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Nadi Reading 22 by Agathiyar – 23.11.2007 ...................................................................................
The Need for a Guru .........................................................................................................
After The First Pilgrimage ..................................................................................................
Letting Go ..................................................................................................................
Miracle 28 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again ...................................................................................
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  1. 1. FIRE OFDEVOTION A STUDY ONTHE WORKINGS OF THE SIDHAS SHANMUGAM AVADAIYAPPA AGATHIYAN PRODUCTION HOUSE 2013
  2. 2. First Edition March 2013 Agathiyan Production House NOT FOR SALE The author wrote this book solely for academic use and not for commercial purposes.2
  3. 3. FIRE OFDEVOTION A STUDY ONTHE WORKINGS OF THE SIDHAS 3
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  5. 5. CONTENTSCONTENTS .......................................................................................................................................................... 5PREFACE ............................................................................................................................................................ 13ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ............................................................................................................................... 17INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................................. 19PROLOGUE ....................................................................................................................................................... 23CHAPTER 1 THE HUMAN BIRTH............................................................................................................. 25 The Miracle of Human Birth .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 The Purpose of Taking a Human Birth......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 28 The Longing for God & Yearning for Liberation ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 29 Can We Realize God? ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 30 Can We Realize God? Know The Very Existence Of God? Alternatively, Of His Nature At Least? .................................................................................................................... 30CHAPTER 2 THE PATH OF THE SIDHAS ............................................................................................. 33 The Path of the Sidhas or Sidha Margam........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 33 Sidha Margam in Malaysia .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 49CHAPTER 3 KARMA ....................................................................................................................................... 52 Karma ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 52 Categories of Karma ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 56 How Can We Work Out Karma? .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 58 How Does Devotion Help Remove Karma?................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 64 How Does Karma Work For One Who Is Realized? .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 67 How Does Karma Work For One Who Is Under The Care Of A Guru?................................................................................................................................................................. 67 What Happens When All The Karma Of All Past Lives Is Worked Out? ................................................................................................................................................................ 69CHAPTER 4 THE NADI ................................................................................................................................. 75 Seeking the Sidhas and Their Nadi ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 75 Leafing Through Your Life ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 77 Akashic Energy ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 81 The Wandering Masters .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 84 The Kaanda Nadi ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 88 Nadi Reading 1 by Agathiyar - 14.12.2002 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 89 The Aasi Nadi .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 91 Nadi Reading 2 by Agathiyar - 15.8.2005 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 93 Nadi Reading 3 by Agathiyar - 18.8.2005 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 94 Nadi Reading 4 by Agathiyar - 19.8.2005 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 94 Nadi Reading 5 by Agathiyar - 20.12.2005 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 94 Nadi Reading 6 by Agathiyar - 9.9.2006 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 94 Nadi Reading 7 by Bhogar - 13.1.2007 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 8 by Sugabrahmar – 20.1.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 9 by Bhirugumunivar – 27.1.2007 .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 10 by Kagabujandar – 3.2.2007 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 95 Nadi Reading 11 by Agathiyar – 10.2.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 12 by Agathiyar – 17.2.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 13 by Kagabujandar – 24.2.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 95 Nadi Reading 14 by Agathiyar – 4.3.2007 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 96 Nadi Reading 15 by Bhirugumunivar – 10.3.2007 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 96 Nadi Reading 16 by Kagabujandar – 23.4.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 96 Nadi Reading 17 by Tirumular – 8.5.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 96 Nadi Reading 18 by Agathiyar – 12.6.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 96 Nadi Reading 19 by Agathiyar – 24.7.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 96 Nadi Reading 20 by Tirumular – 23.9.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 96 Nadi Reading 21 by Agathiyar – 13.10.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 97 5
