991. Chitramuthu Adigal went into Samadhi on Sunday, 5th May, 1995.

Sri Gorakkar…97

To get rid of problems “Nava Bhashana Bala Dhandayuthapani” in palani temple was made by Gorakkar and Bohar, GORAKKAR SIDDHAR Ashram, Vadakku Poigai Nellur. At the Palani temple a moolaver statue of Lord Murugan, also known as “Nava Bhashana Bala Dhandayuthapani”, was sculpted by Gorakkar and Bohar.  Lord Murugan's statue at Palani was made with 20 salt stones, 9 nava logam, 9 navaratinam, 9 nava bhashanam and 120 leaves of herbs. Gorakkar and Bohar had built a Siva temple in China.  The Gorakkar Ashram and Gorakkar Samadhi are popular among pilgrims.  People believe that if they visit 3 times on 3 full moon days, they will get married and get rid of their problems. Gorakkar sayings are recorded in a book known as “Chanthrarekai” and some of the predictions mentioned in the book are, that the Britishers will leave the country, India will be ruled by a widower, Tamil Nadu will be ruled by a party having a sun flag for about 36 years and among them there will be people from the cine field . Government will force people to go in for family planning. People from Harijan caste will be educated and come to power. Brahmins will stand before lower cadres and eat non-vegetarian food. Many temple statues will be smuggled to foreign countries. Duplicate samiyars and siddhars will cheat society and make money. Girls will be smuggled to foreign countries. Caste wise Sangam Association will be promoted. Sri Gorakkar ruled Kollimalai. He holds an outstanding place among the Sidhars. He prepared live medicines offering longevity of several thousands of years.He possessed eight mystic powers in full force. With Opium or Ganja as the basic herb, he was able to prepare medicines capable of curing diseases. Thus, the herb opium is specially called as Gorakkar herb. He used his medicines for four kinds of human needs namely Vaithyam or curing diseases, Vaatham alchemy, yogam or divine physical practice and gnaanam or spiritual knowledge. The Arappaleeswarar temple in Kollimalai hills is very ancient. This temple is also associated with Matsya Muni believed to be a Siddhar. Kollimalai is a village where kota tribes live. The tribal culture and language are rich. An added attraction of this village is its marvelous vegetation with lofty mountains, dense forests, sprawling grasslands and miles and miles of tea gardens. Sree Gorakkar, who lived in the sacred abode at Kollimalai or Kolli hills, skillfully prepared several thousands of live medicines. Siddhar kuligais solidified Divine mercury and palm leaves that contain the Divine secrets. He then made seven separate boxes and kept the Divine materials in them. Ultimately, he buried the boxes in a secret place called Sree Gorakkar Gundam.

Marudu pandiyar…97

Not afraid of English bullets, MARUDUPANDIYAR MEMORIAL - Marudupandiyar was not afraid of the English Britishers bullets and fought for the Independence of his beloved country. The Maruthu brothers are the descendants of Sivagangai Velu Nachiar who were great rulers. For the welfare of their citizens, they surrendered to the Britishers during 1801 and then were hanged. Periya Maruthu was born on 1748 and Chinna Maruthu was in 1753. Both were hanged to death on 08-10-1801. Maruthupandiyar's memorial is located in Sweedish Mission Hospital Campus, Tirupathur, in an area of 414.80 sq metres.

Pasumpon Muthuramlinga Thevar…97

Whenever he stood for an election, nobody could defeat him.Pasumpon MUTHURAMALINGA THEVAR AYYA known for his spiritual affection and majestic influence over the people of Southern regions of Tamilnadu was an amazing personality. This energetic freedom fighter fought against the British rule from 1935 and made a strong alliance with the Bengal Tiger, Nethaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Gandhiji used the power of non-violence but Nethaji was eager to show physical power. These two views confused the Indian National Congress. Gandhi's opinion was to solve the struggle through peace, whereas Nethaji stressed on war as the only weapon to free India. Nethaji founded the Indian National Army and Pasumpon Thevar Ayya was elected as the Forward Block Chief in Tamilnadu. Nethaji strengthened his Indian National Army by enrolling a lot of brave Tamilians to handle firing machines and participate in the International war. Ayya was always victorious. Whenever he stood for an election, nobody could defeat him. This Indian was admired by all freedom fighters of North India. He had been arrested several times for instigating the people against the British Government. Later he refused to join the cabinet ministry.

