Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi
Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi are a Yogi and Yogini couple. They are Adiyargal (ardent devotees and servants) of the Divine Mother Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. They manifest and personify the pristine energies of Pratyangira Devi and are in Ekatvam, in Oneness with Her.
For more than a decade, Swami and Amma have brought the Divine Mother’s healing energies, blessings and teachings to many people around the world. Now they have been guided to fulfill their Dharma as a Yogi and Yogini to be in Tapasya, a profound spiritual discipline, spent mostly in solitude and aimed at lifting the consciousness in the world. Even from this state of solitude and silence, they help people advance on their spiritual path by sharing their energies and teachings in subtle, yet powerful and transformative ways.
The goal is to build a Temple in every heart, to serve as a beacon of light to the human spirit, it is about bringing you into Oneness, or Ekatvam, with your Higher Self. That is the true Temple for a person, where the inner teachings reveal themselves and become reality.Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi
The thing about Swami and Amma is that they don’t want you to follow them. They want you to become like them. It’s a hard concept to grasp when the prevailing conditioning is one of “worshiping a guru,” but this morning I woke up and thought “oh, I get it.” Empowerment, the light bulb turned on.Samuel G, San Francisco
The energies of Mother Pratyangira have been with Amma since her childhood. As a young girl, Amma would often go into divine ecstasy, reaching states of Samadhi. Similarly, Swami was pulled towards the grace of the Divine Mother. The same energies that manifested in Swami and Amma separately brought them together, to form a complete union of the Shiva-Shakti energy. As the years progressed, their experiences with the energies they carry deepened. In 1997, they received the tremendous blessing of an open-eye Darshan of Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. It was an incredibly powerful and life altering event. The Divine Mother Herself revealed the mission of their life, guiding them to awaken the Divine Mother within people, in the same powerful way as She awoke within them.
Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi learned about Pratyangira Devi through direct experience, and not through books, scriptures or so-called authoritative figures. Prior to the Devi revealing Herself to them, Swami and Amma did not even know about Pratyangira Devi, nor were they seeking Her. It was through inner self-experiences that the Mother revealed Herself and guided them to become Her Sadhakas (spiritual practitioners or disciples). It is for this reason that the Yogi and Yogini couple consider Pratyangira Devi to be their Gurumata (spiritual parent and teacher). Whatever knowledge they share or spiritual practices they follow and teach is through Atma Vidya, the direct guidance from the Mother, through Akashic records.
For thousands of years, true knowledge and the energies of Pratyangira Devi were held in secret by the Himalayan Saints. However, over time, many false notions have been formed about Her, and people have tried to use Her energies in negative ways. Because of their direct experience with the energies of Pratyangira Devi, Swami Shanmuga and Amma Adi Sakthi can bring out the Mother’s energies in a beautiful way. They share the most authentic information about the Devi, dispelling misconceptions and misuse.
Mother Pratyangira is present in the Swami and Amma’s lives in a Yogic form, and not in a ritualistic form. Over the years, there has been a progression from a conventional mode of worshiping to a more subtle and powerful Yogic form. This progression is a natural unfolding of the stages of spiritual evolution leading them to be in the final stage of Gnanam, of just being.
Transcending religions, traditions and cultures, it is Swami and Amma’s mission is to help everyone in the realization of Oneness, of Ekatvam.
Guidance from the Masters
In addition to the direct experiences of their Gurumata Pratyangira Devi, Swami and Amma have been blessed by many masters during their eventful spiritual journey. Some Masters have appeared in physical form and others in their astral form. In particular, Sri Mahavatar Babaji and Sri Ramana Maharshi have had a profound effect on them. Both these masters present themselves as incarnations of Lord Muruga to Swami and Amma. The centerpieces of their current Tapasya, Self-inquiry and being quiet in silence, is directly influenced by Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Students of the Heart, not Gurus
Swami and Amma do not consider themselves to be Gurus or Masters of others. They do not want to be Gurus in the traditional sense of the word. Nor do they want disciples or Shishyas. This cuts out all the associated human ego, Maya (illusion), hierarchy and Guru authority. They consider everyone to be fellow brothers or sisters on the spiritual path. They see themselves as mentors or stewards, to guide people along the spiritual path which they have already walked. Swami and Amma consider all souls to be equals and worship the Mother in every individual. They consider themselves to be Students of the Heart.
Through direct experience, Swami and Amma know that one’s true Guru is their Highest Self. They firmly believe that each person should be empowered to transcend themselves to become One with the Divine, to become Masters in their own right. These beliefs, experiences, and knowing is reflected in their daily life, practices, teachings, and writings. Swami and Amma have distilled and simplified the Sadhana of Mother Pratyangira for contemporary times, yet preserving the core essence and spiritual benefits. These simple techniques, when practiced daily advances one’s soul towards Self-realization.
In Tapasya, In Ekatvam – Solitude and Meditation
Swami and Amma have now transitioned to a phase of doing Tapasya for an extended period. During Tapasya, they are secluded from most everyone. Like being in a cave, but in a modern setting while continuing to lead a family life. This seclusion allows them to go deeper and keep the energies pristine. It is a period of profound meditations, self-inquiry, and also a time of austerity. They stay in practice all the time, quietly doing the work and yet taking care of their family. This Tapasya is a big step for them, a new phase of life, but a natural step to take as they fully trust the Divine Mother’s guidance.
During this period of Tapasya, Amma is in Mouna (silence), communicating minimally, if at all. Swami is silent for the most part, except when he needs to respond to requests for spiritual guidance or pujas. He travels on occasion to perform special Homa and Puja programs if requested.
Yogi, Yogini’s Prayers for you
Despite being in Tapasya in solitude and silence, Swami Shanmuga & Amma Adi Sakthi feel blessed to share their energies with all. The energies are manifesting ever more powerfully, in more subtle ways. They want to reach out to people, to bring Mother Pratyangira’s energy deeply into people’s souls, just as the Mother reached out to them.
Every new moon and full moon day, Swami & Amma perform a beautiful puja to their Gurumata Sri Maha Pratyangira Devi. These two days are auspicious for the Devi puja. Everyone can connect and participate in these pujas and partake in the energies and blessings for the advancement of their soul. For those who directly participate in the puja, Swami & Amma offer prayers on their behalf to clear obstacles on their path.
Swami and Amma offer Project Grace program for those who want to participate in every puja and avail of personal spiritual guidance. They also perform Pratyangira Puja and Lakshmi Puja for Abundance to help people on their spiritual path.
When realized Masters offer prayers on your behalf, they are joining the strength of their Tapas Shakti (spiritual power) to your prayers.
Swami and Amma married in 1995 and have two children. Leading a regular family life and yet walking the highest spiritual path, they show that the two can be integrated. They understand the challenges of walking the spiritual path in the modern world. Swami and Amma relate to real people and real problems and help others integrate spirituality into everyday life.
Friendly and open, Swami and Amma exude a wonderful lightness. They worship the Divine in every individual, relating to everyone as a spiritual brother and sister. Accepting the Divine Mother as their Jivatman (their spirit) and the gift of this lifetime, they are humble and unassuming despite the great energy they carry within them, and they bow to the Divine Mother within each of us.