Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai
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Destruction of the Sonagiri Forest and Trees All Along the Girivalam Path




{Revised: September 15, 2016}


The  national  and   international media are reporting that, ancient and sacred trees in the Sonagiri Forest and all along the Girivalam Path are being felled to widen the Girivalam road. These trees were not planted by man and are part of a natural forest that has existed since time immemorial.

These trees, and the animals and birds that reside in this natural forest, are considered to be Siddhars, or highly evolved souls, who have taken the form of trees, birds and animals to be close to Arunachala. The international community is naturally outraged and very concerned that disturbing them when they are in such a deep state of meditation of Arunachala will unleash a natural disaster of epic proportions.


We are appealing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step-in and stop the insanity immediately.


Long term residents of Tiruvannamalai say "In the mid seventies full moon pradakshina was a silent experience shared by a small number of residents, mostly from ashrams. That was before Rajnikanth, the Tamil film star, made a film in which he claimed that all desires will be fulfilled for those who do Girivalam on Full Moon. From then on the Full Moon Arunachala experience has become a carnival - Pilgrims can consume free food in vast quantities, litter the path and can buy just about anything on this sacred path. Roadside shrines have become lucrative sources of income and new Pilgrim Traps continue to sprout." 

Now various levels of government are jumping into the action and want to make Lord Shiva accessible to all but, in our opinion, it is not up to them or for any of us to make Lord Shiva accessible to anyone whether they are ready or not. Lord Shiva is a state that will happen naturally when life’s karmas have been lived and resolved, and the mind is pure and ready to turn within to a life of renunciation and silence.






 




 What Tiruvannamalai needs is not more development but the dismantling of the haphazard growth that has brought in people who still need television, radio, cell phones, alcohol, cigarettes, non-vegetarian food, drugs and NOISE to survive. It is a dead give-away that they are NOT ready for Lord Shiva.
 
Prime Minister Modi there are karmic consequences for not taking immediate action.
  1. THE EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI IN JAPAN:         
Spiritually awake individuals have said that it happened because of the lucrative whale industry in Japan. Japan is the only country in the world that is still involved in whale hunting. 

They explain “Whales are guardian angels to the earth. Their operating level is love and they help neutralize negativity that human beings put forth in the form of aggression and ignorance. When 550 pregnant whales are slaughtered every year for ‘scientific research’, Mother Nature responded by causing a natural disaster that destroyed a nuclear power generating facility and the whaling industry in Japan."

"The Miyagi coastal whaling port which had been in continuous whaling operation for 105 years, was completely annihilated. The tsunami, in its fury, threw ashore three large whaling ships far into the land and completely destroyed the whale processing units along with 500 of the 1,400 residents and nearly 600 of the nearly 700 houses in the area. It also destroyed a temple built in honor of the whales.” Who cares for a crummy temple in their memory when they are being tortured and killed, right? Something to ponder over!!!

2.   ANIMAL SLAUGHTER AND HARMFUL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES: 

The late Sri Srila Prabhupad, who started the ISKON movement and set up about 550 Hare Krishna temples around the world, had warned decades ago that harmful agricultural practices and the cruelty and senseless slaughter of animals to satisfy the human palate will cause the souls of these animals to retaliate and for Mother Nature to administer justice.  
Devotees are wondering, “Is this why there is turmoil of epic proportions in the world now? It seems to be happening every ten years!”

Enlightened beings have said:  “A cosmic lesson which is not learned will be repeated over and over again, in one way or another, until it is learned.”  

Prime Minister Modi, the international community feels there is no need to destroy a sacred forest to widen the road and create more infrastructure facilities.  The Community is appealing to you to do the dharmic thing of returning Tiruvannamalai to its pristine beauty of silence, cleanliness, renunciation and the deep state of Arunachala. 

Lord Shiva is for people who are ready to turn within and live a life of renunciation and silence. 

Ambal (Goddess Parvati) walked on this Girivalam path until she merged with Arunachala at the spot where the Gautama Rishi Ashramam stands today. Ambal was the first to do Girivalam around Arunachala. There are now trucks, buses, and SUVs plying on this sacred path.

