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Iyar Pahai Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints.)
« on: December 04, 2008, 11:04:58 AM »
Iyar Pahai Nayanar (one who acts contradictory to his nature  for the
sake of Siva devotees.) was a wealthy landlord in Tamil Nadu.  He and his
wife were ardent Siva devotees and were giving anything that Siva devotees
came to them and asked, like, food, clothes, wealth and cattle.  One day
a Brahmin, with holy ashes on his body and Panchakshara in his lips came
to their house.  The brahmin with some hesitation told the devotee:
"I have come here to ask you a special thing.  You have to agree.  Iyar
Pahai Nayanar said: Sir, do not have any hesitation.  Me and my wife
are prepared to give you anything, that you desire!   Then the brahmin
asked:  "I desire your beautiful wife!"  Iyar Pahai Nayanar without
hesitation agreed and looked at his wife.  His wife said:  This body is
only for the one within me.  I am ready!"  The brahmin said:  Alright
you and your wife have agreed.  But your kinsmen in the town will raise
arms against me, if I go out with your wife. So please accompany us
till the town is crossed. 

Iyar Pahai Nayanar took out his sword and said:  Please come along with me and I shall put both of you safely outside the town limits.  He proceeded and the brahmin and Nayanar's wife followed.  As expected, some kinsmen
grew angry and wanted to kill the brahmin, on the way.  Nayanar fought
with them and drove them away.  He then, told the brahmin, without even
turning his head, "Now please go quickly with my wife.  It is getting late."

There was no response.  He turned his head and found that only his
wife was standing there!  He looked at the sky as flowers were falling
on his head.  Siva and Uma were there in the sky, on their bull.  Siva
beckoned Nayanar to come to him.  He quickly disappeared into the
Effulgence, that was there!

(Source: Periya Puranam, Sekkizhar. Tamil Verses. Book XII. Siva
Canons.  Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.