September 26, 2016

Miracles, Miraculous Powers, Yogic Superpowers, Psychic Powers, Ashta Siddhi, Yoga Siddhi, Yoga Siddha, Siddha Yoga, Spiritual Powers, Supernatural Powers, Amrit, Amrut, Amritattva, Amrutattva, Deathless and Deathlessness, Immortal and Immortality, Soma, Reality about Siddhis and Immortality, Trayatapa, Tapatraya, Tattva Jnana, Sankhya Darshana, Samkhya Shastra, Dangerous Khechari Mudra, Questions and Answers Part IV

This is a continuation of Questions and Answers Part III, II, I:

Question: Does meditation help me develop six-packs and grow hairs on my bald head? Can you help? People have been promising the moon with their meditation classes. So want to know if meditation can give me six-packs and hairs?
Answer: I can't help you. However, I did ask some fake gurus, and their answers are as follows:
Fake Guru #1 (Kriya and Pranayama guru): Definitely YES! If you breathe as I say, you can lose your hairs and regrow them at will. It’s as simple as that!
Fake Guru #2: How did you know?!!! (surprised). I thought nobody knew the secret, except me. Hmm! Good sensations! I will tell you some more secrets. Join my Vipassana classes.
Fake Guru #3 (sex Tantra guru/Tantrik): Only 6-packs and hairs?!!!! (couldn't believe himself). That's just the tip of an iceberg! Meditation makes you attract the opposite sex like a magnet, and the whole nigh…. Oh! I just revealed a secret. I will reveal no more until you become my disciple and join my night meditation sessions.
Fake Guru #4 (Bhakti Yogi/Religious Guru): (Gives a tender look and smiles benignly) In this play of my Lord xxxxxx, anything and everything is possible! By the grace of my Lord, the One and the Only xxxxxxx, even a miracle is but a trifle. If you pray as I say to my Lord xxxxxx 3 or 5 times a day, all your wishes will be fulfilled. May the grace of my Lord xxxxxx be upon you!
Fake Guru #5 (Kundalini, Chakra, Aura, Reiki, Psychic, ..... Guru): First the basics, you have 7-colored Chakras, 7 colored-lotuses, 7 colored-auras that affect your physical and mental well-being. When you clean, balance, and heal these, why only 6, you may get 8 packs and a thick mane on your bald head. You never know how powerful my therapies are! I will give you many options: crystals, stones, Tantric massage, aura cleansing, aura healing, Chakra cleansing, Chakra balancing, etc. Here is the price list for balancing one chakra, 2 chakras, and all of them. If you want holistic healing, balancing and opening of all Chakras with or without meditation, opening your lotuses with or without meditation, aura cleansing including Ayurvedic massage, then you will get a discount of 30%.
Fake Guru #6 (bald guru): Those are cheats who say meditation can grow hairs. They know nothing! I lost my hairs (strokes his bald head) because of a powerful meditation experience and a Buddha awakening in me. I have become a Buddha now.
Hope these answers help you!

Question: Does meditation help me fly? Does meditation make me a miracle man/woman? Does meditation help me in astral travel/astral projection, clairvoyance/clairaudience, out of body experiences or gain superpowers so that I can know everything about everybody's past, present, and future; roam the world for free; know everybody's secrets; bash the bad guys, save the world, rule the world?
Question: Does meditation help me become a healer, Reiki expert, aura expert/healer, hypnotist, black magician, vashikaran specialist, sammohini specialist, psychic invader, psychic healer, pranic healer, Tantrik……?
Answer: In the first question and answer above, change "six-packs and hairs" with flying or the other activity/power that you expect from meditation and imagine the answer.

Of course, there are out of body meditation experiences, but definitely, you can never fly with your physical body. There are Laws/Rules for both the physical body and the spiritual body. OBE and astral projection/travel are definitely not as many gurus/people of the past and the present have claimed/are claiming or have faked/are faking. People have no clue about OBEs.

Sadhu: "If you desire to gain the yogic superpower of flying and if you don't get it in this life, then perhaps you will be born as a pigeon in the next life to do the flying. The more unfulfilled desires you have, the more problems you are lined up with."

Truth: (1) The number of desires and how strong such desires are can reveal if you will progress in spirituality/meditation or not. (2) The types of sensual desires you had been enjoying and you are craving for will tell you if you will progress in meditation or not. (3) Due to unknown reasons (maybe past karma), you will have one or some real Kundalini experiences on your own without the help of a real guru, but progressing from there depends on right efforts and your present Vasanas/desires.

Question: Did you have any out of body experiences (OBE) or astral traveling or astral projection(AP)? Are out of body experiences just lucid dreaming or are they real?
Answer: My OBE experiences:
1) I saw a spiritual body floating up in a cloudy sky. I heard some dogs howl. I woke up. The dogs were howling. I realized I had been sleep-meditating. I rushed outside my room. The dogs were howling looking toward the building I was staying at. They stopped howling when they saw me. I looked up at the sky. It was cloudy and exactly the same as I had just seen! My room was in the first floor of a 3-storey lodge.
2) I saw my spiritual, ethereal, or astral body (Sukshma or Ativahika Sharira) sitting and meditating. This body is entirely different than anyone has ever read or imagined.
3) I witnessed a brightness or whiteness everywhere, I turned in all directions, and it was the same everywhere. There was nothing apart from this brightness – no objects, no body (not even any spiritual body).
4) From a distance, I saw my physical body lying down, sleeping, and snoring.
5) I saw places which I had never seen before and never saw them again. I had no body (not even the ethereal body) when I had this experience.

These experiences were much intense/clearer than what you experience when you are wide awake. All these experiences happened during Silent Meditation or sleep-meditation, without my will. It never happened to me when I wished to get out of my body.

Out of body experiences happen due to spiritual/Kundalini awakening. It is not dreaming or lucid dreaming. If you can do it at will, going to places that you like, seeing your relatives and TALKING to them, seeing or talking to dead persons, or doing whatever you want to do with astral projection/travel or OBE, then either you are hallucinating, imagining, or simply dreaming, may be lucidly. OBE or AP is due to your spiritual body, mind, and consciousness awakening. You cannot do any extra miracles with OBE.

Caution: People should be smart/intelligent enough to differentiate between real meditation experiences, imagination, dreaming, and hallucination. If you have had direct meditation experiences, then knowing which is real and which is fake becomes easy. When you know which is real, then you will know the fake experiences of so many famous gurus/people of the past and the present.

