Since a human's first breath, they are forced to be conditioned as replicas of their parents and society. Forced into a certain belief system, a certain set of opinions, and a certain set of morals. Who wouldn't believe their parents? Growing up, they are the first and most trusted teachers.Hearing the same information every day at schools and from elders also would add validity in their minds and further plant this information into their brains.They are getting confirmation that these beliefs are correct in every aspect of life;home,school,churches,mosques & temples. These brainwashed and conditioned people, do not know they are brainwashed or conditioned and some of them even goes further,and involved in a religious war or holy war. Terrorist activity is nowadays commonly associated with religions, irrespective of whether this
association is truly reflective of the religious tradition itself and the tenet of its beliefs.However Tamil Siddhars are exceptional even on those days,1500 years ago.Tirumular,originally known as Sundaranatar was a Tamil Shaivite mystic and writer, considered one of the sixty-three Nayanars as well as one of the 18 Siddhars and He is one of the greatest mystics that India has produced in its long history,Some establish his time period as  250 BC,But Other schools assign him a later date in the 5th or the 7th centuries AD.His work makes reference to so many currents of religious thought too.He was a moral philosopher. He declares that "love is God". He proclaims the unity of mankind and God. He stresses on the acquisition of knowledge through learning and listening.Now two of his poems are given below:

"The Brahmins who wished to listen to Vedanta 
Didn’t give up their desire even after listening to it.
Vedanta is the place where desire ends.
Those who listen to Vedanta are desire-less"-- Verse/229
["வேதாந்தங் கேட்க விரும்பிய வேதியர்
வேதாந்தங் கேட்டுந்தம் வேட்கை ஒழிந்திலர்
வேதாந்த மாவது வேட்கை ஒழிந்திடம்
வேதாந்தங் கேட்டவர் வேட்கைவிட் டாரே"]

"He ate the perfectly cooked food.
He enjoyed the creeper-like tender woman.
Said: “The chest hurts on the left side”.
He stretched his limbs and lay dead"--Verse/148
["அடப்பண்ணி வைத்தார் அடிசிலை உண்டார்
மடக்கொடி யாரொடு மந்தணங் கொண்டார்
இடப்பக்க மேஇறை நொந்தது என்றார்
கிடக்கப் படுத்தார் கிடந்தொழிந் தாரே"]

In the 7th century Tamil Buddhist epic Manimekhalai,a character, Aputra, illegimate son of a Brahmin woman, who was abandoned in a bush and was brought up by a Brahmin enters later into a tirade against the Brahmins questioning their claims to superiority.Another 15th century work Paychellur [பாய்ச்சலூர்] Patikam by a poetess, Uttaranallur Nangai,[உத்தரநல்லூர் நங்கை] the same style of questioning of the hereditary superiority of the Brahmins is found :A Brahmin boy was learning the Vedas on the banks of the Kaveri. A Harijan[Dalit] girl of the same age used to graze cattle in the same place. Every day, in his innocence, the boy taught her all the Vedic verses which he learnt. Later on, the boy's parents arranged his marriage. When the boy told the Harijan girl of this, she said, 'Why don't you marry me?' As he had grown to like the girl, he said he would tell his parents about her suggestion. They got very angry and with the help of the Brahmins of their agraharam set out to burn the whole Harijan hamlet. The girl however stopped them and argued her case successfully.Said she : You say the sandalwood is superior to the margosa tree, the reason being that when burnt the sandalwood emits fragrant fumes, while the margosa wood emits stench. On the other hand, a Brahmin and Paraiya (Harijan) both emit stench when burnt. Is the one superior to the other?[ "சந்தனம் அகிலும் வேம்பும் தனித் தனி வாசம் வீசம், அந்தணர் தீயில் வீழ்ந்தால் அதன்மணம் வேற தாமோ,செந்தலைப்
புலையன் வீழ்ந்தால் தீமணம் வேற தாமோ,பந்தமும் தீயும் வேறோ பாய்ச்சலூர்க் கிராமத்தாரே"] Further said she : The palmyra palm produces flowers. The inflorescence produces palmyra fruits. Another inflorescence is tapped and produces toddy. You say the fruit is good and toddy is bad. The tree is not responsible for the bad thing produced. It is man. ["ஒரு பனை இரண்டு பாளை,ஒன்று நுங்கு ஒன்று கள்ளு,அறிவினில் அறிந்தவர்க்கு , அதுவுங்கள் இதுவுங் கள்ளே,ஒருகுலை உயர்ந்ததேனோ, ஒரு குலை தாழ்ந்ததேனோ,பறையனைப் பழிப்பதேனோ,பாய்ச்சலூர்க் கிராமத்தாரே"] In this way, she argued  “I saw a tuft/on the heron’s head/and a wattle/on the head of a hen. /I saw a flabby tail. /I saw fire on water. / So do not talk/of the four Vedas/saying that you belong/to a superior caste.”["கொக்குமேற் குடுமி கண்டேன் கோழிமேற் சூடும் கண்டேன்,நெக்குறு வாலும் கண்டேன் நீரின்மேல் நெருப்பும் கண்டேன்,சற்குணம் என்று சொல்லிச் சதுர்மறை பேச வேண்டாம்,பக்குவம் அறிந்து பாரும் பாய்ச்சலூர்க் கிராமத் தாரே"] and proved that the difference between the Paraiya and Brahmin is man-made . According to the story, the Harijan girl .and the Brahmin boy married and their son became a mystic and poet known as Siddhar Sivavakyar.

[Kandiah Thillaivinayagalingam]
Part:04 Will follow 


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