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Sri Dharmalinga Swamigal (Tamil: தர்மலிங்க சுவாமிகள்): also known as Vaalai Siddhar[1] is a Siddhar and a Spiritual Guru in India. He belongs to the Himalayan Parampara of Siddhars - Siddhar Kagapujandar Order. He is a mystic who practises Vaasi Yoga, the yoga only known and practised by Siddhars; a yoga that could only be taught and knowledge imparted through a guru-shishya tradition. He founded the Kaga Ashram and Bhairavar Peetam, a non-profit, charitable trust that spreads the importance of Vaasi Yoga and Bhairavar Worship. Dharmalinga Swamigal was instrumental in spreading the Bhairavar (a form of Lord Siva, the Hindu God) worship in the last 2 decades in many parts of southern India. He has been active in the print and digital media; his numerous books on Vaasi Yoga and Bhairavar worship are very popular along with the numerous audio renditions. He had appeared regularly on Jaya TV (a popular TV Channel, in the Indian state of TamilNadu) during the ‘Arul Neram’ at 6 AM every day. He has travelled to many parts within India giving spiritual discourses and in countries like Singapore and Malaysia. He was interviewed by the popular Singapore FM Radio, Oli 98.6 FM during the year 1996. He presided the "THIRD WORLD CONFERENCE ON SIDDHAS PRINCIPLES 2010"[2][3][4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] (a conglomeration of all Siddhars around the world and those who follow the Siddhar worship or idealogy) at University of Malaysia, Kuala Lampur in the year 2010 and delivered the key note address. He also authored a special book for the conference titled, "Deathless Art"[12] where he explains about Siddhar’s Vaasi Yoga in lay-man terms.


People address him Ayya (Tamil: ஐயா) meaning Guru (The Master), the Noble One.


He is known for starting his spiritual discourses with the phrase, "அன்பும் அருளும் எங்கும் நிலைக்கட்டும்" meaning "May Love And Grace Prevail Everywhere".


Early life

Dharmalinga Swamighal was born[13] as the eighth child to "Mirazdar Muthaiah" and "Chinammal Ammayar" on 30th October 1957[1] at Edaiyathur a.k.a Thanthondripuram, a small village near Pudukkottai (a popular town in TamilNadu, India). His family is the "Mirazdarar" (meaning land lord who governs 18 villages) of Idayathur and 17 other villages surrounding it. The men of his family use the title, "Mirazdar" before their names.


He was born during the winter season of the year when the south west monsoon in southern India brings heavy downpour in the southern states. Dharmalinga Swamigal’s mother Thirumathi Chinammal Ammayar is believed to been on her regular inspection during the heavy rainy season to the nearby field where she fell unconsciously giving birth to Dharmalinga Swamigal. That particular day was "Theipirai" (wanning crescent of moon) "Ashtami" (the 8th day after the New/No Moon day). People of the village still recall that soon after his birth there was a heavy down lash of rain which lasted for 15 days filling almost every well and small lakes surrounding the villages, whose water is the backbone for the villages’ agriculture activity. Thirumathi Chinnamal Ammayar was unable to feed her child naturally with mother’s milk soon after his birth due to health issues. A house maid at their house belonging to the harijan community, Mrs.Paani fed milk to the new born.


In his childhood Dharmalinga Swamigal spent many hours at the nearby “Siva” temple called “Thanthondripuram”. The local belief is that, this temple was constructed by Lord Siva’s bootha-ganas (servant demons) in a single night using giant stones that are not found in the surrounding areas. Since this temple was constructed so quickly overnight none of its stones are in proper alignment. This temple is still used for worship by the local people and to date it’s one of the oldest temples in the surrounding region. Dharmalinga Swamigal frequently visited this temple in his childhood as it was just a few yards away from his house and worshipped the deities especially Lord Ganesha and Lord Bhairavar. He also spent most of his time in childhood in his family temple, “Pon Maasi Aiyanar Temple”. This temple is located outside the village on the banks of small lake, here he is believed to been in silence and practiced meditation.

Spiritual Life

Dharmalinga Swamigal’s spiritual life started when he was 5 years old. He was first initiated into the spiritual path, Siddhar worship technique by Siddhar Kalangi Nathar who is also a great Siddhar and mystic. As he grew he got the blessings of various Siddhars and gurus.


