ARUL NANDI SIVA CHARIYA
Mr. J. M. Nallaswami Pillai, B.A., B.L.,
With the commencement of the new year, and with earnest prayers to the Supreme Sivam to give strength and light, we proceed to translate the Supaksham of Sivagnana Siddhiar, a work so far unparallelled for the lucidity of its thought and felicity of its expression, and closeness of its reasoning. Our Pandits fall shy generally of Sivagnanabotham, but this work is more popular with them; and its words and phrases thoroughly permeate their speeches and writings, and one feels so far quite at home in Siddhiar when one take it up, after an acquaintance with the writings and speeches of our Pundits. The verses are flowing whether long or short, and there is very fine rhythm about them, and we recommend our readers to read them even along with our translation, familiarize themselves with the expressions and the technicalities and so to assimilate them much more into their thought and life than otherwise.
Our achariar begins his work as usual with an invocation to the Supreme and a preface.
TO THE SUPREME.
1. He, who has no beginning, middle and end, the Infinite Light, Form of Love and Intelligence, the Consort of the Mother of the world-clusters, the Principal Gem in the crown of the Devas, who praised by the world, with the hanging coral braids, adorned with the half moon, dances in the arena of spreading Light (chitakas); His pollen-covered Lotus Feet, I will make my crown, and let my unchanging love grow towards Him.
2. Let me place on my head, the feet of Siva who stands as the goal of each of the six forms of Religion who stands in the special Forms conceived by the various internal schools of Saiva Religion, and yet stands beyond all conception as set forth in the Vedas and Agamas (according to the Ideal of the Siddhanta Saivam), and fills all intelligence with his Love, and becomes my Heavenly Father and Mother and fills inseparably one and all.
In the following Mangala Verse, the author seems up the subsets on of all his teachings, for the elucidation of which, the student is requested to look up Sivagnanaswami's commentary.
3. She, who becomes manifest as Isa's Supreme Will, and Power, Gnana, and I over, working for the origination, sustentation and resolution of these worlds, and who assuming both Rupa, and Arupa and Ruparupa, becomes God's Supreme Consort, these worlds and their contents; who giving birth to all forms of life, and making them eat their fruit, in the respective worlds, destroys their bodies in due time; She, my Mother seats Herself in Majesty with our Father in the hearts of the Sinless Devotees. Her, gracious Feet, let me place on my head.
4. For the completion of this my work in Tamil verse without any obstacle or blemish, I praise with love and fervour the lotus Feet of the Elephant-God Ganesa who, begotten by the Omnipresent Light and His Mountain-Wife, has five hands, four shoulders, three eyes, two feet, and a long tusk and a big belly.
5. The gracious Infant Guru, who taught the import of the rare Vedas and Agamas, Angas and Shastras to Agastya; the Muni of Vedic Munis, The Deva of Devas, the loving Child of Siva, the God of the Yogis; the Hero of victorious Heroes, the Scanda, who gives liberation from the bond of births to those who worship Him incessantly with flowers of holiness and water of purity; His Twin Feet let me plant on my heart and on my head.
ST. MEIKANDA DEVA.
6. The gracious Sun, which shinning on this universe, opened the lotus-bud of the human hearts, on the opening of which, the bees of the ancient Vedic hymns hummed about, the fresh honey (of love) gushed out and the fragrance of Sivam spread forth; He, Meikanda Deva, who lived in Tiruvennainallur, surrounded by groves in full bloom, the great saivite Teacher, His Golden Feet which outrivals the lotus, resting on my head, I shall ever worship.
The imagery in this verse is simply exquisite.
7. My attempt to declare the knowledge of the Supreme, who was imperceptible to the Gods and the Vedas, and in the presence of the Lord's devotees who have no infirmity except that of clinging to the Feet of the lord, after knowing in truth the substance of the Vedas and agamas and other books of knowledge, is like that of the water standing under the hoof of the cow braving itself out for comparison with the roaring and spreading flood of the seven seas when brought together.
8. Men and women of this world dote over the unmeaning babblings of their darling children, and fondle them ever so much as their greatest treasure. Indeed, the learned also, out of their gracious regard for me will not notice the faults in my verse.
9. My attempt to describe the feet of Him, who could not be understood by the Vedas, Vishnu, and Brahma, by the mind and speech, and by argumentation, will surely excite the laughter of the learned.
10. Nevertheless, it is possible, by the Grace of God, to know Him by the teachings contained in the Agamas; and also by proper argumentation, and to perceive Him in our heart by Gnana-Sadana, our doubt having vanished, and to remove the darkness of Maya, and to dwell in the company of the Holy.
11. As different ways lead to the same town, so will the various religions taught in the Agamas given out by God who is self-luminous lead to the same truth. But those, who listen to the inconsistent sayings of people who are led by their own self-conceit and not by God's revelation will fall into the depths of the sea, though seeking to reach the heights of Mount Meru.
12. Leaving those who have attained to the Highest knowledge, and those who are incapable of any, I write this work for those who are in search of a way for reaching the truth, from the instruction imparted to me by my teacher by means of his Sivagnanabotha, derived in succession from Sanatkumara, Nandi and Parameshwara; and I call my work Sivagnana Siddhi.
13. Those Devotees of the Lord who worship Him in this birth, owing to the strength of their previous attainments in other births will be led to the Purest Seat by the Lord Himself. To others only who desire to seek the goal by the reading of books, do I undertake to show the path of reaching His Lotus feet.
14. Let me here expound the nature of the Parameshwara, and the books revealed by Him, the substance of Logic, and the things discoverable by its methods, and the sadana to be pursued by the truth seeker, the nature of both the Bound and Freed condition of Souls, after removing by question and answers, the false doubts and misgivings induced like a mirage by the various sectarians and thus try to arrive at clear truth.
15. Let me here expound the truths of Saiva Siddhanta, following as my chief guide the work of Meikanda Deva, who, out of mercy, adorned my head with his twin-feet, and placed the knowledge the True Self in my heart, and thus plucked me from the sea of human births and suffering.
1. All the worlds that are denoted by the words he, she, and it, originate, and are sustained and are resolved into its primal condition. Hence, a First cause that can effect these changes is necessitated. He stands at the beginning and end of things and reproduces these worlds, (for the benefit of the eternally bound souls) as He is the eternally Free, and Intelligent Sat. Hence Hara is the Supreme First Cause.
2. If the Lokayitha could say that this universe undergoes neither creation nor destruction and that it is eternally permanent, then I need no deductive and inductive proof to refute him, as even our own observation shows the origination and destruction of every component part of this universe.
NOTE. In the Parapaksha, the views of other schools were considered and criticized. In the Supaksha, the Siddhanta is stated and the objections met.
3. If it be said that it is by nature that the universe undergoes change, then what undergoes change cannot be natural. If it be said, that it changes because its nature is so, then except as changing there is no such thing as nature. The argument that the four elements constitute nature and these undergo change implies a First cause who brings about such change of condition, as the object universe is inert.
4. Of the four elements, air produces the other three from itself; fire destroys other elements; water contains them all and so on; and as such, these elements themselves produce and resolve each from and into the other; and consequently no First cause is necessary. If this be your argument it is faulty, as all these elements undergo evolution and resolution together, and a First cause which has neither a beginning nor an end is accordingly required.
NOTE. Verse 2 to 4 refute the Charvaka's position.
5. If the argument is that as all things arise by Kshana Bhanga, and from the previous attachment, no First cause is necessary, then he should say whether the birth is of things existent nor non-existent. Non-existent will never come into being, and the existent need not come into being. What is neither or Anirvachana (as argued by the Madhyamika).
NOTE. This refutes Sautrantika Buddha.
6. (Even this argument is faulty) as if it is only existent it will come into being; otherwise it will never come into being; and no origination of the universe is possible. The truth is that effects are produced from causes, as the potter produces the pot &c. from the clay, but could not produce cloth &c., from the same cause.
NOTE. This refutes the Madhyamika Buddha's position.
7. If it be asserted, that the same thing is both existent and non-existent and that no efficient cause is required, it must stand to reason that no one thing can possess such contradictory qualities. If the cause is said to exist, and the effect not be existent in the cause and vice versa, this is also incorrect as the effect is really existent in the cause (being identical) and the change necessitates an efficient First cause.
NOTE. This meets the Jaina objection.
8. The birth and death of the body is seen, but we do not see the end of the world, how do you conclude that the world has also an end, (says the Purva Mimamsaka). We reply that this is possible as this illusive world is evolved in succession from Akas, and other elements and is resolved in return.
9. If it be said, that only a portion of this universe is destroyed and a portion re-formed and that the whole is neither produced nor destroyed all at one time, No. The universe as a whole in due time, is, destroyed and reproduced, as the seeds produced in the autumn are destroyed in the summer.
10. If it be said that it is Time that produces these changes and is the only God, No; time is in itself inert and non-intelligent. Though it is true, we find time producing changes, it is because, God as the efficient Cause actuates Time which is the instrumental cause.
NOTE. - These three preceding verses meet the objections of the Purva Mimamsa school.
11. If it be said that the atoms reproduce themselves as the universe, after the primal resolution, with the aid of karma, No; because karma and these atoms are said to be inert and Jada. Besides, these themselves undergo resolution at the final destruction of the world.
12. If it be said, that if the atoms as cause and destroyed, the universe itself could not originate, No; from the cause Maya, the universe could be produced. The objection that we do not see Maya but only the atoms, is met by the fact that these atoms are the visible product of the imperceptible Maya.
13. If it be asked how the atoms can be called a product and not a cause we find it so by its having form and parts; and all products like a pot which has form and parts are seen to be destructible. Therefore it is the indestructible Maya that produces these atoms with form and parts.
14. The wise declare that the world evolves from Maya and the common people also can point out that in the seed, the tree and branches &c, are contained in a suitable condition, and otherwise, they won't be produced; and these words you have forgotten. Understands therefore that Maya is the material cause.
15. If you deny that the world is produced from and resolved into a cause, Maya, then you will be asserting the existence of hare's horns. If you again object by saying that it will be true if the dead leaves of a tree will go back into the tree and come out again as fresh leaves, our reply is that when these leaves are reduced to the primal condition, by time and other causes, * they will again come out as fresh leaves.
* Mr. Conn points out in his Story of the Germs, that but for the action of Bacteria, which reduces all dead animals and plants into a condition fit for being assimilated as food by plants, the world will be fully stocked with dead things and quite uninhabitable.
16. As the world is produced as an effect from a cause and as both effect and cause are real, the world also may be said to be eternal and indestructible. But as a Supreme God creates and destroys it at stated periods, this world may said to have a beginning and to be destructible, on account of the change of condition it undergoes -
NOTE. - The definitions and distinctions drawn herein have to be fully borne in mind. And it will explain why even in Siddhanta works like Thayumanavar the world is said to be false, illusive and ephemeral &c. They all refer to the changeability and instability of the world and the worldly pleasures.
The last time in the Tamil Verse has to be read with the one which follows and hence its translation is omitted here. The last 6 stanzas establish the principle of "Ex nihilo, nihil fit" "Out of nothing, nothing comes," which is called "சற்காரியவாதம்" Satkaryavadam, a doctrine peculiar to the Sankhyas and Siddhantis; the other schools being called Variously Sunya-vadis, Parinamavadis, Vivarta-vadis &c.
17. If you object that Maya does not require any other creator for its undergoing evolution, Hear then. The universe appears as the work of an intelligent Being; The Purasha (soul) is not conscious unless when in conjunction with the body and senses; and Maya appears as the material cause of such body and senses; and Maya is not conscious and as such non-intelligent. Hence, the One God (who is self-dependent and intelligent) is necessitated for creating these worlds out of Maya.
18. Causes are of three kinds, The material cause, the instrumental cause, and the efficient cause. Taking an illustration: The clay is The Material cause, the wheel is the instrumental cause and the potter is the efficient cause. Similarly, the Lord like the potter creates the worlds from Maya as the material cause with the aid of His Sakti as the instrumental cause.
19. From Sudda Maya, Maya (Sudda Sudda Maya) is evolved and from the latter Asudda Maya is evolved. From the first, the four Vaks Vaikari & c., are evolved. From Maya Ragam, &c., are produced. From Mulaprakriti, the three gunas are generated. And these undergo evolution in the Presence of Siva Sat.
The reader's attention is drawn to the distinctions here drawn and what follows. And the table of Tatwas printed in p. 244 Vol.I. maybe also referred to usefully. But the terms are used variously. The first Sudda maya is also called Maha Maya and Cudila and Kundalini, and even as Sakti and Vindhu. The four Vaks that are generated from this are Sukshuma or Para, Paysanti, Madhyama, and Vaikari. The second Maya is called Asuddhamaya but in reference to the still grosser one Mulaprakriti is called Suddha Suddha Maya. The tatwas which generate from this are Niyati, Kalam, Kala, and Raga and Viddhei and they form the body of the Nirguna Souls or Pralaya kalars. The last kind of Maya, is variously called Mula-prakriti, Prakriti, Pradhana, Avyakta, Mahat or Mahan, and its essence are the three gunas, Satwa, Rajas and Tamas. A more elaborate table of tatwas containing greater details with reference in the Vedas, Upanishad & c for the various tatwas included in the Siddhanta will be shortly published and it is hoped it will afford greater help to the student in understanding these details.
This maya sakti of God is not Abinna or Samavaya but it is Binna sakti called also Parigraha-sakti.
God does not undergo any weariness or trouble in creating these worlds, and the evolution takes place as the lotus undergoes all the various processes of evolution in the presence of the sun, its light and heat.
20. Vaikari Vach is the power which is felt in the Hearing as sound, full of meaning, and understood so by the understanding. This Vach is caused and influenced by the bodily Udana-vayu and by the Prana-vayu.
21. Not audible to the ear, but softly arising and audible in the throat and intelligible to the understanding, guided by the Prana-vayu and not by the Udana-vayu, without being able to throw out the well formed letters (sounds), and differing both from Vaikari and Paisanti, such is the nature of Madhyama Vach.
22. Just as the white and yolk of the egg conceal in themselves all the body of the pea-cock, so does Paisanti Vach contain in itself in an undifferentiated and highly subtle and self luminous condition all the various sounds.
23. The Sukshuma or Para Vach is the Luminousness of the Highest body, indestructible in itself but destructible in its products such as Paisanti &c. If one can witness this subtle light he will reach the unvarying intelligence and bliss and immortality (of Apara-Mukti) without being subject to birth and weariness and change.
24. These four vachs become different when united to the five different kala such as Nivirti. These vachs are produced, from Mahamaya and not from Prahm by the process of Parinama nor by that of vivarta but by the process of Virta as when cloth is made into a tent.
The five kalas out of which different bodies are produced are (1) Nivirti Kala, with Sthula Vach, (2) Prathista kala, with Sthula-dara Vach (3) Vidya Kala with sukshuma vach (4) Santi kala with Adi sukshuma vach (5) santiatitha kla with Adisukshuma Dara vach.
25. To the Mantra Ishwaras, and Viddyeshwaras, and Sadasivas, their Pada, Varna, Buvana, Mantra, tatwas, bodies, and senses and enjoyment are all formed out of Vindu or Suddah-Maya Sakti.
The number of mantra Ishwaras (of Suddha Bija tatwa) are said to be 7 crores. Those who dwell in the Ishwara tatwa are eight namely Anantar, Sukshumar, Sivottamar, Ekanetrar, Trimurti, Srikantar and Sikandi and are also called Ashta-Vidyeshwaras. Those who dwell in the plane of the Sadasiva tatwa, are called Anushadasiwas and their names are Pravanar, Sadahkiar, Tirtar, Karanar, Susilar, Sukshum or Kalar, Desasar, and Ambu.
26. All the three classes of souls, cannot have any knowledge unless they are associated with the intelligence Power of Sudda-Maya and the four vachs. When a person can however ascend to the knowledge beyond this Mayavic intelligence, then alone can reach the Feet of the Supreme Siva.
27. All this universe is spread out and multiplied from the Primal invisible and subtle Maya into visible and grosser and grosser forms, as life and body; and these forms again are resolved in the same order and they appear as one and as one-and-different. The One Supreme Being also is one and different and one and different from the world.
28. If it is objected that the visible cannot proceed form the invisible, know how the Akas contains the other elements air and fire &c., and how from the same other clouds and lighting and thunder start up.
End of 1st Adhikarana.
29. The pots are produced from the clay by the potter. Isa creates all forms, and these effects are produced each from its own material cause. Hear me, if you want to know where and how He creates these things.
30. It is not possible to understand His nature by anything we see in this world. As such, there is no one who could understand His Supreme Form. However, His action may be compared to that of Time, which brings about the origination, development, and destruction of the seven worlds.
31. As the words and ideas we had learnt become imbedded and arise out of our minds, as the different states of wakefulness, sleep &c. arise out of our life, so are the worlds evolved and ingathered by the Supreme God, who stands united and at the same time not united to this world.
32. If you ask why the souls and worlds are reproduced from Hara after resolution, this becomes necessary owing to existence of Anava Mala. The necessity or its undergoing resolution in particular is to be found in the fast that the bodily energies become exhausted. The effects are destroyed and resolved into their cause. And Isa reproduces these forms as before.
NOTE. - The repeated births are necessary for the purpose of washing off the inherent Anava-mala, by gaining experience and knowledge and spirituality. The resolution is required as rest for the tired bodily energies just as we take rest during night to recoup our energies for the task of tomorrow.
33. If you say God will undergo change, once we attribute to him powers of creation, &c., No. In the presence of the sun, the lotus blooms, the crystal emits fire, and water evaporates.
The sun does not undergo change by any of these operations, and much less does God undergo any weariness or change.
34. If you ask, how it is that we ascribe all the powers to the one God, when all say that these three powers are held by the three different Gods Brahma, Vishnu &c, our answer is that these Gods, by the height of their Virtue receive the Agnja Sakti of the Lord at His bidding.
35. At the end of time, only One alone remains. If more than One, then it cannot be called Samharam. Hence Hara alone remains at the end, as He it is that destroys all. And as He is the support of all also, from Him also, do the worlds originate and develops again.
36. If you ask why God should exercise these powers, we may reply that this is His mere play. We may also point out that by these acts of Grace He makes the souls eat the fruits of their Karma and thus get rid of their Mala and attain Mukti.
NOTE.- What is meant by play here is, that the exercise of these powers is so easy for Him, as when we say, that it is a mere child's play for Him. It also means that these works are performed not for His own benefit.
37. Samharam is to give rest to the souls; Srushti is intended for the purpose of enabling souls to eat their Karma, and thus to remove it. When souls eat their Karma, Sthithi is exercised. In Droupava the powers of mala are under check so that they may mature; He exercises His power of Anugraha when he frees us from our bonds. All these five functions are acts of His Grace. Revile not.
38. If you ask me to let you know whether the Creator has form or no form or has formless form, I may tell you that all these forms belong to the one and the same Supreme Being.
39. You object that when form is ascribed to God another creator like the one who creates our own bodies will be required, and that if God wills His body, the Jivas may be said to will their own bodies also. But we cannot assume any body we like. Our Supreme God assumes any wondrous form He thinks of, just as Siddhas do.
40. You say that if God take form just as Siddhas do, then He becomes one like them. But these Siddhas exercise these powers only through the Grace of God. And if all forms are born of Maya, then the forms of God are also from Maya.
41. The bodies formed of Maya are obtained by the souls as they are covered by the Anava Mala. As the Supreme One is free from Maya and Anava Mala, and is pure absolute intelligence and imparts both knowledge and power to soul, His body cannot be formed of Maya but is formed out of His own Sakti.
42. If you say that even if His form is from Sakti, it must undergo change, and consequently God cannot be eternal and so God can only be formless. But He is not one of the six Atwas (formless material things). As you seem to be intelligent you had better hear further about the supreme nature of God.
NOTE.- There are formless objects which are limited and are formed of matter, and as such, there is nothing gained by simply calling God formless.
43. All objects of this world either have forms of no forms and some objects cannot change their form either. If, therefore, the Being of immeasurable intelligence is called formless we will only be ranking it with one of these objects.
44. He is not one of those objects which are subject to bonds and are free. He has neither beginning nor end He is infinite. As such, it cannot be postulated that my Supreme Father is only this and that, and that He cannot become this and that; and therefore any such postulate regarding the nature of the Supreme does not admit of any refutation either.
NOTE.- Compare the following stanzas from Devaram and Tiruvachakam.
ஒப்புடைய னல்லனொருவ னல்ல
னோரூ ரனல்ல னோருவமையில்லி
யப்படிய னவ்வுருவனல் வண்ணத்த
னவனருளே கண்ணாகக் காண்பதல்லால்
இப்படி யனிவ் வுருவனிவ் வண்ணத்த
னிவனிறைவ னென்றெழுதிக் காட் டொணாதே.
"This Self is now attainable by explanation, nor yet by mental grasp, nor by hearing many times, by Him whom so He chooses - by him is He obtained. For him the Self its proper Form reveals." (Mund. 3-2-2.)
(2) "இன்பமுந் துன்பமு மில்லானே யுள்ளானே
அன்பருக் கண்பனே யாவை யுமாயல்லை யுமாஞ்
சோதியனே துன்னிருளே தோன்றாப் பெருமையனே
ஆதியனே யந்த நடுவாகி யல்லானே.
மெய்மையும் பொய்மையு மாயினார்க்குச்
துன்பமுமா யின்ப மாயினார்க்குப்
பாதியுமய் முற்று மாயினார்க்குப்
பந்தமு மாய்வீடு மாயினார்க்கு
ஆதியு மந்தமு மாயி னார்க்கு
ஆடப் பொற்சுண்ண மிடித்தும் நாமே."
45. As He does not possess the defect, as an object of perception, and, as he is possessed of both absolute Intelligence and Power, as he is not possessed of likes and dislikes, the Ninmala God can assume any form out of His Grace.
NOTE.- If an object, He will be capable of change and cannot be called self-dependent. If possessed of finite intelligence and power, He can only be limited. If possessed of likes and dislikes He will be subject to sin and sorrow. Not being possessed of these defects, none of the limitations which apply to human begins and matter apply to him at all.
c.f. (1) "அண்டமா
பண்டு போலுமோ ரொண்சுடரச்சுடர்
கண்டிங் காரறி வாரறி வார்க்கெலாம்
வெண் டிங்கட் கண்ணிவேதிய னென்பரே.
(2) "விரிகதிர ஞாயிரல்லர் மதியல்லர் வேதவிதி
யல்லர் விண்ணு நிலனுந்
திரிதரு வாயு வல்லர்செறி தீயு மல்லர்
தெளி நீருமல்லர் தெரியிங்
அரிதரு கண்ணியாளை யொருபாகமாக
வருள் காரணத்தில் வருவார்
எரியரவார மார்பரி மையா ருமல்லர்
இமைப் பாரு மல்ல ரிவரே.
46. If he did not, out of His Supreme Grace, assume forms, there would be nobody who could give out, Vedas and A'gamas, and there would be nobody who could impart instruction, in the form of the Guru, to the Gods, men, and the residents of the nether regions; and so nobody can secure salvation.
c.f. (1) "மூவரு மூப்பத்து மூவரு மற்றொழிந்த
தேவருங் காணாச் சிவபெருமான் - மாவேறி
வையகத்தே வந்திழிந்த வார்கழல்கள் வந்திக்க
மெய்யகத்தே யின்பமிகும்." Tiruvachakam.
(2) "திருக்க ளிற்றுப்படியார்:-
ஆகமங்க ளெங்கே யறுசமயந் தானெங்கே
யோகங்க ளெங்கே யுணர்வெங்கே - பாகத்
தருள் வடிவுந் தானுமா யாண்டிலனே லந்தப்
பெருவடிவை யாரறிவார் பேசு.
47. His form is love; His attributes and knowledge are love; His five functions are love; His organs like arms and feet &c., and His ornaments like the crescent moon &c., are also love. These things are assumed by the Ninmala God, not for His own benefit but for the benefit of mankind.
c.f. "His Head is surely love; Joy His right wing, delight His left; Bliss is His self. Brahman where on He rests." Tait ii.5.
48. None know that His form transcends the universe. None know that in His form, the universe rises from and merges. None know that He is the life and the body of this universe. Ignorant of His Supreme form, they call Him as one of this world.
NOTE.- The author here refers to the Vedic texts in which Rudra is called Viswadhika, Viswakarana, Viswantharyami, and Viswaswa oroopi.
49. They call Him as one of the Devas, but they know not that Siva is all the three gods, that half of His body is Uma, that neither Vishnu nor Brahma was able to fathom the great Jyothi. And they neither know not what Form arose out of this great Jyothi.
NOTE.- In this verse the author illustrates by Puranic episodes the Vedic texts referred to by him above.
The episode of Brahma and Vishnu searching for His crown and feet and not finding them proves that God is Viswathika. The same story which further states that the three Gods appeared from the Great Jyothi shows that God is Viswakarana. The same story which further states that the great Jyothi subsided into the Linga form shows that God is Viswa Antharyami. The Puranic episode that Uma Haimavathi became half of His body shows that God is Viswa Soroopi.
That Siva is all the three Gods, as it is His Power that shines in them, and that yet He is different from them, in essence and that the latter do also belong to the order of souls but to a very high order, is a position which has been very often explained in these pages. When the power of the Supreme God is manifest in the person and Body of the Tirumurties and other Higher Powers, Maheshwara and Sadasiva, the identity of the two is perceived, nay the Light of the supreme is alone perceived, owing the tenuous Body of the Gods, just as we perceive only the light and light alone where looking at a chimney lamp from a distance and the bright, chimney corresponding to the person and body of the Gods and Jivan muktas, is altogether imperceptible. Hence the defence of the worship of the three Gods; and of the Linga which Symbolises the fifth order of Gods, the Sadasivas, which is both of form and formless. When we remember how out of Sadasiva Tatwam the next tatwa of Maheshwara and the three lowest, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra arise, the Linga Purana story that the Great Light (Jyotis), "that the Pure Light of Lights," the stainless, Partless Brahm, "placed within (man's) radian highest Vesture" (Mund.Up.3-1-9). From whom all words fall back not reaching Him, mind as well (Tait.ii.4) "சோதிமணி முடிசொல்லில் சொல்லிறந்து நின்ற தொன்மை ஆதிகுண மொன்றுமில்லான்); and "whose form stands not within vision's field, with eye no man beholds Him," (Katha. ii.5. 14) and who according to another Upanishad again is "not grasped by eye, nor yet by speech, nor by other powers nor by mere meditation, or even by bold deeds." (Mund. iii. 1.8), was not perceived by the greatest gods, who were waging war against each other out of Unmitigated Ahankara; and that when from that Light and "Life, which flames through all creation, Mund.iii.1.4), arose that Mighty Sound (Omkara) and subsided into the Visible form of the Linga, (Sadasiva Form) and that from this Linga again three Gods arose " as of that Brahman Supreme, it hath also been sung, in Him is the three" (Svet.i.7), acquires full force and meaning and it cannot be relegated as merely a sectarian story. When Vaishnava writers freely wrote from the Svetas vatara Upanishad for instance, and take the Rudra and Siva of these passages as denoting the Highest Brahman, and put within brackets "Narayana," next to such words, Saivas could not be doing violence to themselves or to any body when they take the Siva and Rudra of the Puranas (whose sole purpose is to explain and illustrate Vedic Meanings) as denoting the Supreme Brahman. And we heard a Vaishnava Pundit explain also that there are other Vishnus and Narayanas besides the Highest Narayana who with the Tirumurti Rudras are classed as Jivas. And it will stand to reason that the Jivas, Rudra, Narayana cannot surely comprehend either the Rudra, Para Brahm, or as one of our respected Vaishnava friends took objection to the story of Siva's feet and crown being scorched as a blasphemous imagination, will be proved by the standing memorial of the Tiruvannamalai Temple, and the Kartigai Feast, and by Vaishnavas also celebrating this feast, in the same way they unwittingly celebrate, Dasara, Brahmotsava, and Kaman Pandigai. According to the Saivas, the Kartigai Feast, and Tiruvanamalai celebration, (celebrated in every other Temple also), and the raising of the great column of Light refer to this Linga Purana episode; but what explanation Vaishnavas have for their Vishnu Kartigai, we are yet unable to discover, expect that they followed suit.
The story of the Ardhanareshwara formation clearly illustrates that Sivam and Sakti is one. Uma means literally light and wisdom, and this can never be identified with matter and darkness. This episode by the way gives also a refutation to the theory that 'Uma' Kalis is Maya.
50. They know not that in His Bhoga Form He grants enjoyment to jivas. They know not that in His Yoga form He grants perfection to yogis. They know not that in His fearful form, He makes the souls to eat their Karma. They are fools without discernment who call him one of the gods.
51. By the One assuming different and inconsistent Forms, they know not that His Form is not of this world. They know not that all his different Forms are assumed for manifesting His different acts of Grace.
They know not that when He destroys He only destroys the sin of the world.
They know not that His possessing various and inconsistent Forms prove that He is not of this world; they know not that all these Forms are manifestations of His Grace. And that His Act of Samhara (destruction) is an act whereby He destroys Sin.
