Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Chronicles of a lone blogger - 5


The sempieternal form of the Lingam symbolizes the primordial form of the omni present, omni potent and omniscient formless (arupa) Eternal Creator from which everything merges or dissolves. According to Saiva sidantham (which is based on the doctrine of Pathi (Paramatma), Pasu (Jeevatma) , Paasam (Delusion) ), the Eternal Creator or Pathi is formless (arupa) . But for the sake of the Pasus, he has taken the form of the Lingam which is considered to be both formless and form (arupa-rupa). The Lingam is also called as the Sada Shiva Murthi. Lord Shiva has also taken 25 other forms called the Maheshwara Murthis.

As I see the Lingam, images of past sins inundate me from all sides. As I spread the sacred ash on my forehead, a pellucid picture of my final moments on planet earth flash before my eyes. Besieged by volatile gushes of repentance, newly born droplets of tears trickle down my chin, washing away my sins. As I walk out of the garba-giraham, I make a plethora of resolutions conceiving a new beginning to life - a life that is meaningful. But do I stick to it is a different question :P lol.

As we come out of the garba giraham, we head to the navagrahas which is located on the left hand side. After circumbulating the navagrahas, I head alone to visit my dear friend. My dear friend is none other than a Pillayar statue which is next to the navagrahas.




I always had a soft corner for this particular Pillayar. He has been sitting all alone in complete darkness, deprived of proper robes and food for so many months and wears one old dirty white robe. Inorder to make sure I dont go empty handed, I buy him a ghee lamp. As I light the lamp and give a pat on his thoppai (stomach), I see golden beams of light gently caressing His obscured eyes :).

(The journey continues..)

28 Comments:

Blogger வேதா said...

hi u didnt clear my doubt abt the main deity in thiruvanailkaval. its in my comment for ur previous post. jus curious if i am rite abt it.

26/4/06 19:15  
Blogger ambi said...

25 forms of shiva? i didn't heard of it.
Agoram, vaamadevam, Rudhram, Eshaanam, thathpurusham and sathyojaatham.(did i left one..?) i guess it's six or seven, also i changed the order.
what abt parvathi in thiruvani kaa? i mean the name of the deity.

26/4/06 20:32  
Anonymous vidhyalakshmi said...

a very good narration....
can u pls explain abt 25 forms of shiva? eager to know abt tht...
indha blog spritual, andha blog kalaaikavaa.... :-) ? ok..ok..

26/4/06 20:37  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Veda - romba sry pa :(. nethu parthen..but thought will reply to it in the morning :)..will do it now :)

26/4/06 23:37  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Ambi - check it out here:http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/maahesh.html

Yeah I will write abt her in my next post :)

26/4/06 23:39  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Vidhya - thanks :) - Ithai paarungal..

http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/maahesh.html

Antha blog suma pulambuvathuku..:)

26/4/06 23:40  
Blogger Parvati said...

Finally! Romba azhagaa ezhudhirukkel. What you have written on Lord Shiva and the effect of the Lingam and the sacred ash is moving and is full of deep Bhakthi. And about Pillaiyaar, I am sure after the thoppai pat, He will feel surrounded by friends, and less lonely!

27/4/06 00:00  
Blogger Jeevan said...

ennaku pidicha kadavul Pillaiyar and Perumal, i like the Pillaiyar photos:)

27/4/06 02:12  
Blogger Radhika said...

Nice, Arjuna... Esp the imagery that the narration brings to the mind's eye is so divine and gripping at the same time....
The pillayar picture is truly mesmerising.. There is such beauty and innocence in His face, somehow reminds me of a child...

27/4/06 07:14  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Parvati - romba thanks :)..I am glad u liked it :)

28/4/06 05:05  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Thanks Jeevan :)

28/4/06 05:05  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Radhika - that pillayar photo is my pic :P lol..I am a child too LOL...thanks Radhika :)

28/4/06 05:05  
Blogger Schrodingers cat said...

Pillayar..an hindu abstraction of important qualities needed in a human being. You have a nice blog here.

M.

7/5/06 15:33  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

thanks a lot Schrodinger :)

13/5/06 02:32  
Blogger Ghost Particle said...

Superb write-ups. I really loved reading this.

14/5/06 21:24  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Thanks a lot ghost particle :)

15/5/06 12:55  
Blogger My days(Gops) said...

first time here.....
nice blog...Trichy'ai pathi nallavey eludhi irrrukeenga...
esp=>Chatram bustand "iyengar bakery" ...

cheers.......

21/5/06 02:35  
Blogger mysorean said...

Arjuna, you ve been tagged! Please do it!

12/7/06 04:23  
Blogger Aatma said...

Nice - perfect

2/8/06 17:30  
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