Fundamentals of Siddha
A Siddha is someone whose awareness has been made clear by the purifying process that results in enlightenment leading to his consciousness being unified with that which underlies and permeates everything that exists. A Siddha is someone whose perceptual abilities are freed from manipulation and illusion, who sees clearly and truly. Siddha means ‘a perfected one.’ A siddhi is a power, a power that can be focused on, acquired through deep practice and austerity, or can be given by grace to someone who has been so purified as to be enlightened. The Siddhas were spiritual adepts who showed unparalleled mastery in many arts apart from the spiritual and the metaphysical. The most notable feature is their association with the society and the contributions they made to it. They were known to be great masters of 64 arts or kalai. Siddhas also called siddhars practiced eight kind of yogas and wrought great miracles. They were God-like men with astounding supernatural powers who knew the past, present, and future. They rejuvenated their body using the kayakalpa techniques and lived for thousands of years serving society and humanity by various means. The efficient use of such supernatural powers or siddhi’s is very much seen in the creation of the Siddha system of medicine, the preciseness, the depth, and the vastness to name a few.
Siddhas mastered 8 Siddhis or Ashta Siddhi’s
1) Anima (shrinking)
2) Mahima (illimitability)
3) Lagima (lightness)
4) Garima (weight)
5) Prapthi (fulfillment of desires)
6) Prakasysm (irresistible will)
7) Isithavam (supremacy)
8) Vasithavam (dominion over the elements)
Fundamentals of Siddha – The First Siddha Physicians
Not only Agasthya but his disciples, named below, also made significant contributions in medical science. Agasthya and his disciples were of the latter category: enlightened beings whose power came not from their individual efforts but from life itself. Yet they made unbelievable efforts to use their siddhis, their powers, for the good of all humanity. From their collective minds and concerted efforts came Siddha Vaidya that is known to us today.
The Siddha system owes its current-day knowledge to the efforts of the following 18 Siddhars,
1) Sri Agasthiar
2) Sri Patanjali Siddhar
3) Sri Kamalamuni Siddhar
4) Sri Thirumoolar Siddhar
5) Sri Kudumbai Siddhar
6) Sri Koraikkar Siddhar
7) Sri Thanvandri Siddhar
8) Sri Konganar Siddhar
9) Sri Sattaimuni Siddhar
10) Sri Valmeegar Siddhar
11) Sri Ramadevar Siddhar
12) Sri Nandidevar Siddhar
13) Sri Edaikkadar Siddhar
14) Sri Machaimuni Siddhar
15) Sri Karuvoorar Siddhar
16) Sri Bogar Siddhar
17) Sri Pambatti Siddhar
18) Sri Sundarandandar
How did they do it? Siddhas had siddhis, or powers, one of which was to make their bodies smaller than an atom. Thus reducing themselves to the size of an atom, the Siddhas toured inside the human body, understanding with such precision and closeness the various activities, whether normal or abnormal, pathologies and effect of various medicines, etc, and developed a system of medicine that has no parallels. Great spiritual powers and skills where focused with utmost dedication to map out the entire possibilities of diseases, to arrive at 4448 ailments—each with at least 64 approaches. The number of cures in Siddha Vaidya medicine exceeds 350,000 a sure sign of the cure.
Today as you read through these chapters you will slowly learn the vastness and depth of the Siddha system. One may surely feel that whether a lifetime would suffice to learn all the concepts. But dear student the human mind, the brain, and faculties have immense powers that you may yet not realize but soon find the sense opening inside you, every plant talking to you and a dedicated student may find himself seeing all possibilities in an instant, as clear as a siddha would have seen in his deepest meditation.
Life and its functions is not a division of purposes but a collection of systems and events that function in unity to function holistically, a hologram in nature that is in constant interaction with its nature. One part is in constant harmony with the whole at any given point of time. Unlike modern science that divides and subdivides, losing the larger picture, Siddha focuses on the whole; many times the wholeness that’s beyond the grasp of an ordinary person.