NOTE.- The great Poet Kalidasa brings out the meaning of the first three lines as follows, in his Kumara Sambhava
"No selfish want e'er prompts a deed of mine;
Do not the forms - eight, varied forms - I wear
The truth of this to all the world declare."
And he observes in another place
"The gods, like clouds are fierce and gentle too
Now hurl the bolt, now drop sweet heavenly dew,
In summer heat the streamlet dies away,
Beneath the fury of the God of day
Then in due season comes the pleasant rain,
And all is fresh and fair and full again."
Long before the gifted gift, Lord Krishna had brought out the self-same contradictory character of the Supreme Being in the following passage:
'Large-armed Yudhishtra, understand from me the greatness of the glorious, multiform, many-named Rudra. They call Mahadeva Agni, Sthanu, Maheswara, One-eyed, Tryambaka, the universal formed and Siva. Brahmin versed in the Veda know two bodies of this God, one awful, one auspicious; and these two bodies again have many forms. The dire and awful body is fire, lightning, the sun. The auspicious and beautiful body is virtue, water and the moon. The half of his essence is fire, and the moon is called the (other) half. The one, which is his auspicious body, practises chastity; while the other, which is his most dreadful body, destroys the world. From his being lord (Iswara) and great (Mahat), he is called Mahesvara. Since he consumes, since he is fiery, decree, an eater of flesh, blood and marrow, - he is called Rudra. As he is the greatest of the gods, as his domain is wide, and as he preserves the vast universe, - he is called Mahadeva. From his smoky colour, he is called Dhurjati. Since he constantly prospers all men in all their acts, seeking their welfare (siva), he is therefore called Siva" etc, etc.
European scholars have puzzled and bewildered themselves over this character of Rudra,* and they have sought to explain it on various hypotheses.
[* Dr. Muir collates the passages as follows:
The characters ascribed to Rudra in the hymns of the Rig Veda are most heterogeneous and frequently indefinite. I shall endeavour to gather from different places and to group together those epithets which have most affinity to each other. This God is described as wise, bountiful, and powerful, (i.43,1; i114,4), as the strongest and most glorious of beings (ii.33,3), as lord (isana) of this world, possessed of divine power (ii. 33,9), as unsurpassed in might (ibid. 10), as the father of the world, mighty, exalted, undecaying (vi.49, 10); as cognizant of the doings of men and gods by his power and universal dominion (vii.46.2); as putting the waters in motion (x.92,5); as self-dependent (vii.46,1), and as deriving his renown from himself (i, 129,3; X.92,9); as the lord of heroes (i.114,1,3, 10; X 92,9); as the lord of songs and sacrifices (1.43.4), the fulfiller of sacrifices (i. 114.4) brilliant as the sun, and as gold (i. 43.5), tawny-coloured (this epithet is frequently applied), with beautiful chin (ii. 33, 5), fair-complexioned (ibid 8), multiform, fierce, arrayed in golden ornaments (ibid 9), youthful (v, 60, 5), terrible as a wild beast, destructive (ii.23, 11), wearing spirally-braided hair (i. 114. 1.5); and as the celestial boar (ibid 5). He is frequently represented as the father of the Maruts or Rudras (i. 64, 2; i. 85, 1; i 114, 6, 9,; ii. 33, 1; ii. 34, 2; v. 52, 16; v. 60, 5; vi. 50, 4; vi. 66, 3; vii. 56, 1; viii. 20, 17). He is once identified with Agni (ii. 1, 6). He is described as seated on a chariot (ii, 33, 11), as wielding the thunderbolt (ii. 33. 3), as armed with a bow and arrows (ibid 10, 14; v. 42, 11; 125, 6), with a strong bow and fleet arrows, with sharp weapons, (vi. 74, 4; vii. 49, 1. viii. 29, 5). His shafts are discharged from the sky and traverse the earth (vii. 46, 3), He is called the slayer of men (nri-ghre iv. 3, 6). His anger, ill will, and destructive shafts are deprecated (i. 114. 7, 8; ii. 33, 1, 11, 14; vi. 28, 7; viii. 46, 3, 4). But he is also represented as benevolent (i. 114, 9), as mild, and easily invoked (ii. 33, 5), beneficent (ibid 7) gracious (Siva, X 92, 9), as the cause or condition of health and prosperity to man and beast (i. 114, I). He is frequently described as the possessor of healing remedies, and is once characterized as the greatest of physicians (i. 43, 4; i. 114, 5; ii. 33, 2, 4, 7, 12, 13; v. 42, 11; vi. 74, 3; vii. 35, 6; vii. 46, 3; viii. 29, 5). He is supplicated for blessings (i. 114. 1, 2; ii. 33, 6), and represented as averting the anger of the gods (i. 114, 4; ii. 33, 71). In R.V. vi.74, 1 ff., he is connected with Soma in the dual, and entreated along with the latter to bestow good and avert evil.]
Some have thought that the conception of God was borrowed by the Aryans from the aborigines and savages of Southern India, who they say copied it from the Hamidic tribe of the Jews, and some go to say that the addresses to Rudra as gentle and beneficent, are made by way of flattery and not otherwise and that his beneficence consisted more in refraining from doing mischief &c., & c. Some of these views we have met elsewhere, and the following remarks may also be borne in mind. European scholars have themselves mooted how the God Rudra, even in the Rig Veda, is now spoken as the god of storms and clouds (Indra) and father of Maruta (winds) and as wind itself, (vayu), and now as fire (Agni) and now as the sun (Surya and Vishnu) and now as the moon (Chandra) and is associated with Soma, as the healer and Supreme Physician. He is spoken as the Destroyer, and the Destroyer of Andhaka (yama) in the Atharva Veda. And these scholars speak of the God Rudra having slowly supplanted all the Vedic deities Agni, Vayu, Mitra, Varuna &c., except Vishnu themselves as the Lord of sacrifices (medapati) and the Lord of all living creatures (Pasupati - Pasu meaning jivas and not cattle) and the ruler (Isana) and God of gods (Mahadeva) and as deriving his power from himself and as self-dependent. None of these epithets are connected with other gods. And as lord of sacrifice and Pasupati, He gets the first portion of the offering, and the hands have to be washed after giving the first portion. Connecting these with the position He holds in the Upanishads, Itihasas and the Puranas, as the only one without a second and as the Supreme Brahma and consort of Divine knowledge (Uma) the Position of Rudra, as the Supreme Being, identified with all animate and inanimate existence, being the indweller (as ashta-murti) in all Nature, and who is the Generator, and Preserver and Destroyer - the universal Evolver - is readily perceived; and as pointed out by Kalisdasa and Arulnanthi Sivacharya, and by Miss Annie Besant, His cruel or destructive aspects, though apparently so, are really the most beneficent aspects. This is also explained by the Puranic description of Him as "inwardly beneficent" (Antas Satwam, and "outwardly cruel" (Bahis Tamas). And when we perceive the really beneficent action of the terrible storms and clouds, and thunder and Lightning, Sun and Heat in such a purely agricultural country as India, we can also conceive, how His wrath is productive of the greater benefit to suffering and Sinning humanity from freeing him from this mortal and effete body and from this world, as the Vedic Poet so rapturously sings, like a cucumber severed from its stem (Yajur Veda) to regenerate (srishti) again after proper rest (Droupava) to undergo with greater strength the struggles of Life, and thus eat off his karma and eventually to obtain final release from birth, and rest in God. The whole difficulty of European scholars will vanish even on their own evolutionary method, if they will only see that in and around the Personality of Rudra or Siva, the Highest Ideal of the God-head was slowly and surely accreting from the time of the Rig-Veda, and which is most distinctly evolved in some of the Upanishads like Swetaswatara, Kaivalya, Atharva Siras, &c., and much more plainly in the Mahabahrat and several of the Puranas, though since and after the days of the Mahabharat, the cult of Vishnu, influenced by the tales of Rama and Krishna was gaining greater footing, though it never succeeded in supplanting the oldest faith anywhere in India.
In the stanza again, the reference to His being the killer (Devourer of Katha Up.) is to his power of destroying our Pasa (sin and sorrow and ignorance), and our material environments (body & c.) and as the Killer of evil, He is represented as fierce and terrible, and yet as He is the saviour of our soul by this very same act He is called Siva (gracious) and Sankara (Beneficent), and Sambhu (the beautiful) and Nandi (Lovable); and the reason is not far to seek why the latter act of names became more popular than the former set of names, such as the generator (Brahma) and ugra (fire), &c., Rudra (destroyer of sorrow) &c. And what our author has now in view are all the Puranic episodes in which the supreme One or His consort Uma, or His sons (Kumara) are represented as fiercely contending with Manmatha and Demons, and Asuras, the real meaning of which of course is that God is the destroyer of Lust and Evil and Ignorance and His aid is absolutely required for man to conquer sin and death. And the most popular festivals representing these conquests of knowledge are the Brahmotsava, and Dasara and Kaman-Pandigai and Skanda-Sasthi and Vinayaka -Chaturti. Writing to the Hindu some years back on the Brahmotsava we gave the following account.
THE BRAHMOTSAVAM OR THE CAR-FEAST.
In every grand feast lasting over several days, each day is performed what is called an 'Aithikam' (ஐதிகம்), a logical term meaning an ancient tradition or truth and which I may compare to the mystery plays. And the grandest event in a Bramotschavam is the car-feast; and that feast only is called Bramotschavam in which the car-feast is one of the events. The Bramotschavam would mean a feast in honour of the true Brahm or where the Truth of Brahm is manifested.
To describe briefly the festival; the principal thing is the huge car, in the body of which all the 'Devas' are worked in wood. We find attached four horses, and above them is seated a figure with four heads, and behind this figure its modern representative is the 'Kammala' waving his red handkerchief. Behind him the musicians. In the middle is seated the representation of the 'Deity', with a single arrow and bow in its hands. We see the whole town or village turning up to see what is popularly called Katch (காட்சி) or Darsan, meaning the manifestation of God's grace.
The breaking of the car's axle is also an ordinary event in the car-festival. Now, consider the ancient tradition recorded in the Yajur Veda and elaborated in the Puranas* and Mahabarata and the story is also alluded to in the Ramayana.
[* Matsya Purana. Chapter 129 - 140.
Skanda-Upadesa kanda: Chapters 70-72, and Linga Puran Purva 72 chapter cf. in last:-
Athaha bhagavan Rudro devan avalokya Sankara:
Pasunam adhipatyam me dattam hanmi tatosuran.
'Thus Sankara, the Bhagavan Rudra looked to the devas (and said) the Lordship of Pasus was given to me and therefore I will kill the Asuras.']
The story I allude to is the story of the Tirupurasamhara, I give the story first as given in Yajur Veda (6th Kanda, 2ns Prasna, 3 Anuvaka and 12th Mantra).
Tesham Asuranam tisva pura asannayasmayyara matha rajatatha harinita deva jetunna Saknuranta Upasadaiva jigi shakthasmadahye yaschaivam Veda yascha nopasadavai.
Mahapuram Jayantiti ta ishum
Samas Kurva ta gnim anikam
Soman Salyam Vishum tejanam
te bruvan ka imam asishyatita
Rudra iti aleruvan rudro vai
Krura; Somya twiti sobravit
Vavam Vrina adham eva Pasunam
Adhipatevasaniti tasmat rudra:
Pasunam adhipatistan rudrova
Srijat Satisra: Puro bhiteva ebhyo:
lokebhys Suran pranudata†
[† There were the three cities of iron, silver, and gold (belonging) to Asuras. The gods not being able to win them (by fight) wished to win them by siege. (The great) say that He (the Brahmin &c). who knows (what ought to be known) and he (the non-Brahmin &c) who does not know - they are able to win by siege the great city which cannot be overtaken by fight: (then) the gods made an arrow composed of Agni as (the bottom hilt) wood (அநீகம்) Soma as (the middle) iron (சல்லியம்), and Vishnu as (the top) (தேஜகம்) and declared (consulted) who will discharge it, and determined Rudra, the cruel (was) able: He (the Rudra) said the boon was made over, I am the Lord of Pasus (both the two-footed and four-footed); so Rudra the Lord of Pasus discharged it, broke up these 3 cities, and blown up them all from these worlds (பூமி, அந்தரிக்ஷ்ம், சுவர்க்கம்).]
Three Asuras‡had acquired by their tapas (human will and desire) three flaming forts whereby they were committing woe and destruction on men and Devas.
[‡ Our own account follows the more improved puranic accounts where incidents and details are altered somewhat to bring out the esoteric meaning much more fully - for instance, the Puranic account states that the arrow was never fired and that the car became a ruin.
Cf. Tiruvachakam. -
ஈரம்புகண்டிலம் ஏகம்பர் தம்கையில்
தச்சு விடுத்தலும், தாமடி யிட்டலும்
அச்சுமுறிந்த தென் றுந்தீபற
அழிந்தன முப்புர முந்தீபற
This very stanza is very suggestive of the true meaning தச்சு விடுத்தல் as leaving off one's human ties when யடியிட்டல், initiation by the Divine Guru happers, and then அச்சு முறிதல், முப்புரமழித்தல், our Pasu Botha and Pasa coats are all destroyed.]
The 'devas' repaired in a body to the supreme and invoked his aid. He consented to destroy them provided each rendered his help as he is described as "தன்பெருமை தானறியாத் தன்மையன்" (He who is not aware of His own greatness). Then the 'devas' shaped the huge car in which each had his part. The upper and lower halves were the 'heavens' and the earth. The sun and the moon became the wheels. The four Vedas became the 4 horses, Brahma its charioteer, Mount 'meru' and Vasuki became the bow and string; and the arrow was shaped out of Vishnu, the iron, Vayu, the feathers, and Agni the head. The structure had become complete and the Deity had taken its seat, and the dreaded asuras were tempted by curiosity and were nearing to view the 'wonder.' (அற்புதக்காட்சி). When, lo! pause! The Devas could not contain themselves and each began to think "I foolishly invoked the aid of 'the one.' what could he do without my help.' The very moment the Deity smiled; the three puras (three flaming forts) had joined and were consumed to ashes; and the three Asuras took their stand by the Deity, and the axle broke and the car was a ruin. The devas woke up smashed and addressed the Deity that he is the Pasupati and that themselves are all pasas. And from that day, the one began to be addressed as Tiripurantaka and Pasupathi. And it is to be noted that in Ramayana the Deity is addressed as Tirupurantaka and Pasupathi in the same verse.
Now for its meaning. Not to be accused of the foolish and blind error ascribed to the 'modern Hindu Revivalist,' I simply quote the verse from 'Thirumantram' of Thirumular which is being translated and published in these pages.
"அப்பணி செங்சடை யாதிபு ராதனன
முப்புரங் சொற்றன னென்பர்கள் மூடர்கள்
முப்புர மாவது மும்மல காரியம்
அப்புற மெய்தமை யாரறி வாரே."
Here the three puras* are compared to three mala or Pasa or Human coats of the soul or Atma. And I proceed to draw out the parallel. The Asuras typify the human monad in itself pure but working mischief through its encasement in the flesh and senses (flaming forts). Liberation comes when these coverings are destroyed and the feet of the Lord reached. "பாசங் கழன்றால் பசுவுக்கிடம்பதியாம்." To effect this liberation is the effort of the humanity and their labour and perseverance is truly wonderful. They pray to all sorts of gods and read all sorts of books and think out all sorts of methods, but the one thing running through their whole fibre, their Egoism, that pride of self, Ahankara and Mamakara, they do not forget, and it ever and anon crops up. Even when they pray to the 'true One' this pride of self does not vanish and he exclaims 'what a great gnani, what a great bhakta am I'. "Am I not achieving Salvation by my own Gnanam and by my own Bhakti." This poor human effort can only provoke a smile, and the huge structure built by this so-called Gnanam and Bhakti falls to pieces. And yet the Asuras who nearing to view the Supreme (they forget their own peril, their self) for the time being) unite their forts, i.e., attain 'மும்மலபரிபாகம்' or 'இருவினையொப்பு' to the indifference of the self, by the balancing of pleasure and pain, yet these attain to the feet of the Lord, their Mala being destroyed, by the ire, yea, the smile (Grace) issuing from the lips of the Lord. And this is called destruction or samharam. This is merely destructive conquest of flesh, a conquest of Agnanam by knowledge and Grace of God (Pathignanam). And the heading to Pathihgam called 'திருவுந்தியார்' in 'திருவாசகம்', describing 'Thirupura Samharam' &c., is called 'Gnana vetri' (ஞானவெற்றி conquest by gnana). As this conquest by its fierce conflict too, the Deity is sometimes represented in a dread aspect and yet called, 'Sivam' 'The Blissful'. And when we approach the Place of Peace, when our passions are reduced to ashes and from which there is no return, this is the real mashan* or burial ground and not where our earthly bodies are consumed from time to time and ever and anon to assume another by our flaming unkilled desires and passions. (See a beautiful passage in the first section of the open court lectures by that really inspired lady, Mrs, Annie Besant where the yogi of yogis is described.)
[* This Rudra Bhumi is represented on earth by the sacred shrine of Varanasi (Benares) where yogis obtain release through the fontenelle and obtain the feet of Siva the blissful, (hence all men aspire to die there-Oh-if only they will really reach the true Varanasi!) in the same way as the cave of the yogi, the Haradakasa, for the Dhakara upasana is represented by the sacred shrine of Chidambara in South India. The word cmacana both mean a crematorium and Benares.]
"One thing more - Have we not here discovered the true nature of the Pathi, and the nature of the Pasu covered by the pride of self (Pasa) and the way this pasa (three puras) can be destroyed, and can we then question the propriety if in this place the 'gods' describe themselves as 'Pasu' adn the 'One' as the Pasupathi in the veda. And can we cavil if the feast illustrating all this is called Bramotschavam? As regards the working of the institution, if the object of any religious method is simply to draw out man from his own self and to make him look up to and to own allegiance to the Highest, then I have seen the populace display more real enthusiasm and religious feeling at the drawing of a car in the streets under a burning sun than the most cultured in society in gilded palaces and under zephyr breathing punakas."
Last Saturday (Oct 14) was a day of universal rejoicing and sacredness in the land of Ind, and from the poorest peasant and village artisan to the richest and bravest warrior and king, and the devout Brahman all unite their gladsome heart in doing Pujah to the Universal Spirit which is all knowledge and all bliss. As is generally the case in Hindu Religion, the central idea is one thing and it assumes symbolism and slowly and surely in course of time, the thought and symbolism is expanded and extended and adopted in the multitudes of creeds and sects, we have among our midst. The central thought is that the Supreme Intelligence and Wisdom arises out of darkness and conquers evil, and that it is only with the aid of this Divine Light we can conquer also our darker passions. This idea runs through stories of Indra and Vritra, God and Satan, Ahura and Ahriman, the sun myth and Buddha and Maya &c., &c. This central thought is contained in the famous "Na Sad Asid" hymn of the Rigveda (x. 129).
3. In the beginning there was darkness hidden in darkness; all this was indistinguishable chaos. That which, being everywhere was wrapped in indistinctness grew into one (Sat) by the Great Power (Kriya Sakti) of the austerity of contemplation (Gnana Sakti).
4. At first arose Desire (Ichcha Sakti) which is that primal germ of mind; Sages searching with their heart's thought have found the kinship of the existent in the non-existent.
5. Their spreading ray of light, was it across, below or above? These were impregnating powers, these were mighty forces; Self-supported was below, and the Energiser above."
As all the Vedic (mantric rituals and philosophy were subsequently clothed in Agamic (Tantric) symbolism, the thought comprised in the above verses were symbolised by Durga warring with Mahihasura and trampling him under foot triumphant and her standing also on the bosom of Her Lord Siva. Durga is the "Power," "thought" and "Desire" (Kriya, Gnana and Ichcha sakti or chitsakti) of the above mentioned verses, and she is the Energiser and her Lord is the Self-Supporting Sat. Mahishasura, the Asura with the buffalo head (what more stupid than the buffalo to the Hindus?) means Ignorance, Avidya or evil. This is the Universal war going on from eternity and which war is represented in various shapes from time to time. This exactly is the meaning of the war in the Skandapuran, in the Ramayana and in the Mahabharatha.
"Whenever there is decay of Dharma, o! Bharatha, and there is exaltation of Adharma, then I myself come forth for the protection of the Good, for the destruction of the Evil doers, for the sake of firmly establishing Dharma, I am born from age to age". says Lord Krishna the master and Guru of Arjuna, and Arjuna is enjoined to fight out the evil in himself, his egoism. This story also is instructive in this way that without the divine Guru (Arul Sakti) we cannot know ourselves and our God. And the original of this story and teaching is in Arul's (Sakti) own person in the famous Brahme Upanishad (Kena), teaching the nature of the Brahman, the Supreme. This Supreme Wisdom, this Maha Sakti, this Great Chit, this Mahadevi (whose feast is the Mahanonbu) this Durga who is addressed as the "One with the Brahman" in the famous Hymn of Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra, this Uma (Wisdom, Light; see a beautiful article on who derivation of the word and history in the Madras Mail by Charles Johnston) highly adorned, the daughter of Himavat, tells the highly conceited Devas, who thought the victory was theirs, when the Brahman it was who obtained the victory. "It is the Brahman, It is through the victory of Brahman, that you have thus become great." This Brahman who is (verses 1, 2 and 3 of the 2nd khanda) known and thought by one who thinkest he does not know Him, and is not known to him who thinks he knows. The Devas each in his own mind, thought he was the great being, the great actor; and their own insignificance and the great truth, they did not know, till they were told by the Supreme Sakti (Arul) herself. This teaching is repeated in the story of the Thirupura Samhara. This is what is taught to Arjuna by Krishna, not to think that he is the actor, that he fights, and that he kills, but that he should dedicate all his acts to Ishwara as His acts, in whom he must fix his thoughts, attaining a mind perfectly balanced towards evil and good. When therefore Durga or Sakti means Supreme Sakti or Wisdom, it is easily conceivable after the nine dark nights of conflict of good over evil, all arts and learning and knowledge and work and sport should receive their light and life, and the Puja to Mahadevi, Mahalakshmi and Mahasarasvati and weapons and tools (Ayudha pujah) &c., should be celebrated. This was originally celebrated in the spring, when after the death and darkness and misery of winter, nature herself put on her best and freshest robes, and everything assumed beauty and life and light. But it was changed from spring to autumn as Rama worshipped Durga in this season before commencing his great fight with Ravana. And Arjuna invokes her aid also in the famous battle of Kurukshetra, and it is said that 'Durga Ki Jai' was the universal war cry in India. And from this also, we gather what were the notions of true warfare among Hindus. No war could be justifiable unless its object was to put down injustice and vice and lawlessness; and no war could be sanctioned which had merely the object of greed and gain and power only.
People may ask why God should be represented as terrible at all, but this goes to the history of evolution of all religious ideas in this land and elsewhere (even the god of the Christians is an angry and jealous god), and we gather also our own feeling on the matter when we speak of "righteous indignation." The story of Uma Haimavati being the mediator* [* cf. The famous lines "தாயுடன் சென்றுபின் தாதையைக்கூடி" "follow the mother and embrace the father."] between the Ignorant gods from Indra downwards is repeated in all the Saiva puranas, with the more explicit mention of Siva as the Supreme Brahman and this has vast bearing also on the history of the evolution of the Brahmic Ideal. This story taken with the stories of Daksha's sacrifice, and the sacrifice performed by the Rishis of Dharukavana, leave no doubt about the true meaning.
THE FIRE SACRIFICE.
In any of its three forms was the original mode of worship by the ancient Aryan, and in this worship all the gods are invoked. Thereby the idea of the only One without a second was being forgotten, and the rituals and sacrifices became more and more formal. The improving conscience and thought of the people felt that something must be done to make the sacrifice to the One true God more explicit, and to eliminate from the category of the true God, all the minor gods who were till now addressed as one with God. And greater veneration was being paid to the sound of the Vedas as mantra and not to the true spirit, (this class gave rise to the Purva mimamsa or Sabda Brahma Vadam) and this pernicious influence had also to be checked. And hence, the Pauranika, who narrated not facts in political history, but a much more important aspect of history, namely, the mental and spiritual history of a people, invented these episodes, to illustrate the usual trend in the public minds, and the changes which were being slowly introduced were Kena Upanishad story proves that the earlier gods even discredited at the time of this Upanishad, and it explains also that the worship paid to these deities in the Vedas was nominally so, but really to the Supreme and that these Gods and their triumphs merely represented the One true God and His Triumphs.
THE DAKSHA STORY.
Would even point to a time when the Aryans had fallen to a lower level, and the true spirit of sacrifices (Dakshayan-Kriya Sakti) was totally ignored, and they turned a deaf ear to true counsel, and more heroic measures were necessary, which was nothing else than the entire putting down of sacrifices. And the Gods from Vishnu downwards are smashed by Virabhadra, the creation of God's anger and the sacrificial place is turned to a crematorium. And when Daksha relents, we find actually in the Vayu Puran (See the account in Wilson's Volumes), God Siva, telling him that all sacrifices and worship which is not directed to the glory of the true Brahman is bound to end in such failure, and that all worship really belongs to God, and must be directed to Him solely and wholly to ensure salvation. And the proud and haughty Rishis of Darukavana.
THE SABDA BRAHMA VADIES.
Had also to be put down similarly, and the Deer which they created, and sent to destroy God (Siva), by its fearful noise, represents merely the Veda (நான்மறை), pronounced without meaning and God Siva, took up this Deer at His fingers end, held it up close to His Ear, without any evil effect, only to illustrate, that however loud we may shout out the name of God, it cannot reach His ears and have any effect, and unless and until we bring to bear our whole heart and whole soul, in His praise. And in this connection how full of meaning is the line from St. Manica Vachaka.
"வேதங்கள் ஐயாவெனவோங்கி ஆழ்ந்து அகன்ற நுண்ணியனே."
(The Vedas cried Oh Father, and Thou transcendest far far beyond.)
and each one of the five words following the word Vedas, shows the ever increasing distance between Vedas and God, though in other places, God is extolled as "வேதமிழுத்பொருள்"
This is the true meaning of these episodes, and Oriental Scholars have sought vainly to read into these, conflicts between a savage creed and the true ancient Gods, and nothing can be further from fact than to say that Siva was not the God of the Brahmans, Lassen truly observes after a careful reading of Mahabarat that Siva was the god of the upper classes, Brahmans and Kshattriyas, and Manu in mentioning the caste of the Gods, makes out that Siva is Brahman, Vishnu Kshattriya, and Brahma Vaisya and Indraa Sudra and their worship by the respective castes are recommended. And Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa speaks of Siva as the ideal of all contemplative and self-absorbed men, and as the God of the Yogis; and the description of the Muni, (Yogi) is almost the same as that of Rudra even in the Rigveda (R. V. X. 136) and the Muni and Rudra are declared to drink the Visha together. And in the Mahabharata, Siva is over and over again spoken of as the Yogi of Yogis. And the form ascribed to Siva, his braided hair, his naked body or body clothed in skins (அம்பரமாம் மான்ஸித்தோல்- Skin consisting of Ambara-Akas), with Upaveeda of snakes, with his Gangas and Dandu, are exactly the features and accompaniments of a Brahmin Ascetic (Yogi) and the remarkable resemblance will be strikingly noticed in the Poona Art Pictures of Shiva and Parvati, Vashista or Vishwamitra and their wives. And today 90 percent of the Hindu Population wear the emblems of Siva, Ashes and Rudraksha, and the temples of Shiva cannot be counted in numbers and one need only try to count the temples mentioned in Mr. R. Sewell's book on South Indian Antiquities.
52. When Uma out of playfulness shut the eyes of the Supreme Lord, the whole worlds became dark, which darkness was removed by His third eye. They know not that by this tradition that all the Lights of heaven are but reflections of His Supreme Joti Form.
"In this Indestructible (Brahman) the sun and moon were established." (Br. Up. 3.8.11)
53. They know not that the Devas felt dejcted and unhappy for want of sense-enjoyment when the Supreme Siva assumed Yoga. They know not that when the God Vishnu persuaded His son Kama Deva to face Siva, the latter burnt him to ashes by His Upper Eye; and when the Supreme however became united to the Gracious Mother, Uma Haimavati, all sentient creatures recovered their happiness.
54. Unless the Supreme can assume Forms, we cannot have manifestations of His Panchakritya, and of His Grace to His Bhaktas. We cannot get the sacred Revealations. We cannot eat the fruits of our Karma, and seek release by Yoga, and by sacred initiation.
55. Once we assert Form to the Supreme, it follows that It is Formless also. From this again, we derive a third Form which is neither Form nor Formless. All these three varieties of Forms are assumed only and solely for the purpose of destroying our own physical forms, (cause of birth and death).
NOTE:- The first is called the Sakata or Apara, the second is called Nishkala or Para, and the third is or Sakala-Nishkala or Parapara.
56. If asked why God is spoken of as Adhwa Murti (having the Adhwas for His Body), it is because He is Eternal and omnipresent and inseparable from all these bodies, and He actuates and moves both Chit and Achit, that the Vedas call Him so.
