Lord Shri Ram - the humble, sincere STUDENT - teaches us an important lesson
Lord Shri Ram's "kula guru" (family guru of His dynasty) is the great Vasishta Maharishi.
Lord Shri Ram and all other kings of His lineage were educated by this great rishi.
Even though He was Lord, Shri Ram played the role of student perfectly well and did everything that His Guru Vasishta asked Him to do.
Furthermore, the Lord sought the maharishi's advice often and acted upon that advice with diligence, just like a good student should.
Thus Lord Shri Ram taught us by His own personal example the importance of the True Guru and how one should be a good student of such a Guru.
These are lessons for us today in the 21st century and they will be lessons forever for generations to come.
The entire life of Lord Shri Ram is one huge lesson for all of us.
To those who would pay attention, so much can be learnt every moment of every day from what Lord Shri Ram did in His glorious life.
We should pay attention and learn from the Lord's life story - this is for our own good.
Lord Shri Ram and the Kurichi Sacred Space
Sathguru Venkataraman used to say: "Vasishtar Ramarukku kurithu kodutha thalam Kurichi."
The meaning of this Siddha statement is as follows:
Vasishta Maharishi, in his role of Guru, told Lord Shri Ram what He should do for the full and perfect blooming of the precious flower that is His Avatar.
One of the many "todo items" was a list of sacred spaces that the Maharishi had drawn up - sacred spaces that the Lord should visit and bless for the sake of all beings.
One of these sacred spaces is Kurichi, the place of honor for the 13 Feb 2012 Vishnupathi of the Siddhas.
Kurichi is Lakshmi Narayana Bhoomi (sacred space of Lakshmi Narayana), said Lord Shri Ram Himself.
Furthermore, Lord Rama added that Kurichi is one of the sacred spaces that makes the path to mukti (salvation) simple and easy.
Here are just a few of the many "daily life benefits" that Sathguru Venkatarama Siddhar specified for this sacred space.
(1) Those who are taunted, who are not respected, who are relegated as useless by relatives and others - such people are tormented by the desire to prove that they too are worthy of respect, that they are somebodies and not nobodies.
For such people, regular worship at Kurichi is a Siddha suggestion.
This can help relieve their torment and help them lead good lives.
(2) Kurichi is a "kaarya siddhi bhoomi" that helps one implement good goals in life and march towards their realization.
(3) Kurichi is a sacred space that protects the youth. If young ones worship here regularly, the shakti of this sacred space can bless them with good character and make sure that they don't fall into evil ways.
Kurichi and Gooseberry
(1) Kurichi, Divine Mother Sakambari Devi and the creation of gooseberries (nelli).
Kurichi and the avatar shakti of gooseberries.
(Nelli-kani in Tamil)
(2) Gooseberries and long life.
Longevity shakti of gooseberries in the form of atma-shakti.
(3) Abhishekam with gooseberry powder results in manifold benefits, said Sathguru Venkataraman.
(4) Gooseberries pack the "Seven Ray Soorya Shakti" of the Sun.
Thus it was during the time of the great scion of the Soorya Dynasty - Lord Shri Ram - that gooseberries became renowned as representative of Lord Narayana Maha Vishnu's shakti.
Gooseberry trees in the shrine of Echil-porukki Arumuga Siddhar.
Nelli-kani and the shrine of Ech-chol-porukkum Arumuga Siddhar.
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Gooseberry = Narayana Amsa.
Gooseberry is Narayana Amsam, i.e., it is representative of Lord Narayana Maha Vishnu.
Thulasi = Lakshmi Amsa.
Thulasi is Lakshmi Amsam, i.e., it is representative of Mother Lakshmi.
Thus we have the sacred tradition of celebrating the wedding of the Thulasi plant and the gooseberry tree - the inner meaning being the celebration of the sacred wedding ceremony of Mother Lakshmi and Lord Narayana Maha Vishnu, of Mother Seetha and Lord Rama, of Mother Radha and Lord Krishna.
One of the great sacred spaces for this sacred wedding is Kurichi, said Sathguru Venkataraman.
