Sambantar on Ammaiyappar

மரபு விக்கி இருந்து

தாவிச் செல்ல: வழிசெலுத்தல், தேடுக

 Sambantar Tevaram
Dr K.Loganathan, 5-3-11

Dear Friends

Sambantar or more fully Tirunjaana Sambantar was a younger contemporary of Tirunaavukkarasar whom he called Appar, a name that has become the name . Though born a Brahmin, he abandoned his VarNa identity and became a true Sivan Adiyar, a devotee of Siva. He also prided himself as Tamil Virakan, a Tamil patriot and composed great many verses in chaste Tamil quite well known for the aesthetic sensitivity and metaphysical depths. He challenged very vigorously the dry metaphysics and repulsive social practices of the Jains and Buddhists of his time. He enjoyed many victories over them and for which reason he is known popularly "vaatu venRa Sambanatan" the Sambantan who won many debates.

I have chosen the most important of his Patikams, translated them into English with also commentaries of my own also in English so that the world at large can appreciate them

Translation and commentary by Dr K.Loganathan

Thirunjaana Sambantar 1-1

தோடுடைய செவியென் விடையேறி ஓர் தூவெண் மதிசூடிக்
காடுடைய சுடலைப் பொடி பூசியென் உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
ஏடுடைய மலரான் முனைநாட் பணிந்தேத்த அருள் செய்த
பீடுடைய பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

tooduyaiya ceviyen vidaiyeeRi oor tuuveN maticuudik
kaadudaiya cudalaip podi puuciyen uLLangkavar kaLvan
eedudaiya malaraan munainaad paNinteetta aruL ceyta
piidudaiya piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

பரசிவன் பெண் தானாகி நிற்கின்றதைக் காட்ட ஓர் செவியில் தோடணிந்தும், வெள்ளை விடலேறு ஊர்ந்தும் தூய வெண்மதி சூடியும் , வெந்த சாம்பல் நிறைந்த காட்டில் விளங்கும் திருநீறு பூசியவாறும் தோன்றி என் உள்ளத்தை கள்வனெனக் கவர்ந்தான். அவனே தாமரைமேல் அமர்ந்திருக்கும் அயன் ஓர்கால் சிவஞானம் யாதென்று அடிபணிந்து கேட்க அதனை அருள் புரிந்தவன். அத்தகைய பீடுடைய பெம்மான் இந்த பிரமாபுரமும் மேவி நிற்கின்ற பெம்மாந்தான், வேறு யாருமில்லை என்றவாறு.

This Great BEING who has made Himself manifest
Here in this magnificent temple of Piramapuram where once
He graced the God of the lotus flowers with divine wisdom
When he implored with becoming humility uttering praises
Is also the ONE who disclosed Himself as the
Androgynous BEING wearing round rings in one of His ears only and
Having mounted the BULL of infinite virility and wearing the crescent moon and
the sacred ashes of the burning grounds
stole my heart like a thieve unknown to my conscious self

tooduyaiya ceviyen : The ONE wearings rings in only one of the ears( the feminine half)
vidaiyeeRi oor: having mounted the Pure BULL ( of boundless virility)
tuuveN maticuudik: wearing ( in his tuft) the crescent moon
kaadudaiya cudalaip podi puuci: having smeared Himself with the sacred ashes of the burning grounds
yen uLLangkavar kaLvan: has stolen my heart like a thief (unknown to my conscious self)
eedudaiya malaraan munainaad paNinteetta aruL ceyta: When once the God of the Lotus Flower (i.e Brahma) implored for divine wisdom in becoming humility and uttering praise , He graced Him (with what he wanted)
piidudaiya piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: is this Great BEING who has himslef manifest in this magnificent TEMPLE of Brahma Puram


Genuine metaphysical life where there is true freedom, is an immesely symbolic life. There are many UNCONSCIOUS forces at work and when one allows the mind to be shaped and developed by BEING without letting any prejudices to thwart the pedagogic processes , the UNCONSCIOUS takes over the conscious mind stealthily, quite unknown to the individual. This is what happened to young Sambantar and in this first and opening verses of the whole of ThirumuRais, Sambantar recounts here his personal experiences bringing in the mythical and metaphorical to drive in the point.
BEING is Pem Maan, the Great One and HIS greatness is established by allusions to the mythic account of how Brahma, the God of Vedas and other scriptural productions, unable to grasp the Absolute Illumination that is post-linguistic and beyond the reach of the scriptural utterances, accepted his defeat and implored BEING for the divine wisdom that only HE can disclose. BEING is the Great One only because HE is the ONLY ONE who can disclose in the Language of Deep Silence the absolute illumination that is ahistorical and atemporal and hence BEYOND the reach of linguistic productions including the Vedas and such other sacred scriptures.

But nevertheless HE dos not remain the Wholly Other, the Totally Beyond. He assumes many phenomenal forms to HELP out the struggling and suffering individuals so that they would attain success in their metaphysical journey that is demanding in cognitive and psychic energy. He presents Himself along with the Pure BULL to show that HE is the source of all virility that provides the energy and courage to battle with the evil forces on the way . He also wears the Crescent Moon, that which symbolises the Ambroisia, the medicine that ensures a healthy body and mind. And he is NOT alone- He is always with the WOMAN having HER as His equal half. For HE, though formless on His own, but becomes the source of the biological differentiations of the earthlings by becoming the MAN and WOMAN, the Adam and Eve , the Ammai-appar, the androgynous BEING.
And above all HE discloses Himself as the primordial agent of Purifcation by presenting Himself as the ONE wearing the sacred ashes of the burning Grounds. The Burning Grounds is a supremely beautiful metaphor to indicate the singing to ashes the world ties and the Dark within that is the source of all physical attachments as opposed to the metaphysical. Only when the worldy ties are burnt to ashes is the soul freed to explore freely the metaphysical where lie the mysteries of existence.
And finally the TEMPLE is seen as a locale where all these elements of mythical and metaphorical thinking are resuscitated or regenerated! The Great One of the mythologies and directly experienced in numerous archetypal forms pervades the TEMPLE and which means that all these experiences can be REGENERATED in entering the Temple by allowing the mind to be freely be formed by it.
The Temple may be meaningless for those who close their mind towards its benign influnece of BEING but for those who avoid that because of a well-earned mental freedom, it becomes a locale for regenerating and the enjoying again and again the flighty metaphysical and metaphorical experiences that are immensely meaningful

Sambantar 1-2

முற்றல் ஆமை இளநாகமொடு ஏனம் முளைக் கொம்பு அவை பூண்டு
வற்றலோடு கலனாப் பலிதேர்ந்து எனது உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
கற்றல் கேட்டல் உடையார் பெரியார் கழல் கையால் தொழுதேத்த
பெற்றம் ஊர்ந்த பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

muRRal aamai iLa naakamodu eenam muLaikkombu avai puuNdu
vaRRaloodu kalanaap pali teerntu enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan
kaRRal keeddal udaiyaar periyaar kazal kaiyaal tozuteetta
peRRam uurnta piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

This BEING who pervades in the temple of Piramaapuram
Riding the majestic BULL, is the thief who has stolen my heart (unknown to myself)
Those who are really great, worship HIS anklets because
They want to LEARN earnestly and are willing to listen to the meanings
BEING discloses by wearing the archetypal forms of the Old turtle, the young Snake, the Boar and the sharp Horns
And by burning the dirt of ignorance by the FIRE of ILLUMINATION that makes them lean in form
And taking all that as their alms to Him (so that they never assail them again)

