The Tamil Veda: Pillan's Interpretation of the Tiruvaymoli
In this multifaceted work, John Carman and Vasudha Narayanan clarify historical developments in South Asian religion and make important contributions to the methodology of textual interpretation and the comparative study of world religions.
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acaryas aivar alvar asked auspicious attributes auspicious qualities avatara banyan leaf beauty bhakti bhaktiyoga body Brahma Brahmin Carman Catakopan century c.E. consort cowherd decad desire destroyed devotees disciple distinction divine earth eating essential nature eyes finite souls flowers Gadya goal God's grace graciously heaven Hindu hymns important inner soul interpretation karma Krishna later literature Lord Lord's lotus Mahabharata Maturakavi means mother Nammalvar Narayana Nathamuni nectar paraphrase Parasara Bhattar Periya Periyalvar phrase PiHan Pillan Pillan's commentary poet poetry praise Purana radiant Ramanuja reclines references ritual sacred feet Sanskrit and Tamil Sanskrit Vedas says servant sesa sing Siva Srivaisnava community Srivaisnava tradition Stava stotras Supreme Person swallowing take refuge Tamil Literature Tamil Veda Tamil word teacher temple Tenkalai theme thousand tion Tirukkural Tiruvaymoli translated Ubhaya Vedanta union Upanisads upaya Vaikuntha Vaisnava Vatakalai Vedanta Desika Vedanta Sutras Vedas Vedic verses Visnu worlds worship Yamuna