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Nadi Reading 22 by Agathiyar – 23.11.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 97 Nadi Reading 23 by Agathiyar – 27.12.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 97 Nadi Reading 24 by Agathiyar – 29.1.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97 Nadi Reading 25 by Agathiyar – 8.3.2008 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97 Nadi Reading 26 by Agathiyar – 25.4.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97 Nadi Reading 27 by Pathanjali – 18.5.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 28 by Agathiyar – 12.7.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 29 by Agathiyar – 19.8.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 30 by Agathiyar – 30.9.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 31 by Agathiyar – 8.12.2008 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 32 by Agathiyar – 8.1.2009 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 33 by Agathiyar – 27.8.2009 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 34 by Agathiyar – 26.12.2009 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 99 Nadi Reading 35 by Agathiyar – 2.1.2010 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 36 by Agathiyar – 31.1.2010 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 37 by Agathiyar – 3.4.2010 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 38 by Agathiyar – 12.7.2010 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 39 by Agathiyar – 9.8.2010 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 40 by Agathiyar – 17.10.2010 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 41 by Agathiyar – 19.4.2011 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 100 Nadi Reading 42 by Agathiyar – 9.8.2011 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 43 by Agathiyar – 26.11.2011 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 44 by Agathiyar – 16.1.2012 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 101 Nadi Reading 45 by Agathiyar – 15.2.2013 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 101 What the Sidhas Say ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 The Sidhas Speak On: ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 On Sidha Margam: ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 101 On The Nadi.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 103 On Karma: ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 On Morality:................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 On Worship: .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 103 On Pilgrimages: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 104 On Yoga: ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 105 On Food:........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 105 On Marriage: .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 105 The Jeeva Nadi .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 106 Case 1 The Case of the Vagabond Who Challenged Agathiyar ................................................................................................................................................................................ 107 Case 2 The Case of the Hit men Who Turned over a New Leaf .............................................................................................................................................................................. 109 Case 3 The Case of the Devoted Devotee .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 112 Case 4 The Case of the Sidhas Who Came To the Aid of a Villager ........................................................................................................................................................................ 113 Case 5 The Case of the Jeeva Nadi Reader Having the Darshan of Sri Rama ........................................................................................................................................................ 114 Case 6 The Case of the Crooked Temple Official...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 115 Case 7 The Case of the Stolen Jeeva Nadi .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 116 Case 8 The Case of the Dacoit Brother and the Policeman ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 118 Case 9 The Case of the Engineer at Sea ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 118 Case 10 The Case of the Childless Couple .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 119 Case 11 The Case of the Arrogant Liar ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 121 Case 12 The Case of the Sidhas Who Come To the Aid of a Reluctant Seeker ...................................................................................................................................................... 123 Case 13 The Case of the Fake Seekers ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 124 Case 14 Another Case of a Childless Couple .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 125 Case 15 The Case of the Executive Who Escaped a Fire .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 126 Case 16 The Case of the Infants Who Were Switched .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 127 Case 17 The Case of the Drug Addict Who Was Rehabilitated ................................................................................................................................................................................ 128 Case 18 The Case of the Savior Son-In-Law .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 129 Case 19 The Case of the Seeker Who Was Shown His Past Birth............................................................................................................................................................................ 131 Case 20 The Case of the Child Who Was Abducted and the Fraud ―Priest‖ .......................................................................................................................................................... 132 Case 21 The Case of the Student and the Muslim Healer ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 134 Case 22 The Case of the Man Who Began To Walk Again ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 136CHAPTER 5 THE GURU .............................................................................................................................. 141 Who Is A Guru? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 141 The Secret of the Gurus 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The Need for a Guru .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 142 Searching For a Guru .