Spiritual Giants of our Times: The Dalai Lama and Guru Maha Sannidhaanam Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam – Parallels Between the Lives of Two Spiritual Giants, Persecuted for their Beliefs, Yet Standing Tall for Humanity
Government Authority vs Power of Spiritual Truth
When the truth speaks, Governments tremble. China and India are nuclear powers with the ability to destroy the earth many times over and with more than a third of the world’s population. Yet just the mere presence of some people – people who have no possession other than the clothes they wear and the words they utter – is enough to rattle the superpowers into fear and frenzy. When the truth is spoken power trembles.
The Dalai Lama and HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam are incontrovertibly two of the most powerful spiritual figures of the present times. Both are outspoken, against the tyranny of the establishment and are working towards a new world order – one where divisions disappear and people live in peace, powerfulness and prosperity. Both are exiled from their homes and have hence become citizens of the world. Both are ancient beings who have re-incarnated to bring back order into the chaos that the world has become today.
We, the people of this planet, are staring at the distinct possibility of annihilation today. Over consumption has brought us perilously close to extinction due to global warming, perhaps irrecoverably so if we are to believe the scientists. War and terror are stark realities that affect the lives of millions directly and billions indirectly through the effects of protectionism and fear. While there is plenty and wastage in some places the other half suffers with poverty and famine. And this is not just true of the planet earth but within each country or state or city. The solutions to these problems are not technical. What is needed is to rewire human consciousness in a powerful way – to take us to the next level of existence. The promise that these two leaders offer and stand for visually with their very presence is this new world order. And this promise shakes up the powers that be – Governments, established religions and other vested interests.
Leaders of Religious Minorities
The Dalai Lama is considered as the 16th incarnation of Bodhisattava, the one who had vowed to take people to enlightenment. Similarly, His Divine Holiness is the 293rd incarnation of Paramashiva, the intelligence that created the cosmos, the original author of yoga.
Just like the Dalai Lama who is the head a minority group, Tibetan Buddhism, within the ambit of the larger Buddhism, HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam belongs to the ancient and most authentic order of Hinduism – Shaivism within the Hindu group of religions. He is the 293rd Guru Maha Sannidhaanam (Pontiff) of the Madurai Aadheenam which is the oldest living monastic order in the world. The Madurai Aadheenam is the flagship institution preserving and promoting Shaivism. Lord Paramashiva, the primary deity of Hinduism and the first master who brought the science of yoga and enlightenment to this world founded this ancient and secret mystic branch of Shaivism where the many extraordinary powers of the super-consciousness are kept alive, practiced and passed on from generation to generation. Many millennia later Tibetan Buddhists discovered some of these powerful techniques and have kept them alive in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Powers, Peace &
Peace and power are two sides of the coin. With inner power comes the ability of people to be non-violent towards others and to protect themselves from abuse. Scientific studies on Tibetan Buddhist monks have shown they could survive for days in freezing temperatures and in fact raise their temperatures in these conditions to extremely high levels. They have demonstrated the power to read minds and move matter by just looking. Similarly, studies done by Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam have scientifically demonstrated the ability of the monks of the order to see with their eyes blindfolded, to teleport objects across space, to materialize things from nothing and many such extraordinary abilities or Shaktis.
The presence of spiritual powers beyond the control of the established rulers and religions and their power which is given directly to the common people, has threatened the establishment throughout history. In the middle ages, in Europe, millions of practitioners of the sciences were branded as witches and wizards and burnt at the stake. Shaolin monks and Akhada Sadhus in India have for millennia protected the common people from the abuse of power of the rulers.
Attempts to Assassinate & Take over Property
In the 1950s and 60s the Chinese Government tried to kill the Dalai Lama when their effort to control the Tibetan Buddhists did not succeed. Through a hard a dangerous journey through the snowcapped mountains he escaped the attempts on his life and established the Government of Tibet in exile. The Government has established a puppet head in the place of the Dalai Lama and are trying to legitimize him. Somewhat differently, but yet very similar in the essence, the powers that be in India have been, over the past decade, trying to wrest control of the Madurai Aadheenam, Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam and HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam. Many attempts have been made on his life. And through the power of media houses, using hooligans and lynching mobs and the abuse of legal processes, he has been thrown out of the Aadheenam. Unlike the Dalai Lama where the state was the sole aggressor, in the case of Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam many vested interests have ganged up together against him. The state in India functions through the autocratic and abusive body knows as the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments board or HR&CE who works to take over the properties of all Hindu organizations the moment they show traction. Other religions and even the dogmatic groups of the Hindu religion that depend on numbers to keep their political relevance are threatened by the popularity and effectiveness of the teachings and techniques of His Divine Holiness. Through threats and litigation, they have gained control over the caretaker of the Madurai Aadheenam and are trying to appoint another Pontiff who would be under their control. This is similar to how the Chinese government is trying to wrest control of appointing the next Dalai Lama from the current one – trying to politicize what is a deeply spiritual process.
