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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

MAHAN SRI SESHADRI SWAMIGAL OF THIRUVANNAMALAI

“SIVAGANGA IS VERY DEEP…”


Sub-Registrar Sundaresa Chettiar had two unmarried daughters named Parvathibhai and Janakibhai. They were great devotees of Swami. The two girls sought refuge at the feet of Swami for the whole day. One day Janaki had a dream. Janaki and Parvathi were bathing in the Sivaganga; Parvathi got drowned, seeing that, Janaki cried aloud. At that moment Swami rushed and lent his hand to lift her out of the water. When they were returning home, a chameleon kept chasing Janaki. Swami again appeared on the scene and drove away the chameleon. Janakibhai divulged the above dream in the morning to all members of the household.

When later that day they called on Swami, He told Janakibhai, “Sivaganga is very deep. Should you not have cautioned Parvathibhai not to get into that place? Yama, who came to take her life, chased you in the form of chameleon.”

You need not have any fear hereafter.” Saying that He soothed them with His hands. It is clear from the above incident that Swami saves his devotees, with immeasurable Mercy.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Sri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)

Reading the mind. “Now your elders…to scold you.”

There was one incident connected with the Swami’s departure from Mangal Veda in, 1850. The sun was very hot and the Swami was wandering in the outskirts of the town bare-footed. At that moment there were two farmers named Pandarinath and Eknath working in a nearby field. The Swami approached them and asked Pandarinath to give him the shoes he was putting on. Pandarinath gave them away immediately and the Swami quickly walked away with them.

When He was out of sight Eknath said to the other, “You have lent your shoes to that mad man. Now he has gone away. Your elders are sure to take you to task for that!” On hearing that Pandarinath was greatly agitated in his mind. Strangely enough the Swami came there in a moment and, giving back his shoes, said to Pamdarinath, “Now your elders do not have to scold you!” And the Swami left the place immediately. At first the farmers thought that the Swami might have overheard their conversation hiding him nearby. But after a few minutes some travelers coming from Sholapur along the road told them, incidentally, that they met the Swami just two miles outside the city of Sholapur! The Swami never returned to Mangal Vedha ever after.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Sri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)1


“One should not violate the vows to God and Saints.”


Once a brahmana vowed to offer milk-sweets to the Swami if he was blessed with children. But with the passage of time he forgot all about the vow, although his wish was fulfilled. By the time he again remembered it the Swami already left his earthly abode. The brahmana was very sore and his one strong desire had been, to feed milk sweets to the Swami with his own hands!

But how could he fulfil it now? One night, Swami appeared in his dream and told him that he was living in Kolhapur in the Kumbhar galli (street) in the form of Sri Krishna Saraswathi and that he could fulfil his vow there.

The brahmana visited Sri Krishna Saraswathi and after the proper worship, he was able to feed the sweets to the saint with his own hands!


1(Appeared at Akkalkot on a Wednesday in the month of Aswini (September-October) in the year 1856. Samadhi Mandir & Yoga Peetam – Holy Banyan tree. Akkalkot- a small town-by road from Solapur (Maharashtra) 39 kms. Akkalkot is 10 kms from Akkalkot Road Railway Station, which is on the Mumbai-Chennai Railway line. Few express trains stops there)

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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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