The fourth international Saiva Siddhantha
conference organised by the International Saiva Siddhantha
Research Institute will be held in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, on March
21 to 23, 2008.The theme of this conference will be Fundamental
Saiva Sidddhantha based on Veda, Agama, Purana, Epic,
Sanga,Literature, Thirumurai and Sastra.
In fact the International Saiva Siddhantha
Research Institute has been inaugurated by His Holiness the 26th
Gurumaha Sannithanam of the Dharamapura Adhinam in 1984.
Further, for the benefit of the Saiva community a monthly
magazine called "Gnanasam-pantham" which contain essays and
research articles published regularly.
Further-more, our ancient religion Saiva
Siddhantham flowered in Tamil Nadu as a forceful Bhakthi
movement infused with insights on Siddha Yoga. During the 7th to
9th centuries saints Sampanthar, Appar and Sundarar pilgrimaged
from temple to temple singing soulfully on Lord Shiva’s
greatness. They were instrumental in successfully defending
Saivaism against the threats by Jainism.-Thereafter, a King’s
Prime Minister Manikkava-sagar, renounced a world of wealth and
fame to seek and serve Lord Shiva. His heart- melting verses
called Thiruvsagam were full of visionary experiences, divine
love and urgent striving for truth. The recitals of the four
saints were part of the compendium
Known as "Thirumurai", which along with Vedas
and Saiva Agamas form the spiritual basis of Saiva Siddhantha,
in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.
Since our religious traditional practices are on
the verge of deterioration, a conference of this nature will
undoubtedly give life to rejuvenate our Saiva traditions. In
this conference many head of Saiva Adhinams, representatives of
governments, professors of Saiva Siddhananda,
Sivachariyars,trustees and administrators from various parts of
world would participate.Besides scholars and exponents of Saiva
Siddhananda philosophy and Thirumurais from all over the world
would present research papers. Further, a souvenir with research
papers and conference proceedings will be published after the
conference and special souvenirs will be released on the final
day of this conference.
The International saiva Siddhanda conference
will commence with the hoisting of the Nathi Flag by the High
Court Judge of Madurai Mr. M.Sockalin om March 22, 2008.
A book titled "Nanthy Kodiyin Mukkiyathuwamum
Perumaigalum" compiled by "Vidaikody Chelvar" Sinnadurai
Dhanabalaa will be launched by Srilasri Ponnambala Thesigar
Paramachariya Swamigal (Kundrunkudigal). In fact the launching
of this book in "significance and glory of Nanthi Flag"
coincides with the death anniversary of Mr.Sinnadura
Dhanabalaa’s father, "Chinthanai Sidpach Chelvar", Shanmugam
Thambiah Sinnadurai who was a successful entrepreneur,
philanthropist and man with a heart of gold combined with noble
The world revolveth not round the inventors of
new noises, but it revolveth inaudibly round the inventors of
values, thus said a German poet.In the history of the world
every nation has stood for a particular ideal which it has
sought to weave into the fabric of the lives of the people.
Thus, Germans made the concept of beauty
essentially their own. The spartons excelled in sports and the
commitment of the rule of law moulded the pattern of the
Britishers. Likewise, long before the Greeks and Romans, the
Hindus were told to govern their lives by the norms of Dharma
which comprehends the excellences which make for an ideal
Besides, "Nanthy" signifies Dharma and realizing
the significance and glory of Nanthy Flag for Lord Shiva, the
Colombo Saiva Munnetra Kalagam came forward to hoist Nanth flags
in temples, religious organizations, at ceremonies and various
other religious functions conducted in schools and other
Further, according to "Matsya Purana", it is by
Dharma that civilization is maintained. Therefore, Dharma may be
defined as social norm or moral law, righteousness or even as
religion mainly it is external aspects.
Since "Nanthy" as the sacred bull is said to be
the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The Nanthy flag encapsulate the
essence of Hindu Saiva thoughts. As Hindus, we are reminded of
ourselves, the moral fibre of our existence at the present
moment of time, the need to transcend the limitations of time in
order to reach the Holy feet of the Divine, the need to be
patient awaiting the grace of the Almighty, all portrayed by the
reclining Nanthy. The Nanthy Flag is indeed an apt
representative of the Saivaites who are passive yet perceptive,
hale yet humble and deep,devout and detached.
Indeed, "Vidaikodi Chelvar" Sinnadurai
Dhanabalaa should be highly commended for the tremendous service
he is rendering by way of hoisting Nanthy flags in each and
every religious organizations and temples for the establishment
of Dharma and to bring about everlasting peace and eternal
prosperity to Sri Lanka.