Sex Change: Science agrees with Saint Sambandhar

5000 year old yew tree

5000 year old Yew Tree (from The Guradian News paper)

Research Article Written by London swaminathan

Date: 3 November 2015

Post No:2297

Time uploaded in London :–  15-31

(Thanks  for the pictures) 



What a Tamil saint reported about sex change of trees 1300 years ago is confirmed by scientists today.

London newspapers have published an interesting news time this morning which featured a sex change by a Yew tree. Scientists have reported, probably for the first time, such a change. But we already know that certain lower organisms and a few fishes change sex. Here a 5000 year old Yew male tree became a female tree and started giving berries/fruits.

Here is the London Newspaper Story:–

The Fortingall Yew in Perthshire has always been recorded as male but has started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do.

The UK’s oldest tree, thought to be up to 5,000 years old, is undergoing a “sex change”.

Records have always noted the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire as a male tree but it has recently started sprouting berries – something only female yew trees do.

Experts at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh spotted three berries on a high branch of the tree, located in the churchyard of the village of Fortingall, Perthshire, and have now taken them for analysis as part of a conservation project.

Dr Max Coleman, of the Royal Botanic Garden, said yew trees have been known to change sex before but discovering the process on “such a special tree is what makes this a special story”.

The Fortingall Yew is believed to be between 3,000 and 5,000 years old, and is one of the oldest living organisms in Europe.

It has survived the ravages of time and the attention of eager tourists, who in previous centuries took clippings from it as souvenirs.

The trunk changed shape many years ago and has lost its centre and one side, and the tree is now protected by a small wall.

Coleman said: “Yew trees are male or female usually and it is pretty easy to spot which is which in autumn – males have tiny things that produce pollen and females have bright red berries from autumn into winter.

“This process may have happened before but we know the Fortingall Yew has been classed as male for hundreds of years through records.


My comments:

This is what the Boy Wonder of Tamil Nadu did 1300 years ago with a Palmyra tree (please see below). One may wonder how Sambandhar, the miracle boy, did it at once. Saints can alter time, interfere with time and go beyond the time. This I have explained in my previous post:

Time Travel by Two Tamil saints, posted on 14th February 2012.

Following is the Palmyra Tree Miracle Story:

From my old post: — “Tree Miracle and Statue Miracle of a Saivaite Saint”, posted on 4th March 2013


Thirugnana Sambandhar was a child prodigy. He started composing poems when he was three years old. We know many other child prodigies from different parts of the world who composed poems. But there is a big difference between Sambandhar and those poets. He composed devotional poems in different metres and genres. Though he did compose them 1300 years ago still they are used by millions of Tamil Hindus. His words had miraculous powers. Whatever he wanted to achieve, he achieved them through his verses. His poems led to a big moral and religious reformation. Above all, though we lost several thousands of his verses, we have more than 4000 of them today.

Hundreds of miracles happened during Sambandhar’s life.

When Sambandhar visited Tiruvothur he saw a devotee crying. The devotee raised some Palmyra trees so that he can use the income for his community service in the Shiva temple. By rare coincidence all the trees were male trees and did not yield fruits. Atheists were mocking at him and teased him asking when his god would yield him fruits. When Sambandhar asked him the reason for his sad face, he told him about the male only Palmyra trees. Later Sambandhar visited the Shiva temple and looked at the Palmyra trees and he sang ten verses in praise of the Lord and said the male trees will yield (Kurumpai Aan Panai Eenum in Tamil). Next minute all the trees bloomed and bore plenty of Palmyra fruits!


Dr R Nagasamy, renowned historian and archaeologist, has quoted the Sanskrit lines from the Upamanyu Bhakta Vilasam giving the same meaning: “Tala: pumamsa: sruthvai they bhavanthu paritha: palai:”


Once again it proved that what our scriptures say has scientific background.


Astrologers versus Saints

Appar alias Tirunavukkarasu

Written by London Swaminathan
Post No. 1093; dated 8th June 2014

Planets can’t influence the course of events in the presence of saints. It won’t affect even their devotees. We see the evil effects of malevolent planets are nullified when saints want to do something good. We have an anecdote to prove this in the life of one of the Saivite saints of Tamil Nadu. He lived in the seventh century.

Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, the miracle boy and a Great Saivite saint, was invited to Pandya country by the queen and the chief minister to cure the disease of the king. At that time the king was under the influence of Jains who were politically lenient and involved themselves in various non religious activities. The invitation was delivered to him when the minister and queen met Sambandhar at Thirumaraikkaadu in Choza territory. Senior most Tamil saint Appar was with him at that time. He knew very well the mischief of the politically lenient people. So he warned the boy saint.

