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It will not be worth even the price of a begging bowl. So regular disclaimer applies. I have not been able to conclusively decide which one of the three wrote the above poem.

The leitmotif of all their poems is despairing of human life and praying to become one siddhzr God. They believe in this illusion.

Siddhar Songs | Old Tamil Poetry

They padlagal rebels against organised religion. Siddhar songs are written in simple words but no commentary is available. If you like what I do if you’re outside India if you’re in India You can send money for my coffee to oldtamilpoetry upi. This poem is thought to have been written by the second one, from 14th Century.

Posted in Sidshar Songs and tagged Pattinaththaar. Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about upper and lower caste.

Those who say otherwise, will die of rotting mouth. In this poem Siva Vakkiyar talks about the impermanence of human body. There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock. Jayachandran on Kambaramayanam — The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world. Rightly, the Siddhars were considered heretical by the society. So some times it becomes difficult to interpret the hidden meaning. Eric Alagan on Silappathikaaram — Vanji….

He who was at the beginning, is one. There have been atleast 3 people named Pattinathaar, living in 10th, 14th and 17th centuries. In this poem he asks which of ppadalgal stones is God? He is said to have lived around 10th Century AD. A set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation.

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Will the put up stone speak when He is within you? Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Sivavakkiyar.

In these verses he chides those who go to temples and sacred tanks for salvation. But can you answer What is created, what is destroyed or what is this place that is beyond the beyond? Conjugal pleasure of a Paraich i or a Panath i, does it differ? Then the poem becomes you take care of this body and work for its pleasures thinking this illusion is true, but once your time is up this body is worth nothing.

What is that thing between us two. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day.

This iconoclasm is the leit motif of his poems. So it is up to individuals to interpret it. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets isddhar Tamil literature. Each human body measures eight hand spans of its own hand.

So God is not in these stones, but in your heart. So look inside you, the difference between a Pariah and a Brahmin is in your mind.

Eric Alagan on Thirukkural — Will there be two Gods, here and there? What are holy tanks?


The poems range from self flagellations to pleading to Lord Shiva. Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organised Vedic religion.

Sivavakkiyar is ruthless when tackling the taamil of caste. But once their time is up and palm-leaf in which their fate is written turns up in the hands of God of death, this body becomes useless. But interpretation might vary.

My interpretation might be wrong. Keep this in mind my hear and do not think of harming others. However they are an important strand of Tamil society that accommodated differing view points. One pxdalgal of it is laid at the entrance and another worshiped as deity. Siddhars were the iconoclasts of Tamil society. In these two verses he mocks the Vedic priests who abhor meat. When you say a Paraichi or a Panath i — what does it mean?

In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what an illusion of life you created, My lord. Is it marked in their flesh, skin and bone? Because we think our paunch is ours. Sivavakkiyar, in this verse, curses those who try to split people in paadalgal name of God.