Om Namashivaya: Thiruvasagham : Explanatory Notes

Om Namashivaya: Thiruvasagham : Explanatory Notes

Om Namashivaya: Thiruvasagham : Explanatory Notes

Om Namashivaya: Thiruvasagham : Explanatory Notes

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“Thiruvasagham” is the most sacred literature in Tamil which glorifies the manifestations of Lord Shiva. It is kept as the first reference book in Lord Shiva’s library itself. The “Gita” is told by the Lord to man (Sri Krishna to Arjuna). The Thirukkural is recited by a man to Mankind (Thiruvalluvar) and “Thiruvasagham” is recited by a man (Saint Manickavasaghar) which is heard and pleased by Lord Shiva Himself.

“Thiruvasagham” is a treasure of priceless value. It is a devotional hymn which occupies the highest place in the hymnology of the literature of Saivites. It is a masterpiece and is second to none in the whole range of Tamil literature. “Thiruvasagham” is the only work which, according to tradition, had been written by the Lord Himself. It is the Gita of the Saivite world. It is an immortal classic which melts the hearts of its readers and mellows even a stone.

We have become eternally wedded to this sacred “Thiruvasagham” either due to our parentage or due to our past Karmas. Our humble self has soulfully dedicated itself to this spiritual storehouse of Tamil. It has been further consecrated by our having committed to memory all the 51 chapters. Our overwhelming devotion to saint Manickavasaghar first of all blossomed into a Tamil anthology called “Manickavasaghar Maalai” or “A garland of praise of Manickavasaghar”—a hundred Tamil verses praising the saint and commenting on his teachings. It is needless to point out . . .

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