Guru Lineage of Sri Sivapremanandaji
Sivapremanandaji belong to Tamil Siddha Parampara that starts from Mahadeva Lord Siva:
Sivakami Om Anandhi
Guru & Disciple
He taught me the meekness of Spirit,
Infused in me the light of devotion,
Granted me the Grace of His Feet;
And after interrogation holy, testing me entire,
Revealed to me the Real, the Unreal and Real-Unreal;
Of a certain is Siva-Guru Lord Himself.
Who is a guru?
Guru is a tattva(principle or concept) appearing in the human form. Guru appearing in the human form plays an important in the spiritual growth of the sadhaka. Guru empowers students with right spiritual practice, principles and even protects sincere sadhak until he discovers his truth i.e Self-Realization.
What are the qualities of a srividya Guru?
Clarity on the subject, Compassion towards other & purity of the soul are the main qualities of the GURU.
What is Guru parampara?
Guru Parampara is an unbroken tradition starting from Lord siva/Divine Mother to the devotees immeditate guru.
Can you please explain about your guru paramapara?
Our guru parampara is called Siddha Mulavarga Sampradaya.
“Mulavarg”[ Mula=Mulanji(Thirumoolar’s name) & Varg=group] means a group of students following the teachings of Sadguru Thirumoolar. Our Siddha Mulavarg Parampara Lineage is as follows:
Lord Siva ⇒ Nandhi devar⇒ Siddha Thirumoolar⇒ Sivakami Om Nanandhi⇒ Sivapremananda
Can you please tell me more about Siddha Thirumoolarji?
Siddha Thirumoolarji is considered as Grand father of Siddhas and known by the name of Sundarar from the Mt. Kailas area of the Himalayas. He decided to undertake a journey to see a friend and fellow Siddha. This friend resided in the Potheya Mountains of south India. He was known as Siddha Agastyar. Nearing the end of his journey, near the village called Sathanur, he saw a sight that deeply moved him. He noticed a herd of cows lowing miserably around the dead body of their cow herd, Mulan. This yogi who knew well…”Anbe Sivam” (God is Love), felt he should do something to alleviate the suffering of these poor creatures. Through the use of his yogic powers, he put his body in a hollow log for safe keeping and then left it to enter the body of the dead Mulan. The cows were overjoyed to see their master returning to them. He then led them back to the village. After leaving them safely at home, he returned to the old log where he had left his body. He was shocked to find that his body had disappeared. This yogi remained in the cowherd’s body and became famous for the verses he uttered when he occasionally would come out of Samadhi (contemplative absorption). In this fashion, 3000 verses were recorded, and these are now known as THIRUMANDIRAM. Now Thirumandiram is available in nine volumes which took five years for 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. For more details please visit: http://srividyasadhana.com/buy-tirumandiram-books/
Can you explain me more about Sri Sadguru Sivakami OmAnandi?
I wouldlike to share an article written by Sri Roger which gives more details about Sivakami Om Anandi:
Sivakami Om Anandi was born October 31, 1947 in the state of Colorado in the USA. She grew up and lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest of the US. The last 9 years of her life were spent in relative seclusion on the island of Hawaii in the Pacific ocean. She was a strong swimmer, gifted equestrian, and accomplished dog breeder; but above all, a skilled and well read metaphysician.
Brought up in a Christian home, she was disillusioned with many aspects of the religion; among others, the lack of any special happenings or feelings when she took her 1st communion. One beautiful spring morning, as she was driving into town from her home in the countryside, she looked across the new fields of dark green wheat and acres of golden mustard flowers in bloom, and said to herself; “If there is a God, I’m looking at it!” This seemed to be a magic formula, as within a week, she was introduced to metaphysical teachings, which she hungrily devoured. She soon realized that what she was truly passionate about was the search for truth.
Eventually, she came across the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda and once she had read “The Autobiography”, there was no stopping her. She was euphoric at the realization that there was actually a way out of this mess we call life, and she set out to find it, at all costs. Her family had a fit. Even friends that should have known better, tried to tell her it wasn’t for westerners. “What nonsense”, she said. “Truth is truth, wherever one finds it!” By this time, she was on a mission. She joined Self-Realization Fellowship (YogodaSatsanga in India) and it changed her life forever.
