Picture of Zoroaster

Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 30 May 2018


Time uploaded in London – 15-27


Post No. 5060


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I have already given the stories of walking on the water and flying through the air from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain sources. There is one more story from the Parsi religion. When we talk about religion, we believe in the miracles done by great saints. But the strange thing about the Greek writers is that they wrote fanciful stories and  interesting stories about Alexander the Great. The stories range from Alexander falling in love with Hindu and other women to walking on the water etc.

Purana= mythology

Here is the story about Z of Persian/Parsi religion (Persia= Modern Iran)

ZARATHUSHTRA , appearing in the Zerdsht Nama, dated 1278 CE has the following anecdote:

ZARATHUSHTRA  having arrived at the banks of River Araxes, found no boat. He worried about his wife and himself exposing themselves semi naked just to cross the river.  There were lot of people watching them. He prayed to the Lord and then they all walked safely on the surface of the water and crossed the river. Since Muslim invaders destroyed most of the Parsi scriptures, we wouldn’t know whether this story is from any ancient book or a later one. The fact that ZARATHUSHTRA  and his family walked on the surface of the water may be due to Indian influence. From Rig Vedic seers to Vasudeva (father of Krishna) we have many stories in Hindu religion about walking on water or rivers obeying the commands of the saints.

Alexander ‘Mahatmyam’ (Great Holy  Story)

Alexander, the hero of much fairy tale, figures in some marvellous affairs with the waters, of which one is the passage of the sea at Pamphylia. Greek Historian Arrian (First century CE) in his Anabasis of Alexander 1-26 says that there is no passage along beach except when the north wind blows; “at that time after strong South wind, rendered his passage easy and quick, not without divine intervention, as he and his men interpreted.”

Greek biographer Plutarch (46-120 CE) in his life of   Alexander refers to the same legend and quotes Menander in connection with it, but Alexander himself made no claim of anything miraculous in the passage.


Greek historian Appian (First century CE) also knew the legend and in his Civil Wars mentioned it in connection with an adventure of Caesar’s in the Ionian Sea.


Greek geographer Strabo (First century CE) said the army passed in the water for a whole day and the water was up to navel.


Greek historian Callisthenes, however, said that sea not only opened for him but even rose and fell in homage. He quoted Eusthatius for his statement. But this statement should not be taken literally but may be looked upon as a rhetorical embellishment to something which was understood more prosaically.


Roman historian and hagiographer Josephus (First century CE) gives the event an undeniably miraculous touch. In the Antiquities, he described the Hebrew crossing of the Red Sea (under Moses), he cites this legend in confirmation of that in Exodus, and the sea divided for Alexander, in an offhand way referring to the other historians as his authority.

There is another story about in the Pseudo Callisthenes. When Alexander arrived in Babylon, he himself went in disguise as an ambassador to Darius. He received and entertained him, with a banquet in the evening. During the course of the banquet a Persian Lord recognised Alexander, and informed Darius, Persian King.  Alexander, finding himself discovered, fled from the hall, snatching a torch to light him through darkness. Fortunately, he chanced upon a horse at the door. Now by the might of the gods, Alexander crossed the river, but when he had reached the other side and the fore feet of the horse rested on dry land, the water which had been frozen over suddenly melted, and the hind legs of the horse went down into the river. Alexander however leaped from the horse to land, and the horse was drowned in the river.


So all cultures have similar stories, which in course of time, changed into mythology.  When religions had such stories, they were all attributed to help from the gods.  When historical figures appear in such stories some find heroic adventures there and some others say they are nothing but lucky coincidences. These stories make the history interesting to read.

Source: The Indian and Christian Miracles of Walking on the Water, William Norman Brown, 1928





Miracles in Mahavamsa!


Research paper by London swaminathan
Post No. 1280; dated 10th September 2014.

Mahavamsa Research article No-2. Yesterday I posted “Astrology in Mahavamsa”.

There are lot of miraculous anecdotes in the Mahavamsa as any old book would have. Some of the stories have remarkable coincidence with Sangam Tamil Period anecdotes. Stories resembling Manuneethi Choza and Kumanan episodes of Sangam age are in the book. Buddha’s miracles in Sri Lanka are also reported in the book. If we get rid of the miracle portion of those stories, we can get some historical information.

What is Mahavamsa?
Mahavamsa is a book in Pali language narrating the history of Kings of Sri Lanka. It gives a continuous history from the date Vijayan from Bengal ( India ) landed in Sri Lanka. It covers the period between 543 BCE and 361 CE. The book was called Mahavamsa following the Raguvamsa of Kalidasa in which Kalidasa gives history of solar race that ruled Northern India. Mahavamsa means Great Dynasty or Great Chronicle.

Miracle 1
In the chapter 10 on consecration of Pandu abhayan, we hear about a miracle of banyan leaves changing into gold cups. Later the princess was called Swarnapali (Swarna means god). We have similar stories in Mahabaharta. Whoever donates food can change something into gold. Half of A mongoose changes into gold by rolling on the leftover food of a poor charitable family.

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Miracle 2
In chapter 11 on King Devanampiya Tissa, we hear about miracles of gemstones coming out of earth on its own. Eight types of pearls were heaped on sea shores. He decided to send them as gifts to his friend, the great king of India, Asoka. But they had never met until then. It is similar to Tamil king Kopperunchoza and poet Pisiranthaiyar who became great friends without meeting.

Miracle 3
A few “earth quake miracles” are in Mahavamsa. In Chapter 15 on The acceptance of the Mahavihara, when the king donated the Mahamegha park area to the Buddhist brotherhood, the earth shook. The king asked the (thera) Guru why the earth quaked, and he said, “Because the doctrine is founded in the island”. When the thera scattered the jasmine flowers given by the king, again the earth shook. Now the thera gave another explanation about the Bhodi tree getting rooted in the island.

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Miracle 4
A lot of miracles are about Buddha or his disciples travelling through sky and landing like air planes. We hear about such stories in the Hindu Puranas. Narada is one of the space travellers. He is an interplanetary and inter galactic traveller according to Hindu mythology. This type of miracle is found throughout Mahavamsa.(Eg.Chapter 14)

Miracle 5
In Chapter 17- The Arrival of the Relics, the urn containing Buddha’s bones and ashes rose in the air from the back of an elephant to the amazement of the king and the people.

Miracle 6
In the chapter 19- The Coming of the Bodhi Tree, the tree rose into air 80 cubits high and was floating and sending forth six colour rays. When it landed the earth shook. Though Hindus wore worshipping trees from time immemorial, Sri Lankan Buddhists took the tree worship to new heights. It was worshipped, decorated, taken into processions and temples were built over them.


