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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadi Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Mahaan Sri Seshadri Swamigal

Self-Illumination (Self-Realization) – Attained by a devotee of

Sri Seshadri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai by His magical touch

“The camphor has lit up, what could I do?”


Murugesa Mudaliar of Chittoor (A.P.) was the co-brother of Sivaprakasa Mudaliar, the police prosecuting Inspector at Thiruvannamalai. He had retired as a Sub- Registrar. Having heard so much about Swamiji, he developed a yearning to see him. On one occasion he had to come to Thiruvannamalai with his entire family to attend to some obsequies. At that time he met Swamiji and prostrated before him. One day he prayed to Swamiji to impart spiritual knowledge. Seeing his pure heart and strength of determination, Swamiji one day took him to the sanctum of Lord Muruga (Lord Kartik) at the Kambathu Illayanar Shrine, made him sit down and lightly pressed his head with right hand. Right away, Self-Illumination dawned on Murugesa Mudaliar, who became ecstatic and jumped with joy.

He ran out shouting loudly, “Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Seshadri Seshadri!” He danced, sang and jumped up, and down. He did not even notice that his dhoti had slipped off. He was totally bereft of so-called decency and his body senses. People started gathering wondering whether it was a disease or what. Siva Prakasa Mudaliar and other relatives were un-nerved and asked Swamiji what had happened.

Swamiji replied, “He is Pattinathu Pillai (a saint of that name in his previous birth) and was ready for spiritual instruction and sought it and I imparted the same.”

The camphor has lit up, what could I do?”

Siva Prakasa Mudaliar and other relatives ran after him. For two or three days he was in ecstasy and ran to Ramanashram and other places shouting Rama Nama and doing things in a peculiar manner and did not pay any heed to the relatives plea to come back. Therefore Siva Prakasa Mudaliar requested Swamiji to bring him back home. By chance Swamiji saw him near the Sadhu Chatram and in gentle voice told him, “You can go home.” Immediately after that Murugesa Mudaliar returned to his co-brother’s house.

Siva Prakasa Mudaliar saw Swamiji that midnight at the temple of Lord Muruga (Lord Karthik) (Kambathu Ilayanar Srine situated inside Sri Arunachaleshwar Temple). Swamiji told him that Murugesa Mudaliar could not bear the illumination. It worked on his brain. Since that was very powerful, it will take few days to become normal. Accordingly, he became perfectly peaceful and returned to his normal self after few days. Later he was living at Chittoor as a spiritually enlightened person.

Swamiji imparting spiritual instruction through touch! (Sparsa Diksha)

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,

The men below and saints above,

For love is heaven and heaven is love.”

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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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