Her first SRF weekend retreat, in 1977, was led by a Swami of the order, Brother Bhaktananda. As she knelt in front of Yogananda’s photo and offered a rose, a great flash of light passed between the Swami and herself. They didn’t talk about it, but both knew it had happened. She never forgot what happened that evening. In her bedroom, she suddenly awoke and was aware the master Yoganandaji was standing there, all aglow, even as the room was dark. He was dressed in white with a white wool shawl around his shoulders. His hair was pulled back in a knot at the back of his head, and covered in a scarlet-red ribbon. She sat up on the bed in total disbelief. He knelt in front of her, lifted his hands in front of her stomach, and drew negative karma out of her. Then he pronammed to her and was gone. This act of charity on his behalf instantly and permanently changed her. Suddenly she found she could concentrate like never before. This made meditation easy. Therefore, she meditated all the time, everywhere. She also realized he had imparted ways of doing it not given to most students. This, along with her total surrender, led her to Samadhi in just 6 weeks time.
The Samadhis she was experiencing became progressively longer and more intense, to the point she feared she might die, and this brought her to begin the struggle to take back self-control. It took a full year of effort to get back to semi-normal consciousness. When she did, she was totally grief-stricken over the loss of the intense love she had been experiencing. It was at this time that Divine Mother began asking her to “teach My children”; but she did not know what to teach, as SRF makes it clear that you are not to pass on what they give and at that time she didn’t know any other techniques.
About 4 years later, while meditating, she received Babaji Nagaraj’s darshan, which she described as being so incredibly strong that when a friend walked in during the process, the friend almost fainted just from being near her.
In 1989, Divine Mother took her astrally to hidden caves and passages under the Himalayas where she began receiving lost meditation techniques. Some of these, she taught locally.
It was in 1991 that a fellow SRF student introduced her to the book, “Babaji and the 18 SiddhaKriya Yoga Tradition”. She read a few pages each night before sleeping. She had just read about doing the mantra, Sivayanama, with the breath, so decided to try it as she lay down to sleep. She hadn’t made it through the 1st round when a Master (in living color and fully animated) dropped into her Spiritual eye, calling her by name, telling her how happy he was to see her again, and other personal information. Then he held up his index and middle fingers, sent a brilliant light through her, and was gone. At the time, her husband came running down from the upstairs to tell her the house was full of a holy vibration. She was too drunk on bliss to react. This blissful drunken state lasted for 3 days. As she became outwardly conscious again, she began to go through the book to find out which one of the 18 Siddhas had come to her. The minute she looked upon the eyes in his picture, she knew it was Thirumoolar, her first and Sat Guru. It was Siva’s mantra that had brought him and this prompted her to research book after book about Siva, and to wear the Shiva Lingam which she later passed toSivapremananda. Because of her devotion to Siva, he eventually came to her in a vision, and told her that her name was “Sivakami Om Anandi.”
In the years following, Thirumoolar came to her many times, transposing the instructions for the 3DQs/sivayoga onto her mind and imploring her to put it on the internet for today’s upwardly mobile, electronics savvy population. Sivakami had never learned to use a computer, and never did, but around this time, she fell in love with and married her soul mate, and he was to become her secretary and helper in this most important endeavor. Towards the end of her life on this earth, she made sure to set things up so that this important work could continue. On November 14th, 2011, her work on this earth came to a close as she left the body permanently.Throughout her life, Sivakami did not seek out miracles. She sought only for truth; for answers to why miraculous things happened to her spontaneously. Those answers, for the most part, came through meditation and surrender to Spirit. Sometimes they were communicated to her directly in visions or by clairaudience. Other times, she was guided to answers or clues hidden in the writings of others. She was not bound by any one religion or path, but believed truth could be found where 2 or more paths crossed
How you came in contact with siddha Thirumoolarji and Sivakami OmAnandi? Please share your experiences.
I came in contact with Sivakami OmAnandi during my higher studies in Germany. I read Autobiography of a yogi and wanted to learn Kriya yoga so I searched in the internet for kriya yoga teacher in Germany and somehow I found sivayoga website (www.sivayoga.com). I chanted Thirumoolar’s 51 letter Siva mantra mentioned in the sivayoga website and found so much bliss & joy that I completely forget the world for a few minutes. Then I felt magnetically attracted to sivayoga teachings taught by Sivakami Omanandi. So I applied for sivayoga course and started sivayoga practices under her guidance. This is how I came in contact with my spiritual master and mother Sivakami Omanandhi. As I started meditating under her guidance, my life started changing and I started experiencing great transformation in my thoughts, energy, emotional states and behavior.
