no names, no color and no size – Civavakkiyam


 

God is within your soul,when you realize this you realize he has no names, no color and no size. This is the essence of Civavakkiyar’s poem below.

Sivavakkiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Shidda poets along side Thirumoolar and Pattinathar. His poems questions Hindu religious structure, Brahmanical supremacy, idol worship, authority of Vedas and Agamas, caste systems. He has written around 520 poems. Below poem questions the madness of love and love for oneself/body.

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அரியுமல்ல அயனுமல்ல அப்புறத்தில்அப்புறம்

கருமைசெம்மை வெண்மையைக் கடந்துநின்ற காரணம்

பெரியதல்ல சிறியதல்ல பற்றுமின்கள் பற்றுமின்கள்

துரியமும் கடந்துநின்ற தூரதூர தூரமே.

 

It is not Vishnu it is not Brahma it is much greater

It is not black, red or white when you have move ahead with reasoning

It is not big or small to catch hold of it

When you cross the highest point of yogic state to an enlightened state far far away.

Poet: Civavakkiyar

Translated by Palaniappan Vairam Sarathy

salvation knowledge tamil

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Reference:

Tamil Lexicon – University of Madras

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அரியுமல்ல அயனுமல்ல அப்புறத்தில்அப்புறம்

Its not hari – it is not ayan (brahma) –  farther side/great – farther side/great

கருமைசெம்மை வெண்மையைக் கடந்துநின்ற காரணம்

Black – red – white – passby – stand – reason

பெரியதல்ல சிறியதல்ல பற்றுமின்கள் பற்றுமின்கள்

Not big – not small – grasp – grasp

துரியமும் கடந்துநின்ற தூரதூர தூரமே.

Highest state of Yōga in which one attains entire quiescence-  Passby stand –far –far –far away

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