Sambandhar started composing beautiful verses on Lord Siva from the age of three and he died at the age of sixteen. Since he was very young when the invitation came, Appar thought that it would be wise to warn him. But he was a divine child. Appar himself had suffered a lot under the Pallava King Mahendra Varman, who was also under the influence of Jains. Appar is known as Tirunavukkarasar.

Sambandhar who was considered an incarnation of Lord Subramanya, like Adi Sankara, told Appar, to stop worrying. He told him that the effects of nine planets won’t harm him. He sang a beautiful poem to nullify the effects of the evil planets. It is sung by lot of Tamils until today when they are undergoing some bad effects of malevolent planets.

Sekkizar who sang about all the Saivite saints in the tenth century recorded this anecdote in his poem as well. He said,
“Appar said out of concern
“Dear son!
There is no limit to the perfidy
of those wretched people;
I have something more to say;
The planetary aspects too are malevolent;
It is not proper for you
To agree to go there”.

Sambandhar replied:
“If it is true that the object we worship
Is the feet of our Lord,
No harm will approach us”.
Saying so, he contemplated
The fragrant blossoms –
The rosy feet of the Transcendent Being –
And expounded his credo
By the decad beginning with the words,
“The Partner of Her
With shoulders smooth like the bamboo”.
(In Tamil VeyuRu ThoLibagngan VidamuNda KanDan….)

Sambandhar’s actual prayer to Lord Siva went like this:

“Since the Partner of Her
With shoulders smooth like the bamboo,
He with the throat which swallowed the poison,
He who plays the Veena
And wears on His crown
The flawless moon and the Ganges
Since He has taken abode in my heart
The Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury,
Jupiter, Venus, Saturn,
And the two snakes (Rahu and Ketu);
They all are unqualifiedly good, good indeed,
Wholly good are they to the devotees,
Exceedingly good they are!

Beginning with this verse he sang ten verses (decad) and went to the Pandya country. Though he had to face stiff opposition and competition from the Jains there, he won the fight at the end.


Saints versus Planets: A Story by Swami Ramdas
Following story is from “Stories as told by Swami Ramdas”:–

An itinerant saint came to a certain place along with his young disciple. The routine was that the disciple should go for alms (Bhiksha), and after collecting sufficient provisions come back to the Guru. Both would then cook food from the provisions thus secured and satisfy the hunger.

As usual, the disciple, who was yet a boy, started in the morning on his daily Bhiksha (going for alms). When he was passing through a lane he was called by an astrologer who sat on the Verandah of his house waiting for customers. Having had no customers till then and finding no work to do he asked the boy to sit by his side. Taking that moment as the basis, the astrologer studied the planets governing the life of the boy and found out that the boy, according to his reading, should die next day. The astrologer told this anticipated event to the boy.

The boy hearing the prediction of the astrologer was thoroughly frightened. He could not collect the Bhiksha for the day, but hurriedly went back to his Guru. With tears in his eyes he told his Master about the dire prediction of the astrologer. Then the guru calmly replied: “Look here my boy, nothing is going to happen to you tomorrow. You will be alright.” He kept the boy with him the whole day. On the following day the boy was asked to go for Bhiksha in the usual course. The boy again happened to go through the same lane in which the astrologer lived. The astrologer was astounded to find him alive contrary to his prediction. He called the boy, asked him who his Guru was, and expressed a wish to have his Darshan.

Nalvar copy
Four Great Saivite Saints.

Accordingly, led by the boy, the astrologer went to the saint whose disciple the boy was. The boy introduced the astrologer to his Guru. The saint looked at the astrologer and said, “You freighted my disciple unnecessarily. Do you think he will meet with any harm so long as he is under my protection? It was unwise of you to have upset the mind of the boy by saying that he would die yesterday”
Such is the power of the saints.



What is Time Travel?

If you want to go from Madras to London you travel by aeroplane. It is covering a vast distance – ie through three-dimensional space. But if you want to travel from 2011 to 1000 AD, the time when Raja Raja Chola built the Big Temple in Thanjavur, you have to travel through time. Or if you want to travel to the future, for example, 2050 then again you have to travel through time.

This concept already exists in the Hindu epic Mahabharata. But it became very popular through the writing of HG Wells and films based on his book, The Time Machine. In recent years we have lots of science fiction TV serials. If we can invent a time machine then we can sit inside and travel back even to the days of Emperor Asoka or the Rig Veda.

