THAYUMANAVAR POEMS IN TAMIL PDF

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Robert Butler, T. Venkatasubramanian and David Godman. Thayumanavar was a distinguished Tamil poet-saint who lived in the first half of the eighteenth century, from to AD. His devotional poetry was frequently cited by Bhagavan, with obvious approval, and many Ramanasramam books record fragments of his poems that Bhagavan either read out or quoted from memory.

However, in most cases the full verse is not given in the ashram literature. In this article we are presenting the complete versions of most the verses that Bhagavan referred to, giving, wherever possible, the circumstances and context in which they were quoted.

Bhagavan was sometimes so emotionally moved when he read out verses by Thayumanavar, he would be unable to continue. I may here record that I have noticed on more than one occasion in the past how Bhagavan could not proceed with the reading of any deeply devotional portions of Tamil works such as Thevaram and Thayumanavar.

Day by Day with Bhagavan , 12th December , afternoon session. He would be reading out and explaining some passage and when he came to a very moving part he would get so choked with emotion that he could not continue but would lay aside the book. Lamenting in this way, like one whose heart is wounded, dissolving inwardly, so that tears pour down in floods, uttering deep sighs, unaware even of my body, I stand transfixed. We have made new translations of all the Thayumanavar verses that appear in this article and have inserted them at the appropriate places, that is, whenever Bhagavan quotes from them or refers to them.

Thayumanavar was brought up in the Tanjavur District of Tamil Nadu in the coastal town of Vedaranyam. His father, Kediliappa, came from an agricultural background but progressed from being a farmer to being the administrator of the local Vedapureeswarar Temple. He carried out this responsibility so well, he was subsequently offered the job of palace manager and royal advisor by Vijayaranga Chokkalinga Naicker, the reigning Prince of Tiruchirapalli.

When Thayumanavar was born, his father named him after Thayumaneswarar, the presiding deity in the temple of Siragiri, which is nowadays known as the Tiruchirapalli Fort Temple. Thayumanavar received a good education at court in which he ended up acquiring an outstanding knowledge of both Sanskrit and Tamil language and literature. He must also have made a good impression on the royal family because, when his father passed away, Thayumanavar, who was still in his teens, was considered qualified to take over his job.

He subsequently managed the financial affairs of the kingdom and apparently fulfilled his duties with some distinction. However, while this was going on, his religious yearnings impelled him to look for a Guru who could help him to progress spiritually. Unfortunately, as many seekers have discovered before and since, such beings are hard to find. In later life Thayumanavar wrote about the qualifications that are necessary for one who is looking for a qualified Guru.

Bhagavan once cited this verse, and endorsed its contents, in the following dialogue:. Bhagavan: Satsang means only Atma sang [association with the Self]. Only those who cannot practise that are to practise being in the company of realised beings or sadhus.

Bhagavan: The opportunity to be in the company of a Sadguru comes effortlessly to those who have performed worship of God, japa , tapas , pilgrimages etc for long periods in their previous births.

There is a verse by Thayumanavar that points out the same thing:. For those who, in the prescribed manner, have embarked upon the [pilgrim] path of divine images, holy sites and holy tanks, a Sadguru , too, will come to speak one unique word, O Supreme of Supremes!

Only he who has done plenty of nishkamya punyas [austerities performed without any thought of a reward or consequence] in previous births will get abundant faith in the Guru. Living by the Words of Bhagavan , 2nd ed. This teacher could trace his lineage back to the famous saint Tirumular, whose book, Tirumantiram , written well over a thousand years ago, became one of the canonical works of Saivism.

Bhagavan sitting on Arunachala Robert Butler, T. Venkatasubramanian and David Godman Thayumanavar was a distinguished Tamil poet-saint who lived in the first half of the eighteenth century, from to AD. Bhagavan once cited this verse, and endorsed its contents, in the following dialogue: Question: What is satsang?

Question: When does one get the company of sadhus? There is a verse by Thayumanavar that points out the same thing: For those who, in the prescribed manner, have embarked upon the [pilgrim] path of divine images, holy sites and holy tanks, a Sadguru , too, will come to speak one unique word, O Supreme of Supremes!

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Sage Thayumanavar

Robert Butler, T. Venkatasubramanian and David Godman. Thayumanavar was a distinguished Tamil poet-saint who lived in the first half of the eighteenth century, from to AD. His devotional poetry was frequently cited by Bhagavan, with obvious approval, and many Ramanasramam books record fragments of his poems that Bhagavan either read out or quoted from memory. However, in most cases the full verse is not given in the ashram literature. In this article we are presenting the complete versions of most the verses that Bhagavan referred to, giving, wherever possible, the circumstances and context in which they were quoted. Bhagavan was sometimes so emotionally moved when he read out verses by Thayumanavar, he would be unable to continue.

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The greatness of the Sage is well-known to earnest spiritual seekers in India, especially in Tamilnadu, and all over the world too. Thayumanavar was a respected scholar in both Sanskrit and Tamil and was a minister to the King in Trichinopoly in South India. His name hails from the name of the deity of the Rockfort Temple in Trichinopoly. When he became god-minded he quit his job and began roaming, preaching Shaiva-siddhanta philosophy and Shiva worship. His songs are full of the divine bliss which he enjoyed and transmitted in abundance. The songs on the theme of the Atman craving for the union with the Supreme, are famous for their authenticity, simplicity and easily remembered language. He is also known for his unceasing emphasis on the unity of all paths to God and of all religions, and, in particular, on the unity of Vedanta and the Shaiva siddhanta.

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Bhagavan and Thayumanavar

Thayumanavar articulated the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy. He wrote several Tamil hymns of which are available. His first four 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 form, 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, walk on water or sit on the sea; but it is more difficult to control the mind and remain quiet".

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