Question: I hear screams and baby voices during my astral projections!  Has anyone ever experienced this before?
Answer: If you are having the same experiences again and again, stop whatever you are doing to have such experiences. Do some physical exercises and get good undisturbed, dreamless sleep of 7 hours.

Question: Which meditation technique or Yoga helps me have out of body experiences? Which is the best Yoga to become immortal? Can I become deathless with Kriya or Vipassana/Pranayama or Bhakti/Hatha Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga/Tantra or Mantra Yoga/Raja Yoga or Karma Yoga....?
Question: Can we get Ashta siddhis (8 miraculous Yogic powers) through meditation? Can we get other mini miraculous powers mentioned in some scriptures through Bhakti or Yoga? Can we get superpowers through meditation?
Question: What are the superpowers that one gains by practicing meditation or by awakening one's Kundalini?
Question: Which religion helps me become immortal?
Question: Does a Yogi drink ambrosia or nectar (Amrit, Amruta) which is stored in Sahasrara resulting in deathlessness and immortality?
Question: Does a Yogi practice Khechri Mudra/Khechari Mudra so that he can push Kundalini up the Sahasrara and drink Amrit, Amrut (nectar, ambrosia)? Does Shambhavi Mudra help me become deathless?
Question: Can one raise Kundalini and become deathless by taking the mythological drug Soma, a magic potion, or any other Himalayan drugs?
Question: If I find Soma in the Himalayas and dink it, can I awaken my Kundalini? With an ever-awakened Kundalini, can I become the lord of the universe?
Question: Can I do Ghor Tapasya (intense penance) and obtain Amrit from God XXXXX to drink it and become immortal and gain superpowers?

Meaning of Siddhi:
Accomplishment, attainment, fulfillment, success, perfection, enlightenment, complete understanding or complete knowledge.
A paranormal power, supernormal power, superpower, psychic power, supernatural power.
Magical powers, psychic powers, or superpowers to control others or the forces of nature.

The meaning and context in which the word Siddhi is used is as follows:
Siddhi: Meaning #1:
Accomplishment, attainment, fulfillment of a task. Success in a task.
Kanchanam Karya Siddhi = money can get work done. With money, you can get even the difficult or the impossible task/job/work (Karya) done.

Siddhi: Meaning #2:
A paranormal power, supernormal power, superpower, psychic power, supernatural power, spiritual power.
Magical powers, psychic powers, or superpowers that can be used for the benefit of oneself or others, to control or change others, or to control or change the forces of nature.

According to our Yoga Shastras and Puranas, Siddhis or powers can be obtained through genetics (birth, naturally), by consuming/applying medicine/herbs/magic potion, by reciting a secret mantra or through Japa for a specified number of times in a particular  manner and by following some rules or performing some rituals, with the help of a Yantra (a plate containing some diagrams and Beej/Bija mantras, a magical code, a magical object), by doing Tapasya (great penance, conquering senses, controlling breath and mind, austerities, self-discipline, rigorous yogic practices), or Samadhi (samyama, absorbed in deep meditation, spiritual maturity).

By the way, Tapasya means conditioning your body and mind with rigorous sadhana to overcome or to feel indifferent to the Trayatapa or Tapatraya. Tapatraya/Trayatapa means Adhyatmika, Adibhautika, and Adidaivika Tapas (troubles/miseries/sufferings caused by your body and mind, other animate/inanimate objects, and nature).

Following is a list of Siddhis (do not bother about nomenclature, Internet is filled with miracles/miraculous powers of Kundalini, Yoga, Gurus, Masters, Mythological Gods and Goddesses, Religious Personalities, etc):

Yogic Ashta Siddhis:
Anima: (Anima, anu means atom, paramanu means subatomic particle) Ability to become as small as one wants, reducing one's body even to the size of an atom, becoming smaller than the smallest, the power of making a big material into a small one.
Mahima: Ability to be as big or gigantic as one may desire, expanding one's body to an infinitely large size, becoming larger than the largest, the power of making a small object into a big one.
Laghima: Ability to become light in weight to any degree, becoming almost weightless, the power of making heavy objects into lighter objects.
Garima: Ability to become as heavy in weight as desired, becoming infinitely heavy, the power of making light objects into heavy objects.
Prapti: Easy grasping by hand of any object however far it may be; ability to touch the moon, stars, sun, galaxy are any other object which are far; conquering space limit; the power of wandering everywhere without any obstacle, having unrestricted access to all places.
Prakamya: To get any object as soon as one desires it, the power of getting desired appearance, realizing any object one desires,
Eeshatvam/Ishatva (Isha meaning lord): Power to create and control things, possessing absolute lordship over the forces of nature, the power of handling 5 things: creation, protection, destruction, concealment, and showing grace.
Vasithvam/ Vashitva: The power to subjugate everyone and everything; the power of hypnotizing, mesmerizing, vashikaran, sammohini of celestials, humans, demons, animals, birds, reptiles, and trees.