Miracle 7
In the chapter 28 on building a Thupa, we hear about iguana miracle. Hindus have similar stories in most of the temples: some animals or birds worshipping or indicating the divinity or sanctity of the place. Here an angel appeared in the form of an iguana and led the hunters to a brick kiln. He immediately informed the king about bricks in the middle of the forest which can be utilised for building a Stupa. Later different types of precious metals and gem stones appeared everywhere. People gathered them and presented them to the king.

Miracle 8
I have already reported Elephant Miracles from Indian literature separately. We have such reports in Mahavamsa as well. One of them is in chapter 35- Twelve Kings. A servant maid takes a child to an elephant to be beheaded by the elephant. When she said to the elephant that the queen has sent the child for beheading, the elephant cried and went to the prison where the king was imprisoned. It broke open the prison gates and took the king on its back and helped him to cross the river. He came back after three years with a big army and won his territory back and the same elephant was made the royal elephant.
Tamil literature is full of elephant miracles:
a)Tamil saint Murthy Nayanar was crowned as a king by an elephant
b)Famous Tamil king Karikalan was made a king by an elephant.
c)Mighty king Mahendra Pallava sent an elephant to behead saint Appar, but it refused to kill him.
d)Tamil Choza king ordered beheading of a child, but a bold poet stopped it
e)An elephant stopped grazing the crops and listened to a Tamil girl’s song.
f)Kanchi Paramacharya made one hesitant elephant to be on its track again.
g)U.Ve.Swaminatha Iyer, Doyen of Tamil literature, also gave a similar story about a crying elephant in his essays.
h)The elephant name Asvattama changed the course of the Mahabharata war.
i)Kalidasa gives information about elephant bridge for the army.
j)Hannibal took the first elephant to Europe.
k)Hindus lost war because of cats scaring the elephants in North West Frontier.
l)Pallavas had a mysterious elephant crown like an Indo-Greek king.
m)Tiruvanaikaval Temple is based on a spider and elephant story.
n)Gajendra Moksha story happened again in African jungle
o)Buddha tamed elephant Nalagiri
p)Udayana and Kovalan tamed elephants.
q)Hindu temples and religious Mutts do Gaja Puja (Elephant worship) every day.

I have posted all the proverbs and anecdotes about elephants in my earlier posts. So Mahavamsa story is not uncommon.

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Miracle 9
I have reported all the Rain Miracles separately. We have a similar rain miracle in Chapter 36- Thirteen Kings. King Sangabhodi made a vow to bring rain to drought affected areas. He went into Maha Vihara (Buddhist temple) and lied in the corridor. Until the Devas (angels) bring rains to my land I woudn’t budge an inch. I will die here if there is no rain, he said. Immediately there was copious rain which was brought by the Devas.

There are a lot of miracles about Buddha’s visit to the island in The Mahavamsa.


Miracles of Asvins in the Vedas


Written by London Swaminathan
Post No. 1159;Dated 8th July 2014.

Miracles are part of mythology. But in Hinduism we come across miracles even in the Vedas. Western scholars take the Vedic statements as true historical records and use them to support their fanciful Aryan-Dravidian Race Theory. The Vedic twins Asvini Devas are attributed with lot of miracles. The “scholars” expounded (in fact bluffed) lot of theories. If one puts them together and read them, they will be utterly confused. But orthodox Hindus believed them with all the traditional faith in the Vedas.

Asvins are called Dasras (enlightened giving) and Nasatyas (kind & helpful); also known as horsemen, Asvinau, Aswinikumaras.

They are the sons of Vivaswan and Saranyu. They are the doctors of the gods (Svar Vaidhyau).
They healed the blind and the lame. They are invoked in various Hindu ceremonies. They ride in three wheeled chariots drawn by horses or birds.

They are the harbingers of dawn – Ushas. Their other appellations are ‘ocean born’(Abdhijau), ‘wreathed with lotuses’(Pushkara srajau), sons of the submarine fire (Badaveyau) and Gadagadau.
Western scholars compared Asvins with the Dioscuri of Greece. But not many similarities exist between them.
In the Nirukta, they are interpreted as heaven and earth, day and night, two kings, performers of holy acts. They represent light or luminous objects.

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The number of hymns (57 specific hymns and mentioned 376 times in the Rig Veda) addressed to them testifies to the enthusiastic worship they received.
In the Mahabharata they are the parents of Nakula and Sahadeva. Like Asvins, they are also twins.
The Vedic poets use beautiful similes in their hymns. They praise Asvin twins
Like two hymn singing Brahmanas
Like two charioted heroes
Like two beautiful damsels beautifying themselves
Like a wise married couple
Like two Chakravaka birds/ swans
Like two lips that speak sweetly with the mouth
Like two breasts that give nurture to life


Miracle 1
The twins Asvins restored youth to old Chyavana. He had a beautiful young wife named Sukanya. When Asvins wanted to marry her, she hesitated. Asvins told her that they would make her husband young and then she can choose one among them i.e. two Asvins and Chyavana. When all the three came before her, she rightly chose her husband Chyavana.

Miracle 2
Bhujyu episode is mentioned at least in eight hymns in the Rig Veda. Bhujyu was the son of king Tugra. When enemies from an island gave him trouble, Tugra sent Bhujyu by boats to attack them. His boat was broke in the mid sea. Then Asvins saved him, according to Sayana (RV1.117-14). Bhujyu’s ship had 100 oars. This serves as an evidence for naval forces during the Vedic period.

Miracle 3
In Khela’s battle a leg was severed like a wild bird’s pinion. Immediately Asvins gave Vispala an artificial iron leg. This shows that artificial limbs were fixed in those days (1-116-15).
Poetess Gosha has a hymn on Asvins. (RV 10-40).This serves as an evidence for literate women in Vedic society. Gritsamada’s hymn (RV 2-39) to Asvins is a beautiful poem:–

Dioscouri of Greece and Rome

Come near like two press stones, with a common aim
Like two zealous men moving to a tree of treasure
Like two hymn singing Brahmanas to the assembly
Like two people’s envoys called at many places.

Like two charioted heroes going in the morning
Like two leaders, come together to your choice,
Like two beautiful damsels beautifying themselves
Like a wise married couple among the people.

Like two horns come earliest to us hither
Like two hoofs, travelling with rapid motion
Like two Chakravaka birds/ swans at the day’s dawning
Come towards us, mighty, like charioted heroes.

Like two boats take us across; like two poles
Like axles, like spokes, like fellies carry us.
Like two dogs ward off all harm to our bodies
Like two crutches protect us against falling.

Like two raging winds, two confluent rivers.
Like two quick seeing eyes, come towards us
The two hands most useful to the body
Like two feet take us towards our welfare – RV 2-39

This shows Rig Vedic people are highly literate and cultured. We also hear about the ship attacks, maritime warfare etc. Medical science has advanced to transplanting an iron leg. Women poets (poetess) sang hymns and were part of the Vedic society.


