The main text of Aaiyyanism is the 12 Rings of Aaiyyan which was said to have been written by Guru Bhimashankar Dattatriya 3000 or more years ago. This is the most powerful texts in all of Aaiyyanist thought and gives us the 12 thoughts or ‘Rings’ that determine the essentiality of being an Aaiyyanist and ultimately being One with the Universe. It can be broken down into a series of rules or sermons that describes Aaiyyan in a frame of reference, and show us how Aaiyyan-Murugan breaks free from these frames of reference to transcend all. It is a very compelling text and has the power to permeate the inner mind of an Aaiyyanist or non-Aaiyyanist to direct them to their Existential path to salvation. It is the text that all Aaiyyanists (from whatever School of thought) carry with them, either physically or mentally to direct their soul/subconscious mind to a spiritual path that had initially been hidden, but was in fact in front of us all along.
Due to the subtle nuances of the Dravidian Aaiyyani text that describes the 12 Rings of Aaiyyan, there has been no successful translation of the work into English or Tamil to date. There is also the additional problem of accommodating each School’s interpretation of the text. What I mean by this is that: there are many schools of thought in Dravidian Aaiyyanism: from the Aatmaani (pure) School, the Parishaantaa (Pacifist) school all the way to the Abhichaara (Tantric) School and SainikaH (Martial) Schools, and each School has an understanding of the text that is relevant and pertinent to their own interpretation. So any translation would lose this, or side with one School against another. The best way to absorb Dravidian Aaiyyanism is to learn and absorb oneself in the language of the ancients: Dravidian Aaiyyani.
Other works worth mentioning include ‘The Shadow’ – The teachings of Guru Tikshnapriya Sarasvata and ‘The Seed’ – The spiritual teachings of Guru Vithi Telgu. These give small parables or snippets of true Aaiyyanist philosophy and thought that is distilled into very short poetic stanzas. ‘The Seed’ also gives us the Rituals of Vaidya, or the hidden secret techniques that can fully allow an Aaiyyanist practitioner to heal themselves and others. Both of these texts were available in English for a short period of time from the Aaiyyan World Foundation, but again the translation By Guru Jnanadipa Bhariri and Guru Ud-Aaiyan was pulled due to disagreements in the interpretation. Basically, the Aaiyyan World Foundation did not wish there to be any disagreements between the various Schools, so these works were shelved until agreement on the translation can be agreed.
Another practical guide to the living wonders of Aaiyyanism can be gleaned from: ‘The Aaiyyan Accent to the Veil’ by Guru Kendra Jnanavajra Marichi (4 AD). This is a wondrous guidebook into the arts of healthy living, meditation and other disciplines that has the power to extend one’s life and ultimately achieve Oneness with Brahman. It is no surprise that those of the S’uunya School live to such long ages, as they are the most adept practitioners of Guru Kendra’s work.
Finally there is a text that will be made available (as an English Translation) later this year (or next) that all Aaiyyanist children love: ‘The Origin of the Vel’. This is primarily an Aaiyyanist teaching story that reveals the fundamentals of Aaiyyanist thought and philosophy that is aimed for children between the ages of 6-16. It can also be used as a primer for non-Aaiyyanists to begin to grasp and understanding the subtle nuances involved in the ancient Dravidian tradition of Murugan-Aaiyyan worship.
This is only a small subset of the many great works that are available to the Murugan worshipper, but is a starting point in your journey to Murugan-Aaiyyanism.