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 144 Meeting the Guru .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 146 Recognizing the Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 152 Connecting With the Guru ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 153 The Qualities of a Disciple ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 157 The Ideal Aspirant ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 158 The Guru Disciple Relationship .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 160 Discipleship to an Illumined Teacher .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 161 The Guru‘s Magical Touch ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 166 The Grace of the Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 174CHAPTER 6 A NEW BEGINNING .......................................................................................................... 178 The Start of a Journey ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 178CHAPTER 7 PRELUDE TO THE JOURNEY ........................................................................................ 179 Prelude to the Journey .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 179CHAPTER 8 THE FIRST MILE .................................................................................................................. 181 Receiving Sacred Mantra............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 181CHAPTER 9 THE SECOND MILE............................................................................................................ 183 Reading the Nadi ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 183CHAPTER 10 THE THIRD MILE .............................................................................................................. 185 Journeying Through Mysterious India Seeking My First Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................. 185 My Maiden Pilgrimage to India .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 185 Departure ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 185 Arrival in Chennai ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 185 Day 1 - Paying My Respects to Lord Vengadasalapathi............................................................................................................................................................................................. 186 Kalahasti ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 186 Day 2 - Lord Nadaraja Draws Me into His Chambers at Egambareswarar Temple ............................................................................................................................................... 187 Tirutani ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 187 Kanchipuram ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 187 Day 3 –Vadalur and Satya Gnana Sabha ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 188 Bhuvanagiri and the Birth Place of Saint Raghavendra ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 189 Chidambaram and the Temple Of Tillai Nadaraja ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 189 Vaitheeswaram ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 189 Day 4 – Tiruvenkadu and the Temple Of Buddhan .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 189 Keelaaperampalam and the Temple Of Kethu ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 190 Mayil Aduthurai ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 190 Suryanar Temple ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 190 Tiruvidaimarutur............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 190 Kumbakonam-Swamimalai - Tiruvalanchuli ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 190 Rajarajacholan‘s Famed Breehadeshwarar Temple in Tanjore .................................................................................................................................................................................. 190 Trichi and My Parikarams............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 191 Day 5 – Guided Tour At Tiru Anaikaval From Hanuman? ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 191 Meeting Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal of Ongarakudil ............................................................................................................................................................................. 192 Brahmaharti and Sangkalpa .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 193 Day 6 – Appeasing Saturn ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 193 Day 7 – Palani and Twilight Zone ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 194 Day 8 – Revisiting My Roots........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 195 Viralimalai ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 Kundrakudi – Pillaiyaar Patti ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 195 Vayalur............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 196 Day 9 – The Pinnacle of My Journey .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 196 Tuesday, 9th September................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 196 Wednesday, 10th September ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 197 Day 10 - A Chance Meeting With Supramania Swami Or Was It Ordained?.......................................................................................................................................................... 197 Day 11 – Returning Home - A Satisfied Pilgrim ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 200 Day 12 – Departure Day............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 200CHAPTER 11 THE FORTH 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After The First Pilgrimage ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 201 Building a Kudil for Supramania Swami ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 201 Meeting My Second Guru............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 202CHAPTER 12 THE FIFTH MILE ............................................................................................................... 214 My Second Pilgrimage to India .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 214 Day 1 – Starting the Pilgrimage with Saint Ragavendra‘s Blessing ........................................................................................................................................................................... 214 Melmaruvathur Athi Parasakthi Temple ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 214 Yogi Ramsuratkumar‘s Samadhi and Ashram............