Miracles of Sri Seshadri Swamikal


Miracles of Sri Seshadri Swamikal of Tiruvannamalai

Written by London Swaminathan
Post No. 1120; Dated:– 20th June 2014.

Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu is famous for many things. This is one of the Five Main Shrines (Pancha Bhutha Sthala) of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is in the form of Agni (fire) in this shrine. It is also famous for several saints including Arunagiri nathar (author of Tiruppugaz in Tamil), Sri Ramana Maharishi and Sri Seshadri Swamikal. Ramana is known to all spiritual aspirants around the world. But Seshadri Swami is not known to many outside Tamil Nadu. His life was full of miracles. Studying his life shows how the world looks at a budding saint, how the family puts all the hurdles in one’s spiritual path and how one becomes great saint at the end.


Seshadri was born (22 January 1870) in Kancheepuram. The city of Kancheepuram was the capital of Pallava Dynasty for several centuries. Its fame spread throughout India because of its great temples and university. It was the Nalanda of the South. One of the Chalukya kings conquered Kanchi but not to touch a single stone. Because it was so beautiful he ordered his soldiers not to destroy it.

Long ago, Adi Shankara brought 30 families from the North to Kanchi, because of shortage of Shakta practitioners. They were known as Kamakoti family, well versed in Sri Vidya Worship. Seshadri was born in that family to Maragatham and Varadarajan. Seshadri’s mother Maragatham was extremely beautiful and well versed in arts and Sanskrit literature.
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Tiruvannamalai Temple

Seshadris father Varadarajan died when Seshadri was young. His death came on the appointed day as he correctly predicted before. After a few years his mother Maragatham also died saying the name of Arunachaleswar, God of Tiruvannamalai. Hindus believe that any one dying with the thought of Arunachal (Tiruvannamalai) gets liberated from the cycle of birth and death. His mother’s death with the words of Arunachala Siva made a deep impression in Seshadri’s mind. He used to draw the hill of Tiruvannamalai and offer puja (worship) to it.

Though Seshadri mastered lot of Tamil and Sanskrit scriptures, his mind was only thinking of god. His behaviour was very strange and similar to that of a mad man. For hours doing Puja in a secluded place or behind the closed doors and even at the crematorium was the order of the day. When the elders in the family warned about going to crematorium and getting all the ‘impurities’ it did not bother him. He made every one dumbfound by arguing with a great scholar about it for three hours in Sanskrit! A section of Hindus believe that doing prayer at the crematorium will increase its effect tenfold. But one must have proper maturity to do it. The last warning came that he can’t enter the house once he goes to the crematorium for pujas. He was waiting for those words. From that day he did not enter the house.

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Temple With the Hill of Tiruvannamalai

Every spiritual aspirant needs a guru for proper initiation. Seshadri was lucky to get one North Indian Guru by name Balaji Swami who came to Kanchi on his way to Rameswaram. Seshadri took Sanyasa (vow to lead an ascetic life) from him and proceeded to Tiruvannamalai where he stayed for next forty years.
When he was a child a few miracles happened which showed that he was going to become great. Once when his mother took him to the temple, a seller was selling Krishna idols. When he asked for one, his mother hesitated. The vendor was ready to give him free of cost. At last mother bought him one. But Seshadri was allowed to choose one from the pile. He put his hands through the pile of mini statues and chose one. As soon as he left all the figures were sold which never happened in the life of the vendor. Next time when his mum took Seshadri to the temple he came running and kissed the hands of Seshadri and touchéd his feet saying that he was a divine child. From that day he was known as Golden Hand Seshadri.

When one of the family friends came to his house asking Seshadri for his daughter, the eldest in the family told him loud and clear that he can’t be married because his horoscope was an ascetic’s horoscope. Though everyone in the family resented it, his statement came true.

What happened in Seshadris younger days never stopped even when he became old. If he went to a shop and touched any eatable with his “unclean” hand, no shop keeper would object to it, because that shop would do a roaring business on that day. He used to throw out articles from the shop. But vendors were waiting for that moment.


His control over animal world also was also amazing. I have already written about it in my post “Mysterious Tamil Bird Man” (Posted on 19th April, 2012). He called hundreds of beautiful birds of different varieties at the backyard of a house, just to amuse his devotee!!!

Another time a snake was coming quickly towards him. All his friends ran for life. But Seshadri called the snake and it climbed over him and spread its hood over him like an umbrella. He used to bathe several times every day and he was given a nickname “cormorant” (water crow in Tamil).

His behaviour was like a mad man. He used to laugh for an hour without any rhyme or reason, looking at the sky and “listen to the heavenly music of the Gandharvas (Singers in the heaven)”.

There was another holy man by name Vitobha Swamil at Polur near Tiruvannamalai. He fell sick and told his devotees that he would ‘depart’ within three days. One day Seshadri looked at the sky and was shouting “Vittobha going, Vittobha going”. Within a short time people received the news of Vittobha’s death from the nearby town. As he was a Tri Kala Jnani, he could see the present, past and the future events.

There are scores of anecdotes like this in his life. He never did any miracle for the sake of miracle to attract people. No one could predict what he was going to do next minute. In Tamil there is a proverb meaning Siddhas and beggars have the same style/attitude (Siddham Pokku Sivam Pokku; Andi poku adhe pokku) . Seshadri Swami was a typical example of this saying.

He visited the house of Judge Sundaram Chettiar once. He started playing with him by throwing his upper garment on his neck like a garland. This he did several times. Soon he was promoted as a High Court Judge. Once he sat on the pyol (Thinnai in Tamil) of a poor cart man’s house. The old woman in the house gave him porridge. He asked him to sell the cart and the bull. Next week he got married to a rich woman and he sold his bullock cart and migrated to Madras. So many good things happened to so many people. His look can destroy even the past karma and change the future to good.

Venkatrama Iyer was working as a teacher at Danish Mission High School. Because of jealousy of a few people he was about to be dismissed. One day he saw Swamikal coming and took off his shoes and fell at his feet. But contrary to his expectations of blessings, he was beaten with his own shoe several times. Venkatrama Iyer was shocked. When he went to his school he saw an envelope on the table. He felt very bad and opened the envelope thinking that it was his dismissal order. But he was promoted as the Head Master of the school. Swami can eradicate anyone’s past bad karma.

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Sivaprakasa Mudaliyar was a Sub Inspector of police. He was stopped on the road by the Swami and was asked whether he would accept ten rupees more. He told Swami that he would be glad to take it. Swami put his dirty cloth on him and took it. When he saw his superiors on the same day he was given ten rupees increment!

He did penance at the Durga Temple at the foothill. He advised his devotees to follow Rama instead of reading Ramayana. Ramana Maharishi came to Tiruvannamalai after Seshadri. When Ramana was doing severe penance, insects were crawling over him and he was bitten by the insects. Seshadri Swamikal saved Ramana and revealed him to the world as a saint. When Seshadri Swamikal died Ramana took part in the funeral procession.

