To live them is to enjoy the highest Bliss in spiritual consciousness. They are dynamic song-thrills that spark out of the Bliss-centre. Even a song a day will do to elevate human life towards Divine transcendence. Thayumanavar, is an out and out scripture for Saints and Yogins. It covers the entire field of Yoga and Jnana.
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Thayyumanavar - was a Tamil philosopher and Hindu saint. Thayumanavar articulated the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy. Thayumanavar's key teaching is to discipline the mind, control desires and meditate peacefully.
He went on to say that " it is easy to control an elephant, catch hold of the tiger's tail, grab the snake and dance, dictate the angels, transmigrate into another body, walk on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet".
Kediliappa, his father and Gajavalli his mother. Kediliappa ' literally means immortal Father. Thayumanavar was named after the Deity of the Rock-Temple. Kediliappa originally lived at Vedaranyam, a famous pilgrim centre.
He was the trustee of the local temple. He was a learned man high in intellect and wide in heart. His wife Gajavalli was a pious lady humming devotional songs while attending to house-keeping. Their home was surrounded by a divine atmosphere. The liberality of their hearts expressed itself in charity and hospitality.
There was a royal dignity in the personality of Kediliappa, and a remarkable sweetness in his words. His elder brother, Vedaranyam, a great scholar well placed in life, had no children.
Kediliappa offered his own boy Siva Chidambaram in adoption to the elder brother. The brother's face glowed with joy and there was sunlight again in his life. The Pandyan dynasty had declined. The Nayak chiefs of Vijayanagar possessed the Madurai Kingdom Visvanatha, Tirumalai, and Mangammal were noteworthy rulers of Madurai. They were great patrons of art and poetry.
The grandson of Mangammal was Vijaya Ranga Chokkanatha. He set up his residence at Thrisirapuram. He was a pious man, but not a statesman. He ruled for twenty-seven years His kingdom was often attacked by the Maharattas and the Mussalmans. He wanted strong assistants. His minister Govindappa one day came to Vedaranyam. Kediliappa received the guest with temple honours and entertained him under his hospitable roof.
Both of them spoke on religion and politics. The Minister said, "Kedili, you are a scholar, a devotee, a statesman, a clever diplomat and a keen accountant. You are just the man that we are seeking. Come with me and serve the King". Kediliappa shifted his family to Trisirapuram. King Chokkanatha, pleased even at the firstsight, took Kedili into his council and gave him a free hand in the management of his household.
Kedili was faithful to the king, alert to his duty and timely in advising him against enemies. Chokkanatha treated him like a brother. Kedili's fame and fortune flourished day by day. There was only one gloomy spot in his life; that was the absence of a child to cheer his home. He and his wife went daily to the rock-temple and prayed to Swami Thayumanavar for a child. They fed saints and made gifts to scholars. Kedili chanted holy songs. He also arranged for Vedic recitals before the sanctum of Thayumanavar.
While the atmosphere was thus charged with holy vibrations, his wife Gajavalli conceived. Gajavalli spent her days in prayer and holy hearing. One day devotees were chanting the soul-thrilling hymns of Manikkavasagar when Gajavalli delivered the gifted child. That child was named Thayumavar, for it was born by the grace of Thayumanavar Swami.
Kedili was overjoyed at the sight of his luminous son, radiant in beauty. Temple bells rang in blessings. Everyone was attracted to this lovely child. King Chokkanatha admired the boy and marked him for his service. The father brought up the son with high hopes. He taught him Tamil and Sanskrit, spiritual and statecraft. The king was satisfied with his progress. He was the focus of saints and scholars.
He was an expert in Vedanta and Siddhanta. He mastered the Meikanda Sastras. These are holy books in Tamil. He studied the Upanishads, side by side with Tiruvasagam. He was a clever logician and none could defeat him in discussions. But, he was not satisfied with book knowledge. Books did not reveal the Blessed One cradled in his heart.
Words did not quench his thirst. From sunrise to sunset, he was seeking for something within, for somebody that can lead him to the Self-Conscious Bliss. He had a rich home.
