Sekkizhar Adi-p-Podi Dr.T.N.R, is my mentor, I have listened to him and read him on a number of occasions. His article entitled ‘Anbhinavagupta’ appeared in Swar Bharati, 2012.
“He was enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Judicature, Madras in 1956, but despite his professional preoccupation, he always found time for studying the great literatures of both Tamil and English with remarkable enthusiasm and dedication. His most valuable quality is his unique and unquenchable love of world literature, in particular of poetry, of all periods and peoples.”
He was one of the nineteen people honoured during the Birth-Centenary Celebration of Maha Kavi Bharati. The Jaffna University conferred on T.N.R the Degree: ‘Doctor of Literature.’
Though the region of Trichy is also part of the old Chola Nadu, T.N.R did not dwell on it. The realm of Thanjavur alone was dealt with by him. He lists the names of the Sankam poets of this realm who are eighteen in number.
I know T.N.R to be a cognoscente of Saiva Siddhantam. I also know that he is well versed in Virasaivam. I never knew that he is well versed in Virasaivam,. I never knew that he was conversant with Kashmir Saivism. Only after Abhinavagupta, I learnt of the quintessential message of Kashmir Saivism.
“In fine, he was greatest Ācharya of the Monistic Saivism of Kashmir. His place among the Monist Saivism is the same as that of Sankarāchārya’s in Advaita Vedanta and that of Meykantār’s in Saiva Siddhanta.