Seshadri Swamikal also predicted his death and died in 1929 after a serious illness. His Samadhi ( holy grave where his body is buried) is very near Ramanashram (The author was fortunate to visit both the Ashrams). A lot of people were cured of their sicknesses and received advice from him. Even now the very thought of him or a prayer to him would do wonders.

Next time you visit Tamil Nadu, don’t forget to visit the two great Ashrams of Ramana and Seshadri at Tiruvannamalai. Seshadri Swamikal’s full life history is available in Tamil and English.


Famous Yogi Explains Miracles- Part 1


Paramahamsa Yogananda (1893-1952) is one of the greatest Yogis of modern India. He entered Mahasamadhi  in Los Angeles, California, USA on 7th March 1952. The great world teacher demonstrated the value of Yoga not only in life but also in death. Weeks after his departure his unchanged face shone with the divine lustre of incorruptibility: “ The absence of any visual signs of decay in the dead body of Paramahamsa Yogananda offers the most extraordinary case in our experience…….. No physical disintegration was visible in his body even twenty days after death…… No indication of mould was visible on his skin and no visible desiccation took place in the bodily tissue”, was the report of Mr Harry T. Rowe, Los Angeles Mortuary Director.

“An Autobiography of a Yogi” written by Paramahamsa Yogananda sold millions of copies in different languages. “The Master Said” was a book of his quotations and anecdotes. Following excerpts explain the miracles. Since he was a great Yogi he explains how miracles happen in simple terms.

(Sub headings only are mine, rest is from the book. I have selected only anecdotes where he dealt with the miracles.)


1.Why Gurus don’t cure disciples’ sickness?

“When a certain student became sick, Paramahamsaji asked her to see a doctor. A disciple asked:

Master why didn’t you heal her?

“Those that have received from God the power of healing use it only when He commands”, the Guru replied.  “The Lord knows that sometimes it is necessary for his children to undergo suffering. People who want divine healings should be ready to live in accordance with God’s laws. No permanent healing is possible if a person continues to make the same mistakes and thus invites the return of the disease. True healing is effected only through spiritual understanding. Man’s ignorance of his real nature or soul is the root cause of all other evils—physical, material and mental”, said the Master.


2.Did Jesus change water into wine?

Master, how could Jesus change water into wine? A disciple asked. Yoganadaji replied: “The universe is the result of a play of light—vibration of life energy. The motion pictures of creation, like scenes on a cinema screen, are projected and made visible through beams of light. Christ perceived the cosmical essence as light; in his eyes no essential difference existed between the light rays composing water and the light rays composing wine. Like God in the beginning of creation, Jesus was able to command the vibrations of life energy to assume different forms.

All men that overpass the delusory realms of relativity and duality enter the true world of Unity. They become one with Omnipotence, even as Christ said ‘He that believeth on me, the work that I do shall he do also: the greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14-12).

3. Ancient Saints visit Earth

Yoganandaji and a group of disciples were taking their evening exercise on the lawn of the Encinitas hermitage. One of the young men inquired about a certain saint, whose name he did not know.

Sir, he said “it was the master who appared before you here some months ago”

“I don’t remember”, Paramahamsaji replied.

“it was out in the back garden, Sir”.

“ Many visit me there; I see some who have passed on, and some who are still on earth”.

“How wonderful, Sir”

“Wherever a devotee of God is, there His saints come”. The guru passed a minute or two while he did a few exercises. Then he said:

“ Yesterday, while I was meditating in my room, I wanted to know certain things about the life of a great master of ancient times. He materialized before me. We sat on my bed for a long time, side by side, holding hands.”

“Sir, did he tell you about his life?”

“Well, Yoganandaji answered, “in the interchange of vibratio I got the whole picture”.


4.Why do Great Saints “Suffer”?

With awe the disciples were discussing the sufferings gladly endured by the martyred saints of history. The Master said:

“ The fate of the body is wholly unimportant to a man of God realization. The physical form is like a plate that a devotee uses while he eats the wisdom-dinner of life. After his hunger has been eternally satisfied, of what worth is the plate? It may get broken, but the devotee hardly notices. He is absorbed in the Lord”.

“ The life of each Master follows a certain unseen pattern. St Francis was afflicted with diseases; the fully emancipated Christ allowed himself to be crucified. Other great personages such as St Thomas Aquinas and Lahiri Mahasaya passed their days without tremendous stress or tragedy. Saints attain final salvation from backgrounds vastly different. True sages demonstrate that, regardless of external conditions, they are able to reflect the Divine Image within them”.


5. Why some Yogis don’t use Miracles?

Paramahamsa Yogananda said to his disciples on one occasion, “Most people are interested in miracles and wish to see them. But my Master, Sri Yukteswarji, who had control over all natural forces, held very stern views on the subject. Just before I left India for lecture in America, he said to me, ‘Arouse in men the love of God. Don’t draw them to you by displays of unusual powers’. If I walked on fire and water, and filled every auditorium in the land with curiosity seekers, what good would come of it? See the stars, the clouds, and the ocean; see the mist on the grass. Can any miracle of man compare with these essentially inexplicable phenomena? Even so, few men are led through Nature to love God—the Miracle of all Miracles”.

Picture: Sri Yogananda with Sri Ramana Maharishi


6. How do Gurus help save their disciples?

How may a saint take on himself the bad karma of others? A student asked. The Master replied:

“If you saw that someone was going to hit another, you could step in front of the intended victim and let the blow fall on you. That is what a great master does. He perceives, in the lives of his devotees, when unfavourable effects of their past bad karma are about to descend on them. If he thinks it wise, he employs a certain metaphysical method by which he transfers to himself the consequences of his disciple’s errors. The Law of Cause and Effect operates mechanically or mathematically; yogis understand how to switch its currents. Because saints are conscious of God as eternal being and Inexhaustible Energy, they are able to survive blows that would kill an ordinary man. Their minds are unaffected by physical disease or worldly misfortunes.”

Continued in Second Part…………………….. contact

Aladdin’s Magic Lamp and Tamil Saints

Aesop’s Fables, The Thousand One Nights, Decameron Tales, The Canterbury Tales and many more folk tales of Europe have adapted Indian stories. Many of the characters themselves were alien to Europe. For example when Aesop used an Asian animal or bird we knew for sure it was not from Europe.


