Cuddapah Swami – An Insight
CUDDAPAH PARAMAHAMSA SRI YOGEESHWARAR
Biography, Life and Teachings
The following links lead to different topics coverning the light and life of Cuddapah Swami.
- Self acquired Mental devotion
It was during 1877 in his 12th year of age, one day Yogeeshwar desired to visit all the temples of Kanchipuram. Accordingly, he visited the temples of Varadaraja Perumal, Varahachar, Ulagalandar, Pachai Vannar, Vaigundar, Kamakshi Amman, Kachaleeshwarar, Subramanya, Shappaniyar and Ekambareeshwarar. On the same night, Yogeeshwar realized that God is only one in entity; but he many forms and names. So thinking, Yogeeshwar felt that he belonged to the cult of worshipping Lord Siva and therefore he should follow the same cult. Hence, he thought of worshipping only Lord Ekambareeshwar at the Kanchipuram Temple and as such the next morning, he went to the temple of Ekambareeshwar as soon as he woke up and there he observed keenly and understood the methods of worship by the Brahmin Priests of the temple.
The next morning, Yogeeshwar woke up very early in the morning and after finishing his personal morning ablutions, entered the pooja room of his home, sat on a wooden plank covered with deer skin and white sheet of cloth facing the north, in “Chin Mudra” posture and fixed the mind between the eye brows (Trikuti) visualizing the image of only Ekaambareeshwar whom he had seen the previous morning during his visit to the temple. Now, he imagined a temple built with bricks of his devotion, followed the principles and modes of worship that he comprehended from the Brahmin Priests at the temple. Thus, the Meditation on Ekambareeshwar and devotion to the deity by Yogeeshwar began not only during the early morning hours but also during the early and late hours of evening.
This path Yogeeshwar pursued and adopted was constant and continuous for a period of over 12 years. Right from the moment of his early life. Yogeeshwar did not think of and visualize any other deity however much his kith and kin dragged him to visit temples of other deities. His appearance was that of a Yogi and people observing him by his attitude towards his surroundings were put into a shock and surprise. Amidst all these oddities, Yogeeshwar sprang up to be a devoted devotee of Ekaambareeshwar of Kanchipuram and emerged to be a great yogi of higher degree of achievements in his spiritual life.
- Yogic experience and achievements
As per the training imparted to Yogeeshwar by the holy saint, Yogeeshwar attempted both in the mornings and evenings everyday to practice yoga; but, he could not arrive at it as the meditation and devotional pooja he had practiced for over a period of 12 years, acted as an impediment. In order to retain this practice as well as accomplish the yogic experience, Sri Sachidananda Yogeeshwar made it a practice to complete his meditation and devotional pooja earlier and followed by the yogic exercises. Habits die hard and as such, it took him nearly one complete year to get into both practices without being hindered. It is now possible for Yogeeshwar to do his meditation, devotion and yoga. Thus, twelve-year practice by self-learning and yoga practice as prescribed by the holy saint became a part and parcel of the life of Yogeeshwar.
Gradually, Yogeeshwar increased the timings of Kumbaka and though physical pains and strains were experienced by Yogeeshwar, he achieved what he was expected to achieve by the holy saint.
- Perception of God, the Formless
NIRGUNA BRAHMA APPEARANCE
Sachidananda Yogeeshwar observed a special ‘penance’ to have the perception (DARSHAN) of the God, the formless who occupied the Space, the Globe and the Universe. Perhaps, Ekambareeshwar was totally convinced with the devotional attitude of Yogeeshwar and his orthodoxic ways of meditation, and he appeared before the Yogeeshwar as a boy of 12 years-old as shown in the picture above.
Such experiences may be made possible by one and all who pursue the path as that of Yogeeshwar. We cannot experience any of the spiritual occurrences because we derive pleasure with the materialistic and worldly experiences.
- Acceptance of Sainthood (Sanyasa)
After the completion of all the obsequies of the dead Perundevi Ammal, having distributed all her jewelry and other household articles among the relatives, Yogeeshwar got his head and beard shaved and like a person who had made the worldly renunciation, walked into a small hut built for him in a garden in a place known as VYASARPADI at Madras ( Chennai ) and Swami meditated.. After a few months, Yogeeshwar moved to CUDDAPPAH in ANDHRA PRADESH and while staying there, with his usual instinct of sympathy towards his fellow beings and in order towards enlighten them the facts pertaining to life and death and to train them in the paths he had adopted to achieve spiritual benefits, Yogeeshwar wrote books like SECRETS OF VEDANTA, JEVATMA & PARAMTMA and got them printed and published with funds collected from the public. Afterwards, Swami moved to a small village named KADIKOTTAI, 40 miles from CUDDAPAH where Swami meditated in the jungle. Later he returned to Chennai to stay in a mutt in Panchetty for a number of years.
