Author: Dr. Shuddhananda Bharati
The writer’s kinship of mind and heart and soul with the saints, whom he describes and interprets and glorifies in his work, is remarkable and has enabled him to dive in the ambrosial ocean of the Alvars’ souls, just as the Alvars had, in the author’s own words, “Taken a deep plunge into the ocean of divine consciousness.” Well does he say in apt and ardent language: “An Alvar is a golden river of love and ecstacy which finds its dynamic peace in the boundless ocean of Sat-Chid-Ananda.
”An Alvar is a living Gita, breathing Upanishad, a moving temple, a hymning torrent of divine rapture. The Alvars were so simple, so humble, so much immersed in the Divine and so superconscious that they did not even care for the publicity of their sublime psalms. Their life was a ceaseless stream of divine communion. They took utter refuge at the feet of the Divine.”