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Friday, December 30, 2011












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When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
the right things a chance to catch you.
As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else. 
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. 
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Are you ready to go home?

i believe there is not need for a write up as the video is straight to the point!





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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Jeeva Samadhi

Note: All views are entirely the personal views of the author and is an open expression of sharing the information on Siddha Jeeva Samadhis with those who wish to connect with the essence of what is written. This article is all about Siddhas including Babaji and thus i am incompetent to talk about anything from those heights but my sincere attempt  here is to share whatever is in my capacity. If any errors or short-comings, they are entirely mine. 


What is a Jeeva Samadhi? Jeeva or Sajeeva Samadhi means "becoming one" with the universal consciousness or merging with God or Divine or Light. It has different terms and is used as different words in different religions. Buddhists call it Nirvana and Christians call it ecstasy or 'merging with the spirit'. In samadhi one remains immersed in infinite bliss and the time one can remain in samadhi  ranges from few minutes to time infinite. There are many types of Samadhis but right now the focus would be only on Jeeva Samadhi. After a divine person takes samadhi there are various ways of preserving or disposing the physical body or the sthula shareera. It may be:
  • Earth burial is Bhoo Samadhi
  • Water burial is Jal Samadhi
  • Fire cremation is Agni Samadhi or Agni Dah
  • The ancient times also followed other three methods of -  
    • The body being consumed by birds or wild beasts (followed by Parsis)
    • Being preserved in the caves.
    • Mummifying (As in the Egyptian pyramids) 
Much higher than this is when a Siddha just vanishes into thin air or becomes light. There are few Siddhas who became light or who just vanished along with their physical bodies. Babaji often speaks about them in shivirs. We had the blessed opportunity this time to visit one of the Siddha who transmuted into light that Babaji speaks of. It was the shrine of Vallalar Ramalinga Swami at Vadalur, Tamilnadu, who dematerialized his physical body into light. Last year, there was an entire article that was shared by a pleasantly surprised sadhak from Europe, who after the Bangalore shivir last year (Babaji had spoken much on the Siddha) on his way back to Pondicherry was guided to this great Siddha's shrine. (read it) Will be posting more on my visit to this divine place in the upcoming posts. 
Mahavtar Babaji is also one of such great masters who can materialize and de-materialize the physical body at will. Sri Yuktheswar Giri, guru of Yogananda Paramahamsa after leaving His body one day just appeared in physical form in the hotel room in Mumbai where Yoganandji was staying. Yoganandji was missing his guru and He literally appeared in physical form to Him, allowed him to even touch Him and then He explained a lot of things about the esoteric world which later Yoganandji wrote in the 43rd Chapter 'Resurection of Sri Yukteshwar' of his famous book, Autobiography of a Yogi. Our Babaji mentions in many shivirs this incident. This reminds me of Babaji's words that he said when lot of commotion was going about His samadhi a few months back. Babaji mentioned that His higher sadhana was for us sadhaks itself so that He could achieve that state where He could keep coming and going to His sadhaks, even after He was physically gone. This would be such a great gift and blessings to all sadhaks.

What happens in a Jeeva Samadhi?
Jeeva Samadhi is entirely different than the types of samadhis mentioned above in this article. Jeeva Samadhi can be achieved by only great yogis. This is a state where Siddhas enters live in to the samadhi state at their own will after completion of Their mission on earth and Their mind remaining fixed on the Divine, They stop the functioning of the body by will. 
This state can be done by them either after being enclosed or before enclosure, as They chose and as per the instructions They give to Their disciples/followers. Stopping the body functions, the Siddha ensures by His spiritual achievement that the life does not go out of the body. This body will never decay for thousands of years because the magnetic force in the body now acts as the life force (prana) in this body. In this state of suspended animation the breathing and blood circulation completely stops but the pranic forces keep the body cells nourished and alive. Then as invisible forces, They continue guiding mankind towards spiritual upliftment.  There is a possibility that the Siddha can dematerialize his body from the tomb and materialize it elsewhere in some different location and carry out the mission for another span of years! Babaji mentions about the great Siddha Goraknath having multiple Jeeva Samadhis. In Jeeva Samadhi, the physical body of the Siddha remains intact and alive for thousands of years. When a spiritual aspirant goes in the vicinity of the Jeeva Samadhi, he receives blessings and guidance from the Siddha emitting his divine energies. This is one of the ways of communicating with Siddhas. Now, the Jeeva Samadhi are nothing but energy fields and in the vicinity of the high energy fields, the seeker's consciousness also rises. Actually it is a very old custom in India that when one starts his spiritual journey within, he/she visits all saints and samadhis of saints and also the holy temples. There is a saying that if one even gets a glance of saints his sins would get burnt and thus he would be purified. 
Every Siddha before taking Jeeva Samadhi gives specific instructions on how the tomb should be made and how their bodies must be placed and other instructions to that they can benefit the maximum to the world. In Ganeshpuri, when Shaligram Swami, one of the very close and young disciple of Bhagwan Nityanand wished to take Jeeva Samadhi before Bade Baba himself, Baba finally granted permission and instructed to devotees, "Shaligram is Mahayogi. He wishes Jeeva Samadhi. Construct a good tomb.  Place his body facing south. He is Agni, the Fire God. Do not break open his head for He shall be at the service of devotees for the next 500 years."  Some Siddhas have different instructions specific for the kind of rituals to be done on the samadhi like using certain mantras there, poojas, offering dhoop (thick smoke), feeding the poor in those locations, worship during certain days and time, etc. i learnt about a Siddha who instructed His body to be placed in such a way that when abhishekham was done on the idol the theertham would touch his body, which could then be offered to devotees!


