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Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:56:01 PM »
The verse No. 63 of Sivananda Lahari glorifies Hunter Kannappa
Nayanar and describes the total devotion, which makes up everything
else in life.

O Siva!  Kannappa's old sandal-ware becomes the pure 'koorcham'
that is placed on your head, before abulations.  The water kept in
his mouth becomes a sublime abulations, that were made by devas
after Tirpura Samhara.  The bit of roasted  flesh, partly tasted by the
hunter and given to you, becomes the newly made offerings. O
wonder!  The hunter living in the forest becomes the greatest bhakta!
What can not be achieved by total devotion?  What can it not make up
for other deficiency?

Hunter Kannappa has been glorified by all the Siva poets after him.
Starting from Sankara, Manikkavachagar and others, and right up to Muruganar, everyone speaks of the glory of Kannappa's devotion, which gave him liberation in just six days!

Tirumoolar sings:  (Book X of Siva Canons.)

Love is Sivam, if one understands this,
He will become Sivam, the form of Siva!

Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam, Tiru Thol Nokkam.

More than the poojas that are done with all other things,
His sandal ware and the water held in his mouth,
Were preferred by you.  He became cool with the bliss of Siva,
And got your Abode, let us sing Siva's shoulders!

(Source: Sivananda Lahari. Sanskrit-Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Math.
Chennai.  Prose rendering and translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.