Tamil Nadu: Shaivite Seer Puts Paid To DMK's Plans To Position Shaivism As Different From Hinduism

Tamil Nadu: Shaivite Seer Puts Paid To DMK's Plans To Position Shaivism As Different From HinduismShaivism in Tamil Nadu is as Hindu as Shaivism anywhere else in India.
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  • The DMK plan seemed to be to confuse the Hindu-minded voter in case they couldn't convince her.

    This was sought to be achieved by positioning Tamil Shaivism as different from Hinduism.

Of late, in Tamil Nadu, the evangelist-Tamil separatist axis has once again started promoting the false notion that Shaivism is separate and alien to the Vedic family of spiritual traditions and that it ethnically and linguistically belongs to the Tamils.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which loves to project itself as the party in waiting (hopefully eternally), has been charged with being anti-Hindu. The strategists of the DMK, sensing a Hindu awakening among the voters of Tamil Nadu, want to take no chances.

So, they are trying the ‘confuse-the-Hindu’ strategy.

On the one hand, on 21 November 2020, the now-dynast-in-chief of the DMK, Udayanidhi Stalin, visited the traditional Dharmapuram Adhinam. He sat submissively before the Adhinam and got vibhuti from him.

The pictures were flashed all across social media, with the DMK cadre going to the extent of saying that the Dharmapuram Adhinam is ‘anti-Aryan.’

Then, at Santhome, Madras, at the Christmas function in which DMK president Stalin participated, Kalaiarasi Natarajan, wearing all the symbols of the Shaivaite tradition, ranted that her body feels like 'burning' when she hears the word ‘Hindu’.

Claiming that Tamil Shaivaites are a religion by themselves, she considered the Brahmins as 'Aryan intruders'.

‘Gnana Sambandam’ : the official magazine of Dharumapuram Adhinam: The front cover : Honourable TN Chief Minister - blessed by the Paramacharya Swamigal;  Back cover : dynast Udayanidhi Stalin of DMK standing before the Adhinam.
‘Gnana Sambandam’ : the official magazine of Dharumapuram Adhinam: The front cover : Honourable TN Chief Minister - blessed by the Paramacharya Swamigal; Back cover : dynast Udayanidhi Stalin of DMK standing before the Adhinam.

Already, the DMK leadership is said to have intimate contacts with Catholic demagogue Jagat Caspar — a fanatical Catholic priest who stealthily advocates St. Thomas' fabrications and often fools gullible Hindus.

So by visiting the Dharmapuram Adhinam, a genuine and highly respected scholarly spiritual seat of Shaiva Dharma, and then associating with a fake hate-filled rabble rouser in the name of Shaivism at a Christian function, the DMK is clearly trying to bolster the agenda of ethnical and linguistic secession of Shaiva Dharma from its spiritual core.

The 27th Guru Maha Sanithanam of Thiru Kailaya Parampara, Dharmapuram Adhinam Masilamani Desika Paramacharya Swami, has now come out with a very timely response.

In the latest edition of the official magazine of the Adhinam, Sri Paramacharya Swamigal, in a series he has been writing, has come out categorically thus:

The Saiva Siddhanta adhered to and nurtured by Saiva Adhinams like Dharmapuram Adhinam, is surely the one which comes in the lineage of Vedas and Agamas. These Vedas and Agamas are revealed by none other than Siva Peruman. Those Saiva devotees who worship Siva Peruman, should they reject the Vedas and Agamas in the notion that they are in a different language, actually are in the danger of fetching upon themselves the sin of rejecting Siva Peruman Himself. Further, Siva Peruman being the most exalted Principle (Param Porul) with the auspicious name of Pasupathi, is the head of all existence. Hence, those who worship Him should not discriminate in the name of nation, language, geography, racial divisions etc. ‘Sivan of the South Land is the Lord whom people of all lands worship’. After shouting these lines in every platform without understanding the inner meaning, many of us stating that ‘I belong to this race’ or ‘he is of different language’ is a huge sin. Particularly, in these times, we need to realise this.

The the Paramacharya Swamigal quoted all the great Shaivite saints of Tamil Nadu — For Sekizhar, the author of the most sacred Periya Puranam, who said that 'Saivam is the vey culmination of the Vedas; for Kumaraguruparar, 'at the end of the Vedas (Vedanta) is Sivan Himself'.

Then he quoted a later Shaivite seer who had stated thus in a very traditionally poetic form:

Vedas are the cows; Agama the milk; the hymns of the four (Thevaram-Thiruvachagam) is the ghee from that milk; Siva-Gnana-Bodha is the ever sweet butter from that ghee.

In addition, the magazine has also shown prominently in its front cover the photo of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Edappadi Palanisamy getting the blessings from the Adhinam, while on the back cover, the photo of Udayanidhi Stalin getting blessings from the Paramacharya Swamigal is shown.

Clearly, adhering to Dharma, the Adhinam has shown political neutrality while categorically rejecting the ethnic-linguistic separation of Shaiva Dharma from Sanatana Dharma of which Shaivism forms one of the core elements.

Aravindan is a contributing editor at Swarajya.

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