Ongkaara Manthiram as portrayed in Tamil Saivaism of Tamil Nadu - Part 3

Thread started by virarajendra on 20th February 2011 03:57 PM

Author: Virarajendra

A brief study of the “Om” - the “Ongkaara Manthiram” as portrayed in “Tamil Saivaism” of Tamil Nadu - Part 3

(8) The holy Syllable “Om” in the worship of the Dancing form of God Siva

“Om” is the reality of (God) Siva who danced the Kooththu which took place in this world at the Ambalam at Thillai (Chithambaram in Tamil Nadu), being Av Iv Uv - "Om" which is the first dance,

“…..Om enum unmai Sivam aada
ambala kooththum avaniyil poantha
Av Uv Im – Om, athu muthal kooththe …..”

meaning: ".......the "Om" the truth, the (God) Siva, performed the dance in this world at ambalam in which the "Om" (being the combined form of) Av Iv Uv was the first dance.

Kooththa Nool – Poet Saaththanar, chapter titled Thohai Nool

”…..Udukkaiyil piranthathu Om enum oliye
Om enum oliye naattiyaththu oliyam
Om enum uruve naattiyaththu uruvaam
Om enum unarve naatiyaththu unarvu …..”

meaning: ".......from the Udukkai (drum of God Siva in his right hand) emanates the sound of "Om"
The sound of "Om" is the sound of dance beats (of God Siva)
The form of "Om" is the form of dance (of God Siva)
The feeling of "Om" is the feeling of dance (of Siva) ....."

Kooththa Nool – Poet Saaththanar, chapter titled Suvai Nool

(9) The holy Syllable “Om” in Meditation

The Meditation in simple terms means the “concentration of the mind” on a focal point. Meditation results in the de-fragmentation of the fragmented thoughts of the mind (like in a Computer hard-disk). The de-fragmented thoughts of the mind causes uneasiness in the mind and the body of human beings, and thereby affects their ‘peace of mind’ (stressed) and the 'health of the body'. Meditation gives this 'peace of mind’ with clear thought and concentration, and promotes healthy body.

Meditation could also be focussed on the mental recitation of the holy syllable "Om" in intense devotion, regulerly during the times of worship for a length of time. This practice over a long period, which as per the religious traditions of Tamil Saivites has provided 'some' with
"God Realisation".


Based on Tamil Saivite Religious traditions "God Realisation" could be defined as follows:

"God Realisation" - is an "enlightenment" in our mind - with the divine disclosure of 'superior knowledge and intuitive power' to realise the truth of the 'eternal' worldly life, attained by the grace of “God Supreme” on our worship of him in 'intense meditation' with much piety. From this enlightenment emanates our divine - love, compassion, and understanding, towards the fellow human beings and other living beings, beyond the barrier of ego, anger, revenge, and self interest. The "Sages" (Munivar) in continuous 'intense meditation' fall within this grouping.

(10) The holy Syllable “Om” in daily worship to God Siva

The rythemic recitation of the holy syllable “Om” standing alone, or prefixed to the name of God Siva as "Om Nama Sivaaya" in loud crystal clear voice on our "intense worship" of him, provides an aestheic feeling within our mind and in the outer environment.

This recitation along with the recitation of - "Om" prefixed to 'Pottri praise' of various names of God Siva, and the Tamil Thevarap Pathikams - as per the religious traditions of Tamil Saivites have over a peiod of time provided 'many' with "God Visualisation" in the 'very forms' he has been worshiped - namely the Uruvam, Aru-Uruvam and Aruvam.

This is further confirmed as follows by "Cheraman Perumal Nayanaar" one of the 63 - Tamil Saiva Saints from Tamil Nadu & Chera Nadu (Kerala).

"Ev uruvil yaar oruvar ulluvaar ullaththul
av uruvaai thontri arul koduppaan - ev uruvam
thaaneyaai nintralippaan Thanit pirithu uruvam
eanorkkum kaanpariya Em Perumaan"

Eleventh Thirumurai - Cheramaan Thirukkayilaaya Gnana Ulaa.

Website URLs on "Om" & "Om NamaSivaaya" chanting


Based on Tamil Saivite Religious traditions "God Visualisation" could be defined as follows:

"God Visualisation" - is the "visual image" of the "God Supreme" that comes in our mind as a day or night dream, or as hallucination at any time, in the 'very form' of our intense worship of him with much devotion, seeking his grace for our - 'salvation' from worldly miseries, and 'solace' at trying times. The Adiyar (Bakthas - followers of Bakthi Neri) with 'intense worship' and 'much religious devotion' fall within this grouping. The few Adiyars who have reached a very 'high state of spiritual maturity' with the divine's grace, performing various miracles were known as the "Saints" (Nayanmaar)

(11) The holy Syllable “Om” in the worship of "God Supreme" in the other Indian Religions

As mentioned earlier the "God Supreme" of the Saivaism of India, is the same as that of the other religions of the World and the religions of India.

However only the (Hindu) religions of India, namely the Saivaism, Vaishnavaism, Saaktham, Kanapathiyam, Kaumaaram and Vedism considered "Om" - the holy Syllable - as the representation of "God Supreme".

But it remained only as a prefix, in adoration of the holy verses of Jainism and Buddhism of India in their religious worship, as these two religions donot recognise the existance of "God Supreme".



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