Thavayogam and sivayogam in Thirumanthiram
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In today’s mechanical world, there is no use of learning some of the exercises only in the name of yoga. According to Tirumoolar, yoga is the purification of the body, mind, action and wound. The yoga practice that encompasses this concept is offered as Attanga Yoga in Thirumanthiram. The human soul has bounded knowledge where the Thiruvarul is performing as instrument to practice Attanga Yoga. According to Thirumoolar, Attaining Attamasithi through Attanga Yoga is not the completion of practicing yoga; Attaining seevanmuthan stage is the final stage where yogis can feel fulfillment through Ataanga Yoga. The soul gets the superior birth as human being through it’s benevolence of previous birth. By the grace of god, soul attains Iruvinaioppu, Malaparipakam and Thiruvarulvizhchi. In that improved stage, Thiruvarul exists as Gnanaguru and leads the soul to Attanga Yoga and the Thava Yoga. This practice also called as Raja-yogam. Through the practice of Attanga Yoga, soul attains the Attama sithis and realizes that the Thiruvarul is the part of Sivam. As Thiruvarul incorporates in sivam, the soul will realize it’s incorporation in sivam with limitless knowledge. This consciousness helps the soul to have strong bonding with siva. The attitude expresses the blissful movement of the soul. This experience stated as Siva-Gnana-yogam. Thus this article explains the virtues of attaining the bliss of living, Sivanupavam, through the path of Thirumanthiram.
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