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Sivabhaktavilasam As Narrated By Sage Upamanyu in Skanda Upapuranam

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Item Code: IDI514
Author: Lingeswara Rao
Publisher: Sri Ramanasramam, Tamil Nadu
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788188225613
Pages: 479 (91 B/W and 5 Color Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 480 gm
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Publisher's Note

It is no wonder that the stories of the sixty-three saints (Nayanmars) in the Sanskrit text of Sivabhaktavilasam should become well known through Bhagavan Rmana. Was he not as a youth inspired by Peria Puranam, the Tamil Version of the same, and only shortly later prayed that his love for the Lord be perpetual like that of those devotees?

Remarkably, Sri Bhagavan had scanned through the various versions of Peria Puranam in Sanskrit to deliniate all those incidents connected with the Nayanmars that are not found in the Tamil text. The spellbound audience was transported to the actual scenes of those events when he narrated them in his own inimitable style of acala tandava, motionless dance. He even copied down punctiliously all those relevant verses from the Sanskrit text (See Appendix 1 & 2). These stories were little known then, yet they carry a profound significance by being closely related to his own birthplace (Tiruchuli-A vartapuram: see Appendix I) and the course of his spiritual journey (Arakandanallur- Kantapuram: see Appendix II). The table of contents prepared by him is a stamp of the Lord's approval to the work. It is reproduced here as a token of his grace.

The present work describes the glorious stories of the devotees of Siva renowned as Nayanmars. It starts off just like most Puranas - Sri Suta Mahamuni expounding the spiritual stories from the inexhaustible book of his illumined recounts to them sage Upamanyu's narration of the lives of Sivabhaktas as told by the Sage Agastya. In the next few chapters we see the description of the mystic manifestation of Sundaramurti from the Lord's reflection at His command, and the lucid portrayal of the events culminating in this 'handsome' mirror image attaining the title 'Halahala' as a prefix to his beautiful name - Sundara. The chapters following narrate stories similar to Peria Puranam.

We also see some other additional accounts in the beginning, such as Siva manifesting as Somaskanda to "Visnu and the subsequent transfer of this image through the hands of Indra and Mucukunda and its final installation as Tyagesvara Lingam in Kamalalayam (Tiruvaroor).

Off all the special features of this text, the altogether outstanding ones are seen either as sections of chapters (1, 2, 17) or whole chapters (103, 104). Herein are outlined the sacred teachings of Parama Siva the adi guru, to sages ripened by devotion. The Lord firmly establishes that Self-Knowledge bestowing the supreme beatitude is vouchsafed only to His sincere devotees. The teachings and philosophy are a reflection of Bhagavan Sri Ramana's.

The importance of bhakti in the spiritual path has been well established. Sri Ramana described bhakti as Jnana mata i.e. mother or begetter of knowledge. This aspect for him seems to be fulfilled, of its own accord, through the reading of Periapuranam, prior to obtaining Self Knowledge. In the introduction to Srimad Bhagavatam we read that Sri Veda Vyasa even after compiling the Vedas, writing the Puranas and Brahma Sutras could not attain firm abidance in the Self. Sage Narada observed that, though "Vyasa's spiritual achievements included aspects of karma, yoga and Jnana, the lack of devotional fulfilment caused restlessness of his soul. Thereupon, Vyasa wrote the great devotional classical Srimad Bhagavatam, portraying the sportive deeds of Saguna Brahmam (Lord with attributes) and the glorious accounts of His devotees, and thereby attained abiding peace.

I try hard not to come in the way of the Sivabhaktas herein and the reader. Let the latter discover for oneself the multitude of bhavas (feelings) and the myriad experiences each saint would offer and unfold in his unique way. The theme is navarasa manoharam - plunderer of heart with a rainbow of colorful emotions.

Back of the Book

Devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi are well aware that he was profoundly influenced by the Periapuranam containing the lives of the Nayanmars, the sixty-three Saivite Saints. Even after realizing the Self he prayed before the images of the Nayanmars at the Meenakshi temple that he may become a devotee like them.

Sivabhakta Vilasam is similar to the Periapuranam and gives an account in Sanskrit of the lives of the Nayanmars. It has it origin in an episode in Kailasa when a congregation of rishis saw a brilliant light descending before them. Maharshi Upamanyu explained to the assembled rishis that it was Sundar, the preeminent Nayanar who came in that form. He also revealed the names stories of all the sixty-three Nayanmars. This account by Maharshi Upamanyu was later given to others by Sri Suta Muni and Agastya Rishi.

The present translation of Sivabhakta Vilasam into English is by Lingeswara Rao, a fellow devotee. He has also translated the work into Telugu.




