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Human beings spend their time building houses, offering sacrifices to God and live surrounded by near and dear ones thinking it is forever. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets in Tamil literature.

They are but stones which we have made into God. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day. Sidxhar set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation.

Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about upper and lower caste. Eiddhar main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely on temples and rituals.

There have been atleast 3 people named Pattinathaar, living in 10th, 14th and 17th centuries. Eric Alagan on Thirukkural — So some times it becomes difficult to interpret the hidden meaning.


In these two verses he mocks the Vedic priests who abhor meat. Hence they became manure for vegetables that vegetarians eat. So look inside you, the difference between a Pariah and a Brahmin is in your mind. Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Pattinaththaar.

In these verses he chides those who go to siddhzr and sacred tanks for salvation.

The leitmotif of all their poems is despairing of human life and praying to become one with God. Will the put up stone speak when He is within you? Are there two Gods, yours and mine? So it is up to individuals to interpret it. What is that thing between us two. He says find God within you and not in these temples and tanks.

In this poems he mocks those who worship idols.

In this poem Sivavakkiyar talks about impermanence of material aspects of life. Rightly, the Siddhars were considered heretical by the society. Siva Vakkiyar of 10th Century is a well known Siddhar amongst them all.

Because we think our paunch is ours.

In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what an illusion of life you created, My lord. Those who say otherwise, will die of rotting mouth. He who was at the beginning, is one. Sivavakkiyar, one of the prominent Siddhars iconoclastic rebelsis known for his fiery denunciation of idol worship. There is no taml between these stones as they are from the same rock. When you say a Paraichi or a Panath i — what does it mean? Each human body measures eight hand spans of its own hand.


They were rebels against organised religion.

Siddhar Songs | Old Tamil Poetry

But once their time is up pacalgal palm-leaf in which their fate is written turns up in the hands of God of death, this body becomes useless. Paraichi and a Panathi differ in your mind alone. God can neither be created or destroyed by mortals. Posted in Siddhar Songs and tagged Sivavakkiyar.

The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world.

This iconoclasm is the leit motif of his poems.