Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Sri Sri Sri Bhogar Siddhar
Pujyasri Athmanandamayi Ammagaru
The Heavenly Creator of Sushumna Kriyayoga

Sri Sri Sri Boghanadha Siddar is one among the eighteen sacred Siddars. The books of the ancient ascetics show that the life of Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar spanned for more than twelve thousand years, starting from even before the beginning of Kaliyuga. He obtained upadheysa on all forms of Meditational practices from the revered Siddar Sri Sri Sri Kalinganadha Siddar. As part of his spiritual education, he was an expert practitioner of the Kayakalpa Sikitsha (for enhancing one’s life span). With the aim of attaining Lord Subramania's Holy grace, Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar meditated on the hills of the Sathuragiri and Sivagiri. At the age of 14, Sri Sri Sri Boghanadha Siddar was shown the “Saakshatkara” of Lord Subramania at Cuttralam. He later shifted his practice to Kandi Katirgamam in Sri Lanka, before moving onto the Palani Hills in Tamil Nadu, where he practiced Yoga and Meditation for many years. Sri Sri Sri Boghanadha Siddar created and installed the “Navapashana” idol of Lord Subramania at Palani. At Katirgamam, Sri Sri Sri Boghanadha Siddar initiated Sri Sri Sri Mahavatar Babaji into the practice of Kriya Yoga Sadhana. Before the start of Kali Yuga, Sri Sri Sri Boghanadha Siddar, with the aim of uplifting the common man from the darkness of the shroud of ignorance and the cloak of Maya that confounds his earthly existence, initiated the confluence of ideas through discussions with numerous spiritual masters. The result of such a massive Divine Exercise manifests in the form of Sushumna Nadi meditation that shall awaken us to our Divine Self and help us attain the state of utmost bliss – being One with God.

Why Should One Meditate?
This human incarnation that we have embarked on is precious and invaluable. It is by virtue of the positive Karma that we have accumulated over numerous incarnations, that we are born human. However, driven by our sensory desires, we succumb to Maya and enter the seemingly unending cycle of birth and death. During these cycles of life, there are numerous people in this world who are suffering in various forms – physical, financial and psychological. They predominantly believe that these sufferings are given to them by God. However, these are not God-given. These are of our own making – through the negative Karma that we accumulated over our past lives. So says the Sanskrit verse,

“Purva janma kritham paapam,
Vyadhi roopaena peedyathae”

Meaning, “It is the negative Karma that we accumulated over our past incarnations, That is making us suffer in the forms of various diseases” The cornerstone of nature is the Karma Sidhantha. According to the Karma Sidhantha, the incentive or sufferance that befalls every human is in essence driven by one’s own thoughts and deeds. Every entity in this Universe culminates its journey at the place of its origin. Hence, we shall have to be very careful about our thoughts and deeds. Whatever the manifestation (love or hatred, good or bad) that originates in our Self, its effect upon the passage of time will definitely get back to us. So, our thoughts, words and deeds should be of utmost purity and always beneficial to those around us. Now arises the question – what should one do to attain such a state? All that one has to do is to use God-given wisdom and listen to one’s Inner Conscience. This is essential to rid of ourselves of vicious grip of Karma. In the Bhagawad Gita, Lord Krishna reveals a powerful insight,

“Jnanagni dhagdha karmanaam”

It means that our entire Karma will get decimated in the Inner Fire of Supreme Knowledge that one awakens to. One can experience this Supreme Knowledge through Meditation and thus attain the Ultimate Goal of Enlightenment. There many popular misconceptions among people about meditation and the attainment of Enlightenment. While some think they should leave their families, and go to the forests, caves or the Himalayas, others think that these are pursuits of the elderly; some even think that these were practices of the sages of yore. However, let it be known that in order to meditate one need not go anywhere, need not be beyond a certain age, or spend any money. Let it also be known that it is as relevant today to everyone of us as it was to the sages of yore. We are presently part of a transformation period on Earth. This transformation is taking place at a rapid pace, in effect speeding the elapse of Time. That we are here on Earth at precisely this juncture is surely a great opportunity to each one of us. That which took the sages of yore hundreds of years of meditation to achieve could now be achieved by us through few years of meditation. If we, through meditation, put one step forward then God and the Holy Masters will certainly take ten steps towards presenting us with Supreme Knowledge and unbound joy. Meditation is simply the highest and the most elevated spiritual path. The preeminence of meditation as a spiritual path has been cited in the Vedas. The following Vedic verse,

“Pradhamam vigraha pooja,
Japa sthothradhi madhyamam,
Thrithiyam maanasa pooja,
Soham pooja uthamothamam”

essentially means that idol worship is the most basic of them, followed by the practice of chanting sthothras/mantras outwardly and higher to both of these is the inward incantation of God from one’s heart. And the highest and foremost is meditation.
Lord Krishna says in the Uthara Gita,

“Koti pooja samam sthothram,
Koti sthothra samam japaha,
Japa koti samam dhyanam,
Dhyanam koti samam layaha”

“The recital of one crore poojas is equivalent to the invocation of a sthothra,
The invocation of one crore sthothras is equivalent to the performance of a japa,
The performance of one crore japas is equivalent to one sitting of meditation,
One crore sittings of meditation is equivalent to being one with God.”

