God is within your soul,when you realize this you realize he has no names, no color and no size. … More
By far one of the best love and philosophical poem, I have read in Tamil. It is a surprise to me it matches Sangam love poems but surpasses them here by it deep philosophy.This poem has layers, each passing day I was realizing a new meaning to the poem. Plain vanilla translation would neither emphasize the philosophy of the poem nor the intended meaning of the poem.
Reading Sangam literature can always throw you some pleasant surprises. This is one of such surprise. Krishna stealing Gopika’s dress while they were bathing in Yamuna, is absent in any of Sanskrit litertaure before 5th century and the earliest available literature for the theme is available only in Sangam literature. Below lines for Agananooru are the earliest available lines on this motif.
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.
Here is history of Modhagam – true Tamil sweet delicacy. Which predates Pillayar in Tamil lit.
We have heard about Thiruvilaydal of Shiva. The 64 sacred sports /vilayatu of the Lord. So what are the 64 sports, here is a synopsis of Thiruvilaydapuram written by Dr. Kamil Zvelebil in his book Lexicon of Tamil Literature.
We have heard about Thiruvilaydal of Shiva. The 64 sacred sports /vilayatu of the Lord. So what are the 64 sports, here is a synopsis of Thiruvilayadarpuram written by Dr. Kamil Zvelebil in his book Lexicon of Tamil Literature.
The post details all legends of Indra Aaram….The crown jewel gifted by Indra to the Pandya.
This poem is one of the most important poems in Sangam literature. Though this is the kind of Sangam poem I … More
The love poems of Sangam have made inroads into religion. The two best examples one can give is that of Kambaramayanam and Kanthapuranam. The Murugan- Valli love episode of Kasiappasivachariyar’s Kanthapuranam is straight lift from a few Sangam love themes(it would take me a separate blog to point this out to the readers..hope I do a blog on this topic soon!). In this essay I would like to go into Theme of Love making in Sangam literature and its parallel in Religious poetry and philosophy.
Love making and Religion …parallels? is it possible? well you have to read through this essay,
I am going to do some thing I have been consciously avoided for nearly a year. I have always tried … More
One of Patinathar’s most hard hitting poem …