He had free access to the King's palace. He was welcomed in royal circles. But the born sage preferred solitude to company and reflection to reading. Words were loads to him, and books burdens. He went often to the rock-temple and spent his time in meditation and prayer. In the moments of purified calmness, in the silent of inner peace, he sought Self-reality with all the belief of his faith. His eyes flowed with tears.
His lips whispered with songs of spiritual melancholy. He had the sage-mind of Pattinattar, the contemplation of the Buddha, the inspiration of Vedic seers.
Nuggets of golden truth, cast in brilliant couplets, came out of the inner mind. Then longer poems flowed out spontaneously. Showering tear-pearls gushing out of his lotus eyes, the boy saluted and contemplated upon the Supreme.
Thayumanavar saw the Hata-yogins controlling breath and twisting their bodies. He saw religionists in hot discussion; he saw maniacs quarrelling about the God whom they cannot even imagine. He sought solace in the Unique One who is all and all in all. He invoked His grace day and night for a Guiding Light. He accepted out of respect to the ruler.
As his mind always centred in the path of devotion to Lord Siva and his duties, he led a holy life of God consciousness and sincere service. One day Thayumanavar went up the rock-temple for his daily worship. There he met a Sage who belonged to the order of St.
Tiru Mula. The Master and the disciple discovered each other. The disciple fell at the feet of the Master, shedding tears of joy and poured out his heart in sublime hymns. He was brought into contact with Mouna Guru Desigar, the head of a Saiva mutt there, he gradually developed spiritualism in his mind. The Master blessed him graciously, took him alone, and accepted his devotion. Then I shall come to initiate you in meditation. Be silent.
Rest in peace; keep quiet; have faith. You will reach the supreme state of Bliss". Having said this, the Master went away. Once he was attending to his duty by reading some documents in palm leaves he suddenly crushed and threw them away; the officers who were there could not understand the reason he did so.
It was known later that the saree of Goddess Akilandeswari in the garba graha of Thiruvanaikka temple caught fire by camphor and was put out by this act of miracle. Some years later, Vijaya Ragunatha Chokkalinga Nayakkar passed away in Queen Meenakshi in course of time admired the charming young man, Thayumanavar and desired to share his life with her.
Thayyumanavar - was a Tamil philosopher and Hindu saint. Thayumanavar articulated the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy. Thayumanavar's key teaching is to discipline the mind, control desires and meditate peacefully. He went on to say that " it is easy to control an elephant, catch hold of the tiger's tail, grab the snake and dance, dictate the angels, transmigrate into another body, walk on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet". Kediliappa, his father and Gajavalli his mother. Kediliappa ' literally means immortal Father. Thayumanavar was named after the Deity of the Rock-Temple.
Thayumanavars Poems Canto 1 to 14
Thayumanavar articulated the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy. He wrote several Tamil hymns of which are available. His first four songs were sung years ago at the Congress of Religions in Trichirappalli. His poems follow his own mystical experience, but they also outline the philosophy of South Indian Hinduism, and the Tirumandiram by Saint Tirumular in its highest form, one that is at once devotional and nondual, one that sees God as both immanent and transcendent. Thayumanavar's key teaching is to discipline the mind, control desires and meditate peacefully. He went on to say that "it is easy to control an elephant, catch hold of the tiger's tail, grab the snake and dance, dictate the angels, transmigrate into another body, walk on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet". Thayumanavar was a respected scholar in Tamil.
Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
Unlike the hymns of Devaram and other ad oratory verses the poems of Tayumanvar, though eulogistic in form are really didactic in nature. His chief aim in his works was to bring out the real reconciliation between the apparently conflicting philosophies of Siddhanta and Vedanta. Among his poems, true aspirants after godhead can find much practical wisdom from the few noted below:. Oh heart! Understand that it is the Supreme Being like the rope which sets a humming top in motion, brings about the actions which mortals ascribe to their own agency; simply stand in the way of the divine grace without any cravings of your own; then will you find that domestic life and ascetic life are all the same to you.
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