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It is to be remembered by all that no plan, however scrupulously drawn up, can succeed unless it has the approval of God. With Divine Grace any scheme can be executed. Likewise it should be the characteristic of a true follower of Saivism to shed tears on seeing another suffer. Differences there may be between the two, but when one is in distress quarrels should be forgotten and the victim should be encouraged to come out of it, by both offering prayers to God. From the life of Thirugnanasambandar one can learn how he had prayed to God to help a girl, whose bridegroom died of snakebite. Her decision to come out of the house was only to save the honour of her family and her plea moved him and his heart was full of mercy.
In a lecture on "Thirumandiram", Sri M. Sivachandran explained how its author, Thirumoolar (one of the 63 Nayanmars), had a mission to learn from Sage Agasthya, but he was led to perform an entirely different compassionate act. The lives of our forbears bring out the fact that only an educational system based on religion can properly shape a man's future. Thirumoolar was a student along with seven others (including Patanjali and Vyagrapda) in Lord Siva's abode and then he came down south to seek guidance from Agasthya. His work consists of three parts dealing with Mantras, Tantras and Yantras. What should be culled out from his teachings relate to the management of the household, efficiently and secondly, how a country could register progress by the ruler taking steps to correct the erring persons.
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