- Maha nirvikalpa samadhi
On the 7th day of January 1957, at midnight, having excreted all the contents of the bowels, Swamy Yogeshwar spoke to his devotees thus: The purpose for which I was born has been served with the blessings, guidance of Guru Nithyananda. I have shown the world the different facets of Vedanta, Siddhanta, Jeevatma, Paramatma and also the different ways of worship of Nithyananda to know Him and His creations in the manner that befitting our traditions and culture. My works on all these aspects will guide you all further and many more such works likely to be before you soon by my disciples. Hence, I have decided to attain SAMADHI (transcendental form). Having blessed the gathering with these kind words of blessings,
Swamiji entered into the State of Samadhi after midnight at 1.30am and for 3 days from then on, his physical body exhibited a divine glow and the body maintained the human body temperature . On the 9th day of January 1957, Thursday around 6 O’clock in the evening in the presence of all devotees, both inland and foreign, Swamiji was worshipped with poojas, bhajans, devotional expression, distribution of prasada and was interred at the bottom of the soil exactly below the statue of himself in the Ashram at Bangalore, South India.
- The miracles performed by Yogeeshwar
During the visit of Swami Yogeeshwar to South Africa, it was his practice to stay in the houses of some of his prestigious disciples. On such stay once in the house of one of the disciples, the disciple’s wife requested the Swamiji to bless her with gift which could be preserved and remembered. At this, Swamiji ask her to close both her palms in a saluting posture. After a few moments when she opened her hands, she found in the centre of her right palm a JYOTHIRLINGAM upon seeing which the lady fell at Swamiji’s feet and praised him for blessings. On another occasion, Swamiji had to convince the higher authority of the land where he had to perform the Jalasthambhana Kriya that this feat will not be a risk to his life and entered into the water of a lake. Immediately, he was surrounded by the alligators of the lake and they went away without harming him as he waved his hand to them. After this, Swamiji performed the yogic Jalasthambhana Kriya as if he was an inflated balloon floating on water, like Vishnu (one of the TRINITIES) on Adishesha (5 hooded python); during this feat, Swamiji sat on PADMASANA posture (lotus state) with CHIN MUDRA (steadiness of poise) – this was possible for Swamiji as he had attained the VAASI YOGA exercises. Swamiji had demonstrated this feat in other countries, in a few places in the India like the Ulsoor lake in Bangalore and in the temple tank of Murugan.
He ordered his disciples in Natal to go over to Panchetty in Madras and accordingly, the disciples visited the place, had the blessings of Swamiji and returned home happily.
During his visit to Malaysia, Swamiji delivered many lectures and conducted spiritual discourses. It is said that in one of the villages over there, certain wild animals would invade village, carry away humans, cattle and sheep after killing them. This could not be averted even by the forest rangers though this was in vogue for a longer time. The villagers narrated their plight to Swamiji who was listening to them standing at the border of the village, adjoining the jungle from where the animals caused the attack. At the time, 2 tigers were lying on the ground near his feet in a very submissive way and Swamiji ordered them both to go away from that area so that this killing may be put to an end; in the process of obeying the Swamiji, the tigers walked away as people were watching them amazingly.
Another devotee had the habit of visiting the temple of Muruga to see SUGAR KAVADI ( a feat of carrying a palanquin bedecked with sugarcanes and flowers) during the Krithika day. But on the day of one of such Aadi Krithika (festival day during July-August), the said devotee was with Swamiji and therefore sought his permission to go; for this the Swamiji chided him saying that he could stay with him and see the Lord in the same place; when the devotee gazed at Swamiji he could see Lord Muruga in him and disappeared.
One of the devotees of Swamiji, who was practising “KUNDALINI YOGA” had frequent headache and irritation which were found to be incurable. At last, he approached Swamiji and begged for a cure. Swamiji pointed out to him the mistakes he was making while practising Kundalini Yoga, corrected them, taught him yogic therapy and made him stay with him for 2 weeks in his Ashram and after the cure, Swamiji blessed him to go home.
In this manner, Yogeeshwar has been serving the whole of mankind in his live form as well as from the stage of Samadhi. In the time that had elapsed, in the days to come, Swamiji will be helping his followers in the acquisition of satisfaction and happiness in the mundane affairs like marriage, unions, childbirth, perennial income of wealth as well as in the spiritual practices like Yoga, Pranayama, etc. These experience are narrated by the beneficiaries and all these are self-explanatory.