One question often asked is whether we would just be observers or whether we could participate in the events that happened 1000 years ago. Suppose I travel back in time with an AK 47 gun and shoot down Raja Raja Chola. What would happen to history as we know it after his death. He had a son by the name of Rajendra Chola. Would he still exist in history after I shot Raja Raja? This paradox is commonly known as the Grandfather Paradox. There are various theories about parallel universes to answer this question.

Two strange miracle stories indicate that our Tamil saints travelled back in time for the sake of their devotees. Not only did they go back in time and but they also interfered with events and changed the course of “history”. There is no such story in anywhere else in Hindu mythology.

I have already mentioned in my article Do Hindus believe in Aliens and ETs?  The story of Revati, the episode of Arjuna’s travel to Indraloka (heaven) and Sambandhar reviving a dead person were dealt with in that article. India is full of mysteries and miracles. Just around Chennai there are more than 50 Siddhar Samadhis. Each Siddhar performed a lot of miracles. But what Sundarar and Tiru Gnana Sambandhar did 1000 years ago is baffling.

Often, we hear of stories where a person that was bitten by a snake is revived by a miracle man. At least here we may interpret that the person was bitten by a non-poisonous snake and may have fainted out of fear rather than died. But in the story of Sambandhar and Sundarar, two of the Four Great Saivite Saints, no such interpretation is possible.

This is what happened: Anecdote 1

Sambandhar visited Madras 1300 years ago. He was welcomed by a rich merchant called Sivanesar. Sivanesar was very sad and cried when Sambandhar met him. When the saint asked the reason for his sadness he narrated what happened to his daughter Poompavai several years ago. When she went to pluck some flowers in the garden, she was bit by a snake and fainted. All the efforts to revive her failed and she died. Sivanesar kept the ashes and bones in an urn after cremating her body. When Sambandhar visited Kapaleeswarar temple in Mylapore, Chennai, Sambandhar asked him to bring the urn containing the ashes and bones. The saint sang a hymn beginning with the Tamil words “Mattitta Punnai”. Even before the saint finished the tenth song, the pot broke open and a beautiful twelve year old girl came out and stood before them. She was none other than the girl Poompavai, Sivanesar’s daughter. When he offered her hand to Sambandhar he politely declined the offer by saying that she was like his own daughter because he revived her. The mystery in the story is that Poompavai  had grown since her death. This means Sambandhar went back in time and revived her at that point of time and brought her back with full growth to compensate the lost years. Another interesting thing about this hymn is all the important festivals of ancient Tamils such as Onam, Karthikai lamp festival, Arudra day, Thai Pusam,  Masi sea  bathing and Panguni Uththiram are mentioned in the decad, providing a unique record of their existence.

Anecdote 2

The second story is about Sundarar reviving a boy who was devoured by a crocodile. There lived a boy called Avinasi Lingam, Son of Gangadharan, in Avinasi, a town in Tamil Nadu. One day Avinasi Lingam went with other boys to a tank to bathe. It was a beautiful lotus tank. Suddenly Avinasi Lingam’s feet were caught by a crocodile and he cried for help. The boy who lived next door to him ran back to town and brought the elders. But Avinasi Lingam disappeared and nobody dared to step in to the tank. The most famous Hindu saint Adi Shankara was also caught by a crocodile, but he came alive after his mother promised him to give him second birth in the way of Sanyasam.

Two years after this incident Sundara visited the Brahmin street where one house was celebrating happily the Punul Kalyanam (Sacred Thread ceremony for the boy), but the opposite house was engulfed in sadness. When he came to know about what happened two years ago, he went straight to the tank and prayed to Lord Siva to return the boy. The crocodile came and spat the boy out. The boy, not only came alive intact but also aged to compensate for the lost two years. This is another instance of Time Travel by a Tamil saint. He went back in time by two years and changed the course of “history”.

The people who wrote about these anecdotes clearly expressed surprise when the boy and the girl were grown to compensate the years they lost in “death”. If it is instant revival we can find many reasonable scientific explanations. Here there is no ambiguity or exaggeration.  Sundarar’s miracle decad begins with the Tamil words “Etraan Marakeen Ezumaikkum”. Avinasi is forty kilometres from Coimbatore.

(Please read my article Do Hindus believe in Aliens? Where in I have explained how Hindus view Time. We believe there is more to it than what Einstein had discovered)

Picture credit: Cedric THUVAL (copy right)

திரு ஞான சம்பந்தருடன் 60 வினாடி பேட்டி


Child Saint Sambandhar meets Appar the Great (Photo: The Hindu)


(கேள்விகள்: சுவாமிநாதனின் கற்பனை; பதில்கள்- சம்பந்தர் தேவாரத்திலிருந்து)

நாளும் இன்னிசையால் தமிழ் பரப்பும் ஞான சம்பந்தரரே, வணக்கம். தமிழிலும் மந்திரங்கள் உண்டு என்பது உம்மால் அன்றோ உலகுக்குத் தெரிந்தது. பாண்டிய மன்னன் நோய் தீர விபூதி பூசி என்ன சொன்னீர்கள்?