The art of storytelling has developed to the highest standards in India. In the Forest of Naimisaranya , saints used to gather and listen to stories. Sometimes such sessions lasted for twelve years. Though most of the stories are mythological in nature we come across all the fables, anecdotes and supernatural elements. Putting one story within another is story is also typical Indian. We see all these traits in the above European and Middle Eastern books. They have adapted many stories from the stories of Vikramaditya, Pancha Tantra, Katha Sarit Sagara, Dasa Kumara Charitra and Maha Bharata. Many Western and Eastern scholars have already identified such areas. But not many people knew that they have even copied from the miracle stories of Tamil Saints Sambandhar, Appar and Sundarar. Aladdin and the wonderful lamp is part of The Thousand One nights. But it was added by a European author to the Arabic version of 1001 nights just two hundred years ago. He attributed it to a Syrian in the Middle East.Aladdin’s genie performed several miracles for him.


Most of the Hindus know the Yaksha Prasna story of Mahabharata. Yakshas are super natural spirits who occupy the lakes, trees, junctions of the roads and hills. They are supposed to have supernatural powers. In Tamil literature we come across Bhutham, a benevolent natural spirit, in the Pandya inscriptions, Thevaram Hymns, Silappadikaram and other minor Tamil works. The Bhutams or the spirits or the supernatural beings have done marvellous tasks.


Sinnamanur Copper Plates of Pandya King narrated how a Pandya king used the service of Bhutams to repair the tanks and lakes. Irayanar Kalaviyal commentary also gave this story.

Saivite saint Tiru Gnana Sambhandhar was going from one town to another town to worship god in different temples. When he went to Thiruvaduthurai, his father Siva Patha Hruthayar asked him for some financial help to do a yagna (fire ceremony). Then Sambhandhar started singing a hymn.  Immediately a Bhutam appeared before him and left 1000 gold coins in front of the shrine. Sambhandhar sent the treasure to his father.


Another great Tamil great saint Appar was reconverted to Hinduism from Jainism. He prayed for Hindu religious symbols to appear on his body. It is customary to have those symbols marked on the body like tattoos during initiation ceremony. Immediately a Bhutam appeared before him and marked the holy Saiva symbols Tri Sul/Trident and the Bull emblems on his shoulders.

One may wonder who the Bhutams were. Were they some Shiva devotees dressed like short and ugly dwarfs? Or were they some supernatural beings that appeared like bolt from the blue?


The next episode will show that that they were NOT ordinary human beings disguised as Bhutams.

Sundarar, the last of the three Thevaram saints, was receiving paddy and pulses on a regular basis from one of his devotees who was a rich land lord. Because of a big drought the crops failed. So the land lord was very much worried. One day he went to bed skipping his dinner. Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and told him that he had given him paddy for Sundarar. When the landlord woke up, he saw a mountain heap of paddy. When he sent a word to Sundarar about this miracle, Sundarar thought how he was going to carry all the paddy to his home town Tiruvarur which was miles away from the Landlord’s town. Shiva sent his Battalion of Bhutas ( Bhuta Ganam) to shift them to Sundarar’s  place overnight. Since all these things were beyond human comprehension, they wrote everything for future generations.


Sundarar was very good friend of the King of Chera (modern Kerala)  country. When he visited the Chera country, the king gave him enormous gifts. But he lost all those to robbers who were none other than Shiva Bhuta Ganas. When Sundarar prayed to god and sang about it, he got all the robbed goods back.


Silappadikara Sadukka Bhutam

Silappadikaram is a moving Tamil epic. It has a reference to Bhutas in the City Squares. They used to ask questions like the Oracles of Delphi. One of the Bhutas in the city of Pumpuhar ate bad people who were liars, traitors, prostitutes or people who have illicit intimacy. In another place the epic refers to a person beaten to death by the Bhuta because of his lies. The four Bhutas in charge of four castes vacated the city before Kannaki burnt Madurai.

So we can safely conclude that the above episodes lay seeds for all the ghost or spirit stories in the European literature.



ஓதமீள வேலெறிந்து பேராயிரம் கிரது செய்தும்

பூத கணம் பணியாண்டும் புவனதலப் பொதுனீக்கியும்

யானை யாயிர மையமிட்டும் அபரிமித அதிசயங்கள் செய்து

–சின்னமனூர் சிறிய செப்பேடு

வசையில் மாக் கயல் புலிசிலை வடவரை நெற்

றியில் வரைந்தும்

தடம் பூதம் பணிகொண்டு தடாகங்கள் பல திருத்தியும்

அரும்பசி நோய் நாடகற்றி அம்பொற்சித் ரமுயரியும்

—-சின்னமனூர் பெரிய செப்பேடு


தவம் மறைந்து ஒழுகும் தன்மை இலாளர்

அவம் மறைந்து ஒழுகும் அலவற் பெண்டிர்

அறைபோகு அமைச்சர், பிறர்மனை நயப்போர்

பொய்க்கரியாளர், புறங்கூற்றாளர், என்

கைக் கொள் பாசத்துக் கைப்படுவோர்

எனக் காதம் நான்கும் கடுங்குரல் எழுப்பிப்

பூதம் புடைத்து உண்ணும் பூத சதுக்கமும்

–சிலப்பதிகாரம் (இந்திர விழா எடுத்த காதை)



Space ships and Special Prayer Days

The title may look strange to many of you. You may wonder what a spaceship has got to do with special prayer days. I would like to explain why Hindus insist doing prayers on particular days and at particular times and in particular places. If the prayers are done by great saints miracles do happen. But when we do the same, no such miracles occur. Why?


Hindus believe that praying on festival days like Shivratri, Durgashtami, Ganesh Chathurthy, Kanda Shasti, Janmashtami, Rama Navami etc will increase the benefits many fold. Praying during solar or lunar eclipse will also boost the power of our prayers is a popular belief. Hindu scriptures support this belief. Is it true that certain places or certain days or certain times are more beneficial than other days? Yes, it is true.


When Adi Shankara sang the Kanakadhara Stotram a shower of golden gooseberries (amalaka) fell from the heaven for the sake of a poor devoted lady. When Saivite Nayanmars and Vaishnavite Alwars sang hymns, hundreds of miracles happened. It is the same old story with a lot of saints like Nivritti, Jnandev, Sopana, Muktabhai, Eknath,Namdev, Tukaram, Ramdas, Chaitanya,  Shirdi Saibaba, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ramana and many more Babas.


Why doesn’t God answer our prayers when we sing the same old hymns sung by our saints?


Let’s look at this example:

If you want to send a spaceship into space orbit or beyond that point you need to plan a lot of things. You can’t launch a spaceship from anywhere on earth. You must have a space station at a vantage point, most times near the sea or uninhabited places. Moreover the latitude and longitude of that place must be taken into account. For example, it is advantageous if the launch pad is nearer the equator.


You have to design a rocket which exceeds a speed of at least eight miles per second (11.2 kilometres/second). This is called escape velocity. Then you must have sufficient energy to lift the rocket. The heavier the rocket, the more fuel you need to get to this speed. Then you must have an aim – like the Moon or Mars, and do the calculations accordingly and correctly. If you make even a small mistake in the calculation, the space pod at the tip of the rocket may fall back on earth or travel several thousand miles away from its destination. We often read of such failures in the newspapers. Most space missions to Mars have failed.