NOTE:- These six Adhwas (1) Kala, whose subdivisions are Santhyathitha Kala (சாந்தியாதிதகலை), Santi Kala (சாந்திகலை), Viddhei (வித்தை), Prathishta (பிரதிஷ்டை), Nivirti (நிவிரத்தி), (2) Bhuvana, (3) Varna, (4) Mantra, (5) Pada, (6) Tatwa, and these respectively form (1) members of His body, (a) head, (b) face, (c) chest, (d) arms, (e) feet; (2) hairs, (3) skin, (4) blood (5) nerves, (6) flesh and bones. Vide mantra No. 991 in R.A. Sastrie's Lalita Sahasra Nama.
57. If asked, why it is the Vedas speak of Mantra more specially as His Body, it is because that, of the material causes of the Universe, namely, Vindhu (Kundali), Mohini (Asuddha Maya) and Mahat (Prakriti), the Vindu body is of the purest, and is in Union with Siva Sakti.
58. And because this Mantra originates from this Pure Vindhu, and is caused and permeated by Parasakti and is the cause of man's progress and salvation, all the Vedas speak specially of the Mantras as Hara's Body.
59. If asked why of these Mantras, the Tantras speak of the five mantras, Isana &c., more as His Body, Hear! These five mantras arose first and is the cause of all other Mantras, and are guided by the five First Saktis.
END OF 2ND ADHIKARANA.
60. If it be asked how the gods Brahma and the rest are also Forms of Hara, it is so, because it is by the Power of His Sakti that these gods perform their functions. The objections that if these gods perform these functions, no other God as Hara is necessary is met by the fact that these Gods can only perform one and only function each.
NOTE:- The power of these Gods is confined to and by the respective Material planes in which they exercise these function. Gods 'Brahma and Vishnu, cannot rise above the Asuddha maya plane and so on. So that, an All-seer and All-worker is essentially necessary.
61. The Sakti is not many but only one. It appears as Various by its manifestation in various functions. Just as the one Supreme Law and Power vested in the person of our August Sovereign appears as various when executed by Her Majesty's ministers of state, Hara actuates all Gods and grants boons and salvation according to His own Supreme Will.
NOTE:- One minister of State works for peace, another for war. One Educates another Punishes. One is engaged in collecting Revenue, another in spending. One attends to Home affairs and another to Foreign affairs. The commentators mention the incidents of the Daksha's Sacrifice, Markendeya's salvation, the churning of the Ocean etc., as illustrating that none of the Lower Gods can act independently of the sweet will of the Supreme Paramasiva.
முய்த்திடு மிச்சைசெய்தி யிவைஞானத்துளவோ வென்னில்
லெத்திற ஞானமுள்ள தத்திறமிச்சைசெய்தி
வைத்திடு மறைபின்ஞானான் மருவிடுங் கிரியையெல்லாம்.
The form of this Sakti is Pure Intelligence. If asked whether Supreme Will and Power are also found in this Supreme Intelligence, yes. Wherever there is intelligence there is will and power. As such the Power and Will be manifested also by the Supreme Chit Sakti.
NOTE:- The saying "Knowledge is Power" explains the statement above. The phrase தடையிலா, மறைப்பில் that cannot be obstructed or hidden applied to the Supreme Intelligence, have to be remembered particularly. The Siddhanta does not contemplate any power or Intelligence which can even temporarily undergo obscuration or change or become impure. In the presence of this Supreme Sat Chit, there can be no darkness, no ignorance and no sorrow at any time. Darkness, ignorance and sorrow cannot be postulated by attributing any veiling or obscuration to this Supreme light. The Supreme light unlike the Earthly suns, shines everywhere and at all times and in all splendour, undiminished and unobscured, though the poor mortals as we are cannot and will not perceive this light, owing to the veil or covering over our eyes (and not over God, mind), just as the blind man fails to perceive light on even a bright noon day. The little covering is over the blind man's little man's little eyes and not over the sun, (try to compare the dimensions of man's eye and that of the sun), though the poet sings that even a small umbrella can hide the sun. The poet forgets that it is not the great sun, the umbrella hides but his little head. There are many similar fallacies in popular speech, and this one particular fallacy is a fruitful source of error.
63. This one Parasakti becomes three as Ichcha, Gnana and Kriya Saktis. Ichcha Sakti may be defined as the Supreme Love, desiring the welfare of all living creatures. As Gnana Sakti, God knows all, and the wants of each and every one, and grants their deserts. By His Gracious Kriya Sakti, the Lord creates all these worlds.
NOTE:- At the sight of the jivas weltering in sin and suffering, God's Love is excited, and He wills to save the souls, and intelligently sets shout adjusting means to this end, and the special means adopted for their salvation is by creating these worlds for gaining experience and wisdom. At page 98 of this volume is quoted a verse from Mahabarat showing the worlds are created for the enjoyment of jiva, for his eating the fruits of Karma; and the following line from Emerson shows also what the best Christian opinion is. "Everything is prospective, and man is to live hereafter That the world is for his education is the only sane solution of the enigma."
64. Can the Jiva by possession of his will, intelligence and power can be said to be equal to God? No. These powers of the Jiva are veiled by the eternal mala or impurity. The soul knows by the Grace of God, according to karma performed by him. The soul is not self-dependent enough to secure the fruits of his works or salvation, himself.
65. When pure Gnana, He is called Sivam, When Pure Kriya, He is called Sakti. When Gnana and Kriya are equally balanced, He is called Sadasiva. If kriya predominates, He is called Maheshwara. If gnana predominates He is called Viddei. In these Forms or Bodies, He performs the various functions, constituting, Reabsorption (Laya), Enjoyment (Bhoga) and Creation (Adhikara).
NOTE:- The first two forms, Sivam and Sakti constitute the Layi or Nishkala Body. Sadasiva is the Bhogi-Form or Nishkala-Sakala body. Maheshwara and Viddhei are the creators and constitute the Sakala-Form.
66. These five Forms of Sivam, Sakti &c., form His Five-self-luminous Bodies. As these Siva-Tatwas are in existence before the generation of Time itself, these may be said to be eternal (Nitya). The order is not order in Time, therefore, but order in manifestation of Gnana and Kriya Saktis.
NOTE:- We will have to note that there are forms of Matter which lie beyond Time and Space too.
67. As one actor plays the part of many characters such as Ravana, Rama &c., so, the Supreme One works in all these Forms and yet remains one and unchanged. All these Forms are His Sakti. He and His Sakti are related as the tree and its inner solid core (வயிரம்).
68. Just as the crystal appears as the various colours reflected on it, yet remains unchanged, so God manifests Himself as variously as His Sakti Forms, and remains Pure and one. And He cannot be perceived except when He manifests Himself in His Arul Sakti.
69. All this Universe is of the Form of Sivam and His Sakti. Of their form, are all males and females possessing marks and qualities agreeing and differing from each other. By the Power of Sakti, are all our welfare secured. People do not understand the secret meaning of the Sivalinga and Pita.
NOTE:- Compare Mahabharat, page 74 (Anuca Parva). 'This universe of mobile and immobile creatures is pervaded by two kinds of forms (male and female). Every being with the mark of the masculine sex should be known to be of Isana; while every being with the mark of the feminine sex should be known to be of Uma."
70. சிவனுரு வருவுமல்லன் சித்தினோ டசித்துமல்லன்
பவமுதற் றொழில்களொன்றும் பண்ணிடுவானுமல்லன்
தவமுதல் யோகபோகம் தரிப்பவ னல்லனருளே
யிவைபெற வியைந்துமொன்று மியைந்திடா வியல்பினானே.
Siva is neither Rupi nor an Arupi. He is neither chit nor Achit. He does not create nor sustain nor perform other functions. He was never a Yogi nor a Bhogi. Though present in and pervading all these inseparably, yet he is of a nature different from all these.
END OF FIRST SUTRA.
ADVAITA LAKSHANA - SECOND SUTRA.
GOD'S RELATION TO THE WORLD.
(1) உலசெலா மாகி, வேறாய், உடலுமாய்,
உலகிலா வுயிர்கள், கன்மத்து, ஆணையின்
தலைவனாய், இவற்றின் தன்மை தனக்கெய்த
நிலவுசீர் மலனாகி, நின்றனன்,
One with the world, and different, and both,
The light transcendent,
The Lord who guides souls innumerable, in obedience
to His Will (Agnja) and each one's karma;
The Nirmala Being, untouched by the defects of
Supreme He stands, second less, pervading all.
NOTE:- The author expands this one verse into 95 stanzas and the division by commas shows the various parts of the same. The primary divisions is into 4 adikaranas, and the reader is asked to follow this with the Sivagnanabotha Sutra and churnika and adikaranas and illustrations. We give very few notes, as the subject is more or less fully treated in my edition of Sivagnanabodham.
We will also refer to the readers which appeared in the pages in this Magazine in Vol II on "Mind and Body" "The two Gems" "God and the World". pp 13, 67, 37. All knowledge is relative, and the true purpose of Philosophy and Religion is to seek the relation that subsists between man and the world and God; and from the relations deduced we proceed to govern our life and guide our actions. In discussing these relations, some people deny the existence of someone or other, some all, of these things; and some in doing so, assert the identity of the one with the other. Most people do not however keep the divisions and subdivisions separate, and they confound and confuse some and all of them. Now we shall state some of these questions distinctly.
1. Whether the existence of all or any one or any two is accepted or denied?
2. Whether between any two.
(1) Both are regarded as substances.
(2) Or both are regarded only as phenomena.
(3) One is substance and the other phenomena.
(4) One is substance, another is attribute.
3. What is the relation between these sets.
(a) Whether order in place. Coexistence.
(b) Order in time, Succession, or cause and effect.
(c) Or any other.
4. Whether (1) as between substance and attribute, substance and phenomena, cause and effect, substance and cause alone are real; attribute phenomena and effect are unreal, (2) whether the latter are real, and the former unreal.
All these are distinct questions and require distinct answers. And if one wishes to be exact, he must try and answer these questions.
The 2nd Sutra is the Sutra which discusses this Relativity. Our name for this relation is Advaita. This Advaita relation differs from that of every other school, though it shows the way to reconcile all these schools by accepting the element of truth contained in each.
MAYAVADI'S OBJECTION ANSWERED.
2. When all the Vedas proclaim the Oneness of God without a second why do you postulate a second by speaking of His Presence in Souls? No. You misread the Vedas. They only declare that there is only One God. His relation to the souls is that of the letter (A) to other letters.
GOD IS ALL AND NOT ALL.
3. As the soul is attached to its forms and organs (physical body) and is yet separate from the body, so also is Isa attached to the souls. However, the souls cannot become God, and God cannot become the souls. God is one and different from the souls.
HOW GOD ACTUATES SOULS AND KARMA.
4. This Soul, subject to good and bad Karma endures birth and death, and pleasure and pain. The soul enjoys the fruits of Karma through the Power of God, in the same way, as a King metes out reward and punishment in this mundane world. The fruits cannot attach to a future birth by the appropriate bodies etc, of their own force.
THE LOKAYATHA'S OBJECTIONS.
5. If you object to the existence of Karma, by saying that both pleasure and pain are only natural to us, then natural characteristics must be harmonious. Men should not be subject to pain and pleasure which differ. You again point to a natural fact such as water becoming fragrant when flowers are soaked in it and becoming warm when heated.
MAN IS DIFFERENT FROM HIS ATTACHMENTS.
AND MUST BE INTELLIGENT.
6. Just so; the water becomes fragrant or hot, not by its own nature but by its attachments. So also the two Kinds of Karma become attached to the soul. Pains and pleasures cannot attach themselves to a non-intelligent, non-conscious substance.
ANOTHER OBJECTION. THERE IS NO FUTURE STATE.
7. It is again objected that a man's effort is the cause of his earning wealth and enjoying pleasure. The indolent can never gain nor can they enjoy. If otherwise, persons must secure wealth, who do not possess industry and effort.
THE SAME ANSWERED.
8. To this we reply that a man's effort or indolence is the result of his previous Karma. Then again, when a man is most industrious in the pursuit of wealth, suddenly he becomes indolent. Then again wealth secured after great effort is suddenly lost by fire or theft etc. Besides, the most indolent are also rolling in luxury.
HOW KARMA ACTS.
9. Gain and loss and pleasure and pain, age and death all these six become attached in the womb. He must go through these of a necessity. They are the result of the Karma effected in a previous birth. Results of present Karma will be manifest in a future birth.
10. Karma being acts of the body, how was the body caused you ask. The karma of the last body causes the new body. They are mutually connected as cause and effect, as the seed and tree mutually cause each other.
HOW OUR FUTURE IS FORMED.
11. If past Karma is eaten in this birth, how do you get seed for a future birth you ask. This Karma consists of acts producing pleasure or pain. These acts caused the present body and in performing them again, other acts are formed. It is impossible to act without giving rise to other acts. Hence the connection.
THE ABOVE POINT ILLUSTRATED.
12. As the fruit of husbandry yield us food for present enjoyment and seed for tomorrow, so also, our acts also account for our present enjoyment and form seed, the fruit of which will be enjoyed in a future birth. This is the eternal order of Karma.
NOTES:- The three kinds of Karma and their definition have to be borne in mind. Sanjita karma follows one from birth to birth. Prarapta karma is formed out of Sanjita and is the direct cause of the body and worlds and enjoyments one is born to in the present existence. Akamia Karma is the seed gathered for a future sowing while so enjoying. From the beginning of this adikarna to this, the Siddantis position is established as against the Lokayata.
GOOD AND BAD KARMA DEFINED.
13. Karma are either good or bad, performed without harmony by the mind, speech and body. By good karma you do good to all sentient creatures. By Bad karma, you injure all. The Supreme Lord understands your deserts and makes you suffer pleasure or pain accordingly.
NOTES:- The definition of Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, Punyam and Papam as herein given has to be noted carefully. It is the doing of acts which give pleasure or pain to all and every sentient creature within one's own sphere, and one's own pleasure and pain is also involved. Humanity is so tied that one cannot think of his own good or his own loss absolutely. It is only when a man judges of his act in their effect on the whole of humanity, that he can be judging rightly. In our view of Punyam and Papam, the doing of good is enjoined as a positive duty, as much as the refraining from evil or injury. The list of 32 Dharmas or charities contains every one of those active duties which a man think of to benefit his fellow creatures by removing their sufferings and adding to their pleasure. The sole trait of the Saintly consists in their over flowing Love towards humanity and their pain and sorrow at their fallen brethren.
"கள்ளத்தலைவர் துயர் கருதி தன் கருணை வெள்ளத்தலைவ மிக." says Saint Umapathi. Read my further observations at pp 199, 200, in Vol. I. I was most pained to see the phrase "desiring the welfare of all" in Gita chap V. 25 most saliently explained to mean "injuring none" This sort of tendency marks the downward fall in Hindu Ethics and some of the reproaches levelled at Hindu Quietism are not altogether undeserved. Who could do a greater harm to society than by the perverted injunction to do good to all is construed into a mere negative injunction to injure none. And how can troubles of the sinning and sorrowing humanity ruffle the undisturbed calmness will not prevent a man from a rebirth but it only presages the storm that is to follow. Woe, Woe to those who would follow out such views of calmness and saintliness.!!!
THE PURVA MIMAMNSAKA'S OBJECTION ANSWERED.
14. How does God mete out the fruit of Karma you ask. He does so, as He pervades all and out of his Love to his creatures, so that they may attain freedom. He blesses those who do good and afflicts those who do wrong.
GOD'S WAYS ARE ALL LOVE.
15. It is out of His Love, He punishes the wicked. He punishes those who do wrong and makes them mend their ways and do right. All his acts therefore flow out of His Love.
16. Parents chastise their refractory children. Is this not out of Love? God's anger is also similarly manifested.
FURTHER OBJECTIONS ANSWERED.
17&18. Acts themselves produce fruits; no God is necessary you say. But these acts themselves are lost to view even here. You further instance manure and medicine which die and produce results. But this rule does not hold good in every case; as when you give food and betel to a starving man.
19. Further the example of manure and medicine is not a proper one. But if you still say there are instances where acts performed in one place produce fruit in another, such as gifts bestowed here at yajnas etc, yet these are found to perish even here. How can they produce effects in an another world?
The same argument continued.
20. You say that all these acts leave their impress on the doer's mind, and are reproduced from the mind in another birth. If so, sir, the heaven and hell and earth attained to by the virtuous and vicious resolve into your mind and they were born again from your mind. My dear sir, your words are wonderful.!
GOD IS THE SUPREME LAW.
21. The gift and giver the rites and receiver, all perish; as such an Eternal Knower who can mete out good and bad is necessary. All good actions are the ordinations of god. He who follows His Law, will also be freed from his disease.
22. Souls enjoy alone in conjunction with body and organs, place and time and order, action and object; all these latter are non-intelligent and cannot attach themselves to the Soul of their own accord. The soul being bound cannot choose these of its own power. As such the Infinite Being brings about their union by the Supreme Power of His Law, (Agnja Sakti) and out of His Supreme Law.
LOVE IS LAW.
23. Good behaviour, Love, Grace, Achara, courteous reception, amity, good sense, blameless austerity, charity, respect and reverence and intelligent truthfulness, faultless Sannyasa, humility, if these constitute blameless Virtue, they are also the ordinances of the Loving Lord.
24. When one worships the God he loves, with mind fixed intent, and words of praise, and hands showering forth flowers, after getting rid of anger, desire and other faults, and entering on the practice of the above named virtues, then the most ancient of the ancient gods will deign to accept his worship.
NOTE:- The words in the text "இச்சித்த்தெய்வம்," any God he loves" is general and refer to the worship of any deity, the sole requisite being that he leads a blameless life, and is filled with true devotion and perfect harmony of thought, speech, and deeds.
AND THE TRUE ONE WILL SHOW YOU GRACE.
25. "யாதொரு தெய்வங் கண்டீரத் தெய்வமாகியங்கே
மாதொரு பாகனார்தாம் வருவர்மற்றத் தெய்வங்கள்
வேதனைப் படுமிறக்கும் பிறக்கும் மேல்வினையிம்செய்யும்
ஆதலாலிவையிலா தானறிந்தருள் செய்வனன்றே"
Whatever God you worship, even as Him, the Consort of Uma will appear. Other gods will die and be born, and sin and suffer by performing Karma.
He, who is above all this, will understand your true worship and show you grace.
cf - (a) The words of that most ancient poet Nar-kirar.
இவரல்லவென்றிருக்கவேண்டாம் - கவராதே
THE REASON THEREOF.
26. When we worship some beings, such as parents, &c., it is not they who show us grace in the future state. Even where these gods show us grace, it is thus. All these gods are under the guidance of the Supreme power; and the Supreme grants us our prayers through them.
NOTE:- Just as the honours conferred by the Viceroy of India flows directly also from Her most gracious Majesty, so do also the gods show grace each in his own sphere of influence.
THEREFORE WORSHIP THE TRUE GOD.
27. If it is Siva who shows you Grace ultimately, the love of Him will be the supreme virtue. All other worship will be lower and vain. This highest Dharma is declared in the Sivagamas. He has no desires himself; (and so this worship is not for his pleasure). Whatever you desire most, He is gracious enough to grant. So persevere in his worship.
NOTE:- The author explains his true attitude with regard to his own religion and other religions in these verses. He does not condemn the worship of other gods, for the simple reason that all such worship is useful, in that, all such worship, if true, tends to raise him from his own low desires and selfish instincts, and towards a nearer approach to the Supreme God; and the All-Seer, and All-knower, and All-gracious cannot fail to take note of his sincerity and love, and to reward him as he deserves. But however useful, the worship of the lower god cannot be the highest object of our aspiration. We can bow before the Fountain of Grace itself direct, and drink of the supreme bliss. This is also the teaching of the Gita, and in reading it, one has only to remember, that whenever Lord Krishna speaks of Himself, he speaks as the supreme Guru and Acharya of Arjuna, and as such, represents, the supreme God Himself. Many a passage will be unmeaning otherwise; and the worship of Himself which he recommends is not to be taken to mean any Saguna worship or the worship of any God other than the Highest.
cf.- 'Become wise at the end of many births, one worships Me. That high-souled saint is very rare to whom Vasudeva (the Supreme God) is all." vii.19.
(20) "Whatever form a devotee wisheth, in faith, to worship, that faith in him do I render firm."
(22) "Possessed with that faith, who devotes himself to that worship, obtains thence his wishes, but they are merely granted by Myself."
(23) "But to those of small understanding (all) fruit had an ending. The votaries of the deities join the deities; my votaries join Myself."
(25) "This ignorant world knows me not as the birthless and deathless." (From Srimath Govind Charya's translation).
THE WAY OF WORSHIP.
The Supreme accepts worship both in material Forms (Siva Linga) and in living Forms (God's devotees) and shows His Grace. If you can place Him in your heart and worship, this will be adequate worship. In any mode, fail not to love and laud him every day.
THE GREATNESS OF SUCH DEVOTION.
29. Even the sins of the Lord's devotees become virtue, the virtues of loveless men are sinful. The austere sacrifice of Daksha was in vain; while the sin committed by the human child was beneficial.
NOTE:- All sins flow from selfishness, and virtue from selflessness, and love of man and God. This is the true test of vice and virtue. Even man-made law looks to the intention in the first instance, in defining most crimes. As such, where we may be sure that any act was not prompted by any personal greed, for the avoidance of pain or the gaining of pleasure to the individual but had proceeded out of pure love of God and his fellow creatures that at once ceases to be a vice. In fact, all personal responsibility ceases with such persons, in the same way, as with children, idiots, and lunatics, and the world have called such great beings fools and idiots.
"As children, lunatics and the possessed, so do holy Gnanis behave." (Tayumanavar).
The allusion in the last line of the text is to the history of Saint Dandisa Nayanar, one of the Saiva Saints, who, when interrupted in the divine pujah, by his own father, struck and severed the latter's foot with a stick - (Vide p.89, vol. I, Siddhanta Deepika).
We have already enlarged upon the story of the Daksha sacrifice and its import. Daksha was the first son of God Brahma, and so from the beginning of this world, the contrast between lip-service and heart worship has been manifest, between mere rituals and true devotion to God and love to man.
WHERE THE LAW IS CONTAINED.
30. The Veda is God's word. They who do not follow the Word reach hell; an those who follow reach the worlds of bliss. Men suffer pain or enjoy pleasure according to the ordinances of God.
31. By the law, the king administers justice and punishes those who do not obey the law. Those, who follow the law, he loads with wealth and lands, and clothes them also with powers under the law. And all this by the power of the law.
THE KING'S LAW NOT AN EXCEPTION TO THE SUPREME LAW.
32. Even the act of the king is an act of God's mercy. Those who commit high crimes and misdemeanours are punished surely and suffer and thus work out their Karma. Then they learn to follow the law. Such purified beings will avoid hell. The sufferings of man in hell and in earth are really the same.
GOD IS JUST AND THE SUPREME PHYSICIAN.
33. He who commits wrong against the injunction contained in the sacred Shastras given out graciously by God, will suffer pain the dark regions of hell, and thus work out his sin. The virtuous man also works out his Karma by eating the fruits in heavenly regions. This kind of suffering and enjoyment are the two kinds of physic which the Supreme Physician administers for the removal of man's mala.
NOTE:- Both virtue and vice binds man to the earth and form the seed of birth and death. This is one of the central doctrines of Hinduism. Our Christian friends are hardly able to comprehend this truth. But this, by the way, forms also one of the chief points in the Christian doctrine. According to them, how was the fall of man brought about in this earth. How did sin arise and with it death and birth? Why by the first man disobeying God's law? And what was this law? Do not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And what is the meaning of this sentence? To the ordinary Christian, we dare say this will be quite meaningless. At any rate, it will be a puzzle to him how the tasting of the knowledge of good will be sin. When, however, it is explained that the tree of knowledge of good and evil is merely man's consciousness of good and bad, and his eating the fruit of them is his following out in action such knowledge. With the feeling of Ahankara and Mamakara ('I' and 'mine') most predominant in his mind, i.e., with his will as the sole guiding principle and not the supreme will of the Lord, then indeed, he commits sin and lays the seed for a course of births and deaths. If avoiding both good and bad, as he felt it, he simply and calmly submitted to the Will of God (and dedicated all his acts and thoughts and speech to God's service and glorification இறைபணிநிற்கவும். all sin and suffering will vanish. ("மலமாயை தன்னொடும் வல்வினையிற்றே.")
But this ideal of the highest ethics and religion cannot and does not commend itself to the thoroughly materialised peoples of the West and hence their obtuseness.
As the Supreme Physician who cures our ignorance and sin, He is called Vaidyanatha; and under such name God is worshipped in the Vaidiswaran Koil in Tanjore District.
THE SAME EXPLAINED.
34. He who follows the rules given in books of hygiene will never suffer sickness. If such rules are neglected sickness will torment a man. The physician will administer medicine to the suffering man and remove his illness. He will cure ills even without medicine by an incantation or a mere touch.
So also, those who follow God's law, perform Karma and get freedom.
BOTH GOOD AND EVIL ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF MAN.
35. Our earthly physicians cure certain ills by cutting and cauterising and are also rewarded. Other ills are cured by feeding with milk and sugar. So also the Lord cures the ills of Karma by subjecting mankind to pain and pleasure.
NOTE:- Nobody can accuse the physician of partially in causing pain to one and pleasure to another. The fact is these acts are not for his own benefit but to benefit his patients possessing different maladies.
LIFE AFTER DEATH.
36. When the gross body dies, the soul retains its sukshuma sarira of eight tatwas, for enjoyment or suffering, in heaven or hell, under the divine decrees, and passes into the womb as an atom before it is born again into the world.
NOTE:- The Puri-ashtaka is the sukshuma sarira or body composed of the 5 subtle elements, sabda, sparisa, rupa, rasa and ganda and manas, buddhi and ahankara. In this subtle body, they undergo no new experiences, but live over the life they have lived in this world, in a mere intensified form than on earth. If in this life their thoughts were good and pleasant, they feel thousand times more happy in the astral world, but if they led a vicious life, their bad thoughts haunt them ever, and their suffering is multiplied a thousand fold. After the appointed time is over, they are again reborn to work out their further Karma.
37. When one gross body perishes, the soul may take on at once another gross body or it may be dormant like a stone for a time; and after the allotted time and according to its Karma, it will take on another gross body.
38. The snake dropping its skin, the birds leaving its shell, and the yogi his body and entering another, and the passing from a waking state into dream condition illustrate the parting of the soul from his gross body after death and its entry into a different world of consciousness.
39. Karma comprises virtuous and vicious acts and their results, becoming the cause of Loss and gain, pleasure and pain. It is one of the three eternal malas covering the soul and from its appearing in the form of acts of mind, body and speech is named kamya.
THE THEORY OF REBIRTH.
40. This karma of good and evil is eternal. yet it has a beginning as it starts with the acts performed by men in time. It has an end, after it is worked out by man fully. It becomes attached to maya mala at the great dissolution of the universe, and is reborn with the subtle body of each soul and is continuous (like a flood) in each successive rebirths and deaths, and is of different forms (as Sthula, sukshuma and Adisukshuma) and is yet formless and acts under the Law of Supreme Hara.
41. You say that of living beings, both moveable and immoveable, each of them will only change its body at its rebirth, according to its respective karma, but not its form. But answer me first , whether when human beings enter Swarga and partake of the bliss therein, whether they do so there as human beings or as celestials?
NOTE:- The Battacharya's theory is that grass, herb or bird or animal or man will be reborn as grass, herb, &c., respectively and not one into another. According to Madawa Charya (Dwaita school) when mortals reach the Highest Heaven, they enjoy there as man or beast or bird according to its original form on earth.
42. If they enjoy in heaven as mere human beings, then this heaven ceases to be such. If as celestials they enjoy, your theory, that they do not change their forms, falls to the ground. After enjoying as celestials, when they are reborn on earth, they will be only reborn as human beings and not as celestials.
43. Some worms become beetles and some worms become wasps. Similarly beings change their forms according to their karma. Most of the schools are also agreed on this point and why should you alone have doubts about it.
44. The accounts of Agalya becoming a stone, of Maha Vishnu incarnating in several forms, of the Sun having given rise to a Race of far famed kings, of a spider and a rat having become powerful kings, also demonstrate our point.
A FURTHER OBJECTION ANSWERED.
45. You say that these instances only show that these change of forms were due to certain causes and not to the effect of karma. But I have already stated that the Lord is the Witness of all kinds of karma. As it is, everything follows only the Divine Will.
KARMA INERT UNLESS ENERGISED BY GOD.
46. Karma cannot of itself discover the particular body or the particular world and attach itself to Jiva and the Jiva itself is equally incapable of choosing the particular body. The union and evolution of these bodies are brought about by God. God intelligently gives each a suitable body, according to his karma.
GROSS BODY IS DERIVED FROM THE SUBTLE;
NECESSITY OF A CREATOR.
