In the Guru Poornima special edition of series, we were blessed to also write about the great Siddha Avvai. Siddha refers to perfected masters who have achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. We looked at various Siddhas who have graced upon this earth with their Presence — their life and the wisdom they shared in the form of poems, couplets that are referred to as Siddhar Padalgal. The journey of Siddhar Charithiram gave us the opportunity to have a glimpse of the life and works of the Siddhas. The encouragement and response from you, the readers, gave us enthusiasm and energy to do the necessary work and complete the series successfully. Siddhas work are vast in number, deep in their meaning and purport, and sharp in its appeal to the intellect of the sadhakas.
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In the Guru Poornima special edition of series, we were blessed to also write about the great Siddha Avvai.
Siddha refers to perfected masters who have achieved a high degree of physical as well as spiritual perfection or enlightenment. We looked at various Siddhas who have graced upon this earth with their Presence — their life and the wisdom they shared in the form of poems, couplets that are referred to as Siddhar Padalgal. The journey of Siddhar Charithiram gave us the opportunity to have a glimpse of the life and works of the Siddhas. The encouragement and response from you, the readers, gave us enthusiasm and energy to do the necessary work and complete the series successfully.
Siddhas work are vast in number, deep in their meaning and purport, and sharp in its appeal to the intellect of the sadhakas. A preliminary study of their life and work may give us the necessary introduction to these spiritual giants but are never enough. We now hope to continue deeper study Abhyasam about the Siddhas and share more pearls of wisdom about them to you all.
We hope you too will take this as an opportunity to know about the Siddhas and have their Grace in your lives. With that introduction let us begin this series! For this series, we will present to you a detailed study on the work of Siddha Thirumoolar- Thirumandhiram. It is a Tamil poetic work by Thirumular. It is a masterpiece work of Siddha Thirumoolar and has many dimensions to it. The Many Dimensions of Thirumandhiram As a poetic work, Thirumandhiram is the tenth of the twelve volumes of the Thirumurai.
Thirumurai is a compendium of songs or hymns in praise of Shiva in the Tamil language composed by various poets in South India. Thirumurai contains soul-stirring Tamil poetic compositions sung by Saiva Nayyanars who by their Bhakti hymns captured the hearts of the people. Hence Thirumandhiram can be seen as a work of Bhakti tradition.
As a work of Philosophy, Thirumandhiram describes an original philosophical system, and the southern school of Saiva Siddhanta draws its authority from Tirumandiram. Thirumandhiram is the earliest book to have used the word Saiva Siddhanta. Through its philosophical system, Tirumandiram unfolds Siddhantha attainment as a fourfold path — virtuous and moral living, temple worship, internal worship and union with Siva.
Shaiva Siddhanta provides the normative rites, cosmology and theological categories of Agamic and Vedic Shaivam combined. It is one of the rare works in which the closeness of Agamic and Vedic Shaivism is described. It is interesting that the yogic practices are also called as Vaasi Yoga according to Thirumandhiram. Vaasi when repeated in quick succession becomes Siva!
The Tirumantiram describes means of attaining an immortal body kaya siddhi , advocating a theory of preserving the body so that the soul would continue its existence. As a text describing on Veda- Vedantic concepts, Thirumandhiram expounds on the Upanishadic Tat tvam asi and other Vedantic concepts, the transcendental reality as emptiness Sunya devoid of any attribute and Tantrasastra Shakti worship , chakras, magic spells and their accessories.
Thirumoolar also gives the Vedanta and Siddhanta interpretation of the Mahavakyas in His work Thirumandhiram. As a book on religious conduct and morality, Thirumandhiram teaches the ethics of non-violence ahimsa , abstinence from slaughtering, meat and alcohol.
As a Siddha text it is full of metaphorical sayings communicating mystical thoughts. The work also stresses the fundamentals of Siddha medicine and its healing powers.
It deals with a wide array of subjects, unique only to the Siddhas, including astronomy and physical nature of human body Kaya Kalpa. Thirumular is not only one of the 63 Nayanmars Nayanars but also a significant one among the 18 Siddhars. It is with reverence could we look at this greatest of work of Siddhar Thirumoolar packed with different subtle dimensions, all-powerful in its own way, into one single work.
No wonder it is said that Siddhar Thirumoolar meditated for over years. We will see more about this later into the series. Given the immensity of work at hand, we pray to Siddhar Thirumoolar to gives us the strength and courage to study this great work and present to you readers the knowledge we will gain through the study.
From the next edition, we will learn more about Thirumandhiram and its author Siddhar Thirumoolar. Search for:. Share now! Leave a reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.
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Dear Brother Wish you and all those who contributed in making this site a reality It has been mentioned in the Pranayamam Thirumanthiram section about a certain technique whereby the the inhalation by the left nostril is 16sec, retaining of breath 64sec and the exhalation through the right nostril is 32 secs And I can also understand that this is a difficult practice to learn.. Is there anyone who is able to guide me on this pranayama practice?
Chennai : To demonstrate that Siddha and Yoga are complementary in improving the quality of life, the National Institute of Siddha NIS here will join the nation in observing the second International Day of Yoga on June 21 by organising a massive yoga demonstration. Banumathi, director, NIS. The bedded hospital, which caters to an overwhelming 2, out patients on any day, imparts the Ashantaga yoga the eight limbs of yoga path as also highlighted by Patanjali as explained through personal experience by Tamil Siddhar Thirumoolar who had authored the magnum opus Thirumanthiram in over 3, verses, dating back to the 4th century. It is the oldest and most important and authentic text of Yoga from south India and the work combines Yoga, tantra, mysticism, mantra besides Kundalini. According to Banumathi, a yoga demonstration will be held on June 21 from 6. About people are expected to take part in the programme which will be organised by the Department of Sirappu Maruthuvam.
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