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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Hamsa Soham, Soham Hamsa”

I am Him, He is me!

The above powerful mantra, was often repeated by the Divine Sri Seshadri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai.

-Sri Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh

Avathar Sri Seshadri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai


How to meditate? – Awakening of the Spiritual Vision by Swamigal

E.S. Ramaswamy Sastriar was a Sub-Magistrate in Thiruvannamalai. He had great devotion to Swamiji. As per his usual routine, one day he started his meditation at 4 a.m. But he was finding it very difficult to control his mind. His mind was swinging from one end to another and he could not focus on spirituality.

Our Swamiji came to know this by His Power of Gnana Drishti, He came to Magistrate’s house and knocked at his door. Sastriar opened the door and was overjoyed. To a query from Swamiji as to what he was doing, he prostrated and told Swamiji that he was trying to mediate but it was not successful.

On hearing this, Swamiji asked him to open his mouth and put two of His fingers beneath the tongue and pressed them down. That very instant, Sastriar forgot himself and was immersed in the joy of Self-illumination and swooned! He recovered after half an hour. Swamiji then advised him and departed from there.

After the incident, Sastriar’s nature underwent a radical change. He became a man of peace. He used to recite the following slokas recalling the opening of this Spiritual Vision by Swamiji:

I bow to Lord Sesha, and offer Him my Salutations – The Supreme Mahaan, who Blessed me with the experience of the Para-Brahmman (The Divine Consciousness), in my physical frame, by His Gracious touch with His two fingertips in my mouth!

I am blessed! I have reaped the fruits of my good deeds! – As I have been been Graced by my Supreme Guru, who is the embodiment of Benevolence and Compassion, to whom I bow, and offer my Salutations!

I bow to Lord Seshadri, who has opened my eyes to True Knowledge, [with (the collyrium (eye-salve) of Knowledge], that had been blinded by the darkness of ignorance!

To Him I offer my Salutations!


One who cultivates the heart’s natural love obtains the guidance of a Guru, and starts his Sadana (Path of spiritual discipline). He becomes a pravartaka, an initiate.

Man, when endowed with the heavenly gift of pure love, naturally becomes disposed to avoid the company of what is Asath and to keep the company of what has been described as Sath.”

    – The Revelation- Sutra6. The Holy Science,

    – Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855-1936 – Disciple of Sri Lahari Mahasaya and Guruji of Sri Yogananda Paramahansa)

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Guhan steered a boat. Rama embraced him.

Guhan fell into Ganga and died.”

Shri G. Venkatarama Iyer was a learned man. He was a great devotee of Lord Rama. One day he was asked to address a sangam in Thiruvannamalai on the subject, Guhan’s friendship.”

He had a high regard for Swamigal. When he was on his way to deliver his discourse he came across Swami, who asked him where he was going. He said that he was to deliver a talk on “Guhan friendship” and that he could not muster his thoughts and was confused and requested Swami to give him guidance. Swami uttered the above in response and asked him to proceed with the talk. Accordingly he elaborated the above and completed his talk. The three sentences of Swami refer to Karma, Bhakthi and Gnanam.

Every one should perform the duty enjoined on him without any motive and that constitutes Karma. Guha was a boatman and he and he did his duty by rowing the boat. To worship God with a pure mind is Bhakthi. Guha thus worshiped Rama and Rama embraced him. This refers to Bhakthi yoga. Ridding one’s mind of differentiation is Gnana.

Mukthi means becoming one with the all pervading. Guhan fell into the Ganga and died”, refers to Gnana yoga and its aim of attaining moksha. Thus Swami summed up the entire gamut of spirituality in the above pithy sentences.

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