Friday, 1 September 2017

Mystery behind the salt immersed Karrupar @ Sivakaliamman Temple , Serdang

Karrupar in 2013


   Sivakaliamman temple of Serdang, Malaysia is a a rather prestigious temple most Malaysians are aware of. A unique feature of this temple is that of the karrupar deity who is pooled by generous mounds of salt.Devotees are allowed to offer salt around the deity...

  to an extent where they are immersed in it...


                                               September 2017

So what is the relation between this salt ritual and Karrupar ?

  Salt is associated with Lord Vishnu and Vaishnavism,specifically as being originating from Vaikuntha ( the abode of Lord Vishnu ) . Vaikuntha also refers to any place of eternal bliss.A heart that is always centred on the Lord is inevitably Vaikuntha itself.

  Puranas apparently glorify salt for its divine qualities.Salt is revered as it plays an important role in various aspects - particularly food.In many cultures,salt is also used to repel negative energies.



  Coming to Karrupaswamy..

 Karrupar is a deity who has legends associating Him to Lord Vishnu.He is more often seen as Kala Bhairava or the fierce aspect of Shiva.

  Nevertheless,many see Karrupar as the fierce form of Krishna.Another commoner view is the parallel between Karrupar and Kalki - the 10th Avatar of Lord Vishnu.


 Karrupar - who is depicted as a fierce looking 
warrior deity,dark in colour ( illustrated blue) with a machete or sword held high, riding a white horse , with a Naamam tilak ( forehead marking used by Vaishnavites - devotees of Lord Vishnu ) adorning His forehead.These are the standard features of Sri Karrupar.


Lord Kalki.. The similarities are for you to observe.


 Link below will enable you to read in-depth on the connection between Karrupar worship and Perumal worship by ancient tamils : 



Oppiliappan

Another interesting point to note is that,the Karrupar in Sivakaliamman temple is also called by the name ''Uppiliappan''.Uppiliappan is the form of Lord Vishnu in Uppiliappan temple , Kumbakonam, India.

                                                                            



In a nutshell,this temple adores the touch of Vaishnavism and this has found its expression in the Vishnu-expression of Karrupar.That's the reason for the salt bath.Even Pratyangira Devi in this temple is expressed under the touch of Narayana.




 Pratyangira Devi of Sivakaliamman temple.She holds a conch and chakra prominently,as how Lord Vishnu would.This is something unique to the deity in this temple.Other Pratyangira shrines do not hold this feature.

Lord Vishnu holds the conch and chakra to symbolise sound and time.The conch indicates sound and chakra indicates time.Lord Shiva,similarly expresses sound through his damaruka and time through the trident ( trisula) 

Sound and time are the essence of the universe or creation.


As such,our team who generally chant the Sri Rudram to Karuppar,chose to recite the Narayana Upanishad this time - and it was a great experience.Below is the sharing of the video :




Narayana Upanishad chanting for Karrupar,Sivakaliamman temple , Serdang.


Ps - Sri Rudram was later chanted during archanai for Kaliamman as per the Gurukkal ( head priest's ) instruction.


It was a great experience for me in this temple, and this is one place I would recommend anyone to go.Lalitha Sahasranam archanai is done every Fridays,besides grandiose Yagyas and poojas on special occasions.

 Jai Kali




Friday, 28 July 2017

Why can't we go to temples after a relative's death ?

If you are from an Indian family,you must have probably been prohibited from entering your altar or going to temples for some period of time should a relative pass away.



 So is this really an authentic practice of the vedic culture ?

 NO.

  Unfortunately this is a superstition that is deeply rooted in our society.Let's see how this practice was founded.




 In olden days,each family had only one lamp ( vilakku ) in their altar. They did not have several fancy lamps and oil stock to light up several lamps like we do today.

  As such,when a family member or relative passes away,the lamp ( vilakku ) usually used in the altar is used for the deceased.In this situation,there was no lamp in the altar.Hence,generally the family members did not conduct prayers or enter their puja room. Prayers were done in front of the lamp used for the deceased itself.

 Overtime,exaggeration has ballooned the negligence of altar during death into a hoohah of self-made taboo that no one should conduct prayers or go to temples / altar.

