I have copied here the english translation of the sacred verses in thiruvasagam written by Manickavasagar some 1000 years back. I would not have known about these sacred verses had it not been for Illayaraja who took some selected verses and composed songs with the help of Symphony orchestra.
"I AM JUST A MAN IMPERFECT LOWLY!
HOW CAN I REACH FOR SOMETHING HOLY?
SO MANY FORMS I MUST WEAR!
SO MANY LIVES I MUST BEAR!
GRASS AND SHRUB AND STONE AND TREE!
WORM AND BIRD AND BEAST AND DEMON
LEARN THE SKY AND TURN THE EARTH
HOW LONG TILL I AM FINALLY WORTHY?
THIS BODY WHICH OBSCURES THE TRUTH!
THIS BODY WHICH ENCRUSTS THE SOUL!
THIS PRISON OF FLESH! ENCUMBERS AND ENMESHES ME!
I WAS IN ITS CONTROL
I WAS IN ITS CONTROL!
MY EYES WERE SET ON
ON MY OWN GREAT DEEDS!
MY EARS HEARD ONLY PRAISE!
TASTING, SMELLING, TOUCHING ONLYWHAT IS HERE AND GONE!- AND
WONDERING WHY THE HUNGER, THRIST AND LONGING WENT ON!
LOST IN VANITY AND PRETENSE!
MY FIVE SENSES MADE NOSENSE!-AND
THEN TO THIS MAN-SOBLIND AND BASE!
TO HIM YOU GRANTED- A GLIMPSE OF GRACE!
DEEP IN MY SOUL!
THERE NOW ABIDES!
SOME ONE WHO IS NOT ME!
WHO BREAKS THE BONDS OF CARING FOR!
THE THINGS WE OWN AND SEE!
I AM JUST A MAN! IMPERFECT LOWLY!
-YETBEGINING TO BE FREE!"