Sunday, October 23, 2005

Thirumanthiram -- An introduction

Thirumanthiram is composed of three thousand hymns which is, grouped under nine tantras.

Tantra One - The great saint Thirumoolar introduces Saivite philosphy in this tantra.
Tantra Two - The saint talks about HIS friend Agasthiar and dwells on the importance of Agastyan cult to the founding of Saiva Siddhanta system.
Tantra Three - Different yoga's and benefits of practising yoga are described.
Tantra Four - Dwells mainly on the mantra's and yantra's
Tantra Five - The Saint gives guidance to the realization of SHIVA in this tantra.
Tantra Six - Talks about Gnana and in praise of the GURU Shiva. (In Thirumanthiram, NANDHI is considered as SHIVA himself. Realizaing SHIVA is realizing One's divinity or the Divine that resides in you. The alternate explaination, is GURU is the Higher self. We pray to this GURU as SHIVA)
Tantra Seven - Deals with aspects of Kriya and Yoga
Tantra Eight - Deals with Jiva, indriyas and other aspects of knowledge that a sadhakan needs to pursue and experiences.
Tantra Nine - The bliss one experiences on realizing SHIVA is described here.

மூலன் உரைசெய்த மூவா யிரந்தமிழ்
ஞாலம் அறியவே நந்தி அருளது
காலை எழுந்து கருத்தறிந் தோதிடின்
ஞாலத் தலைவனை நண்ணுவ ரன்றே

Three thousand Holy Hymns Moolan composed in Tamil
Nandhi revealed to the world, for all to know
Those who wake early at dawn and sing the hymns, understanding the full meaning
Will Realize the Lord, who dwells in you.



Blogger Swahilya said...

Of late, Tirumandiram is in my consciousness. Everyday, I hear somone or the other talking to me about it.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Venky Krishnamoorthy said...

It is gratifying

11:01 AM  
Blogger kitchenette soul said...

Its a beautiful text. What's most attractive and stunning is the simplicity of language and the common place metaphor makes it so easy to understand such complex topics like kundalini

9:15 PM  
Blogger Colonel Ram said...

I belong to 69Sathanur,the birth place of Moolan turned thirumoolar.This village is situated near Aduthurai which is on the Mayiladuthurai - kumbakonam road.There is a millinium old Sideswara temple which has been recently renovated after being locked up for decades.There is an altar for Thirumoolar in the Ayyanar temple.This is for the information of those interested

3:17 AM  
Blogger Jai Praveen said...

@ Colonel Ram : Thank you for the wonderful information. Might visit it one day :)

Sage Tirumoolar has influenced me so much and those interested more can look at

2:37 AM  
Blogger Move to Win said...

I feel the Thirumanthiram text is a Map; Realization = understanding + action

7:32 PM  

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