Fifth World Sekkilar Conference to bring peace and unity
THE fifth world Sekkilar conference organised by the Ministry of
Hindu Religious Affairs and the Department of Cultural Affairs will be
held at New Kathiresan hall Bambalapitiya, Colombo - 4 commencing at 5
p.m. on September 9th and going on until September 11.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse will be the chief guest while the
High Commissioner for India in Lanka Nirupama Rao will be the special
bantha Moorthy Nayanar
The keynote address will be delivered by the Minister of Hindu
Religious Affairs K.N. Douglas Devananda and the welcome speech will be
by Maheswary Velantham (Advisor) Ministry of Hindu Religious Affairs.
On the second day Prof. C. Pathmanathan, Vasantha Vaidyanathan,
Kambavaruthy E. Jeyaraj, "Thamilaruvi" T. Sivakumaran, M.S. Sri Thayalan,
Assistant Director, Department of Cultural Affairs and several others
will address the conference.
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 idea which it has sought to weave into the fabric of the
lives of the people.
Thus, the Greeks made the concept of beauty essentially their own,
the Spartans exalted in strength and the commitment to Rule of Law
moulded the pattern of the British.
Likewise, long before the Greeks and Romans the Hindus were told to
govern their lives by the norms of Dharma, which comprehends all the
excellences which make for an ideal humanity.
That was the reason the great Swami Vivekananda once said that before
flooding Indian with socialistic ideas and political ideas first deluge
the land with religious and cultural ideas.
Sekkilar who was the author of Periya Puranam" which describes the
life and work of 63 Nayanman was born at Kunraththur in Thandai Nadu in
Andrapradesh in the 11th century. He was a Minister in the royal court
of the Chola king.
Though he was born in a Saivite farmer family of Sekkilar tradition,
the Chola king Kulothungan made him his Prime Minister on account of his
intelligence, honesty and excellence. Besides, he knighted him "Uththama
Chola Pallavar Sekkilar".
Sekkilar was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva at Thirunageswaram and
did lot of service to that temple.
The Chola king who was much interested in the arts was mostly
appreciating 'Chivakachinthaman'. Sekkilas, as a dedicated and devoted
Minister wanted to guide the king in the proper way. Sekkilar advised
the king that looks like 'Chivakachinthaman' will do good neither for
living nor for liberation. He requested the king to read the book on 'Thiruthondar
Puram' which later named as 'Periyapuranam'.
Inspired by the lives and works of these Nayanman, the king wanted
Sekkilar to sing in detail the lives of these devotees as an epic.
Sekkilar agreed and worshipped Lord Shiva and He gave him the first
word to start the epic as "Ulakelam". Thereafter Sekkilar wrote the
entire "Periyapuranam" and was made public in Chithambaram in the
presence of intellectuals, saints and others.
After the Arangetram of this great epic 'Periyapuranam', the Chola
king took Sekkilar around the town on the royal elephant and he himself
fanned Sekkilar during the procession.
The king made the 'Periyapuranam' the twelfth 'Thirumarai'.
Sekkilar's absolute devotion to Lord Shiva and the humble manner in
which he pleads for His grace are described through the prayers of 'Karaikal
"I pray for the infinite happiness of your love; I do not want to be
born again, if I do, I do not want to forget you forever; if I do I want
to be happily singing in your praise under your feet as you are
In the 'Periyapuranam' Sekkilar has given the life history of the 63
Nayanmas. He has particularly maintained Sundaramoorthy Nayanar,
Thirugnana Sambantha Moorthy Nayanar, Thirunavukkarasu Nayanar,
Thirukurippu Thonda Nayanar and Maniccavasagar Swamigal, who have done
tremendous series in the sphere of spiritualism.
Undoubtedly, the fifth World Sekkilar Conference will redeem
thousands and thousands of young men and women who have been
precariously and perilously pushing themselves into the vortex of moral
and spiritual degeneration, degradation and violence of an unprecedented