DEIVATHIN KURAL # 01 (Vol # 7)
Dated 25 June 2013
(These e-mails are
translations of talks given by PeriyavãL of Kanchi Kaamakoti Peetam, over a
period of some 60 years while he was the pontiff in the earlier part of the
last century. These have been published by Vanadi Padippagam, Chennai, in seven
volumes of a thousand pages each as Deivathin Kural. Today we are going ahead
from page No 01 of Volume 7 of the Tamil original. The readers may note that
herein ‘man/he’ includes ‘woman/she’ too mostly. These e-mails are all
available at http://Advaitham.blogspot.com updated continually)
(Readers may please note that in
earlier times, what was Madras Presidency was inclusive of states of Tamil
Nadu, Kerala (other than Travancore) and parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh
short of Krishna River in the North.
Anyhow the whole of South India, south of Vindhya Hills had a similar
culture and common heritage.)
தமிழும் - இவரும் தமிழ் தெய்வமே!
Vinãyaka & Tamil – He is also a
1. If there is a God,
it is common for all the people of the world though, everybody will adore that
God as their own calling by whatever name! In this, we Tamilians have SubrahmaNya Swami,
claiming him to be our favourite, calling him as 'Murugan' we have stamped him
as our own Tamil God! In my opinion, his
elder brother GaNesha aka Vinãyaka is also a Tamil Deivam, as much as his
younger brother or even more so. So we
should not be separating those two brothers, but think of them, do pooja to
them, and pray to them together always.
We should think of both of them as 'tamizh deivangaL' – 'தமிழ்
தெய்வங்கள்' only. So as to officially declare them as
Tamil Gods, I am going to bring a resolution.
The resolution has to be 'passed' isn't it? For that I am going to fight for and place
before you solid reasons and proof. I am
certain that you will pass my resolution unanimously!
To-days Politics is Full of
spoke about passing a resolution and fighting for it out of fun only. Till the Britishers were here, there was this
intension to fight with them and they called it 'peaceful fight' and 'War of
Ahimsa'. In fact except for Mahatma Gandhi
and a few who were faithfully his followers, the majority without undergoing
any of the sacrifices or deprivations of war, had the same amount of disgust
for the white-man's rule. So there is
nothing wrong in my saying that I am going to fight, in the way of Ahimsa. Though from the 'asethu-himachalam'
that is, from the Southern Tip of India to the Himalayas, we were united
together, from the day the Britishers started packing their luggage, our
integration was a thing of the past and internecine differences and quarrels
started based on caste, creed, sub-divisions of caste, inter-state/district or
even between taluka and streets; full of hate, mutual distrust and
competitiveness, everybody claiming special rights with arguments, debates,
innuendoes, objections and protests; we are becoming good for nothing except
fighting and quarrelling with each other!
Qualities such as adjustment, accommodation, discipline, sacrifice,
love, hard-work and such things seem to be things of the past and most
importantly, feelings of nationality seems to be lost forever. There is no body
to talk about these things after Gandhi and his direct followers are no more!
they decided to give votes for all adults calling it 'Universal Franchise', politicians
started creating their own majority or minority within sections of the society
and on the grounds of fighting for their rights, using that as the 'Brhma
Astram', tapping that portion as a captive vote bank. In doing so, they have created more and more
rifts and mutual enemies. That is how
politics is being conducted in this country now-a-days vitiating the very basis
of democracy. In the bargain the entire
population of this country has lost track of its high human ideals of the past and
deteriorating day by day with an outward display of name sake oneness! It is a regretful and shameful state of
affairs that we could unite only when faced with a common enemy and within
ourselves we have no integrity whatsoever.
Without even a show of decency, there is open war between factions of
the people, that I am afraid of a likely scenario as it happened with the Yadu
Kulam at the time of Krishna's demise.
4. In the existing situation, the most
dreadful factor is that, the political and other so-called leaders of the
country do not seem to be aware of the inherent danger of balkanization of the
country! There is something known as
Dharma, which is the combination of individual righteousness and collective
humane attitude and behaviour. It is
this Dharma which has given the culture of this country a place of prominence
unmatched in terms of excellence and longevity; with ability to adapt and refine
with changes over time, without sacrificing tradition! This has been going on for many Yugas and not
just thousands of years, this power of Dharma. It is very sad to note that, even by chance
to-day, the so-called leaders of this country do not seem to be talking about
this power of Indian righteousness of Dharma at all! Other than confabulating by hook or crook as
to how to win the elections, they do not seem to be talking about our Dharma! When winning the elections is the only
priority, it leads to being prepared for all immoral Adharma activities. If the
Britishers in their time exploited all the cleavages and sowed the seeds of
sorrow to create more divisions; after getting independence from them, instead
of correcting those wrongs the general attitude now seems to be one of further
creating new divisions and enlarging the existing ones, uncaring for Dharma and
Adharma with winning elections as the only main criteria. An election won by such methods means that
after the elections, your main aim will be to make money in every which way and
possibly political vendetta. As a result
what suffers most is proper governance!
