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ஸ்ரீ மாதவச் சிவஞான சுவாமிகள
Guiding Star of Saivites


LIFE SKETCH OF SRIMATH SIVAGNANA SWAMIGAL
- Saiva Sarabam M.Pattamuthu M.Sc., B.T.


    Vickramasingapuram is a famous place near Papanasam.  There was a saiva Vellala family endowed with the sacred blessings of Sri Agasthia Sage

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    Anandakoothar was a devour Saivite hailing from this family.  He and his wife Mayilammaiyar led a pious life.  Their son, Mukkalingar adored Lord Shiva and His devotees even in his boyhood.

    One day, at the age of five, Mukkalingar happened to meet some Thambirans of Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam.  He prostrated before them.  The young boy beseeched them to visit his house.  The sages accepted his invitation.  Mayilammaiyar extended a warm welcome to them.  Within a short time she prepared a tasteful dinner and served it to them humbly.  The sages were much impressed by the devotion of the boy.  He was full of praise for his mother who was second to none in according a warm reception to Sivanadiyars.  Mukkalalingar paid tributes to his belowed mother through a beautiful verse

 "அருந்ததிஎன் னம்மை அடியவர்கட் கென்றும்
திருந்த அமுதளிக்கும் செல்வி - பொருந்தவே
ஆனந்தக் கூத்தர் அகமகிழத் தொண்டுசெயும்
மானந் தவாத மயில்"

    "My mother is a woman of Arundathi's stature.  She gives a fine amuthu to the Saiva devotees at any time.  She is a woman of high esteem performing humble service to the entire satisfaction of Anandakoothar."

    Hearing this verse, the sages and the parents were delighted.  The parents were distressed to hear the wish of Mukkalalingar to proceed to Thiruvavaduthurai along with the Tambirans.  The noble thought of Saiva Religion's uplift prevailed over their reluctance.  Finally the young genius accompained the sages on their way to Suchindaram.  On reaching the Mutt there, he worshipped at the altar of Namasivaya Moorthi. 

    Then he had the glorious chance of having Dharsan of the then second Head of Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam, Arulthiru VELAPPA DESIGAR.

    Arulthiru Velappa Desigar initiated Mukkalingar into Saiva sanniyasam with sivadheeksha and named him SIVAGNANA YOGI.  He learnt all the Meikanda Sastras.  He acquired a vast knowledge of Tamil and Sanskrit.  Under the holy influence of Arulthiru Namasivaya Moorthi's boundless grace, Sivagnana Swamigal wrote many books on saivism which are at once superb and supreme in religious exposition.

    As a prelude to acquirement of Saiva sastra knowledge, he gave to the saiva world three works of grammar elucidating the various doubts and questions pertaining to the famous commentary on Tholkappiam by Ilam pooranar, Senaavarayar and Nachinarkkiniar.

    His masterpiece is DRAVIDA MAHABASHYAM.  This is a great, unparalled commentary on  Sivagnana Botham of  Sri Meikanda Devar.  This work pictures, in detail, a comprehensive study of Saivism with clarity and logical approach.  An easy explanatory work on Sivagnana on Sivagnana Botham called Chitturai is another important addition to Mahabashyam.  Swamigal's  verse-by-verse explanation of Sivagnana Siddhiar (Subaksham) of Sri Arulnandi Sivachariar is a precious treasure of Saivism.

    Swamigal has done exemplary service to saivism by translating many philosophical works from Sanskrit to Tamil.  Among them "Suloga Panchagam" and "Siva Thatva Viveka Moolam" occupy an important place.  Saivites should never forget Swamigal's impressive works fraught with philosophical principles overcoated with literary sweetness.  Kanchi Puranam [I Kaandam] is an example in point.

    Somesar Mudumozhi Venba, Thiruvekambaranda thi, Thirumullaivayilandathi, Kulathur Pathitrupathandathi, Ilasai Pathitrupathandathi, Kalasai Pathitrupathandathi, Kachi Ananda Rudresar Pathigam.  Thiruvekambar Ananda Kelippu, Chengaluneer Vinyagar Pillai Tamizh, Kulathur Amudambigai Pillai Tamizh, Chepparai Akilandeswari Pathigam, Thiruthondar Thirunamakovai and Panchakra Desigar Maalai bespeak the glory of Swamigal's genius.

    There are many works of criticism done by Swamigal.  We see "Marabu Attavanai Maruppin Maruppau," "Siddhantha Marabu Kandana Kandanam," "Sivasamavada Vurai Maruppu," "Eduthu Ennum Sollukkitta Vaira Kuppayam" and "Ilakkana Vilakka Churavali" among them.  They throw a lime light on the philosophical mind of Swamigal administering an inescapable blow on the confused authors of controversial literature.

    When confronted with some arrogant Vaishnavites boasting of their Kambaramayanam, our swamigal took up their challenge.  He listed 22 errors in one single verse of Kambaramayanam beginning with "Naadiya Porul Kaikoodum".  The bewildered Vaishavites prostrated before our Swamigal and begged apology.  Now to their joy, Swamigal gave an entirely different explanation to the said verse proving that they were not errors.  Such a gaint of logic was our Swamigal!

    Swamigal bestowed his holy grace on his sishyas who adorned Saivism with their glorious works.  Among them Sri Kachiappa Munivar, Illakanam Chidambaranatha Munivar, Thootikalai Subramania Munivar.  Kanchipuram Saravana Pathar and Ramanathapuram Somasundaram Pillai are notable.

    Such a great genius of Saivism, the Guiding Star of Saivites, Sri Madhava Sivagnana Swamigal attained the Lotus Feet of Lord Umapathi on 17-4-1785 (Sunday afternoon)

    A Saivite who does not know the name of our Swamigal, who does not know even the names of many wonderful and thought -provoking works of our Swamigal and who does not adore our Swamigal is not a true Saivite.  Let us worship the Golden Feet of our Swamigal and attain his sacred grace for the uplift of our Spiritual life.

        Greatness of Dravida Mahabashyam
       
SUPREME GOD AS SHOWN IN THE KANCHI PURANAM
       
TWENTY TWO REASONS
        AMUDAMBIGAI BEYOND THE REACH OF LAKSHMI AND SARASWATHI
        A BUNDLE OF CONTRADICTIONS
        SOMESAR MUDUMOZHIVENBA
        LIST OF SWAMIGAL'S WORKS
        LIST OF SWAMIGAL'S DISCIPLES
        SOME INTERESTING ANECDOTES FROM SWAMIGAL'S LIFE
        WORD OF PRAISE FROM SCHOLARS  
        WHO IS THE GUIDING STAR OF SAIVITES             


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