47. If you ask whence the gross body is derived, it is derived from the subtle Maya. If you ask again, whether, if so, the forms should not all be similar, we answer No. Though gold is one, different kinds of ornaments like chairs &c., are made there from. The creation of all these forms and universe are brought about by the only one God, Siva.
NOTE:- The question has often puzzled people whether the higher forms of animals, and man can revert in a next birth to still lower and different forms. But the difficulty will vanish when as herein pointed out that the different kinds of gross bodies possessing form are all derived from the more subtle and formless matter. From this formless subtle matter, it will be as easy to form one body as another, the two chief powers bringing about this form being the Supreme power of God and the lesser power of the Karma of each individual. But we seem to feel doubt as to how the man's superior intelligence can vanish into the brute's intelligence. The intelligence does not suffer in any way but is simply covered over or hidden by the particular body for the time being, just letting in a little light or more, and just as we cage a wild animal, so that the brutal instincts of the man may not run riot and cause more damage to himself and others. And the difficulty of most people will vanish also when this fundamental tenet of Hinduism is grasped namely, that the soul of man is in itself perfect but is eternally covered over by Anava or Avidya and is further covered over by maya mala or matter, and the effect of the last covering is just to give just as much opening as is necessary for letting in the light of God, to shine on the individual soul and to make itself shine. The higher and the higher the body, the greater and greater will be the intelligence displayed. But as often happen, man misuses his intelligence and powers; these have to be curbed and limited again for a time, and so a less developed body is given, where he cannot be able to use all such superior powers he possessed for mischief. When these powers have been thoroughly subjugated, modulated in perfect harmony, the individual gains back a better body for his further cleansing.
HOW THE GROSS BODY IS CAUSED.
48. The gross body is not formed by the change and destruction of the subtle body, nor is the body formed separately in the subtle body itself. The subtle body itself possesses the power of creating the gross body, as a tree when cut off down to the foot is again produced from the root.
NOTE:- Various theories of formation of the gross from the subtle body are considered here, and each school have a favourite simile. According to one school, the change of body is like one piece of gold ornament changing into another ornament. According to another (Buddhist) it is like the seed giving rise to the tree. According to a third, it is like the child formed in the mother's womb. A fourth theory is that it is derived as the rays of the moon one after another. The difference are very subtle, though each of the similes is useful in expressing a phase of the meaning. The author's own simile a rare one is the root and the tree, in as much as even in our present gross body, the subtle body is present and is not destroyed; and the Sukshama body remains, even though the gross body may be cut off.
A FURTHER EXPLANATION.
49. Under the divine law, the gross body arises from the subtle body. Without such divine power, it cannot arise of itself, and from the power of Karma alone. The gross body can arise only again from its material cause, as a tree from a seed. The tree and seeds may be destroyed together, and so the subtle body can also be destroyed? No. These bodies arise and perish and arise again, as the moon and its Kala waxes and wanes and waxes again.
THE ULTIMATE CAUSES OF THE BODY.
50. The cause of the gross body is the Puriashtaka or subtle body. The cause of the latter is Mulaprakriti. Its cause is Asuddha Maya or Mohini. Its superior cause is Vindhu or Kundali. Above it, and energising them all is the power of the Lord (Sakti) and the Lord Himself (Sivam). When the soul reaches the Supreme God, all these distinctive bodies cease, as also the soul's bondage.
End of 2nd Adhikarana.
[As this chapter is the most important portion of the whole treatise in as much as the tatvas treated of here are special to Saiva Siddhanta, the reader is requested to follow it with the elaborate and beautiful table of Tatvas prepared by Sri Senthinathier and the Catechism which is translated herein, which gives all the textual authorities bearing on the subject.]
1. God's acts are determined by love, we stated before. Making them eat the fruits of their karma in the different worlds, and giving each, suitable bodies, God removes the mala by means of these medicines, and gives the souls the highest bliss and crowns them with His own Lotus-Feet.
MAYA, A PURIFICATORY MEANS.
2. The body and senses are formed out of (Maya) mala, dirt. Why do you say that this dirt will remove another dirt (Anava Mala), you ask. Yes. Just as the washer man washes all clothes by mixing with them cow-dung, fuller's earth, &c., so the Most Ancient God removes our sins with Maya Mala.
DEFINITION OF MAYA.
3. Indestructible, formless, one, seed of all the worlds, non-intelligent, all pervasive, a Sakti of the Perfect One, cause of the soul's body senses and worlds, one of the three Malas, cause also of delusion, is Maya.
NOTE:- The definition has to be carefully noted. Each word in it is in answer to a particular school of philosophy. See Sivagnana Yogi's commentary for detailed explanation. Maya here means Asuddha Maya.
ITS PRODUCTS: TIME, &C.
4. From Maya arise Time and Order (Niyati), and then Kala. Of this, Time acting under the Lord's will rules all the worlds in its three forms of the past, present and future, by creating, developing and destroying everything and giving rise to divisions of time.
NIYATI, KALA AND VIDYA.
5. Niyati brings about order and harmony in the working of Karma: the energetic Kala arises next and lifting Anava little, brings into play the soul's active powers: the Vidya tatwa arises out of Kala and brings out the soul's intellectual powers.
RAGAM AND PURUSHA.
6. From Vidya tatva arises Ragam which according to each one's Karma induces Desire for Bhoga or sensory enjoyments. When the soul is thus clothed in these organs of action, intellection and volition, this combined tripartite body is called the Purusha tatva.
NOTE:- This body is also said to fivefold including Time and Niyati, and hence is called Pancha Kanchuka.
MULAPRAKRITI: ITS PRODUCTS.
7. From Kala rises Prakriti in Avyakta form. This gives rise to the three Guna; each of the Guna is of three kinds and these Guna pervade everything. And the soul becoming of the form of these Guna becomes bound for purposes of enjoyment.
NOTE:- The three Guna are Satva, Rajas, Tamas. When combining, with each other, and one of the qualities alone predominate, they form into groups of Satva, Satva-Rajas and Satva-Tamas, Rajas, Rajas-Satva, and Rajas-Tamas, &c.
CHITTAM AND BUDDHI.
8. From the Avyakta, Chittam arises, and thinks out everything. From the same, arises Buddhi, and becoming attached to Dharma and Adharma, discriminates between the mental perceptions, and becoming clouded by Moka, pain and pleasure, influence both Gnana and Kriya.
NOTE:- If everybody is not influenced that act on one's Buddhi are the three Guna, good and bad Karma, pain and pleasure, fear and Moha.
9. Buddhi gives rise to Ahankara which is the Seed of 'I'ness in man, and which says, 'who is there to compare with me, and which says 'I' and 'Mine', and is inseparably connected in man. This Ahankara is of three kinds, according to each of the three Guna, Satva, &c., namely Taijasa, Vaikari and Butha.
MANAS: GNANENDRIYA AND KARMENDRIYA.
10. From Taijasa arises Manas. It perceives objects, and remembers and distinguishes and doubts them. From Taijasa also arise the Gnanendriyas. From Vaikari, arise the Karmendriyas.
GNANENDRIYA AND THEIR OBJECTS.
11. The Gnanendriyas are ear, eye, nose, tongue, and body. Their objects of perception are sound, form, smell, taste and touch. Each of them is united to a particular material element such as Akas &c.
KARMENDRIYA AND THEIR ACTION.
12. The wise declare the Karmendryas to be mouth, feet, hands, alimentary canal, and organs of generation. Their actions are respectively speech, motion, manipulation, alimentation and excretion, and pleasure.
A CLASSIFICATION OF ALL THE ABOVE.
13. The Karmendriya and Gnanendriya form external organs. Manas and other faculties form the internal organs (Anta Karana). Those who enquire further will find that Ragam and four other faculties are even internal to these four. And the soul lives controlled by these forces generated by Maya.
BUTHA: TANMATRAS" PURIASHTAKA.
14. From Butha are generated the five Tanmatras, Sabda, Sparisa, Rupa, Rasa, and Gandha. They induce knowledge in the external organs. The subjective Tanmatras and Manas, Buddhi and Ahankara form the Puriashtaka.
NOTE:- The former class of Tanmatras are the objective and the latter subjective, and should not be confounded with each other. It is a distinction of very great psychological importance.
THE FIVE GROSS ELEMENTS AND THEIR RELATIONS TO THE ABOVE.
15. From the five Tanmatras arise respectively akas, air, fire, water and earth. These have qualities one more than the other. The relation of the original Butha to its visible products is that of the embodied to the body.
NOTE:- Butha, the product of Ahankara, is the invisible element out of which the gross material elements earth, &c., are finally evolved. This original Butha is mental and is subjective. The gross elements are objective, though all these are products of Maya.
Akas possesses only one quality sound, which is its special one.
Vayu possesses sound, and its own peculiar quality Sparisa.
Agni possesses sound and touch and its peculiar quality Rupa.
Water possesses sound, touch, form and in addition Rasa or taste.
Earth possesses all the above four and its own peculiar quality, Gandha or smell.
THE QUALITIES OF THE GROSS ELEMENTS.
16. Akas is space giving room to all other elements.
Air moves everywhere and brings together everything.
Fire burns and unites things.
Water is cool, and it softens things.
Earth is hard and it bears all things.
THEIR FORM, AND COLOUR AND SYMBOLS.
17. The earth, water, fire, air and akas are respectively of the form of a square, crescent, triangle, hexagon and circle. They are respectively of the colours of gold, white, red, black and blue. Their letters respectively are ல, வ, ர, ய, அ.
THEIR SYMBOLS AND DEITIES.
18. Their symbols respectively are: the sword of diamond, lotus, Swastika, the six points, and Amirta Bindhu. Their deities are Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheswara and Sadasiva. The deities of the five Kalas are also the same.
A SUMMING UP AND CLASSIFICATION OF THE TATVAS.
19. The first five named above as Suddha Tatvas, and the next mentioned 31 tatvas make up a total of 36. Of these, the first are classed as Chit, and one other is the atma, who distinguished these as Chit, and one other is the atma, who distinguishes these as Chit and Achit and hence called, Chitachit, and the next 30 are Achit.
NOTE:- The commentators add that the first five only are called chit, as they reflect the True Chit, Light of Truth, perfectly. Atma or Purusha is called chitachit because it becomes light in light and dark in darkness.
20. The first five are classed Suddha. The next seven are classed Suddhasuddha. The next 24 from Maha &c., are classed as Asuddha. They respectively form for the Jiva, the regions of Preraka, (Lordship) Bhoga, (enjoyment) and Bhogya (things enjoyed).
ALL ARE TATVAS.
21. The whole Universe, constituting all that has form, the formless, and those that have form and no form, is the manifestation of the Tatvas. These Tatvas manifest themselves, each in three ways, Stula, Sukshma and Para. The Jivas that always stand connected with the Tatvas which are under the impelling influence of the Sadakyas, also bear their names. Thus all things are, in fact, Tatvas only.
NOTE:- 'எல்லாம்' in the original gives us 'those that have form and no form.' Para - Atisukshma. Jivas here stand for the three kinds of jivas, Vijnanakalar, Pralayakalar, and Sakalar.
INVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION OF THE TATVAS.
22. The twenty-four Tatvas, from earth to Mula Prakriti complete their involution in the A'tma Tatva, and the six Tatvas beyond the Mula Prakriti, in the Vidya Tatva; the three, Suddha Tatva upwards, in the Siva Tatva. These three, viz., A'tma, Vidya and Siva Tatvas are eternal, say they. The other two Sakti Tatva and Siva Tatva involutes in the Suddha Siva. The evolution of the Tatvas also follows the same order.
NOTE:- Siva is eternal. The other three Tatvas are so, only in name. As the Tatvas involutes in and evolve from Sudda Siva, it follows that He is the cause of involution and evolution.
Adhikarana - 4.
CREEDS AND THEIR PLACE IN THE TATVAS.
1. All false creeds take their stand severally in the Tatvas from Bhutas (elements) to Mohini (Asuddha Maya). The six true creeds beginning from Saiva have their respective places in the Tatvas from Vidya upwards. Our Lord is beyond the Tatvas.
NOTE:- False creeds are 18 in number, of which six are eternal, six externo-internal and the remaining six are externo-external. The names of these creeds and their explanation can be gleaned from commentaries. 'Creeds' here stand for the deities worshipped by the people who profess them. The Tatvas, which form the sects of the deities, also form the Multi Sthana of the creeds. 'Our Lord' Suddha Siva, the deity of the Siddhanta Saiva Religion.
NINE KINDS OF MANIFESTATION OF SIVA.
2. The one Lord alone acts, pervading through the nine vargas - Siva, Sakti, Nada, and Bindu, the formless four; Sadasiva, of form and without form; Maheswara, Rudra, Vishnu, and Brahma, the four of form - who manifesting themselves in different Tatvas, perform their several functions.
NOTE:- Sakti and Bindu are included among the male energies of Siva in spite of their female character, because, unlike Manonmani and other saktis, they partake of the characteristics of both the male and the female energies in causing the manifestations.
SAKTIS OF SIVA.
3. The sakti-kinds appertaining to the manifestations of Siva are seven in number - Sakti, Bindu Sakti, Manonmani, Mahesa, Uma, Lakshmi and Sarasvati. Yet they are all one, Parasakti. Whatever aspect Her Lord manifests Himself in, in that she manifests Herself also.
NOTE:- The manifestations of Siva reckoned here are only seven; for, Sakti and Bindu have been left out, as they stand midway between the male and the female energies.
THE ONENESS OF SIVA AND SAKTI.
4. It is Sakti who manifests Herself as Nada and the six following vargas. It is Siva who forms all vargas from Sakti upwards. Whatever of shape there is, that proceeds from Sakti, is Sakti and Siva combined. The Sakti who manifests Herself in whatever forms the Sakta wills in His matchless consort.
THE CREATIVE POWER OF SIVA AND SAKTI.
5. Siva begets Sakti and Sakti begets Siva (Sadakya). Both in their happy union produce the worlds and the Jivas. Still Bhava (Siva) is a brahmachari (celibate) and the sweet-speeched Sakti remains a virgin. Sages only comprehend this secret.
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A TATVAJNANI.
6. The Tatvas manifesting themselves as the body, senses, worlds and enjoyments, bondage (bandha) and freedom (moksha) arising from these, affect the Jivas. He who thus understands the nature of the Tatvas and eliminates them one by one, realises the Supreme beyond. Such is the true sage just described.
WHY TATVAS AFFECT THE JIVAS.
7. Why do all these Tatvas together affect the Jivas? It is for reaping the fruits of past Karma completely, for rooting out the very seed of Karma so that it may not arise again, and for getting rid of the evil A'nava Mala.
NOTE:- Since it is Jivas, not Siva, that are got rid of Mala and Karma by means of the Tatvas, it follows that the Tatva do not affect Siva.
Adhikarana - 5.
NATURE OF A'NAVA MALA.
1. A'nava Mala, with its many Saktis, is one. Pervading through the numberless Jivas as the dirt in copper, it binds them from Jnana and Kriya. It also affords them the capacity for experience, and is ever the source of ignorance.
NOTE:- The dirt that is inherent in copper can be removed once for all only by alchemical processes; and, when it is so removed, the copper remains no longer copper but is transformed into resplendent gold. In like manner, the Jiva that is affected by Mala can be freed from it only when Sivajnana is attained; and the Jiva that is so freed from Mala remains no longer a Jiva but attains Patitva merging into Siva. The illustration of dirt and copper is favourite with the Siddhanta and should, therefore, be carefully noted.
A'NAVA AND MAYA DIFFERENTIATED.
2. Do you say, 'There is no other entity as Mala (A'nava) it is only the effect of Maya.' Understand well that Maya causes Iccha, Jnana and Kriya to arise in the Jivas but A'nava causes the same to disappear, that A'nava is inherent in the Jivas but Maya is separate from them and, besides, manifesting itself as the universe, forms the body, senses, worlds and enjoyments.
NOTE:- This forms an answer to the false creeds that identify Maya with A'nava Mala.
PURVA PAKSHA VADA.
3. As a black cloud hides from view the brilliant sun, so Maya veils Jnana and Kriya of the Jivas. The sun begins to shine in his full glory when the cloud vanishes. So, Jnana and Kriya begin to shine in the Jivas with the dissolution of the body.
PURVA PAKSHA VADA (CONTINUED) AND SIDDHANTA.
4. As the expansive light disappears when the cloud veils the sun, so Jnana and Kriya disappear when the body screens the Jivas.
Siddhanta. Iccha, Jnana and Kriya are manifest in the Jivas when they are embodied. When they are not, nothing but darkness prevails.
NOTE:- 'Embodied' includes both the gross and subtle bodies.
5. What veils Jnana and Kriya of the Jivas is the A'nava (whose existence you ignored). Since it is commingled with the Jivas, it may also be said to be one of their qualities. Maya graciously provides the Jivas with the Tatvas from Kala downwards, so that they may shake off the shackles of ignorance. These two, therefore, are as opposed to each other as darkness and light.
NOTE:- By commingled, it is to be understood that Mala is separable from the Jivas and by 'one of the qualities' that it is so very intimately connected with them. The word 'also' indicates that A'nava is not a quality of the Jivas. Vide following stanza.
JIVA AND MALA DIFFERENTIATED.
6. Do you mean that ignorance (avidya) is a quality of Purusha (Jiva)? Then, Purusha should be matter. Would you say that the defect in the eye of a blind man is a quality of the eye itself? Possessing ignorance as its attribute, Mala always remains matter. But Jiva is spirit (chit) which has Jnana for its quality.
NOTE:- It is clearly shown by the illustration that Mala is a defect, not a quality of the Jivas.
HOW THE THREE MALAS ACT.
7. The three Malas - A'nava, Maya and Karma - delusive in their character, veil the true nature of the Jivas, and produce, in them, illusory enjoyments, bondage and capacity for experience as the sprout, bran and chaff in paddy. There are also two other Malas which we will point out presently.
NOTE:- A'nava Mala, in conjunction with the efficient cause, provides the Jivas with the capacity for experience as the chaff is the efficient cause of sprouting. Maya, being the instrumental cause, makes, with its effects - bodies and senses, the bondage of the Jivas, as the bran favouring the growth coexists with the other ingredients. Karma being the material cause, affords enjoyments to the Jivas as the sprout becomes manifest by a power latent in it.
THE TWO OTHER MALAS.
8. One is Mayoya, which is the effect of Asuddha Maya; and the other is Trodayi, a Sakti of the Pure that commands the three Malas to perform their respective functions. So the learned say. These five Malas stand adhered to the Jivas.
NOTE:- Mayeya is the Mala that limits Iccha, Jnana and Kriya of the all-pervading soul.
REINCARNATION OF THE JIVA.
9. The soul, affected by the five Malas - A'nava, Maya, Karma, Mayaya, and Trodayi - passes in a moment at the good Lord's behest, through the wheels of birth and death, on earth, the higher and the lower worlds, like the whirling fire brand and the whirlwind which cease not in their motion.
NOTE:- 'At the good Lord's behest' shows the agent with whose grace the escape from the wheel of birth and death can be effected.
RARENESS OF THE JIVAS.
10. When we consider the case of a Jiva which, after passing through the eighty four hundred thousand kinds of yonis (embryo), of four fold nature as Andaja, Swetaja, Utbija and Sarayuja, becomes human born, we can but compare it with an individual who has with his own hands swum the wide ocean.
NOTE: - It is to be noted that the human frame only is fir for the attainment of eternal freedom by the Jivas.
RARENESS OF A HIGH CLASS HUMAN BIRTH.
11. It is a great blessing to be born in a land where savages do not inhabit but the study of the four Vedas reigns supreme. Escaping birth among the lower classes of the human race, rare is it that one should be fortunate to be born among the people privileged to perform religious austerities, and to profess the Saiva Siddhanta religion without falling into the ways of other creeds.
RARENESS OF BECOMING A SAIVA.
12. Very rare is it that one should be so fortunate as to enter with meekness the Saiva creed unaffected by the pride of riches on the one side and escaping the littleness of poverty on the other. Those who can worship the crescent-crested Being, with the high Sivajnana, have attained His Grace.
NOTE:- Riches are of various kinds as ranks, youth, learning, wealth and power. To be born poor is indeed miserable. It is desirable therefore that one should be rich in a moderate degree so that he may not go a begging; but, he must not, however, be proud of it. Such meekness cannot be obtained but by devotion to the Lord. Thus meekness and devotion are almost synonymous. Sivajnana - knowledge of Siva. Have attained expresses certainty.
THE USE OF HUMAN BIRTH.
13. Was it not the purpose, when the souls were endowed with human birth, that they should, with their mind, speech and body, serve Hara who is anointed with the fivefold products of the cow. The celestials themselves descend on the earth and worship Hara. Dumb men, alas! who roam hither and thither, in the fleshy frame, understand not anything (of this higher life).
NOTE: - BY 'dumb men' are meant the beast-like men whose aspirations go no farther than the satisfaction of the physical cravings.
THE TRANSITORINESS OF THE HUMAN BODY.
14. Perishable in the womb, perishable as soon as it is born, perishable after a little growth, perishable as an infant, perishable as a youth, perishable as a grey-haired old man, anywise, Death dogs the footsteps of the flesh. Therefore, look to your freedom (from bondage) while yet you are strong.
NOTE:- Body in all its aspects is evanescent as mist in the air. Where is room then for a man's being proud of his strength or youth, power or beauty?
THE TRANSITORINESS OF WORLDLY EXPERIENCES.
15. When one sense experiences, other senses are away. The experiences of a single sense are not exhausted at once. In a certain state, all experiences vanish. The annoying life-experiences are either instantly vanishing as illusions or vanishing sometime after as dreams. If (this truth is) understood, (freedom) is attained.
NOTE:- 'Sense-experience' signifies experience induced by external objects. As the experiences are so multifarious and varying, they cannot all be grasped at once by the intellect that resides in the body. The peculiar state referred to is sleep or swoon. 'Life-experiences' also include the objects that form the stage of experience.
MEN OF PROSPERITY WITH PRIDE ARE CORPSES.
16. With spices smeared and with garlands adorned, wearing cloths of gold and followed by attendants, men of prosperity, speechless and devoid of understanding, lounging proudly in the palanquin borne by carriers, on either side fans swinging, amidst the harmonious music of the instruments and the wild sound of the clarion, are but corpses.
NOTE:- With all the embellishments that riches can afford what better profit can men derive than corpses if they do not open their eyes of Understanding.
WORLDLY POVERTY VERSUS DIVINE RICHES.
17. Behind men who lead the life of a corpse, you move about like walking corpses, straining your body, soul and understanding together for nourishing your body which appears and vanishes in a moment. Knowing thus, you do not even once worship Hara. (If you do so) He will see that beings higher than you fall prostrate at your feet.
NOTE:- To support this body is not a great thing. For the matter of that, the creator Himself will take care of your body if you fail to feed it. Therefore worship Him always, aiming at liberation from ignorance and bondage. When higher beings themselves tender their homage to you, no mention need be made of beings of your kind.
SUTRA III - PASU LAKSHANA.
1. There is a soul separate from the body. It is existent; it is united to a body and possessed of faults (the feeling of 'I' and 'mine'); it wills, thinks and acts (Iccha, Gnana and Kriya); it becomes conscious after dreams; it experiences pleasures and pains, (the fruits of Karma); it undergoes the five avasthas; and it rests in Turyatita.
Each one of these statements is made in answer to a different theory as regards the soul. It is said to be 'existent' in answer to those who deny the reality of a soul-substance, as such a thing is implied in the very act of denial. The next statement is made in answer to those who would assert that the body itself is the soul, and that there is no soul other than the body. The fact is though the soul may be in conjunction and correlation with the body, yet it asserts its own independence when it calls, "my body,' 'my eye' &c. Another asserts that the five senses form the soul. To him the answer is made that the soul is possessed of more powers than those exercised by the gnanendriyas. Another states that the Sukshuma Sarira forms the soul. The answer is that after awaking, one becomes conscious of the experiences in sleep as separate, the one becoming so conscious must be different from the dream body. Prana is shown not to be the soul, as there is no consciousness in deep sleep, though Prana may be present. It is different again from God, as instead of its intelligence being self-luminous, it understands only in conjunction with the different states of the body. The combination of all the above powers of the body is shown not to be soul, in as much as it subsists even in the Turyatita condition when all the bodily functions cease.
This stanza is further important as it gives a clear and concise definition of the soul or jivatma, a definition which we fail to get in many other systems. It is shown to be different from the body composed of maya and its products, Buddhi, senses, &c., and also different from God. It is not to be identified with any one or with all or any combination and permutation of the bodily functions; nor is it a combination of the body (maya) and andakaranas and God or any abhasa of these. But how is it found? It is always found in union with a body, gross or subtle; and the mystery of this union is of more serious import than most other problems. It is possessed of certain powers, will, intellection, and power but distinguished from the Supreme Will and Power, in as much as this is faulty or imperfect and dependent. It is possessed of feeling and emotion, and suffers pain and pleasure as a result of its ignorance and union with the body; and this suffering is not illusory, which must distinguish it again from God, who is not tainted by any and who has neither likes nor dislikes, 'வேண்டுதல் வேண்டாமையிலான்,' 'பற்றற்றான்' 'மலமிலான்' ' சஞ்சலமிலான், &c.
The soul is also limited by its coats, and this limitation is not illusory either.
Even after saying all this, there is one characteristic definition of the soul, which is alone brought out in the Siddhanta and in no other school, and which serves to clear the whole path of psychology and metaphysics, of its greatest stumbling blocks. We mean its power "அது அது ஆதல்." சார்ந்ததன் வண்ணமாதல், யாதொன்று பற்றினதன் இயல்பாய் நிற்றல்,"
to become identical with the one it is attached to, and erasing thereby its own existence and individuality, the moment after its union with this other, and its defect or inability to exist independent of either the body or God as a foothold or rest (பற்றுக் கோடிண்றி நிற்றலாகம்மை). So that the closest physiological and biological experiment and analysis cannot discover the soul's existence in the body, landing, as such, a Buddha, and a Schopenhauer and a Tyndal in the direst despair and pessimism; and it is this same peculiarity which has foiled such an astute thinker as Sankara, in his search for a soul when in union with God. The materialist and idealist work from opposite extremes but they meet with the same difficulty, the difficulty of discovering a soul, other than matter or God. Hence it is that Buddha, and his modern day representatives the agnostics (it is remarkable how powerfully Buddha appeals today and is popular with these soul-less and God-less sect) declare the search for a psyche (soul) to be vain, for there is no psyche, in fact. And the absurdities and contradictions of the Indian idealistic school flows freely from this one defect of not clearly differentiating between God and soul. This power or characteristic of the soul is brought out in the analogy of crystal or mirror, (see last note in my edition of "Light of Grace' or Tiruvarutpayan") and the defect of soul is brought out by comparing it to the agni or fire which cannot become manifest except when it is attached to a piece of firewood or wick. When once we understand this particular nature of the soul, how easy it is for one to explain and illustrate the "Tatvamasi" and other mantras, which are to be taught to the disciple for practising soul elevation. And in my reading, I never came upon a more remarkable book than a small pamphlet of Prof. Henry Drummond called the "Changed life," in which the analogy of the mirror is fully brought out, together with a full explanation of the process by which the soul elevation is effected. The text chosen by the learned theologian is that of St. Paul which we quote also.
"We all, with unveiled face, reflecting, as a mirror, the glory of the Lord are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the spirit."
He paraphrases the sentence as follows, 'We all reflecting as a mirror the character of Christ are transformed into the same image from character to character - from a poor character to a better one, from a better one to one a little better still, from that to one still more complete, until by slow degrees the perfect image is attained. Here the solution of the problem of sanctification is compressed into a sentence, reflect the character of Christ, and you will become like Christ," or as we will say, reflect the image of God in yourself, and you will become God like, or God."
But how is the poor character to be made better and better, or the reflecting image clearer and clearer? It is by cleansing the mirror (soul) freer and freer from dirt, and bringing it more and more in line with the effulgent light, that this can be effected, and when the mirror is absolutely perfect and nearest, the light shines brightest, and so overpowers the mirror, that the mirror is lost to view, and the glory and Light of the Lord is felt. For, observes the learned Professor truly, "What you are conscious of is the 'glory of the Lord.' And what the world is conscious of, if the result be a true one, is also the 'glory of the Lord. In looking at a mirror, one does not see the mirror or think of it, but only of what it reflects. For a mirror never calls attention to itself - except when there are laws in it." These flaws are the colours of the Siddhanti who compares them to the maya or body. In union with the body, it is the body alone that is cognized, and not the mirror-like soul. In union with God, the Glory and Light alone is perceived and not the mirror like soul either; and the Professor declares, "All men are mirrors - that is the first law on which this formula (of sanctification or corruption) is based. One of the aptest descriptions of a human being is that he is a mirror", and we must beg our readers to go through the whole pamphlet to note how beautifully he draws out this parallel.
