Ennai Enak Arivitthaan

This Natchintanai is usually considered the first of Siva Yogaswami's songs. While it is popularly known as "Engal Gurunathan," we are using the first line of the song as the title because there is another famous song whose title is "Engal Gurunathan."

  • Genre: natchintanai Deity: Guru
  • Artists: Sydney Sivathondan Society Ladies
  • Music Details: | Graha-sa
  • Original Script

    என்னையெனக் கறிவித்தான்

    என்னையெனக் கறிவித்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    இணையடியென் தலைவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    அன்னைபிதாக் குருவானா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    அவனியெல்லா மாளவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    முன்னைவினை நீக்கிவிட்டா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    மூவருக்கு மறியவொண்ணா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நன்மைதீமை யறியாதா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நான்தானாய் விளங்குகின்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    தேகம்நீ யல்லவென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    சித்தத்திற் திகழுகின்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    மோகத்தை முனியென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    முத்திக்கு வித்ததென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    வேகத்தைக் கெடுத்தாண்டா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    விண்ணும் மண்ணு மாகிநின்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    தாகத்தை யாக்கிவிட்டா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    சத்தியத்தைக் காணவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    வாசியோகந் தேரென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    வகாரநிலை அறியென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    காசிதேசம் போவென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    கங்குல்பக லில்லையென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நாசிநுனி நோக்கென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நடனந்தெ ரியுமென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    மாசிலோசை கேட்குமென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    மற்றுப்பற்றை நீக்கென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    இருவழியை அடையென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    எல்லாம் விளங்குமென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    கருவழியைக் கடவென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    கட்டுப்படும் மனமென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    ஒருவரும றியாரென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    ஓங்கார வழியென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நிருமலனா யிருவென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நீயேநா னென்றுசொன்னா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    திக்குத் திகாந்தமெல்லா மெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    சித்தத்துள் நிற்கவைத்தா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    பக்குவமாய்ப் பேணென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    பார்ப்பதெல்லாம் நீயென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    அக்குமணி யணியென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    அஞ்செழுத்தை ஓதென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நெக்குநெக் குருகென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    நித்தியன்நீ யென்றுசொன்னா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    தேடாமல் தேடென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்

