Harinamakeerthanam

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Hari Nama Keerthanam

Hari Nama Keerthanam

(Song of the name of Hari)

(Song of the name of Hari)

By

By

Thunchathu Ezhuthachan

Thunchathu Ezhuthachan

A Feeble attempt in

A Feeble attempt in translation

translation

By

By

P.R.Ramachander

P.R.Ramachander

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Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was one of the greatest writers in

Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was one of the greatest writers in

Malayalam .His translation of Adhyathma Ramayanam Kili Pattu and

Malayalam .His translation of Adhyathma Ramayanam Kili Pattu and

Maha baratham are revered treasures in almost all

Maha baratham are revered treasures in almost all

houses in Kerala

houses in Kerala

even today. He was supposed to have lived in

even today. He was supposed to have lived in

the 14

the 14

thth

century. His name,

century. His name,

his caste and even the number of

his caste and even the number of

other books he wrote are subject of l

other books he wrote are subject of l

ot

ot

of controversy. But universally it is agreed upon that he wrote the book

of controversy. But universally it is agreed upon that he wrote the book

called “Hari Nama Keerthanam.”(Song of the name

called “Hari Nama Keerthanam.”(Song of the name

of Hari).Either

of Hari).Either

Narayanaya Mama (salutations to Lord Narayana) or Hari Narayanaya

Narayanaya Mama (salutations to Lord Narayana) or Hari Narayanaya

Nama (Salutations to Narayana who is Hari) has been added to the 66

Nama (Salutations to Narayana who is Hari) has been added to the 66

verses of this book. These are added to philosophical thoughts of 

verses of this book. These are added to philosophical thoughts of 

Ezhuthachan. The stanzas of the book start with the alphabets in the

Ezhuthachan. The stanzas of the book start with the alphabets in the

great initial invocation “Hari Sri

great initial invocation “Hari Sri

Ganapathaye Nama.”

Ganapathaye Nama.”

And then

And then

the 51

the 51

alphabets of the Malayalam of those days. It was a time when the

alphabets of the Malayalam of those days. It was a time when the

alphabet reform was going on in

alphabet reform was going on in

Malayalam. Previous to this work, the

Malayalam. Previous to this work, the

common people used 30 alphabets of

common people used 30 alphabets of

Vattezhthu, which was

Vattezhthu, which was

phonetically inadequate, and the people who wanted to write Sanskrit

phonetically inadequate, and the people who wanted to write Sanskrit

used Grandhaksharam which was a mixture of Tamil and Sanskrit

used Grandhaksharam which was a mixture of Tamil and Sanskrit

alphabets. Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was possibly an active member of 

alphabets. Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was possibly an active member of 

the alphabet reform process and this great book

the alphabet reform process and this great book

is his signal

is his signal

contribution to this

contribution to this

movement.

movement.

From the book, it is clear that Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was a

From the book, it is clear that Thunchathu Ezhuthachan was a

Vaishnavite who was fondly in love with the Advaitha philosophy. He

Vaishnavite who was fondly in love with the Advaitha philosophy. He

mentions that his Guru was one Neelakanta Somayaji in one of the

mentions that his Guru was one Neelakanta Somayaji in one of the

verses. Researchers think that he learned these aspects of

verses. Researchers think that he learned these aspects of

religion from

religion from

Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu.

AS in my other translations, I have tried my best to reflect the

AS in my other translations, I have tried my best to reflect the

meaning intended by Ezhuthachan. This was difficult because, in this

meaning intended by Ezhuthachan. This was difficult because, in this

case he was not

case he was not

addressing the common man but the student of 

addressing the common man but the student of 

philosophy and religion. I crave your pardon, if I have erred.)

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Omkaramaya

Omkaramaya porul porul moonayi pirinju moonayi pirinju udane,udane,

Angaramay

Angaramayathinnu thaan athinnu thaan thane sakshiyithu,thane sakshiyithu,

Bodham varuthu vathinnu aalayi ninna,

Bodham varuthu vathinnu aalayi ninna,

Paramacharya roopa ,Hari Narayanaya Nama.

Paramacharya roopa ,Hari Narayanaya Nama.

My salutations to that Narayana, My salutations to that Narayana, Who is also the lord Hari,

Who is also the lord Hari, For being the great teacher, For being the great teacher,

Who stood as a person , to make me know, Who stood as a person , to make me know, That truth which is revealed by the sound of Om, That truth which is revealed by the sound of Om, Though split in to three forms of trinity,

Though split in to three forms of trinity, As soon as it was born,

As soon as it was born, Is

Is only only an an illusion illusion created created by by my my ego. ego. 11 (This verse is the invocation by the author not to any God figure but to the Paramathma,

(This verse is the invocation by the author not to any God figure but to the Paramathma,

whose clear vision to us is prevented by the veil of “Maya”)

whose clear vision to us is prevented by the veil of “Maya”)

Onnayi ninneyiha randennu kandalavi,

Onnayi ninneyiha randennu kandalavi,

Yunadyi orindal batha mindavathalla mama,

Yunadyi orindal batha mindavathalla mama,

Pande kanakku varuvan nin krupa valikal,

Pande kanakku varuvan nin krupa valikal,

Undakayengaliha narayanaya nama.

Undakayengaliha narayanaya nama.

My salutations to that Narayana, My salutations to that Narayana, With a request from humble self, With a request from humble self, To make me see him as one reality, To make me see him as one reality, For I was made sad extreme, For I was made sad extreme, To see that the indivisible one, To see that the indivisible one, Has

Has been been split split in in to to two. two. 22 ( Ezhuthachan continues

( Ezhuthachan continues to tell us that though the god is one to tell us that though the god is one , we are made to , we are made to believebelieve

that we

that we as persons(antharatma) we are different from as persons(antharatma) we are different from the all pervadingthe all pervading

reality(Paramathma))

reality(Paramathma))

Ananda chinmaya hare,

Ananda chinmaya hare, GopikaramanGopikaramana,a,

Jnan yenna bhavam athu thonnayga vena miha,

Jnan yenna bhavam athu thonnayga vena miha,

Thonunnanathgil

Thonunnanathgil akilam jnan akilam jnan ithenna vazhi,ithenna vazhi,

Thonnename varada , narayanaya nama.

Thonnename varada , narayanaya nama.

My salutations to you Narayana, My salutations to you Narayana, Hey giver of my boons,

Hey giver of my boons, Hey Hari

Hey Hari who is who is personification of personification of joy,joy, Hey God

Hey God who is who is darling darling of Gopis,of Gopis, Let not mind be caught by the ego, Let not mind be caught by the ego,

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And let my thought make me know, And let my thought make me know, That

That this this entire entire universe universe is is really really me. me. 33 (Ezhuthachan warns us all that, we should not be caught in the web of ego and start

(Ezhuthachan warns us all that, we should not be caught in the web of ego and start

thinking that we are something different from the ultimate truth)

thinking that we are something different from the ultimate truth)

Arkanaladhi velivokke grahikkumoru,

Arkanaladhi velivokke grahikkumoru,

Kanninnu kannu manamagunna kannathinnu,

Kanninnu kannu manamagunna kannathinnu,

Kannayirunna porul , thaan ennu murakkum mala,

Kannayirunna porul , thaan ennu murakkum mala,

Vanandamenthu , hari narayanaya nama.

Vanandamenthu , hari narayanaya nama.

My salutations to that Narayana, My salutations to that Narayana, Who is also the Lord Hari, Who is also the Lord Hari,

Happiness of the soul can never be described, Happiness of the soul can never be described, When

When one knows one knows that self is that self is the truth,the truth, And that there is an eye beyond the eye. And that there is an eye beyond the eye. Which is the eye of the mind,

Which is the eye of the mind,

And which can only understand the truth, And which can only understand the truth, Behind

Behind the the sun sun and and the the fire. fire. 44 (Ezhuthachan tells us that self realization not only makes all truths evident but also gives

(Ezhuthachan tells us that self realization not only makes all truths evident but also gives

immense happiness)

immense happiness)

Harinama keerthanam ithu ura cheivathinnu guru,

Harinama keerthanam ithu ura cheivathinnu guru,

Varulale devakalumarul cheika bhoosurarum,

Varulale devakalumarul cheika bhoosurarum,

Naranayi janichu bhuvi maranam bhavippalavu.

