His Holiness, Arulthiru Amma
When righteousness in the world gives place to unrighteousness, I will descend to Earth and be born there to restore righteousness once again.” –Amma’s Oracle. Arul Thiru Bangaru Adigalar was born on March 3rd, 1941 at Melmaruvathur village to the noble souls of Sri Gopala Naicker and Tmt. MeenakshiAmmal. He was the second child, and has a younger brother and a sister. His Holiness, The Arulthiru Amma, is believed to be a POORNA AVATAR (holding all 16 qualities of an Avatar) and the incarnation of the Supreme power – ADHIPARASAKTHI. The term AVATAR denotes one who has descended to Earth in human form from the spiritual realm of God to re-establish Righteousness in the world and to preserve the human race from extinction. Mother Adhiparasakthi, with Her boundless grace, making Herself a standing example, has therefore come down to this physical planet to re-establish the virtues, and to instill spirituality among the masses, taking the human form in Sri. Adigalar. From a very early age, there were signs to show that His Holiness was not an ordinary child. In the Indian tradition, the snake is considered as a representative of the Divine. Sri.GopalaNaicker’s family saw enough evidence of the presence of the Divine in His Holiness before His Holiness attained the age of puberty. But soon, many other evidences explicitly revealed the divine incarnation of Mother Adhiparasakthi in Sri. Adigalar.
Possessed By The Divine
When His Holiness was a young boy, He was sleeping alone, while the family members were doing their daily chores. When His mother peeped through the window to see if all was fine, she was utterly shocked to see a king cobra coiled around The Child. She screamed with terror and Sri Gopala Naicker, who was outside talking to someone, rushed in and was stunned at the horrifying sight. The snake and The Boy seemed to be playing! Sri.Naicker prayed even as others looked for sticks to kill the snake. “Oh Divine Mother, don’t harm The Child. He is Yours. Save Him,” Sri.Gopal Naicker prayed calmly. The snake seemed satisfied with the game and prayer, left the place leaving The Boy unharmed. There is a Goddess Mariamman temple right across Sri.Gopal Naicker’shouse. Every year, the family would conduct special auspicious festivals for the Amman. In that particular year when – His Holiness was still a young, school-going boy, they were celebrating the annual festival at the Mariamman temple, when suddenly, The Divine possessed the young boy.“Son!”, He addressed his father, perplexing the elder man. Sri.Gopal Naicker was too naive to realise the power of the visitation. But, slowly realising that the Divine was addressing him, he most respectfully heard Her out as she said, “Through your son, I shall wipe out the sorrows of the people; I shall bless the people with Divine words using your son as my vehicle.” Sri.Gopal Naicker, still stunned, asked, “But, what about His education?” “Don’t worry about His education. I shall take care of it,” She assured him. Suddenly, The Boy grabbed the heavy brass plate used for performing Deepa Aaradhana and twisted it with ease– really an impossible task for a boy of that tender age. Sri.Gopal Naicker, humbled by this display of power, immediately said, “If you live on our lands, then we will be able to construct a temple and conduct festivals easily.” “So be it!!” She replied instantly.
Thirst Quenched By The Divine
His Holiness had been very attached to His elder sister, who died of smallpox at a young age. Everyday, He would visit the site where she was buried. That day too, on returning from school, he stuffed his pockets with roasted peanuts that his mother had made for Him and headed to the spot, where His sister lay buried. For a long time, He sat there munching the peanuts. As the evening shadows lengthened, He started feeling thirsty. Though there were wells nearby, He hesitated as He did not know to swim. Suddenly, an elderly woman who passed that way approached His Holiness and offered water to quench The Boy’s thirst. He did drink the water and was relieved and satisfied greatly. He was, however, totally surprised to meet the woman in an untimely hour and when He raised His head in greatfulness, alas! There was no one there. He was very much humbled by this display of power. As Gnana Sambandar, the child who attained Mukthi at a tender age, was fed with celestial milk by Goddess Parvathi, His Holiness was offered water by the Almighty Goddess. The True Inner Urge Exposed Once, His parents took Him to a temple festival. A toy seller asked Him what toy He wanted to buy. His Holiness immediately pointed to one particular toy and it was the idol of Devi Bhuvaneshwari. The idol became the first object of devotion and the inner urge of the Divine Child was clearly exposed. His Holiness’ Career And The Intervening Emotions Many years later, when He was training to become a teacher, He experienced many different kinds of emotions, thanks to the guidance of The Mother. But, His friends thought that He was joking when He tried talking to them about it. On several occasions, He had fallen down because of the trance – like state He would get into. After completing the teacher’s training course, He got a job as a teacher in Arapeduvillage near Achirupakkam.