Years before, I was walking on the hill with Bhagavan when
he remarked, ‘I don’t feel the weight of the body at all. I feel as if I am
walking weightlessly through the sky.’
Annamalai Swami: A jnani’s
vibrations stay even after he leaves the body. All people leave vibrations in
the places they have been and lived. Jnanis leave a good vibration and bad
people leave a bad vibration. I am not talking about a gross physical
phenomenon that everyone can feel ……is subtle. ….. You tune into a jnani’s vibrations by having a quiet,
still mind. ….If you have not tuned yourself to receive this frequency, you
cannot expect to experience or benefit from the vibrations that a jnani may have left in a place.
Question: Is the
intensity of the vibration more if we stay close to a living jnani?
Annamalai Swami: Yes.
Question: Is it
the same with Arunachala?
Annamalai Swami: Yes. No doubt about it. Bhagavan himself said
that if one lives at the foot of Arunachala, one does not need any kind of
initiation. If one’s intentions are pure and holy, merely living here can be a
If you sit in meditation for a long time, without moving the
body, the mind gets dull and tamasic. Even moving the toes while sitting is a
good way of getting rid of the tamas.
Mirabai used to dance and sing. That’s a good way to meditate. Giri pradakshina [walking around
Arunachala] is also good. Its walking meditation.
should be the right attitude when one sits in the presence of a jnani?
Just keep quiet. Make contact with the silence of the Self within.
Annamalai Swami: ………..Bhagavan said, ‘Do self-enquiry. Find
out who you really are. When you are totally absorbed in this problem, this
enquiry will lead you to the Self. Some people, though, said that they found
this very hard, or they said that this method somehow didn’t appeal to them.
Bhagavan would sometimes tell such people to watch the breath, to see where it
arose. Bhagavan always maintained that mind and breath arose in the same place,
so focusing attention on the source of the breath is really the same as
focusing attention on the source of the mind through self-enquiry.’
Annamalai Swami: ……Realising the truth is one thing, but
guiding others towards it is something else. All jnanis are not equally capable when it comes to guiding others.
….the Self is everywhere. There is no place that is without
it, but it is also true that there are certain places, certain people, around which
and around whom the presence of the Self can be easily felt. In the proximity
of this hill, the presence of the Self is more powerful and more self-evident
than anywhere else…… Bhagavan himself said that Arunachala is greater than all
other religious places. There are other holy, powerful places in the world, but
none has the power of Arunachala……There is a huge amount of Shakti, spiritual energy here….Even
before Bhagavan came here and lived here, there were innumerable sages who had
discovered the power of Arunachala for themselves…… I also heard him say once,
‘If you go round this hill, it will give you its grace, even if you don’t want
Annamalai Swami: These jnanis
who don’t have disciples don’t appear to be helping anyone, but their power, the
power of their realization, is having a beneficial effect on all beings. It is
true, though, that some jnanis pass
away without teaching anyone directly. Lakshmi the cow and Bhagavan’s mother
are examples of this.
Bhagavan once said that one jnani
living on this earth is a tremendous help to all people.
it advisable to get married? …..
Annamalai Swami: If
the partner has progressed spiritually to the same extent that you have, it
would be a great help. But if one partner is less interested in spiritual
matters than the other, the one who has less interest will drag the other down,
unless the more interested partner is spiritually very powerful. And in such a
situation there would always be quarrels and tension. If both partners have the
same spiritual yearnings to realize the Self, married life is OK. Otherwise it
is a hindrance.
come to their last births with a mountain of punyas on account of what they have done in their previous lives.
The jnani cannot experience all these
punyas himself, but those who come
into contact with him can receive them as blessings. The same thing can be said
for all the papams that the jnani brings to his final life.
… Those who come to a jnani
and do selfless service to him find themselves becoming spiritual millionaires
when they receive the jnani’s unused punyas. And those who come to abuse and
insult the jnani end up receiving all
his unused papams. This is an
automatic process. The jnani does not
pick and choose the people who are going to be the recipients of these punyas. ….Devotees… reach heights that
would be difficult or impossible to reach through their own efforts.
There were other Hindu dietary rules that Bhagavan sometimes
ignored. When there is a solar or lunar eclipse, we are not supposed to cook or
One one such occasion, Bhagavan said, ‘…lets take our food
….Your thoughts….If you ignore them and keep your attention
on the source, they will not develop….Bhagavan compared this process to laying
siege to a fort. If you cut off, one by one, the heads of the thoughts as they
come out of the fort of the mind, sooner or later there will be none left. The
way to do this is by self-enquiry. As each thought rises, you ask yourself, ‘To
whom does this thought appear? If you are vigilant in doing this, the forest of
thoughts will lessen and lessen until there are none left. When the thoughts
have gone, mind will sink into its source and experience that source.’
Remember, nothing that happens in the mind is ‘you’, and
none of it is your business.