Identifying an Incarnation – A Deeply Spiritual Process
Little do they realize that the headship of these ancient, powerful world orders does not happen through democracy or power politics but through a spiritual process that begins many lifetimes before.
The Dalai Lama is considered as the incarnation of Bodhisattva – present on this earth to lead people to enlightenment. The current Dalai Lama is considered as the 16th incarnation in this lineage. The way he was identified was by a panel of people entrusted with this sacred task
At a very young age, he went through a series of tests; specifically, he had to identify from a group of objects presented to him, the items that belonged to the previous Dalai Lama.
In the case of His Divine Holiness, he was appointed as the Pontiff after Paramashiva appeared in a vision to the current pontiff instructing him that His Divine Holiness was the next incarnation. But long before that many saints had identified His Divine Holiness as the next incarnation of Paramashiva on planet earth. There were many ways to identify him – mainly through his knowledge of temples, deities and spiritual things which he could not have known unless he brought the knowledge from previous births. Based on these tests, a group of saints – Mata Vibudhananda Puri, Isakki Swamigal, Annamalai Swamigal and Ram Surat Kumar (who was the previous enlightened master before His Divine Holiness in his birth place), and a yogi by the name Raghupathi Yogi, identified His Divine Holiness as an Incarnation while he was a child.
For example, when His Divine Holiness was 4 years of age (an age at which he did not know about temples), his early mentor (by the name of Kuppammal or Mata Vibudhananda Puri) showed a temple at the top of a hill named Pavazhakundru and asked Him what is was. He said it is Ardhanaareeshwara (a deity who represents balance of male and female energies) temple even though he was never told before about Ardhanareeshwara before.
At the age of 3, he recited the entire Ramayana (one of the sacred stories about an earlier incarnation). Another test is the ability to recite hymns and verses from the scriptures which he has never heard. His Divine Holiness also exhibited the power of “eka santhagrahi” –the ability to recited a difficult verse after hearing it only once. He was also able tovisualize and draw “mandalas” or sacred geometries (including 42 complex interlocking triangles) without knowing them in advance. Only if he succeeds in all this – he is identified as an incarnation.
In Hinduism someone is designated as an incarnation or a successor through the act of coronation with a golden crown, and through the act of offering golden footwear called padukas. After the initial panel of saints identified him as an incarnation, many other saintsand Pontiffs coronated His Divine Holiness.
Mata Vibudhananda Puri coronated him as an incarnation when he was a child. Later, many other enlightened masters identified him as an Incarnation and officially coronated him.
The Pontiff of Thiruchengode Aadheenam coronated His Divine Holiness on Apr 14 2001 when he established his own monastery for the very first time.
In 2012 the current pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam was instructed in his dream by Paramashiva to coronate His Divine Holiness as the 293rd successor in his lineage.
In 2013 His Divine Holiness was coronated as a Maha Mandaleshwar (spiritual head) of Maha Nirvani Akhada, the oldest apex body of Hinduism.
In 2015 His Divine Holiness was coronated as the head of Kolada Mutt (monastery) by the current pontiff.
Just like the Dalai Lama – His Divine Holiness has become a Guru Maha Sannidhaanam in exile – he is not allowed to enter as the future pontiff.
Just like the Dalai Lama, although He has the right to appoint the next Guru Maha Sannidhanam, the government is trying to take that right away from him just like the Chinese government is trying to do with the Dalai Lama.
Just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness is being persecuted by anti-religious forces.
And just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness has continued to serve humanity in an exceptional way, standing up for the downtrodden, helping the needy and empowering people around the world. He teaches the science of being powerful – the ability to express extraordinary powers. He has taken yoga and meditation to higher and higher levels. He has published over 300 books in 37 languages. He has helped people with life solutions.
Just like the Dalai Lama, His Divine Holiness is very much a scientist at heart. He has conducted deep research into mystical phenomenon and uncovered many interested truths about enlightenment and the ability to transmit the enlightenment experience to another.
