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  • అడుగుజాడే ఆదర్శం
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  • వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత
    భగత్ సింగ్ విప్లవమును పంచి వీరుడుగవెలిగి బాంబు వేసి చూపె భగతుసింగు ఉరిని ముద్దిడెగద మురిపెముతోడను వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత భావము తండ్రి భుజాలపై ఉన్న పసి ప్రాయంలోనే ఆంగ్లేయులను పారద్రోలడానికి పొలంలో తుపాకి మొక్కలు నాటుతానన్న పోరాట యోధులు. యవ్వనంలో చంద్రశేఖర ఆజాద్‌తో కలిసి విప్లవ సంస్థను స్థాపించినవారు. ఎందరెందరో విప్లవ వీరులకు మార్గదర్శనం చేసినవారు. చివరికి అసెంబ్లీలో బాంబులు విసిరి, సుఖదేవ్, రాజగురులతో కలిసి నూనూగుమీసాల వయస్సులో నవ్వుతూ ఉరి కంబం ఎక్కినవారు. […]
  • సైనిక సోదరులకు సంస్కృతి ఫౌండేషన్ రక్షా బంధనం
    ప్రేమ, గౌరవంతో సాంస్కృతిక అనుబంధం హైదరాబాద్‌లో సైన్యం, వైమానిక దళంలో వేర్వేరు యూనిట్లకు చెందిన 1,000 మందికి పైగా సైనికులకు హైదరాబాద్‌లో, చుట్టుపక్కల 19 ఇంజినీరింగ్ కాలేజీలకు చెందిన విద్యార్థినులు ప్రేమ, గౌరవాభిమానాలతో రాఖీలు కట్టారు. విద్యార్థినులు ప్రదర్శించిన సోదరి భావానికి సైనికులు ఆత్మీయంగా ఆనందించారు. వేర్వేరు ప్రాంతాల్లో జరిగిన రక్షా బంధనం వేడుకల్లో పాల్గొన్న వారు పరస్పరం శుభాభినందనలు తెలుపుకున్నారు. భారతీయ సంస్కృతీ సంప్రదాయాలను ప్రతిబంబించిన ఇంతటి అనిర్వచనీయమైన కార్యక్రమాన్ని హైదరాబాద్ కేంద్రంగా పనిచేస్తున్న సంస్కృతి […]
  • వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత
    రాజగురు బాంబులేసినాడు భగత సింగునుగూడి పూణె నగరమందు పుట్టినట్టి రగరగరగిలేటి రాజగురువితడు వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత భావము పూణె నగరంలో జన్మించినవారు, నైపుణ్యం కలిగిన వస్తాదు. సంస్కృతంలో పండితులు, వీటన్నింటికీ మించి అపర దేశభక్తులు, చంద్రశేఖర్ ఆజాద్‌తో కలిసి హిందూస్తాన్ సోషల్ రిపబ్లిక్ఆర్మీ అనే విప్లవసంస్థను స్థాపించినవారు, భగత్‌ సింగ్‌తో కలిసి అనేక విప్లవ పోరాటాల్లో పాల్గొన్నవారు, చివరికి అసెంబ్లీలోభగత్ సింగ్‌తో కలిసి బాంబులు విసిరిన కేసులో అరెస్టయినవారు, భగత్ సింగ్, సుఖదేవ్‌లతో కలిసి ఒకేసారి […]
  • Aurobindo’s vision and Prophecy
    Sri Aurobindo, revolutionary, freedom fighter, yogi, nationalist, replica of our multi-splendored national life stands aloft as a shining example of Patriotism. Born in 1872 he was the son of Dr. Krishna Dhun Ghosh, an ardent admirer of the British, who dispatched his son to London for education and was not allowed to be influenced by […]
  • వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత
