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Classification of Souls

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Prayer from Thiruvarutpayan (திருவருட்பயன்) 


உயிரவை நிலை

திரிமலத்தார் ஒன்று அதனிற் சென்றார்கள் அன்றி
ஒருமலத்தார் ஆயும் உளர்.  12

Song as Romanized text


uyiravai n-ilai

thirimalaththAr onRu athaniR senRArkaL anRi
orumalaththAr Ayum uLar.  12

Meaning of the Prayer Song:

 There are souls with three filths,
one less and with only one filth.


1. This song classifies the complete set of souls into
three categories.
Those with all the three filths - Anava, kanma and maya
(ego, deed, illusion). These are called Sakala sous.

 onRu athaniR senRArkaL
Those with one less - i.e. with only two filths.
These are elevated souls who got the wisdom
and hence they are not subjected to illusion - maya.
So, they are subjected to only Anava and Karma.
These are called Pralayakala souls.

Those with only one filth - Anava.
These are souls who have further reached the
stage of considering the dichotamy of karma in balance
(iru vinai oppu - samAH - Isavasya Upanishad)
These get liberated from the karma filth as well.
They are left with the residual Anava mala only.

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