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There is only one Truth and a single path to Truth, only views are different.

Mission of Sakthi Foundation is to unify everyone by helping to understand that their views are only different levels of expressions of one single concept (Energy). This unification or unity in diversity is Peace or love or happiness, which is established only by embracing our view with others view and contemplate why the views differ.

Please discuss all topics in this blog with the above intention. We can discuss here Atheism, all Religions, Spirituality, Science in connection to body, mind, intelligence, Awareness and Consciousness.

To achieve this we are giving you a template where you can identify your views and others view. This will guaranteed Unity, peace, love and happiness. With this Universal template, all difference of opinion between religions, science will melt away like heat melting all different ice cubes to pure water.

Five templates that will unify all our thoughts.
Check if our view is based on the knowledge we got from our
1. physical senses
2. Our personal strong likes and dislikes'
3. A logical pattern
4. connection to our Self
5. That is universal to all at times.

We will find that every view of us is at one of the five levels. The higher level is that which stays for longer and universal. This view will bring peace and happiness in our lives.

Thiruvilayadal puranam - 19. All knowing Siddhar

19. The All-knowing Siddhar

‘Ellam Valla Siddhar’ sits peacefully with his fingers in chin mudra in the sanctum sanctorum to the right of Durga’s sanctum sanctorum near the abhisheka teertham.

He bestowed Sakthi Foundation with 12A 80G status

It is customary for devotees to offer flower cones when their prayers are answered. Sakthi Foundation too offered the flowers when we got 80G certification honestly and without much cost when we prayed to the Siddhar.

There is also a copper idol of the Siddhar near the deity. His naughty smile is so attractive!

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 18. The Union of Clouds

18. The Union of Clouds

Though Varuna was upset about the state of affairs, Indra instigated him into thinking arrogantly that there was nothing to fear from mere humans who depended on the Gods for their very lives.

Where are prayers and penance?

This is the state we are in even today. We do not care for nature. In those days - why, even ten years ago - we would perform yagas and chant Varuna’s name if monsoons failed. But today, because there is no unity among people, all that is lost. People are content so long as their individual lives run smoothly. We think someone else will take responsibility.

When Muthuswami Deekshitar was passing by Sathanur, he was dejected to see the land struck by drought. He sang in Amrithavarshini raga and brought rains to the region. Today musicians can come together to sing. But where is the money in that?

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 17. The Seas Dry Up

17. The Seas Dry Up

Who is the seller of gems?

The Lord came to Madurai to sell high quality jewels. So long as everything in the universe is a manifestation of the One, the jeweller  too is that One. But only those traders who are honest, not greedy and conduct business transactions ethically, they are all Sadasivamurthys. We should understand that one such visited Madurai.

Who is Abhisheka Pandya?

The Lord gave the boy blue sapphire for his crown. This boy will rule Madurai well and be known as Abhisheka Pandyan. The word Abhisheka has two meanings – one is washing and the other is the crown. This name indicates that he was highly spiritually evolved.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 16. Selling Rubies The Pandyan who lost his SAL energy

