One of the siddha medicine methods which has changed as a self-protection technique as days went on and had changed as an art of killing enemies is the varma kalai. In the art of war fight it is called as "Narambadi (hitting the nerve)".
Our body, which is composed of the panjapoothas*, is made up of the veins and nerves. The place where these are connected with each other is the vital part of the body. There are 108 such places in our body. The positioning and way of handling of these places are more important in maintaining the strength and health of the body.
The varma kalai has been created by Agathiyar. Apart from the siddha medicine, in the ayurveda medicine also there are information about the varmas. Agathiyar says about this varma kalai in the following way.
"அண்ணலே உலகத்தில் வாழும் மாந்தர்
annalae ulagaththil vaazhum maanthar
காயமுறு விழுதலாலும் விண்ணடியில்
kaayamuru vizhuthalaalum vinnadiyil
பிணையற்று விழ்தலும் விழுந்தநீசி
pinaiyatru vizhthalum vizhunthaneesi
சிதறி துண்டங்கே வையனாலும்
sithari thundangae vaiyanaalum
மண்ணதிலே வெகுநாளாய் துக்கமுற்று
mannathilae vegunaalaai thukkammutu
மாளவே வர்மமது கொள்ளலாலும்
maalavae varmamathu kollalaalum
திண்ணமுடன் இவைகளிலே பலதுக்காக
thinnamudan ivaikalilae palathukkaaka
செப்புகிற யெண்ணையொரு கியாய மாத்திரை
seppukira yennaiyoru kiyaaya maaththirai"
- அகத்தியர் (Agathiyar)
Though many Siththars have told about the varma kalai, the "Odivumurivusaari" by Agathiyar is considered as the most important one. Now this rarest book is with very few people only. The techniques which today's neurologists are not aware is also written in those books many centuries ago by Agathiyar in a very clear and simpler way.
He has told about the twists, numbs that happen in nerves and their effects, symptoms, preventions and remedies. He also says that if something gets affected in the positioning of those parts where the life is present there are no cure for it. Also in the book he has mentioned about the method of preparing the relevant medicines and the way of using them also.
In the next post we shall see the details that is written in the book.
*Panjapootham - the five elements viz., earth, air, fire, water and sky.
Original - www.siththarkal.com
Translated by - சந்தியா