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Can sinners chant the mantra?
திருஞானசம்பந்தர் அருளிய திருக்கடைக்காப்பு (தேவாரம்)
தலம் : பொது
பண் : கௌசிகம்
கொல்வாரேனும் குணம் பல நன்மைகள்
எல்லாத் தீங்கையும் நீங்குவர் என்பரால்
நல்லார் நாமம் நமச்சிவாயவே.
thirugnanasambandar aruLiya thevaram
thalam : pothu
paN : kousikam
kolvArEnum guNam pala n^anmaikaL
ellAth thIN^gaiyum n^IN^guvar enbarAl
n^allAr n^Amam n^amaccivAyavE.
Meaning of song:
Even if one is a murderer, devoid of character
and many merits, still when said,
would move away from all bads.
So the Name of the Meritorious is namaHshivAya.
1. The great mantra namaHshivAya is uttered by
the holiest saints and they are longing to
chant that forever.
Still it is not something that can be taken away
from anybody for the reason of somebody being
a sinner and dirty. This great mantra of the Lord
cleanses them as well and they would move away
from the bad things by the virtue of chanting this
God is not so cruel and unforgiving to make
the sinners eternally burn in hell. The natural
quality of the soul is being flawful - affiliated with
filth. God provides ways for the soul to cleanse
clanse and as it moves forward in the process
it would enjoy the Bliss better and better. This mantra
is to do that cleansing.
This mantra never gets impure to see the
qualification of one who should chant and who
should not. This namaHshivAya mantra is for
everybody - both saints and sinners - for
people of all walks of life without any kind of
differentiation to chant.
This is insisted by cambandhar in the following
songs of the padhikam as well. This being his ultimate
padhikam, cambandhar asserts, seeing its benefit
right in front of him coming as shiva jyothi,
that just holding tight on this great mantra will
2. The word n^IN^guvar needs to be contemplated.
It is not just removal of the already committed sins
by chanting the mantra and getting away. This mantra
continuously cleanses the soul so that the individual
moves away from sinful deeds.
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