16. Selling Rubies The Pandyan who lost his SAL energy

Veerapandyan was an insignificant king. But he desired pleasures, especially the company of women. Indulging in sex lowers our SAL energy considerably. One of the reasons for our country’s poverty is the indulgence of kings and leaders in excessive sex. When we see the youth today propagating living in and free sex, the future of our country seems very dark indeed. Veerapandyan had many children through many women. Despite that he had no heirs from his chief queen. The king and the queen followed several rites to somehow get a child and finally succeeded. The crown goes missing Modern research shows that children born of illicit relationship do not have a healthy mind. When Veerapandyan died unexpectedly, his illegitimate children looted the treasury and went away to different kingdoms. He had been attacked and killed by a tiger in the jungle. In all this, the crown embellished by the nine gems was also lost. What is a crown? The crown worn on the head stands for awareness. Only those who think they and their people are the same are eligible to wear the crown. The Nine Precious Stones Each of the nine precious stones stands for a human quality. By wearing them, we can increase our life force to some extent, say the scriptures. But just wearing jewels engraved with these stones is of no use. The nine stones are: 1. Ruby 2. Pearl 3. Coral 4. Emerald 5. Yellow sapphire 6. Diamond 7. Blue sapphire 8. Hessonite 9. Cat’s eye The nine stones are available on earth. Earth represents the physical body. The nine stones have nine properties associated with the body. Deities in temples are decorated with the different precious stones because they have the ability to increase the life force. Every spiritually significant place be it Madurai, Srirangam, Srivilliputtur or Tirupathy bedecks the idols of the deities with jewels for this reason. The ritual of using specific jewels at specific times is also related to this. The diamond nose stud of Madurai Meenakshi, the snake diamond of Kanyakumari and the golden tower of Srirangam all have been used to rejuvenate the natural power of the earth. This was why Meenakshi and Uttara Kosa Mangai have been carved from emerald. The temple tower in Thiruvalangadu was decorated with gemstones, which is why it was called Rathanmbalam. The king would wear a crown with all nine stones so that his life force may increase. And now the crown of the Pandya dynasty was missing. More importantly, the precious stones had been stolen. Where to buy similar stones? Even if they had the money, they should be able to source it in the first place. What is the significance of losing the crown? It shows that the Pandyas had lost all the life force they had collected through spiritual practices. Indulging in sensual pleasures had negated all the spiritual energy they had built up. Now the king must realise and his awareness increase. Young Pandya Veerapandya’s five year old son through the chief queen had to be crowned the king and there was no crown for coronation. The minister, not knowing what to do, surrendered to god. When the highest knowledge is lost, only with divine guidance can it be retrieved. The Lord too came to Madurai as a seller of gems and explained to the royal family the significance of the gems. The young boy listened with heightened awareness and ruled with great after the coronation. He did not want to lose the gems, that is, the knowledge, again. This is the change of heart the gems achieved. Om Namah Sivaya!

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 15. Explaining the Vedas

15. Explaining the Vedas

The greatest wealth our ancestors have preserved for us is the Vedas.

What is Veda?

It addresses the question, ‘What is the purpose of human life’ in the most spiritually scientific ways.

It explains the natural laws right from the time the world was to the evolution of man.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 14. Creating Self-Awareness in Meru Mountain

14. Creating Self-Awareness in Meru Mountain

Veera Pandya succeeded Ugra Pandya. And like his forefathers, he to sincerely conducted spiritual practices. He was keen to ensure the comfort of his subjects.

He would immediately approve any initiative meant for the betterment of the people. He would sanction all resources needed to achieve this goal.

During his time, the monsoons failed and many were forced to migrate. Only those who were determined to till the land remained.

Veera Pandya decided to conducted all the Vedic rituals needed to bring rains and improve the SAL energy of Madurai. But for this he had to invite sages who had not strayed from the path from across boundaries because many of the learned populace had left Madurai putting their life before everything else. But this would involve a great expense, what to do?

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Thiruvilayadal Puranam - 13.Overcoming Indra’s Arrogance

13. Overcoming Indra’s Arrogance

There was constant conflict between Pandyas and Indra, especially since Indra was envious of the Pandyas.

Indra’s Fears

Our arrogance tells us to always let our five senses be focused on self-awareness. This also indicates our fear that in the pursuit of higher principals, we may lose our ability to enjoy sensual pleasures.

Pandya kingdom suffered a drought. People and other living things died of hunger and thirst. Chera and Chola kingdoms also faced the same situation. So the kings of the three kingdoms bowed before Sage Agastya who resided in Pothigai hills.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 12. Taming the sea that disturbed Madurai city

12. Taming the Seas

Like his parents, Ugra Pandya and his wife Kanthimathi too followed their royal duties properly. The subjects too followed their king in leading a principled life.

Like all kings, Ugra Pandya too had a desire – to become Indra. Becoming Indra does not mean becoming the king of some heavenly kingdom in a fairy tale!

Become Indra refers to wanting to enjoy excessive sensual pleasures. For that one must undertake extreme steps. If one journeying on the spiritual path does not consider all pleasures as become one with the Supreme then it can lead them astray.

He wanted his people in Madurai also to enjoy the worldly pleasures more. This desire blinded his self-awareness and wisdom.

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Thiruvilayadal Puranam - 11. Ugra Pandyan Acquires Weapons

11. Ugra Pandyan Acquires Weapons

When Ugra Pandya attained suitable age, the Lord and Devi prepare to hand over the reins of the kingdom to him. When they realised he had attained the maturity and the capability, they coronate him.

