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. … More
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 … More
Civakaviyar is one of Cittars who heavily criticized the established religious structure and caste system of his period. I have … More
I had recently finished reading a book Siddha quest for immortality by Kamil Zvelebil. It was interesting book which describe … More