Susadha, Attributes of an Avatar – IX


Described in the Linga Purana, Susadha translates as ‘one who helps to calmly bear pain.’

This attribute applies not only to the Avatar, but also to his disciples, who would have a similar capacity to calmly bear pain. Scientifically, pain is described as an unpleasant sensation caused by a noxious stimulus, and mediated along certain nerve fibers into the brain where it is interpreted as such. In other words, the perception of pain requires a noxious or harmful stimulus, a neural pathway from the point of stimulus to specific parts of the brain, and the cognition and interpretation of the stimulus as pain. The perception of pain is strongly linked to previous experience, emotion and anxiety, all of which are stored in the limbic system.

The Avatar reveals another siddhi through the leela of a compound fracture A striking example of the Avatar being beyond pain was revealed on 14 June 2011, when Paramahamsa Nithyananda was on His usual rounds of horse-riding in the serene environs of the Vaidya Sarovar sacred pool on the Bengaluru Aadheenam campus. On suddenly seeing a large group of devotees who had just arrived to pay their respects to Paramahamsa Nithyananda, the horse took fright and lost his balance, throwing off the rider. The entire episode, including Paramahamsa Nithyananda’s rising to His feet with a smile, speaking normally and just saying, ‘It is a fracture, let’s go to the hospital….” has been video-recorded. At the hospital, an X-ray revealed that Paramahamsa Nithyananda had sustained a Type 1 Open Fracture (compound) of both bones of His right forearm (radius and ulna). Normally, such fractures cause excruciating pain. However, Paramahamsa Nithyananda smiled and said that there was no pain! From the moment of the fracture till the conclusion of a major surgery lasting eight hours to fix the fracture, no painkillers were used, and He was talking normally with His ashramites (monastery residents) and disciples. It appears that He had chosen this unique way to reveal yet another siddhi – as is the usual leela (Divine play) of the Avatars!

Paramahamsa Nithyananda explains this experience with typical simplicity: “There was no pain because there is no conflict between the muscle-memory and the attitude to life. Always approach life with acceptance and gratitude.” This is an example of the rare state of permanent Unclutching® or Sahaja Samadhi.

Over the years, several students of Nithyananda Gurukul have fallen and broken bones without experiencing any pain whatsoever. At least three incidents of disciples manifesting the attribute of susadha have been documented in this volume.

courtesy Avatara Shastra 

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