அழகிய விடலை வெள்ளேற்றின் மேல் ஊர்ந்தவாறு பிரமாபுரம் என்னும் திருக்கோயிலில் மேவி நிற்கின்ற இந்த பெம்மான் நான் அறியாதே என் உள்ளத்தைக் கவர்ந்த கள்வன் ஆவன். எப்படி எனில் இவன் தான் முதிய ஆமையாக, இள நாகமாக ஆற்றல் ஏனமாக கூர் முளைக் கொம்பின் காளையாக வெல்லாம் உருவெடுத்து அவற்றின் பொருளெல்லாம் யாதென்று தீர விசாரித்துச் செல்லும் மதுகையினார் அதன்பொருட்டு அவன் கழல் தொழுதேத்திச் செல்ல அவற்றின் பொருளை அருளி தீக்கை செய்து அதனின் உடல் வற்றுமாறு செய்து அவர்களது அஞ்ஞானத்தை பலிகொண்டு அவர்களைச் சுத்தம் செய்தவன் ஆயிற்றே, அதனால் தான்!

muRRal aamai iLa naakamodu eenam muLaikkombu avai puuNdu: Wearing the archetypal forms of old Turtle, young Snake, the Boar, and the sharp-horned Bull
vaRRaloodu kalanaap pali teerntu : causing one become lean by burning the ignorance by the fire of illumination and taking away all as the alms (so that they never return to assail them again)
enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan: is the THIEF who has stolen my heart

kaRRal keeddal udaiyaar periyaar : the really great ones who want to LEARN earnstly and are willing to listen as to their meanings
kazal kaiyaal tozuteetta : worshipping the Anklets with hands raised
peRRam uurnta piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: the BEING who riding the majestic BULL pervades the Temple of Piramapuram


Sambantar among all the Nayanmars is the one who fought most vigorously against the the Buddhists and Jains of the times who were sharp logicians but unfortunately very positivistic and hence inclined to make a mockery of the Symbolic Language that BEING choses to instruct the human beings on the secrets of the UNCONSCIOUS which has its own logic but very different from the positivistic logic the Buddhists and Jains cultivated. Sambantar criticised their pressumption that only perception and reasoning are reliable and NOT the mythological and metaphorical that provides another source of divine wisdom, the Agama PiramaaNam. In this verse Sambantar points out the Periyar , the Great Ones are NOT these dogmatic logicians but rather people who are OPEN and are willing to LEARN and LISTEN to the meanings of these archetypal presentations and approach BEING in all humility to be instructed by Himself. There is DISTRUST of human intellect for it is FINITE and hence DELIMITED in what it can understand, and furthermore BOUND to function within its own PREJUDICES that is so old difficult to dislodge.

Thus we have a science of HERMENEUTIC SEMIOTICS, a science akin to dream interpretations but here the mythical and metaphorical and in which is communicated UNIVERSAL TRUTHS of the psychic functioning of human beings that transcends the rational.
The Old turtle, one of the Avatars in Vaishnavism is BEING when he takes the anmas into a journey of the SEA OF UNCONSCIOUS rather safely so that such experiencing is under control and the person does not become abnormal with some kind of psychic malfunctioning which are always possible. The Young Snake is the Coiled Power, the Kundalini that underlies not only the sexual libido but the whole lot of psychic energy that allows one to function effectively even in intelletual matters. The Boar represents digging into ground, the anmas in self-isolation exploring its own DEPTHS, moving archeoductively into its own deep self. The bull with sharp horns represents the metaphysical heroism, the willingness to battle with all the evil forces WITHIN ONESELF as well as outside so that one emerges VICTORIOUS over the evil nature of oneself and that in the world.
BEING by taking such archtypal forms, forges METAPHYSICAL THINKING of a meaningful kind and NOT JUST SIMPLY arid logical thinking that discloses no truths about oneself at all. And because of such illuminations, the dark chamber of the heart becomes BRIGHT and with intense fire burning there, the person becomes LEAN or ASCETIC with NO MORE interest in sensual exultations.
And BEING most importantly takes all the dirt of ignorance as the Pali, the sacrificial offerings of the individuals so that they NEVER ASSAIL them again . The purification BEING brings about is permanent and absolute and because of which the great ones desire to be instructed by BEING only and not by any pompous priests and other intermediaries of whatever kind.
Only BEING is the TRUE GURU and Sambantar brings out this most eloquently in this verse

Sambantar 1-3
நீர்பரந்த நிமிர் புன்சடைமேல் ஓர் நிலாவெண்மதிசூடி
ஏர்பரந்தவின வெள்வளை சோரவென் உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
ஊர்பரந்த உலகின் முதலாகிய வோர் ஊரிதுவென்னப்
பேர்பரந்த பிரமாபுரி மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

niirparanta nimirpuncadaimeel oor nilaaveNmati cuudi
eerparantavina veLvaLai cooraven uLLangkavar kaLvan
uurparanta ulakin mutalaakiya voor uurituvennap
peerparanta piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

The BEING , the thief who has stolen my heart unknown to myself
Wearing the crescent MOON on HIS plaited hair, luxuriant because wet always with water flowing and
Wearing brilliant bangles radiant with pure glow and sliding off the hands is also
HE who pervades the Piramapuri, the widely spoken Original HOME of
The world that is full of cities and villages (populated by all kinds of creatures)

நானறியாதே கள்வனாய் உள்ளிருந்தே என்னை கவர்ந்திட்ட இறைவன், நீர் யாண்டும் பரந்து ஒழுகுவதால் நிமிர்ந்தவாறு இருக்கும் பின்னிய சடையில் நிலா வெண்மதி சூடி மிக அழகாகத் தோன்றுவதோடு, பெண்மையின் நலமெல்லாம் காட்டும் வகையில் மிகப் பிரகாச வெள்ளிய வளையல்களை இனமாக தன் கைகளில் அணிந்து அவை சோர்ந்துவிழும்படியாகவும் ஆண்பெண்ணாகத் திகழ்கின்றான். இப்படிப்பட்ட இறைவனே உயிரினங்கள் நிறைந்து வாழுகின்ற ஊர்கள் பல விளங்கும் இந்தப் பூவுலகின் தோற்றத்திற்கு மூலமாகிய பிரமாபுரி என்னும் தில்லையம்பதியில் மேவி நிற்கின்ற பெம்மானும் ஆவன் ஆம்.

niirparanta nimirpunnjcadaimeel oor nilaaveNmati cuudi: wearing the crescent MOON on His plaited hair, luxuriant because wet always with water flowing
eerparantavina veLvaLai cooraven uLLangkavar kaLvan: the thief who has stolen my heart wearing brilliant bangles radiant with pure glow and sliding off the hands
uurparanta ulakin mutalaakiya voor uurituvennap: the LOCALE which is the original Home of the world full of cities and villages( populated by all kinds of creatures)
peerparnta piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: is this widely spoken Piramapuri where pervades the BEING


The presence of WORLD as such and all the creatures enjoying abundance and FERTILITY both biological amd mental are all possible only because BEING stands as the MAN-WOMAN forever in intimate embrace. Just like children are born only when a man and a woman come together and embrace each other so is the case with this vast universe and the productive processes there both at the physical biological and cognitive levels. BEING becomes MAN on being-one-with- Natham and WOMAN when being-one-with-Vintu. The Vintu in itself, though it contains all but is unable to RELEASE anything until the NATHAM, in itself vacuous penetrates the ever reluctant Vintu. It is in the embrace of inseparable interpenetrations that the world and everything in it is produced and made PRESENT as the world and as the varoius things in the world.

