10 November 2006

Paramahamsa Nithyananda

A devotee connected with Paramahamsa Nithyananda got in touch and supplied us with some very interesting information that I reproduce below. I have also included a fascinating photograph of a ceremony on Arunachala itself during 2005 birthday celebrations. For more information please check link at:

Nithyananda was born in Tiruvannamalai in 1978, and spent his childhood meditating in the energy field of the sacred Hill. He had his first spiritual experience, or satori (where he was able to see 360 degrees all around him) when he was 12 and meditating on a rock there.

Siva has promised that He will always be present in Tiruvannamalai in three forms: that of the hill, Arunachala, a Siva lingam (in the temple), and a Siddha. Yogi Ramsuratkumar was considered the Siddha to have succeeded Ramana Maharshi, and I have heard that close to his demise, he acknowledged Nithyananda as a Siddha. Nithyananda is intimately connected with Siva/Arunachala, yet his message is not one of Self-Enquiry; it is more broad in its appeal. He has said that his ashram which is slated to be constructed over land there will attract millions. So, it indeed appears that Arunachala shall be the spiritual centre of the world in years to come.

Here is what Nithyananda has said about his oneness with Arunachala:

'I am Arunachala!
Arunachala is nothing but the physical manifestation of the unmoving Self (achala).
Arunachala is Consciousness itself.
Arunachala is within, and not without.
Your journey to Arunachala is your inward journey; just as your journey to me is.
No wonder you are drawn here again and again.
Where else is there to go?'

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