ATHIPATHTHA NAYANAR*IS36

IS* Indian Saints and Seers 36

India that is Bharat, my sacred Motherland gifted great saints and Seers
In all religions practiced in this holy land! For thousands of years past
Guide us for a life of nobility and peace, plenty and prosperity
Nayanmars Sixty Three pillars of Saivism- branch of Hinduism- Divinity!

One is ATHIPATHTHA NAYANAR-a fisherman by profession-devotee of Shiva
Out of extreme piety- devotion- used to offer one of the best catches
To Shiva every day.Even only one in a particular day, it
Will be offered to Lord and Nayanar used to return home empty handed!

To check his devotion, Lord Shiva made one fish of gold studded with gems
And made it to the net of Athipaththar-only one for the whole day-
Nayanar as per practice offered that fish of Gold to Shiva HIMSELF
Hence he finds a place in the list of Nayanars. Let us invoke HIS grace!

 

(There is going to be a series of posts on Nayanmars in deference to the wishes of an esteemed viewer Shankar of Pondicherry)

Homage to a Saint.

Tamilnadu blessed with great Saints and Savants indeed is great!
Dharmapuram Aadheenam  a Saivite mutt or  based in the town of Mayiladuthurai,kodumudi magudeswara temple.Twenty seven Shiva temples under the control of the adheenam.
Vaitheeswaran Koil, near sirkazhi is considered as  main temple maintained
Twenty sixth Gurumaha sannithanam passed away in fourth December this year.

The Adheenam is involved in publishing Saivite literature, specifically Thevaram
And Tiruvasakam and its translations.literary scholarship. Adheenam along with Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam and Thiruppanandal Adheenam were founded during
The sixteenth century to spread the ideology of Saiva Sidhanta.

Here is a poetic tribute in Tamil by Pulavar  Ramamoorthy of Santha Vasantham, Chennai:

தருமையரு   ளாதீனத்   தலைவர்   என்னும்
     தனிச்சிறப்பால்  சைவத்தை   ஆண்ட வேந்தர்
ஒருமையுடன்  திருவருளை  உலகத்   தார்க்கே
      உரையாலும்  செயலாலும்  வழங்கி  வாழ்ந்தார்,
குருமுதல்வர்   எனநமக்கே  ஆசி   நல்கி
      குவலயத்தில்  சைவநெறிக்  கொடியை  ஏற்றித்
திருநெறிய   தமிழ்வளர்த்த  சீர்வ   ளர்சீர்
        தேசிகரின்  திருவடியே  சிந்திப்  போமே!
In English
By the fact of his being the head of Dharmapura Adhinam
         He ruled over the SAIVITE branch of Hinduism
God’s greatness  to the people of the faith with focus
        He his actions and words graced the faithful and lived.
As chief Guru He blessed us gracefully
       Hoisted the flag of tenets of Saivism
And developed the divinity of Tamil language
     Let us worship His divine feet and receive His grace!
   

November 29th SIRAPPULI NAYANAR IS 36* DAY!

IS36* Indian Saint 36

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In all religions in the world, we have messengers of God to guide the people
In Hinduism we have quite a few known as Nayanmars and Alwars
Sixty four Nayanmars and twelve Alwars dedicated to spread their beliefs.
One such nayanars of Shaivism-followers of Lord Shiva-whose day is today.

Sirappuli Nayanar, a Nayanar saint, venerated greatly in Shaivism.
Counted as the thirty-fifth in the list of sixty three Nayanars.
HE is described to have served the devotees of the god Shiva
And worshipped the God with various ritual practices-sacred!.

Sirappuli Nayanar was born in Thiruvakkur , Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu.
A part of the Chola kingdom. a staunch devotee of Shiva, his family
Traditionally was memorizing and chanting the Vedas, most sacred scriptures.
Nayanar saint is praised as a “munificent giver” and called a “nimbus
Which rained wealth”.  prostrated before devotees. spoke sweet words
To his guests, fed them and presented them with gifts. A great sint he was!

The images of the Nayanars are found in  Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu.

November 28th THANKS GIVING DAY!

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A North American Thanks Giving Dinner!!

Known or unknown, young or old, educated or uneducated, men or women
Who ever does something big or small saying THANKS is a  courtesy.
November twenty Eighth today  is THANKS GIVING DAY in America
What for, to whom, by whom and why? an interesting question!

Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common among
Almost all religions after harvests and at other times.
Thanksgiving holiday’s history in North America based on
English traditions dating from the Protestant Reformation.

It indeed is a harvest festival, Thanksgiving the Lord for
Successful harvest. Pongal is the Harvest Thanksgiving Festival celebrated
In India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.  celebrated as Makar Sankranti.
Four-day festival, from January fourteenth to sixteenth,from the last day of
Tamil month Maargazhi to the third day of the Tamil month Thai, to
Convey Thanks to the Sun God for a successful harvest.Indeed a holy day!

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PONGAL FESTIVAL-HARVEST FESTIVAL Thanks giving Day in Tamilnadu

OCCULT DAY-November 18th

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Hope, faith, belief, disbelief, superstition- human beings are beset with!
“GOD IS NOWHERE” “GOD IS NOW HERE”- groups of people to assert-thick!
November Eighteenth today is OCCULT DAY-a day to think and ponder over
Secret mysterious , hidden from view-occultism study of philosophy.

History has rich and mysterious religions, practices, and beliefs
That shaped the world , hinting at powers below the surface of the mundane
World. Occult Day to delve into this mystery, to commune with spirits
Seek truths that hide behind the stars and between the shadows.

Had we heard ever  strange whispers or had dreams that became prophetic,
Then Occult Day is our chance to listen a little closer, dream a little deeper,
And reach for those mysteries that lie beyond the reach of  common man.
Let us try to analyse by experience the beliefs,disbeliefs we have!

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WORLD KINDNESS DAY-November 13th.

 

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Being kind to all is indeed a noble quality for
All human beings, to be carefully developed right from
One’s childhood to last all through life that makes dearer to God!
World Kindness Day is today the thirteenth of November great!

World Kindness Day highlights good deeds in the community focusing
On the positive power and the common thread of kindness which is binding. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the Divides- race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes.Kindness goes beyond!

Kindness not only towards humans- all creations of God deserve
Our kindness be shown to all birds and animals, plants and trees
May be stamping with our feet ants and cockroaches at home goes against
Virtue of KINDNESS. Plucking flowers too!Let us resolve to be kind to all!

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HERE IS A PLEDGE -11th November

A Pledge For Holistic Abundance
Communication with the world outside very important
For social, official and domestic life and for success!
Quality of communication with our own self is equally so.
Our conscious mind trains our subconscious mind to believe.

Prayer,  is a communication from our conscious mind
To our subconscious mind, – it is between me and God.
We derive benefit from this auto suggestion- self-Communication.,
The self is communicating to the self!,

My resolve:
I will read and repeat this pledge everyday.
“Day by day,
in every way,
I am becoming Most and more..
Healthy, Wealthy, Loving, Blissful, Spiritual.”

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This post is in commemoration of INFINITHEISM DAY 11/11.