He notes the second principle which governs this process, namely, the law of assimilation or identification. 'This law of assimilation is the second, and by far the most impressive truth which underlies the formula of sanctification - the truth that men are not only mirrors, but that these mirrors, so far from being mere reflectors of the fleeting things they see, transfer into their own inmost substance and hold in permanent preservation the things that they reflect. No one can know how the soul can hold these things. No one knows how the miracle is done. No phenomenon in nature, no process in chemistry, no chapter in Necromancy can even help us to begin to understand this amazing operation. For think of it, the past is not only focussed there in a man's soul, it is there. How could it be reflected from there if it were not there? All things he has ever seen, known, felt believed of the surrounding world, are now within him, have become part of him, in part are him - he has been changed into their image."
These two principles in fact underlie our mantra and tantra, our upasana, and Sadana, Bavana and Yoga, and our books instance the case of the snake charmer chanting the Garuda Mantra in illustration of this second principle of assimilation or identification. The doctrine of regarding God as other than the soul requires very elaborate treatment, and we hope to deal with it separately. It is the one point which distinguishes the true Vedanta as borne out by the text of the Vedanta Sutras themselves and which is accepted by all the Tamil philosophers like Tirumular and Tayumanavar and others, and the Vedanta so called, as interpreted and expounded by Sankara.
SOUL IS OTHER THAN BODY AND PRANA.
2. Why should you require a soul other than the body? Does the body itself feel and know? Then if so, why does not the body feel when it becomes a corpse? If it be replied that feeling is absent, as Prana is absent; then, there is no feeling either in sleep, though Prana is present in the body.
THE FIVE SENSES DO NOT CONSTITUTE THE SOUL.
3. If the senses constitute real soul, then why don't they perceive in sleep. Then the senses perceive one after another and each one a different sensation. You say this is their nature. But it is a defect that one sense does not perceive another sensation. What cognises each sense and sensation and all together must be different from all these and it is the soul. The five senses have no such cognition.
PRANA IS NOT THE SOUL.
4. Prana is the conscious Being as there is no consciousness when the breath is stopped temporarily or permanently. But it is not conscious in deep sleep. You say this is so, as it is not in conjunction with the senses. But if the Prana is the soul, the senses cannot drop when Prana is conscious. The soul really cognises everything, by controlling the Prana.
SUTRA IV - AVASTHA LAKSHANA.
SOUL IS NOT THE ANDAKARANAM.
1. You say the conscious being is the Andakarana. But none of these senses cognises each other's operation. Each in fact performs a different function. The soul understands all, controls all, in union with them bringing them into manifestation or not, in the various Avasthas, and stands apart with the consciousness of 'I' and 'mine'.
THE THREE KINDS OF GNANA: PASA, PASU AND PATHI GNANA.
2. Manas, Buddhi, Chittam, and Ahankara are the instruments of the soul. The union with the soul is such that the andakaranas look as though they are the real soul. Regarding it merely as a light (which aids the eye in darkness), and clearly distinguishing it as such from the soul, one understands the soul, he understand his real self. Such knowledge is Pasugnanam. Then will be induced the highest knowledge, Pathignana or Sivagnana.
NOTE:- The identifying of soul with the Products of Maya is Pasagnana. The knowledge of one's own nature as distinct from matter and from God is Pasugnana or Atmagnana. Wherever this consciousness is merged and lost in the contemplation and enjoyment of The Highest Bliss, he attains to Pathignana.
The expression 'தன்னையறிதல்' 'தன்னையுணர்தல்' is very often misunderstood and misinterpreted. It simply means "understanding oneself", understanding his real nature, and does not mean "understanding oneself as God or as anything else". After attaining this self-knowledge, the Vedas postulate distinctly a higher knowledge, the knowledge of God and such passages are again misinterpreted to mean that "the soul sees God as himself". When in fact the last two words 'as himself' is no where found in the text.
3. The Akshara, A, U, M Vindhu and Nada respectively represent and influence Ahankara, Buddhi, Manas, Chittam, and Soul. All these together form the Pranava (sukshuma). The way the consciousness rises and falls is as the rise and fall of the waves in the sea. When considered deeply, the nature of their action will be manifest.
4. Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheshwara, and Sadasiva respectively guide the letters A, U, M, Vindhu and Nada. It is in this fivefold union the soul cognises, and as such is more like asat. If one controls in yoga his two breaths and examines them, their nature can be plainly seen.
THE COMBINATION OF ALL THE FOREGOING IS NOT THE SOUL.
5. If the atma is stated to be the combination of all the above senses, then the seer will only see them each separately and not a single whole (atma). If you say these various things themselves in fact constitute the soul, then the man who cognises them all together is different, as the object perceived is quite distinct from the perceiving subject.
The view of the soul (Jivatma) refuted here is credited to the Sautrantika Buddhists by some commentators and to Mayavadis by others. We have not been able to get from the followers of the latter school a proper definition of the Jivatma, nor a uniform one; and one Swami of Chidambaram when we pressed him for a definition stated that it was an ollapodrida of the abhasa of Brahman, and antakarana and other lower products of Maya. Our reply to him was:- which of these was in Bandham, (bondage) and which of these was to reach Mukti (freedom)? The Abhasa of Brahman is either Brahman or is not. If it is Brahman, it can suffer no bondage nor does it require to be freed. If it is not, then we reck not if it is in b bondage or not. It cannot matter to us either whether the antakarana and lower senses do or do not suffer. Be it here once more stated that our distinct position is that the Jivatama we postulate is one above the antakaranas and is in no sense an ollapodrida of any number of things. He it is that is constrained and dragged by sin and desire, and suffers pain. The following passages from the Upanishads clearly bring out the distinction.
"I'sa supports all this together, the perishable and the unperishable, the developed and the undeveloped. The Anisa,* atma, is bound, because he has to enjoy (the fruits of Karma); but when he has known God (Deva) he is freed from all fetters."
[* Anisa and I'sa, atma and Paramatma, Purusha and Parama Purusha, Jiva and Param or Brahman, Pasa and Pathi, Agna and Gna are parallel sets of terms meaning Soul and God. I'sa in these passages does not mean a personal God but the Highest Brahman.]
"There are two, one knowing (Iswara) the other not knowing (Jiva), both unborn (aja), one strong, the other weak; there is she* the unborn, through whom each man receives the recompense of his works; and there is the Infinite Atma (appearing) under all forms, but Himself inactive. When a man finds out these three, that is † Brahma.
[* She is Pradhana or Prahkriti and not Devatma Sakti.]
[† That here means man, i.e., man when he understands the distinction of the thripadartha becomes God. The three means Pasu, Pathi and Pasa. And Iswara and Brahma in this passage do not mean respectively Personal God and Impersonal God but mean the same Being. According to Sankhyas, the true knowledge of Pasa and Pasu, Prakriti and Purusha, alone gave liberation.]
"That which is perishable is the Pradhana; the immortal and imperishable is Hara.‡ The One God (Eko Deva) rules the perishable (Pradhana) and the atma. From meditating on Him, from joining Him, from becoming one with Him, there is further cessation of all illusion in the end."
[‡ Prof. Max-Muller observes on this word, "he would seem to be meant for I'swara, or Deva or the One God, though immediately afterwards he is taken for the true Brahman and not for its phenomenal divine personification only." i.e., in one and the same mantra, Hara means both the Personal God and the True Brahman! When it is further seen how in other passages, the same learned Professor and others of his ilk read Siva and Rudra for the True Brahman, wherein is the real distinction between I'swara and Brahman. The word I'swara or I'sa (the first word in the Isa Upanishad) originally meant in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutras only the Highest Brahman, not any Phenomenal something or nothing. The word 'I'swara' has however been used by Sankara and his followers as meaning the lower Brahman in a restricted sense. Misled by this later use of the word, our Professor and others would often take the Iswara and Isa of the Upanishads in the later restricted sense. And hence the inconsistency and confusion which arises in their interpretation of these passages. Forget for once this distinction when reading the Upanishads, then the whole meaning will be clear. The Upanishad writers had no prejudice in using the words Isa, Iswara, Hara, Rudra, Siva, Deva, Mahadeva, and Maheshwara, as the present day Vedantists would seem to have.]
"When that God (Deva) is known, all fetters fall off, sufferings are destroyed and birth and death cease." (Swetas 1.8 to 11).
"On the same tree, man (anisa) sits grieving immersed, bewildered by his own impotence; But when he sees the other, I'sa, contented and knows His glory, then his grief passes away." (Mundaka. III. 1.2).
"Fools dwelling in darkness, wise in their own conceit, and puffed up with vain knowledge, go round and round staggering to and fro like blind men led by the blind" (Katha. 1.2.5)
See further page 11 et seq. Part III Nityanu Sandhana Series, where a good resume of the whole subject is given. Only we could not find the text "Athrayam Purushassvayam Jyotir-Bavate" at Brihad VI. 3.9, and Soul cannot be called self-luminous though in union with God, it may be found to be self-luminous.
Adikarana - 2.
In this adikarana are reviewed the various theories which have been propounded in regard to the nature of the soul; and they require very close attention.
SOUL IS DERIVED FROM GOD BY PARINAMA? NO.
6. You state that the soul possessing the qualities of Intelligence, Will and Power of the Supreme, stands to the Supreme as heat to fire, as guna to guni in Betha Betha relation and appears variously. If so, then the Jiva need not be possessed of senses and organs to become intelligent.
God is self-luminous, and if soul is also God, it must be self-luminous also. But the soul in union with the body shines with the light of the body itself, as it will do so with the Light of the Lord when in union with the Lord.
THE SANKHYAN DOCTRINE REFUTED.
7. If it is stated that the atma is pure intelligence and not possessed of gunas like will and power, then it cannot develop will and power. If it is replied that these gunas are acquired from the body and in the Presence of the atma, then, these powers must be found also when the body is dead or dead asleep. But if it is again said, that this is due to the death or the sleep of the body itself, the statement that these are brought into activity by the Presence of the atma stands contradicted.
8. It is again said that the guna is induced by the Presence of the atma just as the magnet attracts the iron. If so, it can only induce its own power of attracting objects and not that of repelling objects. On the other hand, the atma induces such varying actions such as thinking, and forgetting, running, sitting, reclining, standing &c.
THE PAURANIKA'S DOCTRINE. THE SOUL HAS FORM? NO.
9. If the soul is said to possess a form, then this form must be apparent in the body. Then also it will become indistinguishable from matter which undergoes transformation and distinction. It must again be perceived when this atma enters the womb. You reply that it is sukshuma and imperceptible to the eye. Just so, your own words belie your theory that it has a form (perceptible).
THE SOUL HAS NEITHER SUKSHUMA FORM.
10. If you say it has sukshuma (subtle) form, then you are evidently mistaking the atma for the subtle cause of the gross body namely manas, Buddhi, ahankara and the five tanmatras (the Puriashtaka). If you say no, and would make it even more subtle than the Puriashtaka, then according to us, there are even tatvas higher than Puriashtaka, like Kalai, Ragam, Viddhei & c., and all these are material and achit, and perishable.
THE SOUL IS RUPA RUPA. NO.
11. If the soul is said to be Rupa Rupa, then know that Rupa cannot become Arupa, and Arupa cannot become Rupa. One thing cannot have two contradictory natures. If you say, it is like the fire latent in the wood, then as the fire shows out in visible form when it burns, the soul must become visible. If it does, it will cease to be sat.
The commentators ascribe this doctrine to கவுளர் or கவுளகம் (pronounced kaula, kaulaka, or gaula or gaulaka?) and we are not able to identify who these School men are. Perhaps they are Saktas.
12. If you say again that the atma is Rupa Rupa (form and formless) like the moon, then it must become visible body itself is the product and manifestation of atma, then the atma can never become freed of Bhanda, it becomes achit and material.
One commentator ascribe the purvapaksha views stated in the last four stanzas to a section of the Pancharatris.
PATANJALA'S DOCTRINE. SOUL IS ARUPI AND INACTIVE.
13. If you state that the soul is Arupi (formless) and inactive or (unchangeable) like Akas, then explain why does the soul, becoming bound in bodies, make it undergo all sorts of motions such as walking, &c.
THE VIEWS OF VAISHESHIKA, PURVA MIMAMSAKA AND OTHERS. IS SOUL ACHIT, CHITACHIT OR CHIT?
14. If soul is Achit (non-intelligent) then it can have no cognition at all. If it is chitachit, then, also what is chit cannot become achit, and vice versa. It cannot be achit in one part, and chit in another part. If again, another asserts that it is not achit, but chit, then why is it, that it has no cognition except in union with the body.
Matter is intelligent, soul is intelligent, God is intelligent. But all these are of different planes, and the lower one pales and is considered non-intelligent in the presence of the superior one. And the soul in particular receives light from both sides from matter and from God. Soul is luminous but not self-luminous. It cannot illuminate but can be illuminated.
PANCHARATRI'S DOCTRINE. THE SOUL IS ANU, OR ATOMIC?
15. If the soul is said to be Anu or atomic, then it can pass away easily from the body by any of its outer passages. It cannot be kept up in the body. It cannot bear burdens and sufferings. It will be reducing it to the level of material atoms which are Achit. Even as an atom, it will have an organism and accordingly it will be perishable.
THE SAME. THE SOUL OCCUPIES PLACE IN THE BODY?
16. If you say that the soul is located in some portion of the body, then it becomes limited like a form, and hence becomes perishable; and its intelligence cannot be felt all over the body. If you instance lamp and its spreading light, even then the soul will only cognize the things near it. Else as light, its intelligence must be felt through every sense at the same time.
Sivagnanayogi also points out that the analogy is wrong, in as much the soul and its intelligence are related as Guni and Guna, where as there is no such relation between the flame and its light. He points out that light is but particles of the flame and is one with it; and the flame as such can be dissipated.
Of course, it is an old and well-rooted fallacy that mind can fill matter or space. The two are utterly contrasted; mind is the unextended and matter the extended. How can the unextended fill the extended? It can only do so, if it was also the extended, i.e., matter. But mind is present in all and every part of the body, and the nature of this connection is what is really mysterious. The analogy of vowel and consonant is what gives us the barest idea of the nature of this connection.
THE JAINA'S DOCTRINE. THE SOUL IS ALL OVER THE BODY.
17. If you state that the soul is spread over the whole body and thus cognises, then it must not undergo sleep and other Avastas. Besides, it must understand through all the senses all at once. Then the intelligence must be more or less in proportion to the largeness or smallness of the body. Then, again, it must decrease as someone or other organ is cut off and, it must vanish when the whole body vanishes also.
THE PURVA MIMANSAKA'S DOCTRINE. THE SOUL IS VIBHU.
18. If you say the soul is all pervading then you must explain how it is that the soul undergoes the five avastas and enters hell and heaven and how it cannot perceive all things all at once; and how it can know other things when it knows only through some one sense or other.
THE SAME. MAYA CONCEALS THE SOUL?
19. If you say the soul's intelligence is covered by the dirt of maya, then it must derive no knowledge through the senses and antakarana. Then even the freedom from Bandha will not induce mukti. If he was the ever free and the self-luminous, he can undergo no bondage.
If the ever free entered into bondage, the same causes will operate to bring it into bondage even after it attained to moksha once. If it was all pervasive, it cannot get limited. If it did this of its own sweet will and pleasure, then the bondage and limitation is only a name and not a reality. And it can restore itself to its pristine purity at any moment. Then again the distinctions between purity and impurity, right and wrong, sin and virtue, good and evil, truth and falsehood, must also be nominal. No one need be advised to follow the true and avoid evil, no one need be advised to practice self-abnegation and sadana chatustayam, follow a guru and perform tapas and worship God. The monstrous results of this doctrine will be patent to everybody except to those whose vision is completely obscured by blind prejudice. The schools reviewed above postulate soul and maya or prakriti merely and they omit all consideration of another factor namely anava or avidya which covers and limits the soul. Hence the defect in their doctrines. It is this anava which limits or covers, and the maya it that tries to lift the veil little and little as the lamp lights us in darkness, but is of one use in the broad day. Having stated and met the theories of other schools, the author now proceeds to state his own position.
SOUL'S REAL NATURE. IT IS ARUPI, VIYAPI AND PASU.
20. It is formless (Arupa) and all pervasive (Vibhu) but unlike that of achit or matter. Its Vyapaka consists in becoming one with the thing it dwells in for the time being (body or God). Its eternal intelligence and time being (body or God). Its eternal intelligence and power is eternally concealed by the Pasa, (bondage) Anava Mala and hence called Pasu.
ITS DIFFERENT MAY COATS AND THEIR EFFECT.
21. Entering the womb of maya (Asuddha) it regains dimly its intelligence, will, and power. Putting on the further coats of Kala, Raga, and Viddei, it shines in particular bodies. Further donning the cloak of the three gunas and their products such as antakarana &c., it perceives in advaita union with the same.
These constitute its guna sarira, kanchuka sarira, and karana sarira according to one classification.
22. The soul quits a sukshuma sarira and lives in a sthula body, and continues in the five Avastas, and becomes born and born again, and performing good and bad works, it enjoys the fruits thereof.
THE FIVE KOSAS.
23. The five kosas are Anandamaya, Vignanamaya, Manomaya, Pranamaya, Annamaya. Of these one is more subtle (Sukshuma) than the one that follows it. And these all are evolved from their first cause Maya. The formless atma found in these five kosas lives in and out of it.
Each one of these kosas is mistaken for the atma. The materialist mistakes the annamaya kosa for the soul. The Jain mistakes the Pranamaya for the soul. The Ahankara vadi mistakes the Manomaya as the soul. The Buddha mistakes the Vignanamaya as the soul. And the Vedanti (idealist) mistakes the Anandamaya as the soul. Commentators identify the Anna and Pranamaya kosas with the Sthula Sarira, Manomaya kosa with the Sukshuma body, and Vignana and Anandamaya kosas with the Karana Sarira Sivagnana Yogi identifies these five kosas respectively with the Sthula, Sukshuma, Guna, Kanchuka and Karana Sarira as defined in stanzas 21 and 22.
When the soul identifies itself with Annamaya kosa it is within it. When it ascends to the Pranamaya kosa and cognises the Annamaya as different from itself, it gets out of it and so on. Be it noted particularly here that the highest condition postulated by Vedantis as Anandamaya, where the atma is in its own place, is but an experience derived by the soul at its first contact and coordinate evolution with matter or maya. What rises even above this is the Siddhanti's soul or Jiva or Pasu or atma and above this and on a higher plane dwells the Supreme Brahman, Siva.
HOW THESE KOSAS ARE MOVED?
24. The soul lives and moves and has its being in these respective bodies, as the car and charioteer, as the playing dolls and the showman, as the masked man, as the Yogi in another body, as the actor and his different parts.
It will be seen the identification and subjection of the man to his part is less and less as you ascend up; and in the charioteer be has full control over the car he guides and for his own benefit.
THE ATMA OR SOUL IS DIFFERENT FROM THE BODY.
25. Your body is different from yourself as you say, 'my body', 'my senses,' 'my karana', 'my buddhi' &c., in as much as you also say 'my house', 'my cattle' &c., what you considered as inseparable from you, you find to be severed as your hairs and nails.
A FURTHER ARGUMENT.
26. When you clothe yourself in silks and adorn yourself with jewels and flowers, you are not conscious that these are different from you. But when they are removed from you, you become conscious of the difference. Just so, know thyself to be different from your body.
SOUL IS DIFFERENT FROM VIGNANA AND ANANDAMAYA KOSA.
27. I understand that the body (first three kosas) is not myself; but how can you say that my understanding (Vignana, physical consciousness) is different from myself? In as much as you say (my understanding) But we say also 'my soul.' He who has really perceived the soul will not say 'my soul.' It is the ignorant who say so.
THE MEANING OF "MY SOUL."
28. By lakshana also we speak of the Buddhi as manas, and manas as Buddhi; we speak of chitta as jiva, and jiva as chitta; we speak of atma as God, and God as atma (soul). So also the phrase 'my soul' denotes another namely the supreme soul dwelling in your soul.
SAME LANGUAGE FALLACIES IN COMMON USAGE.
29. The understanding, body, chittam, &c., are one and all called atma (in the Upanishads) as we speak of the burner (விளக்குத்தண்டு) as the light itself (விளக்கு). All these senses &c., are different in their action; and inseparably united to them the soul cognises them as object. The object அறிபொருள்
is separate from the object (அறிவு).
THE FIVE AVASTHAS.
30. The soul who cognises through the external senses dreams in sleep and sleeps soundly with but bare breath and without action or enjoyment; and waking again, recalls its dreams, and feels its sound sleep and then enters into eating and exercises. This is the way the soul cognises through the five avasthas, with the aid of the physical vestures.
SOUL IS NOT SELF-LUMINOUS.
31. If the soul was self-luminous then why does it require the aid of senses and organs. As the soul is concealed eternally by Anava, its intelligence is restored by the physical senses &c. Its relation to its senses and organs is like that of the king to his ministers.
End of 2nd Adikarana.
RELATION OF SOUL TO THE LOWER ORGANS AND
ITS CONDITION IN THE VARIOUS AVASTHAS.
SOUL IS THE KING.
1. Just as the king, on his return from a procession with his troops, re-enters his palace, leaving guards at the gates of the different courts he passes through, and finally enters alone the inner most harem, so also the soul passes through the five avasthas in the body, leaving Prana as the guard of the innermost portal.
This is an old sankhya analogy (vide Sankhya sutras V. 115) and this has found its way through the ancient Greeks into the thought of Europe, and Lytton also uses the simile of the king and his ministers in one of his novels.
Sivaghra Yogi thus expands the simile: Soul us king; Manas is chariot; Prana and other vayus, the horses; Buddhi is the chief minister; Ahankara is the driver; and Jnanendriyas and Karmendriyas are the footmen; the midbrows, throat, heart, belly and anus, are the different courts of the Palace.
The nature of this passage of the soul form one condition to another has to be clearly noted and realized; otherwise, there will be endless confusion. Vide pp. 51 to 53 Sivajnanabodham for fuller exposition.
THE NAMES OF THE FIVE AVASTHAS ETC.
2. When the soul is in jagra avasta, it and its organs number 35, and the place is midbrows. In svapna avasta, they number 25, and the place is the throat; in the sushupti avasta, they number 3, and the place is the heart; in the Turya avasta, they number two, and the place is the nabhi; and in the Turyatita avasta, the soul dwells alone.
The 35 are the ten Indriyas, and their ten subtle elements, the tanmatras, the ten Pranas, and the four antahkaranas, and soul. The 25 are arrived at by omitting the first, the Indriyas. The three are the chitta, the Prana and the soul. The two are the Prana and the soul. In turyatita the soul alone exists.
Sivajnana Yogi adds that even in Turyatta the soul is united to the subtle causal matter; but what is meant is it had not developed into a separate and differentiated organic body.
HOW THESE ARE ENERGISED BY THE VIDYA TATVAS.
3. In Jagra, all the five Vidya Tatvas (from Siva and Sakti &c.,) are active; in the Svapna, the first four; and in the next, the first three; and in the Turya, the first two; and in the last condition, Siva Tatva alone guides it. They are so active, as the soul develops through the Asuddha Maya and Prakriti Tatvas: Understand this well.
Some commentators interpret this to mean that the 35 and 25 &c., are further grouped into groups of five, &c.
THE LOWER AND HIGHER AVASTAS.
4. All the five Avastas are found united in the Jiva when it is in the frontal region. You can perceive their play when these organs are each active. The ever-wise Jnani's also, for getting freed from birth, and for entering Moksha, unite themselves to the five Higher Avastas, with the grace of God.
The lower Avastas is called Samala Avastas and the higher the Nirmala Avasthas. Even in the latter, there are stages as Jagra, Svapna &c., and the condition of the Jivan-Mukta in these stages is fully described in the A'gamas. In the next verse, these two conditions are also distinguished from the five Avastas undergone by the Yogi.
THE FRUITS OF THESE CONDITIONS.
5. Of these two kinds of Avastas, the one, lower, will drag down man into births. The other will lift him up freeing him from birth. The Yogi attaining to Samadhi will attain salvation in the very next birth.
6. The casual or subtle Avastas are three, called Kevala, Sakala and Suddha. The soul is in Kevala when the soul is by itself (without Volition &c.) It is in Sakala, when God unites it to all its senses and organs. It is in Suddha, when leaving birth, it is freed from all mala (impurities).
In the Kevala, the soul is hidden in Anava and has no activities of any kind and it is lost or sunk like a bright diamond in a dirty pool, or like the same diamond coated with dirt all round. In the Sakala condition, its intelligence &c., receive play now and then through the aid of the physical faculties, just as the different facets of the diamond reflect the light, now blue, now red &c., as each side is ground and rubbed of its dirt and ruggedness. When all its angles, and ruggednes and dirt is removed it reflects fully and steadily the Supreme Light and is merged in the same Glory. These conditions are fully described in the next three stanzas.
7. In the Kevala Avasta, the soul is non-intelligent, it is formless, imperishable, it is not united to Ragam and other Gunas, nor to Kala and other Tatvas; it is action-less, mark less; it is not a self-agent; it cannot enjoy fruits; it is united to Anava; and it is Vyapi or Vibhu, omnipresent.
This definition is important. There is a verse in almost the same terms in the Tirumantra. Evidently both are translating from the same verse in the Agama. Vibhu is explained to mean as 'not localised in' any one place or particular body.
THE SAKALA AVASTA.
8. In the Sakala, the soul gets a body, and becomes clothed with the various organs and senses, internal and extenal, and the desire to enjoy the objects of the senses, and reincarnates in different births.
9. He becomes balanced in good and evil. The grace of the Lord descends on him. He gets his Guru's blessing. He attains to Jnana Yoga Samadhi and is freed from the three mala. He ceases to be finite in intelligence, and becoming omniscient, he is united to the feet of the Lord. This is the Suddha condition.
The truth of this verse is often shortly expressed in the phrase.
and they sum up the highest teachings.
இருவினைச் செயல்கள் ஒப்பி ஈசன்றன் சத்திடோய்ந்து,
குருவருள் பெற்று ஞான யோகத்தைக் குறுகிமுன்னைத்,
திருமல மறுத்து பண்டைச் சிற்றறி வொழிந்த ஞானம்,
பெருகிநாயகன்றன் பாதம் பெறுவது சுத்தமாமே.
End of The Fourth Sutra.
ON THE RELATION OF GOD, SOUL AND BODY.
GOD, THE SUPREME KNOWER AND INSTRUCTOR.
1. As the senses can only understand with the aid of the soul, and yet cannot know the soul, so also the soul can only understand with the grace of the Lord and yet cannot know Him. The all-knowing Siva alone knows all and imparts knowledge to all.
This Power of the Lord is called His Dropava sakti.
Adhikarana - 1.
WHY DON'T SOULS ALL EQUALLY UNDERSTAND WELL?
2. If God imparts knowledge, then every one's knowledge must be equal. If the difference in wisdom is due to Karma then no God is necessary. No. The First Cause gives to each according to his Karma, in the same way as the earth yields according to the labour spent on it, or as the sun brings into bloom the lotus buds.
Though the soil may be equally good one man reaps a good crop and another not, as he labours well in it or not. Though the Sun is absolutely necessary for the maturity and blooming of flowers, yet the Sun cannot make the bud blossom before its time. This view does not destroy the omni-penetrativeness of God, while at the same time, it preserves to the individual his responsibility. It is this view which saves Hinduism from degenerating into blind Fatalism or bare Pantheism.
The following verse from Ulahudaiya Nayanar expands the simile of the lotus beautifully.
c.f. illustration C to 3rd Adhikarana of the 9th Sutra, Sivagnana botha.
CAN THE SOUL UNDERSTAND HIMSELF.
3. The soul understands only with the aid of the Supreme intelligence, and cannot understand of himself, in as much, as this knowing soul knows only through some sense or other, forgets what it has learnt, learns from others; and does not know himself the knower.
The soul is not self-luminous or Svaprakasa or Svayamjyoti, and God is defined as Svaparaprakasa, self luminous and illumining all others.
HOW GOD IMPARTS KNOWLEDGE.
4. The One, Only God imparts knowledge to the soul, by means of the various organs of sense, and sensations, by means of the luminaries, and time, Karma, and bodies, by means of books on logic and philosophy, and by the word of the Guru, in as much as the soul in the Kevala condition is formless and non-intelligent.
GOD REQUIRES NOT THESE AIDS FOR HIMSELF.
5. The one God knows all and imparts knowledge to all and is the soul of all souls, and is different from them, and is in all, creating and developing all, without any form, and without the aid of any organs or objects or luminaries or time or Karma or body or books &c.
DOES GOD RECEIVE TAINT BY HIS PRESENCE IN THE WORLD?
6. You have forgotten the Vedic text that the worlds undergo change in the mere presence of God. God cannot be enshrouded in Maya, and no Achit can exist in the presence of Siva, (the pure Chit). In His Presence, the embodied souls undergo evolution and are given wisdom.
ALL ARE BUT PARTS OF HIM.
7. The worlds form His body; the Jivas, His senses; the Iccha and Jnana and Kriya Saktis, His Antahkarana. Inducing all the countless Jivas to reap good or evil, according to their deserts, the Supreme Lord dances the Dance of Creation, Development, Destruction, Rest and Grace.