Siddhis mentioned in Puranas, Yoga, Buddhism, and Other Scriptures:
Some of these powers can be included in the above Ashta Siddhis.
Parakaya Pravesha: Entering another person's body, entering the bodies of other. Through this knowledge even a dead body can be brought to life.
Haadi Vidya: Conquering hunger or thirst, being without eating food or drinking water for several days with being as healthy and fit as before, neither feels hungry or thirsty for years, unaffected by hunger and thirst.
Kaadi Vidya or Advandva: Conquering the pairs of opposites/dualities of heat/ cold, pain/ pleasure, sweet/ bitter, good/ bad; ability to tolerance heat/cold and other pairs of opposites.
Vayu Gaman Siddhi: Ability to fly in the skies and travel from one place to another in the air.
Madalasa Vidya: Ability of increasing or decreasing the size of his/her body according to his wish.
Kanakdhara Siddhi: One can acquire immense and unlimited wealth through this Siddhi, can cause gold to shower/rain from the skies, can produce gold through thin air.
Prakhya Siddhi: Ability to take birth from an infertile woman, make an infertile woman pregnant/fertile.
Surya Vijnan/Vigyan: Ability to transform one substance into another through solar power, transforming one material into another by the use of sun rays.
Mrit Sanjeevini Vidya: Ability to bring back a dead person into life.
Anurmi-mattva: Being undisturbed by hunger, thirst, and other bodily disturbances, other body generated cravings.
Adarsha siddhi, Divya siddhi, Doora-darshana: Clairvoyance, seeing things/events happening very far
Shravana siddhi, Divyashravana, Doora-shravana: Clairaudience, hearing things/events happening very far.
Pratibha siddhi: Divination, divine qualities.
Vedana siddhi: Divine or super feeling.
Asvadana siddhi: Divine or super taste,
Varta siddhi: Divine, super smell.
Manah-javah: Moving the body wherever thought goes, moving physical body wherever one wants
Kaama-roopam: Assuming any form desired, attaining/assuming desired form.
Sva-Chanda Mrutyuh, Iccha Mrityu: Ability to only when one wishes, dying when one desires.
Devaanaam saha kreeda anudarshanam: Witnessing and participating in the pastimes of the Apsaras, celestial nymphs; witnessing the pastimes of demi-gods (or witnessing the events of 3 worlds as pastimes like god does)
Yatha sankalpa samsiddhi: Ability to accomplish whatever one wishes; achieving as one wants.
Aajnaa apratihataa gati: Orders or commands being unimpeded, one's commands unstopped
Trikaalajnana: Knowing the past, present, and future of self or others;
Parachitta Aadi Abhijnaata: Knowing of others' minds, knowing the minds of others and so on;
Agni arka ambu visha aadeenaam pratistambha: Conquering the influence of fire, sun, water, poison, and so on; having fire, sun, water, poison in control and stopping their effect.
Aparaajaya: Remaining unconquered by others; becoming unconquerable.

Other Siddhis/Superpowers:
Some of these powers can be included in the above 2 categories.
  • Access to memories from past lives, self or others
  • Levitation, Flying through the air, travel through the skies, walking through solid obstructions, diving into the ground, to penetrate through the ground and appear somewhere else
  • Bi-location/multi-location, taking multiple forms
  • Materialization, ability to manifest any object one desires from thin air
  • Control over natural phenomenon like raining, sunrise/ sunset; cause to rain whenever one wants and stop rain whenever one wants, cause the sun rise whenever one wants and cause the sun to set whenever one wants
  • Bringing a dead body to life by entering in it or by bringing back the soul of the dead person and injecting it into the dead body
  • Ability to make infertile woman give birth to either a boy or a girl depending on one's wish or the wishes of the parent/s, make a woman pregnant without having sex,
  • Walking/sitting/sleeping on water, fire, thorns without drowning, getting burnt, or being pierced by the thorns
  • Drying wet clothes by body heat under -30 degree temperature deep inside the Himalayas in winter or doing the reverse, i.e., burning clothes with one's body heat
  • To boil cold water or turn hot water into ice with one's body temperature
  • To produce fire/ice from one's hands
  • Power to become invisible, to cause things/others to become invisible or disappear,
  • Ability to know the time of death of self and others,
  • Getting the strength of 1000 elephants or becoming the strongest person on earth
  • Seeing auras and knowing the character of a person, changing/healing the auras
  • Reading the minds of people, mind communication, telepathy
  • Teleportation, moving the body wherever thought goes, moving objects with mental power without touching them
  • Reading information from Akasha/sky, knowing the events that happened in the past or will happen in the future by accessing information from the skies because like a computer program this cosmos has been programmed and all the codes are stored in the storage device called Akasha, understanding Akashvani (Akashvani is nothing but experiencing Ahm/Ham/Om reverberating in the cosmos)
  • Healing people of ailments (physical or mental)
  • Knowing the secrets of objects, persons, human anatomy, laws of nature, cosmic arrangement
  • Conquering sleep, not sleeping for as long as one wishes,
  • Knowledge of hidden treasure (Nidhi Shastra), astrology (Jyotisyha), astronomy (Nakshatra Vidya), Vaastu, Ayurveda, Asana Vidya, Pranayama Vidya, Prana Vidya, and other Vidyas or Shastraas. (Recently a Siddha or a Baba fooled Archaeological Survey of India and Indian politicians/lawmakers to dig for buried golden treasure making Indians a laughing stock) 
  • Ability to conquer enemies or make enemies turn friends or followers, to make wild animals docile and obey one's command
  • Mesmerizing or hypnotizing people (Sammohini, Vashikaran) to make them behave/do what one wishes, ability to turn friends into enemies and enemies into friends, loving couples into fighting and fighting couples into loving couples, etc
  • Changing one element such as earth, into another element, such as air
  • Prophesy, soothsaying, predictions,
  • Night vision, X-ray vision, Laser qualities, etc.
  • Many other Siddhis.......
Siddha: A person who has Siddhi/s.

TV, mobile, radio, computer, plane, submarine, x-ray, ultrasound, laser, medicine, and other scientific gadgets, instruments, etc., are all Siddhis of the common man, for the common man, by the common man. In a sense, a common man has also become a Siddha with such miraculous gadgets.

Siddhi: Meaning #3:
Enlightenment or accomplishment/attainment of Self-Knowledge/Self-Realization, which is nothing but Enlightenment.
Success in gaining Enlightenment/Self-Knowledge/Self-Realization.
Gaining Enlightenment or getting Perfect Knowledge/Self-Realization or Self-Knowledge.
Complete Knowledge of Reality is called Siddhi.

From a spiritual point of view, Siddhi means Attaining/Attainment of Self-Knowledge or Pure/Suprme/Perfect Consciousness (Chit). A Siddha (Siddhar or Chittar in Tamil) is one who has attained Self-Knowledge, Chit, or Self-realization and is in fact called a Yoga Siddha (one who has attained union with the Supreme Self). A Self-realized or Enlightened person is also called a Siddha.

Without bothering about Siddhi (attaining Enlightenment), we should meditate in silence to know/realize the Siddha (the ever-attained, ever-Enlightened Atma) in us—This is Siddha Yoga.

Autopsy of Siddhis:

The Knowledge and Wisdom which the Seers gained through Dhyana Samadhi (Realization in deep meditation) have been grossly misunderstood or misinterpreted. The ancient Seers said Brahm (Cosmic Consciousness) is the Creator of this cosmos and resides in everything and everyone in the form of Atma (Individual Consciousness). Everyone and everything in the cosmos has an inner most essence which they called Atma, and this Atma is our true Self.

