Annamalai Swamigal’s technique is for Everyone

The Leela of Arunagiri Yogishwara






My inner space was so ready

If you take up this one technique that Annamalai Swamigal shared with me, you too can realize this. Meditation should be done playfully, not seriously, with a long face!
Let us see how did this actually happen? What made me have such a strong experience? There are many others who have also done similar meditations (of seeing where the thoughts arise from), but why didn’t all of them have such experiences at the end of it?
Understand: My inner space was so pure from a young age, and I was so inspired by the masters, that I started living like them. Because of that, my consciousness was ripe and ready for such an experience.
It is like this: only when the cracker is filled with explosive powder it will burst, right? In the same way, my inner space was ready, so just that one word from an enlightened being caught on like an initiation.


I made Annamalai Swamigal as My scale of measure

So the whole conscious inner space was intensely ready. That was the reason a small inspiration was able to put Me in that experience. That is what I call ‘living enlightenment’. When you live an enlightened Masters’ body language, you live enlightenment. Whenever any thought came into My space, whether it was related to food or clothes or anything else, the first thing I would think was, ‘How will he behave? Naturally this reaction will not be in him; then let Me forget about it.’ If I felt a little lazy to meditate or walk, I would think, ‘How would Annamalai Swamigal be?’ He would not put up with laziness; he would get up and meditate, that’s all! So I would just get up and sit and meditate.
Annamalai Swamigal became the scale of measure for Me in anything. These masters and teachers became the scale in My inner space constantly. I asked Annamalai Swamigal once, ‘I see Lord Arunācaleśvara in My dream, do you also see him in your dream?’
He said, ‘No, I don’t dream.’
Immediately I asked, ‘You don’t have dreams? Then how can I have dreams?’
No dreams! That night when a dream started happening, I clearly told myself in my dream, ‘No! I cannot have any dream. Annamalai Swamigal doesn’t have dreams, so how can I have dreams?’ The dream disappeared! 


No inner dialogue of ‘I know, but….’

There was no further question or argument inside Me. The biggest problem for a seeker is this inner dialogue. You feel, ‘I know what the Master says is right, but I am struggling.’ If this happens in you, over, you are dead. This is what we call karana sharira, the causal layer, the energy layer of ‘justification’ in you. You will never be able to get out of this layer if you are caught in it. Nobody can save you. Do not ever be stuck in that layer. If you are stuck anywhere else, it is okay, there is nothing wrong, but not in this layer! That is what I call ‘evil’. 


Integrated devotion – key to success

(In the Hindu epic Ramayana) Ravana knows very clearly that Sita is his daughter, but he is not able to control his lust for her. Ravana is nothing but a model of schizophrenia, that is why he is shown with ten heads. One part of him is very devoted to Shiva. Another part of him is filled with lust for Sita. Another part is filled with arrogance and violence. He has multiple personalities – schizophrenia, that’s all! If you say, ‘I know what Swamiji says is right, but I can’t do it’, then you are Ravana. Even if you worship Shiva, Shiva cannot save you! Ravana was a great Shiva bhakta (Shiva’s devotee) and he built a huge temple for Shiva in Trikonamalai (Trincomalee) in Sri Lanka! All that was useless. Integrated devotion is real devotion. Schizophrenic devotion is not devotion. It is Ravana bhakti.
Understand: I never had such thoughts in My inner space. If Annamalai Swamigal did it, I would do it, that’s all. For any thought that came up inside, I would ask myself, ‘How would Annamalai Swamigal respond? Would he have this thought? No. Then it is not mine either.’ Over! 


My message: Living Enlightenment

Take this as My message: In any situation just remember, ‘How will Swamiji respond, how will he react, how will he face this situation?’ Then act in that manner. This is what I call living enlightenment. You don’t need anything else, just this is enough.
This is what I call ‘relationship with the Master’. Relationship with the Master is not offering pūjā or putting flowers at his feet, or worshipping him once in a while. It is being thoroughly impressed by him. Whenever anything comes up, whether it is fear or greed or anger or anything else, just think: ‘How will the Master respond?’ Whenever anything comes up, think how Swamiji will behave in that situation. And it will simply disappear! A simple understanding is enough.


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