Saturday, 12 August 2017

தீப மங்கள ஜோதி நமோநம

Shri T.S.Narayanan is one of the important venerable veterans of Bangalore Thiruppugazh Anbargal group who have made immeasurable contributions to the growth of the Thiruppugazh movement in Bangalore. A spiritual person that he is, he is immensely knowledgeable about Thiruppugazh. These days, advancing age prevents him from participating in various pujas and bhajans. However, he has happily shared with me many of his writings on Thiruppugazh and I take great pleasure in publishing them here.

ஆண்டவனின் ஜோதி ஸ்வரூபத்தை கற்பூர ஹாரத்தி அளித்து போற்றுகிறோம். கற்பூரம் வெள்ளையானது. அது சுத்த தத்துவமுள்ள ஆன்மாவைக் குறிக்கிறது. கற்பூரத்தை ஏற்றியவுடன் அது தீபம் போல் எரிவது ஞானாக்கினியால் பாபம் நீங்கப் பெற்ற ஆத்மா புனிதம் பெற்று நிற்பதை குறிக்கும். கற்பூரம் இறுதியில் ஒன்றும் இல்லாது கரைந்து போவது போல ஜீவாத்மாவும் இறைவனுடைய அருட்ஜோதியில் கரைந்து அதனுடன் ஒன்று பட வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக கற்பூர ஆரத்தி எடுத்து 'தீப மங்கள ஜோதி நமோ நம' என்று பாடுகிறோம். ஞான ஒளி ஈந்தருளும் பெருமானை 'நிர்த்த ஜெக ஜோதி பெருமாளே' என்றும் 'ஜோதி யிற்ஜக ஜோதீ மஹாதெவர் தம்பிரானே' என்றும் போற்றுகிறோம்.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

How Sundaramoorthy Nayanar Brought A Dead Boy Back To Life

The story of how Saint Sundarar brought back to life an eight-year-old boy who had died a few years ago is one of the stories that appears in the Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam.

When Sundarar was going to the temple at ThiruPukkoliyur (now known as Avinaasi), near present-day coimbatore, he heard two discordant notes coming from opposite houses – one echoing joy and the other sorrow. When Sundarar enquired, he found out that each of the houses had a son. The two sons had been friends and had gone to the river together. But while one boy was swallowed by a crocodile, the other boy had survived. And after three years, the parents of the surviving boy were happily conducting Upanayanam ( Thread ceremony) for their son, while the parents of the dead were wailing over their departed son. Hearing this story, Sundarar went to the place where the boy was swallowed by the crocodile. He sang a pathigam ( poem in praise of a deity consisting generally of ten stanzas ), worshiping Lord Shiva to resurrect the dead boy. Before he could complete the verse, the crocodile came to the banks and spat out the boy wholly. Not only that the boy had come to no harm – indeed he was even more grown-up than when last seen.

This incident finds mention in the song aingaranai
கொங்கிலுயிர் பெற்றுவளர் தென்கரையில்
அப்பரருள் கொண்டு உடலுற்ற பொருள் அருள்வாயே

Monday, 31 July 2017

Story of How Ravana Tries to Lift Mount Kailasa

Once, after defeating Kubera, his step-brother, King Ravana was returning from Alakapuri to Lanka in a Pushpaka Vimana. On the way, he had to cross Mount Kailash where Lord Shiva and Parvati devi were enjoying their private moments. To his surprise, Ravana found that he couldn't cross the mount, and Nandi, Shiva's attendant, politely asked Ravana to change course.

Infuriated, Ravana decided to uproot the Kailash mountain. As he proceeded to lift it, Kailash began to shake, and a terrified Parvati embraced Shiva. However, the omniscient Shiva realized that Ravana was behind the menace and pressed the mountain into place with his big toe, trapping Ravana beneath it. Ravana gave a loud cry in pain. Since Ravana cried, he was given the name "Ravana" – one who cried. (parimaLa migavuLa)

Monday, 17 July 2017

இயல் என்றால் என்ன?

A few days ago, I received a Whatsapp message from one of the Bangalore Thiruppugazh Anbar Mrs. Vasantha Panchapakesan who is a well known speaker on Thiruppugazh-related topics. The message was as follows:


இயல் என்றால் என்ன மேடம்? எனக்கு தெரிந்தது முத்தமிழ் இயல் , இசை நாடகம் என்பது... அருணகிரிநாதர் கந்தரநுபூதியில் இயல் சேர் செஞ்சொல் புனை மாலை என்கிறார்.. இயல் இசையில் உசித வஞ்சிக்கு அயர்வாகி இரவு பகல் மனது சிந்தித்து உழலாதே உனை எனதுள் அறியும் அன்பைத் தருவாயே என்கிறார். இயல் பரவு காதற் பெருமாள், இயல் புலியூர் வாழ் பெருமாள் என்கிறார்.. இயல் வேலுடன் மா அருள்வாயே என்கிறார்..அவன் கடைக்கண் இயலை காண வாருமே என்கிறார்.... இன்னும் இயல் என்ற வார்த்தையை இயல்பாய் எத்தனை பாக்களில் பாடியுள்ளார் என்று தெரியவில்லை ... தாங்கள் அந்த இயலை தொகுத்து வழங்கினால் என் மனம் ஆனந்தம் அடையும் என்று நினைக்கிறேன்...

I jotted down a few instances from Thiruppugazh where the word 'iyal' is used and wrote a short commentary on it. Today, I noticed other voice messages From Mrs.Vasantha that had preceded the message, which I had somehow missed seeing. I listened to them.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Tiruvilaiyadal in Thiruppugazh: Part 3

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series.

  1. Lord Shiva has danced as Nataraja at five temples–five sabhas–Chidhambaram, Maduarai, Thiruvilankadu, Tirunelveli and Kutralam. Chidhambaram Nataraja Temple is known as Gold Sabha or Ponnambalam. It is believed that Lord Shiva danced in the golden hall on a Thiruvathirai nakshatra to fullfill the desire of his devotees Pathanchali and Sage Vyaghra Padar. The song avaguna viraganai describes this cosmic dance: