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.
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 →
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.
கறந்தபால் முலைப்புகா, கடைந்தவெண்ணெய் மோர்புகா; உடைந்துபோன சங்கின்ஓசை உயிர்களும் உடற்புகா; விரிந்தபூ உதிர்ந்தகாயும் மீண்டுபோய் மரம்புகா; இறந்தவர் பிறப்பதில்லை இல்லைஇல்லை இல்லையே. "Milk does not return to the udder,nor butter to butter milk. nor the life within the sea shell,when it breaks,to its body. The blown flower,fallen fruit do not return to the tree. The dead are not born,never,never,never!"(47) Poet :Civavakkiyar... Continue Reading →
Civakaviyar is one of Cittars who heavily criticized the established religious structure and caste system of his period. I have given two poems below which echo this feelings, செங்கலும் கருங்கலும் சிவந்தசாதி லிங்கமும் செம்பிலும் தராவிலும் சிவன்இருப்பன் என்கிறீர் உம்மதம் அறிந்துநீர் உம்மைநீர் அறிந்தபின் அம்பலம் நிறைந்தநாதர் ஆடல்பாடல் ஆகுமோ! In bricks and in granite, in the red rubbed lingam, in... Continue Reading →
I had recently finished reading a book Siddha quest for immortality by Kamil Zvelebil. It was interesting book which describe the aims and lives of Siddhas and their quest for immortality. I came across poetry of Siddhas (both from this book as well as Smile of Murugan). I liked the poems of one particular Cittar(I... Continue Reading →