The Day in World History to be written in golden words.
A very simple appearance.
A loving expression.
A quick walk.
A white shirt, red dhoti (a long plain cloth wrapped around the body, from waist to feet, a popular form of apparel worn in tropical countries), with no jewels or any religious / cultural symbolic ornaments.
Not even any footwear.
His Holiness Bangaru Adigalar is an Indian spiritual leader who is an incarnation of Goddess Adhiparasakthi. Devotees doesn't see any difference between Goddess Adhiparasakthi and His Holiness Bangaru Adigalar, who is also known as "Amma" or "Mother". He is the founder and President of Adiparasakthi Charitable Medical Educational and Charitable Trust (ACMEC).
His Holiness Bangaru Adigalar was born as eldest son on 3 March 1941 in the small village of Melmaruvathur, 92 km from Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Thiru. Gopala Naicker and Tmt. Meenakshi Ammal. As a young boy he started his schooling at the primary school in Chotthupakkam and continued his high school at Acharapakkam couple of villages close by Melmaruvathur. It is believed that when he was a child, Goddess Adhiparasakthi in the form of a snake, climbed, crawled and played on his body of His Holiness Bangaru Adigalar . Adigalar's parents were witness to this incident.
When His Holiness Adigalar was a little boy his sister died, and he could not bear this separation. So he used to go to his sister's grave. One day when he was sitting on the grave he felt very thirsty - it is at that time Goddess Adhiparasakthi in the form of Uma Maheswari gave the little boy Ganges water, which she produced from her knotted hair and blessed Him with this divine water. By this Goddess Adhiparasakthi wanted the world to realise and understand that young Bangaru is an incarnation of Goddess Adhiparasakthi.
After his high school he joined the teachers' training at Chengalpattu Government teacher training school. During this period He often experienced inordinate states of trance, frenzy and fainting spells. After his training He took up a drill master's job at Acharapakkam school
March 3rd 1941, is a golden day in the history of the world.
Yes, it was on this wonderful day, that at the simple home of Gopala Naicker family atMelmaruvathur, his wife Mrs. Meenaambaal gave birth to a boy baby. Among the millions of women on this earth, why was Mother Mary chosen to give birth to Christ? Among the millions of women, why was Devaki chosen to beget Krishna? Why was Mrs. Meenaambaal, a simple lady from the small hamlet of Melmaruvathur chosen to beget this Son of Her, Shri Bangaaru Adigalaar? Who would ever understand God's action? In Melmaruvathur, the Mr. Gopala Naicker's family was a very influential one. For all issues related to land, family, social and monetary matters, the village would turn around to them for arbitration. The judgment given by Mr.Duraiswamy Naicker or his son, Mr.Gopala Naicker would be the final. Such was the righteousness of their thought and deeds. The boy born for Mr. & Mrs. Gopala Naicker was named as 'Bangaaru'. Like any other child, Bangaaru was also playful. However, he portrayed some characteristics very different from other children. Unlike other kids, He carried wick and oil to light the lamps in the nearby temples. He was different from other children in showing great respect to sages visiting the village and He would insist His mother to offer food to them. If there was no food at home, He would collect food from neighbors and distribute to them. He would keenly listen to their spiritual discussions and exhibited extra-ordinary inquisitiveness in those matters.
Right from the young ages, He used to garland the statue of Annai Bhuvaneswari (An aspect of Hindu Goddess Sakthi) and sing devotional songs to Her like Amman Virutham and Meenakshi Kalivenbha. Whenever someone got chickenpox, He was called upon to sing devotional songs on Maari Amman (Goddess of Rain), which was found to cure. Always, the greatness of Incarnations in the past has been exposed to the world through some peculiar events. So was His Holiness Bangaaru's. Often times, when little Bangaaru was asleep a long cobra was found to be crawling and playing on and around the sleeping child. Looking at this sight, the child's father and mother just stood there, praying to God asking to protect the Child. Till this day there stands a Mari Amman Temple, just opposite to Adigalaar's home. His family, even now celebrates annual festivals in this Temple. In one of the annual festivals for Mari Amman, Bangaaru called His father as "My Son!" and uttered the following verses. "I am going to incarnate here through this Child's body and deliver Oracles to alleviate the people's sufferings." Bangaaru's father stood awestruck unable to believe the incident. The next second, Bangaaru, the little boy possessed with power of Sakthi, lifted the solid brass tray lying around and bent it with His tiny little hands, which even adults can't do. Seeing this, His father came to realize that it was not his son, but the Spirit of Holy Mother Herself.
