Enlightenment: It's Not What You Think * Our
Newest Publication! *
by M. Govindan, ISBN 978-1-987972-01-6, 192 pages 6 x 9 inches, softcover June 2016.
Enlightenment: It's Not What You Think reveals how you can replace the perspective of the ego – the habit of identifying with the body, emotions, and thoughts – with a new perspective: the Witness, that of your soul … pure consciousness. With compelling logic, practices for everyday life, and guided meditations, the book explains how you can free yourself from suffering, enjoy inner peace, and find intuitive guidance.
The essays in this book explore the descriptions of enlightenment in various spiritual and wisdom traditions, the process of becoming enlightened, and how to overcome the inner obstacles to the achievement of that goal.
"With this work, Enlightenment, Govindan delivers the gifts of siddha masters to our doorsteps.
Here, he delineates succinctly and clearly the time-tested techniques of these masters for eliminating obstacles—our deepest afflictions of fear, doubt, and all forms of grief and sorrow which obstruct the incessant flow of our intrinsic luminosity and happiness. Enlightenment is a must-read, for it is practical, simple, and meaningful… It is a decisive tool we can use for finding life’s purpose."
– Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Ph. D;
Spiritual Head, Himalayan Institute; Teacher, author, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader
"True enlightenment is not simply an elevated state of mind but a complete change of consciousness from the limited ego to the supreme Self-realization in which we are one with all existence – extending to all time and space and beyond.
Marshall Govindan reveals the secrets of the Yoga Siddhas and their transformative practices to help you approach that supreme enlightenment as the ultimate goal of all that you do."
– Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri);
Director, American Institute of Vedic Studies;
Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish Teacher;
Padma Bhushan awardee from President of India;
Author: Shiva, the Lord of Yoga and over thirty books
"This eminently practical guide to spiritual life draws deeply from many wells of wisdom, including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Kriya Yoga of Babaji, the writings of the Tamil Siddhas, the philosophy of Sri Aurobindo, and the insights of contemporary studies of the brain. Written in an accessible style, this book will help its readers understand the quest for higher meaning, and provides a toolbox to inspire wayfarers on this most important of journeys. Immensely enjoyable reading!"
– Christopher Key Chapple; Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Director; Master of Arts in Yoga Studies; Loyola Marymount University.
"We all have within ourselves an innate and underlying quality of joy that’s always present, unchanging and available, no matter our inner or outer circumstance. So how is it, then, that we don’t experience unchanging joy in every moment? This is the critical and life-changing question that Marshall Govindan explores and implores us to understand, as well as realize in his book: Enlightenment: It’s Not What You Think. Marshall offers us a potent guide of exquisite teachings that offer us both simple and straightforward answers on how we can recognize, while revealing the obstacles that otherwise distract us from realizing our birthright of unchanging joy. This is truly a guidebook for all who wish to awaken beyond ego centeredness to open-hearted and everlasting peace."
– Dr. Richard Miller, Ph. D;
Author of Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga and iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency and Well-Being
"Marshall Govindan’s latest book, Enlightenment: It's not what you think, speaks of it as maintaining continuous (seamless, gapless) awareness of the underlying Reality, a state of being, rather than a state of thinking, a state of silence, which can be achieved by practising Kriya yoga, as experienced and taught by Kriya Babaji Nagaraj. A “MUST BOOK” for every yoga practitioner."
– Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, Ph. D.;
Tamil Yoga Siddha Research Centre;
Chennai 600 083
Tamil Nadu, INDIA
BABAJI & THE 18 SIDDHA KRIYA YOGA TRADITION
by M. Govindan English - Ringgit 26/- , Tamil - Ringgit 18/-
The first authoritative biography of Babaji, the
immortal master made famous by Yogananda’s Autobiography
of a Yogi, an all-time best seller. Babaji lives today near Badrinath,
his body has not aged since the age of sixteen, when centuries
ago he attained the supreme state of enlightenment and divine
This followed his initiation into the scientific art of Kriya Yoga
by two deathless masters, the Siddhas Agastyar and Boganathar,
belonged to the “18 Siddha Tradition”, famous among
southern India. This rare account, by a longtime disciple, reveals
their little known life stories, ancient culture and present mission,
as well as how their Kriya Yoga can be used to bring about the
of the material and spiritual dimensions of life. Clear explanations
of the psychophysiological effects of Kriya Yoga and guidelines
for its practice are given. It includes verses from the Siddhas’
writings with commentary. A book, which will inspire you. Available
in English, Sinhala, Tamil or Hindi.