It is indisputable that these two stalwarts of humanity and human rights shared a lot in common. One more thing about them is that they are both divine treasures, who need to be protected by the international community. Their contributions to the world are immeasurable, and it is the responsibility of the broader international community to step up and grant them protection for the benefit of the world.
His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam, in the past 15 years of his public life has taken on the huge task of collecting all the lost scriptures and literatures of Hinduism. These have been written on palm leaves which have been getting destroyed on a massive scale – more so recently after the destruction of the traditional school system, the Gurukuls, by the colonial powers. More than a few hundred thousand of these have been recovered from various traditional schools and scanned and digitized to be available for researchers.
Nithyananda University today is the world’s largest Hindu University for intense consciousness-based education. It has the world’s largest Hindu spiritual library with a repository of more than 70,000 publications collected with Indigenously developed indological classification system and high-end soft/hard technological infrastructure.
His Divine Holiness has personally delivered 18,000 hours of public talks and conducted meditation programs, leading millions to choose higher conscious living. He has published over 500 books in 26 languages and numerous spiritual music albums for free online, with over 40M watched hours on youtube.com/nithyanandatv
As a part of the University he has has established 34 Hindu Temples and Aadheenams (monastery complexes) worldwide and 1200 spiritual centers many of which operate as extended campuses of the Nithyananda University where people congregate every day for meditation, yoga, spiritual counselling, powerful Vedic rituals such as homas and pujas (fire offerings and other scientifically proven offerings to the Divine) for destroying individual and collective negativity.
Being an adept Siddha who has trained in one of the most secret mystical centers amongst the last remaining true Siddhas of the world, His Divine Holiness has made the various powers of Siddhas into a repeatable and verifiable science. All religions postulate the existence of something beyond the material world. But Hinduism is the only religion that brings the other-world into this one and allows people to experience the divine as an integral part of creation. His Divine Holiness has not only demonstrated of the 460+ Mystical powers described in the texts of Hinduism called the Agamas – such as ability to see things blindfolded, or to see remote locations, to materialize objects, to teleport, read minds, predict the future, read the past etc., but he has also initiated thousands of his disciples to exhibit these powers. The side effect of this large scale initiation is that these powers can no longer be discarded as one-off freak occurrences or in a period of few decades forgotten or branded as tricks.
His Divine Holiness disciples have been subjected to rigorous scientific tests by many prestigious laboratories and universities. Such studies have never been possible ever in the recent past as persons manifesting these powers were rare and many of them lived away from the centers of modern scientific research. This work of His Divine Holiness to bring closer the world of science with the world of mysticism is one of the greatest contributions he has done to humanity. No longer does faith and science have to be at loggerheads. No longer do different faiths have to fight each other for the lack of a common scale to work with. With his seminal work to bring spirituality and mysticism within the ambit of repeatability and verifiability His Divine Holiness has given a great united platform to build the next level of human consciousness on.
A Scientist and a Researcher – Bridging the Gap between Modern Science and the Ancient Hindu Science
Apart from bridging the North-South divide in Hinduism and heading the oldest monastic order, the Madurai Adheenam as well as the largest apex body of Hinduism, the Mahanirvani Akhada, His Divine Holiness is the only Hindu leader who is bridging the gap between modern science and the mystical world of Hindu Puranas and knowledge. The Puranas – which are epics, are the recorded history of Hinduism from many many millennia in the past – extol the great powers that humans lived with. However much of these have been lost to the modern times. What knowledge remains of these has become either superstitious beliefs which can sometimes cause more damage than good or means of exploitation of the gullible who are looking for some miracle in their lives. Alternatively many Hindu leaders have discarded a large part of Hinduism as “myth” or as “allegory” and thus have made Hinduism into an insipid and chaotic version of modern science.
Revival of Siddha Medicine and Spiritual Healing
The revival of Siddha medicine and spiritual healing is the area where His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam’s contribution is unparalleled. Even the people of vested interests who try to take away from his accomplishments do not deny his powers as a spiritual healer. The tremendous effects thoughts, emotions and spiritual cognitions have on the well being of the body is being undeniably accepted even by modern medicine. But the mechanisms of these effects have not been studied clinically and scientifically to a large extent. His Divine Holiness Nithyananda Paramashivam having conducted programs for millions of individuals has done scientific analysis of the effect of meditation, yoga and the spiritual presence of an incarnation on people and how it affects healing and vitality. Studies have shown that just sitting in his presence for 21 days increases the mitochondrial cell energy by more than 13 times which in turn leads to expression of beneficial DNA genes leading to the cure of so called chronic disorders such as Rheumatism, Diabetes, Cancers and so on.