  Even today,we chant vedas and sing bhajans in front of the lamp offered to the deceased.This clearly shows that prayers were never a taboo when a death occurs.

  Death is the time when we were actually encouraged to chant and sing devotional songs.The vibration created gives the mourning ones immense strength and blessing.Importantly,it provides an abundant vibration to the deceased that may aid in dissolving it's karma and perhaps -even providing liberation.




   
  

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Trance Oracling : Arul Vakku - Gift or Curse ?


  'Arul Vakku' is a rather fluid term.To ascertain what this article highlights on,I would use the the English term 'trance oracling'.

  In common-terms , this refers to the utilisation of a human body by a 'divine force / entity ' to confer help to devotees by resolving their questions  and healing them.

  Mechanism of trance

  Mental logic is just assumption based on what society has fed upon us.Never use it to explain dimensions you have no idea of. This is what has befallen the practice of trance oracling unfortunately.Certain 'enlightened' beings who claim to know the nut and bolts of trance slander this practice by terms such as 'god downloaders'. They ask as to how a human body, impure by nature possibly 'download' GOD into itself.



 Firstly, no one 'downloads' god. What happens in trance is that,there is a temporary heightened / elevated or mimicked consiousness in a person,which is beyond the person's control.The resultant intense energy is expressed as flame sparks,heat,dance,gestures and so on.



  When the trance happens for oracling purpose,there is mimicked and heightened consiousness,which is stable in nature and used for a noble purpose of helping devotees.The person's consiousness is mimicked to that of a deity. To put in other words, a deity's enlightened consiousness or energy is reflected onto a person temporarily.

  If you place certain nail pieces near a magnet,you will realise that the very nail pieces act like a magnet after some time.The nail and the magnet are of different objects,but both are capable of acting alike.This is but a poor analogy on how trance works.




  This is why people in trance act like the deity described.Their brainwaves,physiological attributes and even body changes in this trance state.This is when they start helping devotees  through healing or revelations.

  The person who channels  is  sometimes chosen by the deity itself.At times,a person has to undergo mastery via a guru-sishya process.Otherwise,it can be even inherited in family.

  Those who can heal and give arul vakku without getting into trance are those who have an already established consiousness.They do not need external support to heighten it.

  These beings , even if not yet enlightened,are matured and evolved enough to access space-time dimensions to give vakku or perform healings.



 Trance oracling is very much prevalent in all ancient cultures of the world.This culture has been destroyed from many parts of the world,except those with Vedic influence.

 Even today,in many parts of India,trance oracling in karrupar , veeran or muni temples are doing wonders. Healing of the blind,mute and diseased occurs in instance.Unwavering promises and faith is established in the hearts of devotees.Stern advises given has transformed many alcoholics into a noble path.

  This,I believe is a gift we should value.We can make use of the divine to communicate to us in an approximate physical level.

  Dr Pillai of the Karrupuswamy mantra fame is now working on making  westerners channel Karrupuswamy's energy in the United States.



 Dr Pillai 

 Hence,any reason for opposition of this tradition is merely due to ignorance or false perception.

 Arguments such as , ' why must He walk on sharp machetes ( aruval ).It is not needed' or ' why promote future predictions ' need deeper understanding


    Stepping on machete or sharp objects can be exhibited by the siddhi known as laghima - where the body becomes very light.This enables levitation and floating also.Hence,no pain is induced by the sharp ends as pressure is minimised by the extremely reduced body weight.


  These feats produced in trance state - such as  walking on flame uninjured,standing on needles, climbing a flight of machete-based stairs are not some circus show.These are shaktis or siddhis that our very culture glorifies.These had been always exhibited by yogis of the past and present.Shouldn't we be proud of this ? When the west can acknowledge and recognise Jesus's divinity when He healed the sick , walked on water or turned water into wine, we fail to appreciate and see the wonders of these divine shaktis in our very own culture  - perhaps maybe we are too used to it.In ancient India,there was at least one Jesus in every street. Or,maybe because the west has told us that this is barbaric and uncouth.These are the only possible reasons.

