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FIRE OF DEVOTION 
A STUDY ON THE WORKINGS OF THE SIDDHAS
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First Edition March 2013 Second Edition March 2013 (Illustrated) Revised Edition April 2013 Revised June 2013 Agathiyan...
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FIRE OF DEVOTION A STUDY ON THE WORKINGS OF THE SIDDHAS 
SHANMUGAM AVADAIYAPPA AGATHIYAN PRODUCTION HOUSE 
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Nadi Reading 22 by Agathiyar – 23.11.2007 ................................................................................
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Miracle 28 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again ...............................................................................
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PREFACE My first venture into and attempt at writing was when I compiled the Siddhas hymns that I had been singing dur...
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Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal, Supramania Swami of Tiruvannamalai, and Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal I wanted to ...
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  1. 1. FIRE OF DEVOTION A STUDY ON THE WORKINGS OF THE SIDDHAS
  2. 2. 2 First Edition March 2013 Second Edition March 2013 (Illustrated) Revised Edition April 2013 Revised June 2013 Agathiyan Production House The author wrote this book solely for academic use and not for commercial purposes.
  3. 3. 3 FIRE OF DEVOTION A STUDY ON THE WORKINGS OF THE SIDDHAS SHANMUGAM AVADAIYAPPA AGATHIYAN PRODUCTION HOUSE 2013
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  5. 5. 5 CONTENTS CONTENTS ........................................................................................................................................................ 5 PREFACE .......................................................................................................................................................... 13 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ............................................................................................................................. 16 INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................................................... 18 PROLOGUE ..................................................................................................................................................... 22 CHAPTER 1 THE HUMAN BIRTH ........................................................................................................... 24 The Miracle of Human Birth ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 24 The Purpose of Taking a Human Birth .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 27 The Longing for God & Yearning for Liberation ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 28 Can We Realize God? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 29 Can We Realize God? Know The Very Existence Of God? Alternatively, Of His Nature At Least? ....................................................................................................................... 29 CHAPTER 2 THE PATH OF THE SIDDHAS ........................................................................................ 32 The Path of the Siddhas or Siddha Margam ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 32 Siddha Margam in Malaysia .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 49 CHAPTER 3 KARMA ..................................................................................................................................... 52 Karma ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 52 Categories of Karma .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 57 How Can We Work Out Karma? ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 58 How Does Devotion Help Remove Karma? ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 65 How Does Karma Work For One Who Is Realized? ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 67 How Does Karma Work For One Who Is Under The Care Of A Guru? ..................................................................................................................................................................... 68 What Happens When All The Karma Of All Past Lives Is Worked Out?..................................................................................................................................................................... 69 CHAPTER 4 THE NADI ............................................................................................................................... 76 Seeking the Siddhas and Their Nadi .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 76 Leafing Through Your Life .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 78 Akashic Energy ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 83 The Wandering Masters ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 87 The Kaanda Nadi ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 92 Nadi Reading 1 by Agathiyar - 14.12.2002 ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 93 The Aasi Nadi......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 95 Nadi Reading 2 by Agathiyar - 15.8.2005 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 97 Nadi Reading 3 by Agathiyar - 18.8.2005 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 4 by Agathiyar - 19.8.2005 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 5 by Agathiyar - 20.12.2005 ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 98 Nadi Reading 6 by Agathiyar - 9.9.2006 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 99 Nadi Reading 7 by Bhogar - 13.1.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 8 by Sugabrahmar – 20.1.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 9 by Bhirugumunivar – 27.1.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 10 by Kagabujandar – 3.2.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 99 Nadi Reading 11 by Agathiyar – 10.2.2007 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 12 by Agathiyar – 17.2.2007 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 13 by Kagabujandar – 24.2.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 14 by Agathiyar – 4.3.2007......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 15 by Bhirugumunivar – 10.3.2007 ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 16 by Kagabujandar – 23.4.2007 ............................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 17 by Tirumoolar – 8.5.2007 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 18 by Agathiyar – 12.6.2007 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 100 Nadi Reading 19 by Agathiyar – 24.7.2007 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 20 by Tirumoolar – 23.9.2007 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 21 by Agathiyar – 13.10.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101