Who gets benefited?
The point is that just going and visiting the Jeeva Samadhi will not be of any help. It is only when one is open and receptive that things happen. One has to approach with pure intentions and love for the Siddhas and to what they have to offer, then only the connection and grace would flow within. Sometimes i feel this is such a beautiful way for Siddhas to lock the energies or avoid misuse. 
Everywhere the principle is the same. Like Babaji says that if one is not open and accept His grace, there is no way He can force it through one. Thus He always advises trust, faith and surrender. This works everywhere - even if one had to walk into a temple or a theerha sthan (sacred place). Meditating at Jeeva Samadhis in the 'right' way with the 'right' approach brings in the desired results and much beyond. It is better to spend atleast a minimum of 20-30 minutes at a Jeeva Samadhi in meditation. Knowing by now how the Siddhas work it would be foolish to say that one has to go to the physical vicinity of Jeeva Samadhis to receive their energies but one can even connect from wherever they are. As i love travelling it has become a part of me to visit Jeeva Samadhis and do sadhana there. However, the main intent of sharing on Jeeva Samadhi is so that even if you ever come across one, you would not want to miss spending some time there and connecting to the Siddha and their loving and powerful energies. The best way to connect is to first sit there calm and invoke Babaji or your Guru and request to help connect with the Siddha world. Babaji himself had mentioned once about this method and it works wonders :)

Where are Jeeva Samadhis found?
It is easier for sadhaks to locate them because sadhaks are energy-sensitive. However, there are many Jeeva Samadhis all over India. i personally feel there are larger numbers in South India. I was so pleasantly surprised to find hundreds of them in just one location! The places in Guruvan, Kanhangad, was the samadhi place of many great Siddhas long before Nityanand Baba came to Guruvan, which Bade Baba only has mentioned. On one of our tour to Tiruvanamalai i realized this holy hill also is a samadhi place for hundreds of Siddhas. There are many such locations and places where Siddhas are still there since thousands of years either in their physical or astral forms.
Similarly, there are other places we could visit in North Karnataka, beginning from Anand Ashram, Bevinkoppa itself, which has Siddha Samadhis and many Jeeva Samadhis are there in the that belt. Many holy hills have large number of Siddhas in their astral form working towards the upliftment of human race. Babaji often speaks about these dimensions. Few such hills that i know of and have been able to visit are Ganeshpuri, Guruvan, Thiruvanamalai, Siddhar Beta (Hill of Siddhas) Siddhar Beta is situated in Tumkur and known as the abode of 9000 Siddhas. This is the place where astounding number of Siddhas once mediated together and even today are there in astral forms. If one can raise their vibrations high enough one can come across such divine beings even in person, but it is very difficult to see them through the logic mind because the logic mind easily judges based on looks, personality, form, etc. 

Jeeva Samadhis are energy spots or energy banks supplying infinite amount of energy at all times. Such is Their compassion for all that they are alive only for others who silently work for the well being of the creation. Babaji says that had it not been for these Holy Siddhas who are spread all around the world in the form of Shree Chakra, the world would have moved by now rapidly towards doom. It is only due to their constant and silent efforts in the background that things are kept in balance. They have also averted many such dooms in the past created by human's ignorance. Jeeva Samadhi is one such way by them to create energy pockets at different locations. In all my travels i was amazed to see Siddhas and Jeeva Samadhis in the most least expected locations, from remote villages to places of filth, crime and mishaps to the most modern cities. The reason why They choose such locations, only They know.

i noticed that Tamilnadu had one very intelligent way of making use of Jeeva Samadhis. Almost all holy and ancient temples in Tamilnadu HAS to have a Jeeva Samadhi! Interesting? We got so accustomed to this that whenever we saw a very ancient temple we were sure there is a Siddha in there in a Jeeva Samadhi! Now the intelligent way people of Tamilnadu have worked it out is that they built temples around the Jeeva Samadhis. People going to these temples are benefited when they go to pray to the deity there and many report feeling relief, peace, spiritual upliftment and their prayers being answered. The main powerhouse of energy here are the Jeeva Samadhis. Normally, it is thought that Siddhas took Jeeva Samadhi in temples, but in fact it is the other way round - temples were built where Siddhas took Jeeva Samadhi :) Ancient temples you can find in every nook and corner of Tamilnadu including Chennai City. There are close to about 300 Jeeva Samadhis in Tamilnadu itself.