Mahan Parajothi…97

His simple and most loving word, SANTHOSHAM became a holy mantra that he anchored worldwide. MAHAN PARANJOTHI Ashram - Chennai Gnanavallal Paranjothi Mahan was born in a well-to-do and respectable family in a village in Ramnad district. In his mind the foremost thought was to seek the knowledge of the Truth of Life. He attended many places of worship and devoted himself to religious practices. On January 7, 1938 at 11.11 pm he met his guru Haribullah Kamil Syed Ibrahim, of BAJAWAPORE, DECCAN who initiated him into the practice of the Tantrik system of Yoga. Soon he attained enlightenment and related that he had big ideas and the knowledge of self-awareness. His devotees who came to see him began to call him “Paranjothi Mahan”, which means “The One Illuminated” or “A Great Man of Divine Wisdom”. His simple and most loving word, SANTHOSHAM became a holy mantra that he anchored worldwide. He entered Mahasamadhi, a yogi conscious exit from the body, on January 7, 1981 in Pondicherry.

Pattinathar…97

A king discarded all his grandeur clothes, wore a kovanam left his kingdom and followed.

PATTINATHAR, Chennai - The Siddha, Pattinaththar was travelling through the country. He was on the outskirts of the capital city of Chennai and found a small old temple there. He soon went into a deep meditation near a beautiful pond. This pond was occasionally used by the royalty. On that particular day, the queen was bathing there. Even though there were armed guards everywhere, a thief sneaked into the tent where the valuable jewellery of the queen was kept and stole the royal pearl necklace. Once he came outside, he was immediately spotted by the guards and was chased. The thief ran as fast as he could. But he soon realized that he could not outmatch the guards as they came from every direction.  On his escapade, he passed the small temple, and saw Pattinaththaar there, sitting with closed eyes.    The thief had a brain wave and threw the pearl necklace around the neck of the silent figure of Pattinaththaar and went in the direction of the soldiers. As he did not have anything incriminating, they let him go. Some of them went and found Pattinaththaar in the temple, with the royal necklace around his neck. The soldiers took him and imprisoned him. The news reached King Bhardruhari. When he was told that the necklace which was stolen had been recovered and the thief caught with the necklace around his neck, he immediately ordered that the miscreant be run through upon the kazhu. The kazhu was a very cruel and painful form of death penalty. It was a ridge of wood or iron. One end is very sharp. It was planted in the ground vertically, with the sharp end pointing upward.  The tip was well-oiled with castor oil which served as a lubricant. The sentenced victim would be stripped naked and hoisted up onto the tip of the stake. He would then be placed with his anal orifice resting on the tip. Then he would be pressed down. The body by its own weight would slide downward with the lubricated ridge going up through his anus until it came to a stop somewhere within the body or came out through some soft part of the body.  The death would be a slow and painful one. This was the punishment that King Bhradruhari imposed on the innocent Pattinaththaar who was lost in meditation and was not aware of what was going on.  When Pattinaththaar was brought to the kazhu maram and realised what was happening, he simply uttered a sentence. ”Whatever bad karma was done in the past, has it come hither and flared up?  When he uttered those words, the kazhu maram flared up in flames. The guards ran to the King and reported the matter to him. The King, Bhardruhari ran to meet Pattinaththar, realising that he had sentenced an innocent man believing his guards, without even seeing him or questioning him. He realised the folly of Kingship and realised that the power of the Siddha was the truest power. In front of it, all other powers were in vain. He discarded all his kingly clothes, wore a kovanam, left his kingdom and followed Pattinaththaar.

Mattreya Budha Dhana Viswalayam…98

Meditation in pyramid is thrice more powerful Maitreya BUDHA DHANA VISWALAYAM - PYRAMID, Bangalore For the first time, Meditation is available to the rural masses and to the urban elite alike, on a scientific basis! Pyramid Energy has been connected to meditation, on a massive scale. Under the extraordinary training of Patriji, thousands of pyramid masters have totally dedicated themselves to the great task of spiritual globalization. Pyramid Masters are spreading, on a war-footing, the science of anapanasati meditation and the message of vegetarianism all over the country. Pyramid meditation, around the world, for the first time, was established by Patriji. Meditation when done inside a pyramid, is thrice more powerful.

