In 1931, Paul Brunton asks Paramacharya, “There is darkness everywhere. People are suffering. There is no peace. Why does the Creator not come to redeem the world?” Paramacharya replied, “Before the turn of this century HE will appear. HE will look like an ordinary man in appearance. HE will be unable to bear the sight of suffering in the world and will tap the indwelling divine spirit in everyone.”
“Do not blame people so much as the environments into which they are born. Their surroundings and circumstances force them to become worse than they really are. That is true of both the East and West. Society must be brought into tune with a higher note. Materialism must be balanced by idealism; there is no other real cure for the world’s difficulties. The troubles into which countries are everywhere being plunged are really the agonies which will force this change, just as failure is frequently a sign-post pointing to another road.”
Paul Brunton continues,
“You would like people to introduce spiritual principles into their worldly dealings, then?”
“Quite so. It is not impracticable, because it is the only way to bring about results which will satisfy everyone in the end, and which will not speedily disappear. And if there were more men who had found spiritual light in the world, it would spread more quickly. India, to its honour, supports and respects its spiritual men, though less so than in former times. If all the world were to do the same, and to take its guidance from men of spiritual vision, then all the world would soon find peace and grow prosperous.”
As a confirmation that Paramacharya had alluded to Shri Siva Shankar Baba as ‘The Redeemer’ in his conversation with Paul Branton in 1931, he proclaimed, “Siva Shankar is Maha Jyothi (Superior light)” on seeing Shri Siva Shankar Baba in the year, 1984.
Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
Thiruvannamalai is the temple of Arunaachaleshwar, one of the many temples of Lord Siva. Yogi Ram Surat Kumar Swamigal also known as ‘Visiri Swamigal’ was a renowned Saint who was known for fanning away the sufferings of people who come to him and mitigating their Karma.
When Shri Siva Shankar Baba had gone to see him, he declared,
“Siva Shankar is God’s Prime Minister. He has gone to even greater heights than Aurobindo and Chaitanya.”
“Siva Shankar is doing my Father’s work all the time and my Father Arunachala is highly pleased with him.”
“Shirdi Sai Baba, Satya Sai Baba, Siva Shankar Baba, You are Arunachal Baba! You are our Baba!”
“God will bring devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba, Satya Sai Baba and all Mahans to your care”
After Shri Siva Shankar Baba’s death experience, Siva Shankar went to Thiruvannamalai regularly, every full moon, and started receiving various ‘Siddhis’ as was ordained by the Father. During ‘Guru Purnimas’ (full moon nights that fall on a Thursday), Siva Shankar got the blessings of Yogi Ram Surat Kumar, God-child of Thiruvannamalai.
Yogi Ram Surat Kumar instated the mantras of Lord Rama and Govinda and blessed him. He once prepared rasam rice and offered a handful to Shri Siva Shankar Baba, washed his hands and bade Shri Siva Shankar Baba drink it. The water in which a ‘Mahaan’ washes his hands has tremendous Divine power and it is very rare to deserve such an offer from a Mahaan. Shri Siva Shankar Baba felt the power gained by him immediately when He found that a dead cockroach lying next to Him regain life, the moment His eyes fell on it.
Koteeswara Swamigal also known as ‘Koti Mahaan’ was a Siddhar who lived for 400 years. On seeing Shri Siva Shankar Baba, he exclaimed,
“Grand Sire, You are Kailasham! You are Vaikuntam!
Travel throughout the world, serve the people.”
Kailash is the abode of Lord Siva and Vaikuntam is the abode of Lord Vishnu.
He also gave Siva Shankar Baba his Footwear and Crown as a sign of transferring all his power to Siva Shankar Baba.
Mata Amritanandamayi is a renowned Saint from Kerala who is known for bringing peace and joy within her devotees by embracing them in true love and chanting a mantra in their ear.
On seeing Siva Shankar Baba she said,
“You are the soul of Shakti (Divine Power). Continue the dhyanam (meditation) with same mantras you are practicing and you will get the Samadhi stage at your will.”
Ratnagiri BalaMurugan Adimai Swamigal
Bala Murugan Adimai Swamigal is the saint of Ratnagiri Hills, an abode of Lord Skanda, who has taken the vow of silence and serves humanity. Siva Shankar Baba has had a long association with him for more than 24 years. He was greatly instrumental in bringing him to this present spiritual state. Swamiji used to introduce Baba to his devotees thus,
“He is my soul. Fate has powerfully kept out links of love over various births.”
It is said in various ‘Nadis’ that Bala Murugan Adimai Swamigal was in his previous birth, the great Bhogha Sidha of Palani Hills(another abode of Lord Skanda), and Siva Shankar in one of his previous births was a disciple of that great Siddha. The Guru-Shishya relationship was re-established in this birth also.
On January 26th 1984, when the annual trust Abhishekam was being performed to Lord Murugan of Ratnagiri temple, Siva Shankar kept crying continuously for more than 1 hour without knowing the reason for the same. On a piece of paper, Ratnagiri Swamigal wrote “Within the end of this month, there will be a welcome turning point in your life. God’s blessings.” On the same night, after reaching Madras, it was in the early hours (around 3.30 a.m.) that the greatest turning point in the life of Siva Shankar Baba occurred.
During Siva Shankar’s spiritual quests in his early years, he visited many great Siddhars(hermits), some of whom were unknown to the world. He has visited Mount Kailash 10 times and performed inner Parikrama. He used to fast without food for several days, visit all the temples in India and go into deep penance in the caves of Mahendragiri, where he would experience and exchange thoughts with Hermits of yore; who are invisible to the normal eye. Mata Mayamma was one such Saint he met during his quest for God.