"Ayam Atma Brahma" means "My Atma is Brahm." Atma is the individual Consciousness and Brahm is the Cosmic Consciousness--both are Consciousness hence ONE principle. From the minutest of sub…subatomic particles to the gigantic cosmos, including you and me —everything is verily the same principle of Consciousness—this is Advaita principle/philosophy.The knower of this Atma/Brahm principle is called an Atmajnani or a Brahmajnani (Seer). This Atma or Brahm principle can only be known/realized in Samadhi because our 5 senses are limited; we cannot see, hear, touch, smell, taste the way other animals can.

To know what Brahm is, click:

The Seers found that this Atma/Brahm is a miracle of miracles. They said that this is the lord/creator of the entire cosmos (Ishatva quality), hence everything and everyone or everything that has a name and a form is governed and controlled by it (Vashitva quality). There is no place in this cosmos which Atma cannot access or is not present (Prapti) and there is nothing in this universe that cannot be realized/attained by this Atma (Prakamya). The essence of all the names and forms of this entire cosmos is Atma, i.e., Atma has manifest itself as different living/nonliving, moving/nonmoving, big/small, heavy/light, animate/inanimate objects. So it has taken all the smallest of the small forms (Anima) as well as huge/gigantic forms (Mahima). It can be found in lighter (Laghima) living/nonliving objects as well as heavier (Garima) living/nonliving objects. Atma seems to keep changing its names and forms (similar to subatomic particles, seemingly dying and being reborn in different names and forms), getting all its wishes fulfilled and doing many things (Prapti, Prakamya), etc.

Thus, Ashta Siddhis are the qualities of the Atma. The 8 qualities of Atma have been misunderstood as 8 Yogic Siddhis/powers that a person gets through Yoga. The Ashta Siddhis as well as other Siddhis (excluding the fake miracles) seem to be extraordinary powers but they are basically the innate qualities of Atma. 

People also think Siddha medicine means the medicinal herbs that were revealed to the Yogis in their Samadhi.

Can the body perform miracles such as flying?
Samkhya Shastra or Samkhya Darshana (oldest and the most practical, scientific scripture explaining metaphysics) makes it clear that matter (Jada, physical bodyfollows the laws of Prakriti (24 Tattvas/principles which this cosmos is made up of) and the spirit (Chit, spiritual body) follows the laws of Purusha (the spiritual body, mind, consciousness). Prakriti and Purusha (matter and spirit) are governed by Eternal Laws (Ritam, Rutam, Sanatana Dharma), which cannot be broken/changed. 

Samkhya's Tat Tvam or Tattvam = That You Are. Vedanta's Tattvamasi or Tat Tvam Asi = That You Are. Sankhya's 25 Tattvas are the 24 principles of Prakriti and 1 principle Purusha, Tat Tvam = you are both the 24 principles of Prakriti (matter, Jada) as well as the 1 principle of Purusha (spirit, Chit). Knowledge of all the 25 principles through direct experiences in meditation is Tattvajnana (Self-Realization). Separation of Purusha from Prakriti is also Tattvajnana.

Note: I have mentioned Samkhya for those who have been reading a lot of scriptures. Others can ignore the last 2 paragraphs.

Siddhis explained through Direct meditation Experiences:
When a person awakens his/her spiritual body/mind/consciousness through meditation and has a direct meditation experience, he/she will know the reality about Siddhis/miraculous powers. Some of the Yogic Siddhis listed in this post are in fact out-of-body experiences in meditation. It is only the spiritual body that can fly anywhere without being obstructed by any object. In my case, it was a 3-story building. Truth bout levitation is that when Kundalini awakens, the physical body jumps up a little. All Siddhis (excluding the fake miracles) seem to have been over-exaggerated beyond limits. You cannot perform them with the physical body and the mind.

Almost all Yogic Siddhis are meditation experiences, except for the fake miracles such making an infertile woman fertile, curing diseases, materializing gold from thin air, etc. All the Yogic Siddhis are of the spiritual body/mind/consciousness.

See if you can spot some Siddhis in the following post:


DO NOT FALL FOR FAKE MIRACLES PERFORMED BY OTHERS' PHYSICAL BODIES, eg., curing infertility, treating of cancer and other terminal or chronic diseases, making a wheelchair-bound paralytic man get up and start dancing, materializing gold from thin air, etc., --ALL ARE FAKE.


Many Guinness record holders have extraordinary powers that either came naturally or through physical practice. They don't claim to be Yogis.

Many famous Babas have done simple magic tricks to fool people and many fakes are doing it. Some people use some liquid or gases to produce fire from their hands, some use concealed heater to heat/boil water and claim they boiled it with their hands/bodies, etc. Materializing gold from thin air, miraculous cancer cure after meeting and speaking to GOD, fake polio cures (a person with crutches will throw the crutches and start running when touched by a miracle man, godman, faith healer, evangelist, etc.)...., etc., etc. Many funny things can be written here:)

Food for thought: Doctors cure thousands of medical conditions of the body and mind of billions of people, but they don't claim to possess any miraculous powers. People attribute such cures to medical science or advancement in technology. If some doctor cures many cancer patients and gives them new lives, he will not be considered a miracle man, but if some fake religious healer, fake spiritual person falsely claims to have cured one or two persons of cancer, then he would become a miracle man, a Siddha. Isn't this pure nonsense or delusion? Guinness record holders who eat steal, attract metals like a magnet, can touch live electricity wires of more than 4000 volts do not claim to be Yogis or have miraculous powers. People give some scientific reason for such miraculous abilities, but when somebody falsely claims to have the ability to convert water into oil, people become mad with devotion for that person and upgrade him from an ordinary liar to a miracle man or even to an incarnation of God. People become irrational when it comes to age-old delusional beliefs in religion, spirituality, meditation, miracles, miraculous superpowers, and Siddhis. 

DANGER: Those who have WEIRD ideas and concepts about meditation, Yoga, spirituality, religion, Kundalini, Siddhis and take to serious meditation will end up either in a general hospital or a mental hospital; people who want to attain superpowers are the first ones to get admitted.

Truth: Only those people who have fulfilled all their desires, who have no unfulfilled desires, and who do not want to do anything selfish after Enlightenment become Jnanis (Knowers) so that they just witness the cosmos and the cosmic changes without desiring to change or actually changing anything. People who have unfulfilled desires and want to fulfill them through meditation, spirituality, Kundalini Awakening, and Yoga Siddhis (powers) or who want to do something selfish after Self-Realization or Self-Knowledge will not get anywhere near to Enlightenment. This is a rule of spirituality and Kundalini.

