Temple Chimes- Poems of St. Thayumanavar (An Old and Rare Book)
|Author:||S.P.Y. Surendranath Voegeli Arya|
|Publisher:||International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai|
|Other Details||8.50x5.50 inch|
This little book is by its very nature appointed to be read in churches A devotional spirit pervades every poem. But the teaching of Thayu manavar does not end in the temple. Thayumanavar was great Bhakta, but his love always leads to Karma-yoga. Religion is not only for the temple, it is for the home and the market-place and the government house. Religion must be lived.
The name of Thayumanavar is a household word in the Tamil speaking country. The saint has his place in the Saiva religion. Like the Buddha, he pointed to a Middle Way between two extremes. And because of him, many have since walked in that Way. But it is the world view of Thayumanavar that appeals most to me. It is thrilling to find the essence of universal religion in words written so long ago as the seventeenth century. Good men of every faith will respond to the all embracing love which finds expression in such poems as "Universalism," "Worship of the Supreme Spirit," "The all Pervading God," "Spiritual Democracy" and "Thy Salvation is for All." Psalms such as these could only have been written by one of the Great Companions. Throughout the ages the sectarians have tried to shut God "in the prison-house of their narrow creeds," but the Great Ones of the earth have always re juiced that the Father-Mother-spirit cannot be so confined. Like Tha yumanavar, they have said: "It is good to know that Thou art infinitely better than the intolerant priests and their blind followers describe Thee to be."
This is a book for all who are working for World Religion and World Brotherhood.
St. Thayumanavar was born the year A.D. 1608 during reign of the king Shri Muthu Krishna Naidu and took leave this world the year 1662 during the reign the king Shri Vijayaranga Chokkanatha Naidu's son. His father's name was Shri Kediliyappa Pillay, was loved, admired and revered by his people his erudition, and character. Because of his exemplary character and unselfish Shri Kediliyappa Pillay was chosen by the people the head a Saiva tem ple in his native place. And because his ability, shrewdness, intelli gence and cleverness, he was made the Prime Minister the Chief Financial Adviser to the government the kings Muthu Krishna Naidu and Muthu Veerappa Naidu. During those days, throughout Naidu kingdom in South India, Vellalas were the principal advisers trusted friends of the Naidu kings. The Vellala community only produced statesmen and financial experts, but also gave birth great of letters, poets, mystics, philosophers, prophets and seers.
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