  Hypocrisy lies in people who beg the temple deity to heal his / her diseases or to establish a future he desires , but mocks trance oracling sessions.

 When Jesus walks on water - we wow.When our yogi next door does the same - he is a fraud.






Self-concluded ideas as mentioned earlier,are dangerous.Fake trances do exist,but that does not deny the original attribute of trances.Just because a holy person doesn't get into trance,doesn't mean that it does not exist.Trance is not about a personality.As it is clearly mentioned,trance is a temporary heightened consiousness or mimicking of consciousness. This explains that personality here does not matter. In another poor analogy ( good analogies can never exist in the aspect of divinity - as it is something to be experienced rather than explained ) , it is like asking if a person's personality is needed to light a matchstick.. It is in a way calling a deity - lord Agni you know .. all you need to know is the method to ignite the flame.Next, you need to know how to use the flame.If you are careless, it could burn you altogether.This is how divinity can work -like the fire.

  Ultimately who are we to judge another person's spirituality ? Just stay empty and love all,serve all. 




   May the tradition of arul vakku continue to enrich and benefit 
us,in its authentic form.






Saturday, 8 July 2017

Reclaiming Indra : The Devaraja.





This article is what I would call a tribute to Indra ( haha ) . Actually more of an awareness article to bring light to the glories of Indra.

 I had always adored Lord Indra despite His downgraded recognition as a vedic deity on the contemporary ( present day ) . My friend Anirudh Sainath ( Molee Art ) 's profound interest and facebook posts on Lord Indra inspired me to write this article - mainly to promote his pages on rare vedic references on Lord Indra,and his marvellous artworks as a digital painter


                                 
                                 Anirudh Sainath's artwork on Indra

 I have attached the link at the end of this article which directs you to Anirudh's page on the Vedic references on the glories of Indra.

 Why ?

 What has happened in the past few decades is that,certain comics and serials on Ithihasas and Puranas have portrayed lord Indra in a horrid manner. Even in many narrations,Lord Indra is often targeted for His flaws in an exaggerated manner.He is made to see as a weakling.The actual glories of Indra as per the Vedas ( particularly RigVeda ) has been forgotten.


         
                             TV serials often portray Indra as a joker

In real, Indra is very highly gloried and given a prestigious importance in the Vedas.In fact,it is said that Indra and Rudra are one with two names ( symbolically ).




 Even Thiruvalluvar had revered Indra in his kural as such :


(1) ஐந்தவித்தான் ஆற்றல் அகல்விசும்பு ளார்கோமான்
இந்திரனே சாலுங் கரி
Aindhaviththaan Aatral Akalvisumpu Laarkomaan
Indhirane Saalung Kari
The king of gods Indra the great, is the prime example for the power that one can acquire by conquering his senses.


(2) பொறிவாயில் ஐந்தவித்தான் பொய்தீர் ஒழுக்க
நெறிநின்றார் நீடுவாழ் வார்
Porivaayil Aindhaviththaan Poidheer Ozhukka
Nerinindraar Neetuvaazh Vaar
Those shall long proposer who abide in the faultless way of Him who has destroyed the five desires of the senses

 I had previously written an article on Indra and Rudra , which can be found here :

 Article on " Rudra and Indra : Their Parallels "

 Note that Indra is adored as 'the master of the senses' or 'the aspect of the mind'.

 A lot of vedic mantras bring Indra into reference.To quote,I will display certain images from several parts of the Vedas.




 Indra is mentioned in the Medha Suktam, from Krishna Yajur Veda.He is acknowledged to bestow us with knowledge, together with Agni and Surya.




  Chamakam, from Krishna Yajur Veda which is part of Sri Rudram ( the most powerful chant of Lord Shiva ) , has the mention of Indra abudantly in the 6th Anuvaka ( part ) .Indra is brought along with other deities to bless us.



   In Ganapathi Atharva Sirsam  ( Ganapathi Upanishad ) from Atharva Veda, the most powerful vedic hymn of Lord Ganesha , it quotes Ganesha as '' thou art bramha,vishnu,rudra,indra,agni,vayu,surya and chandra''. 



