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Vaayilar Nayanar (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: December 31, 2008, 09:50:51 AM »
In the ancient town of Mayilapuri, on the shores of the ocean, (today's
Mylapore, a part of Chennai), there was a devotee of Siva by name
Vayilar.  She belonged to the agricultural class.  He was leading an
austere life with his poor income and was in constant contemplation
of Siva.  In those days, perhaps these class of people were not allowed
inside the Siva temple, he decided to pray to Siva in his mind.  His mind
was the sanctum sanctorum of the dancing god, Siva.  He lit the shrine
with his knowledge of Siva, as a lamp. He did bathing for the Lord,
with his flowing inner happiness.  He surrendered to Him, with his total
love, which was the offerings to the Lord.  His own prayers were the
mantras like Rudram for Siva. Thus he passed every day of his life,
with poojas inside his mind for Siva and attained liberation in due course!

(Source: Periya Puranam, Sekkizhar. Tamil Verses. Book XII of
Siva Canons.  Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House. Chennai.
Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.