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Siva Jnana Bodham
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:07:59 PM »
Siva Jnana Bodahm is a small 12 verse, Sutra, on Saiva Siddhanta.
It was composed by Meikandar.  One Siva Jnana Muni, wrote a
commentary on that.  In the Saiva-canon, there are a group of
prayer books called Stotras, starting from Tevaram, Tiruvachakam,
Tiru Mandiram etc., These are more popular.  But there are 14 books,
dealing only with Siva Jnana Sastram.  These are canons of philosophy.
These are less popular and only people who want to study the Siva
philosophy go for these.  Saivism in ancient times, developed mainly
in two places.  One is Kashmir and that was called Kashmiri Saivism
and the other is from Tamil Nadu called Dravida Saivism.  Meikandar's
Siva Jnana Bodham, is the canon of Siva philosphy.  I shall write more
in detail about it later.

Once Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri, who was a learned scholar in
Sakti Tantras, was asked by some persons in Tiruvannamalai, to
come to the Temple and speak about Saiva Siddhanta.  Sastri
could not say no, even though he did not much know about Saiva
Siddhanta.  Having told yes, he came to Bhagavan Ramana and
requested for help.  Bhagavan Ramana, then explained to Sastri
the twelve verses of Siva Jnana Boddham, which He had read from
books brought by Pazhaniswami in the Hills.  He also explained the
meaning and purport.  Sastri took the information immediately,
thanked Bhagavan and went for the speech the next evening.
He gave a wondrous speech, giving Sanskrit Verses, extempore,
on Saiva Siddhanta and people praised him.  He came to Bhagavan
Ramana and said politely, "What did I speak?  I did not speak
anything.  It is You who spoke!"

(Source: Partly from Arunachala's Ramana, the Boundless Ocean
of Grace, Volume 1. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.