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 214 Supramania Swami‘s Hermitage ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 215 Prayers with Supramania Swami .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 215 Day 2 – Girivalam - A Second Time ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 216 Tiruveragam Sri Ranganathar Temple ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 216 My Second Girivalam .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 216 Day 3 – Meeting Up With Tavayogi in Kallar ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 217 Day 4 - In The Midst Of the Sidhas ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 217 Shivan Malai and Shivavaakiyar Cave .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 218 Uthiyore and Sidha Konganar‘s Cave .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 219 Chennimalai and Sidha Punakeeswarar‘s Cave ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 219 Day 5 – Meeting Other Swamis ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 220 Day 6 – A Day in the Life of an Ashramite ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 221 Day 7 – A Day of Doing Charity ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 222 Day 8 - The Actual Journey Begins ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 223 Day 9 - Agathiyar Welcomes Us at Agasthiyampalli .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 223 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 225 Back at Breehadeshwarar Temple and Sidha Karuvurar‘s Shrine ............................................................................................................................................................................. 226 Saraswati Mahal ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 226 Day 10 - Pothigai and Courtalam ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 227 Overnight in Agathiyar‘s Cave ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 228 Day 11 - Roaming the Jungles of Pothigai and Courtalam ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 230 Lord Dhaksana Murthi‘s Cave ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 230 Ramalinga Adigal‘s Cave ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 231 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 232 Day 12 - Palani Amazes Me Again............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 234 Marudamalai and Pambatti Sidha‘s Cave..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 235 Back to Kallar ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 235 Day 13 – Another Day of Doing Charity.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 236 Day 14 – Another Day with Supramania Swami ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 239 Day 15 – Annamalaiyar Up Close ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 240 Yogi‘s Ashram, Ramana Maharishi‘s Ashram and Seshadari Swami‘s Ashram ....................................................................................................................................................... 241 Day 16 – Returning Home From a Pilgrimage of a Different Kind ......................................................................................................................................................................... 241CHAPTER 13 THE SIXTH MILE ............................................................................................................... 243 After The Second Pilgrimage ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 243 The Breath ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 243 Pranayama ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 244 Asana .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 251CHAPTER 14 THE SEVENTH MILE ....................................................................................................... 253 Agathiyar Seeks My Home ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 253CHAPTER 15 THE EIGHTH MILE .......................................................................................................... 257 Abhisegam...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 257CHAPTER 16 THE NINTH MILE ............................................................................................................. 258 Lighting the Sacrificial Fire ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 258CHAPTER 17 THE TENTH MILE............................................................................................................. 283 Beginning the Journey Within ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 283CHAPTER 18 THE ELEVENTH MILE.................................................................................................... 297 On Gratitude, Surrender, Letting Go and Awaiting the Guru‘s Grace and God‘s Grace ...................................................................................................................................... 297 Gratitude ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 297 Surrender 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Letting Go ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 306 Awaiting the Guru‘s Grace and God‘s Grace ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 307EPILOGUE ....................................................................................................................................................... 308APPENDIX 1 LIFE & TIMES OF SIDHAS ............................................................................................. 314 Agathiyar ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 314 Ramalinga Adigal ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 317 Jeganathar Swamigal ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 325 Chitramuthu Adigal ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 326 Gnana Pitha Shivananda Paramahansa........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 328APPENDIX 2 FIRST ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MASTERS.......................................................... 330 Swami Shivananda and Paramahansa Viswananda Saraswati .................................................................................................................................................................................... 330 Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Shivananda ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 331 Swami Muktananda and Bhagawan Nithyananda....