Near Kurichi is the sacred space of Marathurai (Vedapuri in ancient times).
It is from Mother Katyayani's temple in this sacred space of Marathurai that "nelli-mara pandhakaal" and "arasa-mara-pandhakaal" used to to be taken in ritual procession for the celebration of divine wedding ceremonies elsewhere.
Gooseberry, Selfless King Adhiyaman and the Great Lady Saint Auvaiyar
Many varieties of gooseberry such as ara-nelli, siru-nelli, peru-nelli and so on.
Special varieties of gooseberries that are charged with great spiritual shakti.
Selfless King Adhiyaman got such a one - an "ariya-nelli" - that takes form just once in many years.
This "ariya-nelli" has the shakti to bestow a long life of satya (truth) and dharma (righteousness).
King Adhiyaman worshipped this spiritually precious "ariya-nelli" in several sacred spaces.
He would do "mandala pooja" - worship for 48 straight days.
One of the sacred spaces where King Adhiyaman did mandala-pooja of this sacred "ariya-nelli" was Kurichi.
These sacred worship procedures further increased the spiritual potency of this ariya-nelli.
But what did the King do with this precious possession?
Let us think what we might do. We would gobble it of course! No surprise there! That's the human thing to do, after all. But that's precisely what Good King Adhiyaman did not do. And that's the reason we are talking about him today. If he had done what humans would do, then there wouldn't be any reason to talk about him.
What King Adhiyaman did was truly selfless.
He reasoned that if he consumed it, only he and his kingdom would benefit,
but if the great lady saint Auvaiyar were to consume it, then all lands would be benefitted.
Reasoning thus, selfless King Adhiyaman gave this precious "ariya-nelli" to Auvaiyar so that everyone may benefit.
Now, THAT is selflessness.
It is this kind of selflessness that makes one a perfect vessel for God's grace.
This lesson in selflessness is a lesson to all of us during this Vishnupathi of the Siddhas in Kurichi on 13 Feb 2012.
Some topics that may be elaborated upon here...
Gooseberry garland siddha secret.
King Dasaratha and Sulabaa Maitreyi Rishika.
Seven special "thanga-mandharai-kokku" stork birds worship Lord Rama at Kurichi with "kokku-mandharai bhaga pushpam" flowers. Siddha secret concerning this flower and its use in worship.
Soorya and Chandra - eternal witnesses of the deeds of all beings.
This is a huge burden just like the burden of the sacred river deities.
Chandra blessed by Lord Shri Ram, but Soorya had to wait.
The Nama-Shakti (divine name shakti) of Kurichi.
Kurichi and the "nama-karana" ceremony of naming children. Kurichi and the ear-boring ceremony for children. Kurichi and the nose-ring ceremony.
Changing one's name and Kurichi. Kurichi and naming companies, businesses. Kurichi and coming up with titles for one's books.
Lord Shri Ram gives names to the seven special "thanga-mandharai-kokku" stork birds here in Kurichi.
At the request of Lord Hanuman, Lord Shri Ram blesses the "vanara" monkeys with ear ornaments at Kurichi.
Sathguru Venkataraman's Siddha system for naming children at Kurichi and also for the wearing of ear and nose ornaments. How this should be done at Kurichi.
Seven special "thanga-mandharai-kokku" stork birds and their worship of Lord Shri Ram at Kurichi, Velamur (near Mel-Maruvathur) and other sacred spaces.
Based on the advice of Vasishta Maharishi, Kanva Maharishi brings Lord Shri Ram from Papanasam (near Kumbakonam & Thanjavur) to Kurichi.
Lord Soorya consults Vasishta Maharishi. Maharishi's thought provoking answer.
The seven special stork birds worship Lord Soorya.
They mention their special worship of Lord Soorya on "Sapthami" the 7th thithi.
How they got "Rama Nama Tharaka Mantra" upadesa initiation on Mitra Sapthami thithi in Krtha Yuga itself (i.e., before the Treta Yuga avatar of Lord Shri Ram).