Naranayi janichu bhuvi maranam bhavippalavu.

Muracheivadinnarulga narayanaya nama.

Muracheivadinnarulga narayanaya nama.

My salutations to you Narayana, My salutations to you Narayana, Please bless me so that,

Please bless me so that,

This writing of the song of Hari’s name, This writing of the song of Hari’s name, Is with the blessings and grace of my teacher, Is with the blessings and grace of my teacher, Also supported by Gods and the gods among men, Also supported by Gods and the gods among men, And let me be able to sing this,

And let me be able to sing this, Not only from birth to time of death, Not only from birth to time of death, But

But also also while while dying. dying. 55 (Ezhuthachan prays for the grace of his teacher as well as the approval of god and the

(Ezhuthachan prays for the grace of his teacher as well as the approval of god and the

learned Brahmins for this great work. He requests God to make this work immortal)

learned Brahmins for this great work. He requests God to make this work immortal)

Sree moolamaya prakrathhengal thudangi,

Sree moolamaya prakrathhengal thudangi,

Naandyatholam

Naandyatholam para maha para maha maya maya thande gathi,thande gathi,

Janmangalum pala kazhinjalum illa gathi,

Janmangalum pala kazhinjalum illa gathi,

Karmathinnum parama narayanaya nama.

Karmathinnum parama narayanaya nama.

My salutations to Narayana, My salutations to Narayana, From the ultimate root of illusion, From the ultimate root of illusion, Through several evolutions, Through several evolutions, Stretches this vision called life. Stretches this vision called life.

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Though several births are past, Though several births are past, There is no end to this ,

There is no end to this , Attachment

Attachment through through several several actions. actions. 66 (This attachment to mortal life will go only with the realization of truth which can be

(This attachment to mortal life will go only with the realization of truth which can be

achieved by unalloyed devotion

achieved by unalloyed devotion))

Garbhasthanayi bhuvi janichum marichummuda,

Garbhasthanayi bhuvi janichum marichummuda,

Kappola pole jananandyena nithya gathi,

Kappola pole jananandyena nithya gathi,

Thwad bakthi vardhana mudikkenam men manassi

Thwad bakthi vardhana mudikkenam men manassi

Nithyam thozhayi variga, narayanaya nama.

Nithyam thozhayi variga, narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana, Like a bubble in water, Like a bubble in water, This being travels from , This being travels from , The life in the womb. The life in the womb. To death, again and again. To death, again and again. Only the end of births, Only the end of births,

Is the ultimate end to this pain. Is the ultimate end to this pain. And only devotion to thee, And only devotion to thee, Leads

Leads to to this this end end of of births. births. 77 (Impermanence of life is highlighted and it is pointed out that our aim should be to get

(Impermanence of life is highlighted and it is pointed out that our aim should be to get

out of this cycle of births and deaths .The author feels that devotion to Him is the only

out of this cycle of births and deaths .The author feels that devotion to Him is the only

way)

way)

Naa tharil manini manalan purana puru,

Naa tharil manini manalan purana puru,

Shan bhaktha vatsalan ananthan nandadhi heenanithi,

Shan bhaktha vatsalan ananthan nandadhi heenanithi,

Chithathil achyutha Kali pandal ittu vila,

Chithathil achyutha Kali pandal ittu vila,

Yadeetuken manasi Narayanaya nama.

Yadeetuken manasi Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana,

Who is the lord of the lady of lotus, Who is the lord of the lady of lotus, Who is the primeval man,

Who is the primeval man, Who loves his devotees, Who loves his devotees,

Who does not have either end or start, Who does not have either end or start, .Be pleased Oh God,

.Be pleased Oh God,

Construct a play ground in my mind, Construct a play ground in my mind, And

And play play ththere. ere. 88

(Ezhuthachan requests God to make the mind pray and think of only Him)

(Ezhuthachan requests God to make the mind pray and think of only Him)

Pacha kili pavizha pal varna mothha nira,

Pacha kili pavizha pal varna mothha nira,

Michipavarkku shadadaram kadannu pari,

Michipavarkku shadadaram kadannu pari,

Viswa sthithi pralaya srushtikku sathwa raja,

Viswa sthithi pralaya srushtikku sathwa raja,

Sthamo bhedha , Nadha, Harinarayanaya nama.

Sthamo bhedha , Nadha, Harinarayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana, Who is the lord Hari, Who is the lord Hari,

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Who is of the colour of green, coral and whitish milk, Who is of the colour of green, coral and whitish milk, Who lives in

Who lives in the the lotus with thousand lotus with thousand petals,petals, Which is above the six different states, Which is above the six different states, Who is above the deluge of this universe. Who is above the deluge of this universe. And

And who who is is above above the the good, good, royal royal and and base base characters. characters. 99 (The yogi tries to raise the Sushmna nadi from the base of Mooladhara, through

(The yogi tries to raise the Sushmna nadi from the base of Mooladhara, through

Swadishatana, Manipooraka, Anahatha , Vishudhi chakra And Agna chakra and reaches

Swadishatana, Manipooraka, Anahatha , Vishudhi chakra And Agna chakra and reaches

out to The sahasrara (thousand petal lotus) which is in the base of the brain. Once the

out to The sahasrara (thousand petal lotus) which is in the base of the brain. Once the

sahsrara opens, it is believed all knowledge would be self evident. The

sahsrara opens, it is believed all knowledge would be self evident. The realization realization of of 

God then comes automatically)

God then comes automatically)

Thatwathinullil udayam cheythidunna poru,

Thatwathinullil udayam cheythidunna poru,

Ledutheedivaan Guru padanthe bajippavannu,

Ledutheedivaan Guru padanthe bajippavannu,

Mukthikku thakkoru upadesam tharum, janana,

Mukthikku thakkoru upadesam tharum, janana,

Matheedum mannavanu , narayanaya nama.

Matheedum mannavanu , narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana, Realisation

Realisation of of the the truth,truth, That is

That is ingrained ingrained in in the the philosophy,philosophy, Is possible only to him,

Is possible only to him,

Who devotes himself to the worship, Who devotes himself to the worship, Of the feet of his teacher,

Of the feet of his teacher, Who will give him,

Who will give him,

Suitable advice leading to salvation, Suitable advice leading to salvation, Which

Which would would lead lead to to the the end end of of births. births. 1010 (The need to get guidance from a teacher for attaining salvation is emphasized here.)

(The need to get guidance from a teacher for attaining salvation is emphasized here.)

En papam okke arivaan Chithra gupthanude,

En papam okke arivaan Chithra gupthanude,

Sampoorna lekhana giram kettu Dharmapathi,

Sampoorna lekhana giram kettu Dharmapathi,

En pakkaliluula duritham parthu kanumala,

En pakkaliluula duritham parthu kanumala,

Vambhoruhaksha,Hari Narayanayaama.

Vambhoruhaksha,Hari Narayanayaama.

Salutations to that Narayana, Salutations to that Narayana, Who is the Lord Hari,

Who is the Lord Hari, Oh Lord with lotus eyes, Oh Lord with lotus eyes, Please be

Please be kind enough kind enough to save to save me,me, When the Lord of death judges me, When the Lord of death judges me, Based on the list of my sins,

Based on the list of my sins,

Prepared by Lord Chithra Guptha, Prepared by Lord Chithra Guptha, And

And punishes punishes me me with with suitable suitable pains. pains. 1111 (The list of sins and good deeds committed by an individual is supposed to be maintained

(The list of sins and good deeds committed by an individual is supposed to be maintained

by ChitraGupta, the accountant of Lord Yama. This list is supposed to help him to

by ChitraGupta, the accountant of Lord Yama. This list is supposed to help him to

determine the quantum of punishment to be given.)

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Nakshatra pankthikalmindu prakasavumo,

Nakshatra pankthikalmindu prakasavumo,

Likkum , divakaranudhichu uyarneedava,

Likkum , divakaranudhichu uyarneedava,

Pakshee ganam garudane kandu kai thozhuthu,

Pakshee ganam garudane kandu kai thozhuthu,

Rakshikka, ninnadima narayanaya nama.

