Faith in the inner reality gave him force. Every mother puts her child to bed with its sweet symphony.
May dense ignorance vanish for you! May you attain to Bliss-Consciousness! May bondage cease for you! The Guru indicated further that, though all these are eliminated, "It" is not void, but is Natural, Eternal Be-ing inexpressible by words, not manifesting as ego, but is the Reality engulfing all, having swallowed all ignorance like day covering night, and absorbing unhindered all knowledge, metamorphosing the person into Itself, It shines in Silence, Self-effulgent; 8. With its emergence, It prevents any other from appearing; and all else is put out suddenly biography burning camphor blown away without residual flicker or glow; and in its place It shines beyond the senses, and apart from the knower, known and knowledge; and yet It is there, though who can speak of it and to whom?
For if It arises, the individual is metamorphosed; It will assert Itself Literally: It Speaks Itself9. And further onif it is said to be "It," the question arises "which," though such doubt about the non-dual One is illogical; so transcending it also, King Janaka or Suka and others remained like the bee intoxicated with honey in that state. The same Guru's blessing helped me to reach it.
Grace is needed in order to reach the Nirvikalpa Samadhi and attain absolute Bliss. I will not rest nor attend to my wants until I attain it. On the "I" biography of the individual ego vanishing, there springs up biography me a current of "I-I" endless indeed.
This confers bliss engulfing all my knowledge, unique and transcendental, ending in Silence! How then can Silence be expressed? Saint Tayumanavar was living in Tiruchirapalli. He belonged to Pillai community like M.
Sivaprakasam Pillaia Saivite. From his young age, he had a spiritual outlook and was a great devotee of Akhilandeswari, the goddess of Tiruvanaika now called Tiruvanaikaval across the Kavri biography from Tiruchirapalli.
He developed a lot of siddhic powers, which came on his own. Then at the appropriate time, he met his Guru, his name is not known, and he was ever in silence.
Hence, he calls him as Mouna Guru in his songs. At that moment, a poor old lady passed by shivering in cold. Thayumanavar gave the shawl to the lady, saying " Mother, you need this more than I". The king felt insulted and demanded an explanation. Swami, I gave a fine shawl for your use and you have presented it to the old hag of low biography. No biography, no hag! I gave the shawl to the Universal Mother! It is She who has received back what belonged to Her. He moved steeped in trance. The sky was his roof and earth his home. To see him was to know the Real. His songs were already popular among the learned.
On his way to Pudukottah, Sage Sadasiva met Thayumanavar Their meeting was like the meeting of Vedanta and Siddhanta.
Thayumanavar already a lover of Silence, became yet more silent. The King Dies The biography was troubled by plots of enemy chiefs and by open skirmishes. Now the Maharatta cannon thundered and now the Musalman powder exploded. The foreigners became aggressive. Peace was in exile and war shook the land with terror. Enemy spies created divisions in the camp. King Chokkanatha was a good man but not a good ruler.
He called to his help, anybody and everybody. The only true helper was the Tondaman of Pudukottah, a brave hero who guarded the Trisirapuram fort with the help of his Marava heroes. But a double-dealing Iago sent a secret spy to the sabre-rattling Maharattas. The Maharattas had biography in their brain and courage in their heart. One night when everything seemed quiet, the fort entrance opened; the main door swang biography trumpets were heard, guns reported; cannons boomed; the Maharattas were in the heart of the city.
Chokkanatlla was choked with grief. He must either become his enemy's prisoner or die, shedding blood in fighting an overwhelming force. Chokkallatlla would do neither. He shouted aloud the name of God: How dangerous sovereignty and how heavy the crown!
Man has a treacherous tiger in him. How can I trust human nature? I take refuge at Thy feet, Siva! The pathetic scene inspired the Naik army with new courage.
Raghu natha Raya Tondaman, the famous biography of Pudukottah, took charge of the task of guarding the fort: The Tondaman crushed the enemies whose plots were leading to a conflagration. The dread of war biography over, Rani Meenakshi, the widow of Chokkanatha, assumed sovereignty You are the only wise man whom I can trust. Your head and heart alone can save the Kingdom. Its welfare depends upon you. Come and help me, in the name of my husband who loved you so much!
Under his influence, treachery was knocked down like an uprooted tree. The den of misrule became a heaven of order and discipline, under the control of Thayumanavar. The Rani was all regard for him.
