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Vedas: An Extract of the Universal Values (An Old & Rare Book)

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Item Code: UAN730
Author: H. H. Swamiji Eraianban
Publisher: Gyan Publishing House, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2001
ISBN: 8121207673
Pages: 454
Other Details 8.80 X 5.80 inch
Weight 690 gm
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Book Description
Thirmanthiram (Sadhasivahamam/ Tamil Classic/8000 years old), written by Saint Thirumoolar is in poetic form and has been translated by Swamiji into English (prose) for the spiritual upliftment of the devotees and readers, Very little is known of the legendary sage Thirumoolar who is traditionally considered to be a Sivayogi hailing from the north and settled down in the south at Thriuve vaduthurai, a small in Tamil Nadu.

The composition consists of 3000 verses and is divided into 9 Thanthras or chapters (Karanakamam, Kamigamam, Veerahamam. Sindhahamam, Vadhulahamam, Viyamalahamam, Kalotharahamam, Suprahamamam, Mahudahamam).

The splendid echo of the Rig Veda dictum "Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudhta Vadhanti (Realilty is one, though the sages speak of it variously.) This non sectarian approach to the ultimate reality is happily the tradition of the South and as much as the North. Thirmanthiram is a Tamil classical treasure and it insists on the Universal truths of our four Vedas and it is the extract of all Dharmas and principles of life. If one concentrates on this book thoroughly, then, there is nothing more to be realized, in the sense, it is considered to be the Tamil Veda and it is meant for all. Let us read and practise the principles of "Holy Thirumanthiram" and thus we make our life, to be saturated with the Enternal Bliss.

Subramanium, 47 is a Science graduate, still his ardent faith upon self-realization and literature makes him not an ordinary man but a well versed preacher of spiritualism. He is also a versatile orator and has delivered several lectures on spiritual topics, stressing upon their inherent value with scientific proofs.

He is the son of Shri C. Arumugun Achari and Srimadhi Subbammal, native of Dinidigul, one of the ancient towns of Tamil Nadu. Subramanium was blessed by his guru and the Guru called him the 'lover of God and God's love is His' in this sense, he is called Iraianban and his admirers respectfully call him Swamiji.

Swamiji Iraianban is not only a writer, poet, orator, he is well-versed in palmistry, astrology, and music as.

Thirumoolar, the author of the scriptural Tamil classic, Thirumanthiram (Sadhasivaahamam), was originally a Sivayogi called Sundaranandhar-He resided at mount Kailas, and once journeyed to the south to meet his friend and fellow disciple Agasthiar, who was living in Pothiya mountain. Standing on the outskirts of the Sathanur village one evening, he was disheartened to notice a herd of cows lowing miserably round the dead body of their cowherd, Moolan. His famous dictum, "Anbe Sivam"-"God (Shiva) is love"-motivated him to help the dumb creatures and so, by virtue of his yogic power he abandoned his body and entered the body of the dead cowhered, Moolan. The cows, on seeing their master come alive, were overjoyed and the ascetic in the cowherd's body led the cattle to their home in the village. Later, He returned to the spot where he gave up his own body, after finishing his task, he was surprised to find that his body had disappeared and understood it to be a play act of Lord Siva, who had a mission to fulfil through this devotee of His. So, he was forced to continue to remain in the cowherd's body. The Yogi who came to be known as Thirumoolar was immersed in penance under a peepul tree in Thiruvavaduthurai and drew crowds of disciples to him. Usually in Samadhi, he now and then uttered a verse which was recorded. And thus were the 3000 verses born, which gave shape to the text of Holy Thirumanthiram (10th Thirumurai in Saiva Sidhanttha).

Saiva Sidhanttha, a religious and spiritual path of devotion, set ablaze by Thirumoolar, was cherished and nurtured by the Nayanmars, and it helped greatly in the flourishing of Tamil culture.

Saiva Siddhanttha system pivots on the PATI-PASU PASAM triangle Pathi or the master stands for God. Pasu is the individual soul in ignorance. And Pasam is the bondage of may that binds the individual soul. These three are entities, hence Savia Siddhantha appears to be pluralistic realism Suddhadvaitha is another name "Sudda" means unequalified and "Advaita" is "duaita" devoid of duality. These three entities though real in existence, are inseparably united with Him who is the Supreme reality.

Siva, the Pathi, also called Hara, Isa, Natha, Nandhi, etc. is the first cause. Sakthi is the instrumental cause in creation. And maya or prakrithi is the material cause for the world. This work of creation is likened to the potter who fashions the pot, the staff and the wheel used are the instrumental causes and clay the material cause for the pot: Siva and Sakthi are represented by the form of Sri Arthanareeswara swarupam. Sakthi is conscious, unchanging, eternal energy, the Svarupa sakthi of the Lord. The subtle distinction between pure matter (Suddha or Sattvika jagath) and defiled matter (Asutha or prakritha jagath) is mahamaya (Bindu or Vidya) in pure creation and maya or Asuddha Bindhu in defiled creation. Both are innert and different from Svarupa Sakthi, the essence of the Lord.

Siva, the Lord, is not just one of the Trimurthis of the purnas, but the source from whom the Trimurthis emanate. He is omnipresent, both immanent and transcendent and is called Viswaroopa and his vadhika-universal in form and beyond the universe. Again, He is with form and without form (Sarupa and Arupa), the Linga symbolizing the formless form of Siva. He, the Ashtamoorthi, embodies as the five elements and man; has eight qualities-Innocence, purity, self knowledge, omnipotence and bliss, and Nirguna, having quality but not tainted by the gunas of prakrithi. He has five functions creation (Sristi), preservation (Sthithi), destruction (Samkara), obscuration (Thirodhana), liberation (Anugraha) and unlike Maha Vishnu, He does not take several avatars (Incarnations).

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