  Publishers Note iii
  Translator's Note xi
1 The Glory of Sivabhakti 1
2 The Inquiry of the Sages 8
3 Siva Manifesting as a Luminous Form 14
4 Sundara Seizes the Halahala Poison 18
5 Siva's curse to Sundara 23
6 Sundara's Wedding Rites 25
7 The Dispute between Sundara and the Vrddha 29
8 Sundara's Bond Deed and Siva's Manifestation 32
9 Sundara Reaches Kamalalayam 34
10 Visnu' s Worship of Somaskanda Murti 42
11 Indra Receives Somaskanda Murti 46
12 Mucukunda Installs the Tyagesvara Lingam 48
13 Niti sali. the Great Cola King 52
14 The Barber Devotee 56
15 Sundara-Parava Love Story 58
16 Siva Becomes Sundara's Emissary 61
17 Tyagesvara's Upadesa to Sundara 64
18 Nilakantha, the Potter (Tiru Nilakanthar) 71
19 Bhaktengitaprada (Iyarpagai) 76
20 Mara (Ilayankudi Marar) 80
21 Satyartha (Meipporul) 83
22 Viraminda (Viranmindar) 86
23 Amaraniti (Amarniti) 91
24 Daraka (Eripathar) 95
25 Enadinatha (Enadinathar) 98
26 Dhira, the Tribal Devotee (Kannappar) 102
27 Dhira's Holy Dip in Svarnamukhi 107
28 Dhira Worships Sri Kalahastisvara 111
29 Dhira's Sarupya Mukti 115
30 Kalanatha (Kungiliya Kalayar) 122
31 Mana Vikrama (Manakkanjarar) 127
32 Sankuladaya (Arivattayar) 132
33 Gonatha (Anayar) 135
34 Murtinatha (Murti) 139
35 Skandanatha (Murugar) 143
36 Sri Rudra Pasupati (Urudhira Pasupathi) 145
37 Nanda (Tirunalaippovar) 147
38 Bhaktengitavetta (Tirukkurippu Thondar) 151
39 Candesvara (Candesvarar) 154
40 Tilakavati (Tilakavati) 161
41 Ajnanabhit (Vagisar - Tirunavukkarasar - Appar) 165
42 Vagisa 169
43 The Liberation of Vagisa 175
44 Kulabandhana (Kulachiraiyar) 185
45 Kurumba (Perumizhalai Kurumbar) 188
46 Punitavati (Karaikkal Ammaiyar) 192
47 Adbhuti (Apputhi) 200
48 Nilanagna (Thirunilanakkar) 204
49 Navanandi (Naminandi) 207
50 The Birth of Jnana Sambandha (Jnana Sambandhar) 211
51 Jnana Sambandha's Upanayanam 218
52 The Glories of Jnana Sambandha - 1 225
53 The Glories of Jnana Sambandha - 2 232
54 The Glories of Jnana Sambandha-3 239
55 The Glories of Jnana Sambandha-4 244
56 The Glories of Jnana Sambandha-5 253
57 Jnana Sambandha's Union with the Lord 263
58 The Story of Sundara - 1 (Sundarar) 273
59 The Story of Sundara-2 278
60 Sundara Weds Srnkhala 282
61 Kalikama (Kalikamar) 289
62 Mulanatha (Tirumular) 297
63 Dandi (Dandi) 300
64 Murkha (Murkhar) 303
65 Mara Somayaji (Somasi Marar) 305
66 The Liberation of Mara Somayaji 307
67 Sakyanatha (Sakyar) 314
68 Narasardula (Sirappuli) 317
69 The Story of Dabhra - I (Siruthondar) 319
70 The Story of Dabhra - II 322
71 Dabhra's dialogue with the Bhairava 324
72 The Liberation of Dabhra 325
73 Sri Musna Brahmani 329
74 Cera King (Ceraman Perumal) 333
75 Gananatha (Gananathar) 337
76 Purantaka (Kutruvar) 339
77 Satya Dasa (Poyyadimai Illada Pulavar) 341
78 Dharma Ketana (Pugazh Colan) 342
79 Narasimha (Narasinga Munaiyaraiar) 345
80 Atibhakta (Atibathar) 347
81 Kalikampana (Kalikampar) 350
82 Kaliniti (Kaliniti) 352
83 Sakti (Satti) 353
84 Pancapada (Aiyadigal Kadavarkon) 354
85 Mala Trnaka (Kanampullar) 356
86 Avikari (Kari) 357
87 'Sundara' Pandya (Nindrasir Nedumarar) 358
88 Vayula (Vayilar) 360
89 Surabhit (Munaiyaduvar) 361
90 Simhanka (Kazharsingar) 362
91 Aidanka (Idangazhi) 364
92 Yuddha Sakha (Cheruthunai) 365
93 Kirti Sakha (Pugazh Thunai) 366
94 Suravyaghra (Kotpuli) 367
95 Sambhu Dhyayi (Poosalar) 369
96 Mahilesvari (Mangaiyarkkarasi) 373
97 Bhaktapriya (Nesar) 374
98 Sonaksa (Kocchengat Colan) 375
99 Nilakantha, the Musician (Tirunilakantha Yazhpanar) 378
100 Jatila - Jnanavati (Sadaiyar - Isaijnaniyar) 380
101 Sundara and Cera 381
102 Sundara Reaches Kailasam 386
103 Detailed Description of Samsara 389
104 The Lord's Teaching to Sanaka and Other Sages 394
  Appendix - I 401
  Appendix - II 411
  Bibliography 435
  Glossary 437
  Index 447

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