    అల్లూరి సీతారామరాజు తల్లి స్వేచ్చ కొరకు విల్లంబు ధరియించి మన్యమంత తాను మలచి పోరి అగ్ని వర్షమయ్యి నల్లూరి చెలరేగె వినుర భారతీయ వీరచరిత భావము దేశ మాత స్వేచ్ఛ కోసం విల్లంబులు ధరించారు. మన్యంలోని వనవాసులందరినీ వీరులుగా తీర్చిదిద్దినారు. బ్రిటీషు వారిపై అగ్ని వర్షం కురిపించిన అల్లూరి సీతారామరాజు చరిత విను ఓ భారతీయుడా! -రాంనరేష్ The post వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత appeared first on VSK Telangana.
  • ఆధ్యాత్మిక భారతం – అరవింద్‌ మార్గం
    – క్రాంతిదేవ్‌ మిత్ర 15 ఆగస్టు, 1947.. స్వాతంత్య్రం వచ్చిందని దేశమంతటా సంబరాలు జరుగుతున్నాయి. కొందరు విలేకరులు పాండిచ్చేరిలోని ఆ మహనీయుని దగ్గరకు వెళ్లారు. అదేరోజు ఆయన పుట్టినరోజు. కానీ ఆయన ముఖంలో ఎలాంటి సంతోషం కనిపించ లేదు. కాసేపటి తర్వాత నోరు విప్పారు.. ‘ఇది నేను కోరుకున్న స్వాత్రంత్యం కాదు. నేను చేపట్టిన విప్లవ ఉద్యమ లక్ష్యం ఇది కాదు. సంపూర్ణ, సమైక్య భారతదేశం కోసం నేను కలలు కన్నాను. దేశం మత ప్రాతిపదికన హిందూ, […]
  •   మళ్ళీ జనించగ జ్వలించు
    -మునిగంటి లక్ష్మణాచారి తనువును భారంగా తలచి తక్కెడలో తూకంగా చేసి చిరుప్రాయపు చిగురాశలను తుదిశ్వాసలను చిరుగాలికి వదిలేసి త్యాగధనుల ధామంగా ఈ ధాత్రిని నిల్పిన ఆ వీరుల త్యాగాలకు సమతూకంగ మళ్ళీ జనించు జ్వలించు మళ్ళీ జనించగ జ్వలించు దాపురించిన దాస్యపు బతుకులు దారిద్ర్యపు తీరుకు విముక్తి బాటల నెతుకునని భారతి బానిస సంకెళ్ళు తెంపగ తమకు తాముగా పురమాయించుకుని పోరు సల్పన నియుక్తులైన ఆ వీరుల పథాన నిరంతరం నడవగ మళ్ళీ జనించు జ్వలించు మళ్ళీ […]
  • దేశంలో సమరసతా సాధన కోసం మరింత కృషి చేయాలి: శ్రీ దత్తాత్రేయ హోసబలే జీ
    స్వాతంత్ర్య అమృత మహోత్సవాలు దేశానికి స్వాతంత్య్రం వచ్చి 75 ఏళ్లు పూర్తవుతున్న సందర్భంగా దేశంలోని ప్రతి పౌరుడూ ఆనందోత్సాహాలతో ఉన్నాడు. అన్ని అడ్డంకులనూ, సంక్షోభాలనూ అధిగమించి మన దేశం 75 సంవత్సరాల కాలఖండాన్ని దాటింది. ఈ ప్రయాణం అత్యంత రోమాంతమైనది. ఈ స్వాతంత్ర్య అమృతోత్సవ వేళ మన దేశం సాధించిన విజయాలు, అధిగమించిన సవాళ్లు అన్నీ మన ముందు సాక్షాత్కరిస్తున్నాయి. దేశం స్వాతంత్ర్యం పొందిన వెంటనే విభజించబడింది. వెనువెంటనే… ఆ విభజన కారణంగా జరిగిన హింసాకాండను ఎదుర్కొంది. ఆ తర్వాత […]
  • వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత
    జలియన్‌ వాలాబాగ్ గాంది తోడ సమర గానము చేయగ జలియవాల బాగు జనుల నిండె డయ్యరదియె గాంచి దయ్యమై చెలరేగె వినుర భారతీయ వీర చరిత భావము స్వతంత్ర ఉద్యమకారులంతా కలిసి జలియన్‌ వాలాబాగ్‌లో సమావేశం ఏర్పాటు చేసుకున్నప్పుడు, డయ్యర్ అనే నరరూపరాక్షసుడు విచక్షణారహితంగా కాల్పులు జరపాలని బ్రిటీషు సైనికులను ఆదేశించడంతో వందలాదిగా భారతీయులు అసువులు బాశారు. తల్లి భారతి స్వేచ్ఛ కోసం అమరులైన వీరుల చరిత విను ఓ భారతీయుడా! -రాంనరేష్ The post వినుర […]