  6. 6. 6 Nadi Reading 22 by Agathiyar – 23.11.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 23 by Agathiyar – 27.12.2007 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 24 by Agathiyar – 29.1.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 101 Nadi Reading 25 by Agathiyar – 8.3.2008......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 26 by Agathiyar – 25.4.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 27 by Pathanjali – 18.5.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 28 by Agathiyar – 12.7.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 29 by Agathiyar – 19.8.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 30 by Agathiyar – 30.9.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 31 by Agathiyar – 8.12.2008 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 102 Nadi Reading 32 by Agathiyar – 8.1.2009......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 33 by Agathiyar – 27.8.2009 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 34 by Agathiyar – 26.12.2009 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 35 by Agathiyar – 2.1.2010......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 36 by Agathiyar – 31.1.2010 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 37 by Agathiyar – 3.4.2010......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 103 Nadi Reading 38 by Agathiyar – 12.7.2010 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 104 Nadi Reading 39 by Agathiyar – 9.8.2010......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 104 Nadi Reading 40 by Agathiyar – 17.10.2010 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 104 Nadi Reading 41 by Agathiyar – 19.4.2011 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 Nadi Reading 42 by Agathiyar – 9.8.2011......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 Nadi Reading 43 by Agathiyar – 26.11.2011 .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 Nadi Reading 44 by Agathiyar – 16.1.2012 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 Nadi Reading 45 by Agathiyar – 15.2.2013 ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 What the Siddhas Say .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 105 The Siddhas Speak On: ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 106 On Siddha Margam: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 106 On The Nadi ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 107 On Karma: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 107 On Morality: ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 107 On Worship: ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 108 On Pilgrimages: .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 109 On Yoga: ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 109 On Food:............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 109 On Marriage: ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 109 The Jeeva Nadi ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 110 Case 1 The Case of the Vagabond Who Challenged Agathiyar ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 111 Case 2 The Case of the Hit men Who Turned over a New Leaf .................................................................................................................................................................................. 113 Case 3 The Case of the Devoted Devotee ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 116 Case 4 The Case of the Siddhas Who Came To the Aid of a Villager .......................................................................................................................................................................... 117 Case 5 The Case of the Jeeva Nadi Reader Having the Darshan of Sri Rama ............................................................................................................................................................ 118 Case 6 The Case of the Crooked Temple Official ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 119 Case 7 The Case of the Stolen Jeeva Nadi........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 120 Case 8 The Case of the Dacoit Brother and the Policeman ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 122 Case 9 The Case of the Engineer at Sea ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 122 Case 10 The Case of the Childless Couple ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 123 Case 11 The Case of the Arrogant Liar............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 125 Case 12 The Case of the Siddhas Who Come To the Aid of a Reluctant Seeker ........................................................................................................................................................ 127 Case 13 The Case of the Fake Seekers .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 128 Case 14 Another Case of a Childless Couple ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 130 Case 15 The Case of the Executive Who Escaped a Fire ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 131 Case 16 The Case of the Infants Who Were Switched ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 131 Case 17 The Case of the Drug Addict Who Was Rehabilitated .................................................................................................................................................................................... 132 Case 18 The Case of the Savior Son-In-Law.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 134 Case 19 The Case of the Seeker Who Was Shown His Past Birth ................................................................................................................................................................................ 135 Case 20 The Case of the Child Who Was Abducted and the Fraud ―Priest‖ .............................................................................................................................................................. 136 Case 21 The Case of the Student and the Muslim Healer .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 138 Case 22 The Case of the Man Who Began To Walk Again ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 140 CHAPTER 5 THE GURU ............................................................................................................................ 145 Who Is A Guru? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 145 The Secret of the Gurus ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 145
