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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


What business you are doing?”

The query was addressed to Sastrigal five times and a reply was expected. Swami did not at all like Sastrigal spending all his time in worldly pursuits and wasting his time instead of seeking to attain spiritual liberation (Moksha).


Do you take castor oil? Shall I rid you of your entire ailment?”

Half an hour after asking the above question, Swami said, “It is dirt (malam). Para-Brahma (Creator of the universe) is nirmalam (without any dirt, i.e. Pure). Swami conveyed that instead of wasting one’s pursuits on dirt-laden unspiritual matters, it would be better to get rid of all desires and pursue the Eternal Entity (Para Brahma).


If you find who is Iswara, the body is got rid of.”

Detachment from the body, and other desires, conquers death. Self-realization is the only means to develop such a detachment.


Ullankya sinthau salilam saleelam”

Hanuman had the blessings of Lord Rama, that enabled him to cross the seas. In a similar manner, one should use the Master’s (Avathar or SathGuru) blessings to cross the ocean of sins.


How is the Ramayana to be read?”

Swami’s concept was that a mere reading of the Ramayana, without conducting oneself like Lord Rama, will not suffice.


This is Siva Lingam . It is enough to worship this. One can become spiritually enlightened and attain liberation.”

Sastrigal had told Swami that he had devotion for Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Goddess Gowri and several other deities. Nevertheless, he was grieved that he had not developed any real lasting devotion to any particular deity and he requested Swami’s blessings and advice on this. Swami, by way of response referred to HIMSELF as the Shiva Lingam, By this, He meant that A Prayer to the Guru is a prayer to the Lord!

Guru Himself is Shiva, and Shiva is the Guru!


Differences based on caste, enjoyment of women, should be got rid of to attain Samadhi.”

This was oft mentioned by Swami.


Is Brahma greater or, Vasishta?”

Sastrigal who was questioned thus, replied that since Brahma was Vasishta’s father, Brahma was greater. Swami was not convinced.

Swami said, that “ Vasishta was the greater of the two! Since, when Brahma revealed Vishwamitra that he had become Brahmarishi, Vishwamitra rejected Brahma’s acknowledgement, and expected to hear it from Vasishta’s own words! Hence, the Guru is more vital than the deity.” From this, it is evident that (like Vishwamitra), one should have devotion towards the Guru.


This is Moksha, this is moksha, See!

These words were uttered by Swami when HE was in Subbulakshmi’s house. Swami picked up a big mirror from the house and handing it over to Sastrigal, put his hand around Sastrigal’s neck, embraced him. Pointing to the image in the mirror He said, This is Moksham.”

The significance of the above is as follows: “If the mirror is removed, the shadow is eliminated leaving the image. In the same manner, the Jeevan disappears and only the image of the Para-Brahman remains.”


You can go in Royal Style by repeating Rama, Rama.”

Sastrigal was ordered by Swami to sleep in the Kambathu Ilayanar (Lord Muruga) shrine, of Sri Arunachaleshwara Temple, for seven days.

Swami appeared in his dream on the third night. Sastrigal saw a flourishing banana plantation. While he was sitting there, Swami got a big cluster of about 200 bananas and said, “These should ripen.” This was repeated twice, after which Swami disappeared. When describing the style in which one could leave, Swami speedily threw up his hands. He then noticed a few bananas which were red and on the point of getting ripe and the rest were totally unripe.

Swami conveyed to Sastrigal the unripe state of his spiritual pursuit and advised him to do Rama Nama Japa to attain liberation.


You should forget the body that way”

The above upadesam is the outcome of Sastrigal’s dream on the sixth night. The dream was as follows:

Sastrigal was doing Rama Nama Japa sitting under a tree.

Swami came from behind him brandishing a knife with which to cut him. Sastrigal without getting up was trying by his hands to ward off the above struggle; Swami threw away the knife and laughing boisterously said:

What kind of meditation are you doing ?” You should not have any awareness of the body. This is absolutely useless. You should totally remove the awareness of the body.”

In the morning Sastrigal tearfully bowed to the Swami. Swami said, Have no worries. God will take care of all that.”

This incident illustrates the need to meditate with all body senses eliminated even under threats to one’s life.


Parithraanaya Sadhunam Vinaayaacha Dhush-Krithaam

Dharma Samsthaapanaarthaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge.”

Swami referred to HIS incarnation to remove evil and establish righteousness, and that he would perform the task of wiping out ignorance and instilling spiritual enlightenment in those who sought refuge in HIM.


Don’t you know the route?” Kamakshi, Meenakshi, Vishalakshi all three are one and the same. They will confer liberation on those who contemplate them.”

Do you not know the path to attain liberation? The route consisting of yagas, yoga, etc; is very strenuous. The path of Bhakthi (Divine Love, for a deity) is the best. And in that path of love, worship of Devi is the most effective.

