This week I had surgery, etheric surgery that is, in Virupaksha Cave on Mount Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai (South Indian state of Tamil Nadu). The natural rock cave is a legendary place where for example Ramana Maharshi stayed several years for self-enquiry and meditation. But before I get into details, let me share a few insights about Arunachala.
While you can get historical information on Wikipedia, I share my view here. I’m not a devotee of Ramana, but feel strongly linked to Arunachala, and so I asked the holy hill directly:
Highest Supreme Consciousness, Mother Earth, Mount Arunachala, please show me what there needs to be known about this spot, in a way that is understandable, show me what I need to know to move forward.
Mount Arunachala. I see a light vortex, between the centre of Earth and the centre of (supreme) source. There is a particular spin around that part of the mountain where I’m sitting right now. Seems like a centre spin. And my spine is elongating, extending upwards and downwards.
And it seems almost as if the previously squashed and compressed DNA is receiving more space now, because of the extension upwards and downwards. DNA spirals are expanding, getting more space. Each DNA particle receives more space for increased spin, and vibration. All my cells are relaxing, expanding. Receiving a new high frequency nourishment. It’s like a reviving bath for my body system.
Mount Arunachala. Thanks for having me.
I hear ‘star gate’, like a crucial access point into other dimensions, and a gate from other dimensions, higher dimensions to Earth. I see ripples and waves expanding from the mountain, around Earth. My brain is getting some pressure now, the centre of the brain. My whole body is vibrating and buzzing. It’s a focused buzz, not a dispersing or distracting buzz. It’s about calm and strength. Intensity. And benevolence.
Mount Arunachala. I see siddhas, sadhus and saints walking IN and around the mountain. I see them inside the mountain. Strong healthy beautiful men. And some women. And it feels as if they collect cosmic particles. And once they leave the mountain they spread them allover the lands. Amongst the people and beings. Mountain feels like a central hub for atomic cosmic data particles. Light particles. But it is lava like. More like liquid light. Once you touch it, your whole system gets infused and surrounded by those frequencies. And there is a whole range of frequencies, depending on the individual body system. Those particles will be attracted, the respective frequency will be magnetised and enhance the body system for the next best step forward serving the individual’s good.
I’m smiling now, because I get a sense of ecstasy without agitation. A very contained bliss. It’s delicious. And it ripples through my whole body. Tears well up.
That ecstasy is going in waves through my body. Heart space, from the head to my fingertips, feet and beyond. From Earth to my feet along the spine up towards my brain and beyond.
Arunachala, I want your purest form. No distractions, no interferences, no manipulations. I want your pure essence, now.
I have no words, but I get sparks. Surrounding my body. Platinum bright light diamond-like sparks of light. I receive them through my hands, palms, feet. I receive them through every pore of my body. Through my eyes, ears, nouse and mouth. I just hold that space now.
The physical body is still. but the energy system or consciousness system, the nervous system, is highly activated. And my spine is merging now with what feels like the spine of Arunachala. My inner monitor shows bright purple light. It is the most beautiful purple light. Yeah, it is super electric, ultra violet light.
My legs are shaking a little bit. Are trembling. And back to stillness. A cool breeze is surrounding me, but in the centre I feel lave. Heat clouds come out of my chest and throat. Gently moving upwards towards my face. I feel it on the skin of my face.
Thank you , thank you, thank you.
Om, shanti, shanti, shanti, om.
– Transcript of a communion in January 2018 (spoken / recorded by me in a meditative state)
Now, exactly one year later, I’m in Tiruvannamalai again. This time with my husband. And last Sunday, on the day of the ‘Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse’, we did the auspicious 14 km Parikrama around Arunachala. Though it was physically tiring, we felt energised and uplifted throughout the circumambulation. I walked most of the time barefoot which was a really uplifting experience. And once again, I felt privileged to live in India and be able to walk freely with naked feet without bystanders giving looks. We saluted all the Ashtalingams on the path, connected to nature, and moved smoothly around the mountain within 3,5 hours.
Arunachala is surrounded by eight lingams, the Asta-Lingams. Each is residing in one of the eight directions of the four cardinal points and four intercardinal points, and each having apparently particular characteristics:
- Indra Lingam (East): helps destroying ignorance and bestows spiritual knowledge on deserving devotees;
- Agni Lingam (South East): associated with the fire of Knowledge, helping devotees get relief from disease and problems;
- Yama Lingam (South): helps devotees get rid of their financial constraints;
- Niruthi Lingam (South West): helps people to recover from the bad effects of black magic and other negative energies;
- Varuna Lingam (West): helps to maintain health and deal with water related diseases;
- Vayu Lingam (North West): provides vital life-giving breath and strengthens heart and lungs;
- Kubera Lingam (North): distributes wealth and material possessions;
- Esanya Lingam (North East): for peace of mind and discernment;
Evening at Annamalaiyar Temple, under the full moon. And next day’s traditional Giri Pradakshina (circumambulation of the holy Arunachala mountain) – me mostly barefoot.