Rakshikka, ninnadima narayanaya nama.

Salutations to that Narayana, Salutations to that Narayana, Please save me , your slave, Please save me , your slave, Who

Who elects to elects to worship worship thee in thee in your your formless form,formless form, (as against worshipping you as an idol)

(as against worshipping you as an idol) For with the rise of Sun,

For with the rise of Sun,

The glitter of stars and moon fade, The glitter of stars and moon fade, And with the coming of eagle, And with the coming of eagle, Other

Other birds birds fly fly low low in in salutationsalutation. . 1212 (Here Ezhuthachan brings out the need to worship and realize the formless god. Though

(Here Ezhuthachan brings out the need to worship and realize the formless god. Though

other forms of worship of Gods like Vishnu, Shiva etc are practiced, they according to

other forms of worship of Gods like Vishnu, Shiva etc are practiced, they according to

him are an inferior mode.)

him are an inferior mode.)

Math prananum paranum onnennu urappavannu,

Math prananum paranum onnennu urappavannu,

Thath prana dehavum anithyam kalathra danam,

Thath prana dehavum anithyam kalathra danam,

Swapnaadhiyil, chilathu kanadangu unarnaavanno,

Swapnaadhiyil, chilathu kanadangu unarnaavanno,

Doppam grahikka , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Doppam grahikka , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to that Narayana, Salutations to that Narayana, Who is the Lord Hari,

Who is the Lord Hari, To the one who decides, To the one who decides,

That his soul and the God are one, That his soul and the God are one, His body that houses the soul, His body that houses the soul, Becomes impermanent,

Becomes impermanent, And the wife and wealth, And the wife and wealth, Are like

Are like things that things that he sees,he sees, In

In his his dreams dreams and and he he knows,knows, That

That all all these these earth earth is is but but an an illusion. illusion. 1313 (Ezhuthachan emphasizes the fact that a realized soul would not take interest in the

(Ezhuthachan emphasizes the fact that a realized soul would not take interest in the

worldly wealth. To him they are like things he sees in his dreams. Up to the last stanza

worldly wealth. To him they are like things he sees in his dreams. Up to the last stanza

the first letters were those of the invocation, “Hari sree Narayanaya nama.”)

the first letters were those of the invocation, “Hari sree Narayanaya nama.”)

Anbenamen manasi Sree neelakanda

Anbenamen manasi Sree neelakanda

guru-Vamboruhakshamithi vazhathunnu gnanum eha,

Vamboruhakshamithi vazhathunnu gnanum eha,

Anbathoraksha

Anbathoraksharavum ravum moronnuthen mozhiyi,moronnuthen mozhiyi,

Lanpote cherka, Hari Narayano nama.

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Salutations to that Narayana, Salutations to that Narayana, Who is that Lord Hari,

Who is that Lord Hari, I praise with all my mind, I praise with all my mind,

My spiritual teacher Neelakanda, My spiritual teacher Neelakanda, Like the Lord with lotus eyes, Like the Lord with lotus eyes, And let his memory,

And let his memory, Be always in my mind, Be always in my mind,

And let each of the fifty one letters, And let each of the fifty one letters, Of my language,

Of my language, Be

Be used used properly properly in in this this work. work. 1414 (Here he remembers about his teacher Sri.Neelakanda Somayaji. He also mentions that he

(Here he remembers about his teacher Sri.Neelakanda Somayaji. He also mentions that he

is using the 51 reformed Malayalam alphabets instead of the 30 alphabets of Kolezhuthu

is using the 51 reformed Malayalam alphabets instead of the 30 alphabets of Kolezhuthu

or the Grandaksharam. From this stanza he starts using as first letter the vowels and

or the Grandaksharam. From this stanza he starts using as first letter the vowels and

consonants of the new alphabet system)

consonants of the new alphabet system)

Aadhyakasharthilulayonithokkeyumi,

Aadhyakasharthilulayonithokkeyumi,

Thadyakaralithadangun

Thadyakaralithadangunnathum nathum karuthi,karuthi,

Adyaksharalivayiloronnu eduthu pari,

Adyaksharalivayiloronnu eduthu pari,

Keerthippathinnarulga,Narayanaya nama

Keerthippathinnarulga,Narayanaya nama.. Salutations to Lord Narayana,

Salutations to Lord Narayana,

Since the Ultimate truth “Aum” started with, Since the Ultimate truth “Aum” started with, The first letter of the alphabet,

The first letter of the alphabet,

And all the world started from this truth, And all the world started from this truth, Please grant me a boon,

Please grant me a boon, Capacity

Capacity to to write this write this work,work, To

To start start successisuccessivevely ly from from this this first first letter. letter. 1515 (He realizes how difficult this job of making the new alphabets as first letters is going to

(He realizes how difficult this job of making the new alphabets as first letters is going to

be and prays God to help him. Hindus believe that the world was created by the sound

be and prays God to help him. Hindus believe that the world was created by the sound

“AUM” which echoed and reechoed in the entire universe. This holy sound also starts

“AUM” which echoed and reechoed in the entire universe. This holy sound also starts

with the first alphabet Aa.)

with the first alphabet Aa.)

Ikkanda viswamathu mindradhi devakalu,

Ikkanda viswamathu mindradhi devakalu,

Markenduvahnikolodoppam trimoorthikalum,

Markenduvahnikolodoppam trimoorthikalum,

Agre virat purusha, ninmoolam akashravum,

Agre virat purusha, ninmoolam akashravum,

Morkayi varenamiha narayanaya nama

Morkayi varenamiha narayanaya nama.. Salutations to that Narayana,

Salutations to that Narayana, Hey God who is the eternal truth, Hey God who is the eternal truth, This universe with the Indra and devas, This universe with the Indra and devas, Sun, moon and fire and the holy trinity, Sun, moon and fire and the holy trinity, Is due to you, who is the all pervasive one, Is due to you, who is the all pervasive one, And

And so so please please give give me me the the capacitcapacity,y, To

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(Ezhuthachan here emphasizes the unity in diversity in the concept of God as propounded

(Ezhuthachan here emphasizes the unity in diversity in the concept of God as propounded

by Hindus)

by Hindus)

Eevanna moham agale povathinnu puna,

Eevanna moham agale povathinnu puna,

Reevannamull

Reevannamullorupadesangal orupadesangal ulakil,ulakil,

Jeevannu, Krisha, Hari, Govinda, Rama thiru,

Jeevannu, Krisha, Hari, Govinda, Rama thiru,

Namangal onnozhige, Narayanaya nama.

Namangal onnozhige, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to the Lord Narayana, Salutations to the Lord Narayana, To get devoid of this illusion great, To get devoid of this illusion great, There is no better way shown to me, There is no better way shown to me, In the teachings of the world,

In the teachings of the world, Except

Except chanting chanting your your holy holy names,names, Like

Like Krishna, Krishna, Govinda, Govinda, Hari Hari and and Rama. Rama. 1717 (Though the search for method of salvation is through the belief in the formless God,

(Though the search for method of salvation is through the belief in the formless God,

Ezhuthachan advocates meditation on the

Ezhuthachan advocates meditation on the holy names as holy names as a method a method to get this belief.)to get this belief.)

Ullil kanatha madha mathsaryamennithuka,

Ullil kanatha madha mathsaryamennithuka,

Lulloru kalamude nennagilum manasi

Lulloru kalamude nennagilum manasi

Chollithoru thirunamangal annavannu.

Chollithoru thirunamangal annavannu.

Nalla gathikku vazhi narayanaya nama.

Nalla gathikku vazhi narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana, Salutations to Lord Narayana, Even in the

Even in the period period when mind is when mind is full of heavyfull of heavy Feelings of ego and competition,

Feelings of ego and competition, Chanting of holy names in the mind , Chanting of holy names in the mind , Is

Is the the only only way way for for salvation. salvation. 1818 (Chanting of holy names keeps the mind away from bad qualities like anger, jealosy,etc.)

(Chanting of holy names keeps the mind away from bad qualities like anger, jealosy,etc.)