  7. 7. 7 The Need for a Guru........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 146 Searching For a Guru .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 148 Meeting the Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 150 Recognizing the Guru ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 156 Connecting With the Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 156 The Qualities of a Disciple ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 161 The Ideal Aspirant ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 162 The Guru Disciple Relationship ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 164 Discipleship to an Illumined Teacher ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 165 The Guru‘s Magical Touch ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 170 The Grace of the Guru ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 178 CHAPTER 6 A NEW BEGINNING ........................................................................................................ 182 The Start of a Journey ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 182 CHAPTER 7 PRELUDE TO THE JOURNEY ....................................................................................... 183 Prelude to the Journey ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 183 CHAPTER 8 THE FIRST MILE ................................................................................................................ 185 Receiving Sacred Mantra ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 185 CHAPTER 9 THE SECOND MILE .......................................................................................................... 187 Reading the Nadi ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 187 CHAPTER 10 THE THIRD MILE ............................................................................................................ 189 Journeying Through Mysterious India Seeking My First Guru ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 189 My Maiden Pilgrimage to India .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 189 Departure .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 189 Arrival in Chennai ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 189 Day 1 - Paying My Respects to Lord Vengadasalapathi ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 190 Kalahasti ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 190 Day 2 - Lord Nadaraja Draws Me into His Chambers at Egambareswarar Temple .................................................................................................................................................. 191 Tirutani .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 191 Kanchipuram ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 191 Day 3 –Vadalur and Satya Gnana Sabha .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 192 Bhuvanagiri and the Birth Place of Saint Raghavendra .................................................................................................................................................................................................. 193 Chidambaram and the Temple Of Tillai Nadaraja .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 193 Vaitheeswaram ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 194 Day 4 – Tiruvenkadu and the Temple Of Buddhan ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 194 Keelaaperampalam and the Temple Of Kethu ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 194 Mayil Aduthurai.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 194 Suryanar Temple .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 194 Tiruvidaimarutur .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 194 Kumbakonam-Swamimalai-Tiruvalanchuli ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 Rajarajacholan‘s Famed Breehadeshwarar Temple in Tanjore ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 Trichi and My Parikarams ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 Day 5 – Guided Tour At Tiru Aanaikaval From Hanuman? ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 195 Meeting Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal of Ongarakudil ................................................................................................................................................................................. 196 Brahmaharti and Sangkalpa ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 198 Day 6 – Appeasing Saturn .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 198 Day 7 – Palani and Twilight Zone ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 199 Day 8 – Revisiting My Roots .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 200 Viralimalai ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 200 Kundrakudi – Pillaiyaar Patti .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 200 Vayalur .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 200 Day 9 – The Pinnacle of My Journey ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 201 Tuesday, 9th September ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 201 Wednesday, 10th September .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 201 Day 10 - A Chance Meeting With Supramania Swami Or Was It Ordained? ............................................................................................................................................................. 202 Day 11 – Returning Home - A Satisfied Pilgrim ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 204 Day 12 – Departure Day ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 205 CHAPTER 11 THE FORTH MILE ........................................................................................................... 206
  8. 8. 8 After The First Pilgrimage .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 206 Building a Kudil for Supramania Swami ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 206 Meeting My Second Guru ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 207 CHAPTER 12 THE FIFTH MILE ............................................................................................................. 220 My Second Pilgrimage to India .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 220 Day 1 – Starting the Pilgrimage with Saint Ragavendra‘s Blessing ................................................................................................................................................................................ 220 Melmaruvathur Athi Parasakthi Temple ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 220 Yogi Ramsuratkumar‘s Samadhi and Ashram .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 220 Supramania Swami‘s Hermitage ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 221 Prayers with Supramania Swami ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 221 Day 2 – Girivalam - A Second Time ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 222 Tiruveragam Sri Ranganathar Temple ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 224 My Second Girivalam .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 224 Day 3 – Meeting Up With Tavayogi in Kallar.................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 224 Day 4 - In The Midst Of The Siddhas .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 225 Shivan Malai and Shivavaakiyar Cave ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 226 Uthiyore and Siddha Konganar‘s Cave ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 226 Chennimalai and Siddha Punakeeswarar‘s Cave .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 228 Day 5 – Meeting Other Swamis ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 228 Day 6 – A Day in the Life of an Ashramite ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 229 Day 7 – A Day of Doing Charity ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 231 Day 8 - The Actual Journey Begins ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 232 Day 9 - Agathiyar Welcomes Us at Agasthiyampalli ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... 