Monday, May 22, 2017

Yoga has no rules: Siddhar yogis who followed their devotion

The problem today is that everybody is looking to fit things or people or ideas into slots. If it does not fit into a slot of their liking or which includes themselves, people immediately become mean and suspicious. Slot for eating my type of food, my type of clothes, my type of fitness, my type of guru, my type of yoga..

The fear of being alone is what makes all of us like the idea of being slotted. Instead of being one person, suddenly like an hair extension or penile extension or boob job with artificial props, you enlarge the idea of yourself. This explains the violence now currently around the world .. under whatever guise you see it.  But in yoga, you are communing directly with the idea of the divine. Therefore you may reject the idea of slots.

(This image is from the temple which records the story of this saint, as he sat in penance)
The siddhar yogis  were the most vociferous amongst those who refused to be slotted. I wrote an exciting column on these amazing yogis who were keen to use the idea of yoga to break the slots of caste, religion.

This week I plan to run the series on these yogis. Here is one story from these yoga greats(Agastyar was one of them, as well as Bodhidharma, founder of the Shaolin Kung Fu school in China)  from the south of Vindhyas.

This story on  Kaduveli Siddhar  is said to have been narrated by Indian saint Sri Ramana Maharishi to show how a true Jnani could never be judged by what he did publicly. Kaduveli Siddha had an affair with a temple dancer. People gossiped about this to the King who offered a reward for any proof of this. The couple had a baby and the opportunistic dancer wanted to collect the reward so she went to the king   herself and confessed to the affair. The king wanted proof. She did a public performance attended by Kaduveli. As an anklet came off, the Siddha indicated his proximity to her by fixing it back on her ankle.   As the crowd jeered, the Siddha said, "If I it is true that every moment of my life is spent in only god-consciousness then let this boulder split into two." The stone split into two, indicating that even though the Siddha was seen has having a passionate affair with a temple dancer, in truth his god-consciousness had never wavered for a single moment.  

Sage Saying:
"There are only two castes. The highborn are the good who help those in distress.  The lowborn are those who  never help," This quote from Avvaiyar, the Siddha who asked to be relieved of her youthful beauty so she could focus on God and was transformed to an old crone overnight.

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