lingam siva






—  Dr. Neela Venkatachalam

Saiva Philosophy is not as well known as Vedanta even in India because of the linguistic barrier. India is such a vast country with so many different cultures, language, custom and religions. Sometimes the magnitude of this simply baffles the person who is trying to see it as one. Also the non
Availability of the scriptures in other language poses a problem.

Most of the scared literature is written in the respective mother tongue and is being preserved and cherished by a select group of people who live life accordingly. Not that they are unwillingly to share it – it’s just that each one lives in his bhuvanam or mental sphere. There is no possibility of an outsider knowing the true spirit behind the system, without getting immersed into it.

Today, technology has made everything accessible to anyone who truly wishes it. It is the duty of erudite scholars to pass on these treasure houses of knowledge to every genuine seeker who is thirsty for it.

Philosophy in general is thought to be studied only by the elderly or by some one who use it as an escape from performing his duties. This is entirely untrue. It’s the youth who are in the prime age of performance and efficiency who should be exposed to philosophy because they are real applicable eternal principles.

Philosophy is meant to clear the cobwebs that could one’s intellect and to instill knowledge and compassion in one’s soul.

It expands the horizon of one’s reach and makes it possible to empathize with every living being; not just sympathize or worse, be indifferent.

The word as we perceive it today seems to be made up of multifarious elements. We are so immersed in out day – to – day lives that we are unable to see what constitutes it. Philosophy tries to unearth the common pattern and see life as a homogenous entity. Saiva Siddhanantha goes a step beyond and after seeing the oneness goes on to resolve the uniqueness of each entity that forms the life experience.
Even alay person with very little intellectual quest would acknowledge that there is a higher intelligence that is beyond the human mind which he calls god. Man with all his inconsistencies seems to be the other major intelligent entity heading the group of living things like animals, birds, plants etc. Matter seems to be the third component – that which is inert, unintelligent and not capable of thinking or evolving.

Siddhantam identifies these three entities namely god, soul and bondage. After establishing the existence of each entity. It expounds their qualities. The entities are so intricately blended that they appears as one, yet their qualities differ. In doing so the system delves deeper and deeper igniting reason and enquiry. Here we are about to begin the journey of actually discovering by a series of question and answers what / who god is? His attribute and how he functions, the truth about the soul that is apparently ot the body; the impermanence of the world and the bondage the prevents the soul from understanding this.


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