His acts are compared to a dance, as they are solely intended for the benefits of the souls (spectators) and not for any pleasure or profit of God Himself.
GOD'S GRACE HOW BESTOWED.
8. The Supreme One after inducing the Jivas to unite in bodies with five senses, and to undergo pleasures and pains, and thus make it gather experience by suffering many births, pities their fallen condition, and graciously grants the Higher Knowledge as Guru and grants the Supreme Seat.
GOD'S RELATION TO HIS SAKTI.
9. அருளது சத்தி யாகும் அரன்தனக் கருளையின்றி
தெருள்சிவ மில்லை யந்தச் சிவமின்றிச் சத்தியில்லை
மருளினை யருளால் வாட்டி மன்னுயிர்க் களிப்பன் கண்கட்
கிருளினை யொளியா லோட்டும் இரவியைப் போலவீசன்.
Hara has Grace for His Sakti. Except as this Supreme Love and Grace, there is no Siva. Without Siva, there is no Sakti. I'sa removes the hate of the Souls with his love, and grants them bliss, just as the Sun dispels the darkness, shrouding the eyes, with his light.
End of the fifth Sutra.
NATURE OF THE SUPREME.
1. If you ask whether God is an object of knowledge or not, then know, if He is an object of knowledge He will become Achit and Asat. If He cannot be known, He must be a nonentity. The all-pervading Sivam is neither, and is pure Chit and Sat. In the presence of the Sat, cognized by following the True Path, Asat will not appear.
Adhikarana - 1.
WHAT IS ACHIT?
2. All objects of cognition are Achit. All objects of cognition come into being and are destroyed (being bound by time); they divide themselves into the worlds, bodies and organs (being bound by space) and enjoyments; they are identified at one time by the intelligence as itself (in bandha) and at another time (in moksha) are seen as separate; and they are all products of Maya. Hence all such are Achit or non-intelligent or Asat (other than Sat).
3. The enjoyments of this life, and the bliss of the King of gods, Vishnu and Brahma, the lives of the countless millions of sentient beings, all these, may be compared to the tricks of the magician, or the dreams, or the mirage. They seem only to exist, and then perish instantly. Hence the world is spoken of as Asat.
GOD IS NOT UNKNOWABLE.
4. If God is unknowable, then there can be no benefit from Him, He can never pervade us; neither can we unite with him in Moksha. He cannot perform the Pancha Krityas for our benefit. His existence will be like that of the flowers of the sky and of the rope formed of the hairs of the tortoise.
The truth is He cannot be known with our Pasu Bodha. We can only perceive Him with His Grace or Sivagnana.
"அவனருளே கண்ணாகக் காணின் அல்லால்,
இப்படியன் இந்நிறத்தின் இவ்வண்ணத்தன்
இவனிறைவன் என்றெழுதிக் காட்டொணாதே."
Adhikarana - 3.
GOD IS NOT ANIRVACHANA.
5. Why should not God be described as (Anirvachana) being neither Sat nor Asat nor Satasat? Well, if the answer to the query whether God is existent or not should be that He is existent, then it only establishes that He is Sat. Hence He is Chit which is past our human thought and speech. It is Achit that can be perceived by our human mind.
HOW GOD CAN BE KNOWN.
6. The known objects are Achit and perishable; and the unknown is called Sat; and what is the use, as it virtually is non-existent? The knower, becoming one with God, will perceive Him with His Grace as the knower and the known are one and different and one-and-different.
This relation is the Advaita. Till the soul, by God's Grace becomes one with God, it is impossible to know Him. In that condition too, as the soul is one with God, it cannot know Him as other than itself, and the soul itself is Sivam. But if the Jivanmukta should for a time regain his individual consciousness, then he may feel his experience of God, just as a man waking from sleep speaks of his experience is sleep. In the next Adhikarana, even the knowledge of the Yogi is said to be unreal.
Adhikarana - 4.
THE YOGI'S CONCEPTION OF GOD NOT REAL.
7. If it can be meditated, then as an object of our senses, it becomes Asat. If you regard it as not conceivable by our organs, even then it is of no use. If you contemplate It as beyond contemplation, even then it gives you no benefit, as it is a mere fiction. If you contemplate it as yourself, this is also a fiction. Giving up these fictitious ideas of God, the only way to know Him is by understanding with His Arul or Grace.
The various conceptions of the Yogi are pronounced to be merely fictitious and symbolic. Vide, notes on the 6th Sutra in my edition of Sivagnana Botham for a fuller treatment of the subject.
GOD CANNOT BE PERCEIVED AS DIFFERENT.
8. As God is not different from the soul, as He is in the Soul, and as He is the thinker of all the soul's thoughts, as in Him there is no distinction of 'I' and 'mine', God cannot be perceived by the soul's intelligence.
The first three statements explain the Advaita relationship. The next argument shows that in God there is no distinction of Gnathuru, Gnana, and Gneya. The next verse gives a caution not to mistake the soul for God.
SOUL IS AND IS NOT GOD.
9. When One only without a second is postulated, the very postulating implies that the thing postulated is different. God is not different either, as He is inseparably associated with you, and transcends all discriminating intelligence. As He is ever the inside of the soul, the soul can be said to be Sivam.
End of the 6th Sutra.
SUTRA VII - ATMA DARSANA
Adhikarana 1 and 2.
SAT CANNOT KNOW, AND ASAT CANNOT EXIST.
1. If everything is Sat, then no conscious knowledge of anything can arise. If Sat becomes the knower by union with Asat (its products - the organs), No; Asat cannot appear in the presence of Sat, as no darkness can subsist in the presence of light. If you say that Asat itself is the knower, no, it cannot be, as it cannot subsist in the presence of the Sat, and as it is merely the instrument of knowledge of another.
THE KNOWER OF BOTH IS THE SOUL.
2. The knower who knows both Sat and Asat is the atma (soul). It is neither Sat nor Asat. It is eternal and Satasat. It is not produced from either (as cause and effect). Yet it is produced from them as the fragrance comes out of the flower.
NOTE:- As Satasat, it is united to both and in union with each, it identifies itself with each so thoroughly that it becomes each. This is a peculiar characteristic of the Soul which Proof-Drummond calls the law of assimilation.
IMPURITIES ATTACH TO SOUL AND NOT TO GOD.
3. Asat and Agnana cannot attach themselves to the Sat and Gnana Svarupi and Jyoti (God). All impurities become attached to the soul. The Vedas declare that the souls and Asat exist even eternally with God; as in the instance of the sea and water and salt.
HENCE GOD IS SVATANTARAM AND SOUL IS ASVATANTARAM.
4. The soul is called qualified Chit and Sat, as it knows when taught and is eternal. God is eternally Pure and Free and Intelligent and by His grace, He frees the souls of their impurities.
NOTE:- The analogy of the sea is particularly noteworthy. There is a world of difference between the way this analogy is used by Vedantis and the way it is explained by Siddhanta. The purvapaksha view is thus set forth by a learned Swami.
"There is but one Atman, One Self, eternally pure, unchangeable, unchanged, and all these various changes are but appearances in that one Self. Upon it name and form have painted all these streams; it is the form that made the wave different from the Sea. Suppose the wave subsides, will the form remain? No; it will vanish; the existence of the wave was entirely dependent upon the Sea, but the existence of the Sea was not at all dependent upon the wave. The form remains so long as the wave remains, but as soon as the wave leaves it, it vanishes, it cannot remain. This name and form is what is called Maya. It is this Maya that is making individuals making one appear different from the other. Yet it has no existence. Maya cannot be said to exist. Form cannot exist because it depends upon another's existence. It cannot be said to non-exist, seeing that it makes all this difference. According to the Advaita Philosophy, then, this Maya or Ignorance, name and form or as it has been called in Europe, 'time, space and causality,' is out of this One Infinite existence, showing us the manifoldness of the Universe; in substance this universe is one."
So according to this Swami, the One Infinite existence is God, and its Form is Maya and its name Ignorance! God is the Sea, and the multiformed waves are Maya. The one is unchanged and unchangeable and yet these changes into multiform waves are but appearances. But it is on account of these changes and appearances dualistic knowledge, and ignorance, and sorrow and Samsara results, and the One Infinite Existence which is eternally pure becomes finite and impure! It is on account of these appearances, God becomes a man, a dog, a worm; and but for these appearances God would remain a God. What converts indeed a Divinity into a brute cannot be unreal and non-existent, and of no moment as denoted by the use of the word 'but' in the sentences quoted above. If these changes and appearances are vital how can the One Infinite Existence be called and unchangeable too? And what constitutes the real difference between changeable and unchangebale? The very first definitions which the new beginner in Physical Science, meets with are about 'stable' and 'unstable equilibriums,' in nature. The 'Stable' is that which remains unaffected and without change of form by the surrounding forces of nature. 'Unstable' is easily affected by those very same forces and their forms are easily changed. And as examples are given, 'solids,' for the 'stable,' and 'liquids' and 'gases' for the 'unstable.' And what is here called the unchanged and unchangeable. It is the sea-water, which physicists expressly call unstable and changeable. And yet there is no incongruity in the comparison, and no contradiction in terms!!! It is the sea water which is called here unchangeable and unchanged, which is ever the sport of the elements and the sea and the moon, which changes with each gust of the wind and with each phase of the sun and the moon! This ever-changing and tempest-tossed and discoloured waters of the deep, are they to be compared with the unchangeable Infinite One? The horrors of an howling sea who has not read of, if one has not actually witnessed? And that tree poet of nature makes his Miranda truly wish.
"Poor souls, they perished!
Had I been any God of power,
I would have sunk the sea within the earth."
So we would have wished too there was no sea, and no God, if all our sufferings and sorrows, poverty and misery, hatred and all the evils of our Samsara-sagara and ignorance, were but appearances of this One God!
And then again, on the analogy as explained above, what little of power and self-dependence (Swatantram) is left to this One Infinite Existence? Is it self-luminous and self-dependent or is it the sport of every chance? The sea that is played on by every wind and tide, cannot be called to have any power and independence. Much less this God who is played on by Maya and ignorance? Our Swami eloquently asks, "suppose the wave subsides, will the form remain?" But suppose we ask "when will the wave subside?" What answer will our Swami return to this question? The waves will subside when the winds subsided. When will the winds subside? Echo answers when? When will Maya and Avidya leave us? When our Karma ceases. When will our Karma cease? Echo answers when?
The inherent fallacy in the use of this analogy as above stated is in taking the large body of sea-water as representing God. Though popular use justifies us in taking the sea space and everything contained in it as the sea, yet the true sense of the sea is the sea space, containing water and everything else, the all container, the formless, changeless and unchanging and infinite space. In this view how beautiful is St. Meikandan's simile as explained by Kannudaya Vallalar and how full of meaning.
"கடல் சிவம் நீரான்மா உப்பு மலம் கன்மம்,
துடர்வாயுப் போதம் அலைகாண் - இடைவிடா
தவ்வாதியுட்கரணம் ஐம்பொறியிற் பம்பரம்போல்
"The Sea is Sivam, Water is the Soul, Salt is Anava Mala, Avidya or Ignorance, Karma is the Wind; the feelings of 'I' and 'Mine' (Pasu Botham or Pasu Gnanam) are the waves. The First cause of all, in accordance with your Karma ever makes you revolve as does a top, in various births in conjunction with your external and internal senses."
In this view, God's Supreme Omnipresence and Immanence in nature is positively brought out and his Supreme Self-dependence and Svatantratvam is not destroyed; while the Soul is not left without freedom of Will and without means and hopes of salvation. By effort and practice, he can put down his Pasu Botha or gnana, and become balanced in good and bad acts (Karma), submitting himself to the Will of the Lord, then he can reach that condition of Perfect Calm (Nirvana lit. non flowing on water or air). What for? To reflect the Glory and Light of the Supreme Lord and to lost himself in that Glory and Light. Look at the incomparable words of St. Tirumular.
"உரையற்ற தொன்றை உரைசெய்யு மூமாகாள்
கரையற்ற தொன்றைக் கரைகாணலாகுமோ?
திரையற்ற நீர்போற் சிந்தை தெளிவார்க்கு
புரையற் றிருந்தான் புரிசடையோனே."
"O Ye Fools, who attempt to speak of the unspeakable,
Can you reach the limits of the limitless Sea?
As the waveless stilled water of the deep,
If you reach peace of mind,
Then Surely will the Lord of the braided hair
Appear to you in faultless Glory.
1. Just as the King's son taken and brought up among savages does not know himself to be different from the others till his true father came, and separating him from his wild associates, acknowledged him as his own son, and had him respected even as himself. So also, does our Lord appearing as the Gracious Guru separate the sorrowing soul, which is caught among the savages of the five senses and is unable to know his own greatness or that of this friend from its sensory environments, and purifying it of its dross and transforming it even into His own Glory, places it under His Flowery Foot.
2. The souls are divided into three classes namely Vignanakalar, Pralayakalar and Sakalar. They have respectively attached to them, Anava, Mala, Anavamala and Karma Mala, Anava Mala and Maya Mala. To the first two classes of souls, the Supreme with limitless grace shows Himself in His Nirathara condition and removes their mala by the two kinds of His Saktinipada (called Divara and Divaratara). To the Sakalars, He shows Himself in the form of the Guru when their mala had become balanced, and removes their sins by means of the four kinds of saktinipada.
Both Vignanakalars and Prayakalars have burnt up their Guna body, formed of Prakriti matter, by the strength of their tapas and yoga. The Vignanakala had also burnt his Karma, and his Anava or individuality alone exists and which separates him from Sivam. And when this individuality also ceases, the supreme union is established. The Vignanakalars are of various grades called Anusadasiva and Ashta Vidyeshwarars and Mahamantrars, and they dwell in the regions of Sadasiva, Iswara and Vidya tatvas &c., respectively. The Anusadasivas and Vidyeshwaras become lords of creation &c., also.
The Sakalars dwell in the regions below Mulaprakriti and comprise men, Asuras and Devas up to Vishnu.
Saktinipada is the "descending of God's grace. His Chitsakti or divine light." As this light enters more and more into the soul, by the rubbing off of the dirt and uneven edges (mala) which surround the pure crystal, (soul), the more and more does it shine, when finally it is indistinguishably covered up and clothed by the divine light and become one with It.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF DIKSHA.
3. The different ways by which the Acharya removes sin are Nayana Diksha (by the eye), Sparisa Diksha (by the touch), Vachaka Diksha (by teaching Mantras), Manasa Diksha (by identifying himself with the Chela) Sastra Diksha (by imparting instruction), Yoga-Diksha (by entering the Chela's soul by Yoga). The forms of Hotri Diksha (sacrificial Diksha) are also various, but they are divided into Gnana and Kriya Diksha. Gnana Diksha are mental acts; Kriya Diksha is given with the aid of Homa and sacrifices. Kriya Diksha again subdivides itself into Bijam and Nirbijam.
Diksha is from a root 'Di' meaning to shine. The original use of the word is in connection with the soma sacrifice and meant the initiatory rite of consecration. In the days of the Mahabharat, the word had undergone a change consequent on the change of religious polity itself. It meant the initiatory rite of purification before the Chela is given his Upadesam. And we quote the following passage from Mahabharat (Anuca p. 8) wherein Lord Krishna himself describes how he got his Diksha, from Upamanya Maharishi who recounts to him the glories of Him, who is the Lord of Sacrifices and Vows and who gives him certain mantras and asks him to recite them continuously. "Eight days, O Bharata, passed there like an hour, all of us thus being occupied with talk on Mahadeva. On the eighth day I underwent the Diksha, according to due rites, at the hands of that Brahmana (Upamanya). I received the staff from his hands. I underwent the prescribed shave. I took up a quantity of Kuca blades in my hand. I wore rags for my vestments. I rubbed my person with ghee. I encircled a cord of munja grass round my loins. For one month I lived on fruits. The second month I subsisted upon water. The third, the fourth and the fifth months, I passed living up on air alone. I stood all the while supporting myself on one foot, and with my arms also raised upwards and foregoing sleep the while. I then beheld, O Bharata, in the firmament an effulgence, that seemed to me as dazzling as that of a thousand suns combined together. Towards the centre of that effulgence, O son of Pandu, I saw a cloud looking like a mass of blue hills, adorned with rows of cranes, embellished with many a grand rainbow, with flashes of lightning, and the thunder-fire looking like eyes set on it. Within that cloud was the puissant Mahadeva Himself of dazzling splendour, accompanied by his spouse Uma.'
And it is our contention that in the Mahabharata days, the Agama rites had replaced or were replacing the old sacrificial rites of the Vedas, and modern India differs very little from the days of this period but for the rise of the new sects. And the Saivites all over India forming nearly 90 p.c. of the population retain the same tradition; and the initiatory rites of Saivas of today are also called Diksha, accompanied formally by Homa and Yagna, the various forms of which are discussed in the next stanzas.
NIRBIJA DIKSHA DEFINED.
4. Nirbija Diksha is what can be given to children, to the very young and very old people, and to women and worldly men, and the sick. The Acharya's son and the novices (Samayi) are purified by the initiatory religious rites (Samayachara) and are taught to perform the daily rites as far as possible. These belong to the class of Niradikara initiates. Those who go up higher are Adikara initiates. Nirvana Diksha is also of two kinds. Sathyo Nirvana which lead one at once into the Moksha and Asatyo Nirvana which leads him only after the parting with the body.
The division here is into what is called Samaya. Vishesa and Nirvana Diksha. Those who are entitled to Samaya Diksha are those in the Dasa and Satputra Marga. The Sahamargis are entitled to Vishesa Diksha; and Gnanamargis to Nirvana Diksha.
THE VARIOUS FORMS OF SABIJA DIKSHA.
5. To the highly advanced in learning and character is granted the excellent Sabija Diksha. They are taught the Nitya, Naimittika, and Kamya duties, and become clothed with authority becoming Sathakas (Chelas) and Acharyas, attain freedom. They are also called Lokadharminis, and Sivadharminis. The division into Samaya, Vishesha and Nirvana with others comprise the above.
Nitya duties consist in bathing and ablutions, worship of God, and keeping up of the sacred fires &c. Naimittika consist in consecrating images of God, in performing Diksha, and imparting knowledge to disciples. Kamya consist in Japam and Pujah with intent to acquire powers. Sathakas are only entitled to perform Nitya and Kamya; the Acharya can perform all the three. Lokadharmini Diksha is what can given to a Grahasta. Sivadharmini can only be granted to a Naishtika Brahmachari by a Naishtika Brahmachari. For further details, the reader is referred to the commentary of Gnanaprakasar.
THE PURPOSE OF DIKSHA IS THE PURIFICATION OF THE ADHWAS.
6. Hara destroys the births of the three classes of people mentioned above, by removing their mala, by purifying their Adhwas by means of the Kriya or Gnana Diksha. The pure Adhwas (paths) are six in number, namely, Mantra, Pada, Varna, Bhuvana, Tatva, and Kala. Of these the lower one is pervaded by the one above in the above mentioned order. The last Kala is pervaded by Sakti, and Sakti's place is in Sivam.
THE ADHWAS AS MANIFESTED BY THE NIVIRTI
AND PRATHISHTA KALAS.
7. The first five Adhwas are evolved from Kala. From the Nivirti Kala are evolved Mantras two, Pada 28, Varna one, Bhuvana 100, Tatva one, namely earth, and its deity is Brahma. From Prathishta Kala are evolved Mantras two, Pada 21, Varna 24, Bhuvana 56, Tatvas 23, and its deity is Vishnu.
The details of all these should be learnt from commentaries.
THE ADHWAS AS MANIFESTED BY VIDYA AND SANTI KALAS.
8. From the Vidya Kala are evolved Mantras two, Pada 20, Varna seven, Bhuvana 27, Tatvas 7, and its deity is the imperishable Rudra. From Santi Kala are evolved, Mantra two, Pada 11, Varna three, Bhuvana 18, and Tatvas three, and its deity is Maheshwara.
THE ADHWAS AS MANIFESTED BY SANTIATITA KALA.
9. From the Santiatita Kala are evolved Mantras three, Pada one, Varna sixteen, Bhuvana fifteen, Tatvas two, and its deity is Sadasiva. Hence the total number of Mantras is 11, Pada 18, Varna 51, Bhuvana 224, Tatva 36, and Kala five.
HOW THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF KARMA ARE DESTROYED BY THE DIVINE GURU.
10. The Karma performed by the souls by mind, speech and body are destroyed by these being made to eat the fruits through their cause, the six Adhwas. After the eating thereof, the Anava Mala is matured and the souls reach a stage of sufficient development when God appears as the Guru, and destroys the Agamya Karma, so that it may not lead to future births, and also the Anava Mala. The Prarapta Karma is destroyed by the purification of the Adhwas, and by the birth experience.
So that it follows that both Sanjitha and Prarapta Karma can only be destroyed by man's own individual efforts by purifying his faculties (Adhwas) and by tasting the fruits of both good and evil. It is then the Gnanacharya appears and perfects him with his bare touch, by sundering the Karma root, and mala root. Hence the importance of the purification of the Adhwas.
End of First Adhikarana.
THE VARIOUS STAGES AT ONE'S RELIGIOUS EVOLUTION.
11. If one leaving the alien religions, enters the orthodox fold and plods through the paths of Smritis and various Ashramas and their duties, practices rare Tapas, and learns rare Vidyas and masters the Vedas and understands the excellent Puranas, and reaching a clear knowledge of the truths of the Vedas (Vedanta) steps beyond, he will then reach the heights of Saiva Siddhanta. And after practising Chariya, Kriya, Yoga he will reach the foot of Siva by means of Gnana.
Every one must at one time or other either in the present life or in the past pass and have passed through these various phases of thought and action. At all times and in all ages, and in all countries, there have been people who have had no thought except for themselves and their pleasures, who have denied any other existence but this, who have denied the existence of any soul or God, who have cared more for the letter of the law and the forms of religion than for the spirit, who have lost their head and heart in endless learning and vain disputations, and who mistake symbols for truth. The path of reaching truth is indeed difficult but as men's capacities and developments are varied they cannot but remain in these conditions till their mind is opened out and liberated. And the really true and universal religion must recognize the necessity for all these stages and beliefs and provide for them. The paths of Chariya, Kriya, Yoga, &c., open out only after reaching a truly developed religious and spiritual sentiment, and then most religious emotion is really distinct in kind from mere intellection or perception of certain bare truths, Nityanityavivekam &c., and hence the latter should not be confounded with the above, and its place is very low in the scale of one's spiritual development.
THE DIFFERENT ENDS OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE.
12. People believe that the pleasures derived in the company of young and beautiful damsels is the highest Multi. Others believe a residence in the different heavens as the highest Mukti; others postulate the annihilation of the five Skandas as the end; and others again the becoming possessed of the eight attributes; others postulate a condition analogous to stone, and others. Viveka, (knowledge of oneself as God); and others say that the becoming of the true form of God is the end. What we postulate is the reaching of the foot of God is the true Mukti.
Each belief and action is consequent on the particular ends in life, which each one gradually places before himself; and each one thinks his ideal is the best and would not be convinced that it is not the best. As you stay in a mango grove, you will find different persons entering it with certain definite objects. Some come in to carry away the dropped fuel, and twigs and dead leaves. Others come in for the bunches of the leaves, others come in to gather the fallen young raw fruit, வடு, and others again for the fully grown unripe fruits, and others go in for the fruits. Some have greater relish for the unripe fruits than for the ripe fruits: (especially the taste gets peculiarly developed pregnant women who will not be satisfied by the offer of the most tasty fruits); and some have a liking for fruits with a dash of sourness in it. And when people eat fruits, some think it sweet to bite and eat the fruit whole. Some are particular how they clean it; and cut it and some would press the juice carefully and then alone taste it. There is no accounting for tastes as we say; and each derives some pleasure and profit no doubt and yet any honest thinker cannot fail to see that there are various degrees of pleasure and profit, differing in quality and quantity.
The eight attributes (எண்குணம்) of Jainisn is Ananta-gnanam, Ananta-darisanam, Ananta-viryam, Ananta-sukam, Nir-namam, Nir-gotram, Nir-ayushyam, Sakala-samyata-bhavam. In Kural, chapter 1, verse 9, where the word எண்குணத்தான்
occurs, Parimelagar, that prince among commentators, interprets the word according to the Saiva Agamas rejecting other interpretations: தன்வயத்தனாதல் self-dependent; தூயவுடம்பினனாதல் the immaculate in body; இயற்கையுணர்வினனாதல் self-luminous; முற்றுமுணர்தல் all-knowing; இயல்பாகவே பாசங்களின் நீங்குதல் eternally free; பேரருள் உடைமை all-gracious; வரம்பிலின்பமுடைமை limitless bliss. It requires indeed very little trouble to refute the fallacious belief that Saint Tiruvalluvar was a Jaina or a Buddhist.
THE DEFINITON OF AN UNIVERSAL RELIGION.
ஒன்றோடொன் றொவ்வாமல் உளபலவுமிவற்றுள்
13. Religions and postulates and text books are various, and conflict one with the other. It is asked which is the true religion, which the true postulate, and which the true book. That is the true Religion, Postulate and Book, which not conflicting with this or that, comprises reasonably everything within its own folds. Hence all these are comprised by the Vedas and Saiva Agamas. And these two latter are imbedded under the sacred foot of Hara.
No one can cavil at the definition herein given, though they may not agree with the position that Saiva Siddhanta is the supreme religion. And we confess to not having received a better definition. Elsewhere we have written on the historical and universal aspects of Saivaism; and we need only ask today why books like Sivagnanabotham and Tayumanavar's poems are accepted by all the different schools as expressing their own truths. A distinguished Madhva friend of mine told me after he read through Sivagnanbotham that he was mistaken in supposing that I was an Advaiti. A learned and zealous Srivaishnava scholar has written a key or microscope to two slokas of the same book. And all followers of Sankara treat it only as one of their own books.
THE IMPORTANCE OF VEDAS AND AGAMAS.
14. As they expound all the truths, the Vedas and Agamas are called "Muthal Nul," 'Revealed Books." Their immeasurable meanings are given out duly by those who possess the grace of God. Others try to interpret them according to their own sense and found various schools. Smirtis and Puranas and Kala Sastras &c., form "Vali Nul" (வழிநூல்). 'Guide Books." The Vedantas and Upangas form "Sarbhu Nul." (சார்புநூல்) "aid books." Nothing can compare however with the Vedas and Agamas. We cannot find anything to say to those who would assert otherwise.
'Muthal Nul' is defined as the Books revealed by the Supreme Being devoid of all imperfections. 'Vali Nul' as Books agreeing with the Muthal Nul in their conclusions but varying if necessary in other details. "Sarbhu Nul" though following both the above, yet may contain variations and difference.
WHAT ARE PURVA PAKSHA & SIDDHANTA WORKS?
15. The only real books are the Vedas and Saiva Agamas. All other books are derived from these. These two books were eternally revealed by the Perfect God. Of them the Vedas are general, and given out for all; the Agamas are special and revealed for the benefit of the blessed, and they contain the essential truths of the Vedas and Vedanta. Hence all other books are Purvapaksha books and the Saivagamas alone are Siddhanta Works?
THE GOAL OF SIDDHANTA.
16. In the Siddhanta, the Supreme Siva has graciously revealed that He will, even in one birth, make His devotees Jivanmuktas, after removing their Mala, by bathing them in the Ocean of Jnana and making them drink of Bliss, and freeing them of all future births, will place them under His Feet of Final Mukti. Yet how mad is the world in not believing these Holy words and falling into sin and perdition by saying all sorts of things.
THE CHARACTERSTICS OF THE SUPREME GOD.
17. He is the Supreme Lord, in whom all Intelligence, all Power, and all Beneficence is inherent. His Omniscience is manifest by His Revealed Works, the Vedas and Agamas. His Omnipotence is manifest by His granting the deserts of those who follow and don't follow His commands. As He removes their Karma by making them eat their twin fruits, He is beneficent. We behold all these glories in Our Lord Siva.
The very symbols of God Siva show forth His glorious Powers, as the author of creation, development and Regeneration, Droupavam and Bliss.
THE FOUR MARGAS OF REACHING GOD.
18. The four ways of reaching God are Sanmarga, Sahamarga, Satputramarga and Dasamarga. These four Margas are also called Gnana and Yoga, Kriya, and Chariya Padas. They will respectively lead one to Sayujya, Sarupya, Samipya, and Salika Mukti. The first kind of Mukti attained by Gnana Marga is the final Bliss, (Para Mukti) the rest are called Pada Mukti.
DASA MARGA EXPLAINED.
19. Washing and cleaning God's Temples, culling flowers and making various garlands for the adornment of God, founding flower-gardens, and lighting temples, and praising God, and obeying the commands of God's devotees, after bowing and humbly receiving their orders, all these are the duties of the Dasa Marga, and those who work in this path will surely reach Sivaloka.
SATPUTRA MARGA EXPLAINED.