Oorinnu venda chila bharangal vendathinnu,

Oorinnu venda chila bharangal vendathinnu,

Neerinnu venda nija dharangal vendathinnu,

Neerinnu venda nija dharangal vendathinnu,

Narayana Achyutha , Hare yennathinnoruvar,

Narayana Achyutha , Hare yennathinnoruvar,

Navonni vendu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Navonni vendu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, There is no need of pilgrimage to holy places, There is no need of pilgrimage to holy places, There is no need of lot many things to buy, There is no need of lot many things to buy, There is no need to bathe in holy waters, There is no need to bathe in holy waters,

And there is no need of a virtuous wife for that, And there is no need of a virtuous wife for that, But there is only the need of tongue,

But there is only the need of tongue, To

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(Ezhuthachan here advocates pure Bhakthi and chanting of holy names, He says that

(Ezhuthachan here advocates pure Bhakthi and chanting of holy names, He says that

there is no need for any other thing to be done.)

there is no need for any other thing to be done.)

Rithuvaya penninnu mirappavannum dahakannum,

Rithuvaya penninnu mirappavannum dahakannum,

Pathithannum Agni yagnam cheyda bhoo surannum,

Pathithannum Agni yagnam cheyda bhoo surannum,

Har nama keerthanam ithoru nalu markku muda,

Har nama keerthanam ithoru nalu markku muda,

Naruthathalla, hari narayanaya nama.

Naruthathalla, hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, The singing of

The singing of the names of the names of Hari,Hari, Is never banned any time ,

Is never banned any time ,

For the lady who is in her periods, For the lady who is in her periods, For the one who begs,

For the one who begs, For the one w

For the one who observes ho observes an unclean timean unclean time,, For the debased human being,

For the debased human being, And

And for for the the Brahmin Brahmin doing doing fire fire sacrifice. sacrifice. 2020 (Here is Ezhuthachan talking like a modern day revolutionary against orthodox beliefs..

(Here is Ezhuthachan talking like a modern day revolutionary against orthodox beliefs..

Some researchers feel

Some researchers feel that he was nothat he was not allowed to read t allowed to read the holy books the holy books in Kerala and in Kerala and hadhad

to go to other states to learn religious books.)

to go to other states to learn religious books.)

Rhoubhoshanennu

Rhoubhoshanennu chilar baschilar bashikkalum hikkalum chilaru,chilaru,

Mapapiiyennu paryunnakilum manasi,

Mapapiiyennu paryunnakilum manasi,

Aavo namukku thiriyayennu vachu thiru

Aavo namukku thiriyayennu vachu thiru

Namangal cholka Hari Narayanaya nama.

Namangal cholka Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, Chant the

Chant the holy names holy names of of Hari,Hari,

Acting as if we are ignorant of what they say, Acting as if we are ignorant of what they say, When

When some one tells some one tells that we are that we are pure idiotspure idiots And

And when when some some one one calls calls us us a a great great sinner. sinner. 2121 (Ezhuthachan wants every one not to bother about the orthodox opinion and pray god as

(Ezhuthachan wants every one not to bother about the orthodox opinion and pray god as

one wishes.)

one wishes.)

Lruthadmadhi yothoru poruham ninakkilumi,

Lruthadmadhi yothoru poruham ninakkilumi,

Thajithande nama gunamathiningu venda drudam,

Thajithande nama gunamathiningu venda drudam,

Oru kodi kodi thava thirunamamullavayi,

Oru kodi kodi thava thirunamamullavayi,

Larauthathilla Hari Narayanaya nama

Larauthathilla Hari Narayanaya nama.. Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, There is no need to see

There is no need to see which which name mname matchesatches,, For there is no name which is not suitable, For there is no name which is not suitable, In the

In the crores of crores of crores of crores of holy names holy names of the of the god,god, And

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( He dispels another popular belief that chanting certain names of god are superior than

( He dispels another popular belief that chanting certain names of god are superior than

others.)

others.)

Lrukaradhi mudalayittu jnanumiha,

Lrukaradhi mudalayittu jnanumiha,

Kai koopi veenudan irakkunnu Nadaonudu,

Kai koopi veenudan irakkunnu Nadaonudu,

Ekantha bakthi akame vannu udippathinnu,

Ekantha bakthi akame vannu udippathinnu,

Vaikunnathendu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Vaikunnathendu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari,

Why this delay in the attainment of pure unalloyed devotion, Why this delay in the attainment of pure unalloyed devotion, To the formless lord,

To the formless lord, I

I am asking am asking you with you with folded hands,folded hands, Oh

Oh God, God, whom whom I I imagine imagine as as Shiva, Shiva, Vishnu Vishnu and and Brahma. Brahma. 2323 (Though he has been saying about chanting of holy names as a method to approach to

(Though he has been saying about chanting of holy names as a method to approach to

salvation,(stanzas 17-22) here he feels that it is not adequate and he needs to know the

salvation,(stanzas 17-22) here he feels that it is not adequate and he needs to know the

truth about the formless God.)

truth about the formless God.)

Ekanda yogikalil aakamksha kondu para,

Ekanda yogikalil aakamksha kondu para,

Mekanda vazhi pokuuni then manavum,

Mekanda vazhi pokuuni then manavum,

Kakan parannu punar annangal poya vazhi,

Kakan parannu punar annangal poya vazhi,

Pokunna pole hari narayanaya nama.

Pokunna pole hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations that lord Narayana who is Hari, My mind is traveling in this path of solitude, My mind is traveling in this path of solitude, Aimed at getting the devotion of unalloyed saints. Aimed at getting the devotion of unalloyed saints. Like

Like the the flock flock of of crow crow following following the the path path of of swans. swans. 2424 (Ezhuthachan tells that his being a devotee and his desire to the path of the formless God

(Ezhuthachan tells that his being a devotee and his desire to the path of the formless God

is like a crow traveling in the path of swans.)

is like a crow traveling in the path of swans.)

Ayyanjum anjum mdan ayyarum mettum muda

Ayyanjum anjum mdan ayyarum mettum muda

Navvannamettum mudanen moonum mezhum madha,

Navvannamettum mudanen moonum mezhum madha,

Chaovvodoranjumapirandonnu thatwamathil,

Chaovvodoranjumapirandonnu thatwamathil,

Mevunna nadha hari Naryanaya nama.

Mevunna nadha hari Naryanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Oh Lord who you are all pervasive in, Oh Lord who you are all pervasive in, Five into five plus five, five into six, Five into five plus five, five into six, Eight plus eight , eight into three, seven Eight plus eight , eight into three, seven And

And five five and and two two plus plus one one principles. principles. 2525 (Five Bhoothas, Five sense organs, Five aspects, Five action organs, Five airs, Five

(Five Bhoothas, Five sense organs, Five aspects, Five action organs, Five airs, Five

subsidiary souls, Five actions, Six bases, Eight egoistic aspects, Eight actions inside the

subsidiary souls, Five actions, Six bases, Eight egoistic aspects, Eight actions inside the

body and mind, Three nadis, Three mandals, Three doshas, three bad characers, three

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good characters, Three aspe

good characters, Three aspects of life, Seven minerals, Five interior orgacts of life, Seven minerals, Five interior organs, ns, and the threeand the three

holy gods are the 96 aspects referred in the above stanza.)

holy gods are the 96 aspects referred in the above stanza.)

Othunna geethangalorovannamula poru,

Othunna geethangalorovannamula poru,

Lethennu kanmathinu pora mano balavum ,

Lethennu kanmathinu pora mano balavum ,

Ethengilum kimapi karunyaminnu thava,

Ethengilum kimapi karunyaminnu thava,

Sadikka vendu hari narayanaya nama,

Sadikka vendu hari narayanaya nama,

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, I do not have the mental capability,

I do not have the mental capability,

Of understanding the several Gitas that I read, Of understanding the several Gitas that I read, And so what I need is your grace,

And so what I need is your grace, And to get that grace,

And to get that grace, The

The only only way way I I know know is is devotion devotion to to you. you. 2626

(Ezhuthachan rues over the several philosophical works whose meaning is not clear to the

(Ezhuthachan rues over the several philosophical works whose meaning is not clear to the

common man. He feels that the only option left to him is Bhakthi or devotion to him.)

common man. He feels that the only option left to him is Bhakthi or devotion to him.)

