Sunday 5 January 2014


2014-01 Thirumoolar Thirumandiram: 4 Things that all can do


Thirumoolar [Tamil:திருமூலர்] was a great Tamil Shaivite mystic.  He is considered one of the 63 Nayanars and one of the 18 Siddhars. His magnum opus, Thirumandhiram  (Tamil:திரு மந்திரம்)  is the tenth thirumurai in the Tamil Shaivaite Panniru Thirumurai. It deals extensively with Yoga and is also called Chathiram.  It consists of over three thousand verses dealing with various aspects of spirituality, ethics and the praise of God ShivaThirumandiram is the first known Tamil work to use the term Shaiva Siddhanta and the earliest known exposition of the Shaiva Agamas in Tamil. It brings out the differences between Vedanta and Siddhanta.
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The deep inner meanings of the mantras may be learnt only from a Guru. 
We shall consider here a sample verse where the meaning is apparently clear:

யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  இறைவற்கு ஒரு பச்சிலை 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  பசுவுக்கு ஒரு வாயுறை 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  உண்ணும் போது ஒரு கைப்பிடி 
யாவர்க்கும் ஆம்  பிறர்க்கு இன்னுரை தானே.   [தி. 252]

Yaavarkkum aam Iraivarkku oru pachilai
Yaavarkkum aam pasuvukku oru vaayurai
Yaavarkkum aam uNNum podu oru kaipidi
Yaavarkkum aam pirarkku innurai thanE

All can [offer] a green leaf in worship to God
All can [offer] a mouthful of grass to the cow
All can [offer] a handful, sitting down to  eat
All can [offer] sweet and kind words to others

All people want to be happy, healthy, peaceful, free from sorrow and free from all strains.
Saint Thirumoolar says that all can achieve these by doing just four simple things:
 1. always offer a green [bilva] leaf to God with prayerful attitude
 2. always offer a mouthful of grass to a cow with compassion
 3. always offer a handful of food to the hungry, when eating and
 4. always offer sweet and kind words to all in need of them.

What a simple solution!  What a profound result!
Success lies in Practice!  Practice!  Practice!

Video on Thirumanthiram Secrets: [Muthu Guhan, Courtesy YouTube] 7:30 min 

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