BABAJI’S KRIYA HATHA YOGA by M. Govindan
These 18 asanas were selected by Babaji from among
the thousands which exist to form an efficient system for rejuvenating
the physical body and preparing it for the more subtle phases of
his Kriya Yoga. The immortal Himalayan master is living proof
their effectiveness. Each asana has several stages, making them
suitable for the beginner and experienced student. The asanas
also arranged in pairs, or counterposes, facilitating the relaxation
stage following each asana. This guide is designed as a handbook,
where in each stage in each asana is individually illustrated,
and explained with easy to follow instructions. The numerous benefits
of each asana in the healing and prevention of various functional
disorders are also indicated. An introductory chapter explains
principles to follow in their practice. (32 Pages) Available
in English, Sinhala, Tamil or Hindi
பாபாஜியின் கிரியா ஹடயோகம்
Tamil - Ringgit 7/-
ஆயிரக்கணக்கான யோகாசனங்களிலிருந்து பாபாஜியால் இந்த 18 ஆசனங்கள், உடலுக்குப் புத்துணர்ச்சியூட்டி அவரது கிரியா யோகத்தின் நுண்ணிய நிலைகளுக்கு ஒருவரைத் தயார்ப்படுத்தும் வழி முறையாகத் தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. சாகாவரம் பெற்று இமயத்தில் வாழும் குருவே இவற்றின் செயல் திறனுக்குச் சான்று. ஒவ்வொரு ஆசனமும் பல நிலைகளாக, தொடக்க நிலையிலுள்ள மாணவர்களுக்கும் தேர்ச்சி பெற்ற மாணவர்களுக்கும் பொருந்தும் வகையில் அளிக்கப் பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த ஆசனங்கள் ஜோடிகளாக, அதாவது, ஒரு ஆசனம் அதன் எதிர்நிலை ஆசனம் இவற்றுக்கிடையே ஒரு ஒய்வு நேரம் ஆகியவற்றைக் கொண்டதாக, விளக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. இந்நூல் ஒரு கையேடு வடிவத்தில் ஒரு ஆசனத்தின் ஒவ்வொரு நிலையும் ஒரு வரைபடத்துடனும் எளிய விளக்கத்துடனும் கொடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஒவ்வொரு ஆசனத்தின் பயன்களும் அதனால் தீரும் நோய்களும் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளன. இந்த ஆசனங்களை மேற்கொள்ளும்போது கடைப்பிடிக்க வேண்டிய விதிமுறைகளை இந்நூலின் முன்னுரை விளக்குகிறது (32 பக்கங்கள்)
Kriya Yoga: Insights Along the Path
Part 1: The Dilemma of human existence: Finding lasting happiness in things which do not last. Why Do We Practice Yoga? Karma: Cause or Consequence? Liking and Disliking: the Disease of the Mind. Doubts.. Part 2: Finding the spiritual path: Guru Purnima. Aspiration. Receiving the Grace of our Satguru Kriya Babaji Nagaraj. Discipleship or Devoteeship. The Significance of Initiation. What is Babaji's Kriya Yoga? The Art of Meditation. You and What You Are Not. By Contentment, Supreme Joy is Attained. A Man's Home is His Ashram. Satsang. Sacred Space. Part 3: Making our life our Yoga: Moving towards equilibrium: Calmly Active, Actively Calm. What the World Needs Now is Love and Compassion. Judgment, or How to Avoid Harming others and Ourselves. Yoga as a Social Movement. All countries are my homeland and all persons are part of my family. Holy madness, Kundalini, Shakti pat and Ego-Crushing. How do we know whether we are progressing spiritually? The Yoga of the 21st Century. Tapas: Voluntary Self-Challenge. Samadhi. Kaivalyam: Absolute Freedom. Sadhana of Life. Questions and answers. How should we concentrate in practicing mantras? How to balance internal and external focus, in order to optimize both? In Advaita Vedanta, one focuses only on the Self. Why do we have other points of focus in Babaji's Kriya Yoga? How does Babaji's Kriya Yoga compare with the Kriya Yoga promoted by Yogananda and his successors? . (161 pages)
“It is up to us all to choose how we would like our future to be. In making that choice, it helps to know, understand and accept ourselves, our purpose, our passions, our talents, and how we want these to manifest. A book that I highly recommend for anyone who wants to step into their Self/ Highest Potential is "Kriya Yoga: Insights Along The Path”, by Marshall Govindan and Jan Ahlund.