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 332 Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 335 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Totapuri .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 338 Sri Ramana Maharishi and Arunachala ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 339 Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Sri Ramana Maharshi ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 340 Swami Ramdas and Sri Ramana Maharishi ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 344 Swami Gnanananda Giri and Swami Shivaratna Giri................................................................................................................................................................................................. 345 Adi Sankara and Lord Shiva ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 346 Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 347 Lahiri Mahasaya and Babaji .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 348 Lama Surya Das and Lama Yeshe................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 351 Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 351 Supramania Swami ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 353 Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 356APPENDIX 3 SIDHAS AND MIRACLES ................................................................................................ 359 Miracles during My First and Second Pilgrimages to India ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 360 Miracle 1 A Switch for the Good ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 360 Miracle 2 A Sidha Gives Darshan. ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 361 Miracle 3 Sidha Hanuman Gives Darshan. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 361 Miracle 4 Receiving Blessed Milk at Palani ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 361 Miracle 5 Yogi Ramsuratkumar Joins in Chant .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 361 Miracle 6 A Visitation from the Divine Forces?......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 362 Miracle 7 Vibhuti Appears Miraculously ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 362 Miracle 8 Tavayogi in Various Places at the Same Time? .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 362 Miracle 9 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 363 Miracle 10 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 364 Miracles In The Presence Of Supramania Swami ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 364 Miracle 11 Lord Shiva at Parvatha Malai? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 364 Miracle 12 A Visitation from Yogi Ramsuratkumar................................................................................................................................................................................................... 365 Miracle 13 A Sidha Intervenes. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 365 Miracles In The Presence Of Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 365 Miracle 14 A Sidha Saves Tavayogi‘s Life. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 365 Miracle 15 Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi feed him............................................................................................................................................................................................. 365 Miracle 16 A Visitation from Sidha Konganar? .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 366 Miracle 17 Lime Appears Miraculously ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 366 Miracle 18 A Visitation from Lord Murugan? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 366 Miracle 19 A Visitation from Lobhamudra? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 366 Miracle 20 Agathiyar‘s Darshan ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 367 Miracles In The Presence Of Other Devotees ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 369 Miracle 21 Agathiyar Gives Darshan ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 369 Miracle 22 Did Lord Ayappa, Anjaneyar & Anjalai Give Darshan. .......................................................................................................................................................................... 369 Miracle 23 Receiving a Darshan of the Sidhas at Sathuragiri .................................................................................................................................................................................... 372 Miracle 24 Agathiyar Shows His Presence At Kalyana Theertam............................................................................................................................................................................. 373 Miracle 25 Agathiyar Grooms a Disciple for a Bigger Mission. ................................................................................................................................................................................ 373 Miracle 26 Supramania Swami‘s Darshan In Malaysia?.............................................................................................................................................................................................. 375 Miracle 27 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 376 9
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Miracle 28 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 376 Miracle 29 Sidha Kuthambai‘s Darshan?..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 377 Miracle 30 Lord Murugan‘s Darshan? ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 377 Miracle 31 Tavayogi‘s Darshan?................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 378 Miracle 32 A Sidha‘s Darshan?..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 378 Miracle 33 Another Sidha‘s Darshan? ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 379 Miracle 34 Agathiyar Saves The Life Of A Devotee By Giving His Breath ............................................................................................................................................................ 379 Miracle 35 Mysterious Appearance of ―An Autobiography of a Yogi‖.................................................................................................................................................................... 379 Miracle 36 Receiving Ramalinga Adigal‘s URAINADAI PAGUTHI...................................................................................................................................................................... 