What is a Jeeva Samadhi?
Jeeva or Sajeeva / Jiva / Samadhi also known in Tibetten as the state of Tukdam means "becoming one" with the universal consciousness or merging with the Divine. It has different terms and is used as different words in different religions. Buddhists call it Nirvana and Christians call it ecstasy or 'merging with the spirit'. In samadhi one remains immersed in infinite bliss and the time one can remain in samadhi ranges from few minutes to time infinite. After a divine person takes samadhi there are various ways of preserving or disposing the physical body. It may be:
Earth burial, which is called Bhoo Samadhi / Water burial - Jal Samadhi / Fire cremation - Agni Samadhi or Agni Dah. In the ancient times there were 3 more methods used - The body being consumed by birds or wild beasts (followed by Parsis) / Being preserved in the caves / Mummifying (As in the Egyptian pyramids)
Jeeva Samadhi however is entirely different from the other types mentioned above, including Maha samadhi mentioned on another page on this site and can only be achieved by great yogis. It is a very advanced samadhi state closely related to the nirvikalpa samadhi state but then permanent. In Maha samadhi the body will decay over time and the energy will leave the body upon death. In Jeeva samadhi you cannot say the body dies nor can you say it is still alive, however the energy will remain in and around the body as if it were still alive and the body will not decay over time either (or extremely slowly as in some cases). This is a state where Siddhas enters into the samadhi state at their own will after completion of their mission on earth and their mind completely dissolved into the Divine, They stop the functioning of the body and mind.
This state can be done by them either after being enclosed or before enclosure, as they choose and as per the instructions they give totTheir disciples/followers. Stopping the body functions, the Siddha ensures by his spiritual achievement that the life does not go out of the body. This body will never or extremely slowly decay for thousands of years because the magnetic force in the body now acts as the life force (prana) in this body. In this state of suspended animation the breathing and blood circulation completely stops but the pranic forces keep the body cells nourished and alive. Then as invisible forces, They continue guiding mankind towards spiritual upliftment. There is a possibility that the Siddha can dematerialize his body from the tomb and materialize it elsewhere in some different location and carry out the mission for another span of years! For example Sadasiva Brahmendra has 3 Jeeva samadhi's at different locations all quite powerful and some say he is still around. In Jeeva Samadhi, the physical body of the Siddha remains intact and alive for thousands of years. When a spiritual aspirant goes in the vicinity of the Jeeva Samadhi, he receives blessings and guidance from the Siddha emitting his divine energies. This is one of the ways of communicating with Siddhas. Now, the Jeeva Samadhi is nothing but one big kundalini energy field and in the vicinity of the high energy fields, the seeker's kundalini also rises. Actually it is a very old custom in India that when one starts his spiritual journey within, he/she visits all saints and samadhis of saints and also the holy temples. To get the kundalini flowing correctly without problems and without meditating for decates trying to ignite it, this is the best way. There is a saying that if one even gets a glance of saints his sins would get burnt by the kundalini and thus he would be purified.
200 years in Jeeva samadhi: Teacher of Lama Dashi Dorzho Itigilov
Saint Bernadette Soubirous (1879 Jeeva Samadhi)
Every Siddha before taking Jeeva Samadhi gives specific instructions on how the tomb should be made and how their bodies must be placed and other instructions so that they can benefit the maximum to the world. Hambo Lama Itigilov for example left a testament asking to be buried as he was at the time of his death, sitting in lotus posture. According to his wishes, his body was put into a pine box and interred at a bumkhan (a graveyard for the lama burials) in the locality of Khukhe-Zurkhen. In south India you find much more complex Jeeva samadhi structures for channeling the energies and some are complete temples that basically represent the jeeva samadhi himself in the structure. This way the temple is used as a reminder that our inner spiritual journey is through internal yoga to realize the indweller God.
Temple layout side view. Jeeva samadhi most of the time located under Ajna chakra (third eye)
Some Siddhas have different instructions specific for the kind of rituals to be done on the samadhi like using certain mantras there, poojas, offering dhoop (thick smoke), feeding the poor in those locations, worship during certain days and time, etc.
