The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Introduction In the books which treat of Saivism, there is a reference to four schools, viz., the Nakulisapasupata, the Saiva, the Pratyabhijna and the Rasesvara. Saiva Siddhanta is the philosophy of Southern Saivism. It owes its origin to no single author. It is midway between Sankara’s Advaita and Ramanuja’s Visishtadvaita. Its literature consists … Continue reading The Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Appar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu (also known as Tirunavukkarasar)

Hari Om Appar is one of the four Tamil Samaya Acharyas. He was a contemporary of Sambandhar. He was a Vellala or Tiru Amur in the district of Cuddalore, Tamilnadu. He was born of Pugalenar and Mathiniar. The parents gave the name Marulneekiar (dispeller of darkness or ignorance) to Appar. Appar means father. Sambandhar gave … Continue reading Appar – The Great Saiva Saint of Tamilnadu (also known as Tirunavukkarasar)

Ashtamurti and Suddha Saiva in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Siva is spoken of as being in eight forms (Ashtamurti). The eight forms of Siva are the five elements, the sun, the moon and the priest who performs sacrifice. Vishnu appeared in the Mohini form after the churning of the milk-ocean. Siva embraced Vishnu in that form. Sasta is the offspring of Siva … Continue reading Ashtamurti and Suddha Saiva in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Pati-Pasu-Pasa and Sadhana in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om ‘Pati’ is Lord Siva. It is the object of all the Vedas and the Agamas to explain the concepts of Lord (Pati), bound souls (Pasu) which really means cattle, and bondage (Pasa). Lord Siva is infinite, eternal, one without a second. He is changeless and indivisible. He is the embodiment of knowledge and … Continue reading Pati-Pasu-Pasa and Sadhana in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Lord Siva And Tattvas in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy

Hari Om Satyam Sivam Subham Sundaram Kantam The Saiva Siddhanta system is the distilled essence of Vedanta. It prevailed in Southern India even before the Christian era. Tirunelveli and Madurai are the centres of Saiva Siddhanta school. Saivites elaborated a distinctive philosophy called the Saiva Siddhanta about the eleventh century A.D. Even Saivism is a … Continue reading Lord Siva And Tattvas in Saiva Siddhanta Philosophy