232 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 235 Back at Breehadeshwarar Temple and Siddha Karuvurar‘s Shrine ............................................................................................................................................................................... 236 Saraswati Mahal .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 237 Day 10 - Pothigai and Courtalam ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 237 Overnight in Agathiyar‘s Cave ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 239 Day 11 - Roaming the Jungles of Pothigai and Courtalam............................................................................................................................................................................................. 241 Lord Dhaksana Murthi‘s Cave ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 242 Ramalinga Adigal‘s Cave ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 242 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 244 Day 12 - Palani Amazes Me Again .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 246 Marudamalai and Pambatti Siddha‘s Cave ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 247 Back to Kallar ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 247 Day 13 – Another Day of Doing Charity ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 248 Day 14 – Another Day with Supramania Swami ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 251 Day 15 – Annamalaiyar Up Close ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 252 Yogi‘s Ashram, Ramana Maharishi‘s Ashram and Seshadari Swami‘s Ashram ........................................................................................................................................................... 253 Day 16 – Returning Home From a Pilgrimage of a Different Kind ............................................................................................................................................................................. 253 CHAPTER 13 THE SIXTH MILE ............................................................................................................. 254 After The Second Pilgrimage ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 254 The Breath ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 254 Pranayama ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 256 Asana ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 263 CHAPTER 14 THE SEVENTH MILE ..................................................................................................... 264 Agathiyar Seeks My Home ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 264 CHAPTER 15 THE EIGHTH MILE ........................................................................................................ 269 Abhisegam ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 269 CHAPTER 16 THE NINTH MILE ........................................................................................................... 270 Lighting the Sacrificial Fire ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 270 CHAPTER 17 THE TENTH MILE ........................................................................................................... 296 Beginning the Journey Within ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 296 CHAPTER 18 THE ELEVENTH MILE .................................................................................................. 310 On Gratitude, Surrender, Letting Go and Awaiting the Guru‘s Grace and God‘s Grace ......................................................................................................................................... 310 Gratitude ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 310 Surrender 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  9. 9. 9 Letting Go............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 319 Awaiting the Guru‘s Grace and God‘s Grace .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 319 EPILOGUE ..................................................................................................................................................... 320 APPENDIX 1 LIFE & TIMES OF SIDDHAS ........................................................................................ 326 Agathiyar ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 326 Ramalinga Adigal ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 329 Jeganathar Swamigal ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 338 Chitramuthu Adigal ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 340 Gnana Pitha Shivananda Paramahansa ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 343 APPENDIX 2 FIRST ENCOUNTERS WITH THE MASTERS ......................................................... 345 Swami Shivananda and Paramahansa Viswananda Saraswati ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 345 Swami Vishnudevananda and Swami Shivananda ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 346 Swami Muktananda and Bhagawan Nithyananda ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 347 Swami Vivekananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 350 Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Totapuri .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 353 Sri Ramana Maharishi and Arunachala ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 355 Yogi Ramsuratkumar and Sri Ramana Maharshi ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 355 Swami Ramdas and Sri Ramana Maharishi ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 359 Swami Gnanananda Giri and Swami Shivaratna Giri ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... 361 Adi Sankara and Lord Shiva ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 362 Paramahansa Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar.................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 363 Lahiri Mahasaya and Babaji ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 364 Lama Surya Das and Lama Yeshe ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 367 Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 367 Supramania Swami ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 370 Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 373 APPENDIX 3 SIDDHAS AND MIRACLES ........................................................................................... 376 Miracles during My First and Second Pilgrimages to India ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 377 Miracle 1 A Switch for the Good ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 378 Miracle 2 A Siddha Gives Darshan. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 378 Miracle 3 Siddha Hanuman Gives Darshan. .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 378 Miracle 4 Receiving Blessed Milk at Palani ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 378 Miracle 5 Yogi Ramsuratkumar Joins in Chant................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 379 Miracle 6 A Visitation from the Divine Forces? .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 379 Miracle 7 Vibhuti Appears Miraculously .