Mayamma Devi Jeeva samadhi temple
Who gets benefited?
The point is that just going and visiting the Jeeva Samadhi will not be of any help. It is only when one is open and receptive that things happen. One has to approach with pure intentions and love for the Siddhas and to what they have to offer, then only the connection and grace would flow within. This is a beautiful way for Siddhas to lock the energies or avoid misuse.
Everywhere the principle is the same. Like many saints say, if one is not open and accept the grace, there is no way anyone can force it through one. Thus it is best to just trust, have faith and surrender. This works everywhere - even if one had to walk into a temple or any other holy place. Meditating at Jeeva Samadhis in the 'right' way with the 'right' approach brings in the desired results and much beyond. It is better to spend at least a minimum of 20-30 minutes at a Jeeva Samadhi in meditation. Knowing by now how the Siddhas work it would be foolish to say that one has to go to the physical vicinity of Jeeva Samadhis to receive their energies but one can even connect from wherever they are. That is one of the reasons why this webpage came into existance so as to make it much easier to connect to the jeeva samadhis and receive their blessings as just reading about it. However, the main intent of sharing on Jeeva Samadhi is so that even if you ever come across one, you would not want to miss spending some time there and connecting to the Siddha and their loving and powerful energies.
Jeeva Samadhis are energy spots or energy banks supplying infinite amount of kundalini energy at all times. Such is their compassion for all that they are alive only for others who silently work for the well being of the creation. Mahavatar Babaji says that had it not been for these Holy Siddhas who are spread all around the world in the form of Shree Chakra, the world would have moved by now rapidly towards doom. It is only due to their constant and silent efforts in the background that things are kept in balance. They have also averted many such dooms in the past created by human ignorance. Jeeva Samadhi is one such way by them to create energy pockets at different locations. In all my travels i was amazed to see Siddhas and Jeeva Samadhis in the most least expected locations, from remote villages to places of filth, crime and mishaps to the most modern cities. The reason why they choose such locations, only they know.
It is clear that Tamilnadu has one very intelligent way of making use of Jeeva Samadhis. Almost all holy and ancient temples in Tamilnadu HAS to have a Jeeva Samadhi! Interesting? We got so accustomed to this that whenever we saw a very ancient temple we were sure there is a Siddha in there in a Jeeva Samadhi! Now the intelligent way people of Tamilnadu have worked it out is that they built temples around the Jeeva Samadhis. People going to these temples are benefited when they go to pray to the deity there and many report feeling relief, peace, spiritual upliftment and their prayers being answered. The main powerhouse of energy here are the Jeeva Samadhis. Normally, it is thought that Siddhas took Jeeva Samadhi in temples, but in fact it is the other way round - temples were built where Siddhas took Jeeva Samadhi :) Ancient temples you can find in every nook and corner of Tamilnadu including Chennai City. There are close to about 300 Jeeva Samadhis in Tamilnadu itself.
What to expect while visiting a Jeeva Samadhi.
Unfortunately many samadhis have poor maintenance or no maintenance at all.
Some are maintained by followers, some by the Trust or some foundation, some by the ones who own that piece of land and some by none or you may say are 'abandoned'.
Most of the time many do not know what it is. Sometimes they are just worshiped as temples. I have seen Jeeva Samadhis in very bad physical condition. At one place the whole temple was destroyed and the owner of the land died, only the jeeva samadhi survived as it was placed underground. However, even though there was no temple or structure, the energy was very powerful!
Kulandaivel-Paradesi Jeeva samadhi temple, well temple gone...
(Reconstruction taking place as of 2015. Latest news march 2015: jeeva samadhi now back to darshan state)
In some places the caretakers were not even aware that it is a Jeeva Samadhi such as St Lourdes Xavier near Thirukattupalli.
At some places, the samadhis are kept in very good condition and maintained very well and thus given it's due attention and respect.
In some samadhis, we found were strictly maintained under the supervision of the priest or trustees.
