The Yoga Siddha Research
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Sponsored by Babaji's Kriya Yoga
Order of Acharyas, USA, Inc.,
196, Mountain Road, P.O. Box: 90, Eastman, Quebec, Canada JOE 1
Director: Professor T.N. Ganapathy
Deputy Director: Dr. KR. Arumugam
1. Dr. R. Balasubramanian (Chairman)
2. Dr. T.B. Siddhalingaiah
3. Dr. Prema Nandakumar
4. Dr. T.N. Ramachandran
5. Sri T.V. Venkataraman (IAS., Retd.)
6. Sri Azariah
7. Sri G, Ramanathan
8. Sri S.K Venkataraman
9. Sri Sriram Chandrasekar
10. Dr. KR. Arumugam (Secretary)
11. Dr. T.N. Ganapathy (Convenor & Co-Chairman)
1. Sri Govindan Satchidananda (President,
2. Smt Durga Ahlund (Acharya, BKYOA)
3. Manuel Masche (Secretary, BKYOA's Trust)
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Dr. K.R. Arumugam,
Dr. T.N. Ganapathy
Sri Sriram Chandrasekar,
Dr. T.N. Ganapathy,
Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
Sri T.V. Venkataraman,
Smt. Smitha Despande,
Dr. Prema Nandakumar
Dr. Arumugam and
Siddha Research Centre, Chennai, India
The Yoga Siddha Research Project has been sponsored jointly by Babaji's
Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas Inc., Canada and Yoga Research and
Education Centre, Inc. California, USA since 2000. The aim of the
project is to undertake on a grand scale to locate all the unpublished
texts by the Tamil Yoga Siddhas and publish them with critical annotations.
Till now no serious study has been made about the Tamil Siddhas
in a systematic and scientific way. No serious attempt has been
made to work on or translate the Tamil Siddha poems. The Tamil Yoga
Siddha Research Project proposes to fill this long-felt gap. The
purpose of this project is to identify and preserve in computer
accessible format all of the manuscripts of the Tamil Siddhas related
to yoga in the various libraries and private collections.
This project had its origins
nearly 50 years ago, Kriya Babaji Nagaraj gave to Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah,
the solemn task to gather the palm leaf mansucripts of the 18 Tamil
Yoga Siddhas, and to preserve, transcribe and publish them. During
the 1960's Yogi Ramaiah wandered all over Tamil Nadu collecting
and carefully preserving them against white ants. In 1968 he published
"Songs of the 18 Yoga Siddhas," a small anthology of these
in their original Tamil language. From 1979 to 1982 he published
the collected works of Babaji's guru, the Siddhar Boganathar, in
their original Tamil, in three volumes, nearly 1,800 pages in length.
In 1999, his student of 18 years, M. Govindan Satchidananda, the
President of Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, and sponsor
of the Project developed a research plan in four parts:
Study number 1,
"An Inventory and Preservation in Magnetic Format of the Manuscripts
Associated with Yoga contained in Libraries and Private Collections
of Tamil Nadu", has
resulted in the copying onto electronic media, CD Roms, all of the
the Siddha Manuscripts related to Yoga ( but not on medicine) from
the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library (GOML), Chennai, the
Adyar Library, Chennai, and the Kerala University Mansucripts Library,
Tiruvanathapuram. The number of works copied so far from the GOML
is 357, the number of folios: 11,212, the number of verses: approximately
45,000. In the case of Adyar Library we have gotten photocopies
of 85 Siddha Yoga manuscripts including 1366 folios, and 7,000 verses
approximately. In Kerala University photocopies of five Siddha Yoga
manuscripts have been obtained. In Kerala University we are fortunate
to have a mutilated manuscript on the history of the Siddhas called
Jnana-bodagam. The collection of works in the GOML started in the
year 2000 with Dr. KR. Arumugam, who as a Research Associate copied
the manuscripts in CD Roms,. He was ably assisted by Sri Senthil
Vadivalagan, The manuscripts have subsequently been transcribed
into modern Tamil by Sri G. Uthiradam, M.A., M.Phil, Dip. in Manuscriptology,
and Dip. in Epigraphy, and the correctness of the transcription
has been scrutinized by the well-known scholar Sri. P. Subramaniam,
who is a Ph.D. in Manuscriptology, a rare scholarship indeed.
The Centre is currently copying
all of the manuscripts related to Yoga written by the Siddhas, at
the Saraswati Mahal Library, in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India. It
has one of the largest collections of such works, but until now,
no researchers have been permitted to make copies of such works.
More Siddha works in other collections, both private and institutional
will be copied over the coming few years. With a comprehensive collection
of all of the Siddha manuscripts, we can assure not only their future
preservation, study and translation, by future generations of scholars
Study number 2, "Translation
into English with Commentary and Publication of Selected Manuscripts
related to the Tamil Yoga Siddhas." This study has
resulted in one of the publications today: "The Yoga of Siddha
Avvai." Much more is expected from this study as we identify
and select the "gems" among the manuscripts copied and
transcribed in Study number 1.
