SADAYA NAYANAR AND
ISAIJNANIYAR


In Tirunavalur in Tirumuraipadi there lived an Adi Saivite by name Sadayanar. All his
ancestors were ardent devotees of Lord Siva. He was also pious and devoted. Isaijnaniyar was his
dutiful wife. She was also devoted to the Lord. Due to their virtuous deeds in their past life, a divine
child was born to them. He was no other than Sundaramurthi Nayanar. Narasinga Munaiyar, the
king, was attracted by the childÂ’s beauty and wanted to bring it up himself. The king approached the
parents and they, without a momentÂ’s hesitation, handed the child over to him. By this action, they
showed that they had no attachment at all to anything in this world.
They led the ideal Grihastha (household) life and finally attained His grace.
Worldly attachment is the only chain with which man binds himself to this Samsara. When
there is attachment, there is Samsara or bondage: if you are completely detached, you are at once
freed, you become a Jivanmukta. You enjoy the Bliss of Brahman here and now, this very moment.
This is the unique glory of Hinduism: it promises immediate Liberation here in this world, while yet
embodied! Immediately the entire world is transformed into a manifestation of Divine Light. All
the paradoxes and mysteries of Creation are understood.