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The Kingdom of Madurai

The Kingdom of Madurai was established in the mists of time by Lord Paramaśiva and later revived by Devī Mīnākṣi and Lord Sundareśvara, who as the deities and incarnates of Śrī Paramaśiva ruled over the Kingdom. Lord Paramaśiva and Devī Parāśakti in their incarnations as “Lord Sundareśvara also popularly known as Chokkanathar” and “Mīnākṣi Amman” respectively, revived the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham(temple monastery complex) as an “enlightenment ecosystem” which stands today as the oldest civilisation directly established by Paramaśiva in the world. The Kingdom of Madurai is a Spiritual Kingdom. The Ruling Seat is referred to as “Kailāsonnata Dvadaśanta Śyāmala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham”. To ensure this pure Supreme tradition continues to elevate humanity, the Divine Couple enthrone their direct representatives, their divine energies in the form of continuously flowing lineage of living Masters – the Guru Maha Sannidhanams (Pontiffs) of the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham.

 

The Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham – the temple monastery complex – from which Madurai is ruled is located in the city of Madurai, which is the capital of the Pandya Kingdom. The Pandya Kings ruled the entire 56 nations that then constituted planet earth, and consequently all the regions which lie in the state of Tamil Nadu, South India. The historical accounts of the royal divine dynasty dates back to the reign of Lord Śrī Rāma, the Divine Incarnation of Bhagavān Śrī Viṣṇu, who was at the same time the absolute Puruṣa, Paramaśiva, and absolute Uttama (Supreme being), operating within the rules of Dharma (Cosmic code of conduct) on the human plane. Śrī Rāma blessed this lineage by being born as the 62nd King in this great lineage of Ikṣvāku of the Sun dynasty (Sūrya vamsha) which bears extensive references in the Hindu Epic Rāmayaṇa (Kishkindha Kandha, 4-41-11, 12). References can also be found in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, 5000 years ago, in the Mahābhārat war (a historical war fought in Hindu epic Mahābhārat) (Karna Parva, verse 20.25) fought by the Pandavas and Lord Śrī Kṛṣna (the Divine Incarnation of Bhagavan Śrī Viṣṇu an incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu ).

 

Devi Minaksi

Mother of the Cosmos, “Ādi Śakti” (the original source of energy), who is the divine consort of Lord Paramaśiva – Sundareshvara – appeared in her third incarnation as “Mīnākṣi” meaning ‘“the fish-eyed one’”. Once, Madurai was ruled by a King by name Malayadhvaja Pandian. His wife was Kaanchanamaalai and unfortunately they were not blessed with a child for quite a long period. They conducted a Yaga (an act of propitiation to the Gods), called Puthra Kameshti Yagam. A beautiful three-year-old female child was granted to them which appeared from the fire of the Yaga, spontaneously. This child had three breasts in its body and this caused distress to the royal couple, Malayadhvajan and Kaanchanamaalai. Also they had asked God Almighty for a male child who could carry on the affairs of the Kingdom and they beseeched help from the God again. There was a voice from heaven that spoke thus, “Do not think that this is an ordinary female child. Nurture it the way you would treat a male child and make her the Queen; and when she sees her suitor one breast of hers will automatically disappear.” They named the child Thadathagai and took abundant care in bringing her up. At the appropriate time, she was crowned the Queen of Madurai. From that day onwards she held the sceptre of royal power and ruled over Madurai.

 

She was endowed with extraordinary yogic powers, infinite qualities and energies. Also named “Thadathagai” (warrior princess)” and “Angayarkanni”, and with a regal upbringing beyond even that of the most valiant of princes, she was the Queen of the blessed Pandyan empire headquartered at Madurai city, the city created by the divine couple Devī Mīnākṣi and Lord Sundareśvara. Ruling for a considerably long period, she elevated the Mīnākṣi Sāmrājya (Rule of Mīnākṣi) with cosmic justice, and extended the divine empire in all directions,  ruling with extraordinary administrative acumen.

His Divine Holiness Bhagavan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam reveals deeper Truths behind Minakshi’s birth (extract from Nithya Satsang – everyday morning discourse – delivered on 7 May 2012 at the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham):

 

“Sundareshwara and Meenakshi were not born of any mother’s womb. They did not assume any human body in the usual way like how we all have assumed human body. Meenakshi walked straight out of the homa agni – sacred ritualistic fire – as a 3-year-old. She just reduced her frequency from the Akashic layer, the sky, the space, straight to the physical level. She used fire as the medium. Understand: there are five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. The beings who are living in space are enlightened beings – jeevan muktas – the divine beings. Beings who are living in this physical earth are human beings.

 

Meenakshi did not assume the human body in a normal way. She used fire as a medium. If you put these two elements – the earth and water into fire, it will convert them into air and space! Anything in form offered into fire will be made formless. In the same way, anything formless, to assume form, has to enter through the fire. That is why I have to use Arunachala – the fire (the sacred Arunachala hill in the birthplace of HDH where he assumed the human form, represents the fire element). Fire is pre-requisite for the formless to assume the form, for the formless to enter the form. Meenakshi did the same thing. There was a huge sacred fire ceremony, which Meenakshi has used. She used that frequency and just entered from formless to form – assumed the human body of 3-year-old child.