Deathless/Deathlessness, Immortal/Immortality, Amaratva/Amritatava, Immortality Drink/Elixir/Ambrosia, Amrit/Amrut

The Atmajnanis found that this Atma (our individual Self) is immortal or deathless; it never dies but gets into a new form. No human beings die; they just change their bodies, names, and forms— similar to subatomic particles. This is an Indian thought. The scientific truth of subatomic particles, which just change their names and forms, was known to all Indians thousands of years ago. There may be many reasons why it was not extensively used scientifically.

Amrit or Amrut does not mean an immortality drink, nectar, or ambrosia. No one can become immortal by drinking Amrit or Amrut because Amrit or Amrut means deathless or immortal and Amritattva or Amrutattva means deathlessness or immortality. The Atma/Soul/Consciousness/Spirit is immortal. Like Siddhis, immortality or deathlessness is the quality of Atma which the Brahmajnanis taught and people misunderstood/misinterpreted Amrit as an Immortality drink. Maybe Amrit is an allegory.

People have wrongly misunderstood that they can become deathless or immortal by drinking Amrit or Amrut. Some people think that Amrit can be obtained from some God. They think that God gives Amrit to only those devotees who have great devotion toward Him, do great penance to please Him, and serve Him. This penance may last more than 12 years of standing on one leg, not sleeping, eating only once in a day, etc. Some people say that mortal human beings can never become immortal by drinking Amrit because even during the mythological period, no God had given Amrit to any human being and no God had ever blessed any human being to be immortal because that's against Laws of Nature.

Some Yogis have said that Amrit/Amrut or the Immortality drink/elixir/nectar/ambrosia is stored up in the Sahasrara. Any yogi who raises his/her Kundalini through Pranayama and Khechri Mudra/Khechari Mudra (pronounced as Khechadi) and sends Kundalini up the Sahasrara will obtain Amrit from Sahasrara. After drinking it, that yogi will become immortal, hence the need for Khechari Mudra, Tratak, Pranayama, Tapasya, Yoga, etc. Some medical experts who attest some form of meditation technique or Pranayama as the best feel that this Amrit may be CSF (cerebrospinal fluid), which is very powerful. When a yogi, through Khechari Mudra and Pranayama, pushes Prana up the Sahasrara, Amrit flows down from the thousand petalled lotus and the Yogi drinks it with his tongue. This is Samadhi and the yogi becomes enlightened or becomes immortal.

People think that by drinking a mythological drink Soma (another drink), they can raise their Kundalini and become immortal too. Some people say Soma was found in the Himalayas but is extinct now.

Everyone thinks meditation is practiced for:
  • physical and psychological benefits, strong fit attractive body, mental calmness, peace, happiness, bliss, relief from stress
  • living in the present
  • gaining miraculous powers, psychic powers, or superpowers, Siddhis
  • immortality, deathlessness,
  • going to heaven, avoiding hell
  • getting miraculous healing powers, etc.
  • becoming a guru
  • hypnotizing, mesmerizing, brainwashing others and getting their selfish needs fulfilled, etc.
The truth is meditation is a spiritual practice to know the reality about oneself. As for miracles and powers, EVERY SINGLE SUB…SUBATOMIC PARTICLE IS A MIRACLE; it is psychic, conscious, and the most powerful, so do not hanker after some EXTRA miracles or superpowers.

DANGER: If you seriously practice Khechari Mudra (pronounced as KHECHADI), advanced version of Tratak and Shambhavi Mudra, you will end up in the hospital within a very short period of time. If you try to send Prana/breath up the Sahasrara through pranayama or intensely focusing on it for a very long time, you will end up having serious physical and mental problems. These are dangerous techniques. Khechari Mudra with Prnayama to send breath up the sahasrara is the most dangerous. It is The Most Dangerous Meditation Technique. Serious meditators may end up having brain hemorrhage, brain damange, TIA, CVA, stroke, paralysis, or even death. If you google "Khechari Mudra" you will see so many websites singing the praises of this type of Mudra for meditation.

ADVICE: Whichever meaning of the words Siddhi or Amrit you believe in, make the goal of meditation and spirituality: "To have one real meditation experience in this life."

TRUTH: Physically speaking, we are the body-mind complex, and spiritually speaking, we are the spiritual body/mind/consciousness. Self-realized Seers used to access the unlimited cosmic consciousness by upgrading their individual consciousness to know anything and everything. This is Brahmajnana. Brahmavid Brahmaiva Bhavati: Knower of Brahm becomes Brahm himself/herself/itself.

Question: Is this how our spiritual leaders realized the illusory nature of reality long before the scientific method, having no opportunities to use microscopes or computer.
Question: Is this how a select few humans become confident about everyday life being an illusion when science required years of hard work to begin pondering the same
Answer: Yes! Not some but many spiritual leaders realized so many cosmic truths through deep contemplation, Samadhi, Dhyana (Meditation). Whatever progress has science made, most of it finds a mention in ancient Indian scriptures. Even the Hollywood mutants find a mention. Even today, SCIENCE DOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SPIRITUAL BODIES!

In meditation, you can also know so many secrets (natural laws/principles, Ritam, Rutam, Sanatana Dharma of Pinda and Brahmanda, Maya) which are beyond the reach of science-- that's what the Brahmajnanis said.

Food For Thought: Who are these brainy scientists anyway? Ordinary individuals with high IQ who discover/find out tangible natural laws/principles that can be quantified or measured. You ask the greatest of the great scientists if they believe in religion and they would say yes; naysayers may not believe until middle age due to many worldly and brainy activities but will definitely turn to religion in old age when there is nothing else to do but just wait for death. What is religion? Teachings based on a scripture. What does the scripture contain? Misinterpreted knowledge of Brahmajnanis. Will scientists ever know the right interpretation? Will IQ help here? Don't you think they are also as deluded as others about religion and spirituality?

