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Ozhivil Odukkam
« on: March 24, 2009, 09:59:39 AM »
Ozhivil Odukkam is a Tamil composition written by one KaNNudaya
VaLLalar, who lived around 16th century.  The poet's name means
one who has got eyes in the forehead.  He was both a Saiva Siddhanti and an Advaiti.  The name Ozhivil Odukkam means, Staying in the Remains. 

The 63 verses of the first chapter of the book covers the entire
transmission through this convergence of Vedanta and Siddhanta.

A few verses:

11. Through the deflation that Truth brings a;bout over the reality
erroneously acribed to the objective experience, and fixing me therein, Jnana Sambandha of Sirkazhi, the Pure Being, the scholar in
Tamil, the knower of the Vedas, showed me the way, in his grace,
as pointed out in this work.

(Presumably, Tiru Jnana Sambandha was the poet's sankalpa guru
and he obtained realization through Jnana Sambandha of Sirkazhi.)

12. The Self ever inheres as the unopposed, non dual plenum. And many are the means courted by those, who are eager to be rid of the
misery of the limitation called the ego, which obstructs undifferentiated merger in the Self.  Without any reservations, we
spread our ware bare, as it is, in order that you shall repose beyond
impermanence, as Pure Being.

13. This Work "To stay in the Remains, is the work which truly
reveals the Knowledge which is agreeable to all the three namely,
scriptures, the master's words, and one's own experience.  This
Scripture is the seed (root stock) of all other works.

(Source: Mountain Path, Deepam, 2004. An article by J. Jayaraman.)

Arunachala Siva.