Thursday, April 21, 2005

Siddhas

We call mystics as "Siddhar" in Tamil
and "Siddha" in Sanskrit. The superhuman feats
that they perform are known as "Siddhi" or "Siththu". >
Siddhars were, and are found all over the world. >

Imhoteb, who was the Grand Vizier of the Pharoah, >
was also an engineer, and a physician, knew the secret of >
longevity, preservation and rejuvenation of the body, >
suspended animation,and.......yes you have guessed it.
Immortality. The above mentioned powers are called >
"Kaaya Kalpam", "Samaadhi", and "Saagaa Kalai". >

As such he was a Siddhar.

By the way, he is the one who built the first pyramid
called the Step Pyramid.

His Medical system was learned by the Greeks who
finally deified him and called him Aesculapius. Aesculapius
is the god of the physicians and medicine.

His emblem was the winged-staff, entwined by two
snakes. They stand for the three nadis called Surya Kalai,
Chandra Kalai, and Shushumnai Naadi. They are concerned
with the flow of Pranic Energy. Hence with Kundalini Yoga.
That winged staff is also seen to be carried by Mercury.
It became the emblem of the Medical fraternity.

Coming to Bogar - he belongs to a long line of >
Siddhars. One along the line was Thiru Muular - one >
of the greatest Siddhar of all times. He is the author >
the authoritative work called "Thiru Mandhiram" >
which is made up of nine chapters or Tantras with >
a total of 3000 verses.

> One of ThiruMuular's disciples was Kaalaangi Naathar. >
He went to "Maha Sinaa" and a Chinese became his disciple. >
He was Bogar. He has written profusely on metaphisical, >
parapsychological, Tantric and medical subjects. >

His works are made up of seven books with a total of >
7000 verses. They go by the name "Bogar Elzhaayira". >
He came to Tamilnaadu and made many disciples. One of >
them was Karuvuur Thevar@Karuvuuraar. He was the Guru >
of Raja Raja Chola (Raja Chulan's father).

When the Grand Chola built the Great Temple of Tanjavuur, >
they came across certain technical difficulties. At that time >
Bogar was in China. So Karuvuuraar sent word to him. >
Bogar sent the instructions and the final construction steps >
were carried out without hitch. Bogar attained the final >
Samaadhi in Palzhani in Tamilnaadu. His lineage continues >
to present times - even to Malaysia.

There were other Siddhars from other places as well.

Raama Devar was one of them who settled in Tamil >
Naadu. He was an Arab by the name of Wahab. He was a >
physician as well as a Sufi Grand Master. He has written >
treatises about medicine.

> Paulisa Rishi was a Graeco-Roman called Paulus. >
Roma Rishi was another one whose real identity is not >
known, except that he came from Rome.

> Bodhi Dharma who founded the Zen Buddhism >
was born in a place which is about six miles from my >
ancestral home town in Southern TamilNaadu called >
the Paandya country. He studied in Kanchipuram, >
Tamilnadu, went to Sumatra, and then settled down in >
China. In Chinese paintings of Boddhi Dharma, he is >
painted with dense moustach and beard , thick eye-brows >
and huge round eyes.
 

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The ancient Tamils had used many types of weapons.

Some of the weapons have travelled through all these ages and have come down to the present times.

Although we know what they are, there are no more practitioners of the art of using those weapons. Unlike the Chinese, who have redesigned and revived many of their ancient weapons and use them in their many types of martial arts. Just like our martial arts, our weapons are also becoming exhibition pieces.

There are some wise guys who would say, "kaththiyaith thiittaadhE. Buddhiyai thiittu". We Tamils are not thiittifying anything. But the Chinese are advancing themselves in every field. Their involvement in martial arts and other arts have not made them backwards in other important pursuits.

There are some weapons which are unique to the Tamils. Among them are thirukkai vaal, vaLari, and suruL vaaL.

Of these, the vaLari is a weapon which arouses our curiosity.

It is a sort of boomerang. Boomerang is a weapon which is used by the Sons of the Soil of Australia and some tribes of Africa.

Tamilnaadu is the only place apart from them.

The boomerang of the native Australians comes back to the thrower.

But the Tamilian vaLari does not do so.
VaLaris were available in many shapes and sizes. The usual form consists of two limbs which are at an angle to each other. Usually the limbs are flat. One is thin and tappering while the other is rounded. Some have one limb; the other limb is used as a handle. They were usually made of wood. But some were made of iron. Some the vaLaris had limbs which were tipped with iron. Some had limbs which had sharpened edges. These were very lethal. There were special daggers which were known as kattaaris. These were double-edged and razor sharp. They were attached to the limbs of the vaLari. The thrower holds the vaLari by one of its limbs and throws it. There are several ways of throwing and aiming. It is usually given a spin while throwing. While flying through the air, it manuevers and executes several types of movements according to the throwers purpose. It may spin in the vertical axis or horizontal axis. Or it may just fly without spinning. The spin may also vary in speed.

A lethal throw is given a spin and aimed at the neck.

A non-lethal throw is given a spin and aimed at the ankles or knees. This is to capture a fleeing victim. A simple hurting blow does not have any spin.

VaLari was used in war, fights, and hunts. It was the favourite weapon of chice in a deer hunt.

VaLari was a famous weapon in the KaLLar naadu and Sivaganggai Siimai - the present PudukkOttai, Sivaganggai, and parts of Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts. There were competitions in vaLari throwing. It was the favourite weapon of great heroes of these territories. Among the most notable vaLari exponents are Periya Marudhu, Chinna Marudhu, the rulers of Sivaganggai and one of their generals, Vaithilingga ThoNdaimaan of Pattamanggalam.

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