Bicentenary Of Birth Of Tamil Saint Sri La Sri Arumuga Navalar

Source: https://swarajyamag.com/culture/bicentenary-of-birth-of-tamil-saint-sri-la-sri-arumuga-navalar-heres-why-you-should-know-about-him
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  • One can never exaggerate the vital contribution Navalar made to the protection of Tamil and Vedic Saivism.

    Had he been not there, it was a strong possibility that Tamil would have lost all its classic grandeur and would have been reduced to a colonised language of a population mostly converted to Christianity.

Sri La Sri Arumuga Navalar is a name not known much outside Tamil Nadu. Even inside Tamil Nadu, his name is more associated with the controversy he had with Ramalinga Vallalar, the mystic poet. But for the nineteenth-century Tamil Hindus, particularly Saivite Hindus, he was a protective shield as also the sword of our religion, culture and language.

His memory is venerated today by Vedic Saivites in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka as one equivalent to the three chief proponents of Saivism in Tamil and also saint Sekkizhar.

 

Born in the year 1822 at Nallur, a town famous for its Skanda-Muruga temple in Sri Lanka’s Jaffna province, the boy Arumugam lost his father when he was nine years old. But the lad, even in his grief, took it upon himself to finish a drama that his father was composing and did it successfully, earning the praise and astonishment of those around.

At that time Christian proselytising was rampant in the region. Missionaries with strong institutional and financial power used to abuse Hinduism in general and in the Sri Lankan context, Vedic Saivism in particular. Yet, higher education in colonial Sri Lanka was mostly in the hands of the missionaries who facilitated the proselytising. This pained the boy so much that at the age of thirteen he composed a verse to Shiva for making an instrument of resistance.

While he was studying in the school run by missionaries, his in-depth Tamil scholarship attracted evangelist Peter Percival (1801-1882), the principal.

He asked Arumuga Navalar to teach him Tamil. Soon, the Bible was translated into Tamil and Navalar’s contribution to the project was enormous. When there was a clash between the quality of Bible translation done in Madurai and the one in Jaffna with Navalar’s input, the latter was accepted by scholars in Tamil Nadu.

The in-depth study of the Bible was for Navalar ammunition of immense value as will be seen later.

With his English education, Navalar could have easily obtained an affluent job in any colonial office or missionary educational institution. But he had already made up his mind. He would strive to stop proselytising and promote the resurgence of Vedic Saiva Dharma in Tamil land. He would do it through education, propaganda and the renaissance of the Tamil language. By the time he was twenty-two, he had become an expert scholar in Tamil, Sanskrit and English.

Hero of Ghar-Wapsi

The educational institutions of that time also served as effective evangelical grounds. The children came to get an education but the environment and instructions slowly made them give up their ancestral faith and accept Christianity. The coercion was invisible but strong.

Thillainatha Pillai and Chinnappa Pillai, who were students at the time Navalar was in the school had not only decided to convert to Christianity but even the date of baptism for both had been fixed. But Navalar explained to them both the greatness of Hindu Dharma in such a way that they not only decided not to get converted but became the students of Navalar.

