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Thirumanthiram


MarkspacerSacred Books of Saivism

MarkspacerThe Siddhas and siddhis

MarkspacerThirumular, Life History

MarkspacerThirumantram Preface

MarkspacerMythology in Thirumantiram

MarkspacerOm Namasivaya

MarkspacerThirumantram, an outlook

MarkspacerThirumular Pranayamam

MarkspacerAgamic Psychology

MarkspacerTantric Guidance

MarkspacerThirumantram


Thirukkural
MarkspacerVirtue

MarkspacerWealth

MarkspacerKamam

MarkspacerSearch by Kural No


PART I. VIRTUE
Markspacer1. The Praise of God

Markspacer2. The Excellence of Rain

Markspacer3. The Greatness of
spacerAscetics


Markspacer4. Assertion of the Strength
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Domestic Virtue
Markspacer5. Domestic Life

Markspacer6. The Goodness of the Help
spacerto Domestic Life


Markspacer7. The Obtaining of Sons

Markspacer8. The Possession of Love

Markspacer9. Cherishing Guests

Markspacer10. The Utterance of
spacerPleasant Words


Markspacer11. The Knowledge of
spacerBenefits Conferred:
spacerGratitude


Markspacer12. Impartiality

Markspacer13. The Possession of Self-
spacerrestraint


Markspacer14. The Possession of
spacerDecorum


Markspacer15. Not coveting another's
spacerWife


Markspacer16. The Possession of
spacerPatience, Forbearance


Markspacer17. Not Envying

Markspacer18. Not Coveting

Markspacer19. Not Backbiting

Markspacer20. The Not Speaking
spacerProfitless Words


Markspacer21. Dread of Evil Deeds

Markspacer22. The knowledge of what
spaceris Befitting a Man's
spacerPosition


Markspacer23. Giving

Markspacer24. Renown

Ascetic Virtue
Markspacer25. The Possession of
spacerBenevolence


Markspacer26. The Renunciation of
spacerFlesh


Markspacer27. Penance

Markspacer28. Inconsistent Conduct

Markspacer29. The Absence of Fraud

Markspacer30. Veracity

Markspacer31. The not being Angry

Markspacer32. Not doing Evil

Markspacer33. Not killing

Markspacer34. Instability

Markspacer35. Renunciation

Markspacer36. Knowledge of the True

Markspacer37. The Extirpation of
spacerDesire


Fate
Markspacer38. Fate


photoThirumular - Pranayama

Thirumular, a Yogi called Sundarar, who is said to have hailed from Mount Kailas of Northern India and traveled to and settled in south India; a devout disciple of Lord Siva. He displayed his belief, God Is Love - 'Anbe Sivam´.

During his travel to the south, he came across a herd of cows mourning
at the death of its cowherd. Touched by the compassion and grief of the cows, he manifested himself into the cowherd´s body and brought him to life, by Yogic power; the cows rejoiced. Following which, he led the herd to the village safely and upon returning to the spot where he had left his body, he was
shocked to find out that it had disappeared (Lord Siva´s doing). Hence, Thirumular remained in the cowherd´s body and began his 'Tapas´, meditation, under a peepul tree at this village (Thiruvavaduthurai) and remained in 'Samadhi´. While in 'Samadhi´, he uttered over 3000 verses now and then, which was recorded and became known as 'Thirumantiram´ or Holy Verses.

Thirumantiram became an integral text of 'Saiva Siddhanta´, which delivered countless number of Saints to India and influenced the Tamil culture and Hindu religion. Amongst the 9 'Tantras´ of the Thirumantiram, in the 3rd Tantra we find the mention and importance of 'Pranayama´, which is a vital path towards the attainment of Spirituality and Self-Realization. Practice of Pranayama, is known to bring about better health and function of the body, thereby
uniting the Soul with the Primordial Atom (God). Practice of various Pranayama techniques, is said to have positive effects on one´s Health (Physical), Mind (Mental) and Spiritual (Soul).

The invaluable masterpiece 'Thirumantiram´ contains the teachings of breathing and its control. According to Thirumular, Prana or life force is considered the leader of the five senses; similar to that of the rein/steed of horses.
These five senses govern our body but, not the Soul. In order for an individual to realize the Atma (Soul) within, one has to master the art of Pranayama.

Following are some poems, quoted from the 3rd Tantra of the Thirumantiram…

Verse 564 Verse 565
The mind is the master of senses five; Great is Jiva;
He is the head of the body habitat; He has steeds two,
There is a steed he rides to his destined goal; But he knows not how to master them;
The masterly one the steed carries; If the lordly Guru lends His Grace;
The feeble one it throws away; The steeds will tame become.
That steed the 'Prana´ breath is.

Verse 566 Verse 567
Faster than bird that steed flies; Let 'Prana´ merge in Mind;
If that steed is controlled, far headier than wine And together the two be stilled;
the pleasure it gives; Then no more shall birth and death be;
It infuses vigor, dispels laziness; Therefore, learn to direct breath;
True we say this, let the wise listen. In streams alternating left and right;
Then shall you taste the nectar of life.




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