128.Kumaragurupara Swamigal’s Sakalakalavalli Maalai-Introduction
Necessity for this Translation Work:
One of my friends wanted the meaning of the above great work; after 6 months I got the original songs; complete meaning was still evading
The beauty is that I am in Mumbai India and my friend is in a foreign land; both of us have many relatives in India
At last husband of my sister’s wife got me the meaning on 22 8 09
My mother (she is no more) used to say that nothing is easy on this earth
Aurangazeb was a great destroyer of Hindu Temples and killed thousands of Hindus everyday as a matter of routine.
Kumaraguruparar was a poet of considerable genius, a philosopher of great acumen and a powerful religious organizer. And in choosing North India as the scene of his labors, he stand unique among the latter day poet-saints of Tamilnadu’.
Overwhelmed by the ever growing and radiating spiritual and cultural influence and impact of Kumaraguruparar, Emperor Aurangazeb, the then Mughal ruler of Hindustan, expressed a desire to see him. Kumaragurupara Swamigal agreed to meet him.
In this context, legend has it that he prayed to Goddess Saraswathi by composing his immortal Sakalakalavalli Maalai and instantaneously by Her Grace, Kumaragurupara Swamy became proficient in Hindustani. He went to see the Emperor Aurangazeb riding on a lion, symbolic of courage and pride.
According to contemporary accounts, Aurangazeb was greatly impressed with Kumaragurupara Swamigal’s self-effacing holiness and learning and treated him with great respect, overcoming his initial suspicion and nonchalance.
Kumaragurupara Swamigal was successful in persuading Aurangazeb to allot a plot of land to him at Varanasi near the Kedar Ghat. He later built a Mutt there on that piece of land known as Kumaraswamy Matam, (Kasi Matam) which became a centre of Saivaite religious activity. He built a temple also and re-consecrated the Visweswara Lingam of the Kedar Ghat, which had been subjected to vandalism by the Muslims. The historical fact that Aurangazeb treated Aadi Kumaragurupara Swamigal with great respect should not be taken as solid proof of Aurangazeb’s concern for Hinduism and the Hindus of India of his time. This only shows the overwhelming and overpowering spiritual power of Kumaragurupara Swamigal and nothing else.
The life of Aadi Kumaragurupara Swamigal has some lessons for us even today. Though he was a staunch Saivite and a passionate lover of Tamil language, which he often extolled, in his great poems, he never hesitated to learn Hindustani and carry on his religious and literary work in North India.
A.V.Subramania Iyer says
“His poems show that he never cared for the linguistic purism of an extreme type that is the fashion in some quarters today. He recognized the greatness of the Sanskrit language and the Vedic and other religious literature embedded in it “
In his greatest work Sakalakalavalli Maalai, what Kumaraguruparar sought from Goddess Sakalakalavalli (Goddess Saraswathi) was not only master of languages but also supremacy over nations.
Lets dive into the ocean of Bliss; there are 10 stanzas
Today being Vinayaka Chathurthi Day I start this seeking Ganesha’s blessings in this noble mission
23 8 09
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