A Hint from the Holy Hill

Sreejith Narayan

In the very first Bhajan that Swami taught after declaring His Avatarhood, "Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam", He urged everyone to surrender to Lord Shiva of the Arunachala hill, further implying He was that very same Shiva who is Omkara personified. Such is the importance of Arunachala, the holy hill at Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. It is also an important place for devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi, with Sri Ramana Ashram situated at its foothills.

To further elaborate on the holiness of the place, in the text Arunachala Mahatmyam, translated from Sanskrit to Tamil by Sri Ramana Maharshi, it is said:

"Arunachala is truly the holy place. Of all holy places it is the most sacred! Know that it is the heart of the world. It is truly Siva himself! It is His heart-abode, a secret kshetra. In that place the Lord ever abides the hill of light named Arunachala." 

When asked about the special sanctity of Arunachala, Sri Ramana Maharshi declared that other holy places such as Kailas, Kasi and Chidambaram are sacred because they are the abodes of Lord Siva whereas Arunachala is Lord Siva himself.

In June 2012, a Sai devotee who has been in Swami's fold for many years, was making Pradakshina (Circumambulation) around the Arunachala hill. She was crying and praying to Swami, pleading Him to come back soon in the same Sathya Sai form. All of a sudden, a man who looked like a Saint, whom she had never met or seen before and who was absolutely unknown to her, appeared right in front of her. He looked at her intensely and declared:”YOUR SWAMI IS SURE TO COME BACK SOON. DO FASTING ON THE 23rd!” Saying this, he just walked away and disappeared leaving the devotee dumbfounded. How could that man who looked like a Saint know what she had been thinking about and praying for? Where did he come from and where did he go?!!!

Even though I am yet to visit that sacred place, I have heard many stories of Divine beings living on the hill and there have been some recent sightings of them as well. I believe this holy hill will be one of the major pillars in the spiritual pantheon, sanctified by the presence of awakened souls participating in the ensuing Golden Age marked by Swami's Return.

Dr. Srikanth and Shivani Sola of Devas Unlimited have mentioned the following about the importance of this hill in the unfolding Golden Age. 

“In the Golden Age (Sat Yuga), many rishis and saints who have hidden themselves away from the public eye will again become available. A few days ago the Devas showed us a vision of Arunachalam, the sacred hill in Tamil Nadu, south India which is famous for its ancient Shiva temple as well as the ashram of the venerable Sri Ramana Maharshi. Many, many siddha purushas (perfected beings) are ensconced away within the bosom of the sacred hill, silently doing their tapasya for hundreds and even thousands of years. 

Some of these rishis, the Devas told us, come into the world only during each Sat Yuga. Others hid themselves away so as to be unaffected by the onslaught of Dwapara and Kali Yugas. 

In the years to come, many of these rishis will awaken from their Samadhi and become available to us. Some will form new spiritual centers of learning. Others will go about quietly meeting and teaching those souls who are ready for advanced lessons. And still others will simply vibrate at a high rate of consciousness, silently blessing all those around. 

We cannot go and interact with these rishis just yet, as the depth of their Samadhi does not permit communication with us. However, we can go near and attune our awareness to theirs, allowing us to benefit from their presence”.

My soul sings...

Victory to the Noble Teacher, Lord Sai Natha.
Chant "Om Namah Shivaya",
Chant the name of Lord Shiva
Who resides in Arunachala. 
Chant the name of Lord Baba
Who is Omkara personified.
Manasa Bhajare Guru Charanam. 
Dusthara bhava saagara taranam


Anonymous2014-09-16 18:11#
Getting goosebumps! :). Thanks for writing this wonderful piece. We have heard that it is an amazing place - that the energy around the hill is strong and palpable.

I sent it to a friend and said we should go visit Thiruvannamalai when she comes here in November. She wrote back saying that just this week, another family had invited her to come visit Thiruvannamalai and have the Darshan of Shiva! Definite calling, she said. We plan to go visit and Swami willing, do the circum-ambulation as well. My father did it 1970 I think, and he said it was an amazing experience.

We have read in several places of course, that Swami was very fond of Sri Ramana.


September 22, 2013 at 5:53 AM
SAI SUNDER2014-09-16 18:12#
Thank Bhagawan- Great good news again, to keep the devotees' heart beating and to disprove the Lunar 96 theory. Bhagawan will soon return in the same form.SAI RAM

September 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM
Anonymous2014-09-16 18:13#
The reference to the sacred hill and Lord Shiva reminds me of the dream that I had when Swami was being treated at the Super Speciality hospital . I had shared the dream with Sreejith after perusing through his book. In the dream I saw a visibly tired and worn out Swami comes from a corner and rests His head on the lap of a Lord Shiva sitting in a padmasana pose and immersed in dhyana. A little while later, Swami gets up totally rejuvenated. and walks out. Are we moving towards that epochal moment in His Story?

Sai Ram

S.N. roychoudhury

September 23, 2013 at 1:04 AM
Rajesh Pai
Rajesh Pai2014-09-16 18:14#
Jay Sai Ram!
I was looking for a date to fast (to abstain from solid food during the day) and this article appears...I am taking the hint from this and have started fasting for every month on day 23 starting from today 23 September.

September 23, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Anonymous2014-09-16 18:15#
Great to hear this.We are all equally blessed to hear the experience of that noble Lady.All the information shared actually is helping us in increasing our Sadhana in our day to day life.Love you Swamy.Thank you Narayanji.Sairam.
Sai Saraswuthi.

September 24, 2013 at 6:40 AM
Sreejith Narayan - STKC
Sreejith Narayan - STKC2014-09-16 18:15#
Sairam, Thank you all for your loving comments.

September 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Apurva2014-09-16 18:16#
Thank you for the write up. Am crossing my fingers and awaiting the 23rd the swamiji in the write up is referring to !!

September 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM
sandhya2014-09-16 18:17#
Some years back I had the opportunity to visit Thiruvanamalai and do the Pradakshina also with my husband and my sister's family. It was an "experience". We went around the hill barefoot. By the time we made a full round and reached the Ashram, our feet were full of blisters. The last 3 kilometres were agonising. We were wondering if we could reach our destination. We could not stop anywhere as there was no place to sit. It was the market place and the last few kms were in the town.
What needs to be mentioned here is that it was difficult to sleep with the feet feeling raw and bruised. We applied some oil and tried to sleep. Slowly, we did go to sleep and in the morning it was a miracle. No pain, no blisters. It was as if we never walked!! I felt I was ready for yet another round. The ashram is very simple and housed a book shop with a huge collection of books written by Raman Mahrishi. There is a dhyan Mandiram (meditation hall) and rocky hills behind. It is quiet and peaceful. A visit to Arunachala is a rejuvenating experience to say the least!!

October 1, 2013 at 2:14 AM
Jim Martineau
Jim Martineau2014-09-23 03:59#
This is a fantastic article. Thank you.
S.NAGARAJAN2015-01-16 07:39#
The holy Hill Arunachala and the benign Ramana Maharishi evoke many blissful feelings in me. I very much yearned to go there once. Twice, I was able to go around the Arunachala with the help of my colleagues in Office. It was really a wonder some of my close colleagues had deep faith in Arunachala. I visited Ramana Ashram only once. I was able to touch the walking stick of Ramana Maharishi. Somehow my mind is always attracted to Advaita philosophy. Sri Ramana lived the philosophy. Many times, Swami spoke on this beautiful philosophy and hence he reiterated, I am God, You are God.... Only problem is we are not aware while He is fully conscious of the great Truth. He remains in Constant Integrated Awareness. It is a great blessing that we are all contemporaries to Bagawan. Everyone awaits eagerly for His reappearance. Now He gives Dharsan to selected few. After few months, He will be Universal Phenomena. Even to think about such beautiful future, the mind becomes extremely happy! Om Sri Sai Ram.
S. Rani
S. Rani2015-06-16 08:59#
Sai Brother Sreejith,I would like to share something here with all of you sai brothers and Sisters who believe saints and Rishis have hidden themselves doing tapasyas for thousands of years. What about HANUMAN???.. I was reading a booklet by Satyabhama Dasi last year where it was mentioned that Hanuman was left behind when Shri Ram left the earth with some of the devotees in Treta Yug, so that HE (SHRI RAM) will accomplish HIS task when HE comes back in KALIYUG. HANUMAN is also meditating somewhere on a "PARVAT'. If this true, then how amazing !
BRUNO2017-05-11 13:41#

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