They also say that they get the darshan of Lord Shri Ram on each Sapthami thithi after their worship of Soorya and that this has been happening for a long time.
But there is a problem! What is it?
Problem notwithstanding, Lord Soorya asks the birds about their darshan of Lord Shri Ram in Krtha Yuga before His avatar in Treta Yuga.
The seven birds say that if Lord Soorya were to hold the "kokku-mandharai" flowers and the nelli-kani gooseberries that were blessed with by Lord Shri Ram and meditate on the Lord, then He too would get that darshan.
Lord soorya does so with great humility and immediately gets the darshan of Lord Sri Kodanda Rama who had come to Kurichi. So too did others who were there at that time.
From that time, Kurichi has been a special place for getting the divine blessings of Lord Sri Kodhanda Rama - exactly as Vasishta Maharishi had wanted for the sake of humankind!
The elated Lord Soorya gives the seven birds a "permanent" visa to Soorya Loka, thus solving their problem!
Kouna Maharishi's tapasya austerities for getting the darshan of Lord Shri Rama.
Kouna Maharishi and the Kurichi sacred space.
Lord Shri Ram asks Kouna Maharishi to worship Lord Shiva.
Kouna Maharishi's great prayer to Lord Shri Ram: "Hey Lord Ram, Please give humankind the blessing that those who chant the divine RAMA NAMA (name) at this Kurichi sacred space should be absolved of their karma and that they should get the fruits of Rama Darshan just by the easy chanting of the RAMA NAMA."
Because of this great prayer of Kouna Maharishi and Lord Shri Ram's acceptance of the same, Kurichi is one of the great sacred spaces for chanting the divine Rama holy name. Just by chanting the divine Rama name here in Kurichi, one gets the benefits of having gotten the darshan of Lord Shri Ram, thanks to Kouna Maharishi's selfless prayer.
While the current age (Kali Yuga) is an age of falsehood, it is also an age where spiritual progress is easier to come by compared to other ages. In other ages, one has to put in a lot more effort, but in the current age, one can easily get salvation through the divine name. This is a special blessing that has been made available to all of us in this age of falsehood.
This process of figuring out the best practices for attaining mukti (salvation) in the various ages is worked out by Siddhas and maharishis. Kurichi is one of the sacred spaces where they do this important job - that of figuring this out and communicating it to all of humankind.
The divine forms of Mother Seetha, Lord Shri Ram and Lord Lakshman at Kurichi are made out of "Yoga pankaja silaa kal" stone, said Sathguru Venkataraman.
Rama Nama (name) predates Lord Shri Ram's avatar.
Great ones like Kouna Maharishi have shown that the bliss of Rama darshan that is embedded in the chanting of the Rama divine name can exceed the bliss of Rama darshan in front of one's eyes.
Such experiences of Rama and the divine name Rama are in the billions. They are timeless. They have been happening all through time and they are happening even now. They can be experienced even now in this Kali Yuga (age of falsehood).
As we have mentioned elsewhere, Sathguru Venkataraman would often cite the example of the great saint Thyagaraja who lived in Thiruvaiyaru on the banks of the sacred Kaveri River some 200 years ago. This great saint chanted the Rama divine name 96 crore times (960 million times) in his life and got the darshan of Lord Shri Ram more than once.
The divine RAMA name is one of the easiest to chant and yet it is one of the most powerful ways of attaining mukti (salvation). And thus, Sathguru Venkataraman gave us the "day-of-the-week" Rama Nama chanting as a daily worship procedure. But this needs to be done with with diligence resulting from bhakti devotion. One needs to persevere in this practice. One needs the humility, sincerity and patience that one gets from true devotion to persevere on this path so that one may progress step by step and get the darshan of the Lord.
Whose treasure is the divine RAMA name? It is the treasure of all beings, not just humans. Anyone can chant this divine name. It is so easy to chant. There is no need for elaborate training. Anyone can start chanting this divine name RIGHT NOW.
Do you want to attain great states of gnana (wisdom), yoga, dhyana and bhakti devotion? Then chant the Gayatri mantra 10,000 times a day AND the RAMA NAMA 25,000 times a day, said Sathguru Venkataraman. This is the easy way of attaining such great states in this Kali Yuga, he said.
