Siththar’s rationalism

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State of Godliness is possible to one, who follows the way shown in the Siththar’s poem. Moreover, we cannot see any imaginary information neither praising quotes nor the decorative lines in these poems. There might be possibilities of some exceptions in some poems which belongs to later period.

According to Siththars view, godliness is the well stabled higher state of mankind and that state can be achieved through the regular practice by any person. Many poems can be quoted to prove this statement.

Siththars were highly disappointed with the ignorant fake practice of spirituality on the basis of Godliness state and god. Most of the critics have ignored and rejected these statements and prevented it from reaching the common public. However, some remnants poems are eternal and still present beyond the ages.

In that sense, we will see the following poem of Paambaatti Siththar in this post.

"பூசை செய்தாலே சுத்தபோதம் வருமோ?
poosai seithaalae suththapoatham varumoa?
பூமிவலம் செய்ததனாற் புண்ணியம் உண்டோ?
poomivalam seithathanaar punniyam undoa?
ஆசையற்ற காலத்திலே ஆதி வஸ்துவே
aasaiyatra kaalaththilae aathi vasthuvae
அயைடலாம் என்று துணிந்து ஆடாய் பாம்பே!
ayaidalaam enru thuninthu aadaai paambae!”

Paambaati siththar questioning us regarding the basis of spirituality as, how one can get benefit from the poojas performed on god as daily basis and searching virtue on temple of various places?

One cannot find the state of godliness in form of mankind nor the blessings from certain places. It is eternal thing present everywhere and shapeless structure which can also be felt and seen inside everyone.

One cannot achieve this eternal state by performing pooja neither roaming to find the virtue nor reading the religious books. Paambaatti Siththar says, one can feel and attain this high state by destroying their selfishness and start living with magnanimous thoughts.

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Translated by Lalithambika Rajasekaran

Arutpulambal – An Introduction

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*Arutpulambal: Arul + Pulambal - Gracious Lamentation

We can refer the state of 'arutpulambal' as  the songs sung in one's awaken self.

Background of almost all Tamil depicting Siththars is very simple and they were from the part of ignored inhabitants in society. Of course, everything has its exception!

Two Siththars here were exception. One is Pattinaththaar, who was born in business/trade family and lived a very luxurious life. Another one is Pathirakiriyar who was a king and accepted Pattinaththaar as his guru and lived yogic life, leaving behind the royal comfortness.

Arutpulambal also called ‘Meignana pulambal (Lamentation of True Wisdom)’, a book written by Pathirakiriyaar has its unique place among the Siththar’s books.  He believed to be attained mukthi* in Thiruvidaimarudhoor of Tanjore district, Tamil nadu, India.

The poems in Arutpulambal is so simple and one can easily understand the meaning in the first reading itself is its unique great feature. However, one can understand and feel the greatest connotation of this poem during re-readings.

For example, we will see the following poem,

"ஆங்கார முள்ளடக்கி ஐம்புலனைச் சுட்டறுத்துத்
aangkaara mulladakki aimpulanaich suttaruththuth
தூங்காமற் றூங்கி சுகம் பெறுவ தெக்காலம்?
thoonkaamar roongi sukam peruva thekkaalam?”

In the first reading of the above poem, we can understand that, “when we will reach god by controlling arrogance and basic five sense?”.

However the deep reading indicates arrogance as oneself. And the deployment of five senses occurs as soon as the deployment of one’s arrogance.

And the words “Sleepless Sleep (Thoongaamal thoongi)” may be easy to read but it is very unique and is not easy to get the direct meaning. As far as I know, it must indicate the stage of one’s awaken self.

So, Pathirakiriyaar stated that, mukthi is possible when, one deploy his arrogance and be in self awaken state.

*Mukthi – salvation/final emancipation

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Translated by Lalithambika Rajasekaran

Mantrika - Finally few words!

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The main aim of discussing Siththars mantrika in our blog is to enlighten the readers about the basic importance and necessity of mantrika and also eliminating the dreadful feeling about it.

More over, mantrika is one of the two ways to attain mukthi in siddhalogy. It might be new to many readers, however it is necessary to share the basics and stages of Siththars mantrika in our blog. 

It is not an easy task to share all about the topic mantrika just in 25 posts. Since its boundary is infinite, it may take almost a year to describe the topic in depth. Hence, as we said, mantrika’s asta karma has been seen discussed till. With gguru’s permission and if time supports in future, we can see the mantrika in detail up to my knowledge.

Even though, mantrika exists in various places in world, there is no scientific evidence proving its truthness. However, many people have written about mantrika, which infer us, that it was widely in use. We need more discussions and research activities to bring out the mantrika’s truthness. I have no idea, whether any one practicing this art in ‘Tamil’ culture. According to my concern, it can be seen as pschycological based art.

Even though, asta karma explains about the eight stages of mantrika, we have no correct idea about its order. Available information describes it as basic stages. However, there is no information regarding the starting and ending stages, which I am still searching. However, it is clearly inferred that, one should start practicing a new stage only after attaing siddhi in previous one.

Mantrika must be learned only through guru’s guidance. Only perfect guru can teach their students in right path. We have already seen the way to find appropriate right guru. Interested readers can read the older posts and refresh it. Guru is a person with full of kindness and care and well wisher. Hence one can get guru’s blessing only if we believe him and surrender us wholeheartedly.

Siththars have stated that, one with good physical and mental fitness only can start practicing this art. Even though, the practicing methods are given in Siththars poems, it is best to practice under guru’s guidance. We should believe that, ‘nothing is greater than our guru’.

Thirumoolar and many other Siththars were written in detail about mantrika and it might take one’s life time to gather and post all information. Hence, in our post, we have seen only Karuvoorar’s mantrika technique so far.

I only have literal knowledge about mantrika and have not gained any practical experience in this art. My only focus is to share the Siththars quotes and poems. 

Siththars mantrika highly differs from Malayala mantrika. Even though, there may be some similarities in basics. The focus and functioning of each highly differ from one another.

The chanting methods are discussed in older posts. From starting itself, I repeatedly told that, there is no scientific evidence describing the truthfulness of mantrika. Hence, there is no doubt, that it may be considered for argument till we got any scientific evidence. We might get clear view of this art, only through future researches regarding mantrika art.

We should have correct reason before rejecting one thing as false hope. We should not forget that, even small information will be useful somewhere. 
In upcoming post, we will see with another exciting Sithar’s information.

I would like to thank all our fellow readers for constant support and encouragement.

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Translated by Lalithambika Rajasekaran