Life is full, is whole, is holographic in nature, and science is gradually moving toward that conclusion. In that fullness, life always is manifesting authentic solutions, authentic because they are natural. When wholeness of life is divided up, then, in treating the parts, there is only the hope of improving the symptoms of sickness but little if any energy in addressing the source of our maladies.
Now you must know that the science that so vast and deep, you need to have the tools as what they have to understand their work. I started using some of the tools for a long time to understand the great mysteries of varma and many amazing, extraordinary mind boggling things I discovered. I would say I only discovered 5% of the total secret, if I continue by end of my life I should able to cover another 5%. So I decided this work must continue even without me, so I started to train the next generation of siddha scientists.
The first concept of siddha system is called andam pindam, it means what is outside is inside and vice versa. Those understand this will not waste billions of dollar on going to space exploration but should spend which very near to us which is this body. I am a graduate of psychology and properly trained in the western way of acquiring knowledge and how to validate the knowledge. I use these tools combine with spiritual tools to make it relevant to the modern age. Now let see in detail what is andam pindam.
The Origin of Life; the Andam and Pindam
In Siddha philosophy, the macrocosm (Andam)and microcosms (pindam) are reflections of each other. So a Siddha always keeps in his mind that the Andam is the same as pindam and forms the fundamental of all his quests. Siddhas explains that for studying the body we need to have a strong understanding of the universe. In its view of the cosmos, the Siddha philosophy provides us with a sense of where we belong in the universe and our role and place in the whole scheme of cosmic events.
The Siddhas attributes the creation of the universe to the all-pervading primordial vibration, the OM. It is this primordial potential that has been described as what is comprehensive to the perceiver, as sound (the Omkara) or the light. This primordial vibration directed the construction of this universe out of the fundamental particles, the Chitta, forming matter, and consciousness. The particle Chitta is the building block of matter as well as consciousness. The universe is an extension of who we are, which is the microcosm of everything. Knowledge of Chitta unites the knower and the known as part of the wholeness in substance and awareness. According to Siddha physicians and philosophers, everything in the universe —from matter, energy, and consciousness—is part of a continuous spectrum.
The Siddhas search for the indivisible particle led them to the fundamental unit of the material world, the ‘Chitta’, then to the Chitta that occupied the primordial universe and hence to the basic building block of consciousness itself. The Siddhas say that regardless of what, the universe is made of one type of building block Chitta. In the beginning, there was only Chitta, existing as pure nirguna or devoid of traits or attributes. This fundamental particle is what God is, thus establishing a link of everything physical with everything spiritual. This primordial ocean of Chitta split into two equal and opposite forces, the matter and energy, the Shiva and Shakti., the masculine and the feminine, the essence of all that is male, and all that is female. By the simple nature of their opposing forces, they could not have a single existence, because one force justified the existence of the other. Thus in order to sustain this balance they had to be in a constant dynamic union, the union of Shiva and Shakti. It is this union that gave birth to the current structure of the universe with five elements, or states of matter (the panchabhootas), the Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The panchabhootas are the five states of matter are called elements and are fundamental in this universe. Siddha explains that life is a union of all the five elements or states of matter in the right proportion. The exact proportion of these elements constituting life is very important because when the proportion is imbalanced, health declines and a wide disparity is incompatible with life. In living things, specific areas, parts, represent each of these elements. The correct ratio, or proportion, of these elements within the body is the basis of physiological order, the manifestation of health. The disharmony in these leads to illness. A Siddha uses his wisdom to bring back this balance using herbals, animal products, or purified minerals to rectify the specific imbalance. These preparations may be given externally or internally depending on the nature, course, and duration of the disease. The selection of herbs, their combinations, the harvesting and preparation of these herbs, their application and dosage—along with nutrition and diet, exercise, and meditation—constitute the vast yet simple gift of Siddha Vaidya to the world.