The book is a powerful companion for aspirants, practitioners or teachers alike, who are on a path towards expanded awareness, self realisation and personal mastery. In most parts, its power is in the vast topics it covers in simple clear sincere and non-jargon and objective style. I particularly found nectar in Chapters 11 on Kaivalyadham and 12 on Sadhana of Life which encapsulated for me the questions of -
Why Yoga? Why Kriya Yoga? Why be / know WHO I AM? Once you have read it, you will know how valuable it is as an aid towards remembering Who I AM, and letting go of what I am not!"
-by Marina Kapur, management consultant in the U.K.
THE WISDOM OF JESUS AND THE YOGA SIDDHAS
by M. Govindan Ringgit 32/-
This book provides a comparison between the original and most authentic teachings of Jesus, as exemplified in his parables and paradoxical sayings, and as determined by modern, critical historical research, with the remarkably similar teachings of the Yoga Siddhas. Who was Jesus? One of the most influential human
beings of all times? The founder of Christianity? A messiah or savior sent by God to redeem humanity of its sins? What were
His teachings? Is our knowledge of Jesus limited to what is recorded
in the Bible? What has modern historical research to say about what
Jesus did and taught? "What were the original teachings of Jesus,
before the Christian religion became organized?"
With the discovery of many new source documents
in the Sinai Desert and near the Dead Sea, and with the advent of
modern methods of textual analysis by scholars who are independent
of institutional bias, today most Biblical scholars will agree that
the books of the Bible's New Testament are written at several levels
· What were likely the actual words of Jesus, quoted
in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, but recorded several decades
· What were likely interpolations - words attributed to Jesus by
· What was said about Jesus or about His teachings by others, for
example, Paul in his "letters," which make up most of the rest of
the New Testament, and which served as the basis for early Church
More recently, the research of the Yoga Siddha
Research Centre in Chennai, India, has brought out a series of books
providing, for the first time, translation and commentary of the
Yoga Siddhas, or "perfected" Yogis of India, who were
contemporaries of Jesus. Their teachings and miraculous powers were
remarkably similar to those of Jesus.
KRIYA YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI AND THE SIDDHAS
by M. Govindan Ringgit 22/-
Yoga Sutras are universally considered to be among the two or three
most important texts in the field of yoga. Patanjali refers to his
yoga as “Kriya Yoga”: the “yoga of action with
awareness”. Until now, commentators have treated it as a philosophical
reference, and have largely ignored its implications for yogic practice.
They have also ignored the fact that it is also an esoteric work,
and that only initiates, with sufficient prior experience, can grasp
its deeper meaning. This new translation and commentary provides
a practical guide to Self-realization or enlightenment. It clearly
explains how to apply Patanjali’s profound philosophical teachings
in everyday life, in any situation with a unique “practice”
section after each verse’s commentary. When one practices
the techniques of Kriya Yoga, it is like driving a powerful automobile.
But without a roadmap, most students are “stuck in traffic”
or at “dead ends.” Now for the first time, there is
a clear roadmap to guide the student to remarkable destinations.
“ M. Govindan’s Kriya Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the
Siddhars is a valuable addition to the study of Yoga in general
and the Yoga-Sutra in particular. I can wholeheartedly recommend
it. In particular, the growing number of students of Kriya Yoga
throughout the world will find his treatment indispensable, but
others will benefit from it.” From the foreword by Georg Feuerstein,
Ph.D., author of The Sutras of Patanjali and the Encyclopedia of
THE VOICE OF BABAJI: A TRILOGY ON KRIYA
YOGA by V.T.Neelakantan,
S.A.A. Ramaiah and Babaji Nagaraj
English - Ringgit 56/-, Tamil - Ringgit 65/-
Sri V.T. Neelakantan recorded verbatim a series
of talks given by Satguru Kriya Babaji in 1953. These are a fountain
of delight and inspiration, illuminating the Kriya Yoga path towards
God realization, unity in diversity and universal love. They also
reveal the magnetic personality of Babaji and how he supports us
all, with much humour and wisdom. They were originally printed in
three volumes: "The Voice of Babaji and Mysticism Unlocked," "Babaji's
Masterkey to All Ills, (Kriya)" and "Babaji's Death of Death (Kriya)."
