In their quest for knowledge, they were knowledgeable in science, technology, astronomy, literature, fine arts, music, drama, dance, and provided solutions to common people in their illness and advice for their future. They were typically first scientists, saints, doctors, alchemists, and mystics all in one.
They wrote their findings in the form of Tamil poems.
They are the father of ‘Varma kalai’ - a martial art for self-defence and medical treatment at the same time. Varmam are specific points located in the human body which when pressed in different ways can give various results, such as disabling an attacker in self-defence, or balancing a physical condition as an easy first-aid medical treatment. They were the first to develop pulse-reading (‘naadi paarththal’ in Tamil) to identify the condition of the body and any disease that can be affecting it.
In their quest, they acquired Yogic powers through their constant yogic practice and discipline where it is said that they could control and transcend the barriers of time and space by meditation (Yoga) and use of herbs that transform the body to make it potentially deathless, and a particular breathing-practice, a type of Pranayama.
Through their practices they are believed to have reached stages of insight which enabled them to tune into the powers hidden in various material substances and practices, useful for the suffering and ignorant mankind.
Typically, Citters were saints, doctors, alchemists and mystics all at once. They wrote their findings, in the form of poems in Tamil language, which have been collected and stored in what are known today as Palm leaf manuscript.
We are the recipients of such knowledge and practices that have stood through the test of time practiced even now.