Swami Shanmuga and 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.
Swami and Amma have been bringing the Divine Mother’s healing energies, blessings and teachings to many people around the world for two decades. For extended periods of time they fulfilled their Dharma as a Yogi and Yogini by being in Tapasya, a profound spiritual discipline, spent mostly in solitude and aimed at lifting the consciousness in the world. 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 the 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 a 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 self-proclaimed authoritative figures. Before the Devi revealed 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, Himalayan Saints held true knowledge and energies of Pratyangira Devi in secret. 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 bring out the Mother’s energies beautifully. 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
Besides 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, they 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.
Swami and Amma's daily life, practices, teachings, and writings reflect these beliefs, experiences, and knowledge. They 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.
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.
Swami and Amma married in 1995 and have two children. Leading a regular family life and yet walking the highest spiritual path, they integrate the two. 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.
The following is a heartfelt writeup by their two children Nimal and Dhevamitra about their parents in April 2019. Being children of the Yogi and Yogini couple, they are spiritually evolved for their age.
"Don’t think that just because we are born in Singapore, we are not spiritually inclined to do things. All the more, we are more deeply involved within and without with our souls, being born into an urban lifestyle. We also have deep moral values imbibed in us. Being in mountains, cottages and visiting holy monuments/ landmarks doesn’t instantly make someone holy. Many ask us how come our parents are yogis and not from any holy grounds ...
I throw this question back at all of you: does it matter that one should be born in a holy land to become a holy, enlightened person ? In the face of reality it’s inside work people—wake up within and without, before you can come to ignorantly question others or even compare them with others . Stop being caught up in what others are doing, and focus on being the best you, you can be. Blowing your own horn about all the great things you have done, such as helping the illiterate / feeding the poor or building an ashram/ having a following, to brag and to belittle the ones who are truly doing the work in a humble manner quietly all these years, really takes out the nobility and true purpose of your spiritual pursuits.
Being householders and not running/shying away from responsibilities, staying together in beautiful strong love for each other being married loyal to each other for many years , living their lives among everyone as normal people doing normal things again, on TOP of all these, they sacrifice to do huge tapas with humility and humbleness in them without hesitating to use their valuable time and energy, helping so many in the path, serving selflessly. They do all these to not add on to the already built Temples or ashrams that many are doing but instead, they are still serving the Temples within everyone and themselves; only seeking to drop their bodies and take Maha samadhi wherever their beloved Gurumatha points her hand to.
Furthermore, for them to be able to do that, we as their children are releasing them (although difficult) wholeheartedly, and they completely surrendered to the divine where they have begun wandering truly like the ancient Sadhus did—to live only with those who selflessly seek them, to graciously give them shelter for few months and they continue to do tapas. For only 3 or 4 months they visit us, and they have given us the boon to be able to do our duties to them as their children for that 3 or 4 months. We only get that time with our yogic parents and they are not seeking crowds of people to come to them or to worship them. All they are seeking is to be wanderers of the earthplane as a yogic couple, to be able to do more tapas and drop their bodies when it’s time.
Understand this first and foremost—it’s easy for many to compare them to other Sannyasis/ thuravi’s or masters/saints and so called gurus that are out there, but let me ask again: can they do what our parents have done in this given modern world coming from a very safe place like Singapore with high cost of living in a very challenging situation having a family balancing to bring us up and feed us too and doing their dharma , being a married couple having so much discipline and courage to do what they are doing? So just a humble request to all of you that don’t really know them: don’t assume.
Please do us all and yourself a favour: learn to find yourselves first and foremost, seek within yourself to find answers not from us or those who are doing tapas like that. We as their children, are greatly respecting who they are to us in this lifetime and we are putting them out through the pages as a way of inspiring other likeminded people who will see this and be inspired.
At least they are living true legends and embodiments, of truth and unconditional love for all who seek their divine presence and blessings. They do their work selflessly, with utmost impeccable bhakthi and reverence. Hope all our friends respect our wishes, and understand that there is no fixed place for them for you all to visit them, but truly understand that if you heartfully call out to them, or write in for any queries you all will be notified as soon as they step out to wherever people want to host them and shelter them, and they will just do their tapas and do seva there by planting their tapas shakthi wherever they are invited in the world. That is what they have been guided to do by their great Gurumatha Pratyangira Devi, as they hold a huge energy reserve.
Many in their presence have experienced it, they simply just serve to sustain themselves, and give back so much more to others who are in need actually. So understand that they are not gurus or avatars, and are purely servants (ADIYARGAL) to the Mother; yogis who are dedicated to serving the Mother in all and One."
With gratitude and grace from
Nimal Dinesh Shanmuga Suntharam and Dhevamitra Shanmuga Suntharam
Children of the Adiyargals