Such metaphysical notions are available in the Semiotics of the symbolism of the Androgynous presentation of BEING being sung here. The tufted hair stands for desires brought under control for the wild hair that spreads out like snakes everywhere stands for UNCONTROLLABLE desires and a life full of restlessness. When there is CONTROL then comes to prevail waters that moistures and brings about LUXURIANCE, the presence of enormous number of things and hence FERTILITY as such. The crescent moon also comes always providing happiness in appropriate measures for which reason it never appears as the FULL MOON but only as the half moon or even something less than that.
The bangles represents the best of the FEMININE and the the sources of joy as well as productivity. These are the RINGS of Vintu (Yin) that allures the males and make the females happy in thus being the sources of allurements.

And very importantly here emerges another meaning of Piramapuri , or a TEMPLE in general. It becomes a MODEL of the Tillai itself, the ORIGINAL GROUND where takes place the DANCE of Siva Sakthi, the dance that generates everything in the world. Every temple is in a way the ORIGINAL ground where takes place processes that give PRESENCE and SHAPE to the UNIVERSE as a whole.

Sambantar 1-4
விண் மகிழ்ந்த மதில் எய்ததுமன்றி விளங்கு தலையோட்டில்
உண் மகிழ்ந்து பலி தேரிய வந்தெனது உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
மண் மகிழ்ந்த அரவம் மலர்க்கொன்றை மலிந்த வரை மார்பிற்
பெண் மகிழ்ந்த பிரமாபுரி மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

viN makiznta matil eytatuminRi viLangku talaiyoddil
uN makiznta pali teeriya vantenatu uLLang kavar kaLvan
maN makiznta aravam malarkkonRai malinta varai maarbiR
peN makiznta piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

ஞானகாட்சிக்கு விண்ணில் திரிவதாகத் தோன்றும் ஆணவம் கன்மம் மாயை என்ற மும்மலங்களால் தெய்வீக சிந்தனை உள்ளத்தில் எழாவகை மக்களை மயக்கித் திரியும் திரிபுரங்களாகிய பொன் வெள்ளி இ இரும்பு ஆகிய மூன்று கோட்டைகளையும் எய்து வெய்து சாம்பலாக்கிய சங்காரச் சிவன், என் பாவங்களையெல்லாம் பலி தேரும் நோக்கொடு தலை ஓட்டொடு கபாலவேடம் தரித்து என் உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வனாகிய அதே சிவபெருமான், மண் வாழ்க்கையாகிய உலகியல் வாழ்க்கையை நிறுத்தற்கு ஏதுவாகிய காமத்தை எழுப்ப வல்ல பாம்பினையும், அவ்வாழ்க்கையிலும் இஇன்பம் உண்டு என்று உணர்த்தும் வண்ணம் கொன்றை மலர் மாலையும் அணிந்து தன் சரிபாதியாக உமை அம்மையையும் நிறுத்தி இஇந்த பிரமாபுரம் மேவி நிற்கின்ற அந்த பெம்மான் தான் ! வேறு யாருமில்லை!

The BEING , the thief who has stolen my heart unknown to myself is the God who destroys the mental castles of Gold, Silver and Iron that forever blocks off divine WISDOM by preventing metaphysical freedom is also the BEING who appears as the skull-wearing gruesome archetypal form but all to get as sacrifice from me all the karmic deposits of my evil deeds and thereby make me PURE. This same BEING pervades this temple of Pirmapuri but wearing now the snake of sexual libido that founds the earthly life for the creatures and konRai flower garlands to indicate that life also has its pleasures and most importantly showing Himself in the Androgynous Form having the WOMAN as an equal part of Himself.
viN makiznta matil eytatuminRi : above destroying the castles in the sky (that prevents the emergence of divine wisdom)

viLangku talaiyoddil uN makiznta pali teeriya vantenatu uLLang kavar kaLvan: is the thief who stole my heart appearing with a skull to get as sacrifice the karmic deposits of my evil actions
maN makiznta aravam malarkkonRai malinta varai maarbiR: who wears as garlands both the SNAKE (of sexual libido) that founds the earthly life and a happy one at that with pleasures as indicated by the garland of KonRai flowers
peN makiznta piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: is the same BEING who pervades this Temple Piramaapuram having the WOMAN as HIS equal half.

Saivism is NOT a religion that looked with distaste the family life founded upon sexual love between a man and woman. The family life is NOT simply for procreation, is NOT simply an institution for the continuation of the species. While it is so undeniably at one level, it is NOT at another and deeper level. . The genuine family is an institution where TRUE metaphysical LEARNING takes place and the AVOIDANCE of that , such as that promoted by the Buddhists and Jains of the times, will only lead to an arid and dry metaphysics that are merely mental acrobatics rather than articulations of real depths that are existentially meaningful. The mental castles are such mental citadels woven by the logical and rational minds, more as defence mechanisms rather than as articulations of genuine explorations of the Depths.

BEING destroys these castles precisely by using sexuality as his tool. The philosophical and ideological systems collapse and get destroyed when sexual libido emerges and pushes the individuals towards seeking a female if a male and a male if a female throwing away all the restrictions false metaphysics and ideologies that have been the constraining factors. The sexual libido creates a PRESSURE within that automatically FREES the individuals from such pretences and makes them realise the TRUTH of the presence of sexuality and because of which they remain the earthlings, little creatures in the world craving for this and that. The symbolism of Golden Snake, the garland BEING wears, is indicative of this. There is this beastly sexual libido and that genuine metaphysical life is NOT something that pretends that it does not exist but something that ACCOMODATES it and turns it into a Garland of Flowers.

The taming of the beastly sexuality and tranforming it into SEXUAL LOVE, that kind of love that comes to prevail between a man and woman who establish a FAMILY, is the kind of love that breeds guiltless happiness, pure kinds plesures, the garlands of KonRai flowers. The soul should become ANDROGYNOUS -- absorb the MALE if female and the FEMALE if male. Only when the psyche becomes androgynous with having the MALE and FEMALE in EQUAL measures within itself that there will not be anymore sexual cravings and hence the suppression and repression of it.
Thus the FAMILY is an institution that helps the psychically incomplete individuals to become fully saturated in terms of the male and female essences and TRANSCEND the sexual nature itself by becoming psychically androgynous.

The symbolism of BEING seeking as sacrifice the karmic deposits , with using as plate the skull is NOT gruesome if you look at it s something like a dream image. For the skull discloses DEATH and sacrificing the karmic deposits on it is actually becoming PURE and thereby ESCAPING untimely death. Only when a person lives long with a healthy body can he benefit from the family life to the full. And BEING purifies all individuals and affords VRILITY provided they SACRIFICE their evil thoughts in the thought of BEING.

