SRI TRAILINGA SWAMI

S R I   T R A I L I N G A   S W A M I — THE GREAT MYSTIC YOGI OF KASI

Trailinga swami

Trailinga Swami was a Siddha Yogi, that too a Telugu yogi.  He was born in Vizianagaram district of Andhra Pradesh. He was born in a wealthy Brahmin family in Dasanami sect in a village called Kubilapuram in the year 1607. He lived about 280 long years. His childhood name was Shivarama.  From childhood he was secluded, calm and silent, always thinking something away from the people.  His father was Nrusimhanath and his mother was Vidhyavati. She was a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. Since they had no children for many years, Nrusimhanath had got second marriage. One day Vidhyavati had got a dream in which she saw a white elephant and soon it entered into her body. Soon she gave birth to a male child and he named as Trilingadhar. But her mother always called him as Shivarama.

One day when she was in deep meditation before lord Shiva, a bright Jyothi (light) had emanated from Shiva Linga and it entered into the body of her son who was sleeping nearby. She thought that the boy was not an ordinary person but he was a boon child of Lord Shiva. Since then she used to call him as Shivaraamudu. She believed that the boy was born with Shivaamsa., and one day he will become a great yogi. From his childhood he was very intelligent and calm boy. He always prefer to be alone and always thinking in silence.  A male child by name Sridhara was born to his step mother. At the age of 40 his father died and at the age of 52 his mother died. Sivaramudu became alone and aloof to the society practising yoga silently in a hut constructed by his step brother Sridhara.

In the year 1679 AD a famous Yogi from Patiyala came to his village. His name was Bagiradananda Saraswati Swami. Soon Shivaramudu became very close to Swami ji. Due to the influence of the yogi both of them left the village and reached Puskar Teerth in Rajasthan. There the Yogi gave initiation to Shivaramudu in the year 1685, and changed his name as Ganapathi Swami. After the demise of the Yogi in 1695 in Pushkar Teerth, Ganapati Swami went on teerta yaatra to Kasi. From where he went to Katava near river Ganga in Bengal and met Raghunath Bhattacharya. On his advise he went to a calm place near river Narmada and there he performed Chandi Tapas. From there he went to Rameswaram. There he made a dead person alive. From there he went to Kanchi, Sivakasi, Nasik, Pampasagar to Sudamapur, Prabhas kshetra, Dwaraka to Nepal, showing his mystic activities on the way.  In Nepal forest he cured a wounded lion.

The King of Nepal after seeing the mystic acts of Ganapathi Swami honoured him with golden ornaments. But he won’t touch them. From there he went to Bhimradhi Teerth, where he met Vidhyananda Saraswati Swami of Sringeri Mutt. He gave sanyasa deeksha to Ganapathi Swami., and changed his name as Ramananda Saraswati. He learned holy Vedas and Vedaangas from Vidhyananda Saraswati Swami. On the advise of his Guru he stayed there for some more time in Bhimaradhi Teerth practising Yoga and atmadhyan continuously. There he got self-realization and obtained Ashta Siddhis. From Bheemradhi Teerth he went to Manasarovar via Uttarakhand, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Guptakashi, Triyugi Narayan and many other sacred places doing yoga sadhna all the way. He reached Manasa Sarovar in the year 1710 AD and stayed there for many years., where he made alive a dead boy of seven years.

In the year 1726 AD he went to Markandeya Ashram on the banks of Narmada river where he met Khaki Baba. In 1733 he went to Prayaga and spent four years doing Yoga sadhana. In the year 1737 AD he went to Kasi (Varanasi). Trailinga Swami was a great mystic of Kasi. He lived in Kasi for about 150 years. He entered Samadhi in Kasi, Panchaganga ghat on 26th, December, 1887 AD. He got many yogic, and spiritual powers. He was a Hatha yogi. He was a practitioner of Raja yoga, Advaita Vedanta. He can live without food for many days. But he seldom eats heavily. He floats on the waves of Ganga for several hours. He can stay under the water for long time. He will always swims against the flow of Ganga river without tiredness. He will roam in the streets of Kasi naked without cloths, freely and happily like a child and won’t feel any shy for it. He stayed several years in Assi ghat, Hanuman ghat and Manikarnika Ghat.

The people of Kasi well known about the powers of Trailinga Swami and propagated so many mystic stories about him in the city of Kasi.  People consider him as an incarnation of Lord Shiva.  Many had seen him floating on the waters of Ganga hours together, or swimming across the flow of Ganga near Assi ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Dasaswamedh Ghat and Manikarnika Ghats. Many prominent Bengalis recognised his yogic powers and met him. Some of them are-Loknath Bramha chari, Benimadhav Bramhachari, Bhagavan Ganguli, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,  Vivekananda, Mahendranath Guptha, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Abedananda, Bhaskarananda, Swami Vishuddhananda, Vijayakrishna and Sadhak Bhoumakhapa and many others.

The great personalities of Bengalis first recognised the yogic powers of Trilinga Swami and not the Telugu people.  Trailinga Swami’s foremost disciple Sri Umacharan Mukhopadhyaya wrote Swamiji’s biography.  Lahiri Mahasaya, a great Kriya yogi, was very close to Trilinga Swami, who was also a great Kriya yogi. Bengalis brought him to light and revered him very much. He spent most of his time in deep meditation on Lord Vishwanath and in the service of the people of Kashi. Hence the people of Kashi called him as —the  wandering Lord Vishwanath in human form.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa has called him as a Paramahamsa.  Benaras was illuminated by the presence of Trailinga Swami in Varanasi. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa recognised him as -Shiva with the body of Trilinga Swami. He was a wandering Shiva of Varanasi. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was greatly attracted towards Trilinga Swami. He saw Lord Viswanath in Trilinga Swami. He said “I saw the Universal lord Himself  was using his body as a vehicle for manifestation. He was in an exalted state of knowledge, without any consciousness”. When Sri Ramakrishna was young, he went to Benaras to see the great Trilinga Swami in 1869. Trailinga Swami took his urine and sprinkled it on the idol of Goddess Kali, on whom Ramakrishna worshipped and said that there was no difference between his urine and the Ganga water. The Swami reached that great state by that time itself. Trailinga Swami was the greatest of the known Kriya yogis. There were so many instances to prove it.

