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Tiru Jnana Sambandhar
« on: November 06, 2008, 11:53:30 AM »
Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, one of the four great Saiva Saints, has
composed songs called Tevarams in many Siva temples.  His songs
are grouped under the first three books of Saiva Canon, of twelve
books.  He has also sung songs on Tiruvannamalai.  His songs and
other Tiruvannamalai songs of Tevaram, used to be sung in the Old
Hall and Bhagavan used to like these songs immensely.  He has shed
tears when Tiru Jnana Sambandhar's songs were sung and He used
to say:  "Is he not Sivakumara, Siva's son?"

In fact, Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni has said in Sri Ramana Gita,
that Bhagavan Ramana is Himself an avatara of Skanda and
Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.

One verse from such Tiruvannamalai compositions reads like this:

O He is the consort of Unnamulai Uma, never leaving her body,
On that Hills of Tiruvannamalai, there are precious stones,
The streams and water falls  reverberate in the Hills,
One who prays to Annamalai, will have doubtlessly his karmas severed!

(Verse 1)

Another verse from a composition reads like this:

He stands as the Essence of Jnana, He shall, to his devotees,
Snap the load of worldly knowledge, this is the Truth of His Form,
The group of wild boars, the deers, the jungle bears,
Along with the group of elephants, will assemble in Tiruvannamalai.

(Verse 3)

(Source: Tevaram, Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House, Chennai.
Tamil.  Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.