His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, whose name means “eternal bliss” was given this name by Maha Avatar Babaji. Paramahamsa Nithyananda, fondly known as Swamiji, is a modern day enlightened master who is a global leader in the science of enlightenment. He is recognised today as the clear, legitimate, apolitical voice of Sanatana Hindu Dharma, and revered as a living incarnation of super consciousness by millions worldwide.
In 2007, Swamiji became the Maha Mandaleshwar (spiritual head) of the Mahanirvani Peeth, the most ancient apex body of Hinduism. He was formally coronated in 2013 with the title. The crown of Maha Sannidhanam (Pontiff) of the Madurai Adheenam soon followed.
Manifestation of Form
His Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda chose to manifest His human form in the home of the devout Hindu couple Arunachalam and Lokanayaki in the ancient temple town of Tiruvannamalai in South India. He spent a joyful childhood as part of a large, affluent, philanthropic family, in whose home saints and wandering mendicants were always welcomed and honoured.
Arunachala, the sacred mountain that draws seekers from around the world like a magnet, was the young Avatar’s first love. Home to wizened yogis, mysterious siddhas and enlightened sages like Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, the ancient mountain provided the perfect training ground for His first experiments with the Self, God, and the universe.
From the beginning, Swamiji was drawn to Divine worship, temple culture, mysticism, yoga and meditation. Alongside His studies at school, Swamiji also trained in authentic yoga from an accomplished yoga master and siddha (energy adept) named Yogiraj Yogananda Puri (Raghupati Yogi), whom he fondly remembers as the one who introduced Him to the forgotten mystic sciences of ancient India – levitation, teleportation and materialisation, among others. Under his tutelage, Paramahamsa Nithyananda successfully completed advanced levels of yoga and meditation training.
In parallel, Paramahamsa Nithyananda also started studying the Vedic scriptures, Puranas and Upanishads under the guidance of various spiritual teachers. He encountered many holy men and women in the town of Tiruvannamalai and received invaluable teachings and experiences from them.
Prominent among them were Annamalai Swami (a direct disciple of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi), Yogi Ramsurat Kumar and Mataji Vibhutananda Puri (Mataji Kuppammal), who introduced Him to Vedanta and Sri Vidya worship.
Enlightenment at twelve
One evening, while ‘just playing’ with meditation at the tender age of twelve in the lap of the mighty Arunachala, Paramahamsa Nithyananda had a profound spiritual experience of Enlightenment, the rarest experience of Oneness or Advaita with everything.
In an explosive vision encompassing 360 degrees in all directions, He was suddenly able to see in a single panoramic sweep, the hill in front of him, a temple that stood behind him, the rocks to the right and the town’s main temple to the left, the sky above and the rock on which He sat!
This phenomenal vision was immediately followed by the direct experience of Himself in all that He saw – every stone, every plant, in all directions – above, below and beyond. This experience was to awaken Him to hitherto unknown dimensions of Consciousness, and transform His life forever.
After this experience, which happened in the presence of the sacred hill Arunachala, Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s seeking to pursue the spiritual path was greatly intensified. Carrying the pure fire of seeking in Him at all times, He successfully completed His diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and in the same year, fulfilled His lifelong yearning by plunging into sannyas (monastic life).
Realisation of Avataric Mission
A lifetime of intense meditation, yoga, study and austerities finally came to its fruition on 1st January 2000, in an explosion of Consciousness which revealed to the 22-year-old His phenomenal Avataric mission on our planet.
Sharing His attributes and powers is the greatest gift an Avatar can give to humanity. Carrying the compassion and responsibility of a Cosmic mother and father to awaken every soul, Paramahamsa Nithyananda has ensured the manifestation of His own divine attributes and siddhis in thousands of his followers through the powerful process of deeksha or initiation. This is the ultimate Cosmic inheritance that humanity can receive from the Guru who is the embodiment of pure Oneness or Shuddhadvaita.
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