Question: So Atma is the answer for Who am I, the Real I, or the spiritual I?
Answer: Yes, Indian Seers and Yogis realized the existence of a supersensory or a spiritual body, mind, and consciousness. This they called this Atma (inner Self, spirit, soul), Chaitanya (Consciousness/Awareness/Mindfulness), Drashta (Seer), Jnaata or Kshetrajna (Knower), Witness (Saakshi), and many other names. They said that this is the real I. We cannot comprehend this supernormal principle with our physical senses and the thinking mind because they are limited. You should know that we cannot see, hear, feel, or sense how/what other animals can. This Self can only be known only through the development of special spiritual senses, spiritual mind, and spiritual consciousness. In other words, only when wee get into the spiritual body, mind, consciousness through Samadhi (this is the meaning of YOGA) we will realize the real I and its qualities.

It is all a believe it or not stuff!

To know how Who am I? is misunderstood as a meditation technique, click:

DANGER: Those who have WEIRD ideas, concepts, or understanding of the Self, Who am I? That I am, I am That, I am who I am, I am, Am I? will end up having physical and mental problems.

Question: Is it normal sometimes to experience tears pouring out while doing Meditation?
Answer: Imagination/Hallucination: When crying, laughing, or other emotional outbursts, you will become unstoppable. You will recollect as many cryable (!) or laughable incidents or repeatedly come back to the same memories to cry or laugh more. These activities keep on repeating.
Meditation/Kundalini: As soon as you know you are either crying or laughing, you will wake up from meditation. You may have a faint recollection of your actions. Continuous or repetitive crying or laughing does not happen in meditation.
Of course, those who are meditating but are thinking about some sad or hilarious situation can cry or laugh like people normally do.

WARNING: You will hallucinate with drugs. It doesn’t mean you have awakened your Kundalini. It means you need to stop taking drugs. Some Westerners, Ganja Yogis (marijuana smokers) and drug addicts, have written books, websites, and blogs on Kundalini detailing their pot/drug-related hallucinations as Kundalini experiences. If people believe in such drug addicts' experiences to be real meditation experiences and expect the same experiences in meditation, then we don't have to tell them that the mental hospital gates are wide open!

WARNING: It's okay if you don’t meet a Brahmajnani (Self-realized Seer) or realize yourself in this life, but never ever meet or follow a BHRAMjnaani (fake guru who will make you delusional).  If you do, then you will suffer your entire life. You will suffer due to believing in age-old delusional and WEIRD teachings and practices of meditation, religion, spirituality, Kundalini, Self-realization, Yoga, etc.
Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!


shamik bhattacharya said...

Thank you so much.That was very helpful.I have a question for you. When I meditate I get sudden jerks in my lower back and sensations between my eyebrows.Why does this happen? Thank You in advance , :)

Achintya Idam said...

Hi Shamik,
Give up the guru, book, meditation technique that you are following. Do not meditate for 2 months.
As soon as you have any pain/pressure/unnatural sensation/jerks in your lower back, you should stop meditating; otherwise, such prolonged or repetitive experiences may lead to ruptured/herniated/slipped lumbar disks. To know about the sensation between eyebrows (Ajna), read all my posts. Read them once in 4 days for the next 5 months; read more number of times if you want to.
Shubhamastu – Let Good Happen To You!

Chetana Sachde said...

Please U have any sanskrit or hindi language book or practical knowledge ? If yes then refer. Thankyou.

Achintya Idam said...

Hi Chetana,
This is a very important question because many, many people ask or will ask this question. So I will give a lengthy answer.

I don't remember having read even a single page of any book on meditation/spirituality before I had my first Kundalini experience. When I took to Sadhana after 6 years of my first experience, I read all sorts of books (maybe 1000 kg books) and tried to understand meditation/spirituality/religion, but remained ignorant/confused/doubtful. Since I had read so many books, I sometimes would feel and behave as if I have understood the ultimate truth (I am the special one, others have no brains) and sometimes I would ask myself if I really know anything at all. Sometimes, I would have heated arguments with others if anybody was against my scriptural views. Sometimes, I would try convincing others that my scriptural knowledge was right and if they got convinced, I would feel happy about my scriptural proficiency. Sometimes I would try convincing people to meditate/practice spirituality/be religious, even if they were not at all interested. Sometimes, if some kids asked me where God was, I would give them a lengthy discourse on Vedanta or Purana for an hour, with utmost enthusiasm. The kids would not understand the head or tail of my Vedanta lecture but when asked if they understood what I was saying, they would say "yes" which would encourage me to give another half an hour lecture, etc., etc. Now if any kid were to ask me where God is, I would ask him where he thinks God is. If he said God is up above the sky or some other place, I would say "Yes, you are absolutely right! Let's play Kabaddi now." I would deliberately lose the game to that kid and have fun.

I have read Maithili/Old Hindi spiritual books published in early/mid 1800s (no scriptures translated in English used to be published by Indians then). These books are not available now and even these books did not help me. The books after 1900, especially the English ones are mostly misinterpreted verbose versions. Hindi writers also got influenced by these English versions because they were a hit. Whichever book has a demand in the market, that book will be translated into other languages.

It seems only non-Kundalini awakened people (including Indian/foreign Sanskrit pundits) write spiritual books or translate scriptures. All translators of scriptural books choose the highest/greatest equivalent meaning of a simple Sanskrit term to show off their Panditya (Sanskrit/scriptural authoritative knowledge/proficiency due to lifelong learning). For example, for a simple word like Ekakshara (one syllable), they will give other hi-fi meanings like The One Imperishable, The One Eternal, etc. Instead of the one cosmic principle of vibration/sound, they will say The One Imperishable God/The One Imperishable Eternal Creator, etc. Not many people know Brahm is br+ahm = Cosmic principle of vibration of "ahm" sound, expansion/growth of "ahm" sound/vibration (of subatomic particles). For Brahm/Brahma/Brahman, pundits will give many meanings.




Achintya Idam said...


After many Kundalini experiences, I discarded all books, and now I neither read any book nor recommend any book to anyone. I have come to the conclusion that all spiritual terms/concepts are useless (combination of words A-Z) because our mind processes information and reality differently. However, I use spiritual terms in my posts as it is necessary for people who read my posts to understand theory of spirituality first. Without spiritual terms, they will not understand the head or tail of spirituality. I have used many spiritual terms in my blog and have given the accurate available meaning or my own meaning to some spiritual terms based on my experiences. The contents of this "Miracle" post are the much-talked about but the most misinterpreted/misunderstood/manipulated concepts of meditation and spirituality. I have given my understanding/clarification based on my practical experiential knowledge. Eventually, I always encourage everyone to get rid of all spiritual jargon, nomenclature, and mumbo-jumbo and understand meditation and spirituality through direct experiences in meditation (Silence) because OUR SPIRITUAL BODY HAS NO USE FOR WORDS AND LANGUAGE.