- Programme for Jayanthi
During the Jayanthi celebrations, Sri Yogeeshwar will deliver lectures and explain the purpose of his birth and offer his blessings on the assembled audience. Afterwards, seated himself in a highly elevated platform, making himself visible to everyone in the audience, he will demonstrate yogic performances with RAESAHAM, PURAHAM and KUMBAKA (breathing exercises – with inhalation, exhalation, retention). Followed by this, he will attain KUNDALINI posture and achieve SAMADHI position and appear to the audience for a full view. In this AARADHARA position , the features of worship by his devotees will commence in the following manner:
- Soapnut powder
- Raw Kichili powder
- Tender coconut
- Lemon juice
- Sugar cane juice
- Fruit mixture
- Kadamba powder
- Sandal paste
- Rose water
- Dung-cake powder
- Cooked rice
Holy water of the rivers will be performed followed by Aaradhana (devotional offerings).
These processes will be interspersed with the singing of bhajans, parayanas (narration of the Saint’s qualities) and lectures. This will be followed by archanas (warm offerings), jewel decoration with Siva, Vishnu, Preceptor Poojas; with this saint Yogeeshwar will slowly open his lotus-petal life eye lids and the eyes will shed tears of joy and express repose of the Saint who has been in that state up to then.
All this would take place for nearly 3 hours and it is a pleasant experience for the audience to be in the premises of the Ashram during the Jayanthi celebration of Saint Yogeeshwar in his existing form.
- Benefits of worshipping Cuddapah Swami
It is advised to worship and chant His Holiness relevant slokas and bhajans ( devotional songs ) found in this website daily to enjoy the benefits. Praise His Holiness. Trust His Holiness.
- Yogeeshwara will remove all fears, worries and bondages.
- Yogeeshwar will shower his blessings on you for longevity, tranquility of mind and body and wealth.
- All sincere prayers will be answered.
- Finally, you will realize your “SELF” (SELF REALIZATION) and divinity within you will be revealed.
Self Realization leads to GOD Realization.
- God as Teacher to impart the mercy
After the completion of meditation and mental worship acquired by himself, Yogeeshwar experienced a strange but true incident which enabled him to feel satisfied with his birth. One day, a great saint visited Yogeeshwar’s house and after occupying a comfortable seat in the coach of Yogeeshwar, ask him also to sit next to him.
After Yogeeshwar sat next to the saint with all humbleness and subservience, the saint asked him as to what he was doing. In reply, Yogeeshwar said that he was engaged in his various businesses like contract of civil works, factory management etc. Counter-crossing Yogeeshwar, the saint wanted to know from him as to what he was doing in the way of his realization of his Creator. Yogeeshwar narrated his way of meditation and method of worship for the past 12 years.
The surprised saint, while appreciating Yogeeshwar’s spiritual practice said that he could achieve this much without being taught and guided by a teacher, solely because of his good deeds in his previous birth and accordingly Yogeeshwar had crossed the two stages in his spiritual life; viz., CHARIYA (by discipline) and KRIYA (by action) and to conclude the performances pertaining to these, he had to adopt the process of YOGA (controlling the senses) which was taught to him in the following manner by the saint. The saint told Yogeeshwar that the third step YOGA would pave the way for the fourth step namely, JNANA or KNOWLEDGE (wisdom) in the present birth of Yogeeshwar. For this, Yogeeshwar may have to give up all that considered materialistic. The sage taught Yogeeshwar ASTHA MASTHAKA YOGA, RAESAHAM, PURAHAM, KUMBAKAM acts of yoga with His right and left nostrils. Thus, the whole PRANAYAMA ( the act of controlling breath to promote health and longevity) was taught by the saint within ten minutes, Yogeeshwara was advised by the saint to practice this yoga, to give up the previous type of meditation and worship and to increase the period of KUMBHAKA and PRANAYAMA and this would enable him to achieve all the boundaries of transcendalism including his previous birth and at last stages, Yogeeshwara could be a SIDDHA YOGI (spiritual person of super achievements) .Finally, the saint renamed Kuppuswamy as PARAMAHAMSA SACHIDANANDA YOGEESHWAR, In turn, when Yogeeshwara desired to know the saint’s name, the saint said that he belonged to everywhere and he may be known as NITHYANANDA. When Swami wanted the saint to accept his hospitality, the saint sported a sweet smile and disappeared after walking away a few steps.
