Hindu Saint’s ‘Upadesa’ to a Muslim devotee


Jagadguru Sringeri Sri Shankaracharaya doing abishek at the samadhi of great saint Sadashiva Brahmendra

Sadasiva Brahmendra – A Siddha who did Miracles!
Compiled by London Swaminathan
Post No.884 Date:3rd March 2014

“Waving a reluctant farewell to a crowd of Madras students and friends, Mr Wright and I set out on our travels. On the way we stopped before a little shrine sacred to the memory of Sadasiva Brahman, in whose 18th century life story miracles cluster thickly. A larger Sadasiva shrine in Nerur, erected by raja of Pudukkottai, is a pilgrimage spot that has witnessed many divine healings. The successive rulers of Pudukkottai have treasured as sacred the religious instructions that Sadasiva wrote in 1750 for the guidance of the reigning prince.

Many quaint stories of Sadasiva, a lovable and fully illumined master, are still current among South Indian villagers. Immersed one day in Samadhi on a bank of the Kaveri River, Sadasiva was seen to be carried away by a sudden flood. Weeks later he was found buried deep beneath a mound of earth near Kodumudi in Coimbatore district. As the villagers’ shovels struck his body, the saint rose and walked briskly away.
Sadasiva became a muni (non speaking saint) after his guru had rebuked him for worsting in dialectical argument an elderly Vedanta scholar. “When will you, O youth, learn to hold your tongue?” the guru had remarked

“With your blessings, even from this moment”.

Sadasiva ‘s guru was Swami Paramasivendra Saraswati, author of Daharaviya Prakasika and a profound commentary on Uttara Gita. Certain worldly men, affronted because the god intoxicated Sadasiva often to be dancing “without decorum” on the streets, carried their complaints to his learned guru. “Sir, they declared, “Sadasiva is no better than a mad man”.

But Paramasivendra smiled joyfully. “Oh”, he exclaimed, “if only others had such madness!”.
Sadasiva’s life was marked by many strange and beautiful manifestations of the Intervening Hand. Much seeming injustice there is in this world; but god’s devotees can testify to countless instances of His immediate righteousness. One night Sadasiva, in Samadhi, halted near the granary of a rich householder. Three servants, on the lookout for thieves, raised their sticks to strike on the saint. Lo! Their arms were immobilized. Like statues, their arms aloft, the trio stood in unique tableau until the departure of Sadasiva at dawn.

On another occasion the great master was roughly pressed into service by a passing foreman whose labourers were carrying fuel. The silent saint humbly bore his burden to required destination and there placed his load on top of a huge file. The whole heap of fuel at once burst into flames.


Naked saint

Sadasiva , like Trilinga Swami, wore no cloth. One morning the nude yogi absentmindedly entered the tent of a Muslim chieftain. Two ladies screamed in alarm; the warrior dealt a savage sword thrust at Sadasiva, whose arm was severed. The master departed unconcernedly. Overcome by awe and remorse, the Muslim picked up the arm from the floor and followed Sadasiva. The yogi quietly inserted the arm into his bleeding stump. When the chieftain humbly asked for some spiritual instructions, Sadasiva wrote with his finger in the sands:
“Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like”.

The Muslim was uplifted to a purified state of mind and understood the paradoxical advice to be a guide to soul freedom through mastery of the ego. So great was the spiritual impact of those few words that warrior became a worthy disciple; his former haunts knew him no more.

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The village children once expressed a desire in Sadasiva ‘s presence to see Madura religious festival, 150 miles away. The yogi indicated to the little ones that they should touch his body. Lo! Instantly the whole group was transported to Madura. The children wandered happily among the thousands of pilgrims. In a few hours the yogi brought his small charges home by his simple mode of transportation. Astonished patients listened to vivid tales about procession of images in Madura, and noted that several children were carrying bags of Madura sweets.

An incredulous youth derided the saint and the story. On the occasion of the next religious festival in Srirangam, the boy approached Sadasiva.

“Master” he said scornfully, “why don’t you take me to the festival in Srirangam, even as you took the other children to Madura?”

Sadasiva complied; the boy immediately found himself among the distant city throng. But alas where was the saint when the youth wanted to leave? The weary boy reached his home by the prosaic method of foot locomotion”.

From page 389 of Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahmansa Yogananda

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His compositions are very popular and they have been used in famous films like Sankarabaranam.
Old Tamil Encyclopaedia Abidhana Chintamani has given his life story in detail.

I am adding the following information from Wikipedia:–
He also wrote several Carnatic compositions to spread the advaita philosophy among common people. His compositions are quite popular and can be heard frequently in Carnatic music concerts. Some of these are

1. Ananda Purna Bodhoham Sachchidananda – Shankarabharanam
2. Ananda Purna Bodhoham Satatam – Madhyamavati
3. Bhajare Gopalam – Hindolam
4. Bhajare Raghuviram – Kalyani
5. Bhajare Yadunatham – Peelu
6. Brahmaivaham – Nadanamakriya
7. Bruhi Mukundethi – Gowla, Navaroju, Kurinji, Senchurutti
8. Chetah Sreeramam – Dwijavanthi, Surati
9. Chinta Nasti Kila – Navroj
10. Gayathi Vanamali – Gavathi, Yamuna Kalyani
11. Khelathi Brahmande – Sindhubhairavi
12. Khelathi Mama Hrudaye – Atana
13. Kridathi Vanamali – Sindhubhairavi
14. Krishna Paahi – Madhyamavati
15. Manasa Sanchara Re -Sama
16. Nahi Re Nahi Re – Gavathi
17. Pibare Rama Rasam – Ahir Bhairav
18. Poorna Bodhoham – Kalyani
19. Prativaram Varam – Todi
20. Sarvam Bramha Mayam – Mishra Sivaranjani
21. Smaravaram – Jog
22. Sthiratha Nahi Nahire – Amruthavarshini
23. Tatvat Jeevitham – Keeravani
24. Tunga Tarange Gange – Hamsadhwani

He is the author of several Sanskrit works. The following works have been printed/ published.
1. Brahmasutravrutti or brahma tatva prakashika
2. Yoga Sudhakara which is a commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
3. Siddhanta kalpavalli
4. Advaitarasamanjari
5. Atmanusandhanam
6. Atmavidhya vilasa
7. Shivamanasapooja
8. Dakshinamurthy Dhyanam
9. Swapnoditam
10. Navamanimala
11. Swapnoditam
12. Navavarnaratnamala
13. Swanubhutiprakashitak
14. Manoniyamanam
15. Paramahamsacharya
16. Shivayoga Dipika

The following works are ascribed to Sri Brahmendral but no printed version is available.
1. Upanishadvyakhyanam
2. Kesaravalli
3. Suta Samhita
4. Bhagavatasara
5. Saparyaparyayastavah
6. Atmanatmaviveka prakashika

Character of Sadasiva Bramhendra is portrayed in the Tamil movie Mahashakti Mariamman
Tamil writer Balakumaran has written a novel Thozhan based on the life of Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra.

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