Thirumandhiram, the name seems to sound like something that is involved with some magic etc. But it is a great work that describes various parts of the human life - Birth, Living, Death. Not only the book describes a great deal of Science that really makes me wonder, how it was possible to ponder about such things at that time , having no modern tools or technological advances as we have now. Thirumandhiram is written by a Siddhar (loosely a saint, rather a discipline one), Thirumoolar, whose real name was Sundarar and then later due to reason that he had to transfuse his soul into to the body of a sheperd named Moolan, he got the name Thirumoolar. But the work that he has given to the work is an extraordinary piece of work, that even if he is reborn, it is a doubt that he could produce such a work. It is vast and cannot be explained in just one blog entry like this. His work consists of medical information, human virtue, scientific terminology and many others that one has to delve deep into it to understand and realise the truth he has described. For example, he states that human's have 10 senses, contrary to what the world believes, six. The song that says this is
"Uttrarivu Ainthum Unarntha Arivu Arum Ezhum
Kattrarivu Yettum, Kalantha Arivu Onbadhum
Pattriya Pathum Pala vagai naazhigai
Attrathu Ariyathu Azhigindra Vaaray"
The five senses, Vision, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Hearing is inbuilt. The sixth one being Common Sense. The seventh one that you get out of Experimenting. The eighth one is the one you get by Experience. The ninth one being Public Relations. The tenth one being realisation of GOD. And it takes a long time to attain all these. So don't let bad things disturb you in the process of attaining these senses.
Not only this, he gives the size of human cell, the position of the pitutary gland, the components of the gene ( A,C,T,G), in such a simple manner that I really wonder how he got the knowledge and how he was able to identify them. Apart from the physiological aspects of humans. He also describes about the practices of Yoga and how that would have a positive impact on the life of humans.
More to be explored. Lets do that in the upcoming blogs. Till then take a look at Thirumandhiram by downloading it from the site