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Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« on: June 20, 2009, 05:47:33 PM »
Saint Jnana Sambandhar sang his first verse when he was
three years old, in Seerkazhi, when Uma and Siva appeared
before him and Uma gave her breast milk to make the child
stop crying.  The Saint poet sang then the first song.  The
first verse is quite meaningful:

I prayed to Siva with ear-stud, Thodu in Tamil:

Here by mentioning earstud the poet thanks both Uma and
Siva, because Thodu is an ear stud that is adorned by women.
The word Thodu, starts with Th+O.  Here, the letter O denotes
omkara or pranava, the primordial sound, from which creation
starts.

One who is riding on the Bull, Vidai in Tamil.

Vidai or bull is Dharma-devata.  The world is sustained by
Dharma devata which is the vehicle of Siva.

One who wears the cresecent moon.  Moon got curse from
his father-in-law and he started losing his digits and was
about one become naught.  Siva took him on his crest and
made him grow again.  Here it means, AruL or Grace after
forgiving.

One who wears the ashes from the cremation ground.  Here
the cremation ground and the ashes represent dissolution.

One who stole my mind or Heart.  If you take it as mind,
then it means mind-destruction, which is for Self realization.
If you take it as Heart, then Siva stays in Heart as the Self.
This is realization and the purpose of life.  Stealing of the
mind also represents Tirodhana or hiding sakti of Uma, which
veils the true knowledge.

Thus the first verse covers, creation, sustenance, forgiving
and gracing, dissolution and Tirodhana and Self Realization.

(From a discourse in Sri Sankara TV.)

Arunachala Siva.

       

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Re: Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009, 07:22:34 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji


Thank you very much for the meaning of the song. You could have added the story when did Sambandar sing this song. So that we can picturise the scene of the event.


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Re: Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009, 07:36:51 PM »
I have visited Seerkazhi in the month of March 2009, there is pond in the temple and has a huge board on the entrance of the pond  saying that this is the place that Lord Siva and Uma gave blessings to Saint Jnana Sambandhar, I think the lord gave darshan nearby the pond, i have earlier got to know of this story of Saint Jnana Sambandhar  from Periyarpuranam, at that time of my visit, i just look at blue sky, few clouds, hoping (a belief)  Lord well give his darshan to me too.
A visit to Seerkazhi is a must.
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Re: Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 11:56:28 AM »
Dear Aham Brahmasmi,

Very happy to know about your visit to Seerkazhi.  It is
a sublime town where Skanda in his avatara as Jnana
Sambandha had the vision of Uma and Siva.  It happened
when he was three years old.  His father was diving into
the tank and doing Ahamarshana Mantram.  Seeing that
his father was missing,  Jnana Sambandha cried!  The
crying was a drama to reveal his avatra-mahima.  Siva
and Uma appeared on the towers of the Temple, when he
was crying at the bank of the tank.  Uma gave her breast
milk to her son!  There was some milk still left on his lips.
The father on returning, asked the child:  Why gave you milk?
Then the child sang the first verse of his compositions.  His
father also saw the divine mother and father on the temple
towers.  Seerkazhi and Madurai are two places of avatara
of Skanda viz., Jnana Sambandha [6th Century AD] and
Bhagavan Ramana [1880-1950 AD].  Both are great places.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2009, 01:37:31 PM »
Adi shankra sang in his Sowdharya lahari about Sambandar... The lines comes like..Dravida shishu. Sankra also wants the wisdom milk from Uma (jnanap pal) to have. From this statement we can come to know that Sambandar was there before Shankara. I may be wrong.
comments please.....

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Re: Saint Jnana Sambandhar's first verse
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2009, 03:15:22 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Adi Sankara lived after Tiru Jnana Sambandha.  Tiru Jnana
Sambandha's birth is roughly estimated around 6 Century
AD.  Sri Sankara has lived sometime in 7th Century AD.
In Sri Soundarya Lahari, Sri Sankara has sung only about
Tiru Jnana Sambandha.  He calls him as Dravida Sisu, the
son of Dravida land.  Sri Kanchi Chandrasekara Saraswati
also has said that this reference is about Tiru Jnana Sambandha.
The dates mentioned above are rough estimates by Sri Neelakanta Sastri, in his book History of South India.

Arunachala Siva.