380 Miracle 37 Receiving K.R.Shivakandhan‘s SIDHARGAL THATHUVAMUM YOGA NERI MURAIGALUM – POONDI MAHAN VARALARU ............................. 380 Miracle 38 Receiving the TIRUARUTPA ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 380 Miracle 39 Receiving A Directive from Lord Muruga? .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 381 Miracle 40 Receiving a Directive from Shiva? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 381 Miracle 41 Agathiyar Saves My Daughter‘s Leg. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 381 Miracle 42 Agathiyar Decides the Time of Prayers for Him. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 383APPENDIX 4 HYMNS OF PRAISE TO SIDHAS OR SIDHAR POTRI THOGUPPU ................. 386APPENDIX 5 THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN HINDU SPIRITUALISM ........................................... 394 The Wife as a Tapa Sakhi .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 394APPENDIX 6 THE KUDIL & THE ASHRAM ....................................................................................... 396 The Kudil......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 396 The Ashram .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 399APPENDIX 7 MAILS ..................................................................................................................................... 402 Mail 1 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 402 Mail 2 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 402 Mail 3 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 402 Mail 4 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 403 Mail 5 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 403 Mail 6 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 403 Mail 7 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 403 Mail 8 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 403 Mail 9 .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 404 Mail 10 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 404 Mail 11 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 404 Mail 12 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 404 Mail 13 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 404 Mail 14 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 405 Mail 15 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Mail 38 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 410 Mail 39 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 410 Mail 40 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 410 Mail 41 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  13. 13. PREFACEMy first venture into and attempt at writing was when I compiled the Sidhas hymns that I had been singingduring prayers into a book of praise to Sidhas, SIDHARGAL POTRI THOGUPPU. The hymns were fromvarious sources: Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal1 (of the Sri Agathiyar Sanmaarga Sangam, Ongarakudil,Thuraiyur, Tamilnadu, India); Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigalaar2 (of the Sri Agathiyar Sri Thava Murugar GnanaPeedham Thirukovil in Kallar, Kovai, Tamilnadu, India); and other publications. As I came across more hymnsI included them too and the volume later expanded to become AGATHIYAR PUSAI or THE COMPLETEBOOK OF PRAISE TO AGATHIYAR now available at http://www.scribd.com/doc/93769534/Agathiyar-Pusai-The-Complete-Book-of-Praise-to-Agathiyar-Tamil-Transliteration-in-English or athttp://www.slideshare.net/shanmugamavadaiyappa/Agathiyar-pusai-march-2013.I had compiled the forty-six Nadi3 readings (also known as suvadi or olai in Tamil) (until 8 March 2013) and kepta journal of my travels in India. I kept a spiritual diary too to monitor my progress. Initially these notes andjottings were for my personal reference only. When I came to know about Ramalinga Adigal4, Agathiyar5 and theSidhas6; and came to meet Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal, Supramania Swami of Tiruvannamalai, and1 http://agathiar.org/2 http://indianheartbeat.wix.com/tavayogi3 Nadi Astrology is a form of Hindu astrology practiced in Tamil Nadu, India. It is based on the belief that the past, present and the future lives of all humans wereforeseen by Hindu Sidhas in ancient time. The texts are mainly written in Vatteluttu, which is an ancient Tamil script. There are different schools of thought as to theauthor of these leaves. They were written by a Tamil Sidha called Agathiyar who is said to have had divine revelations. This doctrine of astrology was made famous byastrologers around the Vaitheeswaran Temple in the state of Tamil Nadu. Based on the thumb impression, Nadi leaves are found. (Source: Wikipedia, the freeencyclopedia)4 Arutprakasa Vallalar Chidambaram Ramalingam (5 October 1823 – 30 January 1874), whose pre-monastic name was Ramalingam, is commonly known in India andacross the world as Vallalar. He was one of the most famous Tamil Saints and also one of the greatest Tamil poets of the 19th century and belongs to a lineof Tamil saints known as "gnana siddhars" (gnana means higher wisdom). The Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathiya Sangam was spread and passed on by him not onlyin theory but mainly in practice by his own way of living which was itself inspiration for his followers. Through the notion of Suddha Sanmarga Sangam, the saintendeavored to eliminate the menace of caste. According to Suddha Sanmarga, the prime aspects of human life should be love connected with charity and divine practiceleading to achievement of pure knowledge. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)5 Agastya (Also known as Father of Tamil Literature and siddha), is one of the Saptarishis (meaning "seven Sidhas") who are extolled at many places in the Vedas and arevered Vedic Sidha who is also the author of Agastya Samhita [ref: Dharma Bharathi]. Agastya is a name of Shiva too. The word is sometimes writtenas Agasti and Agathiyar. A-ga means a mountain, and Asti means thrower. Agastya the Muni, son of Urvashi was born of both Gods, Mitra and Varuna. Agastya is alsothe Indian astronomical name of the star of Canopus, is said to be the cleanser of waters, since its rising coincides with the calming of the waters of the Indian Ocean.He is considered as the father of Tamil literature and compiled the first Tamil grammar called Agathiyam. In Tamil language the term Agam means inside and iyarmeans belong. One who belong inside (soul) is the Tamil meaning for Agathiyar. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) 13

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