Includes the fascinating accounts of the meetings with Babaji in
Madras and in the Himalayas by authors V.T. Neelakantan and Yogi
S.A.A. Ramaiah. Out of print for nearly 50 years, they are profound
and important statements from one of the world's greatest living
spiritual masters. Available in English or Tamil
KRIYA YOGA: Deepening Your Practice" Ringgit 26/-
By Jan "Durga" Ahlund
and M. Govindan. ISBN 978-1-895383-64-5, 108
pages, 8.5 x 11 inches, softcover with photographs
"This book provides detailed
instructions, diagrams and photographs in the
practice of a particular set of 18 Yoga asanas
or postures, known as "Babaji's Kriya Hatha Yoga." The
essays and instructions herein enable the practitioner
to go beyond the development and health of the
physical body, and to transform the practice
of yoga asana into a spiritual practice, inducing
a higher state of consciousness. Unlike earlier
publications related to Hatha Yoga, this volume
will show you how to transform your Hatha Yoga
practice into a means for Self-Realization. It
introduces students to the Five-fold Path of
Babaji's Kriya Yoga. This book is dedicated to
Yoga students new to Kriya Yoga and also to Initiated
students looking to deepen their own practice."
Yoga Toolbox – An everyday guide for shaping your future"
by Jan Durga Ahlund ISBN 978-1-895383-65-2. 234 pages, 7 by 9.5 inches, with over 200 black and white photographs.
This great book offers lessons in using simple tools to live a long, healthy and happy life. It is also written for those who wish to develop their understanding of Yoga and Meditation. Yoga and meditation can bring relief and promote healing from the effects of stress and bad habits on the physical body, the emotions and the mind.
Each of the sixteen chapters focuses on a different specific objective that will facilitate shaping your future life. The objectives include:
1. gaining access to unlimited power;
2. purifying the five bodies or sheaths;
3. developing concentration through controlled breathing;
4. becoming flexible in life, starting with the spine;
5. connecting to “the inner sun” for self healing;
6. bending forward into stress and change;
7. removing tension and blockages in the joints;
8. developing a strong nervous system;
9. learning to bend backwards, digest and let go;
10. reversing depression or sadness;
11. stand up, be centered and act dynamically;
12. developing deep, restful sleep;
13. overcoming negative conditioning;
14. mastering the art of meditation;
15. using the power of mudras (psycho-physical gestures) to change your life;
16. using Yoga-Nidra (deep relaxation and yogic rest) for Self awareness and
re-program your future.
In Quest of the Self"
By Swami Vedananda. ISBN 978-1-895383-66-9,
245 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, softcover.
"This is a rare, spiritual adventure
story by one dedicated monk who walked on foot
over 300 miles through the mountains of India,
Nepal and Tibet to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar,
the abode of the gods on earth ".
Swami Vedananda gives us a vivid and honest portrayal of the physical, psychological and spiritual challenges which he had to overcome on this very difficult pilgrimage. He shares with us the insights that guided and prodded him on, and the extraordinary visions, experiences and profound teachings given to him by remarkable yogis, saints and gods, including a 700 hundred year old Siddha.
Swamiji grants us access to his meditations.
Numerous photographs and a map show us his way.
This book can be read on several levels. It is full of blessings.
THE YOGA OF SIDDHA BOGANATHAR VOLUME 1 by
T.N. Ganapathy, Ph.D. Ringgit 22/-
(350 pgs., includes Tamil verses, transliteration,
translation, commentary, notes, glossary, 11 appendixes, bibliography,
Volume 1 narrates the life of Bogar and his teachings, Kundalini-Yoga, Astanga-Yoga, samadhi, and a translation and commentary of about seventy-five selected poems. By contemplating the verses, the conscious-energy of Boganathar may be absorbed, and their hidden meaning may be revealed.
Boganathar was the Siddha guru of Kriya Babaji Nagaraj, the famed
Himalayan master, of whom much has been written. Boganathar lived
an extremely long life through the use of alchemical rejuvenation
formulae and special breathing techniques. He traveled all over
the world, chronicled the lives of Siddhas much older than himself,
and provided his disciples an illumined path to Self-realization
and integral transformation of human nature into divinity. His astounding
life provides a shining example of our human potential. The present
work provides a biography of Boganathar, as we can glean it from
his writings alone, as well as introductory chapters on the Siddha
tradition and Kundalini Yoga. The present work also provides a
translation and commentary of about seventy-five selected poems,
which serious students of all traditions of Kundalini Yoga and Tantra
will find illuminating. By meditating upon the verses, the reader
will be able to draw much inspiration. The present work provides
a word-by-word translation, with alternative meanings, as well as
a literal translation, and finally an interpretative translation,
to balance the need for precision and understanding and to facilitate
a deeper meditative approach to the various layers of meaning of
THE YOGA OF SIDDHA BOGANATHAR VOLUME 2 by
T.N. Ganapathy Ringgit 56/-
pgs., includes Tamil verses, transliteration, translation, commentary,
notes, glossary, 6 appendixes, bibliography, index, 7 color photographs,
Volume 2 contains the English translation with commentary of two works by Boganathar: (1) Initiation of wisdom, written in 156 verses which teaches all about pranayama, the description and significance of various cakras, and the process of Kundalini-Yoga, the 36 principles of existence, and above all the true meaning of muppal, the three empty spaces, (2) The Cream of Wisdom, 45 verses, describes Kundalini-Yoga, pranayama, the ten types of empowerment, the 18 energized centers encircling the sahasrara, the method of liberation. Original Tamil language script, its transliteration in Roman characters, word by word translation, summary translation and commentary elucidating the meaning of each verse. ISBN 978-1-895383-26-3 contains 540 pages.