So Chetana, I cannot refer any book/scripture to you because you will suffer as I suffered reading all misinterpreted books/translated voluminous scriptures and wrongly believing/imagining about their concepts/ideas/truths. EVEN BUDDHA SUFFERED BY FOLLOWING ANCIENT IGNORANT GURUS AND THEIR TEACHINGS. I have seen many followers of Buddha also suffer due to misunderstanding of spiritual truths. I have seen meditation practitioners of all faiths/religions and disciples of past/present famous/not so famous gurus suffer.

I can't refer even the original scriptures to you. I can't refer any book/scripture that doesn't cover real Kundalini/meditation experiences. I can't refer to you any blog/website/book/scripture/guru/person who may talk about Kundalini/meditation experiences because for every 2 accurate meditation/Kundalini/spiritual ideas, they will talk about 2 or more inaccurate ideas. Some ideas are harmful.

Believe it or not, no book/blog/website/guru covers Kundalini/meditation experiences as extensively and accurately as I have covered in my blog (unless they are copied from this blog).

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

Achintya Idam said...

You have a SPIRITUAL BODY/MIND/CONSCIOUSNESS!!! This is your real "I," Self, BE+ING.
You can directly experience your spiritual body in meditation within a short period of time. You just need to practice silence for 1 hour a day!!!
If you have any one of the following experiences, then know for sure you will definitely succeed in experiencing your true Supernatural Spiritual Self in this very life.

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

Achintya Idam said...

Turning water into wine is another fake miracle.

The most common lies/fake miraculous powers of Himalayan Sadhus/Yogis/Babas/Babajis:
"My age is 120. I know some herbs which increase longevity." "My age is 175. I know one ancient babaji who has been living deep in the Himalayas for more than 1000 years. He gave me a Himalayan herb. I meet him once a year." "I practice a unique pranayama taught by an ancient baba who is living deep in the Himalayas. He sleeps naked on ice/snow throughout the year. He is not accessible to anyone. I visit him once a year."

Himalayan babas claim to know herbs/pranayama which can cure BP, diabetes, asthma, heart/lung/nerve/skin/stomach/mental.....illnesses/diseases, baldness, erectile dysfunction, etc. They claim to have seen miraculous babas/avatars/gods/goddesses and been given some powers or boons/taught some special pranayama/meditation techniques, etc., by them.
They claim to not to get affected by severe heat or cold, hunger or thirst, etc., because they possess super powers, eat some herbs, or know some pranayama/technique.
They claim to know vashikaran, sammohini (hypnotism, mesmerism) mantras, black magic, de-possessing of spirits, etc.

Panindia superstitious/black magic nonsense:

All types or black magic and superstition is still being practiced in remote villages in Odisha, Jharkhand, MP, Chattisgarh, Assam, North Eastern States, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, etc.
Even now Keralites settled in far southern districts of Karnataka bordering Kerala practice black magic, vashikaran, sammohini, spirit possession/de-possession, witchcraft, etc—-all nonsense. The most these fake people do is use some substances/drugs/herbs that cause amnesia, hallucinations, mind alteration, etc., all to fleece their preys.
You can see many fake people advertising in television, newspaper, etc. How are these people still being allowed to advertise such fake claims and superstitious nonsense?

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

Achintya Idam said...

Q. Who are the top 10 Vashikaran experts in India?
A. Babies are most successful at vashikaran. They are the master vashikaran experts. They are in all the top ten spots (1 through 10), both Indian top 10 and World’s top 10. They do vashikaran with various crying mantras and get whatever they want instantly. Others lose more than what they get (or don’t get) through Vashikaran. Third party vashikaran (done on behalf of others) is a hoax.

Dr.Karthik said...

My humble pranams.....excellent post..really an eye opener...

Achintya Idam said...

Hi Karthik, I know many dirty secrets of many dirty religious/meditation/spiritual gurus, but no point in writing about them.

Achintya Idam said...

Immortality of the physical body.
Levitation/flying by the physical body.
Amrit or Amrut means an immortality drink.
Enlightenment without Kundalini awakening (Samadhi).
Yogi/Yogin/Yogini means a man/woman with super/healing/psychic/miraculous powers.
Enlightenment when Kundalini reaches Sahasrara/Crown Chakra--THE MOST FAMOUS CHAKRA LIE.
Seeing somebody's aura with the physical eyes. Healing somebody/somebody's aura by Reiki or running around one's hand over another's body and removing negative energy/illness/infectious organisms.
Hypnotism, vashikaran, mesmerism, sammohini, etc., all hoaxes.

Tantra practitioners (Tantriks) of the past basically used mind-altering/mind controlling substances, herbs, chemicals, drugs, etc., on their preys but made it look like a ritual in order to fool gullible people in believing that they have done a great deal of sadhana and learnt some secret rituals/mantras and got miraculous powers. Witchcraft and Black magic are watered down versions of ancient Tantriks.

Ritualistic Tantra is a hoax. Tantra with Mantra is a hoax. Tantra with Yantra is a hoax. Tantra with stones, crystals, objects, beads, bones, skull, sacrifice, nails, hairs, etc., is A HOAX.

Google - madhya pradesh tribals kill tiger tantrik

99.99999999999999999% gurus living in cities and towns are fakes.
Google - Gujarat Sadhvi Arrested

Anonymous said...

can you tell us about your biography? how did your first kundalini experience come about? I think it is better to do atleast some sadhana than do nothing in the field of spirituality and lead a mechanical /"common" life of imagining yourself to be a body-mind complex, isnt it? what do you think? ok, understood genuine spiritual experience just comes about, but preparedness is essential, isnt it?

Achintya Idam said...

My first meditation experience and why I turned to meditation is explained in the post below:

The purpose of life is spiritual evolution and experiencing your complete self (body-mind-spiritual-consciousness self), which is possible only through meditation and Adhyatmic/spiritual Sadhana. No Dhyana, No Jnana.