Thillainatha Pillai later became a tutor in the school run by Navalar. This was unheard of till then.

Evangelist Percival, who was also the head of the institution, had a talk with Navalar and realised that discretion was the better part of valour when dealing with a personality like Navalar. Once an exasperated Percival placed his hand on Navalar’s head and said that one day the very people for whom Navalar was banging his head would break his head.

During this time, Carol Viswanatha Pillai, a prominent Christian scholar and also a graduate (B.A) at that time, engaged in a strong debate with Navalar proclaiming the greatness of Christianity. After arguments and counter-arguments, Pillai realised the greatness of Vedic Saivism and the errors of proselytising.

The impact of Navalar was such that not only did Pillai return to the ancestral Dharma but as prayaschita for abusing his ancestral Dharma, he went to Chidambaram temple and voluntarily branded his tongue with a golden needle.

Navalar quit their job at the missionary school and dedicated himself entirely to the Hindu renaissance. His first sermon was made on 31-12-1847 at the Vannarpannai Vaideeswaran temple of Sri Lanka. Then, every Friday he would give sermons.

In 1848, nine years before the First War of Indian Independence, Navalar established Saiva-Prakasa Vidyasala.

School and Press for Swadesa dharma

For this, he had to give educational material to the students.

In those days, publishing houses were owned by the British and the missionaries. Further, Tamil language presses suffered from an awful number of printing mistakes. At the same time, the manuscripts of old Tamil literature in dry palmyra leaves were getting endangered quickly.

Arumuga Navalar realised the need to have our own press and bring out our literature in print. After a lot of struggles due to financial difficulties and cumbersome colonial bureaucratic hurdles, he established a printing press.

He came to mainland India from Sri Lanka and visited the Saiva Adtheenams. It was at Thiruvavaduthurai that he was given the title Navalar – a great scholar of the wonderful tongue. It became his very name.

In 1850, Arumuga Navalar established a printing press in Sri Lanka by purchasing a printing machine. He named his publishing house Saiva Vidyanubalana Yantra Salai. Now he could compare various manuscripts of Tamil literature and publish critical editions of literary classics mainly meant for the cultural and spiritual education of his students.

He also published highly knowledgeable tracts which countered missionary anti-Hindu propaganda. The same year he also could get a building for his Saiva Prakasa Vidyasala.

In 1851, he appealed to the colonial government to aid his educational institution the way the government aided the missionary schools. But his request was rejected.

Between 1853 to ’54. he published two important works – one giving a rebuttal to missionary attacks on Subramanya temple at Nallur and another was a classic rebuttal to the abuse of Saivism by the missionaries- Saiva Thushana Parikaram. The second book is even to this day hailed as a classic.

Here, Navalar used mainly the Hebrew Bible part of the Christian sacred book and pointed out that all the fallacies—mostly based on temple rituals —could also be seen in the Hebrew religion. He pointed out that while Saiva Dharma consciously realises the real nature of Shiva as an all-pervading principle with its own dynamics, the missionary religion lacked such understanding.

The knowledge he gained during the Bible translation came in handy for a scholarly study of the Christian religion. In fact, this could be considered the first comparative religious critique of the Christian religion from the Hindu side.

It is of interest to note that Navalar did not take the easy and more tempting but fallacious route of comparing the mythological absurdities of the other religion. He understood the role of mythology and unlike missionaries who always attacked the Hindu Puranas, Navalar showed magnanimous empathy while serving a theological fatal blow to the evangelical enterprise.

Navalar brought out ancient Tamil classics as well as the vast mystic devotional literature of Tamil which was mostly in palm manuscripts. He also took extraordinary care to eliminate errors from the manuscript which were frustratingly abundant. He employed the students to find the errors. For every error discovered in the manuscript, the student would earn a quarter paise which was then decent money.