Oudhubarathil masakathinnu thonnumithil,

Oudhubarathil masakathinnu thonnumithil,

Meethe kadhabhi sukham illennu thal parichu,

Meethe kadhabhi sukham illennu thal parichu,

Chethovimohini mayakkayka maya thava,

Chethovimohini mayakkayka maya thava,

Dehohaminnavayil Narayanaya nama.

Dehohaminnavayil Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana Salutations to Lord Narayana Unlike

Unlike the the insect insect inside,inside, A sweet fig fruit,

A sweet fig fruit,

Which feels that there is no pleasure, Which feels that there is no pleasure, Greater than that,

Greater than that,

Make me not think due to illusion, Make me not think due to illusion, By hiding your form,

By hiding your form, That there is no pleasure That there is no pleasure Greater

Greater than than this this body body in in this this world. world. 2727 (Maya or illusion hides the fact that God is only one and makes us feel that this entire

(Maya or illusion hides the fact that God is only one and makes us feel that this entire

universe is real. Ezhuthachan wants help from the God to see the real truth.)

universe is real. Ezhuthachan wants help from the God to see the real truth.)

Ambhoja sambhavanum anbodu neendhi bhatha,

Ambhoja sambhavanum anbodu neendhi bhatha,

Vanmoha varidhiyilennedamorthu mama,

Vanmoha varidhiyilennedamorthu mama,

Vanpedi paramathu nammodadaayvathinnu,

Vanpedi paramathu nammodadaayvathinnu,

Mumbe thozham adigal narayanaya nama.

Mumbe thozham adigal narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana Salutations to Lord Narayana Thinking that even Lord Brahma, Thinking that even Lord Brahma,

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Who originated from a lotus, Who originated from a lotus,

Was made to swim in the sea of illusion, Was made to swim in the sea of illusion, I am very much afraid,

I am very much afraid,

That I wont able to reach you, That I wont able to reach you, And

And so so I I salute salute your your feet. feet. 2828 (Ezhuthachan prays God to keep him away from the hold of illusion.)

(Ezhuthachan prays God to keep him away from the hold of illusion.)

Appasvum vadiyumayi kondajamilane,

Appasvum vadiyumayi kondajamilane,

Mulpodu chennu kayareeoru kimkarare,

Mulpodu chennu kayareeoru kimkarare,

Pilpodu chennadha thaduthoru naalvareyu,

Pilpodu chennadha thaduthoru naalvareyu,

Mappole naumi , hari narayanaya nama.

Mappole naumi , hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, I would like to bow before thee,

I would like to bow before thee,

Like Ajamila who bowed before those four messangers, Like Ajamila who bowed before those four messangers, Of Lord

Of Lord Vishnu and Vishnu and who prevented,who prevented, The servants of Yama ,the Lord of death, The servants of Yama ,the Lord of death, Who

Who were were trying trying to to drag drag him him with with ropes ropes and and sticks. sticks. 2929 (Ajamila who was a Brahmin lead a sinful life. In his death bed he called out the name of 

(Ajamila who was a Brahmin lead a sinful life. In his death bed he called out the name of 

his lat son, “Narayana, Narayana,.”Then the assistants of lord Vishnu appeared before

his lat son, “Narayana, Narayana,.”Then the assistants of lord Vishnu appeared before

him and prevented the assistants of Lord Yama from taking him to hell.)

him and prevented the assistants of Lord Yama from taking him to hell.)

Kashtam , Bavane yoru pandyan bajichalava,

Kashtam , Bavane yoru pandyan bajichalava,

Gasthyena nee batha , sapichedendinniha ,

Gasthyena nee batha , sapichedendinniha ,

Nakrena kaalkadsha

Nakrena kaalkadsha kadipichathenkadipichathendinnithu,dinnithu,

Morkkavathalla Hari Naryanaya nama.

Morkkavathalla Hari Naryanaya nama.

Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to Lord Narayana who is Hari, I am only able to remember,

I am only able to remember,

That you made a crocodile bite the feet , That you made a crocodile bite the feet , Of the elepha

Of the elephant who was nt who was a a prince of Pandyprince of Pandyas,as, Cursed by sage Agasthya,

Cursed by sage Agasthya, To

To give give them them both both salvation. salvation. 3030 (Indradhymna a Pandya prince was cursed by Sage Agasthya and became an elephant

(Indradhymna a Pandya prince was cursed by Sage Agasthya and became an elephant

called Gajendra. Similarly a Gandharwa called Huhu was cursed by Devala to become a

called Gajendra. Similarly a Gandharwa called Huhu was cursed by Devala to become a

crocodile. You made the crocodile bite the elephant to give them both salvation Strange

crocodile. You made the crocodile bite the elephant to give them both salvation Strange

are your ways.)

are your ways.)

Gadwangan enna dharaneesannu kaankoru mu

Gadwangan enna dharaneesannu kaankoru mu

Hurthena nee gathi koduppanumendu vidhi,

Hurthena nee gathi koduppanumendu vidhi,

Ottalla nin kali kali pole thangalil vi

Ottalla nin kali kali pole thangalil vi

Rudhangala aayathugal , narayanaya nama

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Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana, There is no end to the variety There is no end to the variety Of your judgment,

Of your judgment, For

For to to the the prince prince Dileepa,Dileepa,

You gave salvation, within an hour , You gave salvation, within an hour , And

And your your actions actions leads leads to to lot lot of of such such contradictions. contradictions. 3131 (While to get salvation Gajendra the elephant had to do thapas for 1000 years, to Dileepa

(While to get salvation Gajendra the elephant had to do thapas for 1000 years, to Dileepa

(who was known as Gadwanga)the king within an hour.Why this contradiction in your

(who was known as Gadwanga)the king within an hour.Why this contradiction in your

actions)

actions)

Garvichu vannoru jarasandhanodu yudhi,

Garvichu vannoru jarasandhanodu yudhi,

Chovvode , nilpathinnu pora ninakku balam,

Chovvode , nilpathinnu pora ninakku balam,

Avvaridhou dahana banam thoduthathu thi,

Avvaridhou dahana banam thoduthathu thi,

Lapippathinnumathi, Narayanaya nama.

Lapippathinnumathi, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana,

Though you had the strength to make, Though you had the strength to make, The ocean of water boil,

The ocean of water boil, Using the fire arrow, Using the fire arrow, You did

You did not not have the have the strength,strength, To stand and fight,

To stand and fight, The

The proud proud Jarasandha. Jarasandha. 3232 (When the god of Ocean did not come before Lord Rama, he sent an arrow and made the

(When the god of Ocean did not come before Lord Rama, he sent an arrow and made the

entire ocean boil. But in case of Jarasandha, Lord Krishna was defeated and had to take

entire ocean boil. But in case of Jarasandha, Lord Krishna was defeated and had to take

the help of Bhima to kill him.)

the help of Bhima to kill him.)

Garmma thapam kulir nilavennu thambiyodu,

Garmma thapam kulir nilavennu thambiyodu,

Chemme paranju nija pathnim piranjalavu,

Chemme paranju nija pathnim piranjalavu,

Thanne thiranju marukicha mrugakshikale,

Thanne thiranju marukicha mrugakshikale,

Vrundavanathil adha , Narayanaya nama.

Vrundavanathil adha , Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana, Salutations to Narayana, Though you told your brother, Though you told your brother, That the moon light divine, That the moon light divine, Was as hot as the summer sun, Was as hot as the summer sun, When you were away from Sita, When you were away from Sita, You made those deer eyed maidens, You made those deer eyed maidens, Feel sorrow by going away,

Feel sorrow by going away, And

And leaving leaving their their company company in in Brindavan. Brindavan. 3333 (When Sita was abducted by ravana, once Lord Rama told Lakshmana that because Sita

(When Sita was abducted by ravana, once Lord Rama told Lakshmana that because Sita

was not there, he even felt the full moon as hot as the sun. In Vrindavan he left thousands

was not there, he even felt the full moon as hot as the sun. In Vrindavan he left thousands

of Gopis who were lovelorn and vanished.)