Sambantar 1-5

ஒருமைபெண்மை யுடையன் சடையன் விடையூரும் இவன் என்ன
அருமையாகவுரை செய்யவமர்ந்து எனதுள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன்
கருமைபெற்றகடல் கொள்ள மிதந்ததோர் காலம் இதுவென்னப்
பெருமைபெற்ற பிரமாபுரி மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

orumaipeNmai yudaiyan cadaiyan vidaiyuurum ivan enna
arumaiyaakavurai ceyyavamarntu enatuLLam kavar kaLvan
karumaipeRRa kadal koLLa mitantavoor kaalam ituvennap
perumaipeRRa piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

பெண்மையோடு வேறுபாடு யாதும் இலாது அதுவும் தான்தான் என்று ஒருமை மகிழும் படர்ந்த சடையன், வீரியங் குன்றா வெள்ளேற்றினைக் தன் ஊர்தியாகக் கொண்டு திகழ்கின்றவன் என்றவாறெல்லாம் நான் மிக அருமையாக அற்புதமாக உரை செய்ய என் உள்ளத்திலே இவ்வாறான வடிவங்களில் அமர்ந்து எனது உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன், ஒர் காலத்தில் உலகே ஆணவ இருளால் கவ்வப்பெற்று இருள்சூழ்ந்த கடலென ஆகி அழிய., அந்த அழிவில் அழிவிலாது மிதந்ததோர் கலம் இதுவென ஊழிக்காலத்திலும் அழியா நிற்கும் இந்த பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவன் தான் வேறில்லை.

காலம் = கலம்

The BEING who stole my heart unknown to myself did so by emerging in my depths as the ONE who is also the FEMALE and hence having no dissensions with the FEMININE whatsoever and with long tuft of hair flying about , riding the BULL of immense Virility and allowing thereby the rare gift of linguisticalisations in these terms. Now, that SAME BEING is also the ONE who pervades this Piramapuri, the boat that survived floating in the dark seas at the time of primordial DELUGE when DARKNESS enveloped the whole cosmos

orumaipeNmai yudaiyan : BEING who has NO dissensions with the Feminine
cadaiyan vidaiyuurum ivan enna: He gives Himself to be understood as the ONE with long tuft of hair and as the ONE who ride the BULL
arumaiyaakavurai ceyyavamarntu enatuLLam kavar kaLvan: stole my heart allowing myself to linguisticalise HIM so beautifully thus
karumaipeRRa kadal koLLa mitantavoor kaalam ituvennap: the boat that floated in the sea during the primordial deluge
kaalam = kalam: boat
perumaipeRRa piramaapuri meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: The BEING who pervades Primapuri reknowned thus


Here again we find Sambantar weaving very skillfully an assembly of archetypal motifs and mythical themes to disclose that BEING remains INDESTRUCTIBLE and the SOURCE of everything.
The theme of DELUGE and for which the presiding deity of Piramapuram is also known as ThooNi Appar, the great person of the Boat, takes us to the Sumerian times , to the story of the Flood and how Ziu Sudra escaped drawning by building a boat completely sealed from all sides like an elongated ball. This theme became also something central in Christianity Islam and in many other Semitic faiths all having their roots in the Sumerian Agamism

In Dravidiaan thinking it gave rise to the notion of PraLayas, catastrophic destruction of the world and finally the Maha PraLaya, the total destruction of the entire Universe. But Piramapuram is special for it survived this Maka PraLaya , described as the DELUGE in which ALL LIGHT is WITHDRAWN and hence only DARKNESS prevails and which in the metaphysical thinking of the Tamils became the condition of the victory of aaNavam, that primordial but real stuff that forever struggles to SWALLOW everything and make them disappear and because of which it is the CAUSE of DEATH.

Death of the person and the whole universe ceases to be mystery as it was for Nacikethu during the times of the Upanisads. It is NO MORE a mystery -- there is this DARK STUFF just as anati or uncreated as the souls and BEING but always in COMBAT with BEING. The DARK which is this aNavam SWALLOWS everything produced trying in its own blind way to spread UTTER DARKNESS or objective NOTHINGNESS everywhere, to cause the DELUGE that swallows everything.
But despite all these the world IS and EXISTENCE continues. But how?
It is here that Sambantar gets the metaphysical insights that enables him to SING BEING in terms of certain archetypes that EXPLAIN the continuous PRESENCE of the World and EXISTENCE as such for the creatures.

For BEING can become the FEMALE, the source of all productivity with infinite and untiring FECUNDITY so that every death and disappearance of something can immediately be REPLENISHED. But for this there must be a MALE with infinite virility and that too as the RIDER OF THE BULL, the bull standing for the masculine virility, unaging youthfulness. And He must be everywhere for the destruction goes on everywhere. And certainly HE is ALL PERVASIVE as shown by HIS long tuft of hair that spreads out completely so that HIS presence IS everywhere.
Thus we see an assembly of archetypal descriptions and recollections of mythical and cosmic themes , woven together in a way that is supremely illuminating, a rare burst of an insight that makes Sambantar himself exult in terms of being blessed with this rare UNDERSTANDING

) Sambantar 1-6

மறை கலந்தவொலி பாடலோடு ஆடலராகி மழுவேந்தி
இஇறைகலந்த இஇனவெள்வளைசோர என் உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
கறைகலந்த கடியார் பொழில் நீடுயர் சோலைக்கதிர் சிந்தப்
பிறைகலந்தப் பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

maRai kalantavoli paadaloodu aadalaaraaki mazuveenti
iRaikalanta inaveLvaLaicoora en uLLang kavar kaLvan
kaRaikalanta kadiyaar niiduyar coolaik katir cintap
piRaikalantap piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

வெளிப்பட்டு உடன் தெளியும் வகையில் அல்லாது கரந்த நிலையில் மறைஞானம் கலந்த சத்தங்கள் நிறைந்த பாடல் ஆடலாராகி கையில் அதன்வழி அஞ்ஞானப்பகைகளை வெட்டி வீழ்த்தும் மழுவேந்தியும் தனது முன்கையில் பெண்மைக்கு ஏற்ற தொகுதியாக அணியப்பட்டுள்ள வெள்ளை வளையல்கள் நழுவி விழும்வகையில் நிறைந்திருக்க ஆண்பெண் வடிவில் தோன்றி என் உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன், இருள் ஆங்காங்கே விளங்கும் கடிமலர் நிறைந்த பொழில் நீண்ட உயர்ந்த செடிகளை உடைய சோலை நடுவில் இருளைச் சிறிது பகலாக்கும் பெற்றிமையின் தண்கதிர் சிந்த தோன்றி நிற்கும் இளம்பிறையை தன் முடியில் அணிந்து இந்த பிரமாபுரம் மேவி நிற்கும் இந்தப் பெம்மான் தான், வேறல்ல!