The autobiography of Sachidananda Yogeeshwara reveals that the saint could not be anyone else other than EKAMBAREESHWAR. NITHAYA-NANDA was only a human with divine qualities that could be attributed only to Him belonging to the entire universe including the space.
The benevolence that Yogeeshwar procured from the Ekambareeshwar because of His MAANASA POOJA may also be possible for anybody provided they also follow the steps treaded by His Holiness.
- The saint who percieved his previous birth
Miracles and wonders are the qualities of any yogic practice. Yogeeshwar is no more an ordinary human being. He had achieved greater benefits ( SIDDHIS ) of the yogic practice. Yogeeshwar wanted to visualize himself in the previous birth. He prayed to the formless ( NIRGUNA PARABRAHMA ) Nithyananda to bestow him the life of his previous birth. This imploration by Yogeeshwar to Nithyananda continued for 21 days and on the 21st day, he visualized between his eye brows – as if he was viewing a live picture of a movie – a 40 year old man carrying the holy bible and preaching the same with an itinerary zeal. He appeared to be leading a comfortable and happy life with 30 years-old wife and a 6 years old and a 4 years old children; he appeared to be the person leading all materialistic life with missionary zeal.
- The divine wife of Yogeeshwarar
The divine wife of Yogeeshwar was PERUNDEVI and her birth, puberty, marriage, marital life – all took place on Friday due to the prescription of the Lord – the Nature. Perundevi did not have any issue. So far as the mundane life was concerned, both husband and wife led a very austere life.
Shri Yogeeshwar was a successful businessman and through his business, he was earning sufficient as well as surplus and regular income by which he would be wealthy and lead a very comfortable life. However, he showed least interest and attraction with all these and he always craved to run away from his family life and to lead a secluded and at the same time a life of devotion, meditation and yogic practice.
- Yogeeshwarar's visit to Foreign Countries
Yogeeshwar visited SRI LANKA,BURMA, SINGAPORE, MALAYA (MALAYSIA), SOUTH AFRICA and MAURITIUS. He preached the contents of his books he wrote in Tamil, Telugu and English and delivered yogic lectures and spiritual discourses to his disciples and devotees. Swami taught them to practice YOGA and demonstrated a few yogic feats like JALASTHAMBHA – Floating on surface of water in “Padmasanam” posture and sometimes Swami lied down on the water and delivered his yogic lectures for more than an hour. All these activities of Yogeeshwar attracted many disciples to follow his paths and also to serve him.
On 4 May 1932 , Yogeeshwar demonstrated JALASTHAMBHA in Mauritius and on 8 September 1924 in Singapore.
CUDDAPAH SWAMY DURING ONE OF HIS VISITS TO DURBAN DURING HIS EARLIER DAYS
Extract From The Malaya Tribune Singapore Dated 5th September 1924.
A rare opportunity of sing some feats of Yoga practice will be afforded to the public of Singapore when Yogeeshwar Sachidananda swamy of Cuddapah, India, will deliver a lecture in Tamil on ” Yoga practice” while floating on the surface of water. “Jalasthambhanam posture” Padmasanam at 4.00pm on Saturday the 6th instant at the Sand Pits Pond opposite the Bidadari, Upper Serangoon Road, weather permitting. The Pond and premises have been kindly lent for the occasion by Mr.S.N.S.Meyyappa Chettiyar. There is standing accommodation for about 2000 people all around the tank and the general public irrespective of nationality are cordially invited. The lecture will last about 1 1/2 hours.
IMPRESSIVE YOGA DEMONSTRATION
Several hundreds of Indians including a number of Europeans and members of other communities were present at the “Sand Pits Pond” in Upper Serangoon Road, on Saturday after noon when Yogeeshwarar Sachidananda Swami of Cuddapah. India gave a very interesting demonstration of Yogic practice. The banks of the pond were bordered by the people when the Swami entered the water and while floating on the water went round delivering his sermon. The Lecture lasted for nearly an hour and a half.
The following links are to the other press releases about this saint dating back to the fifties.