The first Guru of Swamiji was his mother. In his last days people recognised him as Shiva and poured Ganga water on his head (abhisekam) from early morning till noon. He was always sitting motionless like Ajhagara floating in the celestial plane. People say many stories about him and about his yogic powers. Robert Arnet writes that his miracles are well documented and he displayed miraculous powers that cannot be dismissed as myth. There are living witnesses to his amazing yogic feats. He drank deadly poisons but nothing will happened to him. He made alive several dead persons at different places.  He cured a wounded lion like a cat.

During his life time he roamed (toured) throughout  India from Rameswaram in the South to Kailash Manas Sarovar in Himalayas, and exhibited many yogic miracles on the way. He was a Siddha yogi as he obtained Ashta Siddhis and Bramhagyan.  He became one with God.  He read people’s minds like a book. Once a skeptic tried to expose him as a fraud. He brought one bucket of calcium lime mixture used for white washing walls and asked Trilinga Swami to drink, saying it as clobbered milk. Swami drank the entire bucket of lime water to the last drop with no ill effect. Instead the skeptic fell to the ground crying with stomach pain seeking Swami’s help. The Swami broke his silence and explained the law of Karma of cause and effect. He warned the skeptic not to repeat such tricks in future.

In some other instance, it was habitual for the yogi to walk naked in the streets of Kashi. The British ladies complained the police about the behaviour of the yogi. The police caught him and put him in a lock up cell. After some time the police saw him standing on the jail roof. The police caught him again and put him in jail, keeping a guard to watch him. After some time the police saw him again standing on the jail roof. At the same time guard saw him sitting in the cell.  Disgusted with the acts of Swamiji the police let him free to move in the streets of Varanasi.

Once the Maharaja of Benaras took Trailinga Swami on a boat ride. The king was attired splendidly with a silver sheath containing his golden sword, studded with diamonds, tied round his waist. What it was asked Trailinga Swami.  Even before the king answered, Swami took it in his hand and threw it in the Ganges river. The king shocked and depressed at his act. Then Trailinga Swami put his hand in Ganga flowing water and brought out four or five similar swords, and asked the king to pick up his own sword. The king was at dismay and he could not recognise his sword. The pride of the king was reduced and he learnt a lesson ‘the power in detachment.’ According to Trailinga Swami – if anybody attained the stage of giving up the desires completely or giving up too much attachment to any thing (Moha), then the world will be altered in to heaven.  vairagya or desirelessness is the stepping stone to reach Kaivalya. One can be liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

In 1874 AD a judge who was working in Calcutta High Court went to Kasi as a tourist. He had darshan of Kasi Vishwanath, Annapurna devi, Manikarnika etc.,but he did not worship any idol nor did namaskar to any god in Kasi.  He felt himself superior to all.  He stayed in Kasi for few days and finally after hearing the greatness of Trilinga Swamiji he went to have a darshan of Swamiji. When he reached  Swamiji Ashram many people were crowded around Swamiji. He felt some body patted him and said “ you fool.. you are feeling high of yourself because you have learnt some English words and judge to all..you have forgotten your Dharma before God. Go and salute Lord Vishwanath, do Pooja and come here.” The judge shocked at this and ran to have darshan of Lord Vishwanath, did Pooja with a Salute to forgive his mistake. He came back and fell on the feet of Swamiji. He became life long disciple of Swami ji.

Bhavani Charan Das of Bhalispur was suffering from liver problem and loose motions since long time. He consulted many doctors but no use. His friends suggested him to go and have a darshan of Swamiji.  Everyday he went to Ashram and had darshan of Swamiji from distance and came back. One day Swamiji called him and asked what is his problem?  Bhavani Charandas fell on the feet of Swamiji and explained his problem crying with tears. Swamiji immediately pick up some bhang and gave him to drink. From that day onwards he picked up his health and became disciple of Babaji and served him.  There were so many incidents like this. Swamiji became very much popular in Kasi.

Once the king of Nepal and his courtiers were on hunting a lion and fired at it. The wounded lion entered the cave and sat by the side of Trilinga Swamy, who was in deep meditation. The king entered the cave and saw the lion sitting by the side of an Yogi like a cat. The Swami opened his eyes and asked the king to come near him and sit by his side. The lion could not even growl at them and kept silent. The king invited the Swamy to come to his palace as a guest. But, he stayed at Pashupatinath temple, and not in the kings palace.

Once the British police took Swami to the court after arrest. The mischievous British Majistrate tried to test the Swami by serving feces in a Plate and asked Swami to eat it. Swami asked everyone to eat it but all of them refused. Swami put his hand in the plate, and the feces turned in to sweet smelling sweetmeats. He showed the sweetmeats to all of them including the Majistrate and ate them. Since then no British officer had troubled him. Trilinga Swami saw only God in everything including feces,since he had reached the highest stage of Yogic development. He saw only God in all and in everything. He was a moving Lord Vishwanath in human form.

Trailinga Swami left his body on 26th December,1887 in Kasi and his body was given “Salila Samadhi” or “Jal Samadhi” in Ganges river, according to the funeral customs of the monks of Dasanami sect.,in the presence of thousands of mourning devotees standing on the ghats of holy Ganga.