Ilampirai Manimaran marvelled at Paramacharya’s interpretations.
Siva, as Dakshinamurthy, the God of Knowledge, waited for seekers of gnana to approach Him, but He waited in vain, for human beings were preoccupied with mundane things. So He wondered what He should do to catch the attention of mankind. He decided that the best way to do this would be to come down to Earth Himself, as a human being. Perhaps people would listen to Him then. And indeed, as Siva had expected, He was heard, for He had taken appearance as none other than the Paramacharya of Kanchi, who held the attention of and captured the hearts of everyone whose lives he touched, said Ilampirai Manimaran, in her lecture at the Ayodhya Mandapam. The occasion was the 116th Jayanthi Utsavam of Paramacharya organised by Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Bhaktha Jana Trust.
Ilampirai’s talk drew from ‘Deivathin Kural,’ book that is a compilation of Paramacharya’s discourses, throwing light on Sanathana dharma. Adi Sankara laid down the Shanmatha concept, where one could choose to worship any one of the six deities. Paramacharya has explained, through his discourses, that it blends so neatly with our lives that if one takes the time to ponder some truths, one would realise that worship isn’t so difficult after all.
As a first step towards understanding worship, a study of the human body would help, says Paramacharya. Take the brain, to begin with. It has the shape of the pranava mantra — Omkara. And it is the worship of Vinayaka that gains importance here.
The right body temperature is vital for good health and the deity who rules fire is Siva, who is worshipped as Agnipuriswarar.
At the other end of the spectrum is water, the most important component of the human body. The deity associated is Mahavishnu, reclining on a serpent in the ocean. The explanation goes on to say how Muruga represents blood while Sakti, the Mother, takes care of the abdomen and is concerned with feeding.
Thus Paramacharya laid down in simple terms the Shanmatha concept of Adi Sankara. ‘Deivathin Kural’ is not a book to be read through in haste, Ilampirai Manimaran stressed. It is a book to be savoured, read and re-read, expression of profound ideas in simple style being its strength, she concluded.
(Courtesy: The Hindu)