   In Narayana Upanishad from Atharva Veda, Indra is given reverence along with Bramha,Rudra  and the Adityas.Sakras refers to Indra.



   Indra is mentioned in the first verse of Pavamana Suktam , which is chanted as a purification mantra in puja and yagyas.



   In Laghunyasa, the invocation chant from Krishna Yajur Veda done before Rudram,glorifies Lord Indra as the basis of our strength - both mentally and physically.From the strength derived from Indra,guided by our heart,we utilise it rightly.



   In Nyasa done during puja, Lord Indra is invoked to reside in the shoulder.


    Lord Indra being referred in the majestic Sri Suktam.

   A digital artwork of Anirudh Sainath - depicting the saptarishis ( the celebrated 7 sages, the 7 disciples of Lord Shiva as the Adiyogi ) with Indra.

  Indra is worth a prestigious recognition at present. His importance as the master of senses and mind must be revived.This is a justice I believe,we should all do.Please kindly do not blindly follow the depiction shown in tv serials,where much distortion happens. 

  It is evident that disrespecting Indra is equivalent to disrespecting the Vedas.



 Indra as the cosmic pillar - the fulcrum of the Universe.Art by Anirudh Saniath.Indra is said to be the cosmic pillar where all 33 crore devas reside.



 Anirudh has created a facebook page titled ' Reclaiming Indra', where he updates vedic quotations on Indra. Access it below :

https://www.facebook.com/Maghavan/


  Hoping that Anirudh's magnificent artworks get further appreciation.He is very much underrated for his great talent.His artwork can be accessed here : 

https://www.facebook.com/MoleeArt/


                             Lord Indra as a child - Anirudh Sainath



                          Lord Indra the dragon slayer - Anirudh Sainath



             Lord Indra as a baby with His mother, Aditi - Anirudh Sainath


                       OM NAMO BHAGAVATE INDRAYA


Gayatri For Lord Indra : 

 DEVARAAJAYA VIDMAHE
 VAJRAHASTAYA DHEEMAHI
 TANNO INDRA PRACHODAYAAT

 May we know the devaraja ( King of Devas )
 Let us meditate on the wielder of Vajrahasta ( Thunderbolt - weapon of Indra )
 Let Lord Indra enlighten us.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Transform your body into temple



  This article is on a simple yet powerful practice ( extremely powerful actually ).It is capable of transforming your self into a walking temple - a dynamo of powerful spiritual energy.

 The pros of this practice is that : - 

(1) You can do it anywhere irrespective of time and place.
(2) It is very simple
(3) Results come fast
(4) You start living as a powerful force,benefitting yourself and those around you

So this is how you do it.

All you have to do is visualise a form in your chest area - as shown in the picture above.This is the spiritual heart ( hrdayam which is often mentioned in scriptures , not the anatomical heart. )

The form that you visualise is anything that you see as divine



Precisely, fill in that space with the favourite image of what you see as God or cosmos. It could be your favourite deity such as Shiva,a guru such as Sai,a symbol such as a linga, or basically anything that you have established as divine.

 Choose the favourite picture of this divine entity.It could be a form that you adore.It could be that of head to toe, face alone, an insignia such as a trident .. or anything that links to the entity in the form you adore most.

  Do this as frequently as possible.Try your best to make the visualisation or picture as vivid ( real ) as possible.Believe that as you imagine,the deity or form is already sitting in your spiritual heart !

  You can strenghten this visualisation with any form of prayer you like as well.Instil in your mind that the entity has permanently resided in your spiritual heart.Get this rooted deeply into your consciousness. 

Practice this and the results are for you to experience and share.



Why the chest region ? 

  So why do we use this region around the chest ? The Vedas describe this as the place where pure consciousness is centred or concentrated. In simpler terms,you can say that this is where the atma ( soul ) is centred. The Narayana Suktam accurately describes this as displayed below :




 The Narayana Suktam, which is a veda mantra that expounds on meditation describes the location of pure consiousness in a human being.This pure consiousness is non-other than God or the supreme intelligence of the universe.

  So this is the place you utilise to empower your spiritual potent.And this given method is perhaps the simplest way.