Apart from texts like Aathichudi, Kontraiventhan which were the traditional educational texts for children’s education he also brought out Nikandu and a critical edition of Thirukural.

In 1621, the Portuguese had also destroyed the Naguleswaram Siva temple of Keerimalai, another famous and most venerated of Shiva temple. It too lay in ruins.

In 1872, Navalar made a clarion call to the Hindus of Jaffna to reclaim and rebuild this temple. In 1878, he wrote a separate tract on this temple and asked the people to rebuild it. This dream too was realised seventeen years after he had left his body. The temple was again bombed and vandalised during the civil war in Sri Lanka.

Apart from the countless tracts he had published to counter the missionaries, he also published a lot of essays on current affairs and criticised the colonial administration and Hindu temple administrations for their misconduct.

He also insisted that the Brahmins who conducted pooja in the Shiva temples should have obtained Siva Deeksha. This stand earned him a lot of enemies, including the Dikshitas of Chidambaram.

During the famine of 1877, he established rice grovel distributing centres and provided food for the afflicted population, so much so that the particular area came to be known as a rice grovel tank. He also condemned the colonial administrator W.C.Twynum. His relentless campaign against the maladministration of Twynum during the famine and cholera epidemic made the government take remedial action.

He also provided data to Sir Muthukumaraswamy (father of famous Anantha Kumaraswamy) who was a member of the legislative body to ask questions in this regard. He created a lot of awareness among the public to join bodies like the Jaffna-Baltimore commercial and agricultural company created by the colonial administration to make their voices heard and their impact felt.

In 1879, he got liberated from his body with unfulfilled dreams of one Dharmic school in every Tamil village from Jaffna to Tamil Nadu and a college for Saiva scholars who would propagate Dharma and temple liberation. Today the temples are liberated. The schools he established are working and many of his works have since then evolved and have become trees.

There are also a few controversies surrounding him.

Today, for an average Tamil scholar, Navalar gets defined by these controversies.

Navalar was against the alleged attempts to include the hymns of mystic seer Arul Ramalinga Vallalar into Thirumurai, roughly the equivalent of the canonical scriptural body of Vedic Saivism in Tamil Nadu. This led to a bitter controversy which at times became ugly. The followers of Vallalar, who himself advocated extreme ahimsa, planned to physically attack Navalar. Navalar and the following he commanded organised meetings where the entire body of the hymns of Vallalar called Thiruvarutpa, was attacked ruthlessly and at times in an unjust manner. On the whole, the entire controversy could have been avoided.

Navalar was at one level a social conservative. While he worked in the society and helped the poor and marginalised, he also published the treatise on social conduct as they were in the pre-modern Tamil society, often advocating strict rules of social exclusion like untouchability. So, whenever his name is taken up, passages from his published works in which untouchability, as well as graded inequality, seemed to get advocated, get quoted.

But what such critics forget is that Navalar encouraged people like the poet Gopalakrishna Bharati. The poetic drama Gopalakrishna Bharati wrote was on the life of Nandanar, a Nayanmar from the Scheduled Community who encouraged the Hindu community at large to fight against social stagnation.

While his caste prejudices and views definitely could not be and should not be condoned in any way, his writings also show the first awakening of a religious feeling that overrides caste prejudices. He strongly condemned hypocritic laws of social exclusion which the affluent classes practised while abandoning their own prescribed traditional vocations. His insistence on Siva Diksha rather than priesthood as a birth right also opened up a space for further democratisation of Hindu institutions.

Even though there is an attempt to tie his legacy to only these two controversial stands, in reality, these controversial aspects of his life dwarf into insignificance when his contributions to Vedic Saivism and Tamil are taken into account. It may not be an accident that the bicentennial year of this great warrior of Dharma coincides with the very year we are celebrating ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’. Let the memory of his sacred life inspire each one of us to do our best for the renaissance of Mother India don the flag of Her Dharma.