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History of medical and spiritual sciences of Siddhas of Tamil Nadu /

History of medical and spiritual sciences of Siddhas of Tamil Nadu /
DK Number:DK-261231
ISBN: 9789352065516
Title: History of medical and spiritual sciences of Siddhas of Tamil Nadu /
Author: P Karthigayan.
Imprint: Chennai : Notion Press,
Physical Desc.: xii, 380 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 28 cm
Year: 2016
Price: USD 36.30 (pbk.)
Subject Strings: Tamil Siddhas--History.
  Tamil Siddhas--Religion.
  Spiritual life.
  Medicine, Siddha.
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In ancient Tamil land, Siddhas were known as mystics, belonging to a mysterious religious cult that propagated certain principles, which were meant for the physical, spiritual, intellectual growth of individuals and the societies at large. Considered as physicians, who possessed the ashta siddhis, or the eight supernatural powers, they are believed to be the originators of traditional system of medicine: called Siddha medicine. Their remarkable attainment could be their mastery over physical and cosmic sciences. Surveying their poetic scripts and other relevant literature, this book brings out the history of their medical and spiritual sciences, revealing their roles not only as physicians, but also as scientific thinkers, social reformers, priest kings, and pioneers of advanced cultures. Siddhas’ presence and roles in ancient Tamil history, says the author, was legendary – like those of mysterious cults of immortals seen in many of the world’s ancient cultures.

P. Karthigayan, hailing from a family of physicians of Siddha medicine, has made an indepth study of Indian as well as international mystical works and other related writings.

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Title Contents
Chapter No.Chapter TitleChapter AuthorPage No.
The Cosmic Self1
The Delicate Doll9
The temporal Kingdom21
Preserving the Artwork35
The Redefined Soul and the Radiant Spirit (Aathma Siddhi)45
The Celestial Lovers and terrestial Children (Karpa Siddhi)77
The Body of Lustere and Blood of gods (kaaya Siddhi)85
The Puppeteer Decides, The Puppet Desires (admission into the Wisdom Culture)105
The Conceptions Inside and the Inceptions Outside121
History or Mystery?163
The Monumental Renaissance191
When Gods Ruled the Earth247
A Bird's Eye View (conclusions of Siddhas)277
On the Road of Wisdom (biographical Overview of Tamil Siddhas)285
The Treasure Trove333
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