Agasthiar's Universal Magazine
  Issue 18
  Sri La Sri Lobha Matha Agasthiar Ashram
  Thiru Annamalai, Tamil Nadu, India
Sri La Sri Lobha Matha Agasthiar Ashram


Sri Agasthiar Yoga of Speech!

Want to convert the very act of speaking into an act of yoga?

Want to give your brain a real workout?

Want to develop your memory power?

Want to develop your power of concentration?

Want the same for your children?

The Sathguru, Guru Mangala Gandharva Venkataraman, has kindly given us a method that can help you do just that! This method, which is based on intricate Veda chanting, was taught to him by his divine teacher, Sri La Sri Idiyaapa Siddha Eesa. This is illustrated with an example below.

Stage 1
Take the memorable first line of the immortal Thiruvachagam wriiten by the great saint Manikkavachagar. This line contains five words:

namasivAya
vAzhga
nAthan
thAL
vAzhga

Normally, one recites these five words and then continues with the rest of the work. The Sathguru teaches us that these five words can be recited in more intricate patterns based on the methods used in Veda chanting. These intricate patterns tax the memory and the brain and give them a real workout. In the process, one's concentration and memory power improve greatly.

Stage 2
As mentioned before, in the first stage, one recites the five words of the first line of Thiruvachagam exactly as they are. The next and more complex stage involves rearranging and reciting these same five words as four pairs of words as shown below. In this method, the same five words are weaved into a pattern of eight words.

namasivAya vAzhga
vAzhga nAthan
nAthan thAL
thAL vAzhga

Stage 3
In the next stage, these same five words are rearranged and recited as four sequences of six words each as shown below. In this method, the five words are weaved into a pattern of 24 words.

namasivAya vAzhga vAzhga namasivAya namasivAya vAzhga

vAzhga nAthan nAthan vAzhga vAzhga nAthan

nAthan thAL thAL nAthan nAthan thAL

thAL vAzhga vAzhga thAL thAL vAzhga

Stage 4
The next stage is even more advanced. In this stage, the original five words are further rearranged and recited as three sequences of thirteen words each as shown below. In this method, the five words are weaved into a pattern of 39 words.

namasivAya vAzhga vAzhga namasivAya namasivAya vAzhga nAthan nAthan vAzhga namasivAya namasivAya vAzhga nAthan

vAzhga nAthan nAthan vAzhga vAzhga nAthan thAL thAL nAthan vAzhga vAzhga nAthan thAL

nAthan thAL thAL nAthan nAthan thAL vAzhga vAzhga thAL nAthan nAthan thAL vAzhga

This same process that has been illustrated here for the first five words of Thiruvachagam is applied to an entire spiritual work. This is indeed a lot of effort, but a very worthwhile spiritual effort indeed.

No new words have been added here. The same five words are used, but they are rearranged and repeated in intricate patterns by using the Veda chanting methods. First the five words were rearranged into eight words, then into 24 words and finally into 39 words.

Mastering such complex structures centered around a spiritual work results in a nimble brain, strong memory and deep concentration powers.

It is the genius of the Sathguru that saw an application of these ancient chanting methods to all spiritual works, irrespective of language, caste or creed. The Sathguru tells us that reciting the great spiritual works using these methods is a form of yoga of speech! The net result of this yoga of speech is vaak suddhi (purity in speech) which is an absolute requirement on the spiritual path.

Aspirants should follow the advice of the Siddhas and recite the spiritual works using these methods and teach them to their children also. This is an especially productive spiritual activity during this Viya year, say the Siddhas. On this Vana Durga Pournami full moon day (May 12, 2006), make a resolution to chant your favorite spiritual work using these very effective methods.

Sri Varahi Devi, Sundararaja Temple, Swamimalai

Om Salutations to Mother Sri Varahi Devi
Om Salutations to Maha Guru Sri Agasthiar
Om Salutations to the Agasthiar Lineage of Sathgurus
Om Salutations to the Siddhas


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