For launching every rocket they have Launch Windows. They have to fire the rocket at a specific time. If they miss it they have to wait for another like that. This is especially true when scientists want to launch a spaceship to a particular planet: they have to calculate the orbit of that planet and the time it comes closest to earth etc. If they want to use the ‘gravitational slingshot’ to speed up the journey, they have to adhere to a particular time. This will save an enormous amount of fuel.


One can apply this principal to prayers on special days or by special people:


We must have some aim and focus only on it (like the space ship). We must make great preparations like selecting a particular place, day and time (like launch windows). We must have enough fuel (number of times or recitation of mantra) and right speed (intensity of prayer). If our ego, hatred, desire, bad thoughts etc. are eliminated then the prayer becomes fruitful. We attain ‘escape velocity’ for our prayers and it goes straight in to orbit (of God). Since saints like Adi Shankara, Ramanuja, Madhwa, Chaitanya or Yogis and Rishis knew these “launch windows” and they attained the escape velocity easily for their prayers to achieve great success. But we always waiver, make the wrong calculations and the wrong demands so our rockets (prayers) easily fail.


Special festival days are like launch windows – they are the right time for our prayers to be sent. Our prayers will easily reach the target. Festival days act like gravitational slingshots – our prayers, even if you recite the mantra just 100 times, are boosted several thousand times. In short it reaches its destination and gives you the expected results quickly.


திரு ஞான சம்பந்தருடன் 60 வினாடி பேட்டி


Child Saint Sambandhar meets Appar the Great (Photo: The Hindu)


(கேள்விகள்: சுவாமிநாதனின் கற்பனை; பதில்கள்- சம்பந்தர் தேவாரத்திலிருந்து)

நாளும் இன்னிசையால் தமிழ் பரப்பும் ஞான சம்பந்தரரே, வணக்கம். தமிழிலும் மந்திரங்கள் உண்டு என்பது உம்மால் அன்றோ உலகுக்குத் தெரிந்தது. பாண்டிய மன்னன் நோய் தீர விபூதி பூசி என்ன சொன்னீர்கள்?


மந்திரமாவது நீறு வானவர் மேலது நீறு

சுந்தர மாவது நீறு துதிக்கப் படுவது நீறு

தந்திரமாவது நீறு சமயத்தில் உள்ளது நீறு

செந்துவர் வாய் உமை பங்கன் திருவாலவாயான் திரு நீறே


ஐந்து வயதிலேயே தமிழ் கவிதை பாடி இந்துக்களின் ரிகார்ட் புத்தகத்தில் பதிவான குழந்தை மேதையே. உங்கள் திரு வாயால். மீண்டும்…..


தோடு உடைய செவியன் விடை ஏறி ஓர் தூவெண் மதி சூடிக்

காடுடைய சுடலைப் பொடி பூசி என் உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன்

ஏடு உடைய மலரான்  உனை நாள் பணிந்து ஏத்த அருள் செய்த

பீடு உடைய பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவன் அன்றே


கணபதி பற்றி நீவீர் பாடிய பாடலைக் கேட்க ஆசை. அதை வேகமாகப் படித்தால் வாயில் போட்ட கடலை மிட்டாய் கூட தூள்தூள் ஆகிவிடுமோ?


பிடியதன் உருவுமை கொளமிகு கரியது

வடி கொடு தனதடி வழிபடும் அவர் இடர்

கடி கண பதிவர வருளினன் மிகு கொடை

வடிவினர் பயில் வலி வலமுறை இறையே


சம்பந்தன் தன்னைப் பாடினான், சுந்தரன் பெண்ணைப் பாடினான், அப்பர் என்னைப் பாடினான் என்று சிவனே சொன்னாராமே?


ஒரு நெறிய மனம் வைத்து உணர் ஞான சம்பந்தன் உரை செய்த

திரு நெறிய தமிழ் வல்லவர் தொல்வினை தீர்தல் எளிதாமே


அற்புதம், உம்மை முருகனின் மறு அவதாரம் என்று அருணகிரியே திருப்புகழ் பாடியது உமது திரு நெறிய தமிழால் அன்றோ!  உமது பாடல் படிக்கப் படிக்க எதுகை மோனையுடன் வருமே, அது என்ன பாட்டு?


உண்ணா முலை உமையாளொடும் உடனாகிய ஒருவன்

பெண்ணாகிய பெருமான் மலை திருமாமணி திகழ

மண்ணார்ந்தன அருவித் திரள் மழலைம் முழவதிரும்

அண்ணாமலை தொழுவார் வினை வழுவா வண்ணம் அறுமே


வயதில் மூத்த அப்பர் பெருமான் எச்சரித்தும் தைரியமாக மதுரை சென்று ஆபத்துக்களைச் சந்திthதீரே, இது அசட்டுத் தைரியம் இல்லையா?


வேயுறு தோளி பங்கன் விடம் உண்ட கண்டன் மிக நல்ல வீணை தடவி

மாசறு கங்கை முடிமேல் அணிந்து என்  உளமே புகுந்த அதனால்

ஞாயிறு திங்கள் செவ்வாய் புதன் வியாழன் வெள்ளி சனி பாம்பு இரண்டும் உடனே ஆசறு நல்ல நல்ல அவை நல்ல நல்ல அடியாரவர்க்கு மிகவே


காலம் கலி யுகம், இதில் நல்ல படியாக நேர்மையாக ஒருவன் வாழ முடியாதென்று எனக்குத் தோன்றுகிறது.


மண்ணில் நல்ல வண்ணம் வாழலாம் வைகலும்

எண்ணில் நல்ல கதிக்கு  யாதும் ஓர் குறைவு இல்லை

கண்ணில் நல்லஃதுறும் கழுமல வளநகர்ப்

பெண்ணில் நல்லாளொடும் பெருந்தகை இருந்ததே.


திருமணம் ஆனவுடன் பொதுமக்கள், புது மணப் பெண் புடைசூழ சோதியில் கலந்த போது என்ன பாடினீர்?


காதல் ஆகிக் கசிந்து கண்ணீர் மல்கி

ஓதுவார் தமை நன்னெறிக்கு உய்ப்பது

வேதம் நான்கினும் மெய்ப் பொருளாவது

நாதன் நமம் நமச்சிவாயவே


சென்னை மயிலாப்பூரில் பாம்பு கடித்து இறந்த வணிகர் குலப் பெண் பூம்பாவையை பல ஆண்டுகளுக்குப் பிறகு சாம்பல், அஸ்தி நிறைந்த பானையிலிருந்து உயிருடன் கொணர்ந்தது எப்படி?