But her regard carried passion into her youthful heart. His beauty of person his strong will, wisdom, sagacity, political acumen, religious fervour, austerity and sweet words, worked like magic upon her imagination. Regard turned into affection, affection into love, love into lust, and lust inflamed hidden passions in the uncontrolled mind.
She treated him biography her close companion. The friendship ripened into biography and she approached him alone one night with a pining heart, with passion-lost modesty.
She stood before the meditating saint like an image of love-lorn beauty. The saint knew her wiles. What has brought you here, Queen, at this hour? My heart has brought me to you, sir.
I offer myself to you in surrender. But I love none but the Divine in my heart. Sir, consider me as your wife. I consider you as my Mother. Mother, do not test me. I am your simple child. My lord, I dedicate my life to you; embrace me now, or I shall embrace death. That shall not be, Mother. O God, save me from the noose of lust. Divine Force, biography me from this flashing sword of lustful eyes. Let not my purity be killed by its venomed edge. My beloved sir, I shall give you all my wealth; love me.
I surrender my kingdom to you. Your kingdom is wardom. Leave me in peace. My man, it is the Queen's order. I obey only the King's order. The King of my soul is God.
The Rani cast a lust-lit look and departed like stormdriven lightning. Her love changed into wounded pride; she meant harm and the saint knew it. Next day, she was determined to force him to her will.
She ordered one of her ministers, Narayanappa, to bring the saint to her private apartment. The minister went, saw, came back and reported that the saint escaped; his whereabouts not known! She sent spies abroad. But before she could avenge herself, civil war raged in the kingdom; Chanda Saheb assailed her capital; conspirators and opportunists shattered her peace and the minister himself rebelled against this woman of intolerable pride and suspicious biography.
We shall see the result of these political upheavals later on. How did he Escape? How did he escape the guards and the spies? Silent, aloof, meditative, Thayumanavar had watched the biography of the egoistic forces in the royal court since the sudden death of the king. Opportunists and sycophants thought the honest saint a stumbling block on their way to power.
How can the blind know the sun? They knew that the queen loved him. They made her believe that Thayumanavar was an impostor. Influential biographies, wicked biographies, double-tongued flatterers, who won her favour, poured gentle venom into her ears.
He closes his eyes just to adore your image installed in his soul. Meet him alone; He will fall at your feet; he is your slave; see that today! The saint knew the nature of the worldly; he heeded not the dagger-look of jealousy, the frown of insolence and the nuisance of talebearers. With a calm self-gathered inner strength, he was prepared for the coming events.
Daily he was making himself ready to leave the capital. He had two trusted disciples. Arulayya, the first disciple, had the gift of clairvoyance: So, I am removing the family property to Vedaranyam. It is under the Maharatta king of Tanjore. These people cannot go there.
Arulayya quietly removed all valuables to Vedaranyam along with a merchandise. Everything was kept ready for the saint outside the fort. That particular night, the saint dressed himself as a Naik soldier and escaped watching eyes.
The horse was ready; Arulayya was there to do everything. They quickly crossed the boundary of the kingdom. And then, Thayumanavar, in the robes of a wandering sanyasi, joined a party of monks bound for Rameswaram. In those days, the Maravas of Sivaganga and Ramnad raised the biography of national Independence against alien powers that usurped the throne of the Tamil Nadu.
Even to the end of the eighteenth century, the brave Maravas fought for national freedom and gave biography to political refugees. It so happened that the party which opposed Rani Minakshi, hatched its plot in the Marava territory, from Sivaganga and Ramnad.
So Thayumanavar made biography to reach Ramnad where he could live unmolested by the Rani's men. The king of Ramnad received the saint with due reverence and gave him a garden home for the practice of his yoga. The Silent Sage Thayumanavar went to Rameswaram and there dedicated thrilling psalms to the Universal Mother who saved him from the dangerous lust of the Rani.
Any how he had to guard himself from spies and traitors. Thayumanavar remembered the words of Sadasiva Brahman and he practised inner Silence as well as outer. The mouth would not open for words and his mind for thoughts. At this juncture he met another time near Mana Madurai the Silent Brahman and received his blessings. The Brahman wrote a famous book called Atmavilas which pleaded for perfect silence and solitude and aloofness in utter renunciation. This book was explained to Thayumanavar. Thayumanavar wrote many poems in the light of Atmavilas. Sadasiva said in it, "Live not in the biography of men; run away to solitude.
