Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mystic Writings on Arunachala

Over the last several hundreds of years there have been many fascinating narratives written about Arunachala by devotees of the Hill. But sometimes the most intuitive and compelling narratives are written by those who have never even visited Arunachala. 

One such writer was Kenneth Grant. He was born in Ilford, Essex, England on May 23, 1924 and died on January 15, 2011. Grant volunteered for the army in 1942 as a young man of 18 years old in the hope that he would be posted to India, where he might find a guru. However a breakdown of his health, saw him discharged from the army within 18 months of his enlistment, and thereafter he was to spend his years and life in the U.K. 

Where he became a renowned occultist and writer propounding the philosophy of 'Thelema', which was a synthesis of Nietzschean and Buddhist ideas that sought to harness willpower for magical ends. Later Grant proceeded to immerse himself in mysticism and in particular in Advaita Vedanta and wrote essays on such luminaries as Sri Ramana Maharshi, Pagal Haranath, Paramahamsa Ramakrishna, Anandamayi Ma, and Swami Sivananda. 

Kenneth Grant

In his work ‘The Magical Revival’ Kenneth Grant writes of Arunachala as one of the global chakras. 

“The supreme seat of energy - the Sahasrara Chakra - is not located within the physical body at all, but above the cranial suture, where, figuratively speaking, the Lotus of Infinite Light blooms and bathes with its perfume the subtle anatomy of man. The Sahasrara is the seat of the Atman, the True Self in Man which is known as the Brahman in the Cosmos. It is the Abode of Siva and is represented on earth by the Sacred Hill of Arunachala in South India. This is the cult-centre of the most profoundly spiritual Path now open to humanity, i.e. the Advaita-marg or Path of Non-duality. 

Arunachala, the oldest hill in existence is said to date from the Lemurian phase of the earth's history. The Light of Pure Wisdom, Jnana, shines through the Sahasrara. It is broken into a thousand streams by its multitude of petals. The nectar drips perpetually over the subtle bodies and energizes the chakras beneath it, each chakra absorbing and transmuting a little of the Light in accordance with individual spiritual development. 

The first two glands to be animated by it are the pineal and the pituitary. The former is located in the middle of the head of the physical body, and its function is to initiate the current of Light in the remaining centres, and to regulate its distribution from the corresponding chakras in the etheric body. The pineal gland is backed by the Ajna Chakra, which once constituted the Third Eye, or Eye of Siva. This is the channel of direct spiritual energy.” 

In speaking of the inner light beam of Arunachala, Kenneth Grant states in his book 'Outer Gateways', that: 

“Down this column, as down a pathway cut through space by the beams of the full moon, swarm the unearthly siddhas who, while upon earth, reside within the caverns of the hill.” 

And that Arunachala, ‘constitutes the most powerful concentration of spiritual energy on this planet.’ The hill represents and conceals some form of gateway to a state of consciousness outside terrestrial conditions. Arunachala, therefore, is associated with such concepts as light-siddhas-caves-tunnels-visions (of amazing cities), flower-gardens-temples; and Dakshinamurti, the Guru who confers diksa by Silence. Dakshinamurti means, literally, the formless (amurti) dakshin (south/set). This pervasive and formless light of Arunachala was congealed into a solid columnic mass or pillar, in aeons-old Lemuria.’ 

These are mysterious inner plane entities of vastly ancient provenance who can manifest in whatever way they choose. Maharshi said that ‘A number of Siddha Purushas live on this mountain. It is perhaps with a desire to see me that they come and go assuming various shapes.’ Strange lights have been seen over Arunachala and have often given the impression of being under some kind of conscious control. When Maharshi died a bright light was seen moving slowly across the sky that then appeared to enter the hill. The Tripurarahasya has a tale of a hill containing an entire universe within it. 

‘. . . Dakshinamurti (the Sage associated by tradition with Arunachala) initiates by silence. ‘Silence is the true nature of the Self for it transcends all vibrations and is the type of absolute stillness symbolised by Arunachala-Siva, consciousness unstained by thoughts, which are but subtle vibrations.’ 

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