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Ngaanam thudangi yudan anjaksharangulude,

Ngaanam thudangi yudan anjaksharangulude,

Yoonam varuthiyoru naktham charikku batha,

Yoonam varuthiyoru naktham charikku batha,

Koonoru dasiye manognagiyakkiyathu,

Koonoru dasiye manognagiyakkiyathu,

Monnalliyalu , hari narayanaya nama.

Monnalliyalu , hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, You were the one who cut of ,

You were the one who cut of , The organ meant to read, The organ meant to read,

The five nasal sounding alphabets, The five nasal sounding alphabets, And you were the one who made, And you were the one who made, A hunch backed servant maid, A hunch backed servant maid, In

In to to an an attractive attractive lady. lady. 3434 (He cut off the nose of Surpanaka as Rama and made a Hunch backed lady in to a pretty

(He cut off the nose of Surpanaka as Rama and made a Hunch backed lady in to a pretty

one as Krishna.Here he refers to the nasal sounding alphabets of Malayalam )

one as Krishna.Here he refers to the nasal sounding alphabets of Malayalam )

Chammati poondu kadingaanum murukkiyuda,

Chammati poondu kadingaanum murukkiyuda,

Ni indrathmajannu ther pooti ninnu batha,

Ni indrathmajannu ther pooti ninnu batha,

Chemme maranjoru saram kondu konnathumo,

Chemme maranjoru saram kondu konnathumo,

Rindrathmajanne , hari narayanaya nama.

Rindrathmajanne , hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, You were the one who wore ,

You were the one who wore ,

The dress of a charioteer and held a whip, The dress of a charioteer and held a whip, And drove a chariot for Indra’s son, And drove a chariot for Indra’s son, And you were also the one.

And you were also the one. Who hid h

Who hid himself imself and killed band killed by an arrowy an arrow,, Another

Another son son of of Indra. Indra. 3535 (He as Lord Rama killed Bali (son of Indra) hiding behind a bush andas Lord Krishna

(He as Lord Rama killed Bali (son of Indra) hiding behind a bush andas Lord Krishna

drove chariot for Arjuna (another son of Indra.))

drove chariot for Arjuna (another son of Indra.))

Channathwamarnnu kanal pole

Channathwamarnnu kanal pole niranjulagniranjulagil,il,

Minnunna nin mahimayarkkum thirikkaruthu,

Minnunna nin mahimayarkkum thirikkaruthu,

Annannu kandathine vazhthunna Mamuniga

Annannu kandathine vazhthunna Mamuniga

Lennathra thonni, Hari narayanaya nama.

Lennathra thonni, Hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, Salutations to Narayana who is Haari, Though your power shines like a fireball, Though your power shines like a fireball, And fills the world like lightning,,

And fills the world like lightning,, The veil of illusion hides you from us, The veil of illusion hides you from us, And I feel that even the sages great, And I feel that even the sages great, Only

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(Maya , the illusion hides your shining resplendent forms even from sages)

(Maya , the illusion hides your shining resplendent forms even from sages)

Janthukkalullil vilassedunna ninnudaya,

Janthukkalullil vilassedunna ninnudaya,

Bandham vidathe pari poornaathmana sathatham,

Bandham vidathe pari poornaathmana sathatham,

Thanthum mani prakara bedhangal pole para,

Thanthum mani prakara bedhangal pole para,

Menthenthu jathamiha , narayanaya nama.

Menthenthu jathamiha , narayanaya nama.

Salutations

Salutations to to Lord Lord Narayana,Narayana, Your relationship exists,

Your relationship exists,

Fully , permanently and forever, Fully , permanently and forever, In all the beings of earth,

In all the beings of earth,

In the form of their complete soul, In the form of their complete soul, And the difference between them, And the difference between them,

Appears to me similar to the different colured beads, Appears to me similar to the different colured beads, Of

Of a a necklace necklace of of gems. gems. 3737 (The difference in appearance in different beings is only an illusion and they are like

(The difference in appearance in different beings is only an illusion and they are like

beads of a necklace.)

beads of a necklace.)

Jjangara nada miva yogeendrarullilumo,

Jjangara nada miva yogeendrarullilumo,

Rothunna geethagalilum paal payodhiyulum,

Rothunna geethagalilum paal payodhiyulum,

Aakasaveedhiyilum onnayi niranjarulu,

Aakasaveedhiyilum onnayi niranjarulu,

Mananda roopa , Harinarayanaya nama.

Mananda roopa , Harinarayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, You are spread fully,

You are spread fully, Like

Like the the royal royal splendour of splendour of music,music, In the minds of great sages,

In the minds of great sages, In the great works of Geetha, In the great works of Geetha, In the ocean of milk,

In the ocean of milk,

And in the avenues of the sky, And in the avenues of the sky, As

As the the soul soul of of happiness. happiness. 3838 (Here Ezhuthachan imagines God as the all pervading sound.)

(Here Ezhuthachan imagines God as the all pervading sound.)

Gnan ennum easwaran ithennum valarnnalavu,

Gnan ennum easwaran ithennum valarnnalavu,

Jnana dwayangal palathumundavathinnu batha,

Jnana dwayangal palathumundavathinnu batha,

Moham nimithamathu pogum prakaram iha,

Moham nimithamathu pogum prakaram iha,

Chethassilaaga , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Chethassilaaga , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Let my mind get devoid of the illusions, Let my mind get devoid of the illusions, Due to attachment to self,

Due to attachment to self,

Of the two types of knowledge, Of the two types of knowledge, Which makes me think,

Which makes me think, That

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(Ezhuthachan states the premise of the philosophy of advaitha in very simple words.)

(Ezhuthachan states the premise of the philosophy of advaitha in very simple words.)

Tangum kurangavum eduthittu pathiyudal,

Tangum kurangavum eduthittu pathiyudal,

Sangum

Sangum radhangavuradhangavum eduthittu m eduthittu pathiyudapathiyudal,l,

Ekaksharam thava hi roopam ninappavannu,

Ekaksharam thava hi roopam ninappavannu,

Pokunnu moha vazhi , narayanaya nama.

Pokunnu moha vazhi , narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, The path way of illusion, The path way of illusion,

Makes your form which is one, Makes your form which is one, And which is forever,

And which is forever,

Appear as if half of your form holds, Appear as if half of your form holds, A deer and axe in the hand,

A deer and axe in the hand, And the

And the other half other half holds the holds the conch,conch, And

And the the holy holy wheel wheel in in your your hand. hand. 4040 (Ezhuthachan states here that saivism and Vaishnavism is caused by illusion. Lord

(Ezhuthachan states here that saivism and Vaishnavism is caused by illusion. Lord

Vishnu is supposed to hold the conch and Wheel and Lord Shiva, the deer and an axe.)

Vishnu is supposed to hold the conch and Wheel and Lord Shiva, the deer and an axe.)

Taayangal geetham iva naada prayogamuda,

Taayangal geetham iva naada prayogamuda,

Negasroothingaloruminnal kanakke yumi,

Negasroothingaloruminnal kanakke yumi,

Thekaksharathilo

Thekaksharathilorumikunna rumikunna poleyumipoleyumi

Thakasa sookshma thanu , narayanaya nama.

Thakasa sookshma thanu , narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, Like

Like the the several notes and several notes and beats,beats, And like the several lovely words, And like the several lovely words, Join together as a part,

Join together as a part, Of

Of a single a single lovely sonlovely song,,g,, Your

Your lightning lightning power,power,

Forms a part of your universal self, Forms a part of your universal self, Because

Because you you are are as as formless formless as as the the sky. sky. 4141 (More emphasis is given in the formless aspect of the Hindu notion of God.)

(More emphasis is given in the formless aspect of the Hindu notion of God.)