Sri Ramadevar–Yacob…98

Known as the Mandira Siddhar. SRI RAMADEVAR-YACOB RAMADEVAR is one of the 18 yoga siddhas. He was initiated by Pulastiyar and Karuvoorar. He is also known as the Mandira Siddhar. Some of his works include 24 known works: Mantra shastra, medicine etc. He had attained samadhi at Alagar Malai.

Jothi Ramalinga Swami…98

Acquired extraordinary powers that he Could turn water into oil RAMALINGA SWAMIGAL Ashram, Vadalur also known as Jothi Ramalinga Swami was a Tamil saint of Vadalur and is considered as one of the greatest Tamil poets. When he was a child of five months his parents took him to the Chidambaram temple. It is said that this infant laughed aloud when the priest offered the traditional 'Deepa Aradhana' to the Lord. Later he said of the experience: “No sooner was the light perceived, than happiness prevailed on me.” Ramalingam acquired certain extraordinary powers and it is said that he could turn water into oil. He continued his work, opening a temple at Vadalur in 1872, called the “Sathya Gnana Sabha”, a Hall of True Knowledge, and ensured it was entirely secular. No offerings of fruits or flowers could be made and no blessings were given. It was open to people of all castes except those who ate meat, who were only allowed to worship from the outside. He died at 51 on January 30, 1874, locking himself up in a room and telling his followers not to open it. He said that even if they did open it, they would find nothing. His seclusion spurred many rumours and the Government finally forced the doors open in May after 4 months. The room was empty, with no clues. His religion was Universal Brotherhood and his mantra 'Jivakarunyam' compassion to all living beings and “Thaniperumkarunai” supreme compassion.

Sri RamanaMaharshi…98

Purest form of his teachings was his powerful silence SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI, Thiruvannamalai - After having attained liberation at the age of 16, Sri Ramana Maharshi left home for Arunachala, a mountain considered sacred by the Hindus, at Tiruvannamalai and lived there for the rest of his life. Sri Ramana maintained that the purest form of his teachings was the powerful silence, which radiated from his presence and calmed the minds of those who were tuned to it. He gave verbal teachings only for the benefit of those who could not understand his silence. His verbal teachings were said to flow from his direct experiences of the Consciousness. When asked for advice, he recommended self-enquiry as the fastest path to moksha. Though his primary teaching is associated with Non-dualism, Advaita Vedanta, and Jnana yoga, he recommended Bhakti to those who were fit for it and gave his approval to a variety of paths and practices. He urged people to practice self-enquiry, to look inwards for Realization. Sri Ramana remained in the same place for 54 years, offering spiritual guidance to anyone, with any background, who came looking for him, asking nothing in return.