“Thapasvi Byodhiko yogi, Jnani Byodhi Mathodhika.
Karmibhyaschaadhiko yogi, thasmaadyogi Bhavarjuna.”

Meaning, Meditation, Yoga or Penance are all the same.
“A Thapasi (one who does penance) is one who performs prayers, festivals, fasts
and gives himself bodily/corporeal suffering;
A Jnani is one who studies all the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and epics and is fully conversant and immersed in them. That is, one who acknowledges the eternal truth through the sacred literature; A karma yogi is one who performs yagnas, yagas and other allied rituals and spiritual sacrifices.“
According to Lord Sri Krishna, Anubhava Jnana (the knowledge gained through the experience of meditation) is more profound than the mere performance of penance or knowledge of sacred literature or the rituals and allied sacrifices. It is only through meditation that one gains perspective of the Spiritual Truth.

“Yogaha Karmasu Kausalam” Geetha: 2-50

“It is only through meditation that we can achieve efficiency, accuracy and proficiency in all our day-to-day activities.”

“Yogo Bhavathi Dhukaha” Geetha: 6-17
“It is only through the practice of meditation that our sorrows be completely
eradicated.” Why does the common man come into this world? What is his real work here? Has he taken birth only to eat, drink or amass wealth? What are the reasons for our various pains, losses and sufferings throughout our life? Where do we go after death? What do we do after death? Despite achieving multiple successes throughout our life, do such accomplishments give us eternal happiness? To start with, one should have an aspiration to attain enlightenment – the state of eternal bliss and happiness. Why do our thoughts remain perennially centered around our bodily desires? Shouldn't one be aware of his eternal Athman (the Soul) and dwell on it? Shall our lives and learning be filled with fulfilling our bodily desires? Don't we have a desire to learn about our Soul? It is along this lines that one should question himself. The answers for all these questions and more can be gotten by regular practice of meditation.

Prayers, fasts, sacrifices, Bahya Mantra Japam (outward chant of mantras), Bhajans (group singing of devotional songs), Antharangika Mantra Japam (inward silent chant of mantras), reading puranas/spiritual books are all but preparatory stages to meditation. We perform the above acts with the notion that we are distant and detached entities from God. However, through meditation we experience the oneness with God. Through meditation we can gain the understanding of the fact that God is within us. It is through meditation that we begin our search for the Eternal Truth. It is through meditation that we gain unbound energy; beyond human comprehension and more precious than all worldly riches. Through meditation we can gain deep realization and insight. One who meditates will perform his everyday activities and responsibilities with enthusiasm, joy and perfection. It is through meditation that one can gain the highest state of living. Meditation lifts our Mind and Soul towards the Eternal Truth. In meditation, we raise ourselves from corporeal manifestations of our worldly existence to the state of Divine existence. Meditation is the precious tool that enables us to stabilize our ever turbulent waves of disturbing thoughts and gives us lasting peace. Meditation can reform the wicked in to the Holy, and transform the physically, mentally weak to the realization of their profound strengths.
One can gain the entire spectrum of virtuous and harmonious living through the regular practice of meditation – health, mental peace, mutual understanding, concentration, memory, tolerance, common sense, bravery, constant awareness, self-confidence, self-control, release from bad habits, purity, contentment, mental strength, steadfastness, mental strength and stability, spiritual wisdom and Eternal Bliss. One who meditates fills this entire creation with kindness, empathy, generosity and love. Through meditation who can rid himself of unwanted desires and gains everlasting peace. In life one experiences the extremes of emotions - profound joy at the heights of success and suffers from bouts of depression at the depths of failure. Meditation enables one to treat these varied and volatile experiences with equanimity and empowers one to be joyous and confident even in the face numerous adversities.

Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar's Gift to Humanity
The manifestation of God, Parama Guru Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar, wishing the entire world Eternal Peace and Happiness, gifted the unique form of Sushumna Kriyayoga. He revealed that through the regular practice of Sushumna Kriyayoga, one can attain Moksha (Enlightenment or Eternal Bliss), while living a normal samsaric life of a grihastha (the married person). Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar taught the practice of Sushumna Kriyayoga to Pujyasri Athmanandamayi Ammagaru in her meditation, in the Brahma Muhurtham, on the sacred festive day of Vinayaka Chathurthi – Wednesday, the 7th of September 2005. Sri Sri Sri Bhoganatha Siddar conveyed to Pujyasri Athmanandamayi Ammagaru that the taught practice of Sushumna Kriyayoga is adapted from the age-old art of Kriya Yoga Sadhana, in tune to the needs of modern times. The Sushumna Nadi meditative process is Kriya Yoga. Practicing Sushumna Kriyayoga One should be seated comfortably in either Sukhaasana or Padmasana. Make sure to keep your head and back straight as far as possible. Close your eyes and bring your palms together in the Yoga Mudra, as shown, The index fingers and thumbs should be kept together, with the index fingers pointing outwards from the body and the thumbs pointing inwards towards the body. The little, ring and middle fingers should be interlocked. When we meditate, the interlocking of the three fingers ensures the crossinteraction and the balancing of the Left and the Right parts of our brain and body. By placing the thumbs and index fingers together we enhance the flow of more prana or Divine energy into our system. Hence, when we meditate in this Yoga Mudra, the enhanced flow of the Divine energy spreads throughout the body and balances the spreading evenly towards the left and the right side of the mind. The mind then re-channelizes this energy into our body. Hence, we can gain greater concentration, alertness and peace.

Chant the Pranava Nadha – Omkara for 21 (Twenty One) times.
The chanting of the Omkara (Aum = Ah+Uh+M) begins with a deep inhalation and during the exhalation, the 'Ah' starts from our abdomen and as we proceed upwards the 'Uh' begins and remains so till it reaches the base of the neck, where we end it with the 'M'. 'Omkara' (Aum) is the confluence of Ah, Uh and Ma. When we utter Ah, the energy vibrations intensify and activate the Muladhara, Sadistana and Manipuraka Chakras. In uttering Uh, the energy vibrations activate the Anahata Chakra and when Ma is uttered, the Visudhi, Aagnya and Sahasrara Chakras get activated. Hence, when the 'Omkara' (Aum) , the vibrational energy that fills the entire cosmos, is chanted the vibrations of the Divine Energy/life force will be attracted and channelized towards our body. And this activates all the seven Chakras in our body, enables us better concentration and turns our mind inward (Antharmukam).

Deep breathing should be performed Twenty One times.
When we breathe slowly and deeply, our lungs will be filled with air. Hence, the body is filled with more oxygen and spreads the life energy (prana sakthi) throughout the body and also to all the cells in the mind. When we breathe we should do so with a sense of purpose and with dedication. When we inhale should have the Bhava (feel) that we are inhaling the Godliness, good health and virtuous qualities. And when we exhale we should have the Bhava that we are throwing out our hatred, jealousy, laziness and all our ill health. When we perform this deep breathing with such Bhava, we stand to gain concentration and a thoughtless state quickly. The mind then retains a peaceful countenance and does not get agitated easily. It is to be noted that when we are in a worried or disturbed state, the practice of deep breathing helps to redeem ourselves from anxiety.

Focus should be maintained between your two eye brows and a
thoughtless state should be gained.
This means to concentrate at the central point of your forehead. Do not chant any Mantra. Do not think of any form of God. Thereby, focusing the sight for sometime, we reach the thoughtless state. Slipping into such a thoughtless state and to remain there is meditation. Now the mind is in
bliss and when this bliss combines with our prana sakthi (life force), Divine Energy emerges in our body taking us 'Inner' and further immersing us into meditation and a stand still stage. This reaching of this 'Inward State' essentially means that our life force which flows in the outward direction from us through our thoughts, eyes and other sensory organs will begin to flow in the inward direction in to our body and mind. In such a state, abundant Divine energy passes through our 72000 Nadis (subtle astral tubes, which spread the Divine energy in our body) and cleanses, energizes and activates the entire Nadi Mandalam giving us complete health. During meditation, God's Divine energy will encircle us and takes us to such a blissful state. Some practitioners might achieve this state while meditating for the first ever time. For others it may take some days, for others some months or even years. This depends on their intensity in meditation, their karma from previous births, their present thoughts, cultures and their spiritual elevation.

Important Points To Be Noted
* It is best to meditate in the Brahma Muhurtham, between 3 AM to 6 AM.
Those who are unable to do so can meditate at any opportune time for them.
* It is best to drink a glass of water, either before or after meditation, in order to decrease the body heat that is generated due to the intense energy and to stabilize the body temperature.
* If we meditate just before sleep and thereby slowly slip into sleep it results in deep yogic sleep.
* If meditation is practiced jointly with other practitioners (group meditation), we can gain even more Divine Energy than when we meditate alone.
* Sushumna Nadi meditation can be practiced by all irrespective of religion, age or gender.

Age of Practitioner Minimum Meditation
Age - Time/Day
Below 10 years - 7 minutes
10 – 15 years - 14 minutes
15 – 21 years - 21 minutes
Above 21 years - 49 minutes

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