The month of Purattasi in Tamil calendar (which falls in the month of September) is considered sacred and believed to be the month of Lord Balaji. Sri Dharmalinga Swamigal’s father Mirazdar Muthaiah used to recite Ramayana along with the temple priest to all the people of the village in poetic manner during this auspicious month. When Dharmalinga Swamigal was 6 years old, during the month of Purattasi his father had fallen ill and so was the priest of the temple. Swamigal went down to the temple one evening to light the lamps on his father's instruction. At the temple he learned that the priest was also not present and hence no one to volunteer to recite the poems from Ramayana. Dharmalinga Swamigal volunteered to recite the poems from Ramayana in all its glorious poetic manifestations. People of the village still recall this incident. Later they requested him to take on the role of his father for next one week to recite Ramayana and explain its essence too.


Dharmalinga Swamigal spent most of his time after schooling in meditation at Pon Maasi Aiyanar Temple. He later visited various places like Courtrallam, Kolli hills and Kanyakumari where he spent considerable amount of time in deep meditation.

Gurus' of Dharmalinga Swamigal

At innumerable occasions Dharmalinga Swamigal has revealed that he was guided and blessed by various Gurus’, some of whom he met physically and some others appeared in their astral form showering their blessings and revealing the true nature of cosmos. He reiterates the importance of Guru in one’s spiritual journey. He indicates that a bond between a Guru-Shishya (Disciple) created out of complete surrender by the Shishya in his Guru can make wonders. He talks passionately about his experiences with various Gurus’ he has met and been with them for years.


Dharmalinga Swamigal is blessed by Sri Ramalinga Swamigal a.k.a Arutprakasa Vallalar, Sri Gunaggudi Masthaan Sahib and Sri Thakkalai Peerappa. There are numerous songs written by these great Siddhars, Dharmalinga Swamigal with an orotund voice sings many of their songs and explains the profound meaning.


Dharmalinga Swamigal in an recent interview in Tamil [14] has mentioned that he had been guided by the following gurus in his spiritual path with whom he shares a close bond,

  • Sri Thangavel Swamigal
  • Sri Guru Dhakshanamoorthy Swamigal [15]
  • Sri Mani Swamigal
  • Sri Parasurama Siddhar
  • Sri Kunnicode Thangaal Swamigal


He has great respect and affection towards Sri Kunnicode Thangaal Swamigal who helped him to realize his true SELF and the true essence of Vaasi Yoga.

First Spiritual Discourse and Setting up of Spiritual Centers

Dharmalinga Swamigal has given speeches on spirituality and Vaasi Yoga at many occasions but a formal spiritual discourse to the common public happened in the year 1991-92. During this period, he used to visit the famous Jambookeshwarar Temple at Korattur, a suburb north to Chennai, India. This particular temple has significance to him since this is one of the jeeva Samadhi of Siddhar Kagapujandar. A small shrine for the Siddhar is at the rear of the temple. He meditated at this location and later started to perform rituals or puja for Siddhar Kaga Bujandar. The public started to gather and offered to take part in the ritual. At the end of each day Dharmalinga Swamigal started to give spiritual discourses on "Vaasi Yoga and Deathless Art". Soon a small gathering of people turned to a larger crowd where the learned and the illiterate waited eagerly every day to hear his speech. Most of his speeches were recorded into audio cassettes by the public. He talked on various subjects and included quotes and songs from famous Siddhars. He ensured the real meaning of the Siddhars’ songs reached the general public and the information on Vaasi Yoga and Lord Bhairavar worship is revived in the society.


Dhamalinga Swamigal later moved to Sirkazhi, where he set his first spiritual centre. He spread the messages of Siddhars’ and the importance to attain the 65th Siddhi, “Deathless Art”. He later set up spiritual centres at Achalpuram, a small village near Sirkazhi and later one near Courtrallam. Courtrallam holds a significant place in Dharmalinga Swmigal’s spiritual journey where as a youngster he meditated in the caves near and above the Shenbagadevi falls like the Agatheeswarar cave, Dakshinamoorthy cave, Avvaiyar cave and Agathiyar Patham. Shenbagadevi Ammayar who lives near the Shenbagadevi Temple near the falls in an interview has mentioned that Dharmalinga Swamigal used to spend many days in penance in the caves of the dense forest above the falls.


