Saint Vallalar prays to Lord Shanmukha that he should
never abuse others or covet what belongs to others.
Greed is the driving force behind many of our sins.
We alienate relatives and friends, because we are
jealous of their possessions and even try to grab what
belongs to others. But how long will wealth last? And
what is the use of wealth, if we have no one to call a
The Tamil work Naladiyar says that money is like a
wheel. It never stays in one place. It keeps moving from
one person to another. That is why we hear of families
that were rich in one generation being reduced to abject
poverty in the next.
While we sin in many ways, we are quick to point out
the faults of others, said M.A. Manickavelu in a
discourse. Forgetting how many of our own actions fall
in the category of sinful deeds, we turn round and say to
others that they will be punished for their actions. Who
are we to say this to anyone?
A person who does wrong is going to have to pay for
it. That is as certain as the fact that a ball bounced on a
wall will come back to us. There is no need for us to
point to others as sinners.
Instead of mocking others for their actions, it would
be better for us to think of our own, and worry about
how we are going to be punished for our many acts of
omission and commission. We should think of how to
Vallalar prays for a pure mind. It was only because
Poosalar Nayanar had a pure mind, that he was able to
build a temple for Lord Siva in his heart, a temple, which
became the Lord’s abode of choice.