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Surfing the occult world...

He started off as an Army officer, and then switched to law. But disenchanted with the imperfections and endless amendments of man-made rules, this preacher of occult sciences turned into a yogi. Now after years of tenacious ascetic practices, Isana Siva Achariar has started a university in Delhi to spread knowledge about the forbidden subject... .

A CHRISTIAN by birth, 62-year old Jolly Varghese is a multifaceted personality. His father was an MLA in Kerala and mother a doctor. But he joined the Army and served as Captain for five years. He studied law and joined the bar along with his wife.

However, disillusioned with the imperfections and unending amendments of man-made laws, he turned his attention to the perfect and eternal laws of Nature, in particular the field of occult science and astrology, in which his predictions are now considered to be accurate.

A chance meeting with Madhava Swamiji in a train when he was in late 20s brought about drastic change in his approach to life. The Swamiji's association helped him launch a serious dive into the depths of Sanatana Dharma as propounded in the Hindu philosophy. Soon, he changed his name as Isana Siva Achariar and took Shiva and Shakti Deeksha, which culminated in the upasana of Sivahamsini Maha Siddha Shodasi Maha Mantra, the most esoteric level in Shakti upasana.

Now after 25 years of tenacious ascetic practices, initiations and chanting of mantras, he leads the life of a yogi.

With profound knowledge in Sanskrit, he is an authority in Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatham, Bhagvad Gita, Upanishads, 28 Shiva Agamas, occult sciences and expert in reading of Shiva Grantha preserved in ancient palm leaves in Koduvayur near Palghat in Kerala. A scholar in Shiva and Vishnu puranas, he has in his finger tips the history and mythology of every ancient temple in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other places.

Says Siva Achariar, "the long years of practice led me to extremely rare palm manuscripts of ancient rishis like Agasthya, Vasishta, Viswamitra, which contain secret occult processes and procedures".

He adds with conviction on the efficacy of this ancient science, "I have been ordained by divinity to disseminate some of these processes to the deserving and chosen people. I am only trying to share it with those who are destined to share it".

With this objective in mind, he, in association with Dr. Ramesh Paramahamsa, have started the Tantra Maha Shakthi University at 22, Sardar Patel Marg in Delhi. He is the Dean of the Faculty. For general information about the university, one can log on to

According to him, unlike other universities where there will be classroom teaching for students, here the concept of teaching will be in the form of initiation and guidance from a guru. A postgraduate degree or doctoral scholarship in any of the metaphysical sciences will be a desirable qualification because such a person has a better potential to indulge in the occult. However, the determining factor for selection will be the horoscope of the individual.

Asked whether any degree will be awarded, he says "the experiential programme that we are offering does not confer a degree or diploma for commercial use".

The initial processing will be done astrologically by the faculty on the basis of the horoscope of the aspirant. Then the aspirant will be called for a personal interaction lasting one full day and all aspects will be discussed threadbare at the end of which a proper format will be finalised.

According to him, the occult field knows no boundaries. Its dimensions are infinite. The limitations if any, are self-imposed. Proper initiation and Sadhana - assiduous practice - will lead to perfection.

The general perception about the occult among lay people vary widely; from concealed to obscure - secret - mystic - dark - shrouded - supernatural - magic - to mysterious or arcane. But none of these meanings is accurate in the oriental sense of usage.

In Sanskrit, the equivalent word for occult is `Goodham' which means what is not explicit, what lies below the surface or what is not seen on the surface and therefore, secretive by nature. Asked what he has achieved all these years, he says with a smile reminding the famous words of Robert Frost, "I have miles to go before I sleep''.


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