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Selva Gurunathan

  • Genre: natchintanai Deity: Siva
  • Artists: Uma Satkunasivam
  • Original Script

    செல்வக் குருநாதா

    செல்வக் குருநாதா செல்வக் குருநாதாஶ்ரீ
    சிந்தைதடு மாறுதெடா திருவருளைத் தந்திடெடா

    அல்லலெல்லாம் நீக்கி யாளாக்க வேண்டுமெடா
    எல்லையில்லா வின்பத்திலே யெனையிருத்தி வைத்திடெடா

    கல்லை நிகர்த்தமனங் கரையவரந் தந்திடெடா
    தொல்லைவினை நீக்கிச் சுகமெனக்கே யீந்திடெடா

    நீயேநா னென்னும் நிச்சயத்தைக் காட்டிடெடா
    பேயேபோல் நானிருந்து பிரமைகொள்ள வைத்திடெடா

    அங்குமிங்கு மோடி யலைந்து திரிகிறேன்டா
    எங்குமுனைக் காண வெனக்குவரந் தந்திடெடா

    வலைப்பட்ட மான்போல் மயக்கமிக வாகுதெடா
    சிலைப்பட்ட பாண்டம்போற் சித்தஞ் சிதறுதெடா

    எனக்குள்ளே நீயிருக்கும் எழிலைத்தான் காட்டிடெடா
    உனக்குள்ளே நானிருக்கு முண்மையிலே மாட்டிடெடா

    பேசாத மந்திரத்தின் பெருமைநீ தந்திடெடா
    ஆசா பிசாசை யகற்றவழி காட்டிடெடா

    என்னோ டுடன்பிறந்தா ரெல்லோரும் மாண்டார்கள்
    உன்னுறவே யல்லாம லோருறவு மில்லையெடா


    selva gurunaathaa selva gurunaathaa!
    sinthai thadumaaruthedaa thiruvarulai thanthidedaa

    allalellaam neekki aalaakka veyndumedaa
    ellaiyillaa inbatthiley enaiyirutthi

    kallai nigarttha manang karaiya varan thanthidedaa
    thollai vinai neekki sugamenakkey yeenthidedaa

    neeyey naanennum nicchayatthai kaattidedaa
    peyyeypohl naanirunthu piramai kolla vaitthidedaa

    angumingum ohdi alainthu thirigireyndaa
    engum unai kaana enakku varam thanthidedaa

    valaippatta maan pohl mayakkamiga aaguthedaa
    silaippatta paandam pohl sittham sitharuthedaa

    enakkulley neeyirukkum el.ilaitthaan kaattidedaa
    unakkulley naanirukkum unmaiyiley maattidedaa

    peysaatha manthiratthin perumai nee thanthidedaa
    aasaa pisaasai agattra val.i kaattidedaa

    ennohdudan piranthaar ellohrum maandaarkal
    unnuravey yallaamal ohruravum illaiyedaa


    Precious Gurunathan

    precious - Gurunatha - precious - respected Gurunatha!
    mind - vascillating, my dear - divine grace (about) - give, my dear

    sorrows all - remove - make a man of - is needed, my dear
    boundless - in bliss - placed me
    keep me, my dear

    stone - like - mind - to melt - boon - grant, my dear
    past - karma - remove - peace to me, indeed - bestow, my dear

    you indeed - am I, thus - certainty - show, my dear
    as one possessed - I remain - consciousness - hold - keep me, my dear

    here and there - run - roam - wandering am I , my dear
    everywhere - you - to see - to me - boon - give, my dear

    caught in a net - deer - like - much delusion - has become, my dear
    hit by stone - vessel - like - mind - is shattering, my dear

    within me - your being - the charm of - show, my dear
    within you - my being - in the truth of - anchor, my dear

    unspoken - sacred word - glory - you - give, my dear
    desire - demon - to remove - the way - show, my dear

    together with me - those who were born - everyone - is dead
    your relationship indeed - without - another relative - not there, my dear

    * 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

    Photo of  Gurudeva
    Observe those who are steadfast. You will learn from them. Observe those who are not, and they, too, will teach you. They will teach what you should not do.