Realize the god in you – Civavakkiyam


Tamil Sidhha movement were more oriented toward journey of knowledge, who believed only through knowledge one can realize the god, as against the popular form of Hinduism the Bakthi movement. Tamil Sitthar's literary movement started with Thirumoolar. The later Siddhas especially Civavakkiyar was very critical against mainstream Hinduism.  He criticized idol worship and people running after temples. His philosophy was God is in you realize him.  You will see more of Civvakkiyar in the next few weeks.

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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... Continue Reading →

What can you do? Sivavakkiyam 6


Transient nature of life becomes the theme of Sivavakkiyar's poem here. 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.

Patinathar’s poem on life- Part 4 – Death -Utarkurruvanam


வளர்பிறைபோலவெயிறுமுரோம,  முஞ்சடையுஞ் சிறுகுஞ்யும்விஞ்ச,  மனதுமிருண்டவடிவுமிலங்க,  மாமலைபோல் யமதூதர்கள்வந்து. And lo, behold, the Messenger of Death, like a huge mountain, shining and black shape, all hairy, terrible, teeth like the crescent moon(19)-   வலைகொடுவீசியுயிர்கொடுபோக,  மைந்தரும்வந்துகுனிந்தழநொந்து மடியில்விழுந்துமனைவிபுலம்ப,  மாழ்கினரெயிவர்காலமறிந்து. He throws his net and takes the life and goes. the others come with bowed heads, and weep, the wife falls... Continue Reading →

Patinathar’s poem on life- Part 3 – Old Age -Utarkurruvanam


வருவதுபோவதொருமுதுகூனு,  மந்தியெனும்படிகுந்திநடந்து மதியுமழிந்துசெவிதிமிர்வந்து,  வாயறியாமல்விடாமன்மொழிந்து.   Bent with the weight of age, he roams about, squatting and moving like an ape, losing his wits, all stiff, all deaf, and almost blind, blabbering incongruous words.(13) துயில்வருநேரமிருமல்பொறாது,  தொண்டையு நெஞ்சுமுன்வந்துவறந்து,  துகிலுமிழந்துசுணையுமழிந்து,  தோகையர் பாலர்ககோரணிகொண்டு.   When it is time for sleep, he coughs, his throat is dry, and his chest... Continue Reading →

Patinathar’s poem on life- Part 2 – Youth -Utarkurruvanam


  உயர்தருஞானகுருஉபதேச,  முந்தமிழின்கலையுங்கரைகண்டு வளர்பிறையென்றுபலரும்விளம்ப,  வாழ்பதினாறுபிராயமும்வந்து.   Then the teacher comes. He learns the glories of his mother-tongue, Tamil in her three shapes, and how to write and count, and growing up, resembles, as so many say, the growing crescent of the moon: and thus he reaches sixteen years.(7) மயிர்முடிகோதியறுபதநீல,  வண்டிமிர்தண்டொடைகொண்டைபுனைந்து,  மணிபொனிலங்குபணிகளணிந்து,  மாகதர்போகதர்கூடிவணங்க.   Praised by... Continue Reading →

Save me from the Lust for women -Patinathar poem


நாறுமுடலை, நரிப்பொதி சோற்றினை, நான்தினமுஞ் சோறுங் கறியும்நிரப்பிய பாண்டத்தைத் தோகையர்தம் கூறும்மலமும் இரத்தமுஞ் சோருங் குழியில்விழாது ஏறும் படியருள்வாய் இறைவா, கச்சியேகம்பனே. O Ekampa of Kanchi,Lord, arise and give me grace not to fall into the pit that spurts out blood and filth! Into the pith of women, in their hollow trap, women who invite this leather bag stuffed which I... Continue Reading →

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