Even though they belonged to different castes, such as Velaalar, Vedhiar Vedar, Vendhar, Venihar, Vannaar, Kurunila Mannar, Kuyavar, Marutthuvar, Maaviradhar, Bhaanar, Chaanaar, Saaliyar, Sekkar, Sivayogiyar, Sembadavar, Idayar, Irumoovar, they were all united in the Shiva cult.
In the Puraana Kavyam of Sekkizhar one can find a narration of their lives in a variety of emotional feelings, heart melting situations and in the background of Devotional flavor, captivating.
Welcome to the quintessential journey
through the lives of the Sixty Three Naayanmars
in this book.
"It is nectar that will give you the immortal
love, drink it.
It is a perennial river of love that Will make
the lands of your mind fertile, irrigate it.
It is an ocean that will get you pearl heaps of
coveted qualities, dwell in it.
It is a sharp sword that will cut off the bonds
to make you feel the bliss of freedom, hold it
It is a teacher that tells morals of life; make you a rock of discipline. "
When we think of saints, our minds might
conjure gentle souls, holy and nearly perfect in,
every way. This is not so for the 63 canonized
men and women portrayed in this book. They
are ordinary, except in their love of God Shiva.
And that fact constitutes their simple and potent
message to mankind - that each of us, from
whatever background and, faced with whatever
karma can follow the spiritual path and draw
near to our God.
Because they showed us the path, they are
called Nayanars, a word which connotes in
their native Tamil language "those who reveal
the way". They lived between the 3rd century.
BCE and 12th century Coe Among them were
a king, a queen, four generals, but most were
common folk, -- a potter, a poet, fisherman,
garland-maker, pandaram priest, mother and
thirteen farmers. Nearly all were householders;
few were monks or sannyasins. Their stories are
an anthology of man's trials, problems; fears,
desires and struggles. No matter how great the
challenge, the greater was their will to see and
serve Shiva everywhere and in everyone.
Yet none among them could bear disrespect
for their beloved Shiva, and they sometimes
acted with eccentric and even lawless fervor.
Still, they clung, to simply surrender, intense
communion with the Divine, fortitude in the
face of enemies and charity toward those less
fortunate. Their life was marked not by words,
but by deeds, occasionally miracles. They forged
faith into action and proved that work is worship.
Among their unique teachings was this: we
have all we need right now and can serve God
and his devotees by following Dharma from
wheresoever’s we find ourselves. Thus, the potter
gave of his virtuosity, which was in pots, and
the weaver shared his only wealth, rough cloth.
Their service to God was always within their
means, within their reach.
Book's Contents and Sample Pages
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