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May 20,2011
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Man who can’t create even a small grass is being provided with food, dwelling place and other implements by God. We make offerings to the God as a token of our gratitude for this gesture of God. We submit clothes and jewels. All people can’t do pooja thus in their houses. So when the whole community join together to submit like this, Temples rose as a common place of worship. We perform worship in the temples to express our gratitude in this manner to  as Nishkamya worship(worship without expecting any return of favours).

1.2 The fire is hidden Arani Kattai(a device containing two pieces of cylindrical light wood one fitted into the other and churned violently so that fire may br produced by friction. This practice was followed in olden times). The flavour is lay hidden inside a flower. Like wise God (Eswar) is inside the form (Lingam). It is easy to obtain ghee from curd than from milk. God who remains invisible /hidden throughout the world like a ghee which remains  hidden in the milk, remains hidden like the ghee in the curd in the temples to bestow his blessings easily .

1.3  That the temples which are built as per  the Sculpture  science as ordained in the Aagamam(essence of Vedas) are the real temples where the Almighty remains. That which are not built as per the Aagamam rules are called Mutts/monasteries.

1.4  A place which is 150 cubit(the length from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger)on all the four sides from the place where the Shiva lingam remains is called Shiva Shethram. The Sprabetha aagama book informs that residing in this area is equivalent to residing in Lord Shiva’s world.

1.5 Persons who in their previous birth did  Service to Lord Shiva , will  be seen in this birth with good physique  and wealth. According to one’s wealth and financial acumen, one should extend his help in the construction of temples with full devotion. If one extends his help whether it is small or big , whether he is rich or poor both will get equal blessings. If a rich person with a miserly mind donates less money(not as per capacity) does  service to Shiva he will get the blessings. Life is short lived and a temporary one. So every one should make available one portion of his property for his own livelihood and two parts for Dharmam. This is aper the book called JEERANOTHTHARANA  DASAGAM.
1.6  There is no other way or route except temple worship to focus the mind to single pointed devotion, remaining on the right side of the justice, humility, compassion, refuse tobe a self centered man anf thus finally attain Mukthi.

1.7  Normally we perform various actions by spreading both of our arms and also bending them. When remaining before the Shrine of God or God himself, we give up all those actions and held both palms together and pray to God saying “O” God, I have understood that there is nothing in my hands. All will happen as per your blessings “ and thus this action of keeping both palms together denotes the doctrine of  surrending ourselves to HIM.

1.8  Worship of the idols is the important feature of temple worship. Idol(Vikragam in Tamil) means that it is the place where all the powers in the world dwell in it. (The Sanskrit sloga is VISESHENA GRUHYATHE  SAKTHI SAMOOHA  ASMIN  ITHI  VIKRAGA) “V” means that which is special and divine. GRUHYATHE means attracting. When the Idol is worshipped by vatious Manthras and Thanthras and Yanthras It attracts the Divine qualities and divine blessings and stores them within it. Because of this the Vikraham has the power to bless those who worship it.

1.9  Vikrahas are of various types. For example God has no form. Formless  one. In the sanctum sanctorum he is in the form of Linga(shapless). But he has 25 forms called Maheswara moorthangal(forms). They are 1. Lingothbavar 2. Sugasanar 3. Chandrathara Moorthi 4. Kalyana sundarar 5. Artha Naareeswarar 6. Soma skandar 7. Chakravarathar 8. Thri Moorthi 9. Hati Marthanar 10. Salantha rasi 16. Thiripurari 17. Saraba Moorthi 18. Neelakandar 19. Thripathar 20. Ekapathar 21 Bhairavar 22. Idabaroodar 23. Chandrasekarar 24. Natarajar 25. Gangatharar. These are 25 vikragas(idols).  Each one has separate reality or truth. For example, if we take Somaskandar, Kanchi Paramacharyal says it denoted Satchitaanandam. He says the Almighty is Satchitaanandam. In this  ‘sat” (existence)is Parameswaran. It points out by “ existence” the Sakthi (power).” Chith” is Goddess. By this feeling one gets joy. This joy is subramanyan. Aupiciousness called Shiva and Compassion called Goddess combine and take an exalted position. And that is Subramanyam. We conduct festivals in the Shiva temples in Tamilnadu  with Somaskandar idols which is nothing but Satchithanandam.
1.10.  To reach God one has Nine ways or forms worship 1, shravanam—Listening. Listening the fame of God. E.g., Hanuman 2. Keerthanam—Singing Nathopasana  e.g., Valmiki, Thiagaraja Swamigal 3. Smaranam—Thinking  Him at all times e.g., Seetha Devi 4. Patha sevanam---worshipping the feet e.g., Bharathan. 5.Archanam---Doing Poojas e.g., Sabari, Kannapa Nayanar 6. Vandanam—Doing Namaskar e.g., Vibhishanan 7. Daasyam—Doing service e.g., Lakshmana, Thitunavukkarasu 8. Sakyam—Become friendly e.g., Sugrivan, Arjunan, Sundarar 9. Athma Nivedanam—Offering  himself e.g., Jadayu . It is enough if one follows any one of the above nine ways to reach the God.  Among these nine forms or ways except the last two forms,  temples help us in the remaining seven forms of worship.

1.11  Thus the life which centres around this temple worship is called Shiva dhanmam. Shiva Dhanmam means  Saiva discipline.  Chidambaram Maraignana Desikar (B.C. 1560) in his book  Shiva aagama Parobhasha Manjari writes Shiva Dhanmam has ten principles. They are 1. Ahimsai(Non violence) 2. Dhayai(Mercy) 3. Sathyam (truthfulness) 4. Adakkam(humility).5. Valam (prosperity) 6. Pulanaakkam(control over senses) 7. Helping the poor 8. Self sacrifice 9. Japam(meditation)     
OR 1. Ahimsai(non violence) 2. Sathyam(truthfulness)3. Not aspiring for others properties 4. Avoidance of sensuous pleasures 5.Removal of desires 6. Avoidance of jealousy. 7. Praising the elders8.Purity 9. Remaining happy even during adverse conditions 10. Strightforwardness
1.12 So in The Life which centres around temple  NEERILLA NETRI PAAZH(One should always apply tilak in the forehead) SHIVALAYAM ILLATHA OOR PAAZH(A town without a shiva temple is a ruined place SHIVA POOJA ILLATHA JANMA PAAZH(The birth in which one does not perform Shiva pooja is a waste) SHIVANAI ADAYA VITHYAI PAAZH(An education  without the knowledge of Shiva is a waste). So declares The Aagamas(essence of Vedas).

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