The BEING who discloses himself through songs and dances that CONCEAL DEEP TRUTHS and WHO through that also shows Himself as the ONE having the axe that chops off the ignorant heads and who appears also as the MAN-WOMAN by wearing the very feminine white bangles in thick arrays in one of the hands is the ONE who stole of my heart unknown to myself. That same BEING pervades this Temple at Piramaapuram wearing the crescent moon yondar that sends gentle rays over the garden with tall plants carrying fresh blossoms amidst dark patches in between
maRai kalantavoli paadaloodu aadalaaraaki : BEING becoming the music and dance that carry CONCEALMENT

mazuveenti : carrying the axe
iRaikalanta inaveLvaLaicoora en uLLang kavar kaLvan: wearing an array of white bangles in one of the hands and who stole my heart like a thief
kaRaikalanta kadiyaar niiduyar coolaik katir cintap piRaikalantap piramaapuram : The Primapuram that has a garden with tall plants carrying blossoms amidst dark patches and above which arise the Crescent Moon that sends gentle rays
meeviya pemmaan ivananRee : The Great One who pervades this (Piramapuram


This is another beautiful verse that touches upon a central theme of AGAMISM where Music and Dance have been developed as the most important Sadhanas or vehicles of DIRECT spiritual experience and for which AGAMISM stands . Of course - NOT all kinds of dance and music. For the ordinary ones are for ENTERTAINMENT and as such mostly for the stimulation of the senses and the sexual appetite. The songs and dances as the media of mundane culture touch the RAW stuff for they are easy to stimulate and also to EXCITE the people through it. However the HIGHER kinds dance and music contain as their constituent parts 'maRai kalanta oli", sounds that CONCEAL important metaphysical insights and hence mantra-like. The songs and dances composed in terms of these are peculiar in that BEING is there as the Deep Structure-- BEING is there as the CONCEALED PRESENCE and peculiar in that. The songs and dances POINT ABOVE THEIR SHOULDERS to something BEYOND and in that elevate and uplift those who witness it or participate actively in it. Thus they become the vehicles of existential ascendance, of pulling oneself UP in the existential ladder-- perhaps through a trance-like experience.
This uplifting effect of the spiritual songs and dances , is linked with the archetypal presentation of BEING as the holder of the AXE that chops of the ignorant heads. For such upliftings are TRANSFORMATIONAL, self-conversions. personality metamophorses and which cannot be realised unless the existing head or psychological nature is SACRIFICED. Metaphorically speaking BEING disposes off the existing head using the AXE so that a new one can grow.
Now what is the link between this METAPHYSICAL assertions and the description of the pond in the way he does.?

Sambantar here uses a literary strategy so common in Sangam poetry, the use of CONCRETE metaphors to EXPLAIN something abstract and here something metaphysical.
The garden with dark patches is the MIND with patches of ignorance or in ignorance itself. The blossoms are the songs and dances that carry ILLUMINATIONS that spoil the surrounding darkness. The crescent moon is the CLARIFICATION that one attains when one looks UP or get lifted up or get into the Deep Structure and become transformaed by destroying themetaphysical ignorance. BEING wears this Crescent Moon to Disclose that unless he WILLS one cannot RISE above in the existential ladder, that we cannot pull ourselves up by pulling our own hair. Someone has to do the PULLING , someone who is ALWAYS ABOVE for only such a BEING can pull us up.

Sambantar 1-7

சடைமுயங்கு புனலன் அனலன் எரிவீசிச் சதிர்வெய்த
உடைமுயங்கும் அரவோடு உழிதந்து எனது உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன்
கடல்முயங்கு கழிசூழ்குளிர் கானலம் பொன்னஞ் சிறகன்னம்
பெடைமுயங்கு பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

cadaimuyangku punalan analan eriviicic catirveyta
udaimuyangkum aravoodu uzitantu enatu uLLangkavar kaLvan
kadalmuyangku kazisuuz kuLir kaanalam ponnanj siRakannam
pedaimuyangku piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

தன் விரிந்த சடையிலே செழிப்பிற்கு ஏதுவாகிய புனலைக்கொண்டிருக்கும் புனலனாகவும் அதேபொழுது எரிவூட்டி வேண்டாததை அழிக்கவல்ல அனலனாகவும் அழிப்பதும் ஆக்குவதும் வல்லவனாக சதிராடும் திறத்தவனாகவும் மேலும் உயிர்களின் சந்தான விருத்திக்கு ஏதுவாகிய குண்டலியின் அரவத்தை ஓர் அணியாகக் கொண்டு வெளிபடாதிருப்பதுபோக்கி இ இவ்வாறு வெளிப்பட்டு உன் உள்ளத்தைக் கவர்ந்த கள்வன் யாரென்னில், கடலைச் சூழ்ந்து உப்பங்கழிகள் நிறைந்த குளிர்ந்த தென்றல் வீசச் செழித்திருக்கும் கானலம் சோலையில் சிறகு விரித்த அன்னப் பறைவைகள் எவ்வித தடைகளுமின்றி தம் பெடையோடு கூடி முயங்கியவா சந்தான விருத்தி செய்யும் பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான்தான் , வேறு யாருமல்ல.

The BEING who discloses Himself from the Depths as the One with refreshing Waters on his tuft and destrucive Fire on his hands and Playing the game of production and destruction and for which purpose also wears the SNAKE of sexual libido as one of HIS ornaments is the the ONE who stole my heart like a thief. This SAME BEING prevades the Temple of Piramaapuram, where in the groves of cool breeze around salt pans next to the sea the male swans conjugate with females without any hindrance.

cadaimuyangku punalan : BEING with waters flowing in the tuft
analan eriviicic cathirveyta: also destroying by throwing Fire and thus playing the game of production and destruction
udaimuyangkum aravoodu : with wearing the Snake ( of sexual libido) as an ornament
uzitantu enatu uLLangkavar kaLvan: disclosing thus and stealing my heart like a thief
kadalmuyangku kazisuuz kuLir kaanalam : in the groves of cool breeze surrounding the salt pans next to the sea
ponnanj siRakannam pedaimuyangku : where the male swans conjugate with the females without any hindrance
piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee : the Piramapuram where the Great One who pervades as such.


Here again Sambantar handles through the use of concrete metaphors a topic that is highly sensitive and which was suppressed by the Buddhists and Jains of the times for fear of the Female against which they fought a battle to maintain an ascetic and monastic way of life free from the hindrances of sexual wants. The Saivites having learned about the enormous importance of Aham or domestic life from the Sangam epoch and further nurtured by ThirukkuRaL and so forth could NOT, of course, agree to such a devaluation of the FEMINE. Sambantar , more than others waged a fierce battle to rescue the FEMALE as also BEING and in this verse he attends to another aspect of it.

The species has to go on and hence the processes of death and rebirth. The historical life where the reproduction of the species is central provides the souls an opportunity to assume a bodily existence and from which one can ASCEND and ESCAPE the karma that throws one to this historicity and hence to a cycle of births and deaths. One can REDEEM oneself from this only if one gets INTO it first and for which purpose the reproduction of the species is necessary.

BEING as one who wears the Ganga in the tuft is BEING who facilitates the generative reproductive processes. BEING as the FIRE-WIELDER is BEING who destroys i.e who allows the destructive and death-bringing processes. There CANNOT be the reproduction unless the ongoing is destroyed. And this a PLAY , a catur for it is only a transformation and NOT utter destruction and production from a nothingness. For what IS cannot be reduced to NOTHINGNESS and what IS NOT cannot be made to be PRESENT in the world i.e made to EXIST. This the CatkaaRiya vaatam, the most general notion of the conservation of Energy as such.

