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Veda Neri, Vedic Tradition is the philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam

Madurai Aadheenam belongs to Vedic tradition, which is the source mother of all traditions. Any religion, thought system, or science that evolve after a source tradition, inevitably, directly or indirectly, knowingly or unknowingly, is inspired, influenced by the mother tradition, the source. Likewise, Vedanta and Saiva Siddhanta, the two main spiritual traditions that have shaped the established religious heritage of India from 8th century onwards, evolved only following the sacred footings of source of all sources  – the Vedic tradition, the tradition of Madurai Aadheenam.

So both, the Shankara Mutt, the spiritual community of Shankaracharya and all other Aadheenams are followers of Madurai Aadheenam. Vedanta, Saiva Siddhanta, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and modern day Hinduism, all the traditions belong to Vedic Tradition, which is philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam.

The glorious Vedic Tradition being the mother to all religions is infinite and encompasses all ideologies, all philosophical bases, holding the highest knowledge and deepest secrets of life. All religions on this planet can source their origins from Vedic Tradition. So it cannot be narrowed down to one school of thought, or one system of living.

The reviver of Madurai Aadheenam, son incarnation of Lord Shiva and Devi, Thiru Jnanasambandar very clearly refers to the philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam as “Veda Neri Thazhai Thonga”, vedic tradition is philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam.

A careful word-by-word research and analysis into His original available writings proves that nowhere did he ever mention any such words as Vedanta or Siddhanta philosophy, because these words did not exist at that time.

He speaks only of His love for Lord Shiva and Devi and of his desire to revive, grow and perpetuate the Vedic tradition. He wishes to stand for, represent the Vedic Tradition, “Veda Neri.”

The Source of all Religions

Madurai Aadheenam is much older than Vedanta and Siddhanta. Vedic tradition is the wellspring source for both Vedanta and Saiva Siddhanta, the predominant vedic systems that developed in early first millennium. All other traditions like Vedanta and Siddhanta evolved after the Vedic tradition, the tradition of Madurai Aadheenam.

Adi Shankara, the incarnation of Shiva, the founder of Vedanta, Himself puts an end to all future incredulity. Vedanta philosophy originated from Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century, who was highly inspired by Thiru Jnanasambandar, the first pontiff of the Aadheenam. Adi Shankara is at least 300 years younger to Jnanasambandar.

Explore how Adi Shankara expresses His inspiration from the Reviver of Madurai Aadheenam, Thiru Jnanasambandar…

Feeling Connection”, the Center Philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam

The Vedic Tradition postulates many paths, practices for enlightenment, each uniquely and independently taking you to the ultimate fulfillment. These have formed the basis for different spiritual traditions such as Yoga, for growth of the body; Dhyana (meditation) for the growth of the mind; Jnana, for the growth of spiritual knowledge, Siddhis, for the growth of extraordinary powers and ultimately, Enlightenment itself, for the growth of the consciousness.

But, all are incomplete for the growth of the consciousness without the “Sacred Sentiments” – the ability to feel connected, the ability to melt and merge with the divine, the ability to radiate humbleness. The complete conscious growth can happen only when emotions also evolve. When the ability to ‘Feeling Connected’ misses even the meditation and the extraordinary powers and experiences one receives only make him more egoistic, arrogant.
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Aadheenam’s unique contribution to all the spiritual traditions is the flowering of divine emotions, the ‘sacred sentiments’, that emotionally evolve you. In the Vedic tradition, Devi, the Cosmic Mother is the personification of these “sacred sentiments” with her ecstatic, causeless, and selfless divine love for her consort, Shiva. The lotus she holds in her hand symbolizes the flowering of “feeling connection”, the complete surrender to Existence.

When Jnanasambandar experienced His enlightenment at tender age of 3, in the gratitude and ecstasy, the extraordinary sacred sentiments started expressing from him, and he began to start singing the glory of Lord Shiva and Devi.

Jnanasambandar is the embodiment of pure divine love of God. His whole life exemplifies and inspires us to live the radiant path of surrender, the sublime bliss he poured into his heart-stirring poetry, and his extraordinary miracles declare the great power of “Feeling Connection”.

“Feeling Connection”, experiencing and spontaneously expressing the sacred sentiments forms the main essence, the lifeline of Vedic Tradition, of Madurai Aadheenam. There is no intellectual philosophy in Jnanasambandar’s writing. It is all just expression of sacred sentiments out of gratitude.

So, devotion and gratitude is the center philosophy of Madurai Aadheenam.

On the footprints of its young first pontiff, Jnanasambandar, the tradition of Madurai Aadheenam is alive, vibrant, and intensely active only because it enthrones the divine love in its heart and beats with a prayerful mood. When you become so prayerful, everyone becomes God to you.

This is the essence of all spirituality, of the Vedic Tradition.