such is the situation existing, when everybody is asking for special rights creating
further isms, like adding further fuel to the fire, if I instigate you to ask
for one more so-called right of Tamil people; that Vinãyaka who is common for
all will not spare me unpunished! In
fact both PiLLaiyar and SubrahmaNya are All-India or Universal Gods only. There is enough evidence to prove that point. First I must place before you two arguments
of the other side, that is, contrary arguments against what I am going to
prove. Knowledgeable historical
researchers, claiming that they have unearthed the truth, say further adding to
divisions, two arguments. One is that,
PiLLaiyar was introduced to South India only during Nrusimha Varma Pallava
Raja's time when his commander of the Army, Senãpathy Paranjyoti, later in his
life known as Siruthonda Nãyanãr, brought the Ganapathy statue to Tamil Nadu
after defeating the army of Chalukhyas in Vãtãpi! Prior to that PiLLaiyar was not known to
Tamil Nadu at all they say and that he is not a 'தமிழ் தெய்வம்' but imported stuff' is
one of the arguments.
one is that, Muruga is originally a Tamil local God whom North India has
borrowed and created Mantras, Agama and pea-cock & cock stories around him
if not cock and bull stories! There is
enough proof that both stories of import of GaNesa and export of Muruga are
fictitious. I do not want to take part
in these disputes further, agitating people's minds and become liable to be accused
of instigating conflicts. But on the
other hand, I do not want to commit the sin of being ungrateful to PiLLaiyar, who
has been so beneficial to Tamilians both for 'இம்மையிலும்
Iham and Param. So let me do Namaskãr to him for all the
wonderful grace he has showered on us, without putting forward any 'Rights
Issue' and starting a new agitation!
we take 'Immai' aka Iham that is, this worldly life; for consideration, the
greatest benefit for Tamil Nãdu is from the River Cauvery and who has let that
river flow through our lands? It is
PiLLaiyar's contribution only isn't it?
He went to the Kodagu hills in the form of a crow and toppled Agasthya's
Kamandalu that the River Cauvery started flowing through Tamil Nãdu. Otherwise this part of the world would have
been famous as the Deserts of Tamil Nãdu!
It is PiLLaiyar's contribution that we have all this flora and fauna and
plentiful water for the coming into being of a Cauvery Valley Civilization with
its own identity and character!
Contribution for 'Marumai'
taking note of advantages accruing for 'Marumai' that is, for Param meaning
one's inner spiritual life, PiLLaiyar's contribution in other words Cauvery
Rivers contribution, (the river being his gift to Tamil Nãdu) has been immense!
All over the world we do see that like the Nile and Indus Valley Civilizations,
rivers are like life-lines for the coming into being of major human flowering
of culture and ennoblement of human character.
When the conditions of existence are harsh, all the time and efforts are
spent on the art of survival only. But
when life is easy in terms of easy availability of water, ease of agriculture
and pleasant environment; there is more time for the development of arts and
crafts, sculpture, dance and drama, literature and thinking about philosophy
and such other interests. Thus in Tamil
Nãdu it is all due to Cauvery and due to Vigneshwara who let that river
flow. (KTSV Sarma adds: - That to-day
various political entities of Karnataka are doing their level best not to let water
in to that river, is very much on the lines of how we have been behaving after
independence as described by PeriyavãL in the earlier paragraphs!) This Cauvery Valley Civilization is not about
some historical events of the past. It
is an on-going civilization that has withstood the tests of time! It is not only epitomised by endearing and ennobling
human behaviour of hospitality and care of others but also, the high peaks of
human endeavour and excellence in arts, crafts, science, culture, music, dance,
drama and most importantly the pinnacles reached by a steady stream of great
Mahatmas who have been sired by the soil, who have contributed for the Marumai
– the inner development of human being, the other worldly benefits of spiritual
progress and self-realization. All that
has been made possible by kind courtesy Cauvery River, for which we have to be
thankful forever to Vigneshwara!
of remaining only as satisfaction and pleasure for the senses, whether it be
through sculpture or painting, dance or music; the community centres where
these arts were born, nurtured and built up were the temples, which also
contributed immensely to inspire and elevate man to higher inner plane through
devotion to divinity. The daily,
periodic and seasonal rituals and celebrations in the temples paved the way for
such human development. For your information
the number of famous temples located on southern and northern banks of Cauvery
will not be matched anywhere else in the world in terms of numbers, size, and being
acclaimed by great saints through songs like Thevãram of the Saivites and
Nãlãyira Divya Prabandam of the Vaishnavites!
To put it in other words, Tamil Nãdu must be the leading most in terms
of the total number of temples per square mile or Kilometre in the whole world
and within Tamil Nãdu the either side of Cauvery banks must be tops!
stations of interest to Saivites, those which have been mentioned in the songs
by Nãyanmãrs such as Appar, Sundarar, Sambandar, and MaNikka Vãsagar are known
as 'Pãdal Pertra Sthalangal' totalling some 274. Out of them some 90 temple-towns are on
either side of Cauvery River in Sozha Nãdu.
Similarly the places about which the Ãzhvãrs have sung songs are known
as 'Divya Desam' totalling 108. Out of
them 40 are on the banks of Cauvery within Sozha Nãdu. Rest of the temple-towns are distributed
between Sera/Malai Nãdu or Kerala, Pãndya Nãdu, Thondai Nãdu (in the south),
Nadu Nãdu and Vada Nãdu (in the northern part of the state), of what is the
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