Spirituality was connected to the Arul Vaaku before the concept of organized religions. The message of every religion is that Man contains the divine spark of God, which in the cases of some is able to connect and invoke this sacred state.
Arul Vaaku or Trance is the most ancient spiritual practice in all religions. It has been a point of discussion every time the period of Thai arrives. There are many myths surrounding the concept of trance that has led to confusion, anger and disengagement from faith.
The legends of trance are not only found in the sacred texts of Hinduism but that of all religious denominations. Before the presence of the Ramayana, Mahabharat, the state of trance has been present through the dark ages where the tradition has been passed from Guru to Shisya orally.
The Indians of America relied on the word of the Shaman who invoked the Earth spirits. The Greeks had the Oracles of Delphi where they used the ancient smoke that emerged from springs and crevices of the Earth. Trance is not just a single state but also various levels of connection.
Is the state of trance at Thaipusam exactly pure?
There are some who believe that the state of trance at Thai from some devotees is not as ‘strong’ or elevated as other trances. The vibrations of the body are temporarily pure as the devotee invokes a period of abstinence from worldly attachment and executes a vegetarian diet if they are not pure vegetarians.
Sarmi Aduthal is the definition of the state of trance where devotees enter a state where their body loses control and dance. Then there is the concept that some agree as the pure Arul Vaaku.
The legend that has been spoken of is the type of Arul where it is passed from Guru to student where it has been attained from many years of teaching, meditation and other aspects of connecting to the Celestial Being that resonates with your image.
There are various stages of the elevation to the pure Arul Vaaku where the student would not necessarily be aware but the Guru has identified the ‘gift’ of the Arul. The student will never be told of the state but will be left to maintain constant veneration through Japa using the Rudraksha, meditation to control the mind, opening of the Third eye, tuning your emotions and finding your elected deity that has bestowed the gift of Arul.
This is the difference, Sarmy Aduthal is brought out of the Heart Chakra (where love, feelings of desire) are present. The 3rd eye is where enlightenment and the Arul Vaaku resides, this is known to be the state of trance that is in the position to communicate direct with the deity, once one has set aside one’s desires aside the elevation is complete.
Attempting to connect with an Arul if all you wish to do is feel a connection to God is a personal journey. Faith and devotion to ones religious denomination/deity is sufficient but those that attempt nevertheless will end up with Sarmy Aduthal if that is one wants to feel their connection. Without the guidance of a Guru the path to the Arul will be lost. A Guru Shishya relationship is needed for every path in Hinduism.
There are cases where some devotees are so distraught that they have not achieved Arul who dispense with their religion for that case. There are cases where some have been blessed with the one of the strongest connections to the Goddess Mother Kali, however that person’s path in life changed through bad judgment and consequences led to a collapse of their mind and negative impacts on their life.
There has also been a case of an individual who had the gift of Arul Vaaku, accompanied to this he had a degrading heart condition, during a dark moon wane, his Arul attempted to invoke within him, by then it was too late to bind his Arul to prevent his cardiac arrest. He was hospitalized and placed in an induced coma as doctors diagnosed his state as seizures but the true case was the Arul, even in the heavily induced coma, the Arul emerged finally and the man passed away at a young age.
I welcome discussion on the topic of Arul and the various concepts. I look forward to your comments here.