மட்டிட்ட புன்னையங் கானல் மடமயிலை

கட்டிடங் கொண்டான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்

ஒட்டிட்ட பண்பின் உருத்திரப் பல் கணத்தார்க்கு

அட்டிட்டல் காணாதே பூம்பாவாய்


நோய் வந்தால் கடவுளை வழி பட முடியுமா?

“தும்மல் இருமல் தொடர்ந்த போழ்தினும்

வெம்மை நரகம் விளைந்த போழ்தினும்

இம்மை வினை அடர்த்தெய்தும் போழ்தினும்

அம்மையினும் துணை அஞ்செழுத்துமே”


“இடரினும் தளரினும் எனதுறு நோய்

தொடரினும் உன் கழல் தொழுது எழுவேன்”


நற்றமிழ் வல்ல ஞான சம்பந்தா, நிதி மிகுந்தவர் பொற்குவை தாரீர் என்று பாரதியார் பாடியது உம் பாடலைக் கேட்டுத் தானோ?

வாசி தீரவே காசு நல்குவீர்

மாசின் மிழலையர் ஏசலில்லையே


வேத நெறி தழைத்தோங்க, மிகு சைவத் துறை விளங்க பூதலத்தில் வந்துதித்த ஞானச்சுடரே, ஒவ்வொரு பதிகத்திலும் எட்டாம் பாட்டில் ராவணனையும் பத்தாம் பாட்டில் சமணர்களையும் சாடுகிறீரே?

“ஏழ் கடல் சூழ் இலங்கை அரையன் தனோடு

இடரான வந்து நலியா”

“புத்தர் சமண் கழுக்கையர் பொய் கொளாச்

சித்தத்தவர்கள் தெளிந்து தேறின”


ஆளுடையப் பிள்ளையாரே, அப்படி என்ன சேக்கிழார் பெருமானை மயக்கினீர்? “பிள்ளை பாதி, புராணம் பாதி” என்று சொல்லும் அளவுக்கு 4000 செய்யுளில் 2000 செய்யுட்கள் எல்லாம் உமது கதையாக இருக்கிறதே?


“கண்காட்டு நுதலானும் கனல் காட்டும் கையானும்

பெண் காட்டும் உருவானும் பிறைகாட்டும் சடையானும்

பண் காட்டும் இசையானும் பயிர் காட்டும் புயலானும்

வெண்காட்டில் உறைவானும் விடை காட்டும் கொடியானே”


“நற்றமிழ் ஞான சம்பந்தன் நான் மறை

கற்றவன் காழியர் மன்னன் உன்னிய

அற்றமில் மாலை ஈரைந்தும் அஞ்செழுத்து

உற்றன வல்லவர் உம்பர் ஆவரே”


வாடிய பயிரைக் கண்டபோதெல்லாம் வாடினேன் என்று மனம் உருகினார் வள்ளலார். ஒரு ஏழையின் நிலை கண்டு இரங்கி கனகதாரா துதி பாடி தங்க மழை பொழிவித்தான் சங்கரன். நீரும் வறட்சி நீங்க பாடினீராமே


காரைகள் கூகை முல்லை கள வாகை ஈகை

படர் தொடரி கள்ளி கவினிச்

சூரைகள் பம்மி விம்மு சுடுகாடு அமர்ந்த

சிவன் மேய சோலை நகர்தான்

தேரைகள் ஆரைசாய மிதி கொள்ள வாளை

குதிகொள்ள வள்ளை துவள

நாரைகளால் வாரி வயல் மேதி வைகு

நனிபள்ளி போலு நமர்காள்


நனி பள்ளியை பதிகம் பாடியே வளப் படுத்திய உமது தினசரி பிரார்த்தனை என்னவோ?

வாழ்க அந்தணர் வானவர் ஆனினம்

வீழ்க தண்புனல், வேந்தனும் ஓங்குக,

ஆழ்க தீயது எல்லாம், அரன் நாமமே

சூழ்க, வையகமும் துயர் தீர்கவே


நல்ல பிரார்த்தனை. அந்தணர் முதலாகவுள்ள எல்லா குலங்களும் பசு மாடு முதல் உள்ள எல்லா மிருகங்களும் வாழ்ந்து வையகத் துயர்கள் எல்லாம் மறைய வேண்டும். கேட்கவே ஆனந்தம், நன்றி.




சிவவாக்கியருடன் 60 வினாடி பேட்டி

(கேள்விகள்: எனது கற்பனை, பதில்கள்: சித்தர் பாடல்களிலிருந்து)


சாமி, குருட்டுத் தனமாக ,அர்த்தம் புரியாமல் செய்யும் சடங்குகளைச் சாடுகிறீர்களாமே?

நட்ட கல்லைத் தெய்வம் என்று நாலு புட்பம் சாத்தியே

சுற்றி  வந்து முணுமுணுத்துச் சொல்லும் மந்திரம் ஏதடா

நட்ட கல்லும் பேசுமோ நாதன் உள்ளிருக்கையில்

சுட்ட சட்டி சட்டுவம் கறிச்சுவை அறியுமோ


அம்மாடியோவ், பாட்டில் அனல் பறக்குதே! நீங்கள் எல்லோரும் எட்டு வகை சித்துக்களைச் செய்வீர்களாமே? இதனால் என்ன பயன் ?

யோகசாலை கட்டுவார் உயரவும் எழும்புவார்

வேகமாக அட்ட சித்து வித்தை கற்று நெட்டுவார்

மோகம் கொண்டு மாதரின் மூத்திரப் பை சிக்கிப் பின்

பேயது பிடித்தவர் போல் பேருலகில் சாவரே


அட, எட்டு சித்தி கிடைத்து அற்புதம் செய்தாலும் வழுக்கி விழ வாய்ப்பு உண்டு. அப்ப, புண்ய நதிகளில் குளித்தால் என்ன?

எத்திசை எங்கும் எங்குமோடி எண்ணிலாத நதிகளில்

சுற்றியும் தலை முழுக சுத்த ஞானி ஆவரோ?


அது சரி, இப்படி எதை எடுத்தாலும் எதிர்த்துப் பேசுவதை எங்கள் ஊர் எதிக் கட்சித் தலைவர்களும் செய்ய முடியும். ஏதேனும்  செய்ய வேண்டியதை சொல்லுங்களேன்.


தீர்த்தலிங்க மூர்த்தி என்று தேடி ஓடும் தீதரே

உள்ளில் நின்ற சீவனைத் தெளியுமே

உம்முளே தெளிந்து காண வல்லீரேல்

தான் அதாய்ச் சிறந்ததே சிவாயமே


நல்ல யோசனை. சித்தர்கள் எல்லோருக்கும் ஜாதியே கிடையாதா?

சாதியாவது ஏதடா? சலம் திரண்ட நீரெலாம்

பூத வாசல் ஒன்றலோ, பூத ஐந்தும் ஒன்றலோ?

காதில் வாளி , காரை, கம்பி, பாடகம் பொன் ஒன்றலோ?

