Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tirumandiram – 56

Give up and give in

Pattum Oliyum Parakkung Kannigaiyar
Aattum Aradha Avaniyin Mattadhar
Vettuviruppar Viradamilladhavar
Eettum Edanchen drikalluttraanare

Sacrifice or giving up what we hold on to as ours is  the way to be closest to the Lord. He possesses nothing himself, but is the owner of everything. If some one cannot participate in singing the Lord’s name, in dancing to the tune of the Lord’s song, who do not perform any ritual sacrifice as enjoined by the Vedas and who do not have any fasting of food, speech or action, will go only the way their destiny takes them in life. Misery is the fruit of such a lifestyle. All singing, dancing, prayers, rituals, sacrifices and fasting – not for one’s own enjoyment, but for the Lord and in in praise of the Lord are the ways to purify the mind and quieten it. If not done, the mind will go in its pre-determined path, leading to sorrow with neither the right knowledge or self-control. SS

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tirumandiram – 54

The only path

Thiruneriyavadhu Chithachithandri
Peruneriyaya Piranai Ninaindu
Guruneriyam Siva Maneri Kudum
Oruneri Ondraga Vedantam Odume||

Vedanta is the end of all knowledge. It talks about something which is beyond knowing. That Vedanta says that the path of the Lord is neither Chit or Achit. His path is non-pareil.  Remembering the Lord, we will realise the great pathless path of Shiva, pointed out by the Guru. It is the one path that unites all paths that lead to the Lord. - SS

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Tirumandiram - 53

Supports the Vedas

Irukkuruvam Ezhil Vedhathinulle
Urukkunar Vayunar Vedhathul Ongi
Verukkkuru Vagila Vedhiyar Sollung
Karukkuruvai Nindra Kannanumaame||

The Lord stands behind the beautiful Rig Veda as its essential song. He is the inspiring chant of the vedas by the priest as the pupil of the eye which witnesses all when the Vedas are chanted with devotion and love, the Lord is present completely as he is the essence of the very Vedas themselves. - SS

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tirumandiram - 52

What for the Vedas?

Vedam Uraithaalum Vediyan Aagilan
Vedam Uraithaanum Veda Vilangida
Vedam Uraithaanum Vediyar Velvikkai
Vedam Uraithanum Meipporul Kattave

The books of knowledge called the Vedas were given to the world by Brahma himself. He however is not the author of the Vedas. He gave it so that we may know our creator. He gave the Vedas so that we might do the required Yagnas and Yagas to get what we want in this world and in the other planes of existence. He spelt out the Vedas not just that we may prosper, but to reveal the truth and the supreme reality. - SS

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tirumandiram - 51

The way home

Vedathai Vitta Aramillai; Vedathin
Odhath Thagum Aram Ellam Uladharka
Vadhathai Vittu Mathignar Valamuttra
Vedathai Odhiye Vidu Pettravar.

We are lost in a forest and it is becoming dark. We need to find out our way back home fast. Someone comes around with a torch and we follow the path shown by him and reach fast. 
The Vedas or books of knowledge which are nothing but the breath of the Lord, is the ultimate guide in showing our way home. The Vedas contain the essence of all things that we need to necessarily do. The wise ones do not debate on this. Instead, they chant the Vedas and follow its path and reach their original home, the pure and unsullied self. - SS.