Next, they finalised his marriage with Kanthimathi, daughter of king of Manavur, so that he may become a householder and through that seek spiritual knowledge. That king was a descendent of the dynasty of the sun.

Ugra Pandya and Kanthimathi coming together in wedlock united the two dynasties. This helped turned enmity to friendship. The Lord could have got his son married to some powerful dynasty. But this alliance shows his foresight. Material gains are all temporary, it is spiritual gain that lasts. The Lord realises that the Manavur king was spiritually evolved.

The Sun and the Moon dynasties. The Sun is the symbol of pure enlightenment and moon represents the mind. Their union signifies that the mind is now immersed in spiritual enlightenment. There is no doubt that their son followed the path his parents followed and lived a fulfilling life.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 10. Son or son-in-law?

10. Kanchanamala senses her late husband’s presence

In an age where mothers and daughters assess a prospective groom by his assets, Thatatakai and her mother are exceptions.

Firstly, does any mother have the maturity to accept a son-in-law who had realised the divine?

Parents only fear for the life of their daughters if she marries a man who is spiritually evolved.

Knowing her son-in-law is Siva himself, Kanchanamala could have asked for many material boons. But instead she also asked for the same spiritual awareness as her daughter.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 9. Seven seas for mother-in-law

9. Seven Seas in Madurai

Henceforth we will refer to the king as God, since he is one to his people whom he protects. Internalising the qualities of Siva, the king himself becomes Siva.

Thatatakai’s mother, through the urging of her guru, wishes to visit the seven holy seas, take a dip in them and make religious offerings. She expresses her desire to her daughter and requests her to arrange for a pilgrimage.

Devi in turn told her husband of her mother’s desire. Scriptures say that keeping in mind her age and the difficulty to travel alone in that age, Somasundarar decides to bring the seven seas in a small pond in Madurai.

Let’s examine the inner meaning of this episode. We see today people running to temples, performing rituals and believing in superstition for everything these days. ­But they are not aware of the reasons for this.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 8. Bringing Vaigai to Madurai

8.Bringing Vaigai

Thatatakai and her relatives learnt some spiritual lessons from the episode of Gundotharan feeling tremendously hungry. They must have especially changed their habit of assessing people based on their wealth.

At this point, Devi asks the Lord the way to sate Gundotharan’s hunger. This indicates the humility with which a soul surrenders to its partner losing all arrogance.

The Lord made four ladles of curd rice to materialise and offered it to Bhootam, thus satiating his hunger. Then when a similar thirst attacked Gundotharan, Lord made the Ganges flowing from his locks to flow as Vegavati. He instructed the Bhootam to place his hand on a spot (Vai kai) and a spring erupted and a stream flowed out. Bhootam’s thirst was quenched on drinking that water, scriptures say.

Now let’s try to understand the inner meaning of this episode.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 7.Gundotharan Feels Very Hungry

7.Gundotharan Feels Very Hungry

In Meenakshi wedding feast, the guests from the groom’s side were less than expected. So a huge quantity of food remained untouched. Meenakshi’s mother arrogantly teases the groom about it. Devi too argues with her husband about it. Scriptures say that to teach the mother and daughter a lesson, Lord Siva created ravenous hunger in one of the accompanying Bhootas called Gundotharan, who held the umbrella for the groom, and he started gobbling everything quickly, making the women realise their mistake.

Let’s examine the inner meaning of this episode. It is said that Kanchi Paramacharya once fasted for many days and then consumed a feast made for several people to make people in his realise some of their mistakes.

Who is Gundotharan?

He was a dwarf Bhootam, that is, those who live in the consciousness at the physical level. It is only with the physical body can man start his spiritual quest.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 6. Dance upon silver altar

6. The Tale of Dance on Silver stage

Saivism is unique in worshipping dance as a manifestation of the divine, not seen in any other religions of the world.

The constant cosmic movement can be called the divine dance. To make one realise this, people started worshipping the divine through various dance postures. In the various Siva sthalas in Tamil Nadu, Siva is worshipped in various dance postures, each posture signifying something profound.

