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Regard your body as the temple of Lord Shiva, your mind as the worshiper, Truth as purity which is necessary for worship, the jewel of the mind as the Linga, love as ghee and milk. Perform Puja to Lord Shiva thus. Lord Shiva cannot be obtained without meditation on the Panchakshara and without making the mind one-pointed.

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Everything is the manifestation of Lord Shiva. Shiva is Narayana, Brahma, the four Vedas, the holiest, the oldest, the perfect. Though Shiva is all these, He is none of these. He is without name, without birth, death or disease. He is at once the transcendent and immanent.

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Plough with Truth. Plant the seed of desire for knowledge. Weed out falsehood. Irrigate the mind with the water of patience. Supervise your work by looking within or introspection or self-analysis. Build the fence of Yama-Niyama or right conduct or right rules. You will soon attain Shivanandam or the eternal bliss of Shiva.

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Subdue the senses. Practice regular meditation. Practice Sariyai, Kiriyai, Yogam and Jnanam. Develop dispassion. Transcend the three bodies. Unite the individual soul with the Supreme Soul or Lord Shiva. You will attain eternal bliss and immortality. You can behold Lord Shiva if you look for Him with the light of wisdom issuing forth from the wick of life, fed with the ghee of meditation in the lamp of mind, within the house of your body.

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Love of Lord Shiva must be felt and manifested. Pray. Worship. Weep. Dance. Lord Shiva is the music or melody in the song, the sweetness in the fruit, the thought in the mind, the luster in the eyes. He is neither male nor female. He is without dimensions.

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Appar is one of the four Samaya Acharyas. He was a contemporary of Sambandhar. He was a Vellala of Thiru Amur in the district of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. He was born of Pugazhanar and Maathiniar. The parents gave the name "Marulneekkiar" (dispeller of darkness or ignorance) to Appar. Appar means 'father'. Sambandhar gave Marulneekkiar this name. The name Appar was first used by Sambandhar in addressing him in one of several meetings between them. Appar's soul-stirring and sublime odes earned him the title "Thirunavukkarasar" or "the Lord of Speech." Appar was a God-inspired soul. He sang devotional odes or Padigams during his piligrimage to various shrines. He flourished in the middle of the seventh century A.D. He was a mystic and a poet.

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