In the beginning, Sadguru Thirumoolar started guiding me in my dreams. After 3 months of Sivyoga initiation, I got a dream where Siddha Thirumoolar was writing some coded symbols around my head and those symbols started shining as a divine Siva mantra. This is my first initiation in Sivamantra by Sadguru Thirumoolarji infusing five letters of Siva mantra around my head as if they are five faces (panchamukhi) of Lord Siva. After this initiation, I started experiencing kundalini activation and deeper state of meditations for 5-10hrs daily. Then he started manifesting as golden light form in my third eye and once he completely came out of my third eye and gave a darshan which made me go blank and drunk in bliss for 3days. Other times he manifested in three different bodies like young, middle and old age person. I prayed him to give darshan in the old age(father form), so that my mind can surrender to him completely and sadguru Thirumoolarji accepted my request.
How to find and select a guru?
The disciple with his limited knowledge and perception can’t find a guru who will be able to remove all his miseries and help him directly in the advancement of his spiritual sadhana. Actually, It is the guru who chooses disciple. Sastras say that for getting a proper Guru, one should meditate with utmost faith and devotion on his ista devata.Then by the grace of ista devata, Sri Guru will be known to him. Remember, the connection with the proper guru is really the result of good deeds done in the earlier births by the disciple.
What is the place of a guru in the life of a Disciple?
While guru may appear as an ordinary person, he must be perceived as the embodiment of Shiva-Shakti and not as an individual. Sastras vouchsafe that there is no difference between the Sri Guru and Parashakti. The guru is always in the heart of the disciple and clearing all the doubts arising then and there. This can be an experience of the disciple. The disciple will experience that the guru is the living personification of the divine mother.
How should the guru be honored and respected?
One should have the utmost respect and devotion towards his guru. Guru is living deity who has come to elevate the disciple up from the ocean of samsara. Guru’s words should be taken as the words of divine siva-shakti.Guru bhakti should be something the disciple must feel from within. Mere external expression not necessarily an indicator of one’s respect for his guru.
Who is a disciple?
Disciple is one who sincerely and faithfully follows the discipline given by the guru.
Can a disciple or seeker give upadesam or deeksha(initiation) to another?
Normally when the Guru is alive, the disciple should not give upadesam or deeksha to another person. However, when guru is unable to do so due to old age etc then one can with the prior permission of the Guru do the same.
Since childhood days, Sivapremanandaji had a basic questions of life in his mind like ‘who am I? where I came from? What is the link between me and Universe?’. He was searching for the answers for years together. In the quest for truth, He met his Guru Sivakami OmAnandi in the year 2000 and later had a darshan of Satguru Mahasiddhar Thirumoolar whose grace enlightened him.
In his youth, he used to spend daily 4 to 5 hours during morning hours in mantra recitation, kriya pranayama and meditation. On festival days, he used to spend a whole day or whole night in doing such practices. Sometimes joined to local siddhas who had shared many spiritual secrets and truths. This started in 1999 and continued for many years. Even though he never involved into tantric practices, his spiritual experiences gave him a deep insight into the inner meanings of mantras, yantras and tantras.
Once the elevation of soul starts, it will be able to receive the divine blessings and Guidance from Siddha Masters. An old yogi started appearing many times in his dreams giving instructions when he got initiated from Sivakami OmAnandi. Soon he realized that the yogi is none otherthan the Mahasiddhar Thirumoolar. On several occasions he had darshan of Lord Siva as Nilakanta, Mahavatar babaji and Lahari mahashaya and sometimes other gods and goddesses whom he never heard of. Sivapremanandaji shared his experiences here not with an intention to boast himself, but with an intention to boost confidence in the people who are ascending the spiritual ladder.
After experiencing higher states of Samadhi, Sivapremanandaji willing to share Sri Vidya teachings for the benefit of those who aspire for Self-Realization but don’t know where to begin, or their worldly responsibilities are too great to allow them the time to pursue in-depth studies or attend lengthy retreats.
Now Sivapremanandaji helping sincere spiritual seekers through Thirumoolar Siva Yoga and Sri Vidya Sadhana Online. His Professional Education is as follows,
M.S. in Biochemical Science from Technical University Munich, Germany.
PhD in Biomedicine from University of Barcelona, Spain.
Post-Doctorate in Cancer Biology in from Loyola Universit Chicago, USA.