Damba thi doshamudan ettum kalanju hrudhi,

Damba thi doshamudan ettum kalanju hrudhi,

Mumbe nijasanamurachu eka nadiyoode,

Mumbe nijasanamurachu eka nadiyoode,

Kambam kalanju nilayaarum kadapathinnu,

Kambam kalanju nilayaarum kadapathinnu,

Th

Thumumbangal bangal theerkka, Hari theerkka, Hari Narayanaya nama.Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, You Helped me to get rid of those , You Helped me to get rid of those , Eight bad qualities including ego, Eight bad qualities including ego,

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And made me sit in the lotus position, And made me sit in the lotus position, And helped

And helped me to me to reach reach that ,that , Lotus with thousand petals, Lotus with thousand petals,

After crossing the six stages of yoga, After crossing the six stages of yoga, And

And made made reach reach a a stage, stage, where where there there is is no no pain. pain. 4242 (After emphasizing a lot on the paths of Bhakthi and Gnana, in this verse, emphasis is

(After emphasizing a lot on the paths of Bhakthi and Gnana, in this verse, emphasis is

given on the yogic approach to salvation.)

given on the yogic approach to salvation.)

Dakka mrudanga thuti thalangal pole yuda,

Dakka mrudanga thuti thalangal pole yuda,

No

Norkkamathi rkkamathi inninnilayilenilayilennedamornedamorthu mama,thu mama,

Nilkunnathalla mana malana badhakari,

Nilkunnathalla mana malana badhakari,

Thhen kandapole, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Thhen kandapole, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, When I think of that ecstatic pleasure, When I think of that ecstatic pleasure,

Of the beats of drum, Mrudanga, tin drum and metal clasps, Of the beats of drum, Mrudanga, tin drum and metal clasps, That I heard when my mind crossed the six stages ,

That I heard when my mind crossed the six stages , My mind is not keeping calm and at peace,

My mind is not keeping calm and at peace, Like

Like the the Elephant Elephant which which is is tied tied and and starving starving sees sees the the tasttasty y feed. feed. 4343 (It is believed that when one r

(It is believed that when one reaches the Lotus with thousaeaches the Lotus with thousand petals, one hears nd petals, one hears aa

remarkable musical sound which is a heavenly experience.)

remarkable musical sound which is a heavenly experience.)

Nathwaparam parichu

Nathwaparam parichu karmavyapayakarmavyapayamiha,miha,

Madhye bavikkilum mathillengilum kimapi,

Madhye bavikkilum mathillengilum kimapi,

Thathwadhiyil paramudhichoru bodhamanu,

Thathwadhiyil paramudhichoru bodhamanu,

Chithe varenda thiha , narayanaya nama.

Chithe varenda thiha , narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana , Salutations to lord Narayana , Even if my meditation on you, Even if my meditation on you,

Is disturbed and stopped in the middle, Is disturbed and stopped in the middle, By the various duties in life,

By the various duties in life, Let those sentences born out , Let those sentences born out , Of the great knowledge of Vedas, Of the great knowledge of Vedas, Come

Come to to my my mind mind and and lead lead me me to to you. you. 4444 (Ezhuthachan prays to God and asks him to bless him with the all pervasive knowledge

(Ezhuthachan prays to God and asks him to bless him with the all pervasive knowledge

of God, even if he is not able to complete his yogic search.)

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Thatwarthamitham

Thatwarthamithamakhilathinnumundu batha,akhilathinnumundu batha,

Sabdathinnulil vilasidunnathiinidayil,

Sabdathinnulil vilasidunnathiinidayil,

Mukthikku karanam ithe sabdamennu thava,

Mukthikku karanam ithe sabdamennu thava,

Vakyangal thane , Hari narayanaya nama.

Vakyangal thane , Hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Though you shine in the middle,

Though you shine in the middle, Of

Of the the meaning meaning of the words that abound in of the words that abound in this world,this world, The

The path path for for salvation salvation is is in in those words,those words, And

And the the sentences sentences which which you you have have given given us. us. 4646 (He is in the middle of words as per stanza 38 but here it is emphasized that the search for

(He is in the middle of words as per stanza 38 but here it is emphasized that the search for

him should be through the Vedic sayings.)

him should be through the Vedic sayings.)

Thallinnu meethe paramillennu morthumuda,

Thallinnu meethe paramillennu morthumuda,

Nellarodum kuthari vaapesiyum sapadhi,

Nellarodum kuthari vaapesiyum sapadhi,

Thalli

Thalli purapedum purapedum aham aham buddhi kondu batha,buddhi kondu batha,

Kollunnu nee chilare, Narayanaya nama.

Kollunnu nee chilare, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, To those who think that, To those who think that,

There is nothing beyond the world that they see, There is nothing beyond the world that they see, And argue and shout about this,

And argue and shout about this, Which is their faith,

Which is their faith,

And also have faith in their own self only, And also have faith in their own self only, And try to suppress the opinion of all others, And try to suppress the opinion of all others, You

You give give them them pangs pangs of of death. death. 4646 (Ezhuthachan berates those ignorant people who are materialistic.)

(Ezhuthachan berates those ignorant people who are materialistic.)

Dhambhaya van marama athinnullil ninnu chila,

Dhambhaya van marama athinnullil ninnu chila,

Kombum thalirthavadhiyillatha kay kanigal,

Kombum thalirthavadhiyillatha kay kanigal,

Anberiya tharuvil vazhayivathinnu gathi,

Anberiya tharuvil vazhayivathinnu gathi,

Nin pada bakthi , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Nin pada bakthi , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Some branches of the big tree of egotism, Some branches of the big tree of egotism,

Bears raw and ripe fruits of bad acts and sad effects, Bears raw and ripe fruits of bad acts and sad effects, And a great devotion to your holy feet,

And a great devotion to your holy feet, Is

Is the the only only one one that that avoids avoids attachment attachment to to this this tree. tree. 4747 (To those with ego, the only result will be sorrow and pain.The only solution is devotion

(To those with ego, the only result will be sorrow and pain.The only solution is devotion

to God.)

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Dhanyohamennu mathi manyohammennu mathi,

Dhanyohamennu mathi manyohammennu mathi,

Punyangal cheytha purushan gnanithennu mathi,

Punyangal cheytha purushan gnanithennu mathi,

Onnalla kaankoru kodungadu dandhi maya,

Onnalla kaankoru kodungadu dandhi maya,

Monni

Monnichu koodiyachu koodiyathu, thu, Narayanaya nama.Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, The thought that you are rich, The thought that you are rich,

The thought that you are respected, The thought that you are respected,

And the thought that you have done blessed deeds, And the thought that you have done blessed deeds, Are like the crowd of dark elephants,

Are like the crowd of dark elephants, In

In the the dangerous dangerous forest forest of of life.. life.. 4848 (Egoism is as dangerous as wild elephants in a dark forest.)

(Egoism is as dangerous as wild elephants in a dark forest.)

Nannayi gathikkoru sahasrara dharayila,

Nannayi gathikkoru sahasrara dharayila,

Thann

Thann eethil neethil nin in karuna van mari cheythu puna,karuna van mari cheythu puna,

Munnam mula bhakthikku vazhthuvathu,

Munnam mula bhakthikku vazhthuvathu,

Minne krupanilaya, Narayanaya nama.

Minne krupanilaya, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, The rain of your grace gives rise, The rain of your grace gives rise, To the germination and growth, To the germination and growth, Of divine blessings great,

Of divine blessings great,

That the lotus with thousand petals in me , That the lotus with thousand petals in me ,

Which becomes the source of my devotion to you, Which becomes the source of my devotion to you, Oh

Oh great great store store house house of of mercy. mercy. 4949 (It is the grace of God that leads to the success of Yoga in realizing Him.)

(It is the grace of God that leads to the success of Yoga in realizing Him.)

Palathum paranju

Palathum paranju pakal kalayunna pakal kalayunna navu navu thava,thava,

Thiru nama keerthanamithathinayi varenam iha,

Thiru nama keerthanamithathinayi varenam iha,

Kaliyaya kalamithilathu kondu moksha gathi,

Kaliyaya kalamithilathu kondu moksha gathi,

Yeluthennu kelpu, Hari Naryanaya nama

Yeluthennu kelpu, Hari Naryanaya nama..

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari,

I wish my tongue engages in singing your names, I wish my tongue engages in singing your names, Instead of wasting the day by telling this and that, Instead of wasting the day by telling this and that, For I hear that that is the only way to salvation, For I hear that that is the only way to salvation, In

In this this age age of of Kali. Kali. 5050 (Again emphasis shifts to devotion to realize him. )

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Phalamillayathe mama vasamakkolla jagathi,

Phalamillayathe mama vasamakkolla jagathi,

Malapathramayathati pala naloruthiyude,

Malapathramayathati pala naloruthiyude,

Alavillayathe velivakameyudippathinnu,

Alavillayathe velivakameyudippathinnu,

Kalayathe kaalamiha Narayanaya nama.

