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Seven Volumes of Deivathin Kural


     Deivathin Kural is an encyclopedic record of the discourses of Maha Periyava about Sanathana Dharma. Maha Periyava was the unquestionable authority on the subject and the country was blessed to hear him emphasize the values that had made the country great.

Deivathin Kural is a compendium of what he talked about on virtually all aspects of our Dharma (not merely Sanathana Dharma). In the process, people of our country got to know in great detail, our past, our traditions, our lives under western powers, historical developments that defined our culture, the development of languages and the common traits of our Dharma observed throughout the country.

Volume - 1

     Volume-1 was published in 1976. The printed version had 900 pages. In his preface Ra. Ganapathy had written about the choice of the title for the book, "Deivathin Kural" which roughly translates as "Voice of God". The contents had come from the discourses and discussions of Maha Periyava over a period of more than three decades by which time, the community had come to regard him as "Nadamadum Deivam". For the first time, an effort was made to explain the tenets of "Sanathana Dharma" to the common public using the language they would easily understand.

In this first volume the division of the contents was simple with just a two level hierarchy of a subject and related essays. The divisions are shown below. Rough transliterations in English are provided for the divisions, should there be some problem with Tamil fonts. The numbers in parentheses indicates titles in each division

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam(2), அத்வைதம் Advaitam (18), மதம் Madam(7), வைதிக மதம் Vaidika Madam(20) பொதுவான தர்மங்கள் Poduvana Dharmangal(14), சமூக விஷயங்கள் Samooga Vishayangal(13), பண்பாடு Panpadu(11), கர்ம மார்க்கம் Karma Margam(7), பக்தி Bhakti(21), தேவதாமூர்த்திகள் அவதார புருஷர்கள் Devata Moorthigal(63), மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi(1)


Volume - 2

     Deivathin Kural Volume-1 had aroused phenomenal interest among the public on account of the simplicity of presentation which enabled the common person to understand issues that were generally regarded as esoteric or too complicated. In respect of one topic relating to Hinduism, the public were amazed about how the book brought into focus the greatness of our religion.

Also, the apprehensions which Ra. Ganapathy had about the acceptance of the first volume were just removed after hundreds of congratulatory messages were received, in particular with requests to include more details relating to Sanskrit texts.

Volume-2 was published in 1978 and had 1056 pages. The volume featured a three level hierarchy of topics as it was felt that major topics had important subdivisions under which ttiles could be placed.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
குழந்தை ஸ்வாமி Kuzhandai Swami(3)

குரு Guru:
நம்மை நாமாக்குகிறவர் Nammai Namaakkukiravar(4), குரு பக்தி Guru Bhakti (1), குருகுல வாஸம் Gurukula Vaasam(1), சரணாகதியே முக்கியம் Saranaagathiye Mukyam(1)

அத்வைதம் Advaitam: (7)

வேத மதம் Veda Madam:
ஹிந்துமதத்தின் ஆதார நூல்கள் Hindu Madathin aadhara noolgal(4)
வேதம் Vedam(40)
ஷடங்கங்கள் Shadangangal(3)
சிக்ஷை: வேதத்தின் மூக்கு Sikshai(14)
வியாகரணம் : வேதத்தின் வாய் Vyakaranam(6)
சந்தஸ் : வேதத்தின் பாதம் Chandas (7)
நிருக்தம் : வேதத்தின் காது Niruktam (1)
ஜ்யோதிஷம் : வேதத்தின் கண் Jyotisham (9)
கல்பம் : வேதத்தின் கை Kalpam(1)
மீமாம்ஸை : கர்ம மார்க்கம் Mimaamsai (12)
நியாயம் : யுக்தி சாஸ்திரம் Nyaayam (8)
புராணம் Puraanam(20)
தர்ம சாஸ்திரம் (ஸ்மிருதி) Smriti(9)
நாற்பது ஸம்ஸ்காரங்கள் Naarpatu Samskaarangal(9)
பிரம்மசரியம் Brahmacharyam (15)
விவாஹம் Vivaham (19)
கிருஹஸ்தாச்ரமம் (இல்லறம்) Grihastaashramam (10)
வித்யாஸ்தானம்: முடிவுரை Vidyasthaanam (3)
ஜாதிமுறை Jaatimurai (17)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi: (1)


Volume - 3

     Volume-3 was an eagerly awaited compilation by Ra. Ganapathy after the wide acceptance of the first two volumes through out Tamilnad and other parts of India where people could read Tamil. It took nearly four years for the author to collect relevant information, this time from hundreds of personal discussions Maha Periyava had with the devotees. Also, Ra. Ganapathy says that his estimate of the completeness of certain topics covered in the first two, was wanting in many respects requiring him to continue the topics in the third as well.

