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The exemplary devotees (One of the 63 Siva Saints)
« on: January 07, 2009, 09:47:45 AM »
We have completed the individual devotees, barring the three great
ones, Jnana Sambanhdar, Sundaramoorthy and Tiruvnavukkarasu,
which we can take up in detail at the end.  Now Sekkizhar starts
citing 'groups' of different types of  devotees.  The exemplary devotees
are those who sing songs of ardent devotion, in the temples as if they
are calves nearing their mother cows.  They adore Siva everyday with
heart melting devotional songs.  They also serve food to other such
devotees, inside and outside the temple. They use all their body organs
to do service to Siva. Their mind, lips and tongues speak of Siva's
glory.  They use their hands and limbs to pluck flowers, to pull waters
for Siva's abulations, to grind sandal paste, to light lamps and incense,
to apply Vibhuti and also to serve food and eats for Siva's devotees.

They will at all times, while standing, lying, sitting, walking, chewing,
sleeping, waking or winking remember the Lord of Dancing in the
Golden Court.  Their eyes always shed tears in speaking and singing
Siva's glory. Their skins horripilate.  Their hands and legs tremble.
They always feel that they are wax dolls melting in Siva effulgence!

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

Arunachala Siva.