In the hierarchy of siddhars or perfected human beings, who have guided the destinies of nations on our planet Earth for the past 12,000 years of recorded history, the ageless legendary siddha Sri Agastiya Maha Muni stands out as the senior-most guru who initiated a galaxy of eminent gurus and siddhas down the ages, and who had established and nurtured the ancient Dravidian civilization lasting several millennia. He is also acknowledged, in occult circles, as the head of a representative group of rishis entrusted with the guiding of the destiny of India and other nations called the Sapta Rishis as disclosed in certain “ola” leaf manuscripts called rishi vakyams and also in theosophical writings.
Sri Agastiyar is also considered the author of several Rig Vedic hymns in Sanskrit, Lalitaa Sahastra Namam (The Lalita Sahasra Naam, was first revealed to the world when Hayagreev, a manifestation of Vishnu, taught the same to Agastya Muni), Aaditya Hridayam and many Strotras. Agastya Muni is regarded as founder Nadee Astrology, Sidha medicine and Southern Kalarippayattu, an ancient Indian martial art. Kalarippayattu is known as mother of all martial arts. Southern Kalarippayattu or Adi Murai mainly includes Varma Kalai. This system of “marmam” is part of Siddha Vaidyam, also attributed to Agastyar and his disciples. One of his medicinal preparations, Boopathi Kuligai, is so powerful that it can even bring the dead back to life. He is related to many legends including of River Kaveri, Vindhya Mountains, in Krita Yuga drink the ocean to save Devas and He was mentioned both in Ramayana and Mahabharath.
In a legend, at a Shaiva temple named Kutralam, formerly a Vishnu temple, in Tamil Nadu, Agastya Muni was refused entry. He then is said to have miraculously converted the Vishnu idol to a Shiva linga. A symbolic meaning of this conversion is to show that Vishnu and Shiva are different aspects of the one and same God. There is lot of other legends connected to him.
Maha Avatar Kriya Babaji of the Himalayas, the lineal Guru of Paramahamsa Yogananda, Yukteswar and Lahiri Mahasaya, who is well nigh 1,800 years old today, still retains a young physical body of a 16 year old youth, as a result of his divinizing the cells of his physical body, after receiving initiation from two of the greatest siddhas of all time. Siddhars Agathiyar and Bogar are the gurus of Babaji. Siddha Boganathar instructed him in the higher Kriya yoga techniques, for six months at Kataragama in Sri Lanka in the year 214 AD and sent him thereafter to his own Guru Siddha Agastiyar at Couttalam in India, where Babaji had the final initiation in Kriya yoga, after he had practiced severe austerities for 48 days to invoke the grace of Agastiyar, who finally appeared before him in his physical body emerging from the adjoining forest; and showered his full blessings on him. Many of us may be aware of Kriya Babaji - the himalayan yogi living for many centuries.
It was the immortal Sri Agastiyar who originally taught and transmitted to several of his disciples over the ages the Kriya yoga techniques of divinizing the cells of the body and:
1. rendering the physical body deathless for centuries, (as in the case of the 18 Siddhas and Kriya Babaji)or
2. enabling the physical body to disappear completely and resurrect in a glow of light into a subtler vibrational field, (as in the case of Adi Sankaracharya and the four great Saiva saints namely the Nayanmars and Kabir of medieval times and Ramalinga Swamigal as recently as 1874), or
3. enabling the physical body to be placed in a tomb in jeeva samadhi at will, in a state of suspended animation, where the blood circulation and the breathing have stopped but a luminous pranic energy keeps the body-cells alive, with the possibility of the siddha dematerializing the body in the tomb and materializing it outside in a completely different locality and living out an extended span of life for several years (as in the case of three well-known siddhas of modern times, namely Sri Raghavendra Swami about whom a popular film had been made recently, Sri Kulandaj Ananda Swami whose last jeeva samadhi is in Madurai city and Sri Muthukrishna Swami whose jeeva samadhi is in Vallioor).
Agastya Muni is believed to have conquered death and some believe he is still living in Pothigai hills in TamilNadu, India. They also believe that only people who rigorously mediate to see him can see him. Mahalakshmi gave a boon to Lopamudra and Agastya Muni that whoever worships them or even remembers them together will get the grace of Goddess Maha Lakshmi.
How to worship Agastya Maha Muni
Auspicious times for worshipping Maha Guru Agastya Maha Muni are as below:
• On Sunday during “Rahu kalam” – 4.30pm to 6pm
• On Thursday during “Rahu kalam” – 1.30pm to 3pm
• On Full Moon day (Pournami) during night 10.45pm to 11.50pm
• On No Moon day (Amavasi) during Sandhya time.
• On Panchami Tithi after Amavasi during Rahu kalam.
• On Ashtami Tithi after Poornima during Rahukalam.
Required for pooja are
1. Agastya Muni’s picture.
2. A mirror (to see self – related to Adwaita sidhanta even without Agastya Muni’s picture mirror is a must).
3. 5 lamps.
4. 5 different oils to be lit in 5 lamps. They are Ghee and other any 4 oils from Til oil, Castor oil, Veppenna (Neem oil), Coconut oil and Marottikka oil.
6. Garland of white colored flowers, white flower.
7. Tender coconut.
8. Honey. (When offering tender coconut or any sweets you have to pour some honey in it.)
9. Sweets (Payasam or similar but notmandatory but if it is there good, put some honey in it at the time of offering).
Tender coconut is a must and offered opening the coconut in the top and adding some honey in it.
• Place Agastya Muni’s picture and Mirror side by side or a big mirror and Agastya Muni’s photo in the friend also sufficient.
• Lit the five lamps, four with oil and the ghee lamp in the centre.
• Put the white flower (Jasmine or similar) garland on the picture.
• Offer tender coconut with honey.
• Light the agarbathi.
• Do the pooja chanting dhyanam and mantras.
All together do the parthana loudly. Or one lead and others follow.
Agastya Muni Dhyanam
“Om Namasthe Sthithe THe Jagad Karanaya
Namasthe Sthithe Sarva Lokashrayaya
Namo Adwaitha Thatwaya Mukhya Pradaya
Namo Brahmane Vyapine Shashwathaya
Om Shree Agastheshwara Mahamuni Prabhuve Nama”
1. Then chant following 9 times.
4. Then chant following mantra 9 times.
5. Respect (do namaskar) seeing father and mother (if not with you do namaskars in the mind).