Boganathar was the Siddha guru of Kriya Babaji Nagaraj, the famed
Himalayan master. This volume 2 takes us further into the little
known world of the Siddhas, adepts of Yoga, who for millennia, have
explored the furthest reaches of human potentiality and spiritual
development. Boganathar was not only one of the greatest adepts
of Yoga of all time, but also a great scientist. For the first time
ever, the writings of Boganathar, the greatest scientist of the
Siddha tradition, have been translated into English, and a useful
commentary on these profound and difficult texts has been rendered.
The present volume contains poems that all lovers of Kundalini-Yoga
and Tantra will find inspiring.
THE YOGA OF EIGHTEEN SIDDHAS: AN ANTHOLOGY
(640 pgs., includes Tamil verses, transliteration,
translation, commentary, glossary, 11 appendixes, bibliography,
index, 19 color illustrations, 6.5’x9.5’ size. Contributors:
Prema Nandakumar, T.B. Siddhalingaiah, P.S. Somasundaram, KR. Arumugam,
S.P. Sabharathnam, & edited by T.N. Ganapathy)
This collection contains selected verses from each of the 18 Siddhas, in the original Tamil, with transliteration, English translation and commentary.
The Yoga of the Eighteen Siddhas: An Anthology contains the revolutionary
statements of those great men and women who have reached the furthest
heights of human potential. The “Eighteen Yoga Siddhas”
is a tradition referred to in the ancient Tamil language literature.
Its illustrious members traveled all over the world, had extremely
long lives and performed what most of us would consider being miracles.
They did not like to be autobiographical, preferring to identify
themselves with that deathless jivatma, being-consciousness-bliss.
Consequently, they consciously changed bodies as easily as we change
clothes, when necessary, laughing at the limitations of ordinary
humans. They were not only mystics in the truest sense, but revolutionaries
against human nature, and they envisioned and embodied Divinity,
as a result of tremendous efforts of self-mastery and self-surrender
to their God-head.They left behind their teachings in the form of
poems, written on palm leaves, or edus. These works have been badly
neglected by scholars to date because of the difficulty in deciphering
them. The Siddhas wrote in what has been referred to as a “twilight
language,” to obscure the meaning from all but the most sincere
students, and prompting the reader to seek the deepest meaning within
themselves. They provide a unique source of understanding of both
the means and results of Kundalini-Yoga, a great esoteric art and
Nine Tandirams on the Tirumandiram (Thirumandiram or Tirumantiram)
New Edition with a more accurate literal translation, with verse by verse commentary, in a 5 volume hardbound set. 3,770 pages. 2010. Each verse includes the original Tamil language script, its transliteration in Roman characters, its English translation and a commentary elucidating the meaning of each verse, by six eminent Tamil scholars, under the direction of Dr. T.N. Ganapathy. The last volume includes enlightened discourses from two philosophical schools of Saiva Siddhanta, a glossary, a select bibliography and index. ISBN 978-1-895383-61-4.
The Tirumandiram, by Siddha Tirumular is a sacred, monumental work of philosophical and spiritual wisdom rendered in verse form. Encyclopedic in its vast scope, and written nearly 2,000 years ago., it is one of India’s greatest texts, a spiritual treasure-trove, a Sastra containing astonishing insight. It is a seminal work and is the first treatise in Tamil that deals with different aspects of Yoga, Tantra and Saiva Siddhantha.
It took five years and a team of scholars to translate each of its more than 3,000 verses and to write extensive commentaries about them, in nine chapters, known as tandirams. This classic text contains five volumes. Each volume contains two tandirams and each verse includes the original Tamil language script, its transliteration in Roman characters, its English translation and a commentary elucidating the meaning of each verse. The last volume also contains presentations from two philosophical schools of Saiva Siddhanta, a glossary, a select bibliography and index.. It includes 3,770 pages in total.
