With utmost respect and humility it’s an attempt to bring Sri Sivettan’s talks and his writings to masses. This is for the seekers and aspirants that are on the path of finding the ultimate truth of life. Sivettan once wrote about his realisation of OM in few lines, this was later included in the Malayalam translation of Chandogya Upanishad published by Mathrubhumi books.

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P]n¨p Rm³ a{´kz`mhioemÂ
DWÀ¶nXt¸mÄ {]Whw [z\n¨p
icoctam¦mckaw `hn¨p

On the verge of falling into deep sleep
Chanted mantra as part of my own nature
Om engulfed all over my body
All my body merged into OM

Sivettan explained that he apprehended as to why Rishi’s proclaimed that OM is everything. Sense world is the manifestation of OM; whoever attains it, has nothing to gain from this sense world.

The various experiences with Sivettan are such that, writing a few lines will only serve the purpose of understanding the personal aspect of his private life.

Sivettan always wanted to lead a life of unknown, and do not want to be famous by any means. Sivettan never take claim and always said that I am only the interpreter of Upanishads and Upanishads did not require any support from anybody. It is the truth that protect us not we protect the truth. Upanishads stand is clear and unwavering to tell the truth in a bold statement to the world that “You are that – Thathwamasi Shewthakethu”.

Sivettan proclaimed that his conviction of Upanishads stands on his own without any reference; Conviction cannot be explained and it is beyond logic and intellectual reasoning.

Ds−ì I−h³ I−p
AÃmXmcnXp I−nSpw

Undennu Kandavan Kandu, Allatharithu Kandidum (The person who is realised can only understand the depth of realization).

Sivettan always said that in life one will come across two types of problems: One, “for whom Life itself is a problem and they want a solution for Life” and another, “Life and its problems”. He was very receptive to this and accepted people with their different problems. He embraced them with kindness and sincere love, while simultaneously trying to help them achieve their spiritual goals that will in turn lead to a peaceful life.

Sivettan chose to spend time and energy with every individual, who sincerely followed or were in pursuit of grasping the knowledge of the Upanishads. He never forced or tried to advise anyone to actively read or listen to Upanishads. But, when he spoke about it, everyone listening would be completely mesmerized and found clarity to the essence of the teachings of the Upanishads. Sivettan always said that Upanishads are fairly simple to understand, but people find it hard due to their own circumstances, diverse experience and one’s priorities in life.

He often quoted mantras from Upanishads, Puranas, Mahabharata and Ramayana, books written by both Western and Eastern writers. His memory was impeccable. During discussions, his way of constructing and presenting the subject was astonishing. One can relate to that while listening to Sivettan’s talks. When one repeatedly hears Sivettan’s speeches, one reaches clarity about theobservations and then inevitably they correct themselves for their own wellness and wellbeing. Here the process of Self-Correction begins and so does the process of finding solutions for one’s own problem.

Sivettan never judged a person how they represented themselves in front of him. He understood what the person’s character was when they communicated with him, whether, the person approaching him was a seeker of truth or were they trying to run away from the problems of life. At times, he personally got involved in their matters, as a way to keep them steady in their spiritual journey. He never had any boundaries for spirituality and as far one can say, he expected people to find a solution to their problems, rather than simply getting over their difficulties with his blessings. Sivettan never encouraged people to run away from their problems. He always said that the Upanishads teache us to be bold and never to be weak.

Sivettan took care of each disciple depending on their character and their state of mind. He constantly advised to “Be Normal” to his disciples who would go overboard with happiness, distress, or through any emotional shutdown or no intellectual clarity. He always encouraged everyone to follow a normal path and to avoid any extremes in life. If Sivettan ever told this to any specific person who failed to control their life journey, it was later found out that they were steady with his blessings – “Be Normal”.

Sivettan used to say that when a person was in distress, and if anyone helped them to overcome their difficulties, that person was the real bandhu/relative. If someone was at the edge of their life and couldn’t find a way forward; and if he saw that the person’s life was in danger, sivettan would bless them with his purest heart for their survival. He said later, “such times my “I”-(Aham) was absent and that may be the reason my word was never in vain, because I didn’t do it for any personal gain, but for the welfare of another”. Sivettan said,

kXyw ]dªp ioen¨m HmÀ¡m ]dªXpw kXyambnSpw

Sathyam Paranju Sheelichal Orkka Paranjathum athyamayidum (A person who speak truth as part of his own nature, his words will turn truth itself even said involuntary).

There are numerous such incidents which people close to Sivettan know about but due to space constraints we excluded copious topics related to this.

In the myriad of Sivettan’s talks, he has invariably mentioned Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda’s contribution of resurrecting Vedanta and its cultural importance to the world and especially for India. Sivettan also mentioned about his guru-“Sannidhi”, Buddha and other spiritual/cultural personalities.

He advised his disciples to accept Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa without any reference, comparison or judgement. “You will not find anyone like Sri Ramakrishna who said the entire path leads to God and proclaims that all religions are true by attaining realisation through each one of the systems of beliefs”. Sivettan said this while narrating different incidents in kathamritham about Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa.

A few incidents written here in a very short note for the readers to go through and also hear the same in Sivettan’s talks are: Narendra’s (Swami Vivekananda) question to Sri Ramakrishna about, whether god exists and Ramakrishna’s answer “only god exists”.

Another was Sri Ramakrishna’s touch to Narendra (Swami Vivekananda) while strolling in the garden. Swamiji felt everything melting around him and asked Sri Ramakrishna, “What are you going to do with me?”. Sri Ramakrishna replied to Narendra (Swami Vivekananda), “you are not ready to see god”. When your “I” (antharam) is there one can’t see god otherwise only god exists. Sri Ramakrishna moulded Swami Vivekananda for the world mission – “teach Upanishads to the world”.

Sivettan has mentioned Swami Vivikenda’s Chicago speech addressing the audience, “my dear brothers and sisters of America “he said swamiji’s words were true and truth hit like a tornado. People cannot withstand their ego when true words hit them.

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Bßt\yhm\p ]iyXn
kÀh`qtXjp Nmßm\w
XtXm \ hnPpKp]vktX
FÃm `qX§fpw, X¶n¯s¶sb¶mcp ImWp¶p,
FÃm `qX§fnepapÅmßmhv,
Xm³ Xs¶sb¶mcp ImWp¶p,
Cu GIXzw I−h³ ]ns¶
H¶pw shdp¡nà temI¯nÂ

when a person sees himself in all beings. Let everyone hear and see Sivettan’s talks and immerse in the spiritual attainment and joy.

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