 

Please understand, it is a very significant information. Only at the age of 3, the pratyakatma chaitanya jagratha (awakening of the individual consciousness) is possible; your bio memory and brain is mature to feel the individual existence of consciousness. Even in my case when I assumed the body, when I took birth, the body was mature and equivalent to a 3-year-old child. My mother used to say I was ten pounds! Indian village mothers can never imagine delivering a ten-pound child because usually Indian village mothers are malnourished, under nourished and I am not born in a rich family, I am born in a very middle class family. And there was no special pregnancy care given to my mother. Nothing! The moment I was born, my mother said I was so huge. She felt as if I was inside for five years!

 

Because only in three years, the 3rd year, the body becomes mature, the bio memory becomes mature to feel the individual awakening of consciousness. So Meenakshi walked straight out of the fire as a 3-year-old child assuming the form. I don’t even want to use the word human body because her human physiology was never a normal physiology. Of course there is no question of psychology. But even her physiology was never a normal physiology. She just assumed a form, not human body – the first and foremost form of the Supreme Mother, Divine Mother, Meenakshi. The homa (fire ritual) was done by the divine rishis (enlightened Sages) . Meenakshi Sundareshwara assumed the form to elevate human beings to the highest form. Human beings to the highest existence.”

 

Lord Sundareshwara

The Lord of all Lords, Paramaśiva, the One without a beginning or end, the One who is eternal, formless, nameless, and representing causeless auspiciousness incarnated as Minaksi’s Consort Sundareśvara – the One who is ‘supremely beautiful’.

The very land of Madurai is sacred, for here Sundareśvara incarnated himself in not just one human body, but eleven different bodies at different times. Even in Kailasha, Paramaśiva’s very own abode, the cosmic center of the universe, He assumed and left just one body. In Kashi, Paramaśiva’s city, He assumed two forms. But, in Madurai He assumed 11 incarnations to playfully, casually please, protect, and play with not just His surrendered devotees, but even other species such as animals and birds, for no cause or reason. In that sense, Madurai is considered the rarest of rare energy fields, so very close to Paramaśiva, who has a direct connection with Madurai and its people. The incredible journey into the play of divine consciousness is made possible by the most enchanting recordings of the great Paranjyothi Munivar called the “Thiruvilayadal Purāṇam”, the 64 magnanimous stories of the 64 Līlas (divine plays) of Lord Sundareśvara.

 

Incarnations appears to radiate and share their unique expressions of that one super consciousness energy. Every incident, every act, every step of their life is a divine play, called “leela” that gives eternal bliss to its devotees, the seekers of Truth. ‘Leela’ is the extraordinary consciousness landing in the lowest possible existence and playing.

 

Picture: Lord Sundareshwara is worshipped in the form of a Shiva Linga in the Meenakshi Amman temple in Madurai

 

His Divine Holiness speaks on the Leelas (Divine plays) of Sundareshwara

(Extracts from Nithya Satsang, the everyday morning talk, on 9 May 2012 at the Shyamala Peetha Sarvajnapeetham)

“The Ultimate Divine descends in human body and expresses its extraordinary powers and experiences playfully. Sundareshwara is the embodiment of this statement. Sundareshwara is not a serious Shiva sitting in Samadhi in Kailash. No! When I describe Sundareshwara don’t understand him as serious with long matted hair and the snake and trishul (trident), sitting in Samadhi always in Kailash, frozen in time. No! Sundareshwara is powerful, playful, divine, above all handsome. That is why he is called Sundareshwara – lord of beauty, coming down, selling firewood, selling pearls and diamonds, selling bangles, destroying all the obstacles happening to the Madurai city and his devotees.

I tell you: Sundareshwara is the most powerful living incarnation. Please understand, he is so easily available anytime. Anybody who requests, he immediately reduces his frequency to human body, walks on the streets of Madurai and is constantly in ecstasy. Please understand again and again: he walked on this land. Each dust is sanctified by Mahadeva himself in a very playful form. He is not like Buddha. If you go to Buddha with the dead body of a child, he will say, “Go and bring me sesame seeds from a house where no death has happened.” Come on, tell me, directly can’t you revive? Why you want to play all these games? Sundareshwara… down to earth. He would have wiped her tears, hugged her and sprinkled that very tears on the body and brought life (to the dead child). Sundareshwara is not a philosopher, he is an artist! Ready to listen to human sufferings. Ready to bend for human emotions.

I know for sure, Param Jyothi Munivar who recorded (the 64 leelas) would have been in a big mess… what to leave and what to keep! Param Jyothi was capable of bringing all components and dimensions of the ocean into one cup. He was able to describe  so beautifully the leelas.”