This great mother who lived in Kanyakumari and then at Chinna Golla Patti at Salem used to shower her love on Siva Shankar Baba. On one occasion she gave him a Santhana Gopalakrishnan idol and blessed him. Whenever Baba went and sat opposite to her in meditation she used to keep chanting “Ram Ram Narayana”. She continued to bless him on various occasions.
Al-Haj Mohammed Chisti
He is a renowned Muslim Saint who was Benazir Bhuto’s adviser and even predicted incidents that were to happen in Bhuto’s life. He said the following about Shri Siva Shankar Baba when he met him for the first time on 4th February 2000, which was published in the leading newspapers in Dhaka:
- HE is the Great, Greater, and Greatest of ALL the saints of the world.
- HE has the power to give life to the dead.
- All the angels in heaven come to him and seek HIS blessings.
- HE has the face of God. ALLAH and HIM are the one and the same.
- HE is the greatest elephant of elephants (Lord Ganesh)
- HE has the full power of Siva, Parvati, Lakshmi and all the Gods put together.
- When HE looks at you, God is seeing you and your sins will henceforth be removed.
- When HE touches you, God is touching you and all your karmas are dissolved and obstacles removed.
- Whatever HE asks (for you), the Gods will readily give unto you.
- If HE wills, even this building will turn into gold
- HE is the lion, who has the power within him, given by none other than the Gods themselves to unite the world (Narasimha).
- HE can bring out the lion from HIS heart to tame the world (Narasimha)
- What is good in ALL religions, God has taught HIM even before he met HIS Guru.
- HIS face is as beautiful as that of the face of God.
- The Sun God himself is at his feet and so do the moon and the stars
- HE is the embodiment of the purest love and it flows endlessly and readily to one and all.
- God himself has come to see me (Al Haj) for I am small and I seek HIS (Siva Shankar Baba’s) advice and blessings.
- HE has undergone tremendous sacrifice to reach this level.
- HE is the master of management and operates with a system which was taught by GOD.
- HE has no wants, for all HIS wants have been granted already by God.
Podigai Malai is another abode of Lord Skanda. Krishnaveni Amma was a Saint he met during his quest for God.
On meeting Siva Shankar Baba she said in ecstacy,
“I am Sabari and my association with Baba right since his previous Avatar (Incarnation) as Rama continues. I worship the Shiva lingam installed by Him 2500 years ago at Kalyana Theertham.”
Sabari was a soul born when the Lord incarnated as Rama, in the ‘Tretha’ (righteousness) era and is known for her unconditional love for God. Once when Lord Rama visited her ashram, she having nothing to serve the Lord, offered fruit from a tree, tasting it one by one for its sweetness, for she wanted to offer only the sweetest to the Lord. Lord Rama feeling her immense love for him, compassionately ate the half-eaten fruit offered by Sabari and blessed her.
Brother D.G.S. Dinakaran
Brother D.G.S. Dinakaran is a Christian leader from Chennai and said the following about Shri Siva Shankar Baba on his visit during Christmas day celebrations to ‘Samratchana’ in the year 2000:
“Siva Shankar Baba’s love and affection really overwhelms me. Baba, out of His divine compassion has condescended to spending a few hours of His time with me today & has spoken affectionately and I am very grateful to Him for that. When I pray for others, divine messengers bring blessings from God for my requests. There is a great difference between speaking of these experiences in public forums and in this Spiritual Organization. I can speak boldly here. Here no one will find fault with what I say”.
Linghi Chetty Arulveli Siddhar
Siva Shankar Baba has often met this Saint during his early years. He had said the following about Baba:
“You have taken birth in all religions and have experimented with each path. Now there is no need for any further research. It is high time you finish your mission and return to your Spiritual house“.
Thalai Atti Siddhar
Thalai Atti Siddhar is a hermit known for taking care of the ailments and sufferings of people with just a nod of his head. He said the following about Siva Shankar Baba:
“He is Perianambi (Lord Siva) himself.“.
It was in the presence of this Hermit that Baba restored the eyesight of a woman by slapping her.
Hasrath Syed Jamarullah
“Most people have not understood Siva Shankar Baba. He accepts the physical ailments of people and gives them health. He bears the malice shown to him and does nothing but good for the people. People have not understood Baba totally, because he gives so freely, impartially, without any injunctions, with caring love and compassion, the grace that he has.”.
Dinalur Sivaprabhakara Swamy, India
This saint said the following about Baba:
“Siva Shankar is a Divine avial”
‘Avial’ is a native word in Tamil nadu used to represent the result of a combination or mixture of related items. This Hermit calls Siva Shankar Baba as a ‘Divine Avial’ meaning, combination of various divine forms in one”.
Karumari Patti Swamigal, India
said the following about Baba: “He is Sivajyothi (the soul of Siva)”
Annamalai Siddhar, India
said the following about Baba: “Sivashankar is Pattinaathar reborn”
Saint Pattinathar was a wealthy merchant of Thiruvottiyur who received enlightenment after hearing the words of his son: “Not even an eyeless needle will accompany you in your final journey”
Swamy Santhananda, Skandashrama
said the following about Baba: “Siva Shankar was initiated into Gayatri Mantra by Mother Gayathri herself. He will one day become a great person”.
Sankaralinga Swamy of Ulundurpet, India
said the following about Baba: “He is Lord Siva himself”