Sadashiva Brahmendra…98

The Jeeva Samadhi of SADASHIVA BRAHMENDRA, Nerur. a mystic saint of India, is the major attraction of the village. Right from his birth, he proved himself different from other people. Siva Rama Krishna did not change even after his marriage as his parents assumed. On the river banks of Cauvery in Mahadhanapuram he was asked by some children to be taken to Madurai which was more than 100 miles away, for an annual festival. The saint asked them to close their eyes and few seconds later they were asked to open their eyes to find themselves in Madurai. After the festival they all returned to the banks of the Cauvery, the same way. He was mostly in a trance. Once he was meditating in the middle of the river when suddenly a flood submerged him. People thought that he was drowned. After many months when the flood subsided, they found the saint in the same posture still meditating. It was in this state of trance that he once walked into a Nawab's harem. The news reached the Nawab who ordered his men, to cut off both his hands. Sadashiva Brahmendra walked along silently as if nothing had happened. The Nawab got scared, picked up the hands that had been cut off, ran to the Sage and offered them in total sorrow. The sage stopped walking and the hands that were cut off were restored. At Nerur, Brahmendra resolved to shed his body. He gave directions as to how his Samadhi should be raised. On the appointed day, he sat in the pit in the yogic posture. It was filled with sacred ash, camphor, salt, turmeric powder and powdered brick and the top was covered. As per Brahmendra's prediction, a bilva shoot grew on the ninth day and a Banalinga arrived from Banaras on the twelfth day. A Linga was installed twelve feet away from the Samadhi. The bilva tree was left exposed to the sky. Another instance that marked the disorientation of the body with the self in the case of Sadasiva Brahmendra was that, when he once fell between two bundles of straw, the farmers not noticing him loaded bundles after bundles of straw, over Him. When after nearly a year, the bundles were cleared; Brahmendra got up and moved on, as if nothing had happened. Maharaja Vijaya Ragunatha Thondaiman, the then ruler i.e. between 1730 and 1768 hearing about this, rushed to bring Brahmendra to the palace to honour him. Brahmendra did not break his silence. The ruler set a camp in Tiruvarankulam, Pudukottai and served the sage. Brahmendra answered his prayer by writing Sri Dakshinamoorthi Mantra on sand. Ragunatha Thondaiman gathered the sand in his angavastram and took it to his palace. Worship to the sanctified sand is offered to this day at Pudukottai. Sadasiva was once relaxing near a heap of grains when His usual meditative mentality overpowered Him. He lost Himself, in so deep a meditation, that the farmer who owned the grains mistook Him for a thief. As he raised his stick, to strike Sadasiva, he became a lifeless statue with the raised stick until the next morning when Sadasiva came out of His meditation and smiled at Him. The farmer with his restored life fell at the feet of the Master and asked for forgiveness. On one occasion when he met his past associate Sridhar Venkatesa Ayyaval, the latter remarked that it was laudable to be a mauni in worldly matters; and questioned what prevented him from singing the praise of the Almighty. Sadashiva Brahmendra saw reason in the argument. He thereafter created a series of musical compositions. He used the mudra “paramahamsa”.

Alangudi Periyavaa…99

A Snake suddenly wound its way through the audience and moved below the swamy seat Sri Swayamprakasananda Saraswati Swami also known as SRI ALANGUDI PERIYAVAA – A deep wound had formed on the Swami's leg due to the bite of a crocodile. At the request of his disciples the Swami agreed to treat it. He asked them to collect some herbs and boil it in oil, and then asked them to pour it hot over the wound! No disciple came forward. The Swami told them, “Hey, ignorants! Why do you fear? Have I not repeatedly told you that the Atma is different from the body? If it were true how would I, the Atma, suffer? Also, how would the body which is really inert, suffer?” Uttering these words he removed the boiling oil from the oven and poured it over his wound and laughed loudly! This brought tears to the eyes of the devoted disciples. The leg healed within a few days. Once, the Swami gave a discourse in the woods of Koothanur village. The day was quite hot. A snake suddenly wound its way through the audience and moved below the Swami's seat. Some of them requested the Swami to move away. The Swami said, “A man becomes eligible to embrace the ascetic life only when he earns the Gnana that all forms are verily the Lord. There is no difference between my body and that of the snake. It is actually Lord Narasimha who is the Atma in both. Why fear? All of you sit quietly and listen to the Lord's story.” But it was not possible for the people to forget the presence of the snake and listen to his discourse. So, the Swami, through his yogic power, held their attention. The people totally forgot about the snake and were engrossed in the discourse. At the end of the discourse the Swami asked one of them, “Where is the snake? See if it is still here?” The man was afraid of lifting the seat. The Swami laughed and lifted the seat only to find the snake gone. All were wonderstruck. The Swami said, “This is not surprising at all. The snake went back the way it came but all of you were totally engrossed in listening to the Bhagavatam and did not notice it!” The people at once prayed to him to bless them so that their minds would always be engrossed in the Lord's stories. The Swami thus passed his days wandering from village to village conducting hundreds of Bhagavata Saptaha Yajna and preaching Bhakti to the people. He became old. He had not spent his life working for his family. Shunning worldly comforts he had spent his days thinking of the Lord. The Swami's eye sight failed and the disciples arranged for a surgery. Dr.Mahalinga Iyer was at first very indifferent towards the Swami. But soon he realised that the Swami had come to him with the excuse of a treatment, only to bless him. The Swami refused to have anaesthesia. He said that one could lose body consciousness without anaesthesia. When he did so, the doctor could perform his surgery. The Swami then lay in 'savasana' and lost consciousness of his body in yogic state. The doctor performed the surgery with deep reverence and devotion. All through the surgery the Swami lay without any movement. The doctor was simply amazed. He realised that the physical state of Gnanis were beyond their medical world, that the surgery he had conducted was only for his own good and that the diseases of Mahans were only their Lila. The vision of the Swami was restored and the doctor earned spiritual vision! 'Alangudi' Periyava, fully aware of the day when he would shed his mortal coil, arrived at Mudikondan village. The fortunate ones there served him in various ways. The Swami decided to celebrate Lord Narasimha Jayanti during the Vaikasi month in 'Yuva Varusha', grandly. He celebrated Narasimha Jayanti every year. A Bhagavata Saptaham was arranged in this connection. He gave discourse on the Bhagavatam in his own unique way. On the day of Sri Narasimha Jayanati, celebration of Sri Rukmini Kalyanam came to an end in the evening. It was the last day of Bhagavata Saptaham. At the end of the discourse, 'Alangudi' Periyava gave a brief discourse on Prahlada Charitra, as it was the day of Lord Narasimha Jayanti. He was narrating the scene of Prahalad, offering his prayer to Lord Narasimha. When the Swami was speaking on the verse that said, “Oh, one of such great glory! Self-illuminating, verily the Time, holding the Universe within Thee, Thou shines with splendour without being affected by 'prakriti'. Here am I suffering, being caught in the wheels of life. Hey, Narasimha, My Lord! Please take me unto Thy Feet!” A divine light 'jyoti' shot out of the top of his head. A few spiritually evolved people were blessed to witness this. The pure body of 'Alangudi' Periyava was buried as per the scriptural injunction, laid down for a sanyasi.