Prime Minister Modi, the devotees are, therefore, appealing to you: 
  1. To stop all vehicular traffic on this sacred Girivalam path and enable limited number of devotees to do Girivalam in peace, all through the week, night or day, without getting run over .
  2. To stop running special trains and buses to Tiruvannamalai during full moon, festival and Karthigai Deepam days. It is contributing to the FULL MOON MADNESS.
  3. Restrict entry into Tiruvannamalai on full moon and festival days. There is only so many people that the town can hold comfortably. So the natural thing to do is to restrict entry so that the trees, wildlife and those doing sincere and serious sadhana are not disturbed. 
  4. Please remove noisy people from living near Arunachala and prevent more from coming to live in Tiruvannamalai. They are not ready for the silence of Arunachala.

The Tirupati and Vaishnoo Devi temple boards seem to be doing such an amazing job of regulating pilgrims and providing facilities far away from the main shrine - in Tiruvannamalai it would be the entire mountain and surrounding area. Please introduce such a board in Tiruvannamalai under a strong and effective head (who can get things done).

Prime Minister Modi, the devotees would like to invite you to Tiruvannamalai to do Girivalam i.e. walk very slowly around the mountain (barefoot, if possible). You will see for yourself how powerful Arunachala is and how deeply disturbing all of this development is to Mother Nature. We hope you can come.
NAMASTE
 
Yours truly,

Concerned and Spiritually Awake Citizens of the World


To our readers and those who have contacted us concerned about all the unrest in the world, thrown relentlessly at us in the form of senseless wars, terrorism, natural disasters, gun violence in western countries, and mass movements that have overturned governments, our advice is:  

·               Turn within and ride the turbulence. Do NOT fuel the turbulence with your own unsettled mind. 

·               Do silent japa of the mantra  Om Namah Shivaya  or Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
·               Sankirtan (group chanting of any of God’s names)

·               Meditate

·               Pray to the Divine Mother in her various forms, for protection or

·               Invoke Lord Narasimhadev (a half man, half lion incarnation of Lord Vishnu) as is done on a daily basis in ISKON Temples around the world. Lord Narasimhadev will come so swiftly and so fast before you have had time to say Hare Krishna!!! 

If these seem difficult for you at this time, do seva or self-less service.

·         Annadanam Feed the sadhus, the poor and hungry respectfully with your own hands 
·         Feed the birds and animals, 
·         Eat only organic and vegetarian food that you have offered to God
·         Abstain from alcohol and drugs

·         Provide clothing for the poor

·         Plant trees and water them regularly

·         Help out in animal shelters and plant nurseries

·         Clean the sacred precincts of a temple or clean the pathways around the Arunachala Mountain. This seva will purify your own body temple and rid it of diseases.
 
·         Even if you are going only to the grocery store, walk lightly and mindfully with every step. If you plant seeds of joy and happiness as you put each foot down, Mother Earth will heal and protect you. Of that be assured.

 Come let us pray to Arunachala.


108 Sacred Names of the Divine Mother









Mantra Text:

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Parashakti Sundari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Mahamaye Mangale
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Mahakali Bhairavi
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Mahalakshmi Vaishnavi
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Ma Sarasvati Brahmi
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Durga Devi Shankari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Uma Parvati Shive
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Ma Bhavani Ambike
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Annapurna Lakshmi Ma
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Kamala Katyayani
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Tvam Brahmani Gayatri
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Tvam Tripura Sundari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Mata Bhuvaneshvari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Tvam Raja Rajeshvari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Bhagavati Bhargavi
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Parabhakti Varade
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

















Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Maya Vishvamohini
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Ishvari Narayani
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Nitya Parameshvari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Jagadambe Janani
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Maa Amba Lalitha Devi, Tvam Ananda Sagari
 Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Sarva Mangala Mangalye Shive Sarvarta Sadike
Sharanye Tryambake Devi Narayani Namostute


Narayani Namostute
 Narayani Mamostute
 Ohm Shanti Shanti Shanti