Get Introduced to
Thirumoolar Thirumanthiram Tradition
Thank you for visiting us. You are right here; more so, you are rightly here. No doubt, you have been agilely driven to this web-site on the dictates of Grace of God, the Almighty which is formless, nameless and without attributes.
You are now getting introduced to Thirumoolar Thirumanthiram Tradition which flows out on and on from the abyss of Time as a river whose beginning beyond the reaches of faculties, so serene and calm as not cognizable but when felt incidentally is a great experience of unfathomable bliss.
It has no bar such as caste and creed, race and place and faction and formalities. It is universal and encompassing one and all. It comes to you, arms stretched open in greeting with that striking rationality that no one can repress his welcome to it. It is inherently alluring but not an inhibitive illusion.
Enough! I hear you murmur. It is time that I introduce you to Thirumoolar !
Thirumoolar is a great sage of yore, happened to be a Tamil sage, who had a message from God, as to be passed on to the mankind, without prejudice to whatsoever the time and age it belongs to.
Almighty has a plan, no one knows what it is up to! The Almighty selects certain people, variously in various parts of the world to pass on its message not at variance with one another but strictly in common.
It was Moses says the Bible; it was Mohammed Nabi says Islam; it was Siddhartha, says Buddhism; so on and so forth, each of them chosen to express the great ideals of God's messages with that touch and tone of the nativity that each one belongs to.
Thirumoolar is one among them, chosen in Tamilian race by the Almighty. This has been asserted by Thirumoolar, as is usually done by the apostles, in his own words such as this;
Transliteration of Tamil text :
Ennai Nandraaga Yiraivan padaiththanan
Thannai Nandraaga Thamizh Seyyu maarae
Me, having been begotten by the Almighty so well
To explain Himself in that excelling Thamizh experience so well.
Do not bother about the inhibition that allies with the language; the purpose underlying it is to be appreciated. Thirumoolar tells that he is god sent with the purpose of explaining the soul's experience with God in very candid terms in Tamil.
What is striking to us is that all the apostles of various parts of the world have promulgated in common that they are apostles-god-sent with a message. But alas! The identification made by themselves is pooh-poohed initially by the people surrounding and later as and when people start realizing their glory and blessedness, the apostles are no more available in flesh and blood. By the time, people calling themselves disciples teem in number, come to misinterpret, manipulate and at last mutilate the ideals preached by the apostles beyond recognition. If it were, that the apostles are recognized during their lifetime, the so called disciples would have been reprimanded, for sure, by them for the departure from the original principles and philosophies they endeavored to establish.
Alas! What remains after the bereavement of apostles is nothing but parochial differences in kind of language and nation, race and religion and so on and so forth. That is how we have different and detestable banners and manners from nation to nation.
A close and keen analysis of various religions and their associated Epics, world over reveals to our astonishment that the mankind had centrally come into being and spread radially far and wide so much that they lost their common identity under compelling circumstances.
Don't you think that this is a surmise based on wild imagination; but is rightly seen to have roots of reasoning in many a epic made available to us. You are here kindly referred to ` A New popular Encyclopaedia' which in its vol. IV at page 325 reads as this:
"Many other nations mention, in the Mythological part of their history, inundation which in their essential particulars agree with the scriptural account of Noah's preservation. Hence many persons have inferred the universality of this inundation. To this, it has been replied that each nation localizes the chief events and actors as connected with itself, necessitating an Ararat, an ark and a Noah in each instance. Fohi in the chinese mythology, Satyavrata in the India(South), Xisuthrus in the chaldaen, oxyges and Deucation in the Greek, have each been recognized by many as the Noah of the sacred scripture under different names. Even the American Indians have a tradition of a similar deluge and a renewal of the race from the family of one individual. All these individuals are said to have saved their respective nation and to have become the father of the mankind".
From the collection of details of Epics of various terrain as above, we come to know of a great deluge which was alluded to in all the epics in one; when almost entire mankind on the earth got washed off except for an individual with his family. It is Noah says Jews; it is Fohi says chinese; it is satyavratha says South Indian; it is xisuthrus says chaldean; it is oxyges says Greek and so on and so forth.
This man, be whatever his name, is said to have been responsible for rebuilding of mankind and hence termed as father of the mankind.