மந்திரமாவது நீறு வானவர் மேலது நீறு

சுந்தர மாவது நீறு துதிக்கப் படுவது நீறு

தந்திரமாவது நீறு சமயத்தில் உள்ளது நீறு

செந்துவர் வாய் உமை பங்கன் திருவாலவாயான் திரு நீறே


ஐந்து வயதிலேயே தமிழ் கவிதை பாடி இந்துக்களின் ரிகார்ட் புத்தகத்தில் பதிவான குழந்தை மேதையே. உங்கள் திரு வாயால். மீண்டும்…..


தோடு உடைய செவியன் விடை ஏறி ஓர் தூவெண் மதி சூடிக்

காடுடைய சுடலைப் பொடி பூசி என் உள்ளம் கவர் கள்வன்

ஏடு உடைய மலரான்  உனை நாள் பணிந்து ஏத்த அருள் செய்த

பீடு உடைய பிரமாபுரம் மேவிய பெம்மான் இவன் அன்றே


கணபதி பற்றி நீவீர் பாடிய பாடலைக் கேட்க ஆசை. அதை வேகமாகப் படித்தால் வாயில் போட்ட கடலை மிட்டாய் கூட தூள்தூள் ஆகிவிடுமோ?


பிடியதன் உருவுமை கொளமிகு கரியது

வடி கொடு தனதடி வழிபடும் அவர் இடர்

கடி கண பதிவர வருளினன் மிகு கொடை

வடிவினர் பயில் வலி வலமுறை இறையே


சம்பந்தன் தன்னைப் பாடினான், சுந்தரன் பெண்ணைப் பாடினான், அப்பர் என்னைப் பாடினான் என்று சிவனே சொன்னாராமே?


ஒரு நெறிய மனம் வைத்து உணர் ஞான சம்பந்தன் உரை செய்த

திரு நெறிய தமிழ் வல்லவர் தொல்வினை தீர்தல் எளிதாமே


அற்புதம், உம்மை முருகனின் மறு அவதாரம் என்று அருணகிரியே திருப்புகழ் பாடியது உமது திரு நெறிய தமிழால் அன்றோ!  உமது பாடல் படிக்கப் படிக்க எதுகை மோனையுடன் வருமே, அது என்ன பாட்டு?


உண்ணா முலை உமையாளொடும் உடனாகிய ஒருவன்

பெண்ணாகிய பெருமான் மலை திருமாமணி திகழ

மண்ணார்ந்தன அருவித் திரள் மழலைம் முழவதிரும்

அண்ணாமலை தொழுவார் வினை வழுவா வண்ணம் அறுமே


வயதில் மூத்த அப்பர் பெருமான் எச்சரித்தும் தைரியமாக மதுரை சென்று ஆபத்துக்களைச் சந்திthதீரே, இது அசட்டுத் தைரியம் இல்லையா?


வேயுறு தோளி பங்கன் விடம் உண்ட கண்டன் மிக நல்ல வீணை தடவி

மாசறு கங்கை முடிமேல் அணிந்து என்  உளமே புகுந்த அதனால்

ஞாயிறு திங்கள் செவ்வாய் புதன் வியாழன் வெள்ளி சனி பாம்பு இரண்டும் உடனே ஆசறு நல்ல நல்ல அவை நல்ல நல்ல அடியாரவர்க்கு மிகவே


காலம் கலி யுகம், இதில் நல்ல படியாக நேர்மையாக ஒருவன் வாழ முடியாதென்று எனக்குத் தோன்றுகிறது.


மண்ணில் நல்ல வண்ணம் வாழலாம் வைகலும்

எண்ணில் நல்ல கதிக்கு  யாதும் ஓர் குறைவு இல்லை

கண்ணில் நல்லஃதுறும் கழுமல வளநகர்ப்

பெண்ணில் நல்லாளொடும் பெருந்தகை இருந்ததே.


திருமணம் ஆனவுடன் பொதுமக்கள், புது மணப் பெண் புடைசூழ சோதியில் கலந்த போது என்ன பாடினீர்?


காதல் ஆகிக் கசிந்து கண்ணீர் மல்கி

ஓதுவார் தமை நன்னெறிக்கு உய்ப்பது

வேதம் நான்கினும் மெய்ப் பொருளாவது

நாதன் நமம் நமச்சிவாயவே


சென்னை மயிலாப்பூரில் பாம்பு கடித்து இறந்த வணிகர் குலப் பெண் பூம்பாவையை பல ஆண்டுகளுக்குப் பிறகு சாம்பல், அஸ்தி நிறைந்த பானையிலிருந்து உயிருடன் கொணர்ந்தது எப்படி?


