In Hindu year of 2034 (1977 CE), I had privilege of meeting a Siddha. A Siddha is Sanskrit word for person who has achieved ‘impeccable excellence’ or ‘accomplishment’ in the realm of inner work. I was 8 years old and I had no idea that he was a Siddha or what was his ‘accomplishment’. His name was Gorakhia, at least that is what he used as his name. Gorakhia means one who belongs to Guru Gorakhnath (11CE), the great yogi and siddha, the founder of Hatha Yoga and Siddha Nath Tradition.
Gorakhia lived in a cave in Girnar Mountain, an hour’s ride from my house. The Gir forest is home to many wild animals, reptiles, lions, yogins, aghories, sadhus, and siddhas. The Girnar Mountain is considered the prehistoric home of siddhas; a legend says that Girnar Mountain is the face of Sri Dattatriya, the founder of Siddha tradition.
Gorakhia used to visit our town three or four times a year to collect food and donations from people and rest of the year he would be in his cave practicing tantric inner work. He rarely used to talk to anyone. He was initiated into practice of three tantric traditions: Kulamārga, Natha, and Kāpālika. His inner work focused on mandalas of: Varahi, Bhairvi, and Kali.
As child I had very weak immune system and suffered from many chronic metabolic and respiratory illnesses. I was always fascinated by stories of people who live in forest and never get sick or suffer any illness.
To this day i don’t know, and will never know, what prompted Gorakhia to take me as his apprentice and help me in healing and transformation of physical and subtle being. He taught me deeper and internal aspects of yoga, ayurveda, antar matrika nyasa, shatkriyas, trika/paravak, and above all empowering me into inner mandala of Varahi and Bharavi to circulate ojas-agni before my puberty. There are no words to express my gratitude towards his kindness and grace.
All his inner tantric work focused on one accomplishment: Samāveśa (समावेश)
Samāveśa is a Sanskrit word and often translated as entering or abiding together, inclusion, penetration, possession (by spirit), etc. These translation may be considered literally correct but they don’t resonate the depth and spectrum of subtle meaning that Gorakhia explained. His way of explanation was that if one literally translates his name, ‘Gorakhia’ (Go-rakhia) then it will mean ‘keeper of Cow” or “saved by Cow” and that will be correct translation but does not convey the deeper meaning. Gorakhia means the one who follows the path of Gorakh, to become the Gorakh the great siddha yogi. And that becoming or transformation is: Samāveśa.
The meaning of Samāveśa is based on non-dual awareness. In love we become who we love – that is the ultimate samāveśa.
When we wake up in morning, we become ‘waking consciousness’ and ‘sleeping consciousness’, when we go to sleep. Learning ‘to become’ is the core aspect of all tantric paths.
Samāveśa is the innate power of awareness to transform and become. In tantric work healing is not about “fighting illness”, or “getting rid of disease”, or “balancing the unbalanced”, but it is about ‘transforming to become healthy’.
All my healing and medicine work is based on the Siddha tantra principal of Samāveśa, i.e., transformation.
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