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Tayumanavar Songs
« on: November 26, 2008, 11:04:22 AM »
Saint Tayumanavar under the title "The ways of Siddhas" sings the
following verse.

Even the unlettered are good, even after learning, I have no
What can I say about Karma?  what can I say about my mind?
When some learned talks about Kaivalya Needhi, I shall retort
  saying that only karmas are more important!
When someone talks about importance of karmas, I shall retort
  saying that only Jnana is good,
When a learned in Sanskrit comes to me, I shall explain in
When a Tamil scholar comes to me, I shall quote Sanskrit slokas
   to confuse him!
Without conquering the mind, what is the use of this art of
   surprising others with my 'knowledge', will it confer liberation?
O Vedanta Siddha** who speak about the pure state of neutrality,
   and equality to others, how can I attain liberation?
(* Dravidam - here means Tamil and all non-Sanskrit languages
south of Vindhyas.  ** The Vedanta Siddha here means either
the poet's guru, Mouna Guru or Siva.)

(Source: Tayumanavar Songs. Tamil.  Published by Sri Ramakrishna
Tapovanam, Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirapalli.  Prose rendering mine.)

Arunachala Siva.