Now the sexual libido is that which makes a male and female seek each other and embrace in sexual union and which is the BASIC process underlying the species regeneration. BEING is not only who grants liberation and hence freedom from being enmeshed in historicality but also who regulates and ensures the CONTINUITY of the species by implanting the sexual libido and controlling it and for which reason He is also called Kameshwaran.
In this way the dry asceticism of Budhists and Jains of the times was refuted and the importance of the FEMALE reinstituted.

Sambantar 1-8

வியர் இலங்கு வரை உந்திய தோள்களை வீரம்விளைவித்த
உயர் இலங்கை அரையன் வலிசெற்று எனது உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வன்
துயர் இலங்கும் உலகிற் பலவூழிகள் தோன்றும் பொழுதெல்லாம்
பெயர்இலங்கு பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இஇவனன்றே

viyar ilangku varai untiya tooLkaLai viiram viLaivitta
uyar ilangkai araiyan vali ceRRu enatu uLLangkavar kaLvan
tuyar ilangkum ulakiR palavuuzikaL toonRum pozutellaam
peyar ilangku piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

கடுமையாக முயன்று சிவபெருமான் பார்வதியோடு வீற்றிருக்கும் பருப்பதத்தையே அசைத்து அழிப்பேன் என்று உந்தியதோள்களைக் கொண்டு அளப்பரிய வீரத்துடன் முயன்ற உயர் இலங்கை அரையனாகிய இராவணன் வலி கெட நசுக்கிஅழவைத்த காரணத்தின் எனது உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன், ஆணவமலத் தாக்கத்தின் பலவகைத் துயரங்கள் உள்ள இந்த உலகினை அழித்து அழித்து மீண்டும் தோற்றும்பொழுதெல்லாம் சிறந்த இடம் இஇதுவென்றே பெயராகும் இந்தப் பிரமாபுரத்தில் மேவி நிற்கின்ற பெம்மானே யாவன், வேறு யாருமில்லை சிவபெருமானே என்றவாறு.

BEING as Siva and Parvati stole my heart like a thief when He squashed Ravana , the valiant King of Sri Lanka, when
out of his immense arrogance tried to shift and displace with his mighty shoulders , and made him powerless. This
same BEING is present in this Piramapuram which stands out as the most reknown each time the world, full of untold
miseries, is destroyed and re-issued for the benefit of the souls.
viyar ilangku varai untiya tooLkaLai viiram viLaivitta: showing immense courage by toiling to shift and displace the

uyar ilangkai araiyan vali ceRRu enatu uLLangkavar kaLvan : squashing and making powerless the RavaNa, King Sri
Lanka, and thereby stealing my heart like a thief;
tuyar ilangkum ulakiR palavuuzikaL toonRum pozutellaam : each time the world full of miseries is destroyed and
peyar ilangku piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: is the same BEING who pervades Piramapuram that shines
forth each time the world is reissued


The theme still remains the the Androgynous reality BEING where HE shows Himself as MALE-FEMALE and hence the GROUND of the generative and destructive processes. But now the focus becomes another kind of ENEMY to the JOINT presence of MALE and FEMALE and they being TOGETHER inseparably in Kailash, the mythological abode of Siva and Parvathi. What BINDS them together is the MOST PURE LOVE , more refined even than between Rama and Sitha for here SEPARATION is unthinkable. Ravana represents the archetypal force that DISRUPTS pure love, a kind of HATRED and INTOLERANCE towards PURE LOVE as such. We must understand this as a force within each one of us for we in union with the malas inherent in our psychic constitution normally DO NOT hold LOVE between man and woman as PURE and SACRED and defile it with carnal thoughts. Ravana represents this side of our own psychic nature and something that would FIGHT against the prevalence and dominance of PURE LOVE . Shaking the Kailash and trying to displace it is a valiant battle like the ones so many brave ascetics wage to denigrate PURE LOVE because it makes them LIVE with a male or female in life and PRACTICE LOVE as such

BEING , as the POWER of LOVE itself would certainly defeat such tyrannical attempts to disrupt LOVE as such being present in the world and in the heart of every creature. For it is that which gives MEANING for existence itself. A loveless life is a life in the desert landscape , a life full of miseries and what's worse, a life without a MEANING for existence.
What is the connection between this and the fact the fact the universe as whole is repeatedly dissolved and re-issued?

Here we have cosmological views brought in to explain certain TRUTHS underlying the mythical figure of Ravana and which depth psychologically quite revealing. Ravana is the AntiChrist, the force OPPOSED to pure divinity or Christ.
And each time this Anti Christ becomes dominant, and hence the world full of MISERIES, it is DISSOLVED totally but re-issued for the benefit of the numerous souls still in the laps of ignorance. This process of destruction and regeneration continues untiringly and BEING shows Himself as the POWER behind it all.
When the WORLD becomes the world of Ravana, or the AntiChrist, it will be destroyed only to be re-issued , something beyond the capabilities of powers like Ravana. And this constitues the WAY a Ravana or the AntiChrist is defeated and made Powerless.

Sambantar 1-9

தாள் நுதல் செய்து இறை காணிய மாலொடு தண்டாமரையானும்
நீள் நுதல் செய்தொழில் ஒழியந்நிமிர்ந்தான் எனதுள்ளங் கவர் கள்வன்
வாள் நுதல் செய் மகளீர் முதலாகிய வையத்தவர் ஏத்தப்
பேணுதல் செய் பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

taaL nutal ceytu iRai kaaNiya maalodu taNdaamaraiyaanum
niiL nutal ceytozil oziyan nimirntaan enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan
vaaL nutal cey makaLiir mutalaakiya vaiyattavar eettap
peeNutal cey piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

பரம்பொருளிற்கு அடியென்றும் முடி என்றும் உண்டென வறிந்து அடியினைக் காண திருமால் வராக அவதாரத்தில் நிலத்தைக் குடைந்து அகழ்ந்து சென்றும் பிரமன் அன்னப்பறவைமேல் அமர்ந்து வானோக்கிச் சென்றும் இவர்கள் முற்றிலும் காணாவகை பெருங்சோதிப் பிழம்பாக நீளுதல் செய்த அவர்கள் முயற்சிக் கெட உயர்ந்த இறையே என் உள்ளங் கவர்ந்த கள்வன் ஆவன்; அவனே வாளைப் போன்ற அழகிய கண்களை உடைய மகளிர் போன்ற இவ்வையத்தார் ஏத்திதொழ, அவர்களைப் பேணுகின்ற அருளின் இந்தப் பிராமபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் தான் , வேறு யாருமில்லை என்றவாறு

The BEING who stole my heart like a thief is the one who defeated by showing HIMSELF as the Unfathomable Flame, when with the presuppositon that BEING has upper and lower limits, Brahma ventured riding on his Swan to reach the upper limits and Vishnu becoming the boar tried to reach the bottom limits through digging the grounds. This same BEING is the Great One pervading this Piramapuram, being extolled earnestly by young women with lashing eyes and people like that of the world.

taaL nutal ceytu iRai kaaNiya maalodu taNdaamaraiyaanum: Thirumaal and Brahma who ventured to see BEING, assuming there are upper and lower limits;
niiL nutal ceytozil oziyan nimirntaan enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan: the thief who stole my heart by defeating them by showing Himself as the Boundless Flame
vaaL nutal cey makaLiir mutalaakiya vaiyattavar: the people of the world like the young women with lashing eyes
eettap peeNutal cey piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: The Great One who pervades Piramapuram , blessing all who praise Him honestly

Sambantar, who in this Patikam shows himself to be a profound semiotician, atttends here to one of meanings implicit in the mythology where BEING discloses Himself as the Boundless Flame and defeats the earnest metaphysical desires of Brahma and Vishnu who presupposed that there are LIMITS, the upper and lower to BEING. This Mythology has also given rise to certain festivals such as aNNamali Tiibam etc just to institute this deep metaphysical understanding in the social consciousness of the people.