மட்டிட்ட புன்னையங் கானல் மடமயிலை

கட்டிடங் கொண்டான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்

ஒட்டிட்ட பண்பின் உருத்திரப் பல் கணத்தார்க்கு

அட்டிட்டல் காணாதே பூம்பாவாய்


நோய் வந்தால் கடவுளை வழி பட முடியுமா?

“தும்மல் இருமல் தொடர்ந்த போழ்தினும்

வெம்மை நரகம் விளைந்த போழ்தினும்

இம்மை வினை அடர்த்தெய்தும் போழ்தினும்

அம்மையினும் துணை அஞ்செழுத்துமே”


“இடரினும் தளரினும் எனதுறு நோய்

தொடரினும் உன் கழல் தொழுது எழுவேன்”


நற்றமிழ் வல்ல ஞான சம்பந்தா, நிதி மிகுந்தவர் பொற்குவை தாரீர் என்று பாரதியார் பாடியது உம் பாடலைக் கேட்டுத் தானோ?

வாசி தீரவே காசு நல்குவீர்

மாசின் மிழலையர் ஏசலில்லையே


வேத நெறி தழைத்தோங்க, மிகு சைவத் துறை விளங்க பூதலத்தில் வந்துதித்த ஞானச்சுடரே, ஒவ்வொரு பதிகத்திலும் எட்டாம் பாட்டில் ராவணனையும் பத்தாம் பாட்டில் சமணர்களையும் சாடுகிறீரே?

“ஏழ் கடல் சூழ் இலங்கை அரையன் தனோடு

இடரான வந்து நலியா”

“புத்தர் சமண் கழுக்கையர் பொய் கொளாச்

சித்தத்தவர்கள் தெளிந்து தேறின”


ஆளுடையப் பிள்ளையாரே, அப்படி என்ன சேக்கிழார் பெருமானை மயக்கினீர்? “பிள்ளை பாதி, புராணம் பாதி” என்று சொல்லும் அளவுக்கு 4000 செய்யுளில் 2000 செய்யுட்கள் எல்லாம் உமது கதையாக இருக்கிறதே?


“கண்காட்டு நுதலானும் கனல் காட்டும் கையானும்

பெண் காட்டும் உருவானும் பிறைகாட்டும் சடையானும்

பண் காட்டும் இசையானும் பயிர் காட்டும் புயலானும்

வெண்காட்டில் உறைவானும் விடை காட்டும் கொடியானே”


“நற்றமிழ் ஞான சம்பந்தன் நான் மறை

கற்றவன் காழியர் மன்னன் உன்னிய

அற்றமில் மாலை ஈரைந்தும் அஞ்செழுத்து

உற்றன வல்லவர் உம்பர் ஆவரே”


வாடிய பயிரைக் கண்டபோதெல்லாம் வாடினேன் என்று மனம் உருகினார் வள்ளலார். ஒரு ஏழையின் நிலை கண்டு இரங்கி கனகதாரா துதி பாடி தங்க மழை பொழிவித்தான் சங்கரன். நீரும் வறட்சி நீங்க பாடினீராமே


காரைகள் கூகை முல்லை கள வாகை ஈகை

படர் தொடரி கள்ளி கவினிச்

சூரைகள் பம்மி விம்மு சுடுகாடு அமர்ந்த

சிவன் மேய சோலை நகர்தான்

தேரைகள் ஆரைசாய மிதி கொள்ள வாளை

குதிகொள்ள வள்ளை துவள

நாரைகளால் வாரி வயல் மேதி வைகு

நனிபள்ளி போலு நமர்காள்


நனி பள்ளியை பதிகம் பாடியே வளப் படுத்திய உமது தினசரி பிரார்த்தனை என்னவோ?

வாழ்க அந்தணர் வானவர் ஆனினம்

வீழ்க தண்புனல், வேந்தனும் ஓங்குக,

ஆழ்க தீயது எல்லாம், அரன் நாமமே

சூழ்க, வையகமும் துயர் தீர்கவே


நல்ல பிரார்த்தனை. அந்தணர் முதலாகவுள்ள எல்லா குலங்களும் பசு மாடு முதல் உள்ள எல்லா மிருகங்களும் வாழ்ந்து வையகத் துயர்கள் எல்லாம் மறைய வேண்டும். கேட்கவே ஆனந்தம், நன்றி.