Tirukkural: Thai Pongal Greetings from President Maithripala Sirisena

Thai Pongal 2015 Greetings from President Maithripala Sirisena

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Pongal Paraphernalia

by K. Thirukumaran

“Dawn of the Month of Thai, Paves for the Birth of Way” the renowned Tamil proverb has been in the centerpiece of Tamil heritage eternally. Tamil month of ‘Thai’, falling on January 15th, 2015 is Pongal day, the Tamil Thanksgiving Day celebrating sun, rain, farm cattle and ushering in pureness and prosperity.

cartoon by "Sirithiran Sunthar"

cartoon by “Sirithiran Sunthar”

Even a livelihood as traditional farmer declined over a generation or two ago, the time of the year Thai Pongal falls and the traditions associated with its celebration still makes it an ideal time to take stock of sentiments.
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To Nurture Humanity, The Shepherd arrived as Bundle of Joy ♫

Spirit of Christmas-for all humanity

by K. Thirukumaran

“Mannulagil Indru Devan Irangi Varukiraar”:


Poignant lyrics of “Mannulagil Indru Devan Irangi Varukiraar” was penned by Poet laureate Kannadasan and rendered by Golden voiced Vani Jeyaram, with Immortal music composition by M.S. Viswanathan ~ in Tamil movie ‘Punitha Anthoniyar’ (released in 1977).

My attempt at translating “Mannulagil Indru Devan Irangi Varugirar”:
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On January 8, 2015, “Exercise the public trust, as a Chief Magistrate”

by K. Thirukumaran

This is a first post on this blog (tamilweek.com/thiruvedkai) urging “civic action”; or it might as well be “political” too, in the eyes of readers 🙂

Exercising the privilege of voting – in any election is an utmost importance among civic duties.

Paaventhar Bharathithasan, Grover Cleveland and Subramaniya Bharathiyaar

Paaventhar Bharathithasan, Grover Cleveland and Subramaniya Bharathiyaar

As US President Grover Cleveland said, “Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust”.

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Owing a closure to the soul: 60th birth anniversary of V. Prabhakaran

Owing a closure to the soul:


Nov 26 is the 60th birth anniversary of Veluppillai Prabhakaran.

In these five years passing since May 2009, yet to be duly and wholly recognized – that his soul has left the body, spiritually speaking.

Prabhakaran is a man of spirituality as well or has shown spiritual leanings, it is said. This being established based on his inclinations with Bhagavad Gita among other things.

Poet Laureate Kannadasan’s lyrics – “Maranaththai Enni Kalangkidum Vijaya..”, is set around Lord Krishna instructing a reluctant Arjuna to engage in his duty as a warrior and commencing the discourse of Bhagavad Gita. The song is rendered by Sirgazhi S Govindarajan to the music composition of M. S. Viswanathan and T. K. Ramamoorthy . This song is a favorite of Prabhakaran.

There also comes the recurring question whether Bhagavad Gita is justifying violence?

Mahatma Gandhi and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton, renowned for their stands of peace and had also read Gita did not think so. Gita is “not a justification of war nor does it propound a war making mystique,” writes Barbara Miller in “The Bhagavad-Gita”, (Random House Publishing, June 2004).

Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi – his works include a Tamil translation of Bhagavad-Gita and the multifaceted journalist, poet and freedom fighter – also so the esteemed spiritualist. His referral to Bhagavad-Gita too may have stemmed due to those times he was living amidst the Indian freedom struggle.

So there is reason to see Prabhakaran’s leaning to Bhagavad Gita coming from his streak of spirituality and not of its setting in a battlefield. In that’s sense his soul is owed a closure and a reconciliation of spiritual leanings.

song (in Tamil) soundtrack

The following is a translation of Poet Laureate Kannadasan’s lyrics:

Arjuna, who’s distressed about death
Essence of death I shall recite
Human soul will not die
It will be reborn

Kill the body
It too a bravery
Even if you don’t
It will go up in flames someday

You became conscious of me
Lives all I (foster) also you come to realize
Krishna’s got heart of stone
This why the longbow you renounce?

Monarch and the mass I (foster)
Tree, plant and vine are I (foster)
Said so is Krishna
Saying so is Krishna
Stand audaciously
So Dharma will prevail

If the world sees therein merit
Krishna only bears this merit
Let the praise of proponents
And curse of cynics
All too go to Krishna
Krishna directed
Krishna delivered
Krishna destroyed
Let the longbow rise
Fire up your mastered archery
Field herein in its crimson, let live

Song in Tamil begins at 6:50

“Happiness” is seeing an epic Kamal Haasan Blockbuster

by K. Thirukumaran

♫ Today November 7 is 60th Birthday of Actor, Singer, Director, Lyricist & Producer Kamal Haasan ~ He’s the artiste of these times with an inspiring array of artistic works and admirable humanistic views.



Happiness” is seeing an epic Kamal Haasan Blockbuster, for his ardent fans; especially for Tamil movie goers he never disappoints, with everyone of his movie being startlingly different and better, notably over the recent past decades.

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