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Verse  183:

The behavior of worldly society is like the antics of an actor in a masquerade; they are like people who consume poison and find it tasty, or like the prisoners who enjoy being in chains. Those who have renounced will have nothing do with this mentality, avoiding it like the plague.  They have died whilst still in the body.  Thus do they conduct themselves.

Verse 184:

To invite those who have gone beyond the nada tattva to one's house and so forth is to be like a hari (frog) who calls out to Hari (Vishnu), who dwells in the Ocean of Milk
saying 'come and join me!' To the jnani, the ajnani will appear as do the people of earth to those who traverse the heavens about the summit of golden Meru.

As mentioned previously nada tattva is synonymous with Siva tattva. It is the highest of the tattvas, and the one from which all the other 35 originate.  See also verses
32,39, 48 and elsewhere. 

There is a play on the word ari, Sanskrit hari, which is a name of Lord Vishnu and can also mean a frog.  In the text, the author uses another Sanskrit word, manduka, for frog, assuming presumably that his Sanskrit word, manduka, for frog, assuming presumably that in Sanskrit educated readership will make the connection.  Just as the frog erroneously assumes that Vishnu is a frog like itself on account of his name, the ajnani falsely assumes a kinship with the jnani since they are both men and ostensibly the same as each other.

Mount Meru is a fabulous mountain said to be situated in the center of the earth. It is also used in Yoga as a metaphor for the six chakras - energy centers of the body. See verse 1, note 6.  To someone flying high above a mountain, the people of the earth will be indiscernible, just as, in the enlightened perspective of someone who has transcended the thirty six tattvas, there will be no longer any individual Jivas for him to interact with.               


Arunachala Siva.                 

Verse 182:

For those who are free of discriminating awareness, in which pain ever alternates with pleasure, is any place different from any other?  Everywhere is the temple of Lord Siva.
To appease their hunger, there are alms.  (To provide shelter and quench their thirst),
there are public places and water sources. It will not even occur to them to speak of such things.  Their only desire is to dwell in total solitude.   

tikku unto means literally - are there any directions?  tikku means region, quarter; point of compass, direction.  Here it is used in the general sense of any one place, as opposed to any other, as reflected in the translation. 

The word akkini, Sanskrit agni - fire used to mean hunger.  As noted previously, in relation to Verse 124, in Indian medicinal systems such as Ayurveda, the element fire,
personified in the god Agni, is seen as the force at work in the process of digestion,
causing food to be broken down and consumed.  Here akkini - fire is used as a synonym for hunger.


Arunachala Siva.

Verse 180:

Those who renounce will leave swiftly, like a thief whom someone has released from his bonds and set free, like people who run away in fear from a ghost in the dark, or from a battlefield, or like those who escape with their lives from a pursuing army which is trying to kill them.

Verse 181:

Will those who are not even aware of what they are wearing know the difference between the town and the forest?  Possessed by the demon of the Self, will they know
anyone, whether relatives and friends, or complete strangers?  For those who have let go of everything, just as people will immediately drop anything red hot placed in their hands, is there any point in their continuing to live where they lived formerly?

To someone living in society and conforming to its rules, the outlandish appearance and behavior of the renunciant may make him seem like a demon.  In other words,
he will seem mad, or possessed, but this only the misconception of those who fail to realize that the 'madness' which possess him is only his true realization of the illusory nature of the world.


Arunachala Siva.     

Verse  179:

Were someone to wake up in the night, find himself surrounded by fire, or under attack from a great army, and make a dash for the courtyard of his house, would he hesitate for a second, even if someone shouted 'stop'?  That would be the action of a madman. The nature of those who do not renounce household life is not other than this.

One who sees the world as it truly is will not give up on his decision to renounce, even if members of his household and others beg him to do so, just as no one in his right mind would stop in the act if fleeing a burning house, simply because someone told him to do so,.     


Arunachala Siva.

Verse  178:

The renunciant will leave (his home and family) without any warning, just as cuckoo,
which has been reared with crows, will suddenly fly off.  Like Karna (who was unaware
of his true parentage), will he have any awareness of his social identity?  Know that such a one will also be the teacher for others who strive to cut off birth.

The Tamizh word for cuckoo here is kuyil, the Indian cuckoo, Cuculus Micropterus.
Like the other members of the cuckoo family it is a broad parasite, laying its single egg mostly in the nests of drongos and crows.  The sense here is that the fledgling cuckoo will leave the host nest before other crows or dongos hear its distinctive call and attack it, just as the earnest renunciant will leave the family home without speaking to anyone, for fear of his family members may attempt to prevent him from leaving.

Karna is an important character in the Mahabharata.  He was the divinely born son of the solar deity Surya and Kunti, before her marriage to Pandu. She abandoned him, setting him afloat in a basket on a tributary of the river Ganga, and he was found and raised by Adiratha, the chief charioteer of King Dhritasasthra, and he was thus came to fight against the Pandavas in the battle of Kurukshetra.  The key point here is that he was raised not knowing his true parentage, just as the renunciant, on realizing the illusory nature of the world and renouncing it, loses all attachment to parents, family,
caste etc.,  See also verse 78, where the disciples's willingness to abandon the ego is compared to Karna's legendary generosity.


Arunachala Siva.                     