   Lord Hanuman demonstrates the supreme consiousness in the form of Rama-Sita , seated in His Hrdaya ( spiritual heart ) . 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Is Life Going Tough ?

 This article is not a fancy sugar-coat script to soothe your life convincing that everything will be okay.There are enough of such motivational quotes out in the vast net.

  What I am going to do here is,let you visualize yourself in Lord Rama's shoes - and embark yourself in a virtual narrative story.The interesting point to note here is - I am going to negate the divine avatarhood nature of Sri Rama.All these years,much serials and speakers have narrated the Ithihasa ( history ) of Sri Rama as that of God incarnate,all smiley,joyful,free from human bondages,free from human suffering,ultimate,powerful and the One who always made situations into His favour.




  Please note that I am not denying the divine nature of Sri Rama - He is definitely divine incarnate,born for a mission.But unlike other avatars of the divine like Shri Krishna,the role of Sri Rama was that of an ordinary mortal , or human being.He did not magically demonstrate his enlightenment, godly powers,manipulate nature,changed the fate of others,or deviated destiny.He demonstrated righteousness ( dharma ) with all human capabilities,in whatever situation He was in.

Alright,enough of the prologue,let's start the journey. Now imagine yourself in Sri Rama's position.You do not have to be enlightened to do this.Just live the character.




    Sri Rama , was born as Ramachandra - into a royal patronage.He was the most favourite prince amongst his siblings.He attended the gurukula education system.Rama and His brother Lakshmana,were particularly trained by sage Vishwamitra - into various knowledge regarding mantras,sound 
tehnology,dharmic laws,weapons and the secrets to Sun Worship.Soon,these two brothers mastered these knowledge.Sage Vishwamitra particularly ventured into the science and secrets of the solar energy-  Sun Worship,through the Gayatri Mantra and Aditya Hridayam hymn.Both siblings also spent their childhood destroying many demons that were terrorising Ayodhya.





  


Throughout His childhood,Sri Rama was brought up to be a king,as it would be.He even broke the Pinaka Bow ( Mighty Bow of Rudra ) to win King Janaka's daughter, Sita Devi.At a young age,His father had him marry Sita Devi,who was only a child.

( Note that Ramayana occured more than 20 000 years back.The royal norms and cultures varied back in ancient times.Kings got their prince married off at a very young age.The maturity and lifespan of people also varied.It is unwise to make a direct comparison to today's lifestyle to the ancient. )




  Soon came the coronation day where Rama was to be made the king.Unfortunately,several politically motivated events occurred which forced His father, Dasharatha to send Rama to exile for 14 years.Just imagine that - Rama got ready to be coronated at 7 am,and within moments He was made to leave to a forest with his newly married wife.No throne,no royal facilities,no family, literally nothing that He grew up with.

   Without any ill-feeling,Rama obeyed His father's words and left to the forest.His brother Lakshama accompanied Him.These three youngsters now had to live in the forest.No facebook or whatsapp to send smileys and voice notes to the beloved ones.Totally isolated from the public.




  Things did not go all fine within this exile years.Surphanaka,the sister of the King of the wealthy utopia - Lanka caught a glimpse of Rama and fell in love with Him.He politely declined her proposal as He was already married.Surphanaka then threatened and even attempted to harm his wife,Sita whom she felt jealous about. His brother,Lakshama,defended and cut Surphanaka's nose away.



  Now,we can expect something big awaiting after a great Kingdom's princess got her nose cut ( literally ). Ravana,upon hearing his sister's narration about the incident,got interested by the beauty of Sita Devi.Using sly trickery,Ravana managed to kidnap Sita Devi in the absence of Sri Rama and Lakshamana.He also slayed Jatayu,the bird who tried rescuing Sita Devi.




  Rama and Lakshamana reached at the site of this scenario only to realise missing Sita,and a dying bird.Jatayu,the bird explained how this humongous and wicked demoniac king kidnapped Sita Devi and flew away in an aircraft ( Ravana was a genius in engineering and aeronautics- his plane was called Pushpaka Vimana.Well,what is the point of genius in a demonic attribute ? ).





