Sri M is an enlightened soul, a Guru whom I met years ago. Born in Kerala, he became a disciple to a very great Guru at a young age, and moved to the Himalayas. Later he worked with J. Krishnamurti, another enlightened soul, in Rishi Valley. When my son was 20 he was very keen to learn meditation and went to Madanapalle, a village in Andhra Pradesh, to live with Sri M.
Magenta Press has published his book Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography. I have just finished reading it and I would recommend it to everyone who seeks his own soul. I include an excerpt here which I believe to be true – many Gurus I have met and read have said the same thing. Since I was a child, I have believed that the energy of the world lies in snakes. Twenty years ago I wrote that, when I read the Mahabharata, I knew Kalyug started the day the snakes were burnt, even though that great book treats the burning of the snakes as simply a place to start the narration.
Sri M is a young man with his Guru, Baba Maheshwarnathji, in the Arundhati cave in theHimalayas. Here is the excerpt: ‘I was woken up by what I at first thought was the rumbling of thunder. I opened my eyes and saw Babaji in his usual sitting posture, back towards me, silhouetted by the light of the Dhuni (fire). I looked beyond, and from between two parting clouds, emerged something that was roughly the size of a full moon but could not be the moon. This object was a glowing ball of fire and as it moved closer the rumbling became louder. Then it came towards the cave and landed right on the Dhuni, with the sound of a thunderclap.
I was so scared that I could not even sit up but Babaji sat upright like a statue, unaffected and unmoved. A strange spectacle unfolded before my astounded eyes. The fireball which was about two feet in diameter split vertically and out of it emerged a large snake with a hood like a cobra, glowing electric blue as if made of a transparent glass-like material with electric filaments inside. The creature’s eyes glowed and it hissed softly.
My fear vanished the moment I saw the creature bend down and touch Babaji’s feet with its hood. Babaji blessed it by touching its head with his hand and then did something which made me wonder if what I was seeing was a silly dream. He hissed in reply.
The blue cobra straightened up and sat facing Babaji. A hissing conversation went on. Then Babaji said “Madhu come forward and see the Deputy Chief of the Sarpa Loka. Bow down to Nagaraja.” I bowed low. The snake hissed and touched my head with his forked tongue. Then abruptly it slithered back into the globe, the two halves clicked shut and it took off and vanished into the clouds.
‘In the Milky Way there exists a stellar system with seven planets and 18 moons. One of these is Sarpa Loka and is entirely inhabited by highly evolved hooded snakes called the Naga Devatas. The person you saw is the Deputy Chief of their realm, Nagaraja. The Supreme Head of the Nagas is the five hooded golden serpent known in ancient Hindu texts as Anantha.’ _Baba Maheshwarnathji
I said “Babaji, if I said this to anybody they would think I am crazy. Please explain to me”.
Babaji said “In the Milky Way there exists a stellar system with seven planets and 18 moons. One of these is Sarpa Loka and is entirely inhabited by highly evolved hooded snakes called the Naga Devatas. The person you saw is the Deputy Chief of their realm, Nagaraja. The Supreme Head of the Nagas is the five hooded golden serpent known in ancient Hindu texts as Anantha.
Thousands of years ago when humanity was still at an infant stage of evolution, there was regular contact with Sarpa Loka. The wise and evolved Nagas spent long periods here teaching human beings. The snake worship you come across in all ancient civilisations is a tribute to these Nagas and their deep wisdom. They also taught the secret of kundalini energy symbolised by a snake. Patanjali who gave the world the Ashtanga Yoga sutras was himself a Naga. The snake on the Pharoah’s head and coiled round Shiva are all symbolic of the wisdom imparted to certain humans by Naga teachers
But as humans became more powerful, they became self-centred and cunning. Some felt threatened by the spiritually and intellectually superior Nagas and began to use their power against their own teachers. At one point there were massacres of the Nagas. The Supreme Naga Chief decided to recall the Nagas from earth and cut all connections except with some humans who were highly evolved spiritually. Overnight they were transported back to Sarpa Loka. A small number who were too sick, too old or rebels who defied the Supreme Chief thinking they could still do something with humans, got left behind.
The snakes that exist today are the descendants of those who were left behind. Through years of inbreeding they no longer possess the great qualities of their ancestors. However, the channels of contact were kept open with evolved humans. When the great Sai Nath of Shirdi left his body for 3 days and returned on the fourth, to the great astonishment of the general public who thought he had died, he told his close circle that he had gone to settle a dispute in another world. That was Sarpa Loka. The dispute, which I cannot reveal to you, has not been settled and Nagaraja came to me to discuss the matter.”
Babaji laughed : “Truth is stranger than fiction. There is hope that humans might realise that there are greater realms of consciousness which cannot be comprehended by logic and current levels of intelligence.”
Vishnu rests on Anantha. Krishna’s brother Balarama was a Naga. The Ocean of Milk was churned by a snake. At every point in our ancient teachings, there are snakes. Every time you want to kill a snake, remember this narration.
Sri M is very accessible. He has started a school called Peepal Grove School in Sadum Mandal, District Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh and I hope to go there to meet him again. I wish he would take me as a disciple but I will have to wait for another birth when I am more evolved.