The following eminent scholars have translated the Nine Tandirams:
Tandirams 1, 2 and 3 - Translated by Sri T.V.
Tandiram 4 - Translated by Dr T.N. Ramachandran
Tandiram 5 - Translated by Dr K.R. Arumugam
Tandiram 7 - Translated by Dr P.S. Somasundaram
Tandiram 8 - Translated by Dr S.N. Kandasamy
Tandirams 6 & 9 - Translated by Dr T.N. Ganapathy
Last Volume - Glossary & Select Bibliography by Dr T.N. Ganapathy
- and index by Dr Ramesh Babus.
Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, Marshall. Govindan, Jan Ahlund and Chris Brod have served as its editors, adding commentary from their yogic experiences.
“The poems of Tirumular abound in technical terms conveying mystical experience. The symbolic, twilight language of the Siddhas has the advantage of precision, concentration, secrecy, mystery, and esoteric significance in that the symbols, at the hands of the Siddhas, become a form of artistic expression of the inexpressible. The use of the symbolic language is not merely a protection against profaning the sacred by the ignorant, but also suggests that language, however enriched, is incapable of expressing the highest experience of the spirit. Indeed, language is but a broken lamp. In Sufi terminology, any attempt to convey the inner meaning of one’s spiritual experiences in conventional language is like “sending a kiss to the beloved by a messenger.” In short, the twilight language of the Siddhas is, in essence, profoundly mystical in nature and contains a “numinous aura” and existential revelations for the man who deciphers their message.” The essential difficulty is that to understand the twilight language requires a total hermeneutic of reading, an awareness, in fact, of the total religious and philosophical structures that infuse it. It also requires one to enter deep states of meditation wherein the verse serves as a key that reveals a higher meaning to the initiate.” (from “The Yoga of Boganathar,” volume 1, by Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, page 12) To enable the reader to fulfill this requirement has indeed been the objective of this new translation and commentary.
In addition the work contains two enlightened discourses in the final volume, by the late Swami Subramaniam of Hawaii, and T.N. Arunachalam, from the two sides of the debate within Saiva Siddhanta: Tirumular’s monistic theism versus Meykandar’s pluralistic realism.. The translation and commentary has sought to avoid bias towards either of these perspectives, but rather to elucidate the work itself, making it useful to everyone regardless of their background.
Please read the attached article, “A Mystical Masterpiece is Unearthed,” about our new publication of the Tirumandiram, reproduced from the acclaimed magazine « Hinduism Today » and published in July 2010. Link to Hinduism Today Magazine
THE YOGA OF SIDDHA AVVAI by S.N. Kandaswamy Ringgit
(280 pgs., includes Tamil verses, transliteration,
translation, commentary, notes, glossary, 2 appendixes, bibliography,
index, 6’x9’ size)
Avvai is considered to be one of the most influential sages among
the Tamil speaking people of south India. Her poems and literary
works, dating from the first millennium of the modern era are recited
by millions of Tamil speaking school children in south Asia to this
day. The values and wisdom which her poems convey however, has a
source. It is this source which the present volume, The Yoga of
Siddha Avvai, sheds much new light upon with the inclusion of her
text of Vinayakar Akaval. The author takes us on a literary, historical
and spiritual tour of ancient Indian culture, and in so doing, helps
us to understand her origins and greatness.
Like her illustrious forebearer, the Siddha Thiruvallavar, whose
influence on Tamil culture and values, through his classic Tirukkural,
is universally acknowledged; Avvai was also a Siddha Yogi. While
Thiruvallavar was a disciple of Agastyar, and brother disciple of
Babaji Nagaraj, the originator of Kriya Yoga, Avvai claims that
her Guru was the sound of Aum, the Pranava itself, personified in
the form of Ganesha, who taught her Kundalini-Yoga. Her poetry invokes
the presence of the Guru, and then ignites within the reader the
flame of spiritual consciousness. It also points to the esoteric
practice of Kundalini-Yoga as the path that leads to enlightenment
and God realization. Her’s is a wonderful example of arrupadai,
the Siddha’s ideal of showing the path to others. If the purpose
of human knowledge is to alleviate human suffering, then that knowledge
or wisdom which eliminates suffering completely is the most valuable.
Like all of the Siddhas, she shared her wisdom with this purpose.
Their teachings are universal, non-sectarian, and very much needed
in today’s suffering world.