Study number 3, "Translation
with Commentary of an Anthology of Selected Works of the 18 Siddhas,"
began in the year 2000, and with the collaboration of several
scholars and yogis, it has been completed with the release of "The
Yoga of the 18 Siddhas: An Anthology."
Study number 4, "Translation
with Commentary of Selected Poems on Yoga by Siddhar Boganathar,"
resulted in the publication, in July 2003, of volume 1 of "The
Yoga of Siddha Boganathar," and today, with the publication
of volume 2. It is based upon entirely upon the mammoth work of
Yogi Ramaiah, cited above, "Bogar Kanda Yoga." At a later
date, we hope to publish Boganathar's poem of 7,000 verses, and
other works by this Siddha, in subsequent volumes.
See the article "Welcome
Address for Yoga Siddha Research Center by M. Govindan Satchidananda"
and the article "Biography
of Yogi S.A.A. Ramaiah," in the "Kriya
Yoga Articles" section of this website for further details
on the purpose and history of the above cited undertakings.
Inception of the
Centre and future plans:
With the completion of the above cited items,
at a formal book launch on January 9, 2005, and the invitation by
the Vice Chacellor of the University of Madras to become affiliated
with the University, the sponsor and the Research director decided
to establish "The Yoga Siddha Research Centre,"
with a new budget, research plan, and advisory committee of scholars.
The current plan for 2005 includes completion of the book, "The
Yoga of Tirumular: Essays on the Tirumandiram," which will
be published in 2005 by Babaji's Kriya Yoga and Publications, Inc.
Beginning in April 2005, the Centre
is also undertaking a new translation of the "Tirumandiram,"
which is probably the most important work by a Yoga Siddha, written,
in the 4th century A.D. This will be done by: Sri T.V. Venkatraman,
former Chief Secretary of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Sri T.N.
Ramachandran, Professor T.N. Ganapathy, and Dr. KR Arumugam, all
scholars of this great work.
The Chairman of our Advisory
Committee is Professor R. Balasubramanian, Former Chairman, the
Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi, former Director,
the Dr. Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Study in Philosophy,
University of Madras, Emeritus Professor of the Sri Aurobindo School
of Philosophy, Central University, Pondicherry. He is an outstanding
scholar in the field of Vedanta.
DR. T.N. GANAPATHY, Director, The Yoga Siddha Research
Center, was Post-Graduate Professor & Head, Department of Philosophy,
RKM Vivekananda College, Chennai. At present he is a visiting professor
at the Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, (Deemed University),
Prasanthi Nilayam, Andhra Pradesh. He has participated in a number
of national and international seminars and conferences. His publications
include: Perspectives of Theism and Absolutism in Indian Philosophy
(ed. 1978), Mahavakyas (1982), Bertrand Russell's Philosophy of
Sense-Data (1984), The Philosophy of the Tamil Siddhas (1993), The
Yoga of Siddha Boganathar (2003).
DR. T.B. SIDDHALINGAIAH,
formerly Professor of Saiva Siddhanta and Director, Institute of
Correspondence Education, M.K. University, Madurai, is a specialist
in Saivism, Tamil language and literature. He has many publications
including: Origin and Development of Saiva Siddhanta (1979); Samudaya
Beedhi (1986); Meyyunarvu Malargal (1993). He was a member of the
Advisory Committee of International Scholars, British Saiva Siddhanta
Center, London and a member of the General Council and Tamil Advisory
Board, Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 1988-93.
DR. PREMA NANDAKUMAR,
has had a first class academic career in Andhra University. Her
translations of Subramania Bharati's poems and of the classics,
Manimekalai, etc., have won high praise. She has published biographies
of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Subramania
Bharati. Her critical studies include Sri Aurobindo's Savitri: A
Study, T.V. Kapali Sastri, In Search of Hinduism, and Kulo-thungan:
A Poet of Today and Tomorrow.
DR. P.S. SOMASUNDARAM,
formerly Principal of D.G. Vaishnava College, Chennai and C.T.M.
College of Arts and Science, Chennai, also held position as Professor
and Head of the Department of Tamil in those colleges. His book
in English entitled Tirujnanasambandhar-Philosophy and Religion
was awarded first prize by the Tamil University, Thanjavur. His
other publications include History of Tamil Literature.
DR. S.P. SABHARATHNAM,
was a Reader in the Department of Saiva Siddhanta at the University
of Madras. He is a Tamil and Sanskrit scholar with expertise in
Vedas, Agamas, Vastu and Shilpa Sastras and honored with the titles
of Saiva Acharya Ratna and Veda Agama Vastu Shilpa Vaachaspati.
DR. KR. ARUMUGAM,
Research Associate, The Yoga Siddha Research Center, Chennai, has
post-graduate and doctorate degrees in philosophy and Tamil Literature.
He is a General Fellow of the ICPR, New Delhi, his project being
The Social Concern of the Tamil Siddhas-A Study. He is a visiting
faculty in the Sacred Heart Seminary, Poonamallee, Chennai. He has
translated the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition
from English to Tamil.
to read the welcome address from M. Govindan Satchidananda,
President of Babaji's Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas, Co-Sponsor of
the Yoga Siddha Research Centre.
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