20. Taking the fresh and fragrant flowers, Dupa and Deepa, Tirumanjana, and food, and purifying in all the five different ways and establishing God's symbol (ஆசனமூர்த்தி) and invoking God's Presence therein as All Intelligence and Light, and worshipping the same in all love, and praying to God and praising Him, and performing also Agnihotra &c., all these comprise the duties of Kriya Marga. They who observe these duties daily will reach God's Presence.
21. In Sahamarga, one has to control his senses stops his breaths, and fix his mind, and explore the secrets of the six Adaras and know their Gods, and passing beyond into the regions of the bright Chandra mandala, one has to drink deep of the Amrita filling his every pore, and dwell fixedly on the supreme Lights. If one performs this Yoga of eight kinds, his sins will fall off and he will get the form of God Himself.
The eight form of Yoga are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyakara, Darana, Dyana and Samadhi. Of these, the last five are only set forth in the text, and the first three are assumed.
Yama consists in Ahimsa, Satyam, Refraining from theft, celibacy or chastity, mercifulness, devoid of deceitfulness, contentedness, courage, taking little food, and purity.
Niyama consists in performing Tapas, and Japam and Vratam, believing in God, and worshipping Him, and reading and meditating on the Shastras, being cheerful, fearful of evil, and intelligent.
The Asanas are Swastikasana, Gomukasana, Padmasana, Virasana, Simhasana, Bhadrasana, Muktiasana and Mayurasana.
22. In Sanmarga, one studies all the Various arts and sciences and Vedas and Puranas and the different religions, and after rating all other knowledge as low, he holds on to the truth of Tripadartha and finding the Path of reaching God Siva, and realising the non-distinction of gnathuru, gnana and gneya, He becomes one with God. Such great men reach Sivam.
DIFFERENCE OF GNANA AND KARMA MARGAS.
23. Reading the Gnana Shastras, and teaching and explaining them to others, learning them from others, and pondering over their purport, these constitute Gnana worship or Yajna, and will lead one to the feet of the Lord. Pure Karma Yajna, Tapas Yajna, Japa Yajna, and Dyana Yajna are each one superior to the one below, and will only induce Bhoga. Hence Gnana worship is alone pursued by all those who know the Moksha Marga.
DIFFERENCE IN THE ENDS OF THOSE WHO ENTER SAMADHI AND THOSE WHO DO NOT.
24. Listening to words of wisdom, meditating on them, clearly perceiving the truth and Samadhi are the four forms of Gnana. Those who attain to Samadhi at once attain Moksha. Those who do not come up to this condition become Lords of the Heavenly worlds and enjoy great bliss, and by the grace of God, are reborn in good families and by the grace of the Gnanacharya attain to Samadhi, and the Feet of the Lord.
DIFFERENCE OF VEDIC AND AGAMA MARGAS.
25. Those who perform deeds of charity, karma Yajnas, Pilgrimages to Holy-waters, observe Asrama duties, and perform Tapas, Santi Vratas, and Karma Yoga will attain to the Higher worlds and will be reborn in no time. Those who perform Gnanayoga and Kriya and Chariya will attain to Pada Mukti, and at the end of time, if they do not yet deserve God's grace, they will be reborn and will attain to Siva by Gnana Marga. If they deserve God's grace, they will at once attain God's feet.
THE MERIT OF GIFTS TO SIVAGNANIS.
26. Even if very slight gifts are made to Sivagnanais, these will increase like the earth into mountains, and the donors will be prevented from falling into the ocean of births, and will enjoy supreme happiness in the higher worlds, and losing their sin, they will get one more holy birth, and will even without going through Chariya, Kriya, and Yoga attain supreme knowledge and the Lotus Feet of the Lord.
SUPREME MOKSHA IS ALONE ATTAINABLE BY GNANA.
27. The Vedas, Agamas and Puranas proclaim that by Gnana alone is attainable Moksha and yet what can we say to those fools who assert otherwise. By Agama (Karma) is begotten Bhandam (attachment). By true Gnana is attained freedom. As the darkness flies away before light so Agnana vanishes, and with it Bhandam, and freedom is attained. By Gnana, we do not mean the Gnana proclaimed by all kinds of low dogmatists but the Knowledge and Love of the One True God.
The language of this stanza is plain. The Highest bliss is alone attainable by the attainment of the Highest Gnana. The other Margas, Chariya, Kriya and Yoga are only steps leading up to Gnana. The first two Margas are usually called Bhakti Margas by other schools but the word Bhakti is so vague in its acceptation that it is not taken here to mean a particular Marga. The word is as loosely applied as the word Gnana, and what is real Bhakti and what is real Gnana has to be determined. But as a matter of fact, Bhakti or love of God in any sense is essential in all the four Margas we have indicated above. It is love that guides the Chariyavan, Kriyavan and Yogi and Gnani. Without this essential love, all their acts would only be bare hypocrisy. And Gnana or knowledge too, is implied in our bavanas in the lower margas. But this knowledge is more and more symbolic in the lower stages, and as we ascend in spiritual power and genuine love it will become more and more real. The greatest fallacy underlies in containing Bhakti and Gnana. There is no contrast at all but each one involves and implies the other. In social relations whether as master and servant, parents and children, friends, lovers and the loved, the relation will be unintelligible and a sham, if mutual knowledge and love does not exist. And the more one knows the other, his or her goodness and love, the more he comes to love the other. Love is in fact the fruitions of knowledge. And the Highest Gnana is when we do know and recognize how loving God is, how great His Love is, passing the love of master and parent and friend and lover* yea passing the love one self,* how
[* St. Manichavachaka frequently addresses God as sweeter than his own mother. And what is more, St. Appar says
"என்னிலு மெனக் கினியா ரில்லை
என்னிலு மெனக்கினியா னொருவன் னுவன்,"
There is nobody who is more loving than myself
Yet there is one more loving than myself.]
"Though man sits still and takes his ease
God is at work on man;
No means, no moment unemployed
To Bless him, if he can." (Young)
or as St. Tayumanavar puts it.
"தண்ணருள் தந்தெமைக் காக்கும் சாக்ஷிப்பேறே
யிமையளவு முபகார மல்லால் வேறொன்
றியக்கா நிர்க்குணக் கடலா யிருந்தவொன்றே."
The fact is we can know only and truly when we can fully realize God's inmost nature, that God is Sivam, 'God is Love."
சிவமும் இரண்டென்பர் அறிவிலார்
அன்பே சிவமாவதாரு மறிந்திலர்
அன்பே சிவமாவதாரு மறிந்தபின்
அன்பே சிவமா யமர்ந்திருந்தாரே.
The ignorant think God and Love are different
None knows that God and Love are the same
When they know God and Love are the same
Then will they enter God as Love.
As it is, it is the proud boast of Saiva Siddhanta that it is a universal religion and philosophy at once, comprising all schools of philosophy and all kinds of Bhakti and Gnana Margas and yet differing from them all. "All and not all," "எல்லாமாய் அல்லவுமாய்" is at once a characteristic of the Divine Ideal of the Siddhantis as of their Religion.
THE MANIFESTATION OF THE GURU.
28. சூரியகாந்தக் கல்லினிடத்தே செய்ய,
ஆரியனா மாசான் வந்தருளாற் றோன்ற,
அடிஞான மான்மாவிற் றோஎறுந்தோன்றத்
தூரியனாஞ்சிவம் தோன்றுந் தானுந்தோன்றும்
தொல்லுலகமெல்லாம் தன்னுள்ளே தோன்றும்
நேரியனாய்ப் பரியனுமா யுயிர்க்குயிரா யெங்கும்
நின்றநிலை யெல்லாமுந் திகழ்ந்து தோன்றும்.
Just as the crystal emits fire when brought before the sun, so when the Divine Guru, out of the fullness of His grace, appears before one, there will arise Sivagnana in him. Then will he see Sivam, and his own real self and the whole world in himself. Then will he perceive God as the smallest of the small and the greatest of the great, and the soul of all souls.
c.f. மாயப்படலங்கீறித் தூயஞான நாட்டம்பெற்றேன்
பெற்றபின் மெய்மைய, நின்பெருந்தன்மையும் கண்டேன்
காண்டலும், என்னையும் கண்டேன் பிறரையும் கண்டேன்
அன்னிலைய வனைத்தும் கண்டேன்.
என்னே நின்னைக் காணாமாந்தர்ம்மையுங்காணாத் தன்மையோரே.
THE RESULT OF THE GURU'S MANIFESTATION.
29. When they are sufficiently developed and receive the grace of God, (Sattinipada) and wisdom, they are graciously taught by the Guru; and by practice of such teaching, they will attain to the condition of Perfect Samadhi. Then will they become Jivanmuktas in this world. They will have neither likes nor dislikes. They will treat a potsherd and gold at the same value. They will so unite with God that they will never leave God and God will never leave them; and dwelling in Him, they will perceive only God in everything.
THE PROCESS OF UNION WITH GOD.
30. அறியாமை யறிவகற்றி யறிவினுள்ளே யறிவுதனை
குறியாதே குறித்தந்தக் கரணங்களோடும் கூடாதே
பிறியாதசிவன்றானே பிறிந்துதோன்றிப் பிரபஞ்சபேத
நெறியாலே யிவையெல்லாமல்லவாகி நின்றென்றும்
Removing your ignorance born of understanding (with the bodily senses), and perceiving, without perception (by the lower manas), by the Grace of God, the Supreme Intelligence in his higher self, and seeing it without seeing, and without the conjunction of the andakaranas and avastas, if you melt yourself in God, then will the Supreme Siva, who is inseparable from everything, appear to you separately, and as one and different from all the world and as far transcending all.
This is the famous stanza which both St. Tayumanavar and the author of Siva-Bhogasaram had made the subject of Supreme Praise.
சாதித்தார் பொன்னடியைச் சாருநாளென்னாளோ"
The whole world's knowledge in half a stanza
He revealed, Oh when shall I reach his golden feet.
God's Niradara transcendency is thus defined in Tirukalitruppadiar திருக்களிற்றுப்படியார்.
தாக்கித்தானொன் றேடும் தாக்காதே - நீக்கியுடன்
நிற்கும் பொருளுடனே நிற்கும் பொருளுடனாய்
"Uncreate, immanent in everything and yet remaining separate from everything, and yet becoming one with that which becomes one with it, this is the Niradara."
THE NATURE OF THE UNION.
31. Good Karma will lift one into Higher births and worlds; Bad karma into lower ones. As such, sundering both, by the wisdom obtained by the virtue of worshipping the Sacred Being, and without entering into future birth in this world and lower and Higher worlds, the person, who becomes, a Jivanmukta in this world, does not care where the sun shines and feels no want, and leaving his body, enters the fullness of Supreme God, and becomes one with that fullness and all in all.
Gnanaprakasar deals fully in his commentary on the different views regarding the nature of the union in Moksha postulated by various schools.
THE NATURE OF JIVANMUKTAS.
32. They who attain to gnana-samadhi, have neither likes nor dislikes; they desire nothing; they care not for social etiquette, and Tapas and Asrama rules, and Dyana. They have no impurity in their hearts. They care not for religious marks. They do not follow the lead of their bodily and mental senses. They have no bad qualities and no creed and no caste. They become like children and mad men and possessed persons, and they may delight in singing and dancing also.
33. They require not the aids of place, time and postures. They perform actions without any thought of the results; their minds do not move like a swing. They never leave the Feet of the Lord, in all their daily actions, in walking and sitting, in sleeping or waking in eating or starving, in purity or impurity, in wealth or poverty, in pain or pleasure, in enjoyment or separation, in like or dislike, though these actions may or may not be performed like any other person.
A PARTICULAR UPASANA TO REACH SAMADHI.
34. If you have not yet reached this condition, then perceive the truth of everything being in God and God being in everything, and control your internal senses, and practise what your gnanaguru has graciously taught you and reach the God who is immanent in yourself. Reaching Him, your human faculties will all be converted into Divine faculties. Try to realize the transcendent Being even in your waking condition. Then also your Sivanubhuti will become your Svanubhuti.
This is the famous Dahara Upasana set forth in most Upanishads. See p. 208. Vol. II. of this journal.
THE GREATNESS OF THE JIVANMUKTAS.
35. Those who can realize the Supreme Being even in their waking condition, they are the saints who have attained to Sarva Nivarti, or absolute renunciatiation. And how are we to describe their greatness? They even in this life have freed themselves from all bonds, and obtaining Sivam, have become God themselves. Even if they rule and enjoy as crowned kings they will have no attachment to this world. If one does not reach this Samadhi, even if they get rid of all external bonds, he will enter birth and his mala will not be destroyed.
IS THERE ANUBHUTI IN MOKSHA.
36. If you say that nothing can be perceived when we lose our senses; no, nothing can be perceived by those who have not seen the true. The immature virgin cannot understand what love is. When two lovers unite in joyful embrace, their pleasure cannot be expressed in words. They alone can know. Those without the aid of God's grace cannot know themselves. If any such say they have perceived God with their ordinary senses, it is all a delusion. If they are possessed of God's Grace, they can perceive themselves and God without perception. If they don't their births will not cease, and the anava cannot be sundered.
As nature avoids vacuum, so the soul cannot exist unless it be filled in by the world or God. So to get freed from the world, the only means is to get into eternal Bliss of God. If not so filled, the soul will again revert back and fall into the world. Such is the logical results which flow from the views of Buddhists and Mayavadis, and honest people like Mrs. Besant do not shirk from stating plainly such a consequence. To them, the concluding words of every Upanishad "There is no return, there is no return," are mere comforting words. There is no end to births, and "there is an ever-recurring necessity of Samsara." But the true Advaita-Siddhantis' position is different. He prefers to believe that the words of the Upanishad are true and not empty words. He strengthens his position both by logic and experience. St. Tiruvalluvar not content with stating the position here taken by St. Arul Nanthi once, states it twice.
"பற்றுகபற் றற்றான் பற்றினை யப்பற்றைப்
பற்றுக பற்று விடற்கு."
"சார்புணர்ந்து சார்புகெடவொழுகின் மற்றழிந்த்துச்
சார்தரா சார்தரு நோய்."
c.f. The Vedic Texts:
"By Meditating, the Muni goes to the source of all beings, the witness of all, beyond all darkness" (Kaivalya Upanishad).
"By churning with Jnana alone does the wise man burn up the bond (Pasa) ibid).
"Knowing the Deva, the shining one, he is released from all bonds (pasas). Svet. 1-8.
"Knowing Him, Isa, they become immortal." Ibid iii.7.
"When men should roll up the ether like a hide, then only, without first knowing Siva, there could be an end of pain." (Svet. vi. 20.)
"The knower of Brahman reaches the Supreme." (Tait. Up. II. ii.1).
"Knowing Siva, he passes into peace forever." (Svet. Up. iv. 14.)
"A man who has left all grief behind, sees the Majesty the Lord the Passionless, by the Grace of the Creator." (Ibid.iii.20)
For further treatment of the subject see the "Note on Nirvana" in Vol. 1. pp. 177 to 180 of this Magazine.
37. Knowing the nature of the soul to be like the mirror reflecting various colours, and that it reflects in itself all the actions of the internal and external senses, and knowing that such reflections of the senses are no part of himself, and distinguishing his own real beautiful self by the Grace of God from the false colours of the senses, the seer of such truth will unite with the Lord and will never after leave Him, like the rushing waters of the river breaking its banks and reaching the ocean, become one with it and can never more return.
The author merely echoes the concluding words of the Upanishads when he says that there is no return for the freed soul; a subject discussed by Badarayana in his concluding sutras. Note the use which our Saint has made of the analogy of the Rivers and the Ocean and the absurd use of it made by Prof. Duessen. (Vide pp. 85 to 87. Vol. II)
The rough and discoloured diamond or crystal or muddy and discoloured water stands for the soul; and the roughness and discoloured and rust stand for the malas eternally attached to them. But it is possible to get freed from this dirt and discolouration. By polishing and rubbing and filtering (process of births and deaths) the rough diamond can be made smooth and clear, and the muddy water can be made crystalline. What is the result? The light that was not seen before is seen now and enjoyed and it is for this light alone that we prize the diamond, so; much so that we call them "Brilliant." But is this light and brilliance its own? Where was it when it was covered by dust. Where is it when the brightest diamond is kept in darkness? The fact is, the light is not its own, it comes from another source, it enters it and permeates it and covers it so fully that the crystal is indistinguishable from it. When the diamond is covered by dirt & c the dirt & c prevented the light from entering it. When it was in darkness, no light was in union. So in bandha, our maya and mala prevent us from seeing the Light; the light will enter us more and more, the more and more we get freed from this dirt; till at last the Jivanmukta becomes all Light and all God. The fatal fallacy committed by Mayavadis is in taking the reflected Light as Jiva or Jivatma. It is not Jiva. The Jiva is the crystal or water. They say the reflection or light is God and this is quite correct ("வெண்பளிங்கின் உட்பதித்தசோதியானே" - Appar). The identifying of Jiva with God will be like identifying water or crystal with Light. But in Moksha, we still reach a process of identification as when we name a diamond, a brilliant. So indeed the advaita siddantis always declare that the freed Jiva is Siva. What occurs is, the individuality of the crystal or water or the river is lost and what is actually perceived is the Light or God. In Moksha, there is feeling and there is perception of God but there is no consciousness of such feeling or perception. When consciousness enters, there will be duality. When there is no consciousness, there is absolute evenness or advaitam. The following is pure language of science and is equally applicable to the case before us.
"When a river enters the sea, it soon loses its individuality, it becomes merged in the body of the ocean, where it loses its current, and where therefore it has no power to keep in suspension the sediment which it had brought down from the higher lands." (The story of a piece of coal p. 42, Newnes). When the individuality, the feeling of 'I' and "mine" Ahankara or Anava is lost, the soul merges in God, and becomes indistinguishable, the Karmic force is lost, and it cannot revert back ("கலந்தபின்பிரிவுமில்லை" - Devaram) and become incapable of sinning, and cannot leave the Feet of the Lord. See further note to chapter vi "Light of Grace."
THE NATURE OF GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE.
38. If God is everywhere, (and everything) then there is no necessity for our reaching Him. If He is not everywhere, then He is not God. His connection is like that of the soul in the body. The eye can see all other organs but they cannot see the eye; the soul can only understand the various tatvas in union with them. By the grace of the Lord alone will he attain to the Pathignana. Then will he be like the blind man who get his eye sight restored to him, and perceive God as the Light of Light.
TO GET FREED FROM VASANA MALA.
39. Just as when you drop a stone into a pond covered with moss, the waters get cleared for a while and covered again, the Mala, Maya and Karma will become detached from the man when he is attached to God; they become attached to him, again otherwise. Those who dwell on the Feet of the Lord with love and steadiness will never lose their Samadhi. To those who cannot always fix their minds to God, we will give another means whereby they can cut their bonds asunder.
End of the VIIIth Sutra.
MEDITATE ON SRI PANCHAKSHARA.
1. Him, who cannot be understood by the Pasu and Pasugnana if you cannot reach, not possessing sufficient Pathignana and love in your heart, and are separated from his Divine foot, you can reach Him, if you regard the alluring world as a mirage and get free from its clutches. If you again meditate constantly according to law on the Sri-Panchakshara, The Supreme will graciously enter your heart, driving away your darkness.
PASA AND PASUGNANA DEFINED.
2. Pasugnana consists of the knowledge of the Vedas, Sastras, Smritis, Puranas and Arts, and of the Mantras from Asabhai Vaikari to Nada; these have the effect of inducing future births. The Ahabrahasami Knowledge is Pasugnana as the Pasu becomes bound in a body, has to learn and know from others, and one by one. The Supreme Siva knows alone without extraneous aid.
EXTINCTION OF SENSES IS NO MOKSHA.
3. If you hold that the extinction of the senses is alone Mukti, then we may as well hold that the eggs of fishes and fowls, and seeds, and persons dead and in a swoon in sleep and in yoga, and while bitten by a serpent are all in Mukti condition! If you would compare this Samadhi condition to the condition of light, when one's shadow gradually lessens and disappears under one at noon, even then the darkness will not vanish and this gnana is also Pasugnana. Know then, without knowing the feet of Him who burnt the Tripura and then you will burn your faults away.
THE NECESSITY FOR DIVINE GRACE.
4. Why we say that God can be reached only by the aid of His Wisdom Foot, is because, He can never be reached by our human speech, thought, or action, because His Foot represents The Light of His Wisdom, and because it is by the aid of His Foot Grace, the soul is freed from the doubt whether he is one with his bodily organs or senses, and is shown his real self.
HOW GOD MANIFESTS HIMSELF.
கண்டிடுங் கண்தனைக்காணா கரணங்காணா
கரணங்கள் தமைக்காணா வுயிருங்காணா
உண்டியம ருயிர்தானுந் தன்னைக்காணா
துயிர்க்குயிரா மொருவனையுங் காணாதாரும்
கண்டசிவன் தனைக்காட்டி யுயிருங்காட்டிக்
கண்ணாகக்கரணங்கள் காணாமல் நிற்பன்,
கொண்டானை யுளத்திற்கண்ட்டி கூடிற்பாகங்
கூடாது கூடிடினும் குறிப்படியினிறுத்தே.
5. The eye that sees all cannot see itself nor the internal sense that guides it. These internal senses cannot know themselves nor the soul. The soul itself which enjoys cannot know itself nor the One who is the soul of his soul. Hence, Siva, the All-seer, manifests Himself to the soul, and shows him his own self, and though unseen by the senses stands as the eye of all. If you know Him thus, and see Him in your heart and join His Foot, the Pasa will drop off. Even if the Pasa joins you, stand fast in His Foot.
HOW BLISS IS CONFERRED.
6. If one stands steadfast in the path, leaving the acquisition of the eight attributes and eight powers, (siddhis) &c. the worlds of Brahma and other Gods; and passing the bounds of the six adhwas and rejects all these as the veriest lie, then will He who has neither ups nor downs, who has no limiting qualities and is not conceivable by any person, who has no desire of his own, enter your heart Himself, filling it with boundless love, and bless you with the rarest joy.
THE TRUE EXPLANATION OF 'TATVAMSI'.
கொண்டினொடு முளத்தவன்றா னின்றகலப்பாலே
Seeing ourselves different from the seen world, and from the unseen God, and loving Him in all humility, and from His intimate connection with us, if we meditate that 'I am He', then will He appear to us, as one with us. As the poison leaves one by the snake-charmer's meditation of Garuda, so will our sins fall off and purity be attained. This is the reason why the old Vedas teach us to practice the Mantra 'I am He.'
Soham = Sa + Aham, meaning 'I am That' or 'I am He'. Hamsa is another form of it (Aham + Sa); This Soham is regarded as a mantra, based on the Mahavakyas for practice or Bhavana or Sadhana & not for proof. The principle is based on that formulated by western psychologists to the effect that, by practice and some mental disorders, the idea itself becomes an actuality. The principle enunciated by St. Meikandan is 'அதுஅதுஆதல்'; the soul or mind becomes that which identifies with itself. It becomes pure matter, body, when it identifies itself as body and when it identifies itself as Param, it becomes the Param.
Oh! for the day, when I shall become one (advaita) with the everlasting Truth and Wisdom as I am one (advaita) with Anava.
தாணுவினோடத்துவித மாகுநா ளென்னாளோ.
8. Knowing in the Light of Sri Panchakshara, his subordination to God, and seeing His Form also in the Panchakshara, and doing the Anga kara Nyasa (touching the parts of the body with the hand) with the Panchakshara, and worshipping God in the heart of the soul with Panchakshara, and raising the fire in the Kundalini with the Panchakshara, and reaching the Frontal Brow which is difficult of reach, and pronouncing the Panchakshara according to law, the Lord will appear to the soul, even as the invisible planets Ragu and Ketu appear in the sun and the moon.
The mysteries and details of this have to be learnt through the Guru.
9. As regards the lotus of the heart, its root is the navel, its stalk are the tatvas from the earth, its calyx is the Mohinior lower maya, the eight petals are the Suddha Vidya, the markings in these petals are the eight Aksharas, the stamens are the Iswara Sadasiva and their Saktis. The pistil and ovary is the Saktitatva. And above this Sakti is seated the Supreme Siva. And worship Him knowing this Supreme condition.
THE EFFECT OF THIS INTERNAL WORSHIP.
10. This internal worship or yagna is regarded as Mukti sadana, because it purifies the soul, using sandal, flowers, Dupa and Deepa, and Manjana and food with esoteric meaning, and worshipping Him in the heart. And as one thinks and thinks of Him with gnana, he will gradually enter your heart, as does the light when the mirror is cleared and cleaned. Then the impurities will all disappear.
The sandal symbolises Vairagya; flowers, the eight external virtues such as abstaining from killing &c., being the control of the external senses; - Dupa, incense is pride, which has to be offered up; Deepa, light is one's intelligence the Tirumanjana, water is contentedness, food is one's egoism.
ANOTHER MEANS: EXTERNAL WORSHIP.
11. If one desires to worship God externally, let him take the flowers fallen under the tree and worship and praise the Supreme Siva in some visible symbol in the same manner as in internal worship. Let him be resigned, thinking that he himself is not responsible for good and evil, and let him see God in everything without making distinction of internal or external worship, and remain steadfast in such worship. This will constitute the great merit of superior Bhaktas.
THE EFFECT OF SUCH WORSHIP.
12. God will show His grace removing one's mala, if one worships and sees God present everywhere as fire in wood, ghee in milk, juice in fruit and oil in seeds; such worship will dispose God to enter his heart and remove his mala and convert him into His own Form and dwell in him in all His glory, just as the iron is converted into the form of the fire itself.
WHY AKAMIA KARMA CANNOT AFFECT THE JIVAN MUKTA..
1. The good or evil which he performs will redound only on those who, do good or evil to him. His faults will vanish when, by soham-relation, he becomes one with God, and dedicates all acts to Hara, and stands fixed in this posture. And God also will hold all his acts as His own and everything done to him as done to Himself and will remain united to him driving away his faults. The greatest sins when committed in this condition of all love will only be good service and not otherwise.
BECAUSE THE JIVAN MUKTA IS DEVOID OF THE FEELING OF 'I' AND 'MINE'.
2. As he burns away by the fire of his wisdom the feeling of 'I' and 'Mine', that 'I did this,' 'others did that,' and stands steadfast in the path, the Subtle One manifests Himself to him, and drives away hi karma. To him who retains this feeling of self, God is non-apparent, and he eats the fruit of his karma and the karma will induce other births. Unless again, he possesses the Sivagnana, he cannot drive away the feeling of 'I' and 'Mine.'
A WAY WHEN HE IS AGAIN CONSTRAINED BY HIS SENSES.
3. Know well that though these senses are united to you, yet they are not controlled by you, and that they do so by the command of the Supreme Controller; worship the Feet of Him Who owns you and the senses; burn these passions by the Grace of God; and be still. And even then if you are led astray, be resigned that you have nothing to do and that it is the result of previous karma. Then the Akamia karma will not be generated and you will not be born again.
GREATNESS OF GOD'S BENEFICENCE.
4. God is not partial. He makes each one reap his own deserts according as he performs good or evil out of his feeling of self. When one loses his self, then God guards him from the contact of all karma. Such people say "O Lord, all our acts are after Thy Will. Thou dwellest in us and doth actuate our acts and dost actually perform them too! I have no will of my own. Thy Will alone shall prevail!" From such people, all karma will flee away of itself.
THE GREATNESS OF SIVAGNANA.
5. Pilgrimages to distant lands, dwelling in forests and caves; starving oneself, prolonging one's life indefinitely, all these will be of no use if they don't possess this Pure Wisdom, and they will be born again. When they possess this Sivagnana, then even though seen sporting with damsels, very fair, decked in fragrant flowers, their heart will be imbedded in the Feet of the Blessed Lord and will rest in Bliss.
This idea is beautifully explained by St, Thayumanavar in the following Stanza:-
கொந்தவிழ் மலர்ச்சோலை நன்னீழல் வைகினும்
கொள்ளுகினு மந்நீ ரிடைத்திளைத் தாடினும்
குளிர்சந்த வாடை மடவார்,
வந்துலவு கின்றதென முன்றிவிடை யுலவவே
வசதிபெறு போதும் வெள்ளை
வட்டமதி பட்டப் பகற்போல நிலவுதர
மகிழ்போதும் வேலை யமுதம்,
விந்தைபெற வறுசுவையில் வந்ததென வமுதணணும்
வெள்ளிலை யடைக்காய் விரும்பிவேண்டியவண்ணம்
சந்ததமு நின்னருளை மறவா வரந்தந்து
சர்வபரி பூரண அகண்டதத் துவமான
சச்சிதா னந்த சிவமே.
We add the translation from the pen of the Hon'ble P. Ramanadhan, C.M.G of Ceylon*
[* From his "Mystery of Godliness," which forms in fact a beautiful exposition of this Sutra and the next, and which every one of our readers must read.]