It is befitting at this juncture to make a mention that an account of Tamil Sangam describes about two great deluges which engulfed greater parts South of Tamil Nadu, every time the Tamil Sangam rising with more vigor. These two great deluges on account of upheaval of Indian Ocean greatly altered the geography and history of Tamil Nadu. These have been evidenced in various aboriginal texts of Tamil literature.
Keeping in view of the above, your attention is invited to a book viz. `A Book of Beginnings' wherein its author Mr.Gerald Masey observes vide page 26 as follows:
" The world is old enough and time has existed long enough for the widest divergences to have been made from one common center of mankind and the proofs of unity of origin is plentiful enough. What has been wanted is the common center of the primeval unity."
It is interesting that Mr. Gerald Masey, while bringing to book that there was a common center of the primeval unity beyond suspicion, was very much inquisitive to know what exactly the common center was.
Two great pundits of archeology namely Prof. S. Langdon and Sir John Marshall come to our rescue in this regard with revelations of Harappa and MohanjoDaro excavations.
An extract from the book viz. "Script of Harappa and MohanjoDaro and its connection with other scripts" authored by Prof. S. Langdon reads as this:
"There can be no doubt concerning the identity of the Indus and the Eastern Island scripts. Whether we are thus confronted by the astonishing historical accident or whether this ancient Indian script has mysteriously traveled to the remote islands of the Pacific, none can say. The age of the Eastern Islands tablets made of wood is totally unknown and all knowledge of their writing has been lost. This same script has been found in seals precisely similar to Indian seals in various parts of ancient Sumar, in Susa and the border Island east of Tigris."
From the above, we are compelled to accept that there was a civilization of mankind in the Indus Valley which was aboriginal and which radially traveled far and wide world over.
Sir John Marshall in his book called `MohanjoDaro and Indus civilization' reaffirms this as follows:
"Their underlying principles are the same and there is very likelihood that they all derived from one common origin and went back to Neolithic times."
Prof. Prizy Luski and Prof. Rivet are also of the same opinion. Prof. Rivet in his articles suggests that Sumarian had probably played an important role as agents of transmissions culture elements between Oceania and Europe and Africa.
The riddle about the common center of the primeval mankind racking hitherto the brains of the historical pundits such as Gerald Masey is now over. We can reasonably arrive at the conclusion beyond unilateral aspects that the civilizations of the mankind in the Indus Valley is the ancient of all and forms the center of mankind pivoting which permeated all other civilizations recognized by the historical records of the world.
As is known to all concerned, Indus valley civilization is but Dravidian civilization.
To know the Dravidian culture in depth, one must get to its rites and rituals of worship as culture of any race can be found very rightly peaking in its form of worship. And for that matter we find that Dravidians worshipped Lord Siva in a formless form known as Lingam. Strangely enough this Lingam worship of Lord Siva is found to be universal in primeval time all over the world although the various nations were at great distances apart.
A report appeared in the News Review of London edition dt. 23rd Sep. 1937 bears testimony to this fact. The extract of the report reads as follows:
"In the wild mountainous state of Colorado, seventh largest in America, Scientists of the U.S. Museum of Natural History, three months ago announced discovery of a `Lost World'. The focal point was Siva's Grand Temple, a half square mile of solid rock plateau, isolated from the mainland by 9000 ft. Canyons eroded by rivers some 200,000 years ago".
The news was also flashed in another magazine viz. Cavalcade of London in its edition dt. 18.12.1937 and in Times of Ceylon, Sunday illustrated, in its edition dt. 17.6.1937.
None-the-less, the traces of Lingam worship is also found in the Bathel of Jews.
A book authored by A.H.Sayce viz. `Origin and growth of Religion _ Ancient Babylon' reads in support of this at page 408 as follows:
`The sacred stone was Bathel or house of God; no habitation of a mere spirit, but the dwelling place of deity itself. The worship of these sacred stones was common to all the races of the Semetic family.
The famous Black stone of the Kaaba at Mecca is a standing witness of the fact. So firmly rooted was the belief in its divine character among the Arabs of Mohammed's day that he was unable to eradicate it, but forced to make a compromise with the old faith attaching to the stone the traditions of Old Testament.'
Bible is seen to relate Moses to a place called Ur which is a chaste Tamil term denoting a small town or village.