சாதி பேதம் ஓதுகின்ற தன்மை என்ன தன்மையோ?


யார் போட்டாலும் தங்க நகைகள் மாறாதாக்கும் சித்தர்கள் சாகாமல் இருப்பார்களா?

கறந்த பால் முலைப் புகா, கடைந்த வெண்ணெய் மோர் புகா

உடைந்து போன சங்கின் ஓசை உயிர்களும் உடல் புகா;

விரிந்த பூ உதிர்ந்த காயும் மீண்டும் போய் மரம் புகா;

இறந்தவர் பிறப்பதில்லை இல்லை இல்லை இல்லையே


எங்களை மாதிரித்தான் நீங்களும். அரியும் சிவனும் ஒன்னு, அறியாதவன் வாயில் மண்ணு என்று சொல்லக் கேட்டிருக்கிறேன்.அது சரியா?

நாழி அப்பும் நாழி உப்பும் நாழியானவாறு  போல்

ஆழியோனும் ஈசனும் அமர்ந்து வாழ்ந்திருந்த இடம்

ஏறில் ஆறு ஈசனும்  இயங்கு சக்ரதரனையும்

வேறு கூறு பேசுவோர் வீழ்வர் வீண் நரகிலே


நீரும் உப்பும் போல இருவரும் ஒருவரே, சரி, கடவுளை நாடுவோர் கல்யாணம் கட்டி குடும்பம் நடத்தலாமா?

மனத்தகத்து அழுக்கறாத மவுன ஞான யோகிகள்

வனத்தகத்து இருக்கினும் மனத்தகத்து அழுக்கறார்

மனத்தகத்து அழுக்கறுத்த மவுன ஞான யோகிகள்

முலைத்தடத்து இருக்கினும் பிற்ப்பறுத்திருப்பரே


ஆக அவர்கள் குடும்ப வாழ்க்கை நடத்தினாலும் தாமரை இலைத் தண்ணீர் போல இருப்பார்கள். தெய்வத் தமிழில் நிறைய ஆகமங்கள் துதிகள் இருக்கின்றனவே. எதைப் படிப்பது?

“நூறு கோடி ஆகமங்கள் நூறு கோடி மந்திரம்

நூறு கோடி நாள் இருந்தும் ஓதினாலும் அது என்ன பயன்?”


“சாம நாலு வேதமும் சகல சாஸ்திரங்களும்

சேமமாக ஓதினும் சிவனை நீர் அறிகிலீர்”


நீங்கள் 600 பாடல்களில் சொன்ன கருத்துக்கள்: மனதில் கடவுள் இருக்கிறான். சடங்குகளோ கோவிலோ தேவை இல்லை. தூய்மையாக இருந்தால் சாதி பேதம் இன்றி எல்லோரும் இறைவனை அடையலாம். நல்ல கருத்துக்கள் தாம், நன்றி.



60 second Interview with Sathya Sai Baba

Sri Sathya Sai Baba


Q: Babaji, Namasthe. What is the purpose of Krishna Avatar (incarnation)?

Sri Krishna was born as the eighth child of Devaki. This is significant, for Samadhi is the eighth stage of spiritual effort, coming after Yama, Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama. Pratyahara, Dharana and Dhyana. These are grouped as Ashtanga Yoga, the Eight­fold Discipline. The Lord can be visualised only after the seven steps are successfully negotiated and the mind purified in the process. Samadhi means, sama (equal) dhi (intelligence) that is say, intelligence, grasp­ing the equality (fundamental) of every be­ing. Not only will all idea of difference and distinction disappear, but, even the idea of duality—heat and cold, grief and joy, good and bad—disappears. And, when man reaches that state, the Lord is born, auto­matically in his consciousness.

Q: Baba,Where is God?

A: GOD is neither distant, nor distinct from you. God is in you, around you, behind you, above you, beside you.

Q: What should I do every day to remain good?

Start the Day with Love;
Spend the Day with Love;
Fill the Day with Love;
End the Day with Love;
This is the way to God.

Q: Thanks, Baba. I will start observing it from an auspicious day.

Yesterday has deceived you and gone; Tomorrow is a doubtful visitor. Today is a fast friend — hold fast to it.

Q: At any one time a violent agitation or a war is happening in at least one part of the world. How can we establish peace?

If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in character;
If there is beauty in character, there will be harmony in the home;
When there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation;
When there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the World.

Q: Baba, even followers of religions fight among themselves. Cant you stop it?

There is only one religion, the religion of Love;
There is only one language, the language of the Heart;
There is only one caste, the caste of Humanity;
There is only one law, the law of Karma;
There is only one God, He is Omnipresent.

Q: Babaji, I have vowed to shave my head if I pass in the exam.

MANY believe that a pilgrimage to holy places is conductive to spiritual progress. They journey to Tirupathi, Rameswaram, Badrinath or Amarnath and pray for the removal of their mundane troubles. They vow to remove their hair if, through Divine intervention, they win a prize in the State Lotteries, as if God is in need of hair. This trick of bargaining is only cheating oneself in an attempt to cheat God. Do not pray to God for wealth or fame, positions of power or for the fruits of your actions. The genuine seeker will pray for nothing else but God.

Q:Babaj, I fear losing in the competition.

A: Every experience is a lesson, every loss is a gain.

Q: Is it true that human birth is better than others?

Each one of you has struggled upward from the stone to a plant,

From the plant to an animal,

From the animal to a man.

Do not slide into an animal.

Rise higher to divinity

Shining with the new effulgence of love.

Q: Swamiji Sometimes I feel bored. I don’t know how to explain my dull feelings

A: Life is Love, enjoy it;
Life is Challenge, meet it;
Life is a Song, sing it;
Life is a Dream, realize it;
Life is a Game, play it;
Life is a Goal, achieve it.

Q: Babaji,What is your message to our youths?

Bharat has always produced excellent people in abundance-intelligent, courageous, valorous, devoted, strong and virtuous. Yet we were conquered by foreigners. Why? Only because there was no unity. For this reason Bharat had to endure slavery and untold injustice at the hands of invaders. Students must cultivate unity. The reputation and future prosperity of the nation are hinged on the behaviour of students. Ensure that your conduct is prper. All the future leaders are among  today’s students. “Start early, drive slowly and reach safely”. Imprint the nation’s welfare as the primary goal in your heart, starting in your student days

Baba, we have got only sixty seconds. You have to be a quick.

Haste makes waste;
Waste makes worry;
So do not be in a hurry.

Q. Baba, It may sound  a bit embarrassing. About your miracles?

My miracles are my visiting cards to attract the devotees.

Q: Last question Baba. Who am I?

A:You are not one person, but three:
The one you think you are;
The one others think you are;
The one you really are.

(Imaginary Questions are mine; Answers are from Baba’s speeches)