Saturday, March 17, 2012

Civavakiyar poems are very forceful , revolutionary and was sort of rebel against the Hindu and Brahminic establishment and most of his poems opposes the caste system and Brahminic rituals.

His work is called Civavakiyam. I have quoted some poems and its translation to give idea about his rebel attitude.

30.

Listen

you who take always sacred baths

you who kindle sacrifical fires

you who pour in tons of ghee

hear words of wisdom

hear

The Fires and holy waters

are within

Behold

remember and attest

An endless undiminished light

will appear and union in oneness

be

41.

The veda you recite is spit. The mantras in it are – spit.

All pleasures are but spit. All seven worlds are – spit.

Honeyed sperm is spit.Intellect is spit.Enlightment is – spit

There is nothing, indeed, nothing that is not spit!

Both poems are translated by Kamil Zvelebil

Note: The poem numbers are according to Civavakkiyam version available in Project Madurai.

source:http://karkanirka.org/2008/04/10/cittar-poems-civavakkiyar/

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