Volume-3 was published in May 1982 and had 1023 pages. The three level hierarchy of presentations continued.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
பிள்ளையார் சுழி Pillaiyar Chuzhi (3)

குரு Guru:
குரு, ஆசார்யர் Guru, Acharyar(9) மஹான்கள் காட்டும் குருபக்தி Guru Bhakti(6)

ஸமூஹ, தனிவாழ்க்கை நெறிகள் Samooha Nerigal:
பரோபகாரம் Paropakaram(62) தன் கையே தனக்குதவி Tan Kaiye tanakkudavi(18) கண்டனமே பாராட்டு Kandaname Parattu(1) சிக்கனமும் பரோபகாரமும் Cikkanamum Paropakaramum(5) ஆசாரம் Aacharam(24) மதாசாரத்தின் உட்பிரிவுகள் Madaachaarathin utpirivukal(3) ஆசார விஷயங்கள் Aachaara Vishayangal(35) ஆசாரமும் ஆஹாரமும் Aachaaramum Aahaaramum(36) உபவாஸம் Upavaasam(11) மௌனம் Mounam(10) அளவறிந்து செயற்படுக Alavarindu ceyalpaduka(4)

வைதிக மத அம்சங்கள் Vaitika mada amsangal:
ஆயுர்வேதம் Aayur Vedam(12) தநுர்வேதம் Dhanur Vedam(10) காந்தர்வ வேதம் Gandharva Vedam(35)

பண்பாடு Panpaadu:
கவி சாதுர்யம் Kavi Chaturyam(18)

தெய்வ தத்வம் தெய்வங்கள் Deiva tatvam: (7)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalaarathi: (1)


Volume - 4

     Volume-4 was published in September 1985 and had 1120 pages. It featuted more than 500 Titles and the emphasis was on two important topics viz., the educational institutions of ancient India and history of fair elections held more than a thousand years ago. Maha Periyava had brought to light the essence of fairness in conducting elections after studying extensively a stone inscription (dated 920 common era) found in the village of Uttaramerur near Kanchipuram.

The titles on the ancient educational institutions include a very important section in which Maha Periyava compares his efforts to track the origin of the term "Gatikastanam" to that of a person undertaking research for a Doctoral Degree. The place where he says that his efforts did indeed result in successful tracing of the history of the term above which gave him a feeling of "Passing a test", is a joy to read.

Maha Periyava was a master in the art of connecting tens of links together to arrive at a conclusion that would be beyond question. Volume-4 has much to offfer here.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
பெரிய இடத்துப் பிள்ளை Periya Idathup Pillai(10) பிற தெய்வங்களும் போற்றும் பிள்ளையார் Pira Deivangalum Potrum Pillaiyar(7) கண்ணன் பூஜித்த கணநாதன் Kannan Pujitha Gananathan(29)

குரு Guru:
குரு குலம்; கடிகா ஸ்தானம் (153)

பொது வாழ்க்கை Podu Vazhkkai:
உத்தரமேரூர் உத்தமத் தேர்தல் முறை(68)

அத்வைதம் Adwaitam:
போர் தீர்ந்து அமைதி காண (170)

பக்தி Bhakti:
"வண்டு ஸ்தோத்ரம்" (53)

கவிகளின் தன்மான உணர்ச்சி Kavigalin Tanmana Unarchi(29)
கவிஞர், அறிஞரின் தற்பெருமை (7)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi:(1)


Volume - 5

     Volume-5 was published in May 1989 and had 1132 pages. The Goverment of India had celebrated the period 1988-89 honouring Adi Shankara through special festivals and seminars. Volume-5 was indeed a tribute to the country as its release coincided with this period.

Ra. Ganapathy had contributed to a series of articles on Adi Shankara in Kalki which appeared during the fifties. With the blessings of Maha Periyava, Ra. Ganapathy undertook the major task of enhancing the details of Adi Shankara's life from the earlier articles by including Maha Periyava's own analysis of India's history which placed Adi Shankara's period five hundred years before the common era.

The mastery of Maha Periyava's understanding of India's past comes out brilliantly in this volume where we also find answers to "Sandra Cottus", the name that western scholars had used to fix the dates of India's past. This had resulted in fixing Adi Shankara's period during the 8th century CE. Maha Periyava's deep knowledge of stone inscriptions has proved beyond doubt that western interpretations of dates, while not error prone, were actually referring to alternatives with verifiable facts.