Sathguru Seshadri Swamigal…99

Disappearing from a locked room where his family tried to keep him bound to family duties SATHGURU SESHADIRI SWAMIGAL, Thiruvannamalai. is one of the greatest saints of all times. He has guided great Gurus like Ramana Maharishi, Vallimalai Sachidananda Swamigal and many others in their spiritual journey. He stayed in the crematoriums at Tiruvannamalai. He took food in the same leaf along with beggars and dogs and never bothered about rain or sunshine and lived with nature. At the age of four, on his way to the Varadaraja Perumal Swami temple in Kanchipuram, the little boy ran up to a shop keeper and asked for an idol of Lord Krishna. Pleased to see so much devotion in a child, the shopkeeper gave it to the boy. That day, to the man's amazement, he sold a hundred such idols, when normally he would not be able to sell even half the number during the entire festival. Stuffed with such incidents the young child grew into a young sage of infinite realization, disappearing from a locked room where his family tried to keep him bound to family duties, manifesting yet again, his spiritual greatness. He journeyed to the sacred Tiruvannamalai and remained for 40 glorious years, until his Maha Samadhi. Guru and Master to hundreds of disciples who made their way to him in pain and found solace in his presence. He performed innumerable miracles to help his committed disciples, remaining to this day a guiding light in their lives. After his Maha Samadhi the Sathguru proved yet again that the body is only an instrument to the true Master.