What to expect while visiting a Jeeva Samadhi.
  • Unfortunately many samadhis are have poor maintenance or no maintenance at all.
  • Some are maintained by followers, some by the Trust or some foundation, some by the ones who own that piece of land and some by none or you may say are 'abandoned'.
  • Most of the time many do not know what it is. Sometimes they are just worshiped as temples. i have seen Jeeva Samadhis in very bad physical condition. At one place there was renovation going on and there were planks and paper and paint boxes dumped on the Samadhi itself. However, when we sat to meditate there it was very powerful!
  • In many places the priests also were not aware that it is a Jeeva Samadhi unless we showed them the details to which they would mention that they do not know about it.
  • At some places, the samadhis are kept in very good condition and maintained very well and thus given it's due attention and respect.
  • In some samadhis, we found were strictly maintained under the supervision of the priest or trustees.
  • Some samadhis have 'rules' where one is not allowed in at certain timings or unless men take off their shirts. Most of the samadhis/temples do not allow short pants, T-shirts, Caps or anything that does not on Indian tradition. i remember in our visit to Thiruvanamalai one of us was wearing the 3/4th shorts and was not allowed entry into the famous Arunachaleshwara temple. These have to be adhered to so that the sanctity and respects to their sentiments are maintained.
  • Some samadhis have restricted entry only to the point that you can see them, sometimes beyond locked netted gates and sometimes entry allowed to the point where you can even touch them.
  • At some samadhis photography and video is strictly prohibited but at some samadhis we were encouraged to take photographs and spread the message.
  • Some samadhis are very prominent and can be known from a distance but some will deceive the eyes. They can be huge tomb built on it or it might be just one small Shivalinga on the ground and nothing else around. Some may even be just a small stone. It is a boon for a ShivYog sadhak as a sadhak is energy-sensitive and can detect and connect to it easily.
  • Most of the samadhis/temples remain closed from 12 pm to 4 pm and some till 6 pm. They open at 6 a.m. and close by 8 p.m. No entry is allowed in closed timings. However, there happened some miracles with this also in our recent travel, which i will share in the upcoming posts.
  • One can be easily misguided at samadhi locations by people around due to lack of awareness on their part, incomplete or wrong information they  have known or for some vested interests. It is important to only connect with the samadhi. However, at some places we have got the best of information from very genuine people that led to more of further connections with that Siddha and his work around. But it is better not to judge anyone because one will never know who comes in what form :)
Some of the major Jeeva Samadhi locations of the foremost 18 great Siddhas:
 Note: The below sequence is listed on the number of years each Holy Siddha lived and not on the order of which They came on Earth.
Siddhas

Age
Place of Samadhi
Siddha Pathanjali

5 Yugas 7 Days
Rameswaram
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Agasthiar or Kumba-Muni

4 Yugas 48 Days
Thiruvananthapuram
(Kerala)
Siddha Kamalamuni

4000 Years 48 Days
Thiruvarur
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Thirumoolar

3000 Years 13 Days
Chidambaram
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Kudambai

800 Years 16 Days
Mayavaram
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Gorakhnathar or Gorakshnath

880 Years 11 Days
Perur
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Dhanvandri

800 Years 32 Days
Vaideeswarankoil
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Sundaranandar

800 Years 28 Days
Madurai
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Konkanavar

800 Years 16 Days
Tirupathi
(Andhra Pradesh)
Siddha Sattai Muni 

800 Years 14 Days
Thiruvarangam
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Vaanmeegar or Valmiki

700 Years 32 Days
Ettukudi
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Ramadevar or Jacob

700 Years 06 Days
Azhagarmalai
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Nandhi-Devar
or Nandeeswarar

700 Years 03 Days
Kashi (Benaras)
(Uttar Pradesh)
Siddha Edaikkadar

600 Years 18 Days
Tiruvannamalai
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Machamuni

300 Years 62 Days
Thiruparankundram
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Karuvoorar

300 Years 42 Days
Karuvur
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Bhoganathar or Bogar

300 Years 18 Days
Palani
(Tamil Nadu)
Siddha Pambatti

123 Years 14 Days
Sankarankoil
(Tamil Nadu)

Want to know more about the ever-loving & ever-compassionate Siddhas?
If one starts connecting to Them, it is such a great feeling to know that you are never alone. Indeed They are there all the time with us but will not interfere unless we seek for Them. It is our initiative to call out to them otherwise They would never interfere with the Laws of the Universe or Law of Karma. Siddhas are omnipresent beings who are merged with the Universal Consciousness and when we connect to the Universal consciousness, we get help and guidance from them. All omnipresent divine beings can be connected without physical contact.

May the blessings of Baba and all Holy Siddhas be bestowed upon you. Let us offer our sincere gratitude to our Guru and to all Holy Siddhas for everything that they silently do for us every moment.


Click here to download locations of about 300 Jeeva Samadhis in Tamilnadu

~ Namo Siddhanam ~


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