    சீவன் சிவனென்றா னெங்கள்குரு நாதன்



    ennai enak arivitthaan engal gurunaathan

    inaiyadiyen thalai vaitthaan engal gurunaathan

    annai pithaa guruvaanaan engal gurunaathan

    avani ellaam aala vaitthaan engal gurunaathan

    munnai vinai neekki vittaan engal gurunaathan

    moovarukkum ariyavonnaan engal gurunaathan

    nanmai theemai ariyaathaan engal gurunaathan

    naanthaanaai vilangukinraan engal gurunaathan

    theygam nee alla endraan engal gurunaathan

    sitthatthil thigalukindraan engal gurunaathan

    mohgatthai muni endraan engal gurunaathan

    mutthikku vitthathendraan engal gurunaathan

    veygatthai kedutth aandaan engal gurunaathan

    vinnum mannum aagi ninraan engal gurunaathan

    thaagatthai aakki vittaan engal gurunaathan

    satthiyatthai kaana vaitthaan engal gurunaathan

    vaasiyohgam theyr endraan engal gurunaathan

    vagaara nilai ari endraan engal gurunaathan

    kaasi theysam poh endraan engal gurunaathan

    kangul pagal illai endraan engal gurunaathan

    naasi nuni nohkkendraan engal gurunaathan

    nadanam theriyum endraan engal gurunaathan

    maasil ohsai ketkum endraan engal gurunaathan

    matru patrai neekkendraan engal gurunaathan

    iru valiyai adai endraan engal gurunaathan

    ellaam vilangum endraan engal gurunaathan

    karuvaliyai kadavendraan engal gurunaathan

    kattuppadum manam endraan engal gurunaathan

    oruvarum ariyaar endraan engal gurunaathan

    ohmkaara vali endraan engal gurunaathan

    nirmalanaai iruvendraan engal gurunaathan

    neeyey naan endru sonnaan engal gurunaathan

    thikkuth thigaantham ellaam engal gurunaathan

    sitthatthul nirka vaitthaan engal gurunaathan

    pakkuvamaay peyn endraan engal gurunaathan

    paarppath ellaam nee endraan engal gurunaathan

    akkumani ani endraan engal gurunaathan

    anjel.uthai ohth endraan engal gurunaathan

    nekku nekk urugu endraan engal gurunaathan

    nitthiyan nee endru sonnaan engal gurunaathan

    theydaamal theyd endraan engal gurunaathan

    seevan sivan endraan engal gurunaathan

    naadaamal naad endraan engal gurunaathan

    nalla vali thohndrum endraan engal gurunaathan

    paadaamal paad endraan engal gurunaathan

    patthar inam seyr endraan engal gurunaathan

    vaadaamal val.ipadendraan engal gurunaathan

    vaiyagatthil vaal. endraan engal gurunaathan

    thitthikkum oru moliyaal engal gurunaathan

    sinmayatthai kaana vaitthaan engal gurunaathan

    etthikkum aagi nindraan engal gurunaathan

    ellaam nee endruraitthaan engal gurunaathan

    vitth indri naaru seyyvaan engal gurunaathan

    vinnavarum ariya vonnaan engal gurunaathan

    thatthuvaa theethan aanaan engal gurunaathan

    sagala sambatthum thanthaan engal gurunaathan

    aathi antham illai endraan engal gurunaathan

    athuvey nee endruraitthaan engal gurunaathan

    sohthi mayam endru sonnaan engal gurunaathan

    sutt iranthu nil endraan engal gurunaathan

    saathi samayam illaan engal gurunaathan

    thaanai vilangu kindraan engal gurunaathan

    vaathiyarum kaana onnaan engal gurunaathan

    vaakkirantha inbam thanthaan engal gurunaathan

    mucchanthi kuppaiyiley engal gurunaathan

    mudakki kidanthidu endraan engal gurunaathan

    acchamodu kohbam illaan engal gurunaathan

    aanavatthai neekki vittaan engal gurunaathan

    pacchai puraviyiley engal gurunaathan

    paangaaga eyrendraan engal gurunaathan

    thacchan kattaa veettiley engal gurunaathan

    thaavupari kattendraan engal gurunaathan

    naamey naam endruraitthaan engal gurunaathan

    namakku kurai illai endraan engal gurunaathan

    pohmey pohm vinai endraan engal gurunaathan

    pohkku vara villai endraan engal gurunaathan

    thaamey thaam endruraitthaan engal gurunaathan

    sangarpam illai endraan engal gurunaathan

    aum endru uruthi thanthaan engal gurunaathan

    oomai el.uth ari endraan engal gurunaathan


    He Made Me to Know Myself

    about me - to me - he introduced (1) - our - gurunathan

    both feet on my - head - he placed - our - gurunathan

    mother - father - guru, he became - our - gurunathan

    world - entire - rule - made (me) - our - gurunathan

    previous - action/reaction - remove - he did - our - gurunathan

    by all three (2) - to know - he who is, not possible - our - gurunathan

    good - bad - he who does not discriminate - our - gurunathan

    as Self - He shines - our - gurunathan

    body - you - are not - said - our - gurunathan

    in the heart - he is abiding - our - gurunathan

    delusion - silence it - said - our - gurunathan

    for liberation - that is the way (3), said - our - gurunathan

    hurry - destroyed - and ruled over - our - gurunathan

    space and - earth also - became - stood - our - gurunathan

    the thirst - create - he did - our - gurunathan

    the truth - to be revealed - he made - our - gurunathan

    vasiyoga (4) - gain mastery over - said - our - gurunathan

    grace - state - realize - said - our - gurunathan

    Varanasi (5) - land of - go - said - our - gurunathan

    dark night - or day - is not there - said - our - gurunathan

    nose - tip - observe, he said - our - gurunathan

    dance - will be seen - he said - our - gurunathan

    flawless - sound - will be heard - he said - our - gurunathan

    other - attachments - discard he said - our - gurunathan

    both - paths (6) - close - he said - our - gurunathan

    all - will be understood - he said - our - gurunathan

    the path of womb - go past - he said - our - gurunathan

    will be controlled - the mind - he said - our - gurunathan