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 379 Miracle 8 Tavayogi in Various Places at the Same Time? ............................................................................................................................................................................................... 380 Miracle 9 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 380 Miracle 10 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 382 Miracles In The Presence Of Supramania Swami............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 383 Miracle 11 Lord Shiva at Parvatha Malai? ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 383 Miracle 12 A Visitation from Yogi Ramsuratkumar........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 383 Miracle 13 A Siddha Intervenes. ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 383 Miracles In The Presence Of Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 384 Miracle 14 A Siddha Saves Tavayogi‘s Life. ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 384 Miracle 15 Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi feed Tavayogi. ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 384 Miracle 16 A Visitation from Siddha Konganar? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 384 Miracle 17 Lime Appears Miraculously ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 384 Miracle 18 A Visitation from Lord Murugan? ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 385 Miracle 19 A Visitation from Lopamudra? ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 385 Miracle 20 Agathiyar‘s Darshan ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 385 Miracles In The Presence Of Other Devotees................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 389 Miracle 21 Agathiyar Gives Darshan ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 389 Miracle 22 Did Lord Ayappa, Anjaneyar& Anjalai Give Darshan. ............................................................................................................................................................................... 389 Miracle 23 Receiving a Darshan of the Siddhas at Sathuragiri ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 392 Miracle 24 Agathiyar Shows His Presence At Kalyana Theertam ................................................................................................................................................................................. 393 Miracle 25 Agathiyar Grooms a Disciple for a Bigger Mission. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 394 Miracle 26 Supramania Swami‘s Darshan? ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 397 Miracle 27 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 399
  10. 10. 10 Miracle 28 Agathiyar Opens His Eyes Again ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 399 Miracle 29 Siddha Kuthambai‘s Darshan? ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 400 Miracle 30 Lord Murugan‘s Darshan? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 401 Miracle 31 Tavayogi‘s Darshan?......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 401 Miracle 32 A Siddha‘s Darshan? ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 402 Miracle 33 Another Siddha‘s Darshan? ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 402 Miracle 34 Agathiyar Saves the Life of a Devotee by Giving His Breath..................................................................................................................................................................... 402 Miracle 35 Mysterious Appearance of ―An Autobiography of a Yogi‖ ........................................................................................................................................................................ 403 Miracle 36 Receiving Ramalinga Adigal‘s URAINADAI PAGUTHI .......................................................................................................................................................................... 403 Miracle 37 Receiving K.R. Shivakandhan‘s SIDDHARGAL THATHUVAMUM YOGA NERI MURAIGALUM – POONDI MAHAN VARALARU ......................... 404 Miracle 38 Receiving the TIRUARUTPA ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 404 Miracle 39 Receiving a Directive from Lord Muruga? .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 404 Miracle 40 Receiving a Directive from Lord Shiva? ........................................................................................................................................................................................................ 405 Miracle 41 Agathiyar Saves My Daughter‘s Leg. .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 405 Miracle 42 Agathiyar Decides the Time of Prayers for Him. ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 406 APPENDIX 4 HYMNS OF PRAISE TO SIDDHAS OR SIDDHAR POTRI THOGUPPU ......... 416 APPENDIX 5 THE KUDIL & THE PEEDHAM .................................................................................. 424 The Kudil ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 424 The Peedham .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 428 APPENDIX 6 THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN HINDU SPIRITUALISM .......................................... 442 The Wife as a Tapa Sakhi .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 442 APPENDIX 7 MAILS ................................................................................................................................... 444 Mail 1 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 444 Mail 2 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 444 Mail 3 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 444 Mail 4 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 445 Mail 5 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 445 Mail 6 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 445 Mail 7 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 445 Mail 8 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 445 Mail 9 ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 446 Mail 10 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 446 Mail 11 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 446 Mail 12 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 446 Mail 13 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 446 Mail 14 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 447 Mail 15 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 447 Mail 16 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 447 Mail 17 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 447 Mail 18 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 19 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 20 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 21 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 22 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 23 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 448 Mail 24 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 449 Mail 25 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 449 Mail 26 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 449 Mail 27 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 450 Mail 28 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  11. 