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Verse  11:

மைந்தன திடம்வைகல் மாடக் கோயிலைச்
சந்தமர் பொழிலணி சண்பை ஞானசம்
பந்தன தமிழ்கெழு பாடல் பத்திவை
சிந்தைசெய் பவர்சிவ லோகஞ் சேர்வரே.

About the Mādakkōyil in Vaikal which is the abode of the strong Siva, those who meditate upon the ten verses of Tamizh composed by Jnana Sambandhan of Saṇpai (Sirkāzhi) which is made beautiful by sandal wood gardens, will reach Sivalōkam after death.

Padigam on Tiru Vaigal Madakkovil completed.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  10:

கடுவுடை வாயினர் கஞ்சி வாயினர்
பிடகுரை பேணிலார் பேணு கோயிலாம்
மடமுடை யவர்பயில் வைகல் மாநகர்
வடமலை யனையநன் மாடக் கோயிலே.

The beautiful Mādakkōyil which is situated in the big city of Vaikal and which is like the Meru mountain in the north and where ladies who possess the quality of artlessness are crowding, is the temple which is cherished with love by the devotees of Siva who do not hold in esteem the teachings of the Piṭakam Buddhist scriptures and the words of Jains who respectively drink gruel and have in their mouths galnut powder.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  9:

மாலவன் மலரவன் நேடி மால்கொள
மாலெரி யாகிய வரதர் வைகிடம்
மாலைகொ டணிமறை வாணர் வைகலில்
மாலன மணியணி மாடக் கோயிலே.

The place where Siva who grants boons and assumed the form of a big fire, to make Vishnu and Brahma who is seated in a flower to get bewildered, after searching in vain for him, is the Mādakkōyil in Vaikal made attractive by sapphires which have the color of Vishnu, where Brahmins who earn their livelihood by the Vēdas, adorn Siva with garlands.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  8:

மலையன இருபது தோளி னான்வலி
தொலைவுசெய் தருள்செய்த சோதி யாரிடம்
மலர்மலி பொழிலணி வைகல் வாழ்வர்கள்
வலம்வரு மலையன மாடக் கோயிலே.

The place of the light who granted his grace after destroying the strength of the demon of twenty shoulders which were as strong as mountain, is the Mādakkōyil which is in appearance like a mountain and around which the residents of Vaikal which is beautified by gardens of abundant flowers, go from left to right.

Arunachala Siva.

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« on: April 24, 2017, 10:08:19 AM »
Verse  7:

எரிசரம் வரிசிலை வளைய ஏவிமுன்
திரிபுர மெரிசெய்த செல்வர் சேர்விடம்
வரிவளை யவர்பயில் வைகல் மேற்றிசை
வருமுகில் அணவிய மாடக் கோயிலே.

Having discharged a burning arrow from the bow fastened with bands, the place where the god who set ablaze the three cities in the past, dwells, is the Mādakkoyil where the spreading clouds come close to, the west of Vaikal where women wearing bangles having lines are crowding.

Arunachala Siva.

Today is Bhagavan's Aradhana Day.  He merged with Arunachala on this day.
There will be special abhikshekam, alankaram and arti today followed by a good
feast to the devotees.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  6:

நிறைபுனல் பிறையொடு நிலவு நீள்சடை
இறையவர் உறைவிடம் இலங்கு மூவெரி
மறையொடு வளர்வுசெய் வாணர் வைகலில்
திறையுடை நிறைசெல்வன் செய்த கோயிலே.

The place where the god Siva who has  long matted locks on which is shining copious water along with the crescent moon, is the temple built by the Chōzha who had plenty of wealth by getting tributes from vassals, in Vaikal where Brahmins who maintain the shining three sacrificial fires along with the Vēdas.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  5:

விடமடை மிடற்றினர் வேத நாவினர்
மடமொழி மலைமக ளோடும் வைகிடம்
மடவனம் நடைபயில் வைகல் மாநகர்க்
குடதிசை நிலவிய மாடக்கோயிலே.

Siva in whose neck there is poison who chants the Vēdas, the place where he stays with the daughter of the mountain who speaks lisping words, is the Mādakkōyil which is prominent to the west of the great city of Vaigal where the young swans initiate the gait of women and practice it. There are two Saiva shrines in this place; That to the west of Vaigal is the one built by Kō Cheṇkanaṉ.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  4:

கொம்பியல் கோதைமுன் அஞ்சக் குஞ்சரத்
தும்பிய துரிசெய்த துங்கர் தங்கிடம்
வம்பியல் சோலைசூழ் வைகல் மேற்றிசைச்
செம்பியன் கோச்செங்க ணான்செய் கோயிலே.

The place where the eminent Siva who flayed the elephant to frighten the lady who walks like a tender branch, in the past, is the temple which was constructed by the Chozha Kō Cheṇkaṇāṉ on the western side of Vaigal which is surrounded by fragrant gardens.

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  3:

கணியணி மலர்கொடு காலை மாலையும்
பணியணி பவர்க்கருள் செய்த பான்மையர்
தணியணி யுமையொடு தாமும் தங்கிடம்
மணியணி கிளர்வைகன் மாடக் கோயிலே.

Siva who has the nature of granting his grace, adorning him with flowers both in the morning and evening keeping that as their aim in life, to do service to him. The place where he stays with Uma who is beautiful by her cool grace; is Vaigal Mādakkōyil which is beautiful by gems set in it.

Arunachala Siva.

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