Why are customs / tradition important ?

திருமூலர் திருமந்திரம் மூன்றாம் தந்திரம் பத்தாம் திருமுறை திருச்சிற்றம்பலம் உயருறுவார் உலகத்தொடுங் கூடிப் பயனுறுவார் பலர் தாம் அறியாமற் செயலுறுவார் சிலர் சிந்தையில்லாமல் கயலுறு கண்ணியைக் காணகிலாரே. திருச்சிற்றம்பலம் thirumUlar thiruman^thiram mUnRAm than^thiram paththAm thirumuRai thirucciRRambalam uyaruRuvAr ulagaththoDuN^ kUDip payanuRuvAr palar thAmaRiyAmaR ceyaluRuvAr cilar cin^thaiyiilAmal kayaluRu kaNNiyaik kANakilArE. thirucciRRambalam

Meaning of thirumoolar thirumandhiram:

Moving along with the world many get uplifted; They benefit even without their knowledge. Some act without thinking appropriately; They do not get to see the Fish-like-eyed Lady ! Notes: 1. The word "palar" (many) is noteworthy in the first two lines. This is the reason ancient wise sages have wrapped great knowledge into customs that are to be followed. The common man even without knowing the greatness of what he/she does, reap the benefit. (however they do leave provisions for one who wants to understand and practise.
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