On Aghoris

At the Aghor kuti in Shivapur I asked my Guru: Would you please tell me about the Aghors and the history of the lineage of the Aghor siddhas so that the Nepalese people would know the truth of the Aghoris. Baba said to me: “ I am happy to see your devotion, concern to the society of your country and I’m going to tell about the Aghor and the lineage of the aghor siddhas but I would like to warn that never tell the person who does’nt have the faith in the Aghor siddhas because they might insult you! So you have to tell those people who have faith in Aghors. The word Aghor literally means, that which is not difficult or terrible. Aghor is simple and natural state of consciousness. There is no place for feelings of fear, hatred, disgust or discrimination in the eyes of an Aghor.
Aghor with constant practice when the soul is established in that state, such a person becomes an Avadhut regardless of his path. An Aghoreshwar is an Avadhut who has gone through all the various stages of Aghor and then has returned to society for the benefit of others. Even though an Aghoreshwar remains above and beyond all social and material illusions, distinctions, and categories, he can bring many social reforms into effect.
Realizing his divine nature, retaining the carefree and unattached Aghor state of being, he may have at the same time the appearance of one observing the contemporary social norm rather than a recluse.
The term Aghor goes back to the farthest reaches of time. One of the five faces of Shiva was known as Aghor. The word is as old as the oldest of legends. There is a hymn to the glory of SHIVA in Shiva Purana, one of Hinduisms oldest legends. There is a hymn to the glory of Shiva by Pushpadanta, head of the Gandharvas, called the Shiva Mahima Stotram. One of its verses is: “Aghoranna paro mantra
nasti tatvam Guru param”. It means:
“The very name of Aghor (Shiva, or the one who has attained the state of Aghor) is a mantra that is above all other mantras. There is nothing higher to be known than the real nature of the Aghor Guru”.
In the past the word Aghor implied something mysterious. Slowly, over centuries, its meaning came to include methods and practices used by Sadhus to overcome their limitations.
After the prehistoric association of Aghor with Lord Shiva, another legendary being was not only considered by the ancients to have realized the state of Aghor but was also believed to have propounded and taught the knowledge of it to others. This was Lord Dattatreya. Many other saints and mahatmas who embodied this Aghor state arose at their destined times in history, while at other times the Lineage became to be communicated in Guru-disciple relationships. They lived alone, in seclusion. They lived in the caves in mountains. For some, their search to be alone drew them to cremation grounds where people go for a little time only.
A person cannot cross the boundary demarcated by the social arrangements called dharma and traditions. If he does, he is considered a fool, a man lacking in discrimination. However an Aghor Sannyasi, Aughad, Avadhut is under no such limitations. He does dismantle such boundaries. Take the Lord Buddha who also went into Aghor Sadhana. He set up a new order suited to those times climate. He spoke with crystal clarity. Just as we need a modern physician and a modern ruler,we need modern Aghor saints and Aghor Gurus who prescribe what is relevant to the present times. It is their prescription that will work. Such men are born in every age, in every society, in every religion. They know no boundaries, no limitations. They wear no threads, observe no rituals. They are beyond purity and impurity. We worship Shakti, so that we may gain strength and we may have new ecstasy that could turn our wrongs into rights. The timeless lineage of Aghor Siddhas in Nepal and India has been flowing like the Ganges of wisdom from time immemorial. Pashupati (Kathmandu) and Kashi is known as the City of Shiva. This lineage of the Aghor Siddhas of Kashi has emanated from Lord Shiva himself. This lineage has produced unparalleled spiritual giants at various times.
In Nepal Aghoracharya was the first known Siddha at the time of Aghor Bhairavacharya in kashi (5th-6th century). This lineage continued in a sleepy state, as if embers under ashes. In the 16th century Baba Kinaram after receiving darshan with Bhagwan Dattatreya in Girnar mountains, awakened it for the welfare of humanity at large – the embers hidden under the ashes began to glow again. In the presence of Baba Kinaram spontaneous relief was received by the suffering, answers to questions came automatically, and mind experienced calmness naturally. One would experience the higher Self merely by being in his presence. Baba Kinaram travelled far and wide in all the four corners of India and by witnessing the suffering of people, engaged himself whole –heartedly in alleviating their suffering. Finally on the bank of the river Ganges in Varanasi, he established his dhuni (sacred fire) and continued his sadhana of service. The akhand dhuni (continuos burning fire ) of Baba Kinaram fed by the leftover wood from the near by cremation grounds, and the samadhis (tombs) of all the siddhas of the lineage in the same compound, are witness to the continuum of this intact lineage of Aghor Siddhas. Today, this yoga – bhumi (land of sadhana ) of Aghor Siddhas of Kashi (Varanasi) is called Kring Kund. The recorded history of the Siddhas who headed the seat of Aghor in Varanasi at Kring Kund after Baba Kina Ram established the Akhand Dhuni is as follows: 1. Baba Kalu Ram (Bhagwan Dattatreya) 2. Aghoracharya Baba Kina Ram (16th century) 3. Baba Bija Ram 4. Baba Dhouta Ram 5. Baba Gaibi Ram 6. Baba Bhavani Ram 7. Baba Jainarayan Ram 8. Baba Mathura Ram 9. Baba Saryu Ram 10. Baba Dal Singar Ram 11. Baba Rajeshwar Ram 12. Aghoreshwar Baba Bhagwan Ramji 13.Baba Sidhartha Gautam Ram (Present)
In this lineage of Aghor Siddhas of North India, Baba Bhagwan Ram ji emerged as an Aghoreshwar for our modern times. Heeding to the call of our time, he gave a new turn to this safeguarded tradition of Siddhas and expanded its field of activity.

– Mangaldhan Ram

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