India is a country of hidden treasures and knowledge. Lot of traditional medicine and yogic culture has its trace towards this illustrious nation. Many Sages Mystics had explored many arts and trades and had mastery of various domains. They were known as the Siddhars who had attained perfection in yogic practices to ultimately reach the stage of immortality.
Through higher-level yogic practices they attained a state of ultra luminosity that results in invisibility; thus they remained impervious to ordinary vision. Such siddhars worked incessantly for the propagation of knowledge and the evolution of souls.
Siddhars are people who are believed to control and transcend the barriers of time and space by meditation (Yoga), after the use of substances called Rasayanas that transform the body to make it potentially deathless, and a particular breathing-practice, a type of Pranayama. Through their practices they are believed to have reached stages of insight which enabled them to tune into the powers hidden in various material substances and practices, useful for suffering and ignorant mankind.
Typically Siddhars were saints, doctors, alchemists and mysticists all at once. They wrote their findings, in the form of poems in Tamil language, on palm leaf which are collected and stored in what are known today as Palm leaf manuscript, today still owned by private families in Tamil Nadu and handed down through the generations, as well as public institutions such as Universities all over the world
Pioneers in the field of medicine maharishi 'Sushrutha' and sage 'Agasthya' had mastery over medicine, surgery, and physical therapeutic methods. The modern day doctors are baffled on learning certain therapy methods which are prescribed in ancient manuscripts written by these legendary healers. Agathiya Muni is considered to be the embodiment of one of the nine celestial intellectuals who came to this earth for enlightening human beings.
The great saint 'Agasthya Muni' incepted the traditional 'Tamil Siddha Vaidhya' of the southern region of India. He is also the founder of the Siddha tradition consisting of sixteen siddhas. Their contribution to Tamil Medicine of the southern peninsula is significant.
Sage Agasthya is said to be one of the seven 'Saptha Rishis' - the seven sages, of celestial origin. Yogic legend has a great description of the sages that they had the wonderful opportunity of learning various trades from Lord 'Shiva'. The lord in yogic tradition is not known as God but as a Guru - 'Adhi Guru', who got the most important aspect of life to these seven rishis. The most outstanding disciple among them is said to be Sage Agasthya.
On the earnest command of the Guru, Sage Agasthya spread devotion, mysticism and Yoga all around the southern region. He ensured everyone who came to him got a spiritual pursuit that led to a blissful life.
The books the sage authored were a great contribution and should be treated as a treasure. He innovated a new therapy based on the Pulse of the human which is known as Nadi vaidhya. He had many prominent disciples among whom was 'Tholkappiyar' who also propounded the theory of Five element manifestation within the souls occupying the corporeal bodies. This methodology 'Pancha Bootha Chikitsa' - the Five Element Theory is the core foundation of Huang Di Nei Jing - the age old treatise on Traditional Chinese Medicine describing Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
The modern world claims that Acupuncture is a Chinese way of Treatment, whereas studies of ancient Indian manuscripts establish the trace of Acupuncture to India. Indians practiced this wonderful Art in the form of Varma Chikitsa and Kalari Massage. This treatment was taken to China by a few monks who ideally should have been the direct or grand disciples of sage Agasthya.
This was a specific instruction from the Adhi Yogi (Lord Shiva) to his disciples that all the people in the World live a blissful life and the Saptharishis worked towards his will.
Let us find our traces back to our identity and our holistic healing therapies to gain a lead in life.