On September 4th 1968, Adigalaar got married to Ms Lakshmi, the ninth daughter of Mr. Venkataachala Naicker and Mrs. Vishalaakshi of Uthramerur (place in Southern State Tamilnadu, India). Adigalaar has two sons named Anbalakan and Senthil Kumar, and two daughters Umadevi and Sridevi. His special greatness lies in practicing spiritualism even as a family man. Adigalaar once said, "Buddha renounced His family and spread spiritualism. People blamed Him for it. Now I practice spiritualism as a family man, people blame me for it too. Either way of life, people find fault. This is the way of the world. Although, the Mother has involved Adigalaar in spiritualism, She has never, till this day, asked Him to renounce His family life. On the contrary, He loves and cares for His family ever more than an ordinary man. This has not affected His spiritual life in any way.
Common people fail to recognize incarnation. Therefore, like a fish being caught by baiting it with another fish or worm, so also, to impress and make the people realize incarnations, they are given the earthly benefits that they ask for, their incurable diseases are cured and their problems are solved. All the scientific and technological advancements have only increased the sophistication and standard of human living. The human nature remains the same with regard to spirituality and God consciousness. 2000 years back when Lord Jesus Christ came upon this earth as the Son of God, people never believed and finally He was crucified and set to a horrible and painful death. 5000 years back when Lord Krishna appeared on this earth not many people then believed in Him as an incarnation. However, today, there are millions of people around the world following both these incarnations and praying and praising their idols, forms and pictures. It is pity that people question and fail to recognize incarnations during their existence, but follow them after they leave. Why can't everyone recognize, accept and benefit during their physical existence. It is best explained by Law of Karma. Adigalaar is a spiritual grahasta. Adigalaar is a Siddha Purushar (Enlightened or God realized being). Above everything He is an incarnation. "Yes! He is the personification of Ambal", said Kaanchi Periyavar. It is not possible for all of us to recognize the incarnation. King Dhasaradha, father of Lord Raama never recognized the incarnation in Raama. The near and dear ones also did not know it. Only the 12 Rishis, including Vashishta and Barathvaaja, knew about the secret of this incarnation. How can He be both an incarnation of Raama and Krishna as well, was a question of doubt which Swami Vivekananda asked Bhagavan Raamakrishnan to the last. In His last days, Raamakrishna said, "He was Krishna. He was Rama. He was the very Avatar (Incarnation), but not the way that your Vedaantaa (Ancient Hindu Philosophy) says", and only then Swami Vivekananda realized the truth, so says history. Once in the city of Coimbatore in India, when a cook was indifferent to Adigalaar, during thePaada Pooja (Ritual of washing Guru Adigalaar's Feet by devotees during which He accepts the sins or bad karmas of those who wash His feet), the Mother Adhiparasakthi appeared in front of the cook in the form of a woman in red clothes. When a priest belonging to a hillside village named Aivermalai in Tamilnadu State of India said that the devotees in red clothes were simply worshipping an ordinary man (referring to Adigalaar), the Mother Adhiparasakthi during Navaraathri (Nine Nights) festival appeared in the form of Adigalaar with a shinning crown and trident in His hand and thus made the priest to realize Adigalaar.
The uniqueness of Adigalaar lies in the fact the He manifests the fullest amount of Divine Bliss and at the same time is extremely humane. No other incarnation came so close to humanity in the earthly existence as Adigalaar does now. He lives and moves amongst us like an ordinary human being so that He can be easily approached even by downtrodden and poor village folks. He is an embodiment of simplicity. He does not present Himself like a Rishi or a Saint or a Swamiji as depicted in ancient myths.
Adigalaar is a living embodiment of Godliness. His sayings are not those of mere learned men or philosophers or sadhus. Adigalaar's Oracles and preaching's contain radical but practical spiritual paths. But these are the words of Divine Mother. He imparts spiritual practices geared to individuals depending on their level of maturity in spirituality. The preachers of all the religions of the world have preached to their followers to accept the practice of a particular dogma, for worldly life and salvation of their souls, emphasizing that they will be doomed, if they don't practice the same.
Adigalaar preaches the path of Dharma (righteousness), bakthi (faith), meditation (for self-realization) and selfless service to the society, which He emphasizes as the shortest route to attain Divinity. He has great compassion for every living being. His life is a vivid picture of spirituality in action. People have questioned the Divine Mother, why Adigalaar was chosen when there are so many saints meditating Her name in the deep forests and mountain tops (Himalayas) and such places. Why have You chosen Adigalaar to make appearance through Him and deliver Oracles instead of choosing one of those saints or yogis. It was only then that Divine Mother expressed Adigalaar's spiritual refinement. There is no need for us to be confused if it is Amma or Adigalaar.