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Siddhars were the iconoclasts of Tamil society. I am always worried about interpreting theological verses especially Siddhar songs as I do not know much of the gamil behind these.

You materialists can answer who is a Guru or who is a King.

He is said to have lived around 10th Century AD. In this poem taml asks which of these ta,il is God? In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what an illusion of life you created, My lord. Keep this in mind my hear and do not think of harming others. Then the poem becomes you take care of this body and work for its pleasures thinking this illusion is true, but once your time is up this body is worth nothing.

What are holy tanks? Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about upper and lower caste. In this poem he asks is there any marking in bones and flesh of a woman to show whether she is a Paraiah or a Brahmin? Eric Alagan on Silappathikaaram — Vanji…. What is this thing called you and that is called me?

What is that thing between us two.

Pattinathaar was one of the prominent Siddhars ascetic rebels in Tamil nadu. Eric Alagan on Thirukkural — Sivavakkiyar is ruthless when tackling the issue of caste.


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There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock. Human beings spend their time building houses, offering sacrifices to God and live surrounded by near and dear ones thinking it is forever.

Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Pattinaththaar. Will the put up stone speak when He is within you? The leitmotif of all their poems is despairing of human life and praying to become one with God. In this poems he mocks those who worship idols. So look inside you, the difference between a Pariah and a Brahmin is in your mind.

Will a cooking pot know the taste of food?

Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organised Vedic religion. However they are an important strand of Tamil society that accommodated differing view points.

I have not been able to conclusively decide which one of the three wrote the above poem. When you say a Paraichi or a Panath i — what does it mean? My interpretation might be wrong. It will not be worth even the price of a begging bowl. Old Tamil Poetry on Thirukkural — When a bronze vessel falls and is dented, they save it carefully for the future.

Those who say otherwise, padalgl die of rotting mouth.

The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world. They believe in this illusion. Is it marked in their flesh, skin and bone? He who was at the beginning, is one. They are but txmil which we have made into God. Because we think our paunch is ours.

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All their poems are clubbed together as Pattinathaar Paadal in texts. So it is up to individuals to interpret it. This iconoclasm is the leit siddhaf of his poems. But the dogs, foxes, ghouls and vultures in the graveyard wait for us thinking that it is to be food for them after we die.

In these two verses he mocks the Vedic priests who abhor pxdalgal. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day.

One part of it is laid at the entrance and another worshiped as deity. So God is not in these stones, but in your heart. Hence they became manure for vegetables that vegetarians eat.

Their main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely on temples and paealgal. They were rebels against organised religion. Sivavakkiyar, in this verse, curses those who try to split people in the name of God. Conjugal pleasure of a Paraich i or a Panath i, does it differ?