Yoga is the most widely “practiced religion” in the world – where people chose it rather than do something because they are born into it. It is estimated that there are 300 million regular practitioners of Yoga worldwide and the numbers are growing each year. Originating thousands of years ago from India it has spread farther and deeper than any other philosophy in the world. But the effect of that expansion is that Yoga has been diluted – sometimes beyond recognition. Even in India many practitioners and teachers cannot distinguish what is real authentic Yoga and what are corruptions introduced subsequently for specific purposes. His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam has completed the immense task of collecting and compiling the authentic sources of Yoga starting from Paramashiva – the first Yogi who walked this planet.
His Divine Holiness has shown that Yoga is not just for bending the body and achieving flexibility – but is much much more. That is a direct path to the experience of the ultimate. In his system of Yoga he has collected all the Asanas (postures) but added 12 dimensions to each of them including breathing, gestures, visualization, sound (chanting) etc. The effect of this compounded and multiplies the efficacy of each posture bringing tremendous benefits.
Apart from this His Divine Holiness has put together 108 Kriyas – or combinations of postures, movements, breathing – specifically targeted to each major disease or disorder such as diabetes, arthritis, blood pressure, rheumatism etc. The efficacy of these Kriyas has been scientifically validated by doctors and researchers and shown to provide, in some cases, much better relief with no side-effects than the best known modern medical technologies.
While many teachers teach their students to move beyond body postures, the ultimate expression of the Yogic sciences is the achievement of Mystic Powers which indicate the ultimate tuning of the body and mind to the universe. These powers are called Siddhis or Shaktis in the Yogic literature and are extremely rare achievements. History has scattered references to individuals of such Mystic Powers such as levitation, walking on water, mind reading, materialization etc. But What His Divine Holiness has done – for the first time in the history of Hinduism and of Humanity – is to make these into a repeatable and verifiable science. No one else in the world today has come even close to investigating Yoga at this depth.
In 2017 His Divine Holiness was awarded two Guinness World Records® for the largest rope yoga (Kundalini Rajju Yoga℠) & largest pole yoga (Shivasthamba Yoga℠) lessons respectively.
In the year 2012, His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam was appointed as the successor to the Madurai Aadheenam in the southernmost and ancient city of Madurai. The Madurai Aadheenam – the oldest monastic order in the world – traces its origins to more than 3000 years ago to Meenakshi, the Enlightened Warrior Queen of Madurai. Revered as an incarnation of mother goddess she created a lineage of Siddhas – or mystics – who explored and mastered various mystical sciences including healing sciences, manipulating matter and physics and the science of enlightenment or living life in fulfilment and excitement.
The Madurai Aadheenam was revived 1500 years ago by another great incarnation called Thirugnanasambandar. Thirugnanasambandar who became a saint at the tender age of 3 through a divine vision of the Bhagawan Shiva and Devi Parvathi revived Hinduism – which had decayed over the millenia into unthinking superstitious and atheistic practices – across the country and re-established the Madurai Aadheenam as the seat of excellence.
The current 292nd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam, on 27 April, 2012, formally announced His Divine Holiness to be his successor and the 293rd head of the prestigious Madurai Aadheenam. In the coronation function, he declared:
The current Pontiff of the Madurai Adheenam Arunagiri Gnanasambanda Desika Paramacharya Swamigal in his speech after coronation of Swami Nithyananda as his successor extolled his accomplishments for more than an hour. He said:
The Pontiff concluded saying that His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam reminded him of the great Saint Thirugnanasambandar and that his advent too was to bring spiritual legitimacy back to Hinduism and make it relevant to the modern world.
The Pontiff has also on multiple occasions in the ensuing months after the coronation expressed his awe and admiration of the sublime combination of power and responsible compassion of His Divine Holiness Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam.
In 2013 His Divine Holiness Nithyananda Paramashivam was declared as the Acharya Mahamandaleshwar and successor by the current head of the Atal Akhada Mahant Sri Sukhdevanandji Maharaj. Speaking on the occasion of HDH Nithyananda Paramashivam’s Avatara Dina Brahmotsava (Celebrations) he said:
The Atal Akhada is the source of all the 13 Akhadas of which the Mahanirvani Akhada is also one. Acharya Mahamandaleshwar is the person who sets direction for the Akhada. His Divine Holiness Nithyananda Paramashivam being declared as the successor to the Atal Akhada makes him perhaps the only person to head not just one but two of the 13 major Akhadas.