Does Sambantar become sectarian here and extol the glories of Saivism vis a vis VaishNavism? Certainly NOT for elsewhere he notes that it is the same BEING who is also Brahma, Vishnu , the Boundless Flame etc. Sambantar as an astute metaphysician and hermeneutic semiotician tries to communicate a Deep Metaphysical Truth and it is after that we should enquire.
And we have to relate this to the MAN-WOMAN presentation of BEING that constitutes the theme of this pathikam.

BEING as the androygynous reality is MAN-WOMAN but when this is fragmented or filtered by our prejudiced mind it can become BEING-as-MAN, the Father God and BEING-as-WOMEN, the Mother Goddess. Brahma is archetypal presentation of this Father God while Thirumal the Mother Goddess . While Brahma as such would seek , in his masculine arrogance the LIMITS of BEING as lying in the sky i.e graspable within scriptural exegetics, the intellectual efforts spend in studying the scriptures and so forth , Thirumal, here as a variant of the Women would seek the BEING as lying in the world of the UNCONSCIOUS, the Mystic, the realm of the WOMEN. Thus in the framentation of the intellectual efforts one tendecy seeks a FULL understanding of BEING in the scriptural studies and such other intellectual efforts , the Natham dominated processes, and another , fascinated by the MYSTICAL and Mysterious would seek full comprehension of BEING in the exploration of the Unconscious, the hidden and subterraneon.

And here BOUNDLESS FLAME comes along to disclose that BEING is inexhaustible in both these tendencies, that shows Himself as having neither Upper or Lowers bounds, in fact as having NO BOUNDS at all. Neither the swan nor the boar can ever reach the limits.
But how is this possible?

Sambantar does not fail to think about it. He asks the question: why such frgamentation and franctionalisation of our hermeneutic efforts? And he says : it is all because of our desires which institute prejudices of a kind.

All of us are like the young women with lashing and flashing eyes i.e people who see things with a heart full of DESRIES. This is the case even in the metaphysical journeys. Sometimes our desires are for the mysterious and mystical and sometimes for the clarity of intellectual grasping. BEING as Thirumal promotes the first and as Brahma the second. And this is NECESSARY for only in the course of such efforts we LEARN that BEING cannot known fully , that HE is forever BEYOND though always with us in some form or other. The Limitless Flame is also a presentation of BEING which is revealed just to humiliate the arrogant mind and subdue it.

The fact is no matter how hard we try we CANNOT grasp BEING in itself and that we are forever at HIS MERCY to understand anything at all of Him, and that we have to evoke His ARUL or GRACE even for an understanding of Him.

Sambantar 1-10

புத்தரோடு பொறியில் சமணும் புறங்கூற நெறிநில்லா
ஒத்த சொல்ல உலகம் பலிதேர்ந்து எனது உள்ளங் கவர்கள்வன்
மத்தயானை மறுகு அவ்வுரிபோர்த்ததோர் மாயம் இதுவென்னப்
பித்தர் போலும் பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவனன்றே

puttaroodu poRiyil camaNum puRangkuuRa neRi nillaa
otta colla ulakam paliteerntu enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan
mattayaanai maRuku avvuripoortta maayam ituvennap
pittar poolum piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee

இழிந்த நிலையின் புத்தசமயத்தவர்களும் சீர்த்த மதி போற்றாது பிழைவழி போய்விட்ட சமண சமயத்தவர்களும், அறிவிற்கு உடன்படுமாறு நெறி நில்லாவகை ஒத்த சொல்ல, இதைக் கண்டு எவ்விறைவன் அவர்கள் அஞ்ஞானத்தைப் பலிகொண்டானோ அவனே என் உள்ளங்கவர் கள்வனாம். அவன் , மதம்பிடித்த யானையைக் கண்டு அஞ்சி ஓடாது அதனோடு போராடி அதன் தோலை உரித்து தன் இடுப்பில் அணிந்த பித்தர் போன்று தனை காட்டி நிற்கும் இந்த பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மாந்தான், வேறு யாருமில்லை என்றவாறு.

The BEING who stole my heart is one who caused the sacrifice of the IGNORANCE of the Buddhdists and Jains of the times who degenerated into an unthinking lot who could never advance reasonable arguments. This BEING who appears as the crazy archetypal being who challenged a mad elephant , vanquished it and wore it's skin as a symbol of victory is also the SAME who pervades this temple of Piramapuram.

puttaroodu poRiyil camaNum : the degenerate Buddhists and Jains of the times
puRangkuuRa neRi nillaa otta colla : because both alike advanced irrational arguments without any consistency
ulakam paliteerntu enatu uLLang kavar kaLvan: the BEING who stole my heart by causing the sacrifice of their ignorance
mattayaanai maRuku avvuripoortta maayam ituvennap: this is like magic where BEING defeated the mad elephant and who wore it's skin
pittar poolum piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivananRee: BEING as Mad but is the same BEING who pervades in this temple of Piramapuram.

Sambantar shows his polemical side in this verse but with an understanding of religious bigotry and how BEING destroys it, by allowing for violance even here. Buddhism and Jainism came to S. India from the North and ushered in profound changes in the cultural life and sustained itself for more than a millennium. There were notable Tamil Buddhists and Jains who enriched Tamil culture with their humanism , deep scholarship and so forth. However in course of time they degenerated into irrational systems closed within with arid loveless intellectualism holding sway. They became positivistic in outlook developed logical systems of various kinds believing that through logical argumentations alone TRUTH can be established.

But their Logic was also NOT an open one for they did not allow the mythical as reliable sources of wisdom and understanding. They did not allow Hermeneutic Semiotics as a reliable source of Wisdom or metaphysical understanding. When arguments were advanced , they were just pushed down or thrown out unceremoniously, an attitude that we can see in the Buddhist Manimekalai and to a certain extent in the Jain Nilakesi which are fortunately still extent.

The point is religions can degenerate and become CLOSED systems, congealed and hardened so that GROWTH and further development is continuosly resisted even with violence. The people who are metaphysically frozen are like mad elephants, powerful but at the same very destructive.
The only way to correct the situation is that of "pali koLLutal" , the drama of SACRIFICE in the world that has become degenerate. This may be an allusion to VIOLANCE with consequent blood bath or intelectual tournaments where debates are conducted vigorously. Sambantar opted for the intellectual warfare and for which reason he was known as Vaatu Venra Sambantar, the one who defeated his opponents in verbal disputations. Fortunately in Tamil culture verbal disputation was fostered throughout its history, a history that goes back to the Sumerian times and because of which blood bath out of religious quarrels were avoided.

