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Each human body measures eight hand spans of its own hand. Their main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely on temples and rituals. In this poem Siva Vakkiyar talks about the impermanence of human body.
Siddhar Songs | Old Tamil Poetry
So regular disclaimer applies. Are there two Gods, yours and mine? They were rebels against organised religion. In this poem Sivavakkiyar talks about impermanence of material aspects of life. So it padapgal up to individuals to interpret it.
When you say a Paraichi or a Panath i siddbar what does it mean? They are but stones which we have made into God. Rightly, the Siddhars were considered heretical by the society. But when this human body falls and dies, tmail immediately discard it saying it smells.
The leitmotif of all their poems is despairing of human life and praying to become one with God. This poem is thought to have been written by the second one, from 14th Century. But once their time is up and palm-leaf in which their fate is written turns up in the hands of God of death, this body becomes useless.
There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock. When a bronze vessel falls and is dented, they save pdaalgal carefully for the future.
My interpretation might be wrong. If you like what I do if you’re outside India if you’re in India You can send money for my coffee to oldtamilpoetry upi. Keep this in mind my hear and do not think of harming others.
However they are an important strand of Tamil society that accommodated differing view points. I am always worried about interpreting theological verses especially Siddhar songs as I do not know much of the philosophy behind these. God can neither be created or destroyed by mortals. Those who say otherwise, will die of rotting mouth.
He says find God within you and not in these temples and tanks. There have been atleast 3 people named Pattinathaar, living in 10th, 14th and 17th centuries.
A set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation.
In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what an illusion of life you created, My lord.
Pattinathaar was one of the prominent Siddhars ascetic rebels in Tamil nadu. Because we think our paunch is ours. So God is not in these stones, but in your heart. What is that thing between us two.
Will a cooking pot know the taste of food? Eric Alagan on Thirukkural — Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose padalagl were against the organised Vedic religion. Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organized Vedic religion. But the dogs, foxes, ghouls and vultures in the graveyard wait for us thinking that it is to be food for them after we die. Conjugal pleasure of a Paraich i or a Panath i, does it differ?
Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets in Tamil literature. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day.
Paraichi and a Panathi differ in your mind alone. Will there be two Gods, here and there? But interpretation might vary. Sivavakkiyar is ruthless when tackling the issue of caste. So look inside you, the difference between a Pariah and a Brahmin is in your mind. In these verses he chides those who go to temples and sacred tanks for salvation.
All their poems are clubbed together as Pattinathaar Paadal in texts. In this poems he mocks those who worship idols. What is this thing called you and that is called me?
Sivavakkiyar, one of the prominent Siddhars iconoclastic rebelstamol known for his fiery denunciation of idol worship.
He who was at the beginning, is one. Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about upper and lower caste. Hence they became manure for vegetables that vegetarians eat. Will the put up stone speak when He is within you? The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world.
But in English translation I had to make it a separate sentence to explain.
Old Tamil Poetry on Thirukkural —