Thursday, 13 June 2013சித்தன் அருள் - 128
Wednesday, 5 June 2013சித்தன் அருள் - 127
This week Karthikeyan's post narrates the story of a family that had one too many Yantras at home. Karthigeyan writes that there are many paths to spiritualism. Devotion through prayers and meditation is one way of attaining spiritualism. There are many ways of performing prayers or puja namely worship of idols, Yantra and Tantra. When it comes to Yantra worship Agathiyar cautions us saying it is dangerous. The Yantra should be made in a pure clean environment and a yagam or puja conducted to purify it. The time and day the Yantra is made is of utmost important. Agathiyar exposes that in present times these Yantras are not made to suit these conditions. Agathiyar warns us about purchasing and worshipping faulty Yantras. One should not have more than a couple of Yantras at home.
Wednesday, 5 June 2013சித்தன் அருள் - 127
Temples where built to become places of worship and meant to lead one to do charity and service unselfishly says Agathiyar. There is no alternative to prayers which is powerful, simple and easy to perform. Prayers can change the very destiny of a person however strong his/her karma maybe says Agathiyar confidently. In this age of Kali, the Sidhas knew that mankind will shy away from spirituality and devotion and instead be pull towards materialism. As a result the compassionate Siddhas built temples so as to bring mankind into their fold; to get them back onto the path of righteousness and focussed.
In this episode Agathiyar gives advise to a temple committee and sets right the wrongs and Dosam in the temple grounds that then enables them to successfully conduct the Kumbhabhisegam which otherwise was not possible. Agathiyar lists the reasons for delays and failure in conducting the Kumbhabhisegam; assures them that nobody will fall victim to death while undertaking this task as it had been in the past fifty years since the last Kumbhabhisegam was done; and asked the commitee to seek one Neelakandan from Tiruvaarur to conduct the rituals.
The committee members return to the Jeeva Nadi Guru to ask Agathiyar for their next course of action as no one knows when Neelakandan will come and go at Tiruvaarur. They had been unsuccessful in locating and contacting him.
Agathiyar assures them that that Neelakanda Sastri will conduct the rituals on the appointed day of Kumbhabhisegam.
When all preparations had been done to conduct the Baalaalayam, a ritual done forty eight days before the Kumbhaabhisegam, a brahmin turns up at the Draupadi Amman temple and introduces himself as Neelakandan Sastri.
All those present were in joy as Neelakandan took to conducting the Baalaalayam rituals without uttering another word. He stayed around for forty eight days completing the Kumbhabhisegam successfully to the delight of the villagers.
The villagers gathered at Neelakandan's residence in the village with cloths and gifts to show their appreciation only to realize he was not there. They then set out to Tiruvaarur only to encounter another person who went by the name of Neelakandan Sastri! He was not the one who conducted the rituals! So who did come and perform the rituals?
Agathiyar kept his word!
This episode reminds me of a similar miracle that took place in Malaysia. My friend Asokhan had invited me to bring Agathiyar, whom I worshipped as an Aimpon idol at home, to his home. Later as he was a Military Police Officer and was residing in the Government Quarters thought it would not be appropriate and decided to have me bring Agathiyar over to his hometown in Karai, Perak which was a three hour fifteen minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur. Later he tells me he had made arrangements to worship Agathiyar not at his home in his hometown but a temple. When I arrived at Karai with Agathiyar and my family, Asokhan brought me to a Muneeswaran temple. We prepared to carry out the homam and abhisegam to Agathiyar. We were to start at 5pm. I asked Asokhan if the regular puja at the temple should commence first before we begin. Asokhan tells me that I could go ahead as the priests employed earlier had had an argument with the temple commitee and had left abruptly the night before. So there was no priest at present.
Just then a priest arrived and asked how the puja was conducted earlier and began explaning that it was all done in a wrong manner. He took it upon himself to conduct the evening arati himself in a proper and professional manner. After having completed his job he stepped aside to let us begin with the homam, adding that he had to leave at 5.30 pm. My family and I with the assistance of Asokhan and his family performed the homam with chanting of the Sidhas names (SIDHAR POTRI).
I then thought maybe I should invite the priest to conduct the abhisegam on Agathiyar and approached him. He readily agreed to do it. He did a beautiful and fulfilling abhisegam for Agathiyar, as you can see for yourself in the photos below. Surprisingly he stayed for the bhajan and annadanam that followed. It was way past nine when he left us to tidy up and leave for home.
Who did come to perform this ritual?