11. 11 Mail 38 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 451 Mail 39 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 452 Mail 40 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 452 Mail 41 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 452 Mail 42 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 452 Mail 43 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 452 Mail 44 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................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 453 Mail 48 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 453 Mail 49 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 453 Mail 50 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 453 Mail 51 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 453 Mail 52 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 454 Mail 53 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 454 Mail 54 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 454 Mail 55 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 454 Mail 56 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 455 Mail 57 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 455 Mail 58 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 455 Mail 59 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 455 Mail 60 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 455 BIBLIOGRAPHY........................................................................................................................................... 456 INDEX ............................................................................................................................................................. 459
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  13. 13. 13 PREFACE My first venture into and attempt at writing was when I compiled the Siddhas hymns that I had been singing during prayers into a book of praise to Siddhas, SIDDHARGAL POTRI THOGUPPU. The hymns were from various sources: Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal1(of the Sri Agathiyar Sanmaarga Sangam, Ongarakudil, Turaiyur, Tamilnadu, India); Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigalaar2(of the Sri Agathiyar Sri Thava Murugar Gnana Peedham Thirukovil in Kallar, Kovai, Tamilnadu, India); and other publications. As I came across more hymns I included them too and the volume later expanded to become AGATHIYAR PUSAI or THE COMPLETE BOOK 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-Englishor athttp://www.slideshare.net/shanmugamavadaiyappa/Agathiyar-pusai-march-2013. I had compiled the forty-six Nadi3readings (also known as suvadi or olai in Tamil) or revelations in dried palm leaves by Agathiyar and other Siddhas (until 15 February 2013). I had also kept a journal of my travels in India. I kept a spiritual diary too to monitor my progress. Initially these notes and jottings were for my personal reference only. When I came to know about Ramalinga Adigal4, Agathiyar5 and the Siddhas6; and came to meet 1http://agathiar.org/ 2http://indianheartbeat.wix.com/tavayogi 3Nadi 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 were foreseen by Hindu Siddhas in ancient time. The texts are mainly written in Vatteluttu, which is an ancient Tamil script. There are different schools of thought as to the author of these leaves. They were written by a Tamil Siddha called Agathiyar who is said to have had divine revelations. This doctrine of astrology was made famous by astrologers around the Vaitheeswaran Temple in the state of Tamil Nadu. Based on the thumb impression, Nadi leaves are found. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) 4Arutprakasa Vallalar Chidambaram Ramalingam (5 October 1823 – 30 January 1874), whose pre-monastic name was Ramalingam, is commonly known in India and across 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 line of Tamil saints known as "gnana siddhars" (gnana means higher wisdom). The Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathiya Sangam was spread and passed on by him not only in 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 saint endeavored to eliminate the menace of caste. According to Suddha Sanmarga, the prime aspects of human life should be love connected with charity and divine practice leading to achievement of pure knowledge. (Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) 5Agastya (Also known as Father of Tamil Literature and siddha), is one of the Saptarishis (meaning "seven Siddhas") who are extolled at many places in the Vedas and a revered Vedic Siddha who is also the author of Agastya Samhita [ref: Dharma Bharathi]. Agastya is a name of Shiva too. The word is sometimes written as 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 also the 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 'iyar' means belong. One who belong inside (soul) is the Tamil meaning for Agathiyar.(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
  14. 14. 14 Thavathiru Rangaraja Desiga Swamigal, Supramania Swami of Tiruvannamalai, and Tavayogi Thangarasan Adigal I wanted to give back something in return. These notes and jottings saw the light of the day through the numerous websites and blogs that I created: http://www.indianheartbeat.fws1.com, http://www.indianheartbeat.20m.com, http://www.tavayogi.webs.com, http://www.wix.com/tavayogi/agathiyan When I received positive reviews from readers, through their e-mails, phone calls and when face-to-face, I realized that what started as a means of my gratification to my Gurus and the Siddhas had in fact helped and benefited others too. The idea to compile these writings into a book took shape then. These books were made available online at http://www.scribd.com/indianheartbeat : SIDDHARGAL POTRI THOGUPPU (Tamil), AGATHIYAR POTRI PAADAL THOGUPPU (Tamil), AGATHIYA MAHA RISHI (Tamil), SAINT JEGANATHAR, CHITRAMUTHU ADIGAL & TAVAYOGI (Tamil), SIDDHA MARGAM-The Path of the Siddhas (English), IN SEARCH OF THE SIDDHAS (English), COMING TO THE PATH (English), IN THE PATH OF THE SIDDHAS (English), END OF THE PATH (English), SIDDHA POTRI - A Transliteration in English, ARUTPERUNJHOTI AGAVAL- A Transliteration in English, TEACHINGS OF THE SIDDHAS PART ONE -SIDDHA MARGAM - THE PATH OF THE SIDDHAS (English), TEACHINGS OF THE SIDDHAS PART 2 - KARMA (English), TEACHINGS OF THE SIDDHAS PART 3 -CONDUCT (English), TEACHINGS OF THE SIDDHAS PART 4 - THE BREATH (English), MILESTONES ON THE PATH OF THE SIDDHAS (English), THE SIDDHAS (English), SIDDHAS IN MALAYSIA (English), 6Siddhar were spiritual adepts who possessed the ashta siddhis, or the eight supernatural powers. Siddha Agathiyar is considered the Guru of all Siddhars, and the Siddha medicine system is believed to have been handed over to him by Lord Muruga, son of the Hindu God Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. Siddhars are the followers of Lord Shiva. Agathiyar is the first Siddhar. His disciples and other siddhars contributed thousands of texts on Siddhar litratures, including medicine and form the propounders of the system in this world.(Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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