Nemelli-Arulmigu-Aalavandar Jeeva samadhi temple, abandoned...
Roma Maharishi Jeeva samadhi - an example of a well maintained jeeva samadhi (Yup the only white guy in the photo that's me and the caretakers of the temple are in the middle, Dhamothara & Manimagalai, you can call them for further inquiries on +914425992902)
Some samadhis have 'rules' where one is not allowed in at certain timings or unless men take off their shirts. Most of the samadhis/temples do not allow short pants, T-shirts, Caps or anything that does not on Indian tradition. These have to be adhered to so that the sanctity and respects to their sentiments are maintained.
Some samadhis have restricted entry only to the point that you can see them, sometimes beyond locked netted gates and sometimes entry allowed to the point where you can even touch them.
Example of a Jeeva samadhi in Chennai where it is even expected from you to touch the samadhi of the saint itself.
At some samadhis photography and video is strictly prohibited but at some samadhis we were encouraged to take photographs and spread the message.
Some samadhis are very prominent and can be known from a distance but some will deceive the eyes. They can be huge tomb built on it or it might be just one small Shivalinga on the ground and nothing else around. Some may even be just a small stone.
Sarbasiddhar-Adi-Jivapidam-Govindaraj-Nakar-Mangadu Jeeva samadhi temple, an example of just a stone, but then a big one. The Jeeva samadhi is under the stone. The story goes that on one day the caretaker came to the temple and opened up its door to find that the big stone had turned 180 degrees by itself.
Some jeeva samadhi's are build near to or on top of the saints meditation spot such as a cave or meditation room and these places still have their personal items there such as their bed and clothe as they too emit some of the energy from the saint.
Mouna nirvana swamigal temple, next to his jeeva samadhi where he used to meditate and sleep.
It is a boon for a seeker if he is energy-sensitive and can detect and connect to it easily.
Most of the samadhis/temples remain closed from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and some till 6 p.m.. They open at 6 a.m. and close by 8 p.m. No entry is allowed in closed timings. However, if the jeeva samadhi saint wants you to be there even at closure time, miracles will happen and the temples will remain open, I have seen this many times.
One can be easily misguided at samadhi locations by people around due to lack of awareness on their part, incomplete or wrong information they have known or for some vested interests. It is important to only connect with the samadhi. However, at some places we have got the best of information from very genuine people that led to more of further connections with that Siddha and his work around. But it is better not to judge anyone because one will never know who comes in what form :)
A friend of mine, Praba, who is nowadays a sadhu in Thiruvannamalai, has visited over 100 jeeva samadhi's himself and knows all their locations. We have been traveling together on our last jeeva samadhi trip and it was a great pleasure doing this pilgrimage together. It might be of great help to let him help you find some of these places as he not only knows where they are but is also very energy-sensitive so you know you are at the right spot. He also gives Arunachala dikshas - a very powerful type of energy transfer / shaktipath that attunes you to the sacred mountain Arunachala in Thiruvannamalai. If he finds it suitable he will also bring you to some of the living siddhars in and around Tamil Nadu.
18/39, Bavaji Nagar Chengam Road
Thiruvannamalai, 606 603 Tamil Nadu
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Click on the Tamil Nadu map to enlarge as to find many of the jeeva samadhi locations of the saints below. Some numbers are double because the location contains more then 1 jeeva samadhi.
click here to download a PDF file for all the locations
89 Sri Math Easoor Sachithananda swamigal Saba (my favourite)
Siva Prabakara Siddha Yogi
(Kerala - near Amritanandamaji (he was Amritananda's teacher))
For more images click here
91 Paranjothi Mahan
Universal Peace Sanctuary , No. 7/4, T.H. Road, New Washermenpet, (Near Tolgate Bus Terminus) ,Chennai – 600 081. Tamilnadu, India. Mobile: +91 94441 38074
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81 Thopa swamigal
Thopa Swamigal Madaalayam , Saidapet, Vellore
17 Poondi Mahan
Kalasapakkam (between Thiruvannamalai and Polur)
for more images got to Poondi mahan.htm