Bhagavad Gita

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Who are Siddhas - Lesson 1

Siddhars are saints, mostly of the Salivate denomination in Tamil Nadu in India, who professed and practiced an unorthodox type of Sadhana.Sadhana means spiritual practice, to attain liberation from this cage called body.Yogic powers called Siddhi, "perfection", "accomplishment", "attainment", or "success".Those who acquire these Siddhis are called Siddhas.

Siddhars are people who are believed to control and transcend the barriers of time and space by meditation and yoga. Yoga refers to traditional physical and mental disciplines originating in India. In Rasayanas were it is used to transform the body to make it potentially deathless, and a particular breathing-practice, a type of Pranayama. Pranayama means "lengthening of the prana or breath". Prana, life force, or vital energy, particularly, the breath, and "ayama", to lengthen or extend which is a Sanskrit word.

Siddhars were saints, doctors, alchemists and mysticists all at once.They wrote their findings, in the form of poems in Tamil language, on palm leaf which are collected and stored in what are known today as Palm leaf manuscript. Palm leaf manuscripts are manuscripts made out of dried palm leaves. They were used to record actual and mythical narratives in South Asia and in South East Asia.

Siddha in Tamil means "one who is accomplished" . Siddha Medicines has since been practiced by experienced elderly in the villages of Tamil Nadu. They are also founders of Varmam - a martial art for self-defence and medical treatment at the same time. Varmams are specific points located in the human body which when pressed in different ways can give various results, such as disabling an attacker in self-defence, or balancing a physical condition as an easy first-aid medical treatment.

So in simple we can tell as, a siddha is one who has attained siddhi, i.e. "power, prowess, strength, ability", then a special kind of psychic and supernatural, miraculous, occult power.

Siddhas are great saints who lived and continue to live, during various times. They are beyond the mundane things. They seek only the attainment of salvation through persistent prayer to Lord Siva. They are alchemists, who also gained various powers due to their penance. They can turn any metal into gold; walk on water; fly through air; enter into a dead body and bring life to it; can bury themselves underground or submerge under water for years together. Like this the list can go on. But more importantly, they invented great medicines that ordinary humans cannot even fathom to understand other than realizing the benefits of it. They know the perfect combination to make life-saving medicines that could have been made from highly poisonous plants.
Click Here

Bookmark and Share

No comments:

Post a Comment