Kalayathe kaalamiha Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, Without any reason and results, Without any reason and results, Do not make mine in this world, Do not make mine in this world, Her body which is a vessel of stool, Her body which is a vessel of stool, For several days of my life,

For several days of my life, And do not

And do not waste this time of waste this time of my my life,life, Without the sun rise of heavenly knowledge, Without the sun rise of heavenly knowledge, Which

Which would would be be of of immeasurable immeasurable benefit. benefit. 5151 (Ezhuthachan believes that the worldly family life is a waste of time and should better be

(Ezhuthachan believes that the worldly family life is a waste of time and should better be

devoted in search of God.)

devoted in search of God.)

Bandhukkalartha

Bandhukkalartha gruha gruha puthradhi janamathil puthradhi janamathil ,,

Varthichu ninnu bhuvi nin thathwamorkukilum,

Varthichu ninnu bhuvi nin thathwamorkukilum,

Andhannu kattiyoru kanadi pole puna,

Andhannu kattiyoru kanadi pole puna,

Rennakkidolla Hari narayanaya nama.

Rennakkidolla Hari narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Do not make

Do not make me me like like ,, A blind man seeing a mirror, A blind man seeing a mirror,

By not showing the principle of yours, By not showing the principle of yours, And

And drowning me drowning me in this win this world,orld, Of

Of relations, relations, wealth, wealth, house house and and sons. sons. 5252 (Here Ezhuthachan expresses his opinion that family life is not conducive to spiritual

(Here Ezhuthachan expresses his opinion that family life is not conducive to spiritual

life.)

life.)

Bakshippathinnu guha pole pilarnnu mukha,

Bakshippathinnu guha pole pilarnnu mukha,

Mayyo, kruthanthan iha pimbe nadappu mama,

Mayyo, kruthanthan iha pimbe nadappu mama,

Othunna dardhuramurathode pimbe yoru,

Othunna dardhuramurathode pimbe yoru,

Sarpam kanakke , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Sarpam kanakke , Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Alas, the god of death walks behind me , Alas, the god of death walks behind me , With a fully opened mouth,

With a fully opened mouth, Which is similar to a cave, Which is similar to a cave,

To swallow me, To swallow me,

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Like

Like the the serpent serpent with with an an opened opened mouth mouth behind behind a a frog. frog. 5353 (The impermanence of life and the need to get salvation urgently is highlighted.)

(The impermanence of life and the need to get salvation urgently is highlighted.)

Manningal annu pirannu annu thottu puna,

Manningal annu pirannu annu thottu puna,

Renthonnu vang manassu dehangal cheytha athu,

Renthonnu vang manassu dehangal cheytha athu,

Endinnu melil athu mellam enikku hrudhi.

Endinnu melil athu mellam enikku hrudhi.

Santhoshamayi variga, Narayanaya nama.

Santhoshamayi variga, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, Let all those actions I did, Let all those actions I did, From the time I was born, From the time I was born, And also that I am likely to do, And also that I am likely to do, With my

With my words , words , mind and mind and body,body,\ \  Result in happiness to my mind, Result in happiness to my mind, For

For always always and and always. always. 5454 (Happy and contended frame of mind is necessary for a clear mind, which would lead to

(Happy and contended frame of mind is necessary for a clear mind, which would lead to

salvation.)

salvation.)

Yathonnu kandathathu Narayana prathima,

Yathonnu kandathathu Narayana prathima,

Yathonnu ketthathathu Narayana sruthigal,

Yathonnu ketthathathu Narayana sruthigal,

Yathonnu cheythathu Narayanarchanagal,

Yathonnu cheythathu Narayanarchanagal,

Yathonnathokke Hari Narayanaya nama

Yathonnathokke Hari Narayanaya nama..

Salutations to lord Narayana Who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana Who is Hari, Let all those I see be idols of Narayana, Let all those I see be idols of Narayana, Let all that I hear be news of Lord Narayana, Let all that I hear be news of Lord Narayana, Let all that I do be worship to Narayana, Let all that I do be worship to Narayana, And

And let let it it always always be be like like that that for for my my mind. mind. 5555 (The need to do every action dedicated to God without any ego is emphasized.)

(The need to do every action dedicated to God without any ego is emphasized.)

Ravi kodi thulayamoru chakram karathiliha,

Ravi kodi thulayamoru chakram karathiliha,

Phani rajanum eppozhum irippan , Kidappathinnum,

Phani rajanum eppozhum irippan , Kidappathinnum,

Aniyunnathu okke vana malathi kousthubhavu,

Aniyunnathu okke vana malathi kousthubhavu,

Makame bhavippathinu, Narayanaya nama.

Makame bhavippathinu, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana,

If you are going to take a shape in my mind, If you are going to take a shape in my mind,

Please hold the holy wheel with a luster of billions of Suns, Please hold the holy wheel with a luster of billions of Suns, Please

Please sit always osit always on the king n the king of serpents,of serpents, Please

Please wear always wear always the forest the forest garland,garland, And

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(Ezhuthachan , if he decides to worship a God with the form, makes it clear that he would

(Ezhuthachan , if he decides to worship a God with the form, makes it clear that he would

like to worship Vishnu)

like to worship Vishnu)

Laksha prakaramodu srushtippathinnu mathu,

Laksha prakaramodu srushtippathinnu mathu,

Rakshippathinnu mathu sikshippathinnum iha,

Rakshippathinnu mathu sikshippathinnum iha,

Vikshepam avarana mee raandu shakthikalum,

Vikshepam avarana mee raandu shakthikalum,

Ningennudichathugal, Narayanaya nama.

Ningennudichathugal, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana, From you were born,

From you were born, The two effects great, The two effects great, One of

One of which which is an is an illusion which hides,illusion which hides, And the other is that aspect,

And the other is that aspect,

Which creates, looks after and punishes, Which creates, looks after and punishes, In

In millions millions of of ways. ways. 5757 (Both illusion and the power to create, look after and punish is ascribed to Lord Vishnu.

(Both illusion and the power to create, look after and punish is ascribed to Lord Vishnu.

This possibly is a justification for preferring to worship Lord Vishnu.)

This possibly is a justification for preferring to worship Lord Vishnu.)

Vadanam namukku shiki vasanangal sandhyagalu,

Vadanam namukku shiki vasanangal sandhyagalu,

Mudaram namukku dadhi ulakezhu randu miha,

Mudaram namukku dadhi ulakezhu randu miha,

Bhuvnam namakku shiva, Nayanagal rathri paka,

Bhuvnam namakku shiva, Nayanagal rathri paka,

Lakame bhavippathinnu, Narayanaya nama.

Lakame bhavippathinnu, Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana, Salutations to lord Narayana,

Let my mind be filled with your form, Let my mind be filled with your form, To whom

To whom the face the face is the is the fire,fire,

To whom the dawn, noon and dusk are cloths, To whom the dawn, noon and dusk are cloths, To whom ocean is his abdomen,

To whom ocean is his abdomen,

To whom his house is the fourteen worlds, To whom his house is the fourteen worlds, And

And his his eyes eyes are are the the day day and and night. night. 5858 (Further Ez

(Further Ezhuthachan huthachan describes his Vdescribes his Vision of Visision of Vishnu in His hnu in His mega formmega form, which is th, which is thee

universe itself.)

universe itself.)

Shakthikku thakka vazhiyitham bajichu bhuvi,

Shakthikku thakka vazhiyitham bajichu bhuvi,

Thyakthathma deha druda viswasamodu batha,

Thyakthathma deha druda viswasamodu batha,

Bhakthya kadannu thava trukkal pidippathina,

Bhakthya kadannu thava trukkal pidippathina,

Yaykkunnathennu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Yaykkunnathennu, Hari Narayanaya nama.

Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Salutations to lord Narayana who is Hari, Help me Decide on the path ,

Help me Decide on the path , Depending on my strength, Depending on my strength,

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