Students of Kriya Yoga, Kundalini-Yoga, Jnana, and Tantra as well
as devotees of Ganesha (Vinayakar) and students of Tamil literature
and culture will all find much insight and greater understanding
of their path as a result of studying this volume. Readers familiar
with Avvai’s moral sayings may be surprised to learn of the
origins of her wisdom, and be inspired themselves to apply themselves
to Yogic sadhana.
The Yoga of Tirumular: Essays on the Tirumandiram (Tirumantiram)
by Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, Ph.D and Dr. KRA Arumugam, Ph.D Ringgit
This book fulfills a longtime need for a comprehensive
introduction and commentary in the English language for one of Yoga's
greatest source works: the Tirumandiram or “Holy Garland
of Mantras,'described by Dr. Georg Feuerstein Ph.D “as important
as the Yoga-Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita
and the Yoga-Vashistha combined.” Tirumandiram
is considered to be the greatest and earliest seminal work
of the Siddhas, the greatest adepts of Yoga, and an encyclopedia
of philosophical and spiritual wisdom rendered in verse form. It
is a book of Yoga, tantra, alchemy, mysticism, mantra, yantra and
philosophy. But without a commentary, it has been difficult for
most English readers, unfamiliar with much of its underlying philosophical
concepts, to clearly understand.
This new book explain clearly the most important
themes and philosophical concepts which are woven throughout the
Tirumandiram. These include: Saivism; the nature of Siva
and the relationship which the soul or jiva has with the
Lord; the philosophical school of Saiva Siddhantha ; the
concepts of God, the soul, the world, liberation, the paths to liberation;
the bonds or impurities which keep the soul in bondage; the concept
of Grace; Love; meditation; jnana ; the Yoga of Tirumandiram:
Astanga-Yoga, Khecari-yoga, Pariyana-Yoga (tantric yoga),
Chandra-Yoga (literally “moon” yoga), Kundalini-Yoga; mysticism,
the concept of the human body and its transformation into a divine
body; the concept of the guru; the social concerns of the Tirumular.
With an understanding of the basic ideas, the reader will then be
stimulated to make a detailed study of the Tirumandiram itself.
It is the sixth publication in a series produced
by scholars ot the Yoga Siddha Research Center, in Chennai, south
India, sponsored by Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas and the
Yoga Research and Education Center. The present work benefits from
the great familiarity which the authors have developed over many
years of full time study of much of the massive body of palm leaf
manuscripts written by the Siddhas.
The Treasure Trove of Yoga Siddha Manuscripts - in Tamil Ringgit
A Tamil language publication
The Treasure Trove of Tamil Yoga Siddha Manuscripts is a guide to more than thirteen thousand verses composed by Tamil Yoga Siddhars during the medieval Sangam period. These verses, available as palm leaf manuscripts, were recently collected, scanned, transcribed into modern Tamil and edited by an eminent team of scholars and manuscriptologists. The guide is a valuable resource, not only for lovers of Siddha poetry, but also for scholars, translators and researchers in the fields of Yoga and Tantra.
127 pages in the printed guide. All 13,276 verses on 1,677 pages are included in a compact disc inserted in the rear cover.
To help the reader identify each poem's subject matter, the guide contains an introduction and brief summary of each text by Dr. T.N. Pranatharthiharan, Ph.D. He is the former Professor and Head of the Tamil Research Centre, American College, Madurai, and currently the Principal of Swami Dayanandha College of Arts, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu. He has been the editor of the quarterly magazine Ramana Oli for 37 years. With an M.A. in Tamil, an M.A. in English an M.A. and Ph.D in Philosophy, along with the experience of translating 38 books from English to Tamil, Tamil to English and Sanskrit to English, he is well qualified to write this annotated bibliography of the poems in this collection.
The guide was edited by Dr. T.N. Ganapathy, Ph.D, the Director of the Yoga Siddha Research Project who headed the study to identify and preserve, in a computer accessible format, all of the palm leaf manuscripts of the Tamil Siddhars related to Yoga (but not medicine) from various libraries and private collections in South India. Dr. Ganapathy has also written an extensive foreword to the guide. There are additional annotations in the guide to make the contents of the manuscripts easily understandable. It is the eighth in a series of publications produced by the Project's scholars and by Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, an organization founded by Marshall Govindan who also sponsored the project.
The Yoga Siddha Research Center Publication Series No. 8
(New) - "Truth Speaks", by Yoga Siddha Sivavakkiyar - Ebook Ringgit
Translation and Commentary by Dr. Geetha Anand Ph D. and Dr. T.N. Ganapathy Ph D.