This week I wanted to hike up Mount Arunachala and visit Virupaksha Cave. The first time after 2010 (a glimpse of my experience that time in this post). I started from Ramana’s ashram in the morning. It was a 30 minutes climb uphill, across a well-maintained but rocky path, which nosy monkeys crossed every now and then, before I reached Skandashram, where Ramana Maharshi used to live, teach and give darshan (from 1916 to 1922).
I sat down for meditation in a central tiny space of the ashram building. Immediately I got a sense of grounding. Connecting with Earth and her nutricious humus, rich organic soil. What felt like a beautiful, loving nourishment infused not only all my cells, bones and fibres, but my entire beingness. I felt strongly rooted. It was like an intense yet also gentle stabilisation process, or rather a re-membering.
When I left Skandashram, a part in me sensed that this might have been a preparation for what I was about to experience in Virupaksha Cave.
From Skandashram to Virupaksha Cave
It was already close to midday when I trekked to Virupaksha Cave. Having walked under the zenith of the sun, I felt super hot (and sweaty) when sitting down in the meditation space of the cave. The room has changed since the last time I was there. Altar surrounding platforms were built, probably to accommodate the visitors better. I stayed on the floor though, in a corner away from the entrance.
I sat down, closed my eyes, set my intention (e.g. inviting what is divinely aligned and serves my good), appreciated the ‘rich silence’ of the cave and focused on my breath. I was boiling, clothes stuck on my skin and the air did not seem to move at all. Then I recalled my experience from almost ten years ago: observing the physical phenomena without emotional charge while opening to higher sense perception.
So here I was. Aware of the baking heat and stickiness on the physical level. BUT in terms of consciousness, I noticed an opening, an increasing lightness and expansion. I even had a cooling sensation, as if refreshing ether entered my system. Through all the stuffiness of the cave, I accessed what I would describe as pure prana. Or pure prana accessed me. Whichever way around, it was a relief. And exquisite. No idea for how long I stayed in this state, before I noticed a headache was pulsing up.
It was a massive headache, and naturally I shifted my attention to that part of the brain where the pain was located. What I saw, did not blow my mind, but certainly surprised me, in a delightful sort of way: a group of celestial beings was performing brain surgery on me. Now, that’s interesting!
I could sense how concentrated they were working on my brain. Despite their seriousness during the process, I felt also a lot of love from their side. It was touching and I had tears welling up. I surrendered and deeply relaxed.
Curious to know how they performed the surgery, I scanned their actions. I saw that they did all work through a kind of telepathy. They were able to see my issues through their special inner vision and equally the surgery happened through their intent and consciousness power. The surgery was about releasing multidimensional overlays or distortions, as well as optimising neurological, glandular, mental, emotional and energetic connectivity.
Eventually the beings withdrew and I was left with heat waves along and up my spine. The headache was completely gone, but I felt super tired.
No idea how much time went by, when I left the cave. What felt to me like a ten minutes sitting, turned out as more than an hour’s experience. I sat in the shade outside of the cave. I was so exhausted, that could have slept there and then. Rest like the monkeys that I had seen at the entrance to the cave when I arrived.
I managed to get up and slowly trek down Arunachala. The last part of the walk lead through a village, where I came across a small shop and got a bottle of Limca. Never did a sugary soda taste as good as in that moment. And it really revived my body. At least, sufficiently enough to make it back to the guesthouse (near Agni Lingam), where I collapsed on the bed and fell asleep.
When I described to my husband later that day what happened, he told me about his own unusual headache, which had started exactly at the same time, when I was in the cave… Fascinating this interconnection.
Some people compare Mount Arunachala to Mount Kailash. Kailash as Earth’s crown chakra and abode of Shiva, Arunachala as his smaller brother. Having visited Kailash last year, and comparing both mountain’s energy fields, I feel distinct differences between them though.
Upon some recent research I came across these statements:
Asked about the special sanctity of Arunachala, Ramana Maharshi said that other holy places such as Kailash, Varanasi and Rishikesh are sacred because they are the abodes of Lord Siva whereas Arunachala is Lord Siva himself (ref. Venkataramiah Munagala, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi).
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.
– Arunachala Mahatmyam
This verse of Arunachala Mahatmyam says, Arunachala is a secret kshetra (important holy field or pilgrimage spot). It is this place that bestows jnana (self-knowledge) and because most people have so many other desires and do not truly want jnana, Arunachala has always remained comparatively little known. But to those who want it, always seem to find Arunachala.
All stones in that place Arunachala are lingams. It is indeed the abode of Lord Siva. All trees are the wish-granting trees of Indra‘s heaven. Its rippling waters are the Ganges, flowing through our Lord‘s matted locks. The food eaten there is the ambrosia of the Gods. To go round it in pradakshina is to perform pradakshina of the world. Words spoken there are holy scripture, and to fall asleep there is to be absorbed in samadhi, beyond the mind‘s delusion. Could there be any other place which is its equal?
– Arunachala Puranam by Saiva Ellappa Navalar, translation by Robert Butler