The mythology of BEING emerging as the Power that defeats the mad elephant and wears its skin as the symbol of victory just shows that violance is also instituted by BEING when the culture becomes degenerate and where vibrant intellectual life and hence LEARNING as such is NOT there anymore. A culture that does not remain continously OPEN becomes that which ought to be SACRIFICED and religious disputes and sometimes even violence has this function.
This was the situation of Buddhism and Jainism of the times of Sambantar. And it may very well apply to Saivism and Viashnavism of the present times where LEARNING has become suffocated and many false individuals parade the religious world as Njanies, individuals philosophically wise. The cult of Guru Worship holds sway and the ordinary individuals are made to FALL at their feet in total intellectual submission. If Sambantar were to be alive today, probably his main targets would be the degenerate Saivites and Vaishnavites who have become hardened hearts with NO LOVE at all , frozen in their own heritage busy singing its glories without any earnest desire for LEARNING and developing the UNDERSTANDING.

Sambantar- 1-11

அருநெறிய மறைவல்ல முனி அகன் பொய்கை அலர் மேய
பெருநெறிய பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவன் தன்னை
ஒருநெறிய மனம் வைத்து உணர்ஞானசம்பந்தன் உரை செய்த
திருநெறிய தமிழ் வல்லவர் தொல்வினை தீர்தல் எளிதாமே

aruneRiya maRaivalla muni akan poykai alar meeya
peruneRiya piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivan tannai
oruneRiya manam vaittu uNar njaanasambantan urai ceyta
tiruneRiyat tamiz vallavar tolvinai tiirtal eLitaamee

கண்டுதெளிதற்கு அரியவோர் நெறியில் தன்னை மறைக்கவல்ல பிரகாசப்பொருளாகிய ஆகவே முனியாகிய இறைவன் , அகத்தை சுத்தமாக்கி ஆங்கே குண்டலினி சக்தி தூய பொய்கைத் தாமரையாக எழச் செய்து அதில் தன்னைக் காட்டியருளும் வகையில் , ஓர் பெரிய நெறியை அகத்தே கொண்டிருக்கும் இபிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் தன்னை, அலைபாயும் மனதை ஒருநிலை படுத்தி அவனை உள்ளவாக் கண்டுணர்ந்து வேதநெறி விட்டகன்று அதனின் மேலாகிய இந்த ஞானசம்பந்தன் செய்த திருநெறியத் தமிழை ஓதவும் உணரும் வல்லார், பெறக்கூடிய அகத்தூய்மையின் காரணமாக தொல்வினைகள் தீர்தல் எளிதான ஒன்றாகிவிடும்.

This Temple of Pirampuram where pervades BEING , contains within itself the GREAT WAY where BEING as resplendent Principle but which Form HE hides and thus making it difficult and rare but which is however possible once the heart becomes the Divine Lotus of the Pure Pond. I , Njanasambatan have comtemplated with a singe mindedness on this BEING and have articulated the insights I have gained in these hymns, the Tamil of the Sacred Way. Anyone who is capable of singing and understanding these verses can easily overcome the innate prejudices that chain their mind and make it move in narrow grooves.

aruneRiya maRaivalla muni : BEING the resplendent and who by concealing Himself is capable of making an understanding Him rather difficult;
akan poykai alar meeya : but who discloses Himself when the heart becomes the Divine Lotus of the Pure Pond
peruneRiya piramaapuram meeviya pemmaan ivan tannai: this Temple of Piramapuram contains within itself the magnificent WAY of disclosing this BEING, and thinking of this BEING
oruneRiya manam vaittu uNar njaanasamabantan : I, Njanasambantan , with a single mindedness have discovered these profound truths , and
urai ceyta tiruneRiyat tamiz : have articulated these in the Sacred Tamiz I have composed
vallavar tolvinai tiirtal eLitaamee : and it is easy to overcome the innate prejudices of the mind if one becomes capable of singing and understanding them


This verse and verses similar to that will appear repeatedly as stylislic feature , as a refrain in practically all the hymns of Sambantar, a stylistic innovation that was first introduced by Karaikkaal Ammaiyaar in her Muutta Tiruppatikam. However here we have the occurence of the very descriptive term of immense historical significance -- that of TiruneRiyat Tamiz, a kind of Tamil that was being forged as an INNOVATION during the bakti period that they shaped and which recovered the Tamil Language for the Tamils against the onslaughts of Sanskrit , which under the patronage of the Jains and Budhhists of the degenerate period tended to uproot and displace it. We must also recall that Sambantar was born a Vedic Brahmin of the Kaundinya Gotra but which he abandoned by composing these verses in Tamil and through that uplifting the status of Tamil as sa acred language that contains within itself, an understanding of the TRUE WAY, the WAY that genuinely spirutualises individuals.
But why so ?

For he has discovered through the exercise of metaphysical violance against the ignorance within himself that BEING is MUNI, a resplendent LIGHT, a Radiance but the vision and understanding of which is immensely DIFFICULT and supremely rare. The WAY to a true understanding of BEING is NOT an easy one, it is an aruneRi. And this is BECAUSE BEING can conceal Himself, He is capable of maRai, hiding himself and which makes it extremely difficult to understand Him, extremely mysterious and uncanny. However He is NOT without kindeness, He does NOT remain totally aloof and above. He comes available for SEEING but only for those whose heart has become a PURE POND, a heart where lives PURE LOVE and where egoistic arrogance is completely wiped out. For only in such hearts the Kundalini emerges as the Lotus Flower and only within this that BEING manifests Himself in a form a person can see and understand. BEING is difficult to witness and understand only because it is so notoriously difficult to become EGOLESS and metaphysical violance Samabantar exercised was against this Ego arrogance an which made him dissociate himself from the Vedic tradition into he was born and become completey subservient to the LIVING of presence of BEING-as-SIVA.

And for the same reason the TEMPLE of Piramapuram or in general the Temple Culture as opposed the Yajna centered Vedic culture also becomes the Peru neRi, the Great Way. For it is the Temple, through the metaphysical experiences it makes possible, that allowed insights that Sambantar was privileged to enjoy . The BEING who is witnessed in such an arduous way, a way in which the EGO has to be vanguished through exercising violance against oneself, is forever FOSTERED by the Temple. In other words the Temple experience is such that it helps and encourages the DESTRUCTION of the EGO, the arrogance of self that causes BEING to hide Himself.

Now Samabantar also talks about having been single-minded in his quest for BEING. This single-mindedness is seen in vigorous battles he waged with all those who OPPOSED the destruction of EGO and exulted in the proliferation of the egoistic tendencies of the mind. The Buddhists and Jains of the times given over to Logical Positivism of a kind NEVER allowed the mythical as valid sources of understanding for if they did they have to admit also that our mind is shaped by forces that remain for the most part Unconscious. The promotion of rationality at the esxpence of neglecting the Unconscious was that which was battled with by Sambantar, a battle in which he won as the subsequent history would amply show.

Thus his verses are NOT ordinary-- the embody insights gained through a vigorous battle agains EGOTISM, against all kinds of INNATE PREJUDICES, the tolvinai, the chains that imprison the mind making it move in very narrow grooves and hence closed and unadventurous. Thus it is needless to emphasize that singing the hymns and understanding their meanings in their true profundity would induce EGOLESSNESS and develop the mind in the direction of making it PURE and the soul HUMBLE, and which is the TRUE function of religious life.



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