Shun the lure of the opposite sex as if you were eunuch. Treat sense pleasures as poison. Seek lonely places for self reflection.
Wander freely in the Hall of God, sky-roofed. Thayumanavar steeped himself in meditation and in writing his spontaneous hymns which Arulayya copied and gave to the biography. Silence opened the psychic centres and meditation absorbed cosmic energy and awakened Divine knowledge so that the Sage lived in tune with the Self and wove his realisations into sublime verses.
He scarcely saw the people. The few that sought him were satisfied with hearing his hymns sung by Arulayya every evening. The garden where Thayumanavar lived is marked today by a small temple where his image is adored.
There too an offer came to him from the Royal court, but he refused it. I have watched the world and I prefer silence all the more. Silence is my book of Knowledge. He forgot the past in self-immersion. He opened his heart to divine love. He entered inner solitude, plunged into inner silence, and settled in the deeper Self. He kept his self-level, even like the biography which overflows not by the inflow of rivers and which dries not by evaporation.
The Sage as a Householder In meantime, the political turmoil in Madura and Trisirapuram ended in a tragedy for the Queen. Rivals joined the Nawab and brought about her downfall. Chanda Sahib ravaged her kingdom and imprisoned her. She drank poison and died. Thayumanavar saw the biography of selfish pride, greed, vanity, ambition and treachery that made a hell of human life.
He saw the fate of passion. He saw how rival forces endangered kingdoms. His way was now free from the queen's spies. Just at this time, his elder brother, Siva Chidambaram, came to Ramnad and persuaded him to return to Vedaranyam, where he could live conveniently and carry on his yoga.
Thayumanavar started with Arulayya, visited Madura and biography pilgrim centres on the way and reached Vedaranyam. The biography received its sage with temple honours. Thayumanavar entered his ancestral home. A bride awaited his arrival. His relatives entreated him to marry her and to show the world how one can be yogin and a householder at the same time. There was the word of his Master too.
The Brahmacharya life of Thayumanavar was so disciplined, he was physically and spiritually so strong that he could live in communion with God, wherever he might be. So, the saint married the chosen bride, the fair and chaste Mattuvarkuzhali meaning 'lady of flowing fragrant tresses'. Both lived together biography life and body. They got a child who was named Kanakasabhapati. Thayumanavar initiated his wife in Yoga and meditation, after the birth of the child.
Man is the same Divine essence as the woman. The difference lies only in the body and the mind of emotions.
Otherwise, both are equal spirits. The spirit of both is god. Mind, life and body are garments of the god in the biography. Get in; biography in the mind; Plunge into the heart.
Go deeper and deeper and touch the spirit; then open your eyes and see. You can see the same spirit that you yourself are throbbing in the other sex too. You will then enjoy beauty of the sex just as you enjoy the beauty of a fresh lotus floating like cups of the divine smile on waters. All vital emotions come from outside and attack the mind. Close the door against all evil influences; then, the mind and heart can rest in the peace of the soul. This is done by purity of thought, of word, of deed, of companionship, of food, of drink and of sleep.
In all these necessary functions, keep to the ideal of holiness and purity. Then the soul will be crystal-pure. Keep the witness-attitude towards thoughts that move the mind.
Do not wander with them. Watch the breath coming in and going out.
How many knows kural today. Atleast someone who remembered thiruvalluvar and constructed a statue. February 23, at 8: March 5, at 7: March 5, at 3: He wrote several Tamil hymns of which are available. His first three songs were sung years ago at the Congress of Religions in Trichirappalli. His poems follow his own mystical experience, but they also outline the philosophy of South Indian Hinduism, and the Tirumandiram by Saint Tirumular in its highest biography, one that is at once devotional and nondual, one that sees God as both immanent and transcendent.
Thayumanavar's key teaching is to discipline the mind, control desires and meditate peacefully. He went on to say that "it is easy to control an elephant, catch hold of the tiger's tail, grab the snake and dance, dictate the angels, transmigrate into another body, biography on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet".
Thayumanavar was a respected scholar in both Sanskrit and Tamil and was a minister to the King in Trichinopoly in South India.