    even one - knows not - he said - our - gurunathan

    the sound of om - path - he said - our - gurunathan

    without impurity - be, he said - our - gurunathan

    you indeed are - I - thus - he said - our - gurunathan

    directions - end of the directions - all - our - gurunathan

    within the mind - to stand - he made - our - gurunathan

    carefully - preserve - he said - our - gurunathan

    that is seen - all - is you - he said - our - gurunathan

    rudraksha bead - wear - he said - our - gurunathan

    the five letters - say with care - he said - our - gurunathan

    soften - soften - melt - he said - our - gurunathan

    immortal - you are - thus - he said - our - gurunathan

    not searching - search - he said - our - gurunathan

    soul - is siva - he said - our - gurunathan

    not desiring - desire - he said - our - gurunathan

    good - path - will appear - he said - our - gurunathan

    not singing - sing - he said - our - gurunathan

    devotees - community - join - he said - our - gurunathan

    not wearying - worship, he said - our - gurunathan

    in the world - live - he said - our - gurunathan

    sweetened - one - with the language - our - gurunathan

    The Superconscious - to see - he made me - our - gurunathan

    every direction - became - he stood - our - gurunathan

    all - you are - thus, he taught - our - gurunathan

    seed - without - seedling - he will make - our - gurunathan

    even celestial beings - to know - impossible - our - gurunathan

    philosophy - he who has transcended - he became - our - gurunathan

    all kinds - wealth - he gave - our - gurunathan

    origin - end - not there - he said - our - gurunathan

    That - you are - thus, he taught - our - gurunathan

    light - pervasive - thus - he said - our - gurunathan

    attributes - freed from - stand - he said - our - gurunathan

    caste - religion - he who is without - our - gurunathan

    as himself - shines - he does - our - gurunathan

    by even scholars - seen - one who is not - our - gurunathan

    words stilled - bliss - he gave - our - gurunathan

    at the junction of three roads - in the rubbish - our - gurunathan

    curl up - and lie - he said - our - gurunathan

    fear and - anger - he who is without - our - gurunathan

    ego - removed - he did - our - gurunathan

    young - on the horse (7) - our - gurunathan

    majestically - climb up - he said - our - gurunathan

    carpenter - not built by - in the house (8) - our - gurunathan

    jumping horse - tie, he said - our - gurunathan

    we, indeed - we are - thus, he uttered - our - gurunathan

    for us - no deficiencies - he said - our - gurunathan

    it will go - it will go - action (and reaction) - he said - our - gurunathan

    going - coming - no (9) - he said - our - gurunathan

    ourselves, indeed - are we - thus, he taught - our - gurunathan

    intention - no - thus - he said - our - gurunathan

    yes - thus - promise - he gave - our - gurunathan

    silent - letter - perceive - he said - our - gurunathan


    1) arivitthaan - literal meaning : announced

    2) Moovar : "The Three" usually understood to be Brahma, Vishnu and Siva

    3) vitthu : commonly used to mean seed; also means way

    4) Vaasiyohgam: yogic breathing

    5) kasidesam: The city of Kasi, also called Banaras or Varanasi

    6) iruvali: the two paths refer to the two channels, ida and pingala, which need to be closed to allow the breath to flow along the sushumna

    7) pacchai puraviyiley: literally means young horse. It also means restless breath.

    8) thacchan kattaa veettiley: the house not built by a carpenter refers to the body. These lines urge the student to gain control over the restless breath till you can ride it with ease and tie the body with it causing the mind to be stilled

    9) pohku varavu illai: literally "no going and coming" infers ending the cycle of death and birth

    * Model for Study: A major impediment to the spread of Natchintanai has been the diversity of melodies used for any given song. Hindu music is very creative and professionally trained Carnatic singers have a great deal of freedom for improvisation, much like modern western jazz musicians. But this leaves the average lay person with a big problem as well as teachers of groups or children when they come to learn the song. "How should we sing it? What is the tune?" To facilitate the dissemination of Yogaswami's songs the Swamis at Kauai Aadheenam have selected standardized tunes. Wherever possible we have tried to source these melodies from the Sri Lankan Jaffna community itself. Sometimes a complicated carnatic melody by a professional Jaffna Tamil singer has been simplified. (Gamakams are reduced for children) In cases where melodies are not known or are "boring" from a modern youth angle, we have adopted a more rhythmic, upbeat melody. We have to give credit to the Tiruvadi Niliyam (Jaffna Sai Baba devotees) who have sponsored some recordings by the All Ceylon Radio Singers for leading the way in this regard. These are good examples of Yogaswami's songs sung in a pleasing style. It is well known that Yogaswami himself did on occasion tell his devotees to sing such-and-such a Natchintanai song according to the melody of a song sung by one of the current popular devotional singers of his day. The melodies for many Natchintanai have yet to be selected for groups and children. If you would care to suggest some tunes we would very much appreciate your suggestions. Please email studyhall@hindu.org