   As if the exile was not enough, Rama had to lose his wife in a forest.And no idea of who Ravana was.No GPS.No CCTVs.Only a dying Jatayu and some jewelries of Sita Devi as evidence.





   Rama still did not break and give-up.He might have underwent sorrow and grief.But even then,He did what He had to do , at His best.He started to gather an army of vanaras ( monkey-like humanoids ) to wage a war against Lanka.This was also when He got into contact with Hanuman and Sugreeva.




   Waging a war against Lanka is no ordinary thing.Lanka during the Ramayana was an utopia - a land extremely rich in resources and wealth.Their demon king,Ravana was no ordinary man.He was a genius in many fields.Any modern day terrorist would be put to shame by Ravana.He was an expert in astronomy,aircraft technology,magic, and even scriptures.He was giant-built.He was also an extremist in Shiva worship.He wore several grandiose jeweleries including a chain made up of 365 shiva lingas. 




    Somehow,again,after many many incidences  :- such as Hanuman burning off Lanka,meeting Mother Sita,conveying messages between Rama and Sita Devi etc... Sri Rama and his troops built a bridge to Lanka ( with floating rocks ) and destroyed Ravana.

The war was no ordinary.Many lives were lost.Sri Rama almost lost his brother Lakshmana.Terrorising astras ( ancient weapons empowered by mantras ) sent the lands to shiver.Sri Rama won the demon from what he learnt from His guru.No special army training or war tutorials.



   Destiny did not let Him rest even then.After coming back to His Kingdom,Rama was put to more tests.His wife,Sita devi had to undergo agnipariksha ( a trial by fire ) to validate her chastity and purity.Rama could no longer play a single role of a husband.He was now again the ruler of Ayodhya.He had to play various roles according to dharma.

  


  After several incidents, Rama had to send His then pregnant wife to exile,in order to maintain the stability of His kingdom,due to certain conflicts going about in the public.In the forest,Sita Devi gives birth to twins - Lava and Kusa,who grew up to be valiant heroes.Sita Devi told them stories about their valiant father- Sri Rama and brought them up,though they themselves have not seen their father.




  Meanwhile,Lord Rama was playing the role of an emperor.He was no ordinary king.This is proven by the fact that He conducted the Ashwamedha Yagya.This is a unique sacrifice or yagya.The emperor lets his horse free for a year or so.Whichever land the horse ventures,it belongs to the emperor.The emperor wages a war with whoever who refuses to give his land conquered by the horse.This was an ancient practice of the kings.




  Eventually,Rama's horse conquered the lands owned by Lava And Kusha.Lava and Kusha,being Rama's children themselves,refused to give up their land.Hence,a war waged between Rama and His own children.The war was indeed intense.Lava and Kusha managed to defeat many of Rama's army and even Bharata ( His brother).They even tied up the mighty Hanuman.Alas,Rama Himself went to the battlefield.The battle was extremely intense that Rama was close to killing Lava and Kusha,until intervened by sage Valmiki.Only then does Rama realise that He had been fighting His own children all this while.Lava and Kusha were equally as shocked to realise that they had been fighting their own father-whom they idolised from childhood.





  Things did not subside to a happy ever after ending even then.Several events occurred where finally,Sita Devi sorts of 'immolates' herself by submerging into the Earth ( pleading mother earth to swallow her ) . Lord Rama then walks into River Sarayu and disappears (the end of His avataric mission).



 Rama,underwent severe turbulences and hardships.Yet He was always in a samadhic state.He was not elated by joy not depressed by sorrow.He acted according to dharma at all times.He never had a what we would call a 'successful' marriage life.Nor did He experience a joyful fatherhood.

  Today,Sri Rama is still being highly worshiped and revered.It is not that He saw much prosperity and success in His life.No.It is the state of godhood that He was always fixed in.

 Hence,even today,we glorify Rama as the embodiment of dharma.The Atma is indeed Rama and therefore,Rama is always referred to as 'atma-rama'.We must understand the significance of Rama beyond the form.

   Sri Rama is perhaps the biggest motivation I can ever think of.The way He responds to life is simply tear-inducing.No matter what happens in life,never deviate from righteousness or break.