The search for God is an individual experience and finds
fulfilment when He chooses to reveal His truth. A
devotee’s path to realisation is founded on the awareness
of one’s physical constraints and the perception of the
undying self that yearns for God. If God is to be
understood as formless, with no name, qualities, activities,
etc., individual souls caught in the cycle of birth will never
be able to even try to seek Him.
Out of His Sankalpa and His boundless compassion, He
thus transforms Himself into this universe and engages in
the acts of creation, protection, destruction, casting the
veil of Maya, also known as Tirodana and granting grace.
The ‘Linga’ and ‘Nataraja’ forms of Siva exemplify this
truth, pointed out Nallur Sa Saravanan in a discourse.
The cosmic dance of Siva as Nataraja has attracted many
devotees who are drawn by its symbolic impact. Karaikal
Ammaiyar introduces the concept of Nataraja in the Bhakti
cult. She renounces her appearance and chooses to live in
the form of a mere skeleton. She undertakes a journey to
Kailasa to have darshan of Siva and wishes to become His
servant and sing the glory of His feet. She prays to Siva
thus: ‘Grant me undying bliss and devotion and also
freedom from birth. If by chance I have to be born as a
result of my past karma, grant me the boon of always
having you in my thoughts. Further grant me the boon by
which I can behold your cosmic dance and sing your glory
even as I serve your golden feet.’
She sees the cosmic dance of Siva in Thiruvalangadu and
sings hymns in His praise. One has to seek God’s help to
destroy the ego sense and pride inherent in each individual
which is a hurdle to God-realisation.