Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Thiruvasagam- Manickavasagar

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!"

11 Comments:

At November 10, 2008 at 9:02 AM, Blogger Brahmanyan said...

Dear Sri Ahmed,

Very good of you to have Blogged the translation of a few verses of Tiruvachakam. Recently I visited the Temple at Avudayarkoil built by the Saint Manickavasagar, where every thing is different. There is no Sivalingam in the Sanctum.Neither Nandi, nor the Flagpost that we see in temples. Saint was a mystique who saw the Lord inside (Athma).

Regards,
Brahmanyan.

 
At March 13, 2009 at 2:51 PM, Blogger ddhandapani said...

Dear Ahmed,

I am really happy to see the poem. Forget about the religion as God is one.

Please keep chanting 'Om Namashivaya" whenever you rememeber and slowly you will be drawn by a divine Guru who will approach you. Don;t go to any religious leaders or Gurus. God in the form of Human will come to you.

Thgis is based on my own experience. Pl. remember God is formless and only for our comprehension is coming ataking a human form.

Be alert

Regards!
D.Dhandapani

 
At August 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM, Blogger Sangili Karuppu said...

Vanakam Dhandapani Aiya,
I m facing a lot of crisis in myself and life. Often I find myself stucked in junctions, do not know which way to take.
Your words..Please keep chanting 'Om Namashivaya" whenever you rememeber and slowly you will be drawn by a divine Guru who will approach you. Don;t go to any religious leaders or Gurus. God in the form of Human will come to you.
..gave me great confort. please tell me how to identify this guru?

Saminathan

 
At February 10, 2010 at 11:04 PM, Blogger MOHAMMED said...

T.IRFANUDDIN AHMED
The name itself indicates the objective of your life.Please think it. I condemn Mr. Dhandapani for his advice of chanting 'Om Namashivaya".

 
At October 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM, Blogger VALLALAR THE ATOM SCIENTIST said...

Near 660 - 692 C.E., in Tiruvadavur (near Madurai) lived a pious Brahmin.
He and his dutiful wife got a worthy son whom they named Vadavurar.
As the child grew, his wisdom increased as well.
The king of Madurai, having heard of his qualities, made him his Prime Minister.
As days passed, however, dispassion grew in Vadavurar’s heart.
Even while he was administering the affairs of the state,
his mind was fixed on seeing the Lord.

He longed to meet the real lord. One day Tiruvadavur was directed by the king to proceed to
the east coast and procure quality horses that were being traded there.
The minister proceeded with a vast sum of money, and on his way, as he approached Tirupperunturai,
he heard the sound near the forest.
(the peoples living in the forest are consider to be low class people in castism ).
where a nayani was seated under a tree and preaching
to the peoples. The nyani magnetic personality attracted Vadavurar.
With overflowing love and devotion, he fell at the nayani feet.
By His grace, Vadavurar was able to recognize him as sivam
and prayed: nayani, kindly accept me as your slave and bless me.’
The nayani cast a graceful glance on accepted Vadavurar as student.
his preachings removed all his sins and purified his heart.

 
At October 18, 2010 at 1:06 AM, Blogger VALLALAR THE ATOM SCIENTIST said...

manikavasagar thrown all his gems, money etc after hearing the speech of the nayani ,and
realize the truth

Manikavasagar adopted the life of a mendicant, and spent all his wealth
renovating the temple at Tirupperunturai dedicated to Shiva. The king,
upon seeing no sign of the promised horses or his esteemed chief minister,
sent out emissaries in search and was enraged to hear of what had happened.
Manikavasagar was admonished and condemned to be tortured. He prayed to the nayani.
The nayani heard him and willed that all the jackals of the place should assume the form of horses.
He also sent His students to act as horsemen.
He Himself assumed the form of a trader in horses and reached Madura on Avani Moolam.
The thought that he had unnecessarily tortured Manikavasagar pained the king’s heart.
He at once apologized to him. But day passed into night and, in accordance with the Lord’s will,
the horses assumed their original form of jackals.
The king got terribly angry with Manikavasagar and he prayed to the nayani for His help again.
At once the Lord caused a heavy flood in the river Vagai.
There was panic everywhere in the town and the soldiers who were guarding Manikavasagar also fled
. He went to the temple to worship the Lord. The king finally understood that it
was all the Lord’s Lila, recognizing the greatness of Manikavasagar.

The king requested Manikavasagar to accept the rulership of the kingdom, but the saint refused this offer.

he saint visited several places, all the while giving out in song his spiritual experiences.
Finally while in retirement, the call came to him from his king to meet the aggressive
disputations of the Buddhist emissaries from Ceylon. He answered their arguments but they were
not convinced. Finally he turned to His Lord Siva for help. The King pleaded that his
dumb daughter should be made to speak. Acting on the suggestion and to the wonder of the
audience, the daughter spoke. The Buddhists were convinced. Manickavachagar's unique bridal
mysticism, undivided loyalty and exclusive devotion to the Lord, find immortal expression
in his exquisite poems like Tiruvachagam
which is a work of devotion-cum-wisdom par excellence, known to melt even the hardest of hearts.

 
At October 18, 2010 at 1:07 AM, Blogger VALLALAR THE ATOM SCIENTIST said...

At Perunturai, Manikavasagar sang highly inspiring songs and prayed that he should see the Lord , as He appeared at first. He asked him to go to Chidambaram. On the way he visited many shrines.
. One day Lord Siva went to Manikavasagar in the disguise of a man‘ I want to hear Tiruvacagam from your own holy lips. I shall write it down, so that I can learn it and with its help free myself from the shackles of Samsara ’.

Manikavasagar agreed to do it and the Lord Siva wrote down the hymns on palm leaves. Then he suddenly disappeared and at once Manikavasagar knew that the man was the Lord Himself. The Lord left the hymns lying on the temple steps.
In the end was written ‘Manikavasagar repeated this, Tiru Chitrambalam wrote this’. The man wanted to know the meaning, so they showed these verses to Manikavasagar who took them into the temple and, pointing to the image of blissfully Dancing Lord, said:
‘ This Tillai Nataraja is the purport of these stanzas. He is the meaning of them ’.
Then Manikavasagar immersed himself in the Supreme Light and become One with Lord Siva

the nayani is none other than sivam .

manikavasar says god is inside ,and not outside.
his writings hold many like evolution ,atom etc.

manikavasagar wrote a error less book in the world,he is sivan,
he understand that god is within and not outside,
all the things in the world is made up of sivam(sarvam sivam) ,
he wrote thiruvasagam which very much greater than vedas,
its possible for find a mistake at vedas too but
its impossible to find a mistake at thiruvasagam,

manikavasagar go beyond religious and become ,he wrote the peak book of hinduism “Thiruvasagam”.
manikavasar is against the discrimination of peoples by birth,manikavasagar
is always seems to be greater among all the Hindu persons ,
he become sivam but other followed sivam

he see all the living things as the creations of sivam,
and he himself as sivam and he become sivam (sarvam sivam)

 
At November 23, 2010 at 3:28 PM, Blogger Arunram said...

Immai Poluthum En Nenjil Neengaathan Thaal Vaalga .


if any one knows the exact meaning of these lines. kindly tell me

 
At January 25, 2011 at 3:13 PM, Blogger moment2moment said...

Immai Poluthum En Nenjil Neengaathan Thaal Vaalga .
roughly means - even within the moment of time when the eyelids open and close, let me not lose attention to the Lord who ever lives in the cave of the heart

 
At November 23, 2011 at 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi iam swathi
it is useful for me

 
At November 23, 2011 at 6:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi i am swathi
it is useful for me

 

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