The Snake charmer
The divine force inside the body (Kundalini) is assumed to be in the shape of snake by the practitioners of the yoga discipline. One who has controlled this power, which is the universal power (Kundalini) inside the body, is called the controller of the snake, may the name ‘Paambatti’ – ‘the snake charmer’.
He is one among the noted 18 siddhars. He belongs to the family of Shepard. Some say that Sri Pambatti Siddhar was born at Thirukkokarnam, near Pudukkottai. He was given spiritual initiation by his Guru Sattamuni. All his songs end addressed to the snake.
Sri Pambatti siddhar performed penance for a very long time in a cave on Marudamalai, near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Also he lived in places like Mahalingamalai in Vathiraayiruppu, Kollimalai, Madurai , Puliyur and Bhavani.
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(Selections & free translation)
o Oh Snake! Dance; in praise of the force which unites the universe and the self.
o Oh Snake! Dance; in praise of that which is, of form & formless; darkness & light; the scared scriptures; the master; the soul and all the things.
o Oh Snake! Dance; in joy that you have perceived the force which cannot be shown, since it is the emptiness of the infinite space.
o Oh Snake! Dance; in obeisance to the master who shows the fallacy of the religions and explain the false masters the right way.
o Oh Snake! Dance; on the feet of the infinite; since the country, town, house and your pets will not come along with you at the time of death, so why are you attached to that.
o Oh Snake! Dance; telling them that the crowning glory; the shields and the medals; the golden ornaments are all, objects which eventually gets destroyed.
o Oh Snake! Dance; on seeing with your own eyes, the one who was eating the juicy fruits, sugar, sweets and sumptuous food, is eating the earth after his life is gone.
o Oh Snake! Dance; worshipping the infinite, since your children, wife, relatives and neighbours do not die with you.
o Oh Snake! Dance; knowing that the people who understand the truth, will not gossip but will be after the infinite; only those (fools) who do not understand truth enjoy the things which are not worthy like the deer which enjoys the water of the mirage.
o Oh Snake! Dance; telling that this body which is formed by two (union of male & female); grown by one (mother) in the womb; though seems to look good is not worth anything.
o Oh Snake! Dance; the fish even if it is washed many times in the water will still be smelling; like that this body even if you take bath many times in sacred waters will not become clean.
o Oh Snake! Dance; leaving the theft, murder, desire and other bad things, opening the eye of perception, have wisdom seeing the infinite space.
o Oh Snake! Dance; we have crossed the space and time by; walking on the footwear called desire, stamping on the thorn field called ego and burning the bad dream of fame.
o Oh Snake! Dance; one won’t have divine intelligence by worship; won’t have any benefits by going around the world (to sacred places); but by leaving the desire only one can reach the source of everything.
o Oh Snake! Dance; those who have seen (the infinite) will not tell others; those who tell others have not seen (the infinite); the worldly people will never understand the infinite.
o Oh Snake! Dance; you are enjoying with relatives the wedlock but soon you would be dead; even after seeing this if you do not realise the truth you will be born again.