Ancient Babylon people called their God as El Sadai where El in Tamil means light and Sadai in Tamil means sprawling hair both in combination denoted Lord Siva.
Even Buddhists in earlier time worshipped Lord Siva which is borne out by the fact that there is Lord Siva's emblems in the famous Sanchi Buddhist Temple. Mr. General Maisey in his book namely `Sanchi and its Remains' at page 8 writes as follows:
"Inside it was, I conclude, still is Fakir's cell with an adjoining Shiwala or temple of Mahadeva containing the Linga and Yoni, emblems of Siva and Parvathi."
It is feared at this juncture that attempting to present such collection of details as above any further would precipitate into blossoming of a separate book.
A statistical analysis reveals that the Christian Religion is professed by the preponderant percentage of world's population and thus takes first place as on date; second comes Buddhism on line and third Islam.
It may be noted that the major three religions viz. Christianity, Buddhism and Islam, major in terms of population adhering to, have their forefathers who had worshipped Lord Siva in His emblem Lingam which worship, beyond smack of any doubt, is seen to have been prevalent originally among the Dravidians and traveled from this hub radially all over the world.
May be, we are at present connected with new modern facilities such as internet, as fructification of scientific developments, bringing together whole world at one's table top, but it won't be exaggerated to observe that from prehistoric times, even before the development of scientific instruments, it was this common cult of Lingam worship that served as internet and would continue to do so unbridled for ever.
Yes, this is, no doubt, a great tradition perpetuating on earth above the barriers of Time and Space and this is what is propagated in Thirumanthiram Tradition chiefly. This old Tradition is rightly put in nutshell by Thirumoolar as follows:
Transliteration of Tamil text :
Onedray Kulamum Oruvanay Devanum,
Humanity belongs to one and only one caste; so is there one and only one God; cherish this rightly.
People quite often refer to a line of Tamil poem viz.
Transliteration of Tamil text :
Yaathum Ooray Yaavarum Kelir
Which means, to a man of broad outlook, there are no barriers of whatsoever kind among inhabitation world over but he would look on all of them as one and the same; so would he look on people of all races of the world as his kith and kin.
This laudable line of Tamil poem has been boldly displayed near one of the seven wonders called Niagara Falls befitting its wonder by the Government concerned although official language of it is not Tamil. It has been displayed there for the reason of unfathomable depth of meaning of it which is so deep as the Niagara Falls equaling its wonder and uniting all the mankind without barriers.
This laudable line has been further shortened in Thirumanthiram as `Onedray Kulam' without losing its pith and marrow. This encompasses not only all races of the mankind but also the various forms of worship.
How can there be various Gods? - Derides Thirumoolar, a great sage of that period which can reasonably be put at BC 5500.
For people of catholicity and progressive frame of mind, to delve into details of Thirumanthiram would be a feast of pondering of lofty universal ideals.
It is quite understandable that your brows are now raising, opening the floodgates of interest to know who is Thirumoolar and what this Thirumanthiram is about? Hence this web-site.
Following this introduction we now present a book of Mr. M. P. Sathiyavel Muruganaar viz. "Thirumanthira Sinthanaigal" which will open up new vistas of Thirumanthiram Tradition with beauties of Tamil language. The author is versatile in Tamil literature and various religious works especially in Thirumanthiram.
He is popularly known in Tamil Saiva world as "Thirumanthira Thamizh Maamani". He is honored with about 42 such titles among which "Senthamizh Velvi Chadhurar" and "Siddhantha Kavimani" are too common epithets that go with his name.
He has hitherto performed 1098 Kumbabishekams i.e. Holy Consecration of deities with holy water, all having been performed by chanting chaste Tamil Manthirams, most of them extracted from this great work " Thirumanthiram ".
Following one such occasion of a kumbabishekam performed in Kulai of Johore district in Malaysia, he gave a series of lectures on Thirumanthiram under the auspices of Malaysian Arul Neri Thirukkottam in Kuala Lumpur which had been audio-taped and brought on paper verbatim with the help of a stenographer. That is the book called " Thirumanthira Sinthanaigal ".
A glance through this book will enlighten those of interest broadly and brightly the cardinal principles of Thirumanthiram Tradition.
Yes! Here it is; shall we open up the book? Click Here