Volume-5 is a treaure trove of information on India's past.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
தேவரும் தொழும் தெய்வம் Devarum thozhum Deivam:(33)

குரு guru:
ஈசனும் ஆசானும் Eesanum Aasaanum:(38)
குருமூர்த்தியும் த்ரிமூர்த்திகளும் Gurumoorthiyum Trimoorthigalum(34)

ஸ்ரீ சங்கர சரிதம் Sri Shankara Charitam:
ஸ்ரீசங்கர சரிதம் Sri Shankara Charitham:(119)

ஸ்ரீ சங்கரரின் கால நிர்ணயம் Sri Shankararin Kaala Nirnayam:(27)
சங்கர சரிதம் (தொடர்ச்சி) Shankara Charitham(contd):(48)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi:(1)


Volume - 6

     Volume-6 appeared four years after Volume-5, perhaps with the intention of getting it published during the beginning of the 100th year of Maha Periyava. Ra. Ganapathy had, when the first volume was released, envisaged completing the task of writing Deivathin Kural with a final chapter on "Soundarya Lahari". The bulk of Volume-6 relates to this topic but Ra. Ganapathy was himself unsure if indeed Deivathin Kural would end with Volume-6.

Again, we find in Ra. Ganapathy's preface to vol-6, his hint that sooner or later the task would see its completion. The hint was essentially one final volume consolidating data missed out in previous volumes.

Volume-6 was publishd in March 1993 and had 1343 pages. Nearly two thirds of the contents are devoted to Adwaitam and Soundarya Lahari, Adi Shankaracharya's composition on Ambal. This volume is invaluable for anyone desiring to get more insight into Adwaita in practice.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
பதினாறும் பெற்றுப் பெருவாழ்வு Pathinarum Petru Peruvaazhvu:(60)

குரு Guru:
உபதேசகராகிய தேசிகர் Upadesikarakiya Desikar:(17)

அத்வைதம் Adwaitam:
அத்வைத ஸாதனை Adwaita Saadanai:(68)

ஸௌந்தர்ய லஹரி Soundarya Lahari:
ஸௌந்தர்ய லஹரி Soundarya Lahari:( 109)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi:( 1)


Volume - 7

     Volume-7 was published in May 2000 in time for the Jayanthi celebrations of Maha Periyava who had attained Mukti in 1994. Apparently the junior Acharyas of the Math as well as Yogi Ramsurath Kumar had eagerly awaited the release of the volume. The three represented a high order of spiritual accomplishment and their eagerness indicated that Maha Periyava's words would enhance their own approach to explaining Sanathana Dharma to the public, which was their primary responsibility as the heads of great institutions.

Volume-7 has a very important section dealing with "Secularism". At the time of Independence (August 1947) Maha Periyava had received a request to offer his words of grace to the new Government that would be taking over. For some reason or other, the part that dealt with secularism was (regrettably) censored by higher ups and was never printed. Interestingly, when another opportunity presented itself for its publication in 1973, Ra. Ganapathy says that this time, Maha Periyava "played" and stopped the publication.

There was still a glimmer of hope for Ra. Ganapathy since Maha Periyava himself had hinted that some day in future, the opportunity would present itself. That opportunity came by for Volume-7 to put in print the principles of secularism, which Maha Periyava had recommended to India as whole. The section on "Arasum Madamum" is a "must read" for all.

மங்களாரம்பம் Mangalarambam:
விநாயகரும் தமிழும் (26)

குரு Guru:
குரு-சிஷ்ய உறவு ( 78)

அரசு arasu:
அரசும் மதமும் (41)

ஸமூஹம் Samooham:
மூட்டை தூக்கி (1)
உள்ளத்தைக் குளிப்பாட்டுங்கள் (12)
அம்மை அப்பன் (9)
வாலிப மாணவர்களுக்கு (13)
கோ ஸம்ரக்ஷணம் (பசு பராமரிப்பு) (32)

பண்பாடு Panpadu:
நாடகக் கலை - அன்றும் இன்றும் Natakak kalai:(9)
ஸ்வயம்வரத்தில் அத்வைதமும் காஞ்சி ஸ்ரீ மடமும் Swayamvarathil Adwaitam:(7)
சிவபாத சேகரன் Sivapada Sekharan:(10)
தமிழ்த் தாத்தா பாட்டிகளும் காஞ்சி ஸ்ரீ மடமும் Tamizh Thatha Pattikal(13)
அறிவுக்கும் அடைக்கும் தாழ் இல்லை Arivukkum Adaikkum Taazh Illai:(12)
ஸ்ரீ ஸுப்ரஹ்மண்யாய நமஸ்தே Sri Subrahmanyaya Namaste:(33)
தூக்கக்காரனும் ஆட்டக்காரனும் Thookkakkaranum Aattakkaranum:(19)

சான்றோர் Chandror:
ஒரு ரிஷியின் தியாகம் Oru Rishiyin Tyagam:(30)

தெய்வ விஷயம் Deiva Vishayam:
தெய்வ ஸாக்ஷி Deyva SaaKshi:(8)
கங்கா ஸ்நானமும் காவேரி ஸ்நானமும் Ganga Snaanam:(11)
ஸதாசிவம் Sadasivam:(18)

நமஸ்காரத் தத்வம் Namaskara Tatvam:
நமோ நம: Namo Namah:( 54)

மங்களாரத்தி Mangalarathi:(1)


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