The mother’s concern for a child is much more than that of the father. Hence Devi who is the mother of the entire world has manifested Herself as Vishalakshi in Kasi, Kamakshi in Kanchipuram and Meenakshi in Madurai.

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Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Q) To whom does the Sathpurusha (SathGuru) give the experience of Brahma?

A) It is to him whose mind has become purified and steadfast, one who has a blind faith in God, in any life, past or present. This is the person who receives the Kripa (grace), of his Sathpurusha. He is the one qualified to receive and learn it.

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Q) Who is eligible to be a Medium of the SathGuru?

A) There are so many in this world, who need the Sathguru’s help.He helps them through those, who are willing to be the medium of His Love.

To qualify as a medium, the best example to describe the qualities one should posses would be Lord Krishna’s flute, Murali.

If you have the capacity to draw the Lord (Mahan Shri Seshadri Swamigal) to yourself, He will Himself come to you and be with you. Be Like Krishna’s Flute: a hallow reed, straight, light, with no substance to hinder His breathe.

Then, He (Mahan Shri Seshadri Swamigal), will come and pick you up from the ground. He will breathe Divine music through you, playing upon you with delicate touch. He will stick the flute into His sash. He will press His lips on it; he fondles it, favour it and flourishes it. In His hand, the infinitesimal will be transmuted into the infinite; the anu (microcosm) will be transformed into the ghana (heavens).

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Here is a story of Lord Krishna’s Flute:

One day Lord Krishna pretended to be fast asleep, with the flute carelessly thrown aside by His side.

Radha approached the fortunate flute and asked it in plaintive terms, “Oh! lucky Murali (Lord Krishna’s Flute), tell me how you earned this great good fortune. What was the vow you observed, the vigil you kept, the pilgrimage you accomplished? What was the mantra you recited, the idol you worshipped?” The Flute spoke, by His grace: “I rid myself of all sensual desire, of envy greed and ego – that is all. I had no feeling of ego left to obstruct the flow of His love through me to all creation.”

While everyone is identical with the divine, few realize it.

Realize your breathe is answering the question correctly and live in the consciousness that you are a wave of the He, that is the infinite consciousness, that is Guru or God.

If you shed your pride and really surrender to a Sathpurusha, then, He can do everything for you and elevate you.

Let your mind have no waves; let it be silent, level, and calm – so that the HAMSA can sport thereon. Then you will become a Medium!

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The Paradox

Om Sathguru Shri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

There are often adverse reactions and allegations against a Sathpurusha. Some even work against Him. This adverse attitude of such men is, of course, willed by Him. Such men build faith stronger in the hearts of men who adore the Sathpurusha. They adhere to Him!

The opposites in men help cleanse each other, and ultimately both become qualified for the state of Sath. The Kauravas and Pandavas were so much opposed to each other, but in the end, both groups merged into Shri Krishna.

To cite an example, the wheels of a sugarcane crusher always move in opposite directions. It is this kind of functioning in opposition that gives us the sweet sugarcane juice! To draw water from a well, you have to lower a pail, and then raise it up again.

The pairs of opposites are thus essential.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

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The Lord of the Universe appears in human form as a Siddhapurusha, or, Sathpurusha or Avathar, then and there, at the call of devotees, when they are in crisis!

Sri Rama,

Sri Krishna,

Jesus,

Buddha,

Prophet Mohammed,

Sri Sadasiva Brahmendral,

Bhodhendral,

Sri Judge Swamigal,

Sri Swayam Prakasa Swamigal,

Sri Ragavendra Swamigal,

Sri Akkalkot Maharaj,

Sri Chaitanya Maha Prabhu,

Sri Seshadri Swamigal,

Sri Ramana Maharshi,

Sri Gnanananda Swamigal,

Sri Guru Dhakshinamurthi Swamigal,

Sri Jnaneswar,

Sri Tukaram,

Sri Jungli Maharaj,

Sri Gajanan Maharaj,

Sri Janardhana Swamigal,

Sri Shirdi Sai Baba,

Sri Upasani Maharaj,

Sri Tajjudin Baba,

Hazrat Nizamuddin,

Baba Farid,

Jalalludin Rumi,

Rabiya,

Saint Manickavasakar,

Samsuddin Baba,

Pedrushah Baba,

Haji Malang Baba,

Haji Ali Baba,

Makhdoom Shah Baba,

Nagoor Andavar,

Sri Ramanujar,

Sri Manavazha Ma Munigal,

Sri Nammazvar,

St. Francis,

St,Thomas,

Annai Umadeviar,

Sri Guru Mahadev,

Annai Mira,

Hazrat Kwaja Moinuddin,

Sri Shankar Maharaj,

Sukena Baba,

Anandvali Santhose Baba,

Sri Jungli Maharaj,

Sri Nityanand Maharaj,

Sri Swami Samarth of Akkalkot (Akkalkot Maharaj),

Sri Shankar Maharaj,

Sri Gajanan Maharaj,

Sri Shreyas Baba (in sthula form)

– all are Divine Incarnations.

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