Press Releases about Guru Sachidananda
- Place of prime centre and head office - Bangalore
THE STATUE OF SRI PARAMAHAMSA SACHIDANANDA YOGEESHWARAR AT THE BANGALORE MUTT
An Ashram was established in 1938 in Kempapura Agrahara in Bangalore of South India and the Ashram was christened Cuddapah Sri Paramahamsa Sachidananda Yogeeshwar Ashram where Sri Yogeeshwar was requisitioned to stay forever. The Ashram is very ideally build all salients to offer devotional prayers. The Ashram bears the FIVE FORMS OF YOGEESHWAR at the mail entrance, Ganga Thadaagam on either sides of the main top of the Ashram and in the sanctum sanctorium. The laying of statues namely the statue of Yogeeshwar and the worshipping deity Kanchi Ekambareeshwar, Nandi (the bull), Lord Ganesha on the right – hand side and Lord Muruga on the left – hand side was installed.
The Kumbhabhishekam of the Ashram (consecration ceremony of the premises) were carried out on 18th, 19th and 20th May 1956. The special feature of the whole set up is the image of Guru right on the top of the main entrance just behind and above the statue of Yogeeshwar. The Guru seems to proclaim to the devotees of Yogeeshwar that the human form of his in Yogeeshwar and offering one’s services to Yogeeshwar is service to Him; by this, all good things and benefits will be showered on all the devotees; the books of spiritual and austere life. This benevolence is due to the mercy he has for his fellow beings and all His mercy and blessings are in the form of his statue. Saint Yogeeshwar sometimes entered into a cave made down the soil where He stayed for 366 days, 245 days and 90 days in Samadhi. Besides Yogeeshwar would enter into the Jalasthambha Avastha (State of floating on water controlling his breath) in a pond made specially for the purpose and named Ganga Thadaagam and Yogeeshwar delivered yogic lectures and spiritual discourses to his disciples and devotees.
- The appearance of yogeeshwar to spread benevolence
THE PRITHIVILINGAM WORSHIPPED BY CUDDAPAH SWAMI
South India has been rendered a holy place with the birth of great devotees, sages, saints, intellectuals and holy lives. Among the many such places, Kanchipuram is one where we find Ekambareeshwar with his consort Kamakshi in the formation as Prithivilingam. This place was once sanctified by the good deeds of Pallave Kings.
Thiruppanankaadu, near Kanchipuram, was the place where a Saivite couple by name Somasundaranar and Vishalakshi lived. These two were true devotees of Lord Siva and in order to see that their family continues to be a dynasty of devotees and well-wisher of mankind and perhaps to fulfill the desire of their innumerable friends and dear ones, prayed to Lord to bless them with child of noble qualities.
With the Divine blessings of the Lord, Srimathi Vishalaksi Ammal bore a male child to Sri Somasundaranar on Thursday, the 16th day February in 1865 at the SIMHA (Leo) Lagnam to be named KUPPU SWAMY and to become renowned Paramahamsa Sachidananda Yogeeshwara at a later stage with the blessings of Nithyananda, the Lord himself.
- Distribution of apparels and feeding of the devotees
Saint Yogeeshwar, after passing the stage of Samadhi, would go among his devotees, sprinkle the holy ablutional waters, strew the flowers of Archana and bless them all. Later he would visit the Pakashala (kitchen). Pick a few spoons of all the preparations made with which his hunger will get assuaged and then feed the devotees with his own hand, joking with the others and distribute clothes among the needy. The food prepared would meet the eating demands of any number of devotees and this type of non-emptying of supply and preparation is due to the natural blessings of Nature – the God. At the conclusion, Swamiji will bless one and all, with his kindness and smiles.
People visiting the Ashram and to have audience with the Swamiji may refer to stay for longer periods of time to get themselves clarified of the doubts of life; some may learn yogic practices; some may get their physical, mental disabilities warded off and some may be relieved of the evil spirits haunting them; good and devoted people may have their desires fulfilled – thus, all good things would happen at the Ashram.
- Contributions to mankind
Yogeeshwara had shown to the world the different facets of Vedanta, Siddhanta, Jeevatma and Paramatma.
Different ways of worship of NITHAYANANDA to know Him especially Manasa Puja.
Liberation of prana through Pranayama and attaining salvation.
Cuddapah swami had practiced and taught us the following:
- Poorana Nadi Suddhi Pranayama.
- Poorna Nadi Suddhi Kumbaka Pranayama
- Kumbaka Pranayama with Gayathri Japa and with counts.
- Kumbaka Pranayama- Regulation and Retention of Breath through Right and Left Nostrils upto 10,000 counts.
Setting the mind at rest and attaining Salvation through :
- GAYATRI MANTROPADESAM
- RAJA YOGA
- PANCHAKSHARA MANTROPADESAM
- SRI RAMA MANTROPADESAM
- MANASA PUJA
- SOHAM MANTRA
- Poorana Nadi Suddhi Pranayama.