PRAYER - GURU Om Nama Si Vaa Yaa - Om Nama Si Vaa Yaa Nama Si Vaa Yaa - Nama Si Vaa Yaa Nama Si Vaa Yaa - Nama Si Vaa Yaa Om
TRANSLATION Om is the creative primordial sound Namasivaya representing and incorporating the five elements, Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Space.
PHILOSOPHY Namasivaya is everything, everything is Namasivaya, the five elements are everything therefore He is everything PRAYER - GURU Anbe Vadi-vaay Nin-draay Portree Loving form of love (Namasivaya), praise to you Anbar Thu-yar Thannai Theer-paay Portree Out of love (Namasivaya) who removes suffering, praise to you Inbame Than-thu Kaapaay Portree Giver of joy and protection (Namasivaya), praise to you Inba Vadi-vaana Kadavulhe Portree Form of immense joy (Namasivaya), praise to you Thaayum Thanthaiyum Neeye Portree You are the Mother, Father (Namasivaya), praise to you Vaazh vum Selva-mum Neeye Portree You are life and richness (Namasivaya), praise to you Mann-hu Vin-nella Neeye Portree You are everything in Earth and the space (Namasivaya), praise to you Kannull Aaadum en Kadavulhe Portree Dancing in the depth of the eye (Namasivaya), praise to you Muthale Portree Moo-vaa Portree The prime Lord of creation, preservation