Swami Satchidanand Walking Through India
A distinguished pilgrimage town and municipality in Thiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvannamalai is an ancient city that has long been associated with many yogis and siddhars. The headquarters of Thiruvannamalai district, Thiruvannamalai has become an international center of study in spiritualism.
Location of Thiruvannamalai:
Thiruvannamalai is situated 185 km from Chennai and 210 km from Bangalore.
The name Thiruvannamalai was derived from the name of the holy mountain Tiruvannan Malai. In Thiruvannamalai, Lord Shiva took the form of a column of fire which had no beginning or end, so as to destroy the ego of Lord Vishnu and Brahma. It is said that Lord Shiva in ardhanarashwari form, with one half being Goddess Umadevi, appeared before his devotees here.
THE SHIVA TEMPLE OF TIRUVANNAMALAI AND THE THOUSAND PILLARED HALL
BUILT IN 1500 THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT HINDU CATHEDRALS OF SOUTH INDIA
AT THE FOOT OF THE SACRED MOUNTAIN OF ARUNACHALA – WE WILL WALK UP IT!! AND SEE THE CAVES OF THE ENLIGHTENED SAINTS WHO MEDITATED THERE
VIEW OF THE TEMPLE FROM THE SACRED MOUNTAIN OF ARUNACHALA – AT THE OPPOSITE END
OF THE WORLD FROM MACHU PICHU
ENERGY ENHANCEMENT - TAJ MAHAL, THIRUVANNAMALAI, INDIA We are just leaving the Energetic Powerpoint, the town of Tiruvannamalai, nestling into the feet of the Sacred Shiva Mountain of Arunachala, on our way to Kovalam Beach in Kerala, South India. Tiruvannamalai also contains an enormous Fire Shiva Temple, a match for any European Cathedral, with serried ranks of white statues of the Hindu expressions of God reaching up to the sky in White Gopurams. Past the blessing elephant who touches you on the head with his trunk in return for a few paise. Past the Olympic size swimming pool which is used to purify all entrants as you immerse yourself in its waters through into the central Holy of Holies where the priests give you bareshouldered blessings and the Light of Arati. again to bless and purify. Do not be befooled by the chicanery all around you. That is their problem. Remember that Enlightenment is called for by You and then descends as Grace and is the product of Your heart whose energy is called Bhavanaa,.... willpower, meditation, directed energy of kundalini, change, simplicity, purity, Love.... Just be aware of the powerpoint Arunachala and the power of the awakened Saints who came to realisation living alone in the caves on its slopes. How they have raised the quanta of energy in that are so that anyone who comes there goes away changed. A Quantum leap of Energy when you come. It is also the Home of Ramanashramam where we have been staying, eating and meditating. His room is now a meditation room, charged with light and his presence. The place where the great saint Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi lived and worked for 66 years after his Enlightenment at the age of 16. When he died in 1950 they asked him not to leave them. He said "Where can I go ?"
Each Great Saint brings with them a new method or teaching on Enlightenment and that of Ramana Maharshi is so simple. And so effective. That everyone wishing to Progress on the Path of Enlightenment should be aware of it. Our meeting with Shantananda Puri back in Vaishishta Gufa in the Himalayas remains with us as we remember that commentary of his on the Atma Pooja Upanishad, an inspired meeting between Enlightened Aashtavarka and the Enlightened King Janaka, their advice to all seekers and its relevance to Ramanas message. Just find out who you really are, and that will cleanse all negativity from you. I remember talking to one seeker back in Parana in South America. She said that we all could not be like me and Devi but I replied, "Oh Daughter, if you knew who you really were, you would not say that!" And such was the Bhavana of that saying, that at the back of the room a yoga teacher raised her arms as the Kundalini coursed through her, shaking and crying and utterly blessed!! I remember the walk on the full moon night just a few days ago when we took the inner path of Parikrama around the sacred slopes of Arunacahala. When as the sun set at six pm we took ourselves away. Away from the 100,000 people who regularly clockwise walk the 14km around the Sacred Mountain on each full moon night. In the heat of the night we took the inner path, alone on rubble strewn roads, past ancient Temples, over rocks, through forests, past the irrigation lakes with their sacred steps down into the waters where in bathing, in the light of the moon, alone with the Sacred Mountain, we raised our energies that night. So, on to the beach and the purity of Kerala and its forests, tiger and elephant reserves, its backwater tours and Ayurvedic Massages and the Magic that is India. And the Sacred White Purity of Meditation that is the Taj Mahal.
WRITTEN BY SWAMI SATCHIDANAND