Our Link to a Natha Siddhar

Satguru Bodhinatha recently came back from malaysia, and while he was there he visited the samadhi shrine of Natha siddhar Swami Jaganatha in the town of Tapah, where there is currently a renovation going on. We are connected to Swami in a mystical way, and we wrote about it in Hinduism Today in 1987.

Our slideshow today contains a blogpost from http://agathiyarvanam.blogspot.com/2013/07/jeganatha-swamigal-jeganatha-swamigal.html

The short article from Hinduism Today is below:

Swami Jaganatha was born in Puri, India, two years after the American War of 1812-a time when the British were establishing a mercantile beachhead in India. He died 145 years later, in 1959, in the emerald jungles of Tapah, Malaysia-his physical home a small, rude hut far from civilization, his spiritual home the infinite realms of Siva consciousness.

He lived in Tapah some 78 years, originally migrating out of India to Burma when he was 18, performing body-numbing tapas (austerities to accelerate soul unfoldment) and finally crossing into Malaysia in his late 60's. Swami Jaganatha was a siddha par excellence of the Natha Sampradaya (tradition of the Siva masters). He left a legacy of pinnacle spiritual achievement for all Malaysia Hindus and a posthumous prophecy of international scope that bore true. Few knew him personally. He mainly strode the corridors of our dream-world, the realities of the Devaloka surrounding this planet.

Finding him was difficult enough even if he inwardly wanted to see you. And the jungle and Japanese soldiers in occupation kept the fainthearted away. But some came. And if they could stand the tests of their own mind they followed Jaganatha as Sat Guru. One such earnest seeker was K.S. Gurusamy Pillai.
Gurusamy Pillai recounts his first meeting: "Some people commented, 'Why do you want to meet the madman who goes about dressed only in a loin cloth and always mumbling to himself!' The hut was almost completely grown over with vines and creepers. The swami asked me to first thank the man who had called him a madman. I sat on a low table. Then swami locked the door. Soon after, the swami disappeared and a cobra descended from the ceiling hissing loudly and, strangely, the hissing sounded like Aum. I was in great fear. Then the swami appeared, and the snake coiled back up to the roof and out of sight."
Three months later Gurusamy Pillai revisited Jaganatha. The swami asked Pillai to write to a close disciple in Sri Lanka telling him to go see Yogaswami (a renowned Sat Guru of the Natha Sampradaya who died in 1964). Then Jaganatha predicted another "soul" from America called Subramuniya would come. "He would reside in Hawaii. Subramuniya will travel around the world and everyone will receive his darshan. Then I, too, will join him," the swami declared. And indeed Sivaya Subramuniya, born in America, look Yogaswami as his guru, founded Saiva Siddhanta Church (headquarters in Hawaii) and travels annually from the West to the East.

8 Responses to “Our Link to a Natha Siddhar”

  1. Easan says:

    Wow! The mystical Nathas never cease to amaze

  2. Varadan says:

    So powerful!

  3. MUTHU says:


  4. Rajendra Giri says:

    Thanks for sharing,

    Aum Namah Shivay!

  5. Ramesh Sivanathan Lechumiah says:

    I didn’t know Jagannath Swami hailed from Natha Sambradaya until I read this post. No wonder we are attracted to this place. We often visit this Samadhoi shrine since we live about 40 minutes away from Tapah. Some one put a large picture of Gurudeva there. And when I visited I put a medium picture of Satguru Bodhinatha soon to discover that it had disappeared when I visited next a few months later. When I asked the priest he smiled and said.” people just take away!”. Let me share an experience with Jagannath Swami. My friend and I were travelling in a car when he commented negatively about this Swami. Soon after he closed his mouth, a policeman stopped him, checked his licence and said he got unpaid summons of about RM600! That’s the punishment he got for what he said about Swami.

  6. Thanam Joseph says:

    My late mother loved to go to the temples from Ipoh she missed swami jaganatha samodhi,in the fiftys and sixtys we stopped in Tapah and Tanjong malim for a break before proceeding to Kuala Lumpur unlike now. I will make sure to stop in Tapah when I go back home.

  7. shiv sahil guleri says:

    Wow. I am amazed yet again.

  8. Nigel Siva says:

    Ganapathi Thunai
    The story was written long time ago
    The drama script was written long time ago
    The rehearsal was done long time ago
    Now we are acting and witnessing the “Play of Life”
    Nothing cannot be changed
    Just flow with the river of life (Gurudeva)
    Everything is finished long ago (Yogaswami)
    Aum Namah Sivaya

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