“Who am I? Why am I here? How did I get here?” These are some of the questions that have been plaguing mankind since time immemorial. Various attempts to answer these questions have led to the evolution of the religions and philosophies of the world. The Tamil Siddhas or mystical saints from South India have answered these questions in the form of poems in vernacular that are popularly called Siddar Pādalgal or Songs of the Siddhas. These songs are famous for their non-conforming and revolutionary ideas besides their bluntness and forthright directness. One of the Tamil Siddhas, Sivavakkiyar is a well-known “pious rebel” who composed Truth Speaks (Civavākkiyam), a collection of around 530 verses on topics ranging from kundalini yoga to social issues. The forceful clarity and absolute sincerity of these songs jolt people out of their intellectual rut and conventional thinking. These songs criticize mindless worship rituals, ceremonies, pilgrimages and recitation of scriptures besides condemning social injustices such as discrimination based on caste and creed. They explain the ultimate goal of life and teach us how to achieve it. They also give practical instructions on kundalini yoga, mantra japa, the cakras and vāsi yoga. The songs explain the nature of the body, the soul, how a soul adorns the body and how the mantra namacivaya correlates with everything in the manifested universe. These songs show us that the philosophy of the Tamil Siddhas is a Philosophy of the Spirit which is not confined to any notion or nation, religion or community. It is for the betterment of the entire human race.
We now present to you a complete translation of Civavākkiyam along with expert commentary on each of the verses. We have posted a sampler of select verses from Civavākkiyam to give you a feel for the verses and the topics. Click here to view this sample.
HOW I BECAME A DISCIPLE OF BABAJI by M.
Govindan Ringgit 11/-
The inspiring story of a young man’s quest
for God and Self-realization through ascetic trials in India and
Sri Lanka, filled with adventure and difficulties, the author shares
a rare story with unusual candor and courage. His inspiring story
provides rare insights into a little known world. (100 pages,
BABAJI’S KRIYA HATHA YOGA: SELF REALIZATION
THROUGH ACTION WITH AWARENESS
2 Hours 5 Minutes by M. Govindan PAL DVD: Ringgit 30/-
Learn the 18 asanas developed by Babaji Nagaraj
and become aware of what is aware! Become the Seer, not the Seen!
Bliss arises! This unique instructional video provides careful detailed
instructions in not only the technical performance and alignment
of each asana, but also in the higher states of consciousness, which
they awaken. It includes an introduction into the philosophy of
yoga, the nature of consciousness and the cultivation of Self-awareness.
Make your practice of yoga deeply meditative. In this beautiful
video, the asana are taught in progressive stages, with preparatory
variations making them accessible to the beginner and challenging
for the experienced student of yoga. These asanas, selected by Babaji,
will rejuvenate and energize you! The instructions emphasize the
energetic and relaxation effects. They may assist in the healing
and purification of the physical and subtle bodies, thus helping
to eliminate some of the most common sources of misery: poor health
and mental confusion.
THE HATHA YOGA PROGRAM FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES
60 Minutes, DVD, Ringgit 30/-
this one hour complete dvd course you will learn a progressive series
of safe and easy-to-do exercises which will massage the abdominal
organs and in particular promote the development of the insulin
producing cells of the pancreas. Developed by the Board certified
urologist Dr. Emilia Ripoll-Bunn, and veteran Yoga Therapist Dawn
Mahowald for people with diabetes, this video course is based upon
extensive research in both sports medicine and Indian clinical faculties.
The journal of the American Diabetes Association’s medical
advisory board recommends regular, gentle exercise and has stated
that this type of exercise reduces insulin requirements. Two advanced
sections on this video are especially recommended for diabetic children
to reduce the side effects of diabetes.
OM KRIYA BABAJI STUTI MANJARI Ringgit. 11/-
The Mantra CD "Om Kriya Babaji - Stuti Manjari" contains
a collection of Mantras of Kriya Babaji and devotional
songs to Kriya Babaji and Mataji. They are sung in
the famous Karnatik style of India's classical music
tradition. Some of the Mantras are composed and dedicated
uniquely to Kriya Babaji, some of them are well-known mantras of
The goal of the artist was to bring these wonderful mantras to the
heart and lips of devotees and students of Kriya Babaji all over the
May you enjoy the blessings and presence of Kriya Babaji
listening to and chanting these sacred sounds. Read more
Click on the Play button to the left of the Track to listen to a sample of the song. Click on the Pause button to the left of the playing track to stop.