Siddhar Agastyar – My Teacher and Mentor
Agastyar (also known as Agathiyar) is one of the seven Saptarishis – great yogis and sages of the Vedic age.
He is also revered as the first Siddhar, Mahasiddhar, the guru of all Siddhars, and the founder of the Tamil 18 Siddhar Tradition.
Being the author of Nadi Shastra, Agastyar wrote thousands of prophecies and words of wisdom on palm leaves – around 2000 years ago.
On these palm leaves, Agastyar described Lilleoru as a special place. According to his writing, Lilleoru has such force and qualities that it is possible for a person to be liberated merely by visiting it. Only very sacred places have such power.
Who is a Guru and What is the Principle of the Guru?
I have three gurus: the Primordial i.e. Shiva, Mahasiddhar Agastyar, and Siddhar Kriya Babaji.
In yogic tradition, it is understood that there exists an entity called That – the Omniscient. He is the first guru (Adi Guru), passing his knowledge on to others.
Those who have attained oneness with that guru are called Siddhar gurus; those who have reached their higher or True Self are called yoga gurus; and all others are students. This is set out in the ancient scriptures.
In the ancient Holy Scripture Shree Guru Gita (“Song of the Guru”) it is explained that a guru is a blessing that can uplift the world. The syllable gu means darkness and ignorance; the syllable ru refers to light or the highest wisdom.
Saptarishi and the Founder of the 18 Siddhar Tradition
Siddhar (or in Tamil, cittar) Agastyar is a saint who originates from the previous humankind. A Siddhar is a person who has achieved absolute perfection. This means that s/he has reached God (who is already perfect), as it is only in doing so that one can attain perfection. Siddhar Agastyar has achieved immortality. Siddhas (or Siddhars as they are called with more reverence) are very special in that once having achieved perfection, they return to their daily ordinary life.
Agastyar is one of the seven great yogis and sages, or Saptarishis, of the Vedic age. In India, he is still known as an influential sage, a great yogi, and one of the oldest ancient teachers. He is known as the first Siddhar, a Mahasiddhar, and the guru of all Siddhars.
The Siddhar Tradition was passed on to Agastyar by Murugan – the son of God Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The Tamil 18 Siddhar Tradition is the lineage of those devoted to Shiva and his spouse Parvati, and Agastyar is the first teacher – Adi Guru – of this lineage. He passes on teachings received directly from Shiva.
Tasks Given to Me by Shiva
Agastyar is the one taking care of contemporary humankind. Shiva (also called That, the Primordial) asked Agastyar to be my mentor, and he is one of my main teachers alongside Shiva. I refer to Agastyar when I pass on ancient wisdom and inner technology that has been forgotten for thousands of years.
My task now is to bring a new teaching to this world. A Teaching that is based on this ancient wisdom and which can help each and every human being by getting rid of negativity and bringing more positivity to life. This teaching has been created – and is being spread – under the name of the Art of Conscious Change. This science and inner technology has been created especially to meet the daily needs of all modern human beings.
The teaching of the Art of Conscious Change has the blessing of all my teachers. Agastyar has declared that those who come to learn from me are those who have once been his students. My task is to help them solve their worldly problems and to guide those who are ready for the final realization, to Shiva.
What Agastyar has Said in Nadi Shastra Palm Leaves
Agastyar passed on some of his wisdom and guidance by writing on palm leaves, some of which have preserved (the Nadi Shastra). Knowing I would come to claim this information one day, he also wrote about me, the Teaching and Lilleoru. Agastyar wrote that I’m here to continue his work with you, which for whatever reason got interrupted. That those who come to learn from me are those who have once learned from him.
One of the tasks that Agastyar gave me in this life was to restore the spirituality of the holy Kolli Hills in India (where the branch-ashram has been established). Agastyar also wrote that Lilleoru territory is a site of Shiva, where Shiva himself passes on His Teaching to people. It is also written that Shiva is my Lord and I am at His service – doing His will.
Agastyar’s Contribution to Advance Society
Agastyar originally came from North India, although he spent most of his life in South India. He was a great unifier of cultures, and was a leader in the integration of the cultures of the Arians from the North and the Dravidians from the South.
Hundreds of different ancient texts on different fields of science have been attributed to him – covering medicine, surgery, chemistry, pharmacology and astronomy. In Tamil tradition, Siddhar Agastyar is considered to be the founder of the Tamil language and the writer of the first Tamil grammar. He is also seen as the leader of the ancient Tamil Academy, Sangam.
Agastyar and his spouse Lopamudra are considered to be authors of many traditional Sanskrit texts. The Sanskrit texts written by Agastyar – a total of more than a thousand hymns – are an important part of Vedas (from the period 1500-1200 BC).
The most famous hermitage of Agastyar is situated in the southern part of Tamil Nadu – in the Pothigai mountains near the waterfalls. It is there that Agastyar initiated his disciple Kriya Babaji into kriya kundalini pranayama.
A Hero of Historic Events
Agastyar is a character in the Upanishads and many mythic stories, including Ramayana and Mahabharata – the two most important epics in Sanskrit.
Ramayana tells the story of how King Rama glorifies Agastyar, for he is able to do things that even Gods cannot. Rama describes Agastyar as a sage who asked the Vindhya mountains to make themselves lower, so that it would be easier for the sun, the moon, and humans to cross them. According to Ramayana, Agastyar is a unique saint who is short and stout and lives in South India because he was asked to do so by Shiva – in order to balance the force of Shiva in North India.
Agastyar can be found in historical texts all over the Indian subcontinent. He is described with reverence in the Puranas – the ancient holy scriptures of all the four main Hindu traditions – and he is also mentioned in all four Vedas.
Agastyar Has Also Been Mentioned in the Following Contexts
* In Lalita Sahasranama, a holy scripture dedicated to goddess Lalita. It contains 1000 names of Lalita, which is a teaching given to Agastyar from Hayagriva – the avatar of Vishnu.
* Maharishi Agastyar is considered to be the creator of the hymn Aditya Hrdayam (“The heart of the sun”). This hymn is dedicated to Surya, the sun god, and was taught to Rama by Agastyar so that when sung as taught, it would give Rama the power to defeat the demon Ravana.
* Agastyar is considered to be one of the authors of Nadi Shastra or Nadi astrology. As the founder of Nadi astrology more than 2000 years ago, Agastyar would, among other things, write down people’s past, future, and so-called treatment procedures on palm leaves. These would help people to improve their lives – and in fact, reading Nadis changes a person’s life completely.
Honored Teacher in Different Cultures
Ancient holy statues of Agastyar can be found both in many Hindu temples and in temples in Java, Indonesia, which originate from the early Middle Ages. He is the main character in the ancient Javanese text Agastyaparva, which has been preserved to this day. Agastyar has also been mentioned in many Buddhist texts, and he is a character in a mythological Buddhist text, The Tales of Jataka. The Jataka tale of Agastyar has been carved into a relief in Borobudur, the world’s largest Mahayana Buddhist temple, built in the early Middle Ages. Statues of Agastyar can also be found in Cambodia and Vietnam.
There are many regions and places in India that are have a connection to Agastyar. On our pilgrimages to the state of Tamil Nadu, we have visited some of them (Agastyamalai, the place of his samadhi in the town of Kumbakonam, the sacred Kolli Hills, etc.). On a pilgrimage in 2019, we visited the temples of Nava Kailasam, which have a unique effect on their visitors and were established according to Agastyar’s instructions. However, it is not necessary to go to India to try and find Agastyar. A live contact with him always takes place through consciousness.
Om Agastyar Guru Namaha