Paramahamsa Sivananda

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Paramahamsa Sivananda
Birth Unknown
Death 21 June 1949.
Location of Samadhi Vatakara, Kerala; Head office of Siddha Samaj
Teaching HDH mastered the Hindu Science of Siddha Vidya - Science of retaining the flow of life energy {jeeva} in the upward direction - through the teachings of Paramahamsa Shivananda who revived this great Science, and also through the tutelage of Thanjavur Swamigal and His own paternal uncle (biological father's elder brother) Shri Kumarasami of Tiruvannamalai (birthplace of HDH). Paramahamsa Shivananda is the founder of Siddha Samaj where this Science is taught.
Other Names n/a
Place of Teaching Vatakara, Kerala
Guru
Associated Kingdom

Paramahamsa Shivananda is a venerated enlightened being from Kerala who is the reviver of the Science of Siddha Vidya.

Seeing the sufferings of so many people moved Paramahamsa Shivananda to realise the ultimate state, or Oneness, with Paramashiva. He began initiating his followers into the science which he himself used to attain enlightenment and founded the Siddha Samaj, an organisation based in Kozhikode, Kerala which guides people world over into this path of Siddha Vidya in the year 1921.

Paramahamsa Shivananda attained mahasamadhi in 1949 and his Jeeva samadhi is worshipped and revered in Vatara, Kerala.

The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism studied the Science of Siddha Vidya, the science of retaining the flow of life energy, from Thanjavur Swamigal and his own biological uncle, Kumaraswamy. Thanjavur Swamigal's guru was Paramahamsa Shivananda, who was the reviver of this great knowledge tradition.

References

  1. The basic biography of Paramahamsa Shivananda is sourced from the website of Siddha Samaj. https://siddhasamaj.org/founder/

About the Science of Siddha Vidya

Siddha Vidya is the science of using pranayama for maintaining the energy flow in an upward direction in the body and attaining the space of Oneness with Paramashiva, or superconsciousness. The practice uses several forms of pranayama and kumbhaka and deep meditation. Its origins are from Paramashiva Himself who imparted this knowledge to Parashakti and the saptarishi and eighteen siddhas.

In the twentieth century, the deep science of Siddha Vidya is revived by Paramahamsa Sivananda after it was lost for thousands of years due to genocide and the destruction of Hindu knowledge. Among his disciples was Thanjavur Swamigal, who had taught this science to Kumaraswami. Thanjavur Swamigal was also a brother disciple of Narayana Swami, who both learned the science of Siddha under Paramahamsa Shivananda.

Reference

  1. Information on the practice of Siddha Vidya is provided in the Siddha Samaj website: https://siddhasamaj.org/siddha-samajam/

His Divine Holiness mentions Paramahamsa Shivananda and his disciple Narayana Swami from the Patanjali Yoga Sutras talk on 28 February 2011 https://nithyanandapedia.org/wiki/February_28_2011


The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism learned this science under the direct tutelage of His paternal uncle and Thanjavur Swamigal in Tiruvannamalai, which is the place of The Advent of The Avatar.

Thanjavur Swamigal directly taught the Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism the Science of Siddha Vidya and initiated him into delivering this science to millions all over the world for their benefit.


Revival of Siddha Vidya

As it was started by Paramahamsa Shivananda, the revival is today continued by The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism through several of the programs, initiations and spiritual practices which are offered through KAILASA's Nithyananda Hindu University.

The Supreme Pontiff of Hinduism has emphasized the power of the techniques which were designed by Paramahamsa Shivananda, specifically where they will stare into a mirror with jnananjana, the energized aushada made of ghee and cotton soot.

SPH brings out the powerful cognitions which is experienced when doing this technique:

"I WANT YOU TO KNOW, IN THIS PROCESS, THE POWERFUL COGNITION THEY TEACH YOU IS: WHATEVER YOU KNOW ABOUT YOU FROM THE PAST, WHATEVER YOU FEEL ABOUT YOU IN THE PRESENT, IS ALL A DELUSION. EVEN THE IDEA, ‘YOU ARE LOOKING BAD, GOOD, UGLY, BEAUTIFUL’, ALL THESE IDEAS ARE ALSO A DELUSION. WITH THIS IF YOU SIT, THE FORM IN THE MIRROR MELTS DOWN, AND THE FORM IN YOUR CHIT (CONSCIOUSNESS) MELTS DOWN. IF THE FORM IN THE CHIT MELTS DOWN, CHIT SHAKTI (CONSCIOUS POWER) MANIFESTS."

References

  1. His Divine Holiness speaks on Paramahamsa Shivananda, his mastery of the Science of Siddha Vidya and the process which his disciples and followers are initiated into with the mirror. https://nithyanandapedia.org/wiki/January_08_2020
  2. His Divine Holiness has also guided and taught various kumbhaka which are multi-step spiritual processes which includes breathing techniques, and other techniques like intense humming in order to awaken the Kundalini. Several scientific studies have reported that after this process, especially done for a longer duration of time have shown that higher energy levels in the form of mitochondria inside the biological cell and even lengthening the longevity of the cell.