While I live in shady groves, fragrant with fresh blown flowers;
While I drink cool and limpid water, and disport myself therein;
While I find enjoyment in sandal-scented breezes,
which move through the court like gentle maids;
While I revel in the day-like light of the glorious full-moon;
While I feast on dishes of various flavours seeming tempered with ambrosia;
While I am passing off into sleep after much merriment, bedecked with garlands and perfumed with Scent; -
Grant to me, O Siva, Who art true, spiritual, and blessed, all filling,
impartite, and substrate of all,
- Grant to me the boon of never forgetting Thy Grace
(so as to avoid the perils of worldly enjoyment).
THE PRINCIPLE ILLUSTRATED.
6. The fire will not burn him who is versed in Agnistambha. The poison will not hurt him who is skilled in medicines and Mantras. The good and evil will not attach to the gnanis even though they may perform all kinds of acts. Even the effects of former acts will cease with this life. The pot smells for a time after ever after the asafoetida is removed, and the wheel turns round for a time after the potter removes his hands. Similarly the effects of past karma (the Vasanamala) may affect the Jivan Mukta for a time but all will vanish with his body.
"சும்மா விருசொல்லற வென்றலுமே
அம்மா பொருளொன்று மறிந்திலனே."
"Be still, loosing speech, said He, Oh mother, I know not its meaning."
"Be silent to the Lord and wait patiently for Him."
"Truly my soul is silent to the Lord."
The original Sutra in Sivagnana-Botham is as follows.
அவனே தானே யாகிய அந்நெறி
யேகனாகி யிறைபணி நிற்க
மலமாயை தன்னொடும் வல்வினையின்றே.
The Highest injunction is to stand still and do God's will, and become One with him. Unless this stage is reached, his sin cannot leave him. Unless the soul merges its individuality or Egoism or Will in the person of the Universal Will, karma cannot cease, and births will result. So long as there is the play of his own Egoism, the superior Light cannot act on it. The pure glass is darkened by the dross of individual will and unless this is removed, the full blaze of the Shining One cannot illuminate it and convert it into itself. All actions are not prohibited, but even the most virtuous acts unless dedicated to God and done as following His Will, will only produce more karma; and any act that he may do even the most heinous one, if done out of obedience to God's will ceases to be such; and even the human law exempts lunatics and children as the acts are not done by their will but by some will outside themselves. This Highest doctrine of Hinduism is what is stigmatized as the doctrine of Quietism and grossly misunderstood by our own people and by the Westerns. The doctrine is so high and subtle that it is plain it cannot be understood by the ordinary lokayita, rolling in purely mundane efforts and enjoyments. Neither can it be understood by people who cannot understand Christ's precious teaching to show the enemy your other cheek; though they repeat in their daily prayers "Thy Will be done."
This Highest advaita doctrine is also the Highest teaching of Christ can be easily shown. Christ leads his believers to regard him and God as their master and their Lord in the beginning; and slowly is preached the doctrine that God is our Father, and we are all his children. But when he is nearing his end, he draws his disciples closer to him and tells them that they shall henceforth not be called his servants but that they are his friends; and the greatness of this relation is expressed by the statement "greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (St. John XV. 13 and 14). And yet a closer union us taught, a union quite indistinguishable from the advaita union postulated by St. Meikandan, a union which is complete in itself yet in which the soul is strictly subordinate.
"Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the Vine, no more can Ye, except Ye abide in me. I am the Vine and ye are the branches. He that abideth in me and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abideth not in me he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned." (St John XV 4 to 6). And after giving his disciples a final injunction to love one another, (அன்பரொடுமரிஇ
of XII sutra) Christ prays to God. "That they all may be one; as thou Father art in me; and I in thee, that they also may be one in us. I in them and Thou in me that they may be made perfect in me." (St. John XVII. 22 23). "At that day ye shall know that I am in my father and ye in me, and I in you" (St. John XIV. 20) which recalls the famous lines in the Sacred Utterances of St. Manicka Vachaka.
உடையாள் நடுவுணீ யிருத்தி
இருப்பதானால் அடியேன் உன்
அடியார் நடுவுள் இருக்கும் அருளைப்
முடியும் வண்ணம் முன்னின்றே.
"The Mistress dwells in midmost of Thyself;
Within the Mistress centred dwellest Thou;
Midst of thy servant if ye Both do dwell,
To one thy servant ever give the Grace
Amidst thy lowliest servants to abide;
Our Primal Lord, Whose Being knows no end;
Who dwellest in the sacred golden porch,
Still present to fulfil my heart's content."
(From the translation of Dr. G. U. Pope)
The word உடையாள்
is very expressive. It means complete possession and ownership of the other, so that the other is indistinguishable from owner. And Christ stands for this உடையாள் who is all Love, whose Love to us is all-absorbing and more than a father's and mother's, and which permeates us through and through, if only we will allow ourselves to be influenced by this Love, without interposing our own will and egoism. And this highest and inner teaching of Jesus Christ is hardly realised by the ordinary Christian Church goer; and the Revd. Andrew Murray fears that there are many earnest followers of Jesus from whom the meaning of this teaching with the blessed experience it promises is very much hidden. "While trusting in their Saviour for pardon and for help, and reaching to some extent to obey him, they have hardly realised to what Closeness of Union, to what intimacy of fellowship, to what wondrous Oneness of life and interest, He invited them when He said, 'Abide in me.' This is not only an unspeakable loss to themselves, but the Church and the World suffer in what they lose." He attributes this to ignorance, and ignorance in the orthodox church and failure on their part to preach this higher doctrine and he is confident that if the orthodox church preached this with the same distinctness and insistency as the doctrine of atonement and pardon through his blood is preached, that many would be found to accept with gladness the invitation to such a life, and that its influence would be manifest in their experience of the purity and the power, this love and the joy, the fruit bearing and all the blessedness which the Saviour connected with abiding in him. These references are from his preface to his beautiful work entitled "Abide in me" and the whole book is a commentary and exposition of the text "Abide in me" from St. John. The whole book should be read to know how much meaning is in these simple words, but the table of contents will give an idea of the same.
Abide in Christ:
1. All ye who have come to Him.
2. And ye shall find Rest to your souls.
3. Trusting Him to keep you.
4. As the Branch in the vine.
5. As you come to Him by faith.
6. God himself has United you to Him.
7. As your Wisdom.
8. As your Righteousness.
9. As your Sanctification.
10. As your Redemption.
11. The crucified one.
12. God Himself will establish you in Him.
13. Every moment.
14. Day by day.
15. At this moment.
16. Forsaking all for Him.
17. Through the Holy Spirit.
18. In stillness of soul.
19. In affliction
20. That you may bear much fruit.
21. So will you have Power in Prayer.
22. And in His Love.
23. As Christ in the Father.
24. Obeying His commandments.
25. That your joy may be full.
26. And in Love to the Brethren.
27. That you may not give.
28. As your strength.
29. And not in self.
30. As the Surety of the Covenant.
31. The Glorified One.
And it is seen how far these approximate to the thoughts and their order as given out by our Acharyas.
The way to peace and rest does not lie in our seeking and desiring for it. The secret of perfect rest is in entire surrender to God. 'Giving up one's whole life to him, for him alone to rule and order it; taking up His yoke, and submitting to be led and taught, to learn of Him; abiding in Him to be and do only what he Wills; - these are the conditions of discipleship" (p.19) "Union with Himself "and so with the father is His Highest object." (p.20) "O yield yourself this very day to the Blessed Saviour in the surrender of the one thing he asks of you. Give up yourself to abide in Him. He Himself will work it in you. You can trust Him to keep you trusting and abiding" (p.29);
யானாகிய என்னை விழுங்கி வெறும்
தானாகி நின்றது தற்பரமே."
"Only abide in me: Thou are weak; but I am strong; thou art poor, but I am rich. Only abide in me; yield thy self wholly to my teaching and rule; simply trust my love, my grace, thy promises. Only believe. I am wholly thine; I am the vine; thou art branch. Abide in me." p.34.
In the lesson for the 11th day, the text from Galatiaus is quoted. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me" brings out the force of the texts "நாமிழந்து சிவமானவா, & c." quoted above. The 'I' dies and yet not the soul; and yet the soul is not seen, is not consciousness of its existence. What alone subsists and is felt and is enjoyed is the One God.
"சென்று சென்றணுவாய்த் தேய்ந்து தேய்ந்து ஒன்றாம்
திருப்பெருந் துறை யறை சிவனே
ஒன்றுநீயல்லை யன்றி யொன்றில்லை,
"The entire surrender of all self-will (the feeling of 'I' and 'Mine'), the complete denial to the flesh of its every desire and pleasure, the perfect separation from the world* [* Such people are called by the people who are in the centre of the world instead of being 'centred' in God, mad or eccentric (i.e., out of the world's centre] in all its ways of thinking and acting, the losing and hating of one's life, the giving up of self and its interests for the sake of others, this is the disposition which marks him who has taken up Christ's cross who seeks to say, I am crucified with Christ; I abide in Christ, the Crucified One." p. 83.
கயன்மாண்ட கண்ணிதன் பங்கன் எனைக்கலந்தாண்டலுமே
யயன் மாண்டருவினைச்சற்றமு மாண்டவனியின் மேல்
மயல்மாண்டு மற்றுள்ள வாசகமாண் டென்னுடைய
செயல்மாண்ட வாபாடித்தெள்ளெணம் கொட்டாமோ.
When He, His spouse whose eyes shine bright, mixt with my soul,
And made me His, deeds and environments died out;
Upon this earth confusion died; all other mem'ries ceased;
How all any doings died, sing we, and beat Tellanam.
வான்கெட்டு மாருதமாய்ந்தழனீர் மண்கெடினும்,
கூன்கெட் டுயிர்கெட் டுணர்வுகெட் டென்னுள்ளமும்போங்
நான்கெட்ட வாபாடித் தெள்ளெணம் கொட்டாமோ.
Though Ether, Wind, Fire, Water, Earth should fail,
His constant Being fails not, knows no weariness,
In Him, my body, life, and thought and mind were merged
How all my self was lost, sing we, and beat Tellanam.
(Tiruvachaka: சிவனோடடைவு, Refuge in God).
தானுமழிந்து தனமுமழிந்து நீ
"ஒழிந்தேன் பிறவி யுறவென்னும் பாசம்,
கழிந்தேன், கடவுளுநானு மொன்றானேன்,
அழிந்தாங்கினி மார்க்கமும் வேண்டேன்,
"And the secret of a life of close abiding will be seen to be simply this: As I give myself wholly to Christ, I find the power to take Him wholly for myself; and as I lose myself and all I have for Him, He takes me wholly Himself and gives Himself wholly to me." (p.119).
தந்ததுன் றன்னைக் கொண்ட்தென் றன்னைச்
சங்கராவார் கொலோ சதுரர்
அந்தமொன்றில்லா ஆநந்தம் பெற்றேன்
இயாதுநீ பெற்ற தொன்றென்பால்
சிந்தையே கோயில் கொண்டவெம் பெருமான்
திருப்பெருந் துறை யுறை சிவனே
எந்தையே, ஈசா, உடலிடங்கொண்டாய்
"What thou hast given is thee; and what hast gained is Me:
O Sankara, who is the knowing one?
I have obtained the rapturous Bliss that knows no end;
Yet now, what one thing hast thou gained form me?
Our Peruman, Who for Thy shrine hast taken my heart
Sivan, Who dwellest in Perunturrai's Courts!
My Father, and my Master! Thous hast made this frame
Thine Home; for this I know no meet return.'
And we are tempted to quote the whole of the lesson for the 18th day "Abide in Christ, In stillness of Soul," as it is the chapter most pertinent to the subject in hand. However we quote the following paras.
"There is a view of Christian life in which it is regarded as a sort of partnership, in which God and man have each to do their part. It admits that it is but little that man can do, and that little defiled with sin; still he must do his utmost, - then only can he expect God to do His part. To those who think thus, it is extremely difficult to understand what scripture means when it speaks of our being still and doing nothing, of our resting and waiting to see the salvation of God. It appears to them a perfect contradiction, when we speak of this quietness and ceasing from all effort as the secret of the highest activity of man and all his powers. And yet this is what scripture does teach. The explanation of the apparent mystery is to be found in this, that when God and man are spoken of as working together, there is nothing of the idea of a partnership between two partners who each contribute their share to a work. The relation is a very different one. The true idea is that of Co-operation founded on subordination. As Jesus was entirely dependent on the father for all His words and all His works, so the believer can do nothing of himself. What he can do of himself is altogether sinful. He must therefore cease entirely from his own doing, and wait for the working of God in him. As he ceases from self-effort, faith assures him that God does what He has undertaken, and works in him. And what God does is to renew, to sanctify and waken all his energies to their Highest power. So that just in proportion as he yields himself a truly passive instrument of His Almighty Power. The soul in which the wondrous combination of perfect passivity with the Highest activity is most completely realized, has the deepest experience of what the Christian life is." (pp. 127 and 128).
"It is a soul silent unto God that is the best preparation for knowing Jesus, and for holding fast the blessings He bestows. It is when the soul is hushed in silent awe and worship, before the Holy Presence that reveals itself within, that the still small voice of the blessed spirit will be heard." "Dost thou in every deed hops to realise the wondrous union with the Heavenly Vine? know that flesh and blood cannot reveal it unto thee, but only the Father in heaven 'Cease from thine wisdom.' Thou hast but to bow in the confession of thine own ignorance and impotence; the Father will delight to give thee the teaching of the Holy Spirit. If but thine ear be open, and thy thoughts brought into subjection and thine heart prepared in silence to wait upon God, and to hear what He speaks. He will reveal to thee His Secrets. And one of the first secrets will be the insight into the truth, that as thou sinkest low before Him, in nothingness and helplessness, in a silence and a stillness of soul that seeks to catch the faintest whisper of His Love, teachings will come to thee which thou never hadst heard, before the rush and noise of thine own thoughts and efforts. Thou shalt learn how thy great work is to listen, and hear and believe what he promises; to watch and wait and see what He does; and then, in faith and worship and obedience to yield thyself to His work, who worketh in thee mightily."
'Then there is the restlessness and worry that come of care and anxiety about earthly things; these eat away the life of trust and keep the soul like a troubled sea. There the gentle whispers of the Holy comforter cannot be heard." "Above all there is the unrest that come of seeking in our own way and in our own strength the spiritual blessing which comes alone from above. The heart occupied with its own plans and efforts for doing God's Will and securing the blessings of abiding in Jesus must fail continually. He can do His work perfectly only when the soul ceases from its work. He will do His work mightily in the soul that honors Him by expecting Him to work both to will and to do."
Cease ye from desire! cease ye from Desire!
Even such desire as the desire to know God.
With each desire there follows a sorrow!
As each desire is given up, there is Bliss.
உரையற்று தொன்றை யுரை செய்யுமூமர்கள்காள்,
கரையற்ற கொம்றைக்கரை காணலாகுமோ,
திரையற்ற நீர்போற் சிந்தை தெளிவார்க்குப்,
Oh ye fools! who attempt to speak of the unspeakable.
Can ye find the limits of the limitless deep?
To him, who attains rest as the waveless sea.
Will the Lord of the Braided Hair manifest Himself." (Tirumantra).
Such is the peculiar teaching held out in the scriptures of the East and the West. But such teaching is naturally reserved for the most enlightened and highly developed soul in its highest stage of ascent. These occupying the lowest flat cannot understand and grasp the wondrous vision which will break on him at the top. He will naturally take shelter in the shady nooks and corners on the path, not knowing what dangers will lurk in those corners, and not knowing that ere long he will be assailed by the most cruel storms and tempests. The Sainted Pilgrim, on the other hand, even though such storms beset him for part of the way, will never be daunted and will never lose his trust in God but will even consider them as God's own blessings; and ere long, passing the region of clouds and winds, and storms and tempests, will pass into the everlasting Glory of Sivam from which there will be no return.
PATIGNANA BHAKTHI LAKSHANA.
HOW GOD INSTRUCTS THE FREED SOUL.
1. As the soul enables the eye which by itself cannot see; to see and itself sees; 'Just so,' when the soul becomes freed from the body and purified; Isa enables the soul to know and himself knows. With this knowledge if one loves God, he will become freed, purified even in this body; and becoming freed of all Pasa, will dwell under the Lotus-Foot of Hara enjoying endless Sivanubhava.
THE JIVAN MUKTAS PERCEIVE GOD ALONE AND NO SECOND.
2. They who see the Param by Paragnana will alone see Param and nothing else. The knowledge of anything else than God is various and differing Ignorance. The knowledge derived by hearing and reading is also confused knowledge as its source is the higher Maya. The knowledge of Gnathru Gnana and Gneya is Sankalpa or Bhavana Gnana and not real. The true Gnana is what transcends all these, Sivagnana. Hence, the Jivanmukta perceives Sivam alone.
THE BODY CANNOT PERSIST IN MUKTI.
3. If it is asserted that as the body is eternally renewed from birth to birth, from the karmic sukshma body even in Mukti the blessed souls will remain clothed in an eternal form; our reply is, that this Mukti can only be a Pada Mukti and is an insufferable condition. If there is a body, then will arise Karma and Maya and other Malas. The body proceeding from the Manas has a beginning in reference to its cause, it is eternal. It is useful as a medicine to destroy our Mala. When the malady is removed the body dies with it.
HOW THE JIVAN MUKTA FEELS FREE FROM MALA.
4. When the soul unites itself to the unknowable Wisdom true, then Sivam lights it up and the soul becomes a Jivan Mukta. Just like the poison counteracted by medicine, and darkness subdued by light, and dirt in the muddy water is removed by the clearing nut, the Mala present in the Jivan Mukta becomes innocuous without being destroyed; and persisting till the body lasts, it vanishes with the body itself without attaching itself to any other body.
SOME OBJECTIONS MET.
5. If it is stated that the Anavala Mala being Anadi could not be destroyed, or if it can be destroyed, the soul also must go with it, it is not so. We see the copper stand as copper even after its original verdigris is fully removed by the contact of the Parisavedi (the Alchemist's stone). And so, the soul gets rid of its mala by union with the Sthanu (the ever-enduring or the self-content). But if it is stated that soul's attaining purity after getting rid of mala is alone mukti, and that it is not necessary for it to unite itself with God, then we say no. The darkness veiling the earth vanish (from our vision) when the sun enters, and not before. Hence, the Mala will only disappear only whom united to the Sacred Foot.
THE ANAVA MALA DOES VANISH COMPLETELY FOR MUKTAS.
6. Even though the paddy is united to the bran and husk from the very beginning, yet you can understand the condition when they become separated. In fact, they are not present in the pure rice. From the separated husk, &c., no new paddy can be generated; they separate off completely gradually. Hence, when united to the Beneficent Sivan, the Mala and Karma and body disappear from the soul. It, however, is united to the bound soul, and hence may be called eternal.
THE INSEPARABLENESS OF THE SUPREME.
7. The souls cannot think or act without the aid of the Lord's grace at any time. The Lord entering the soul's heart, actuating its thought and action is present in all. These souls cannot reappear unless willed by Him. He stands to them as the letter 'A' stands to the rest of the letters. Therefore how can the Freed Soul be separated from Hara's Foot.
See for full explanation of the analogy of vowel and consonant, vol.2, p. 13 of this journal.
GOD'S OMNIPRESENCE AND TRANSCENDENCY.
8. If God is omnipresent, He should be seen by everybody. No. To the blind, even the Sun is dark. To them who do not possess the eye of God's grace, even Light will be dark. As the sun brings to bloom the well-matured lotus, so does the Lord grant the eye of wisdom to the well-developed souls and appear to them in the Light of Lights.
It is not that God cannot be perceived everywhere, but we wilfully shut our own eyes by the pride of ourself or egoism.
SOME CONCEPTIONS OF MUKTI-UNION REFUTED.
9. If it is stated that God is like the tree's shade which is sought by the tired way-farer, we say No. Then the seeker will become the Master (the First Cause) and (not God). If yet it is stated that the Soul becomes one with God, by the soul becoming destroyed, then no union is possible of that which is destroyed to another. If it was not destroyed in Mukti, then too; there is no Multi. If it was destroyed after union, then what is it which experiences Mukti. If the destruction of Self is regarded as Mukti, it conflicts with the principle that the Soul is eternal. If it is likened to the union of water with water, then too they become equal which they are not.
SOME FURTHER CONCEPTIONS.
10. When the copper is touched by the Alchemist's stone, it becomes one with Gold. So does the soul become one with our God, when it loses its mala, so you say. No, God is not like Gold. He, like the stone removes the dirt, and places the soul under His Golden foot. The stone which receives the dirt from the copper is not itself Gold. The Lord of the Gods do alone possess the powers of Creation, &c. And the Freed Soul is alone capable of enjoying Bliss.
The famous American Professor who has succeeded in making artificial, chemical gold is said to have stated that all that he could assure the public was that it was like gold and possessed all its properties and did not possess the characteristics of the base metals. So too, all that we can say is that the freed soul is like God, and does not possess the weakness of humanity. We do not care as to what it is really, so long as we are freed from our evils, and eternal bliss is vouchsafed to us. The last statement about the freed soul is to avert the possibility of their existing too many first causes. If it was so able, its individuality should be different from that of Gods which is fatal to its Advaita union. Lower beings attaining Apara Mukti can have much power but not those attaining Para-Mukti. Such a freed soul can never return to the earth, can never return.
THE TWO INTELLIGENCES.
11. If it be stated that the God and the Soul being both intelligences (chit), they are one, we say No God is Gracious Intelligence (Arulchit) and the soul is that one which partakes of this Grace. God is the Intelligence who in order to remove the soul's mala, evolves things through various births and leads it into Moksha. The soul is the one which is subjected to the processes of evolution, &c. God is the Intelligence which is self-luminous and illumines others; and the soul is the one which receives such light and knowledge. Hence, though God and Soul are in union inseparably, they are not one and the same. For instance, can the Soul and its Buddhi, though both intelligent, be equal? To the soul, as chit, the buddhi is achit. So also to the God as chit, the Soul is achit.
THE TRUE NATURE OF THE UNION ILLUSTRATED.
12. As magnet attracts a piece of iron, so God draws unto himself the Soul, and converts it into His Own Form, as iron in fire, and destroys its Mala, as the wood is destroyed by the fire (rising from and enveloping it), and unites with it, as the salt with water, and subjects and transcends it as stone curbs gold, God transcends all and is in the Final Bliss. He remains united and undistinguished as mixed syrup of cane-sugar, honey, milk and sweet fruit, and sugar candy.
NATURE OF THE SANCTIFIED.
HOW THE SANCTIFIED PERCEIVE THE IMPERCEPTIBLE AND DELIGHT IN HIM
1. The Sivagnanis getting rid of the three pasas which prevent them from uniting themselves to the Lotus Feet of the Supreme and joining the company of God's devotees, and worshipping them and the forms in temples as His Form, and singing their praises, and dancing in delight, and becoming fully conscious of the superiority of Sivagnanais and the inferiority of others, and bowing low only to the devotees of the crescent-crested God, they roam about the world.
LOVE GOD'S DEVOTEES AND OBEY THEM.
2. They love not God, who love not His devotees. They love not others, neither do they themselves. What is the good of talking about such senseless corpses? Leave off their company as their union will lead you again into births and deaths. Seek in love God's true devotees, taking their wishes as commands, speak humbly, and stand steadfast according to their gracious directions, and worship and bow to them and delight and dance.
The full force of the last two stanzas are brought out in the following Mantra:
He who sees, perceives and understands this, loves God, delights in God, revels in God, rejoices in God, he becomes a Svaraj, (an Autocrat or Self-Ruler) he is lord and master in all the worlds. But those who think differently from this, live in perishable worlds, and have other beings for their rulers. (Chandog. VII. 25-2).
நாமார்க்கும் குடியல்லோம் நமனையஞ்சோம் நரகத்திலிடர்ப்படோம் நடலையல்லோம்.
GOD'S DEVOTEES ARE GOD HIMSELF.
3. As God dwells as the soul of soul in each human body designed for the purpose of reaching the Imperceptible One, and infuses His own Intelligence into them therefore, the form of His devotee is His form. As he dwells in Sivoham Samadhi, he is even God Himself. As he reaches Him in his heart following the directions of the Guru, he is God Himself. When he and his vision fail altogether, he is without doubt God. If such is the greatness of God's devotees, worship them with love to get rid of the bonds of sin.
ஏமாப்போம் பிணியறியோம் பணிவோமல்லோம் இன்பமே என்னாளுந் துன்பமில்லை, தாமார்க்கும் குடியல்லாத் தன்மையான சங்கரன்நற் சங்கமென்குழை யோர்காதில், கோமாற்கே நாமென்று மிரளாவாழாக் கொய்மலர்ச் சேவடியே குறுகினோமே.
என்று நாமி யாவர்க்கு மிடைவோ மல்லோ மிருநிலத்திலெமக் கெதிராவாரு மில்லைச், சென்றுநாம் சிறுதெய்வம் சேர்வோ மல்லோம் சிவபெருமான் றிருவடியே சேரப் பெற்றோம், ஒன்றினாற் குறையுடையோ மல்லோ மன்றே யுறுபிணியார் செறலொழிந் திட்டோடிப் போனார்.
C.f. St. Manickavachaka
தேவர்கோ வறியாத தேவதேவன் செழும்பொழில்கள் பந்ந்து காத்தழிக்கு மற்றை, மூவர்கோனாய் நின்ற முதல்வன் மூர்த்தி மூகாதை மாதாலும் பாகத்தெந்தை, யாவர்கோ னென்னையும்வந் தாண்டு கொண்டான் யாமார்க்கும் குடியல்லோம் யாதுமஞ்சோம், மேவினோம் சிவனடியா ரடி யாரோடும் மென்மேலும் குடைந்தாடி யாடுவோமே.
WORSHIP THE FORM IN TEMPLES AS GOD HIMSELF.
4. They perceive God who perceive His form placed in temples as Himself. They perceive Him also who meditate on Him in the Mantric form. They who worship Him who is omnipresent in their own heart, perceive God also. To these Bhaktas, He appears as does the fire when churned or as the milk which cannot be perceived before it flows from the teats when milked.
This gives the Sadana and Phalam of the three classes of Margis. The first class, the Chariyavans require the grosser form of symbolic worship; the Kriyavans can take to the mantric worship or prayer form; the Yogis practise heart-worship. But as the next verse shows, the followers of the higher are not required to give up the lower forms and they do generally practise the lower forms just to keep their bodily and mental organs engaged till the body is worn out.
C.f. The famous verse of St. Appar-
விறகிற் றீயினன் பாலிற்படு நெய்போல்
மறைய நின்றுளன் மாமணிச் சோதியான்
உறவுகோல் நட்டுணர்வு கயிற்றினான்
முறுக வாங்கிக் கடையமுன் னிற்குமே.
which of course follows the famous verses in the Svetasvatara Upanishad.
"One's body taking for the lower, stick and for the upper, Om by meditation's friction well sustained, let one behold God, there lurking as it were.
"As oil in seeds, butter in cream, water in springs, and in the fire-sticks fire, so is God found in the soul, by him who seeks for Him with truth and meditation."
The point is though fire or milk is present in the whole body of the wood or cow, yet when we want to realize it, we realize it only at certain points. Nay, the Immensity of the Being is so great that it is impossible to perceive is as it is. And, after all, till the final stage is reached our knowledge cannot but be symbolic either.
THE ORDER OF WORSHIP AND WORSHIPPERS.
5. The practices of the four paths Gnana, Yoga, Kriya and Chariya are all God's Will. The Gnani is entitled to practise in all the four paths; the Yogi, from Yoga downwards; the Kriyavan can practise Kriya and Chariya the Chariyavan is alone entitled to practise Chariya. So that the faultless Gnana Guru is the Guru of all the Margis. He is God Himself. Worship Him accordingly.
THE NECESSITY OF A GURU.
6. By means of Mantras, medicines, Yoga practices, and herbs and medicinal stones, and other such means as are set forth in the Tantras, one can secure the knowledge of the Vedas and the Shastras, knowledge of past, present and future, and the endless occult powers. But the knowledge of God can only be secured by the grace of the Guru, and not by any other means. Even the above mentioned powers can be secured by the Guru's grace.
THE DIFFERENT WAYS OF GRACE BY THE GURU.
7. பரப்பிரம மிவனென்றும் பரமசிவன்றா னென்றும் பரஞான மிவனென்றும் பராபரன் றானென்றும், அரன்றருசீர்நிலை யெல்லா மிவனே யென்று மருட்குருவை வழிபடலே யவனி வன்றானாயே, யிரங்கிய வாரண மாமை மீனண்டஞ் சினையை யியல்பினொடும் பரிசித்து நினைந்தும் பார்த்தும், பரிந்தவைதானாக்கு மாபோற் சிவமேயாக்கும் பரிசித்தும் சிந்தித்தும் பார்த்துந்தானே.
If one does worship his gracious Guru, as the Para-Brahmam, as Para-Sivam, and Para-Gnana, and as all the manifestations of Hara, then Guru becoming God Himself will convert the disciple into His Form by means of touch, thought and sight, in the same way as the fowl and tortoise and fish hatch their eggs by touch and thought and sight respectively.
May the grace of Arul Nandhi descend on all!