The glory of the divine RAMA name is closely associated with the glory of the Kurichi sacred space. Great ones like Kouna Maharishi have shown by their life example that one can get fantastic RAMA experiences in the sacred space of Kurichi, more than one can get by retiring to the foresty and practicing austerities there.
It is the divine RAMA name that created a spiritual bond between the seven special stork birds (mentioned earlier) and Kouna Maharishi in the Kurichi sacred space and made them worship Lord Shri Ram together.
On that special day when Sapthami (the 7-th thithi) and Punarvasu (Lord Shri Ram's nakshatra) occur together, Kouna Maharishi and the seven special birds visit Kurichi and worship Lord Rama here. This is a Siddha secret of Sathguru Venkataraman. Use our spiritual calendar to figure out when this special day occurs. On this special day, perform "akhanda ahoratra Rama Nama japa" chanting in this scared space of Kurichi and enjoy great blessings.
Akhandaakara Ahoratra Rama Nama Japa means the non-stop chanting of the divine RAMA name day and night for not less than 24 hours. Do this at the Kurichi sacred space of Kodanda RAMA on Sapthami + Punarvasu (Punarpoosam) days. This is one of Sathguru Venkataraman's Siddha ways of making rapid spiritual progress.
Rama Jyoti, Rama Nama Jothi, Rama Nama Japo Bhakti and Rama Nama Japa Shakti - the seven special stork birds give spiritual hints to Kouna Maharishi even without his asking.
The experience of the divine as enjoyed by humans and other beings on planet earth - Kouna Maharishi wanted to experience that! Dwapara Yuga, Krishna, Krishna as Rama - the experience of Kouna Maharishi.
The "Veda Prakasa Swayambhu Jothi" of the RAMA name.
The experience of Lord Rama that results from the sincere chanting of the divine RAMA name is felt and realized by siddhas and maharishis in several unique ways in several distinct sacred spaces. Such sacred spaces include Thoothukudi near Nannilam (different from the port city), Adhampaar, Kandaramanikkam, Mudikondan, Paruthiyur (near Kudavasal) and many more.
Every one of these special Rama Shakti sacred spaces is the storehouse of millions of such sacred experiences.
This sacred Rama Lakshmi, i.e., sacred spiritual wealth, abounds in these special RAMA sacred spaces.
O Human, make use of your human birth and seek and receive this sacred spiritual wealth!
Rama Name - the day and night divine name - Ahoratra Japa Nama and Ahoratara Japa Namasi said Sathguru Venkataraman.
Why 10,000 Gayatri + 25,000 Rama Nama as revealed in the Kurichi Siddha secrets?
Is the divine Rama name alone not enough, one might ask.
The reason for this "joint" nama japa chanting is the close connection between the Gayatri Mantra and the Rama Nama.
This joint chanting also gets one the darshan of Divine Mother Gayatri Devi who resides in Soorya Narayana Loka.
In the effulgent Rama Nama Jothi, Mother Gayatri Devi presents Herself and gives Her darshan.
Thus this joint japa gets one the blessings of both Lord Shri Ram of the Soorya dynasty and Mother Sri Gayatri Devi of the Soorya Narayana Loka.
Many of these Siddha secrets regarding the RAMA divine name (that predates the Rama avatar) and Lord Shri Ram Himself are revealed with the sacred space of Kurichi as a base.
So what should we do on the Vishnupathi day of 13 Feb 2012? We should do "Akhanda Rama Nama Japa" chanting of the divine RAMA name for not less than 24 hours (60 nazhikais) at the Kodanda RAMA sacred space of Kurichi. This should be done as a group. We should start this on 12 Feb 2012 itself and continue it into 13 Feb 2012 for not less than 24 hours. Along with our regular Vishnupathi pooja system, this non-stop japa is the special Siddha worship procedure that should be followed in Kurichi on this "Akhanda Rama Nama Japa Vishnupathi" of 13 Feb 2012.
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