Saivaite scriptures refer to five places where Siva is depicted in a dancing form:

  1. Chidambaram – Golden tower
  2. Madurai – Silver tower
  3. Tirunelveli – Copper tower
  4. Thiru Alankadu – Gems tower
  5. Kutralam – Painted tower

Each of these towers is covered by one of the metals. In Kutralam it is covered by painting. Each metal signifies a state.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 5. Meenakshi's wedding

5. Meenakshi’s wedding

This girl has earned the true respect and love of her people. Her people thought of her as their god. Under her rule, the Pandya Empire was divided into 365 units. Everyday one of the units should pay the taxes.

Everybody admires her eyes. She commands 8000 elephants, 5000 chariots and 10,000 soldiers.

These facts are noted by historian Pliny who visited Madurai several centuries ago. He refers to the girl as ‘Pandeya’.

Historical records show that this girl is no other than the beautifully sculpted, world-renowned gem among women, Meenakshi. Like the histories of Rama and Krishna, the story of Meenakshi has become one with Madurai.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 4. Energy Incarnating as Meenakshi

4. Energy Incarnating as Meenakshi

God is also called ‘Avyaja Karuna Murthy’, someone who showers love and grace beyond measure. Then, we may ask, why does man suffer so much? That is a valid question.

No one realises that all that a man is determined to have and not have in this birth, god grants him those in the next.

How many know that those who want to live off others all the time without doing any hard work end up being conmen and beggars in the next?

Those who hate their parents lose their parents very early in the next birth. He who hates marriage will find it difficult to get married in the next birth. He who hates kids will have to do severe penance to beget one.

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Thiruvilayadal Puranam - 3. Indra loses himself

3. Indra Loses Himself

As per our CAC patter, we can see Thiruvilayadal at five levels like our BMIAC. (Before that, read the book on Miracles and comprehend it well.)

Where does Indra live?

It can be said that Indra is the one controlling our five senses. A life force, as it develops into an enlightened being step by step, still sometimes slips due to the confusions caused by the senses. The Puranas transform these into stories where Indra is cursed or confused.

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Thiruvilayadal Puranam - 3. Miracle that created Madurai

2. The Miracle that Created Madurai

The Goddess of Wealth of Maruthanthurai:

Dhananjayan was a jeweller living in Manalur. He travelled to many places on work. While returning from the various places he travelled to, it was his custom to cross Vaigai, also called Vegavati, a river that was flooded after every monsoon; and the kadam orchard on the banks of the river. There were many people living near the orchard. Their main livelihood was farming. Apart from Kadam trees, Marutham cropland could also be seen. The region was called Maruthanthurai or Maruthai.

On the northern side of the orchard, there was a Kali temple dedicated to Selvathamman. The name of this deity who gave generously to her devotees has transformed from Selvathuamman to Chellathamman in modern days. [In Silappadikaram, Kannagi removed her bangles in front of the sanctum sanctorum of this deity. This action of removing one’s bangles is indicative of the person having cancelled all the effects of his karma. From this temple Kannagi walked northwards to the Vaigai banks. There is a temple for Kannagi as a Sumangali next to Chellathamman temple.]

One needs a thousand eyes to see the beauty of Chellathamman. She must have been carved when the early man was still learning to carve idols. She is that ancient.  She has eight arms, and each has a different kind of weapon. She is carved as an angry war Goddess, fighting Mahishan who stands for man’s arrogance. People worshipped Her so that they, their land and nature may always emerge victorious.

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Thiruvilayadal puranam - 1. South Pandiya Tamils

Uni5 Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam – 64 plays of Shiva in Madurai

Chapter 1 – South Pandya Tamils

Long ago, a group of fishermen in the southern tip of India identified a region and settled there with their family and brethern.

They worshipped Goddess Sakthi as their deity and believed that they were descendants of the moon. They must have strived to guide their waxing and waning emotions towards greater spiritual consciousness.

Pandya dynasty is among the oldest dynasties to have realised that Sakthi and the power behind it, Sivam, are the Ultimate Truth. One can say that their name Pandya is derived from the word Pandeya, which means ancient people.

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Thiruvilayadal Puranam UNI5 - Introduction

Sakthi Foundation – Tamil CAC class

Introduction – Thiruvilayadal Puranam

 

Om Sat Gurubhyo Namaha

 

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