Dharmaliga Swamigal later moved to Kolli Hills[16], where he established the “Kaga Bujandar Aadheenam”.[17] Dharmalinga Swamigal has an accreditation from IBAM (Indian Board for Alternative Medicines), Kolkata[18]. He devoted most of his time in Kolli Hills to research and revival of the Siddha medicine for modern day medical conditions. Every year at his centre in Kolli Hills he conducted the 42 day yajna during the period of April to May based on Siddha tradition.


In the year 2007 he set up a spiritual centre by name, Kaga Ashram near Thiruvannamalai; the phrase 'Kaga' refers to Siddhar Kagapujandar. Here he has set a Guru Peetam for Siddhar Kagapujandar and a Bairavar Peetam for “Sri Swarna Kala Bhairavar” (a form of Lord Siva).[19] He is currently settled here and performs rituals based on Siddha tradition. Siddhar way of Homa and pooja has been conducted on several occasions for many years to reduce the severe effects of drought and other natural calamities. [20] At this centre he meets people from all sects and continues his spiritual messages on Vaasi Yoga and Bhairavar worship. He has also mentioned that there will be a World Siddhar Conference at Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India in the near future.[21] His life and contribution to the society can be read from the article published by the news paper, Thina Kural. [22][23]

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 பக்தி நெறி சன்மார்கத்தை வளர்த்துவரும் காகபுஜண்ட தர்மலிங்க சுவாமிகள் -Spreading divine morality through universal brotherhood, Kagapujandar Dharmalinga swamigal, Thinakural 2012, p. 4.
  2. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/index.html
  3. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/images/nst_fwcsp_190507.jpg
  4. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/images/invi.jpg
  5. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/pr.html
  6. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/speakers.html
  7. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/images/invi.jpg
  8. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/speakers.html
  9. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/pr.html
  10. http://conf2010.agastiarpeedam.org/english/images/nst_fwcsp_190507.jpg
  11. http://www.agastiarpeedam.org/emhome.html
  12. "Deathless Art" written by Dharmalinga Swamigal and released at THIRD WORLD CONFERENCE ON SIDDHAS PRINCIPLES 2010, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. - Printed and Published by Agastiar Peetam, Malaysia
  13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUweaxllv2U
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=8RZVZfCLBeQ&feature=endscreen
  15. http://srigurudhakshanamoorthy.com/swamigal_biography.html
  16. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUweaxllv2U
  17. "Bhairava Ragasiyam" meaning '"Secrets about Lord Bhairavar"' - Printed and Published by "Sai Prints" and "Kaga Ashram"
  18. http://altmedworldwide.com/officers_at_ibam
  19. "Sri Maha Bhairavar Vazipattu Muraigal" meaning '"Lord Bhairavar Worship Techniques"' written by an ex-Senior Police Officer, Thiru.Gunasekharan a.k.a Vaymbu Siddhar from the TamilNadu Police department - Printed and Published by "Saaru Prabha Publications". Refer - Preface - written by many former Deputy Generals' of Police (Tamilnadu) mention about Dharmalinga Swamigal and his spiritual activities, p. 3, 14, 82
  20. திருவண்ணாமலை காக ஆஸ்ரமத்தில் மழைவளம், மக்கள் நலம் வேண்டி 48 நாள் யாகம், Dinamani 2009, p. 3, Maalaisudar p. 3
  21. திருவண்ணமலையில் விரைவில் உலக சித்தர் மாநாடு காகபுஜண்ட தர்மலிங்க சுவாமிகள் தகவல், Thinaboomi 2012, p. 2, Thinakural p. 6
  22. http://www.thinakkural.com
  23. பக்தி நெறி சன்மார்க்கத்தை வளர்த்து வரும் காகபுசண்டர் தருமலிங்க சுவாமிகள், தின குரல் (Thina Kural) 2012, p.8


Dharmalinga Swamigal's exclusive interview in regional South Indian cable television network, SUN TV.



Dharmalinga Swamigal clearly explaining Siddhar way of Life & talks about Science in Spirituality in a discussion in one of the major Tamil language satellite television channel Jaya TV.



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