Shri Shrdhara Venkatesa Ayyawal…100

All of a sudden the Ganges gushed out from the well in full flow and flooded the entire Thiruvisalur village SHRI SHRIDHARA VENKATESA AYYAWAL, Thiruvisalur was designated the Diwan to Mysore Maharajah, which earned him wealth and respect. But Shridhara Venkatesar's mind was tuned to the path of Shiva Bhakthi and he developed a desire to leave all the mundane wealth and position. Shridhara Ayyawal left and resorted to ardent rituals and lived a very simple life in Trichy. Everyday he used to walk to the River Cauvery and perform the morning karmas and return at noon. Once on his way back he found a child dead in the Agraharam. The child was bitten by a snake. Ayyawal woke the child up with his touch and vibhudhi. Ayyaval left Trichy and reached Thiruvisalur, which is a quiet village on the banks of River Cauvery near Thiruvidaimarudhur. Every day he used to cross the River Cauvery and have the dharshan of Mahalingeswar of Thiruvidaimarudhur. Once there was absolutely no rain and the people of Thiruvisalur proposed to Ayyawal, to pray for water in the Cauvery. Ayyaval composed the Karkatakeswarar Ashtakam, and sang to the glory of Lord Shiva, who had both the Katakam Crab and Chandran on his head in this temple. Immediately there were thunder showers and the Cauvery was flooded. Ayyaval stood on the banks of the Cauvery unable to cross and have the Ardhajama Dharshan of Mahalingam in Thiruvidaimarudhur. Totally depressed at having missed the Ardhajama Darshan that day, Ayyawal was still waiting on the banks thinking as to how to cross the river Cauvery. At that time the Shivachariar of the temple met him and gave the Vibhudhi prasadam to Ayyawal. Ayyawal wondered where he was and unable to cross the river, how the Shivacharyar was able to hand over Vibhudhi to him by crossing the same river. Next day, Ayyaval enquired with the Shivacharyar about this but got a negative reply from him. Then Ayyaval realized that the Shivachariar whom he met the previous day was none other than Mahalingeswarar, himself. On the shrardham day of his father, while returning from the Cauvery after a bath, Ayyawal met a Chandalan suffering from hunger. He immediately served the shrardham Annam to the poor man. On seeing this, the Brahmins of Thiruvasalur were annoyed and decided not to participate in the shrardham performed by Ayyawal. Ayyawal pleaded in vain to the Vipras Brahmins. Even his wife had prepared separate food for the shrardham. Finally Ayyaval performed the shrardham with the Koorcham and Parameswara himself came as Vaisvanara with the Pithrukkal and Svayam Mahavishnu as well, came on the occasion. The Brahmins who were waiting outside Ayyaval's house were surprised to hear the shrardham slokas, when no one went inside. After the shrardham was over the devas and pithrukkal disappeared. One year passed by and Ayyaval was kept away from the village by the other brahmins. When the next shrardham approached Ayyaval appealed to the brahmins to advise Prayaschitham, for the fault committed by him allegedly. Immediately the brahmins sarcastically advised Ayyaval to have Ganga snanam and then perform the shrardham. Those days going to the Ganges or Kashi was very difficult and would take at least one year. Ayyaval recited the Ganga Ashtakam standing near the well in the rear side of his house. All of a sudden the Ganges gushed out from the well in full flow and flooded the entire Thiruvisalur village. Even the Mangala Dravyams like pushpam, chandanam, kumkumam offered in Ganga Puja at Kashi, crab and fish wriggled in the Ganges water. Astonished and frightened by the sight the Brahmins of the village climbed on top of their terraces and pleaded to Ayyaval to call back Ganga to his well. One day, while Sri Shridhara Ayyaval was on his way to visit the temple of Lord Shiva, he discoursed to his devotees emphasizing the glory of divine names and love for the Lord. Sri Shridhara Ayyaval looked unusually bright and glowing that day. In the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord, with tears in his eyes, he prayed to the Lord through many verses. Overwhelmed by the pangs of separation from the Lord and unable to stand it any longer, Sri Shridhara Ayyaval rushed to the Sanctum of the Lord in order to embrace Him. While the priests attempted to stop him, Sri Shridhara Ayyaval ran and disappeared into the Sanctum of the Lord. The Lord, in the form of Linga, shone brightly like a sun for some time. The awestruck devotees stood looking on, as this wonderful incident happened and shed tears. Sridhara Ayyaval is reported to have vanished after entering the Sanctum Sanctorum of Madhyarjuna Shiva temple at Thiruvidaimaruthur.

SingamPunariMuthuVadugesar…100

Siddhar Muthuvadugesan still lives and blesses all the people who visit his holy shrine. Singam Punari MUTHU VADUGESAR Chitthar muthu vadugu “vathiyar Ayya” Kovil is a famous temple in Singam Punari. At the “Vathiyar Ayya” temple, special pujas are organised every full moon day exactly at the stroke of midnight. A grand festival is celebrated for “Chitra Pournami” day every year. Special pujas are also conducted during every “Amavasai”. Singam Punari is a place of divinity. Siddhar Muthuvadugesan still lives and blesses all the people who visit his holy shrine. On all Fridays his grandson worships the Holy mother Annai Varahi singing songs in praise of her written by Ayya Siddhar. It is believed that, every Mahasivarathiri all the people in and around Singampunari who participate in the function will be showered with the blessings of Ayya. Just opposite the puja hall in Ayya's house, there is a termatorium in which a cobra used to reside. People in and around the place are known to have seen the cobra crossing here and there. Every month a moulded skin of cobra can be seen above the store house where paddy is stored.

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