The Nature of God
O Lord Meikandan who made Your avatar
In Vennainallur and who is like the sun
That chases away the murk of the wide
And extensive earth!
O you, the divine One, who retrieved me
From the prison of murky nescience which is Kali
And steeped me in Your endless Bliss!
Permit me to place before You a question.
You are one with me beginninglessly.
Yet how is it that I did not cognize You then?
If you say it is because I am mala-ridden,
It would mean you dwelt apart from me
Till Aanavamala’s disappearance from me.
Your pervasion is ubiquitous.
So, it is to be deemed as a wonder indeed,
As nescience is still clinging to me
Notwithstanding Your universal pervasion.
So, the dictum that You are the Foe unto Murk
Again Your absolute purity, eternal freedom
From malas, Your lordship of Light, Liberation
And supreme Godhead disbecome You.
If You, my Lord, say that You stand apart
Whilst You enlighten me, alas,
Your cosmic pervasion stands jeopardized.
Again Your confrment of deliverance
Ceases to be true.
How can I accept as true the great
Taandaka Hymn which hails you as totally
Pervading the great earth, fire, water, soul and air?
So, do tell me if You are one with me
Or distanced from me?
Do not feel enraged at my parviscience.
If You say that I speak out of ignorance
Lacking mellowness, and that as guru
You grace me when I gain mellowness,
I still maintain that your enlightenment
As guru, will be of no avail to me
Who continue to be raw and incompetent.
If maturity alone counts then I should
Adore that and not You. If however You aver
That Your advent synchronises with my gain
Of mellowness, I will yet contend
That my mellowness cannot force Your advent.
If it does, it is mellowness that becomes primal
And your unrivalled primacy is at shake.
If it is said maturity has reference
To the three malas, it cannot be so,
As the three malas are jada (inanimate);
The soul too needs no mellowness, as it is
Free from infancy, youth and dotage.
As you are ever free from malas, you too do not
Need it. So, I ask; “Who or what is in need
Of mellowness?” if you say that the hour
Of mellowness is marked by the soul’s liberation
From nescience thanks to it iruvinai-oppu
And the advent of Satthinipaatam which
Nullifies the power of Aanavamala,
Can it, I ask you, bespeak your peerlessness?
If you asseverate that the removal
Of Aanavamala is indeed mellowness, then
I ask: “Does that mala by itself move away
From me? Or is it the soul that discards it?”
In either case, your help, O Ruler, is superfluous.
I know nothing happens but for you.
So, what indeed is the role of mellowness?
What indeed is its meaning? Please clarify.
The guru answers:
Alas, you, the soul, know not the message
Of the hymn that affirms thus:
“Who can behold at all if the brow-eyed Lord
Does not choose to reveal?”
So, learn of the truth taught to the Paandya
Which says: “Limit there is none for Siva’s
Primal majesty and the ways through which
He graces the souls; cease questioning”.
Translation: Dr. T. N. Ramachandran,Thanjaavoor ,2003