There are 28 posts in my blog, the links of which are given in the following post:

Read all the posts to know about meditation, Kundalini, spirituality, religion vs spirituality, reality about yourself and the cosmos, OM/AUM/AHAM, gurus, meditation dangers/experiences, dangerous meditation/spiritual practices, Vipassana, who am I? spiritual body, spiritual heart, spirituality/enlightenment myths, etc. I have written some answers in Quora also.

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

Unknown said...

Hello Achintya,
(Pardon my poor English ) I really enjoyed your article and kind of eye opener for me, Now I can relate my past and current condition why I am suffering.
I have been through some of fake Gurus who trapped idiots (like me) with false claim to make ppl experience the ultimate God within self.
I practiced meditation for many years (8 years now?) but gain nothing. Then In 2014 I moved my focus onto technique of Kriya Yoga and got initiated from Guru based in Kolkatta Dr. Ashok Chetterjee, Since then I am not able to practice it because for years following & obeying fake gurus my body has almost given up. mentally & physically I am weaken now. Ended all alone in life no one to talk or share my pain.
Now, The 4 oaths of my Guru bothers me and raise doubts,How can one set a person free with binding him/her in materialistic oaths which dont make sense to me atleast?
1- Never see any girls,stay away from them, Be with your wife, (how about sinle like me?)
2- Do not share our technique of Kriya Yog to anyone else.(Then how do we find out we are practicing authentic Kriya Yog?)
3- Read Gita daily, (Dont even understand a single sloka)
4- Practice kriya Yoga till your last breath ( what will I achieve then ?)

I dont understand what these 4 oaths are to do with Kundalini Jagran or Salvation of soul? but disciple of my Guru dont seems to have a proper answer, instead they gives me an example of someone who did not follow oath and is now suffering for breaking oaths. SCARY !
I am stuck, directionless, what to follow or what Not?
For a person like me what technique can you suggest which can really work? at least I can start enjoying my loneliness and utilise my time rather sitting idle in doubtful mind.

Look forward for your guidance.

Achintya Idam said...

Hi Dev,
Those who teach Kriya Yoga as a form of spiritual practice are FAKE. Only ignorant people teach Kriyas to awaken Kundalini.

Fear-mongering gurus are the worst type of gurus/human beings. I call them spiritual terrorists.

There's no one on earth that doesn't face difficulties. Fake gurus exploit gullible disciples/followers by saying that all your sufferings are due to not donating/following/taking care of/respecting the guru and his/her teachings. Fake gurus always take the credit for all good that happens in your life and say that it is due to

Buddhists at least say that if you have broken your Panch Sila/precepts/vows, you can take the vows again and restart your spiritual journey, but fakes will make you believe it is a great sin. Nonsense! All fake gurus will make you feel guilty (guilty feeling/guilt of not following guru's teachings) and then make you a bakra (Scapegoat) in believing that the guru is a super human being. DON'T BECOME A BAKRA! I know many bakra-making techniques of Bengali babas/sadhus/gurus/yogis/enlightened people. ALL ARE FAKE!

You don't seem to be enjoying your loneliness but are suffering alone. Give up your loneliness and mingle with society/people and act/behave normal with others for a couple of months. Don't meditate, don't do Kriya, don't read any scripture, don't do anything related to spirituality for a couple of months. BE OUT IN THE OPEN AND ENJOY NATURE AND THE COMPANY OF PEOPLE (NATURE'S CREATION).

Join some outdoor sports where physical and mental activities are involved. Act/think normally and practically.

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

sangit said...

Hi Achintya Idam,

Thanks for guiding me through your post. I have been very reluctant and your posts have made my belief strong about fake gurus. I have a question regarding Shiva, Krishna and other god and goddess that our epic talk about. Are these god and goddess related to our spiritual experience?

The other question is does spiritual experience help us get rid of mental illness such as arrogant, jealousy, envy, anger, inclination towards materialism. Does realization of self make us realize that these are Maya? Also after first kundalini experience will the person be same as he was before the experience or he will be a different being.

sangit said...
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Achintya Idam said...

Hi Sangit,
Why are you interested in unnecessary things? Have you not read my blog completely? Read all my blog posts twice every week for 2 months.

Anyway, as for maya:
Self-realized people (Seers) found out that we have a spiritual existence/nature/Self apart from our obvious physical existence/nature/self (body-mind complex). Ignorance/false knowledge that we are ONLY the physical body-mind complex was called as Maya by the Seers. This word “Maya” was later given different meanings, such as illusion, unreal, false, impermanence, a goddess of creation, creative power of the God, etc., by different people. It also became the name of a civilization - Maya/Mayan/Mayapan civilization.
Check for my complete answer in Quora:
As for the existence of a personal god:
Draw your conclusions.

Who doesn't get arrogant, jealous, angry...? These are normal and common feelings and not mental illnesses.
Even after 100s of Kundalini experiences, the person will remain the same.
With Kundalini experiences and with the right knowledge about such experiences, a person will understand his/her spiritual existence. It's up to this person to change or not change his lifestyle/thinking style.
Many people don't know what Kundalini awakening/experience is. I have seen some simple villagers having spontaneous kundalini awakenings. They think (or made to think by all the other villagers) that they are either possessed by a spirit or God/Goddess and end up going to fake tantric gurus to get rid of the spirit or start acting as divine/God's avatar.
By the way, we are all Avatars, incarnations. We have also taken many births. If you understand the experience of glossolalia in the following post, you will know what I mean:

People can change themselves only if they decide to. People who have had Kundalini awakenings are not exceptional. They also should consciously try to change themselves. You don't need kundalini experiences to change yourself.
Don't go too far - don't think too much about Self-realization/Self-realized people. Just strive to have 1 Kundalini experience.

Avoid shrewd/cunning/ignorant/stupid/fake/dangerous/delusional gurus. All the present-day living gurus who teach meditation techniques apart from Silence are fake.

Shubhamastu = Let Good Happen To You!

sangit said...

Hi Achintya Idam,

Thanks for your quick response and guidance.


Shobs said...

I am very inclined to reading more stuff on spirituality like never before. Thats when I came across your answers on quora and subsequently ur blog. very unique and clear way of explaining spirituality,meditation etc.

Yogini Neetu said...

Dear Achintya,

peace be with you,

Infact peace is with you as I can read from your blogs you are a true person and what you have written all is truth, I would like to talk to you, is it possible, my email is, i ma from india kerala, can you provide your phone no, or can we chat on g talk or twitter,

Achintya Idam said...

Hi Neetu,
You can comment here.