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Tayumanavar Songs
« on: November 23, 2008, 05:09:36 PM »
Tayumanavar belongs to 18th century Tamil Saiva poets.  Remember,
he is not one of the 63 saints.  He was born to a couple of Siva devotees,
as the only son and his name is Tayumanvar, or Matrubhutesvarar, the
Siva of Tiruchirapalli.  He was engaged in Siva worship and Siva
meditation right from the young age.  His Guru is one Mouna Guru,
who never spoke any words in his lifetime and he also initiated Tayumanavar in silence.  Tayumanavar has done a lot of miracles even
in his young age.  One day, when he was on meditation, he suddenly
took out his upper garment and put out the light in the pooja room.
When questioned, he said:  Akhilandesvari's, (the goddess of Tiruvanaikka,
the Siva temple, one of the panch bhuta sthala near Tiruchirappalli)
sari had caught fire and he was putting out the fire!  News soon came,
that there was a fire accident in that temple in Mother's precincts and
it was put out with some difficulty.  On another day, a nice woolen shawl
was presented to him, by a rich devotee and next day, he gave it to
a beggar woman, who was shivering in cold, not having any clothes.
He gave that to that beggar woman and when asked, Tayumanavar
said that Akhilandesvari is suffering from cold winds in the temple!

He wrote exquisite poems on Siva of Tiruchirappalli temple and also on
Siva and Uma of Jambukesvara, the Siva at a jambu tree.  His poems
are almost entirely available now.  Swami Chidbhavananda, who was
for sometime, in Sri Ramakrishna Math and later went out criticizing
the Brahmin superiority of SRK, started his own Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, near Tiruchirapalli, has published the poet's poems at
a very moderate price. 

Bhagavan Ramana used to praise Tayumanavar's poems.  Devaraja
Mudaliar used to sing these songs and Bhagavan Ramana appreciated
them very much and picked up some of the songs of Tayumanavar,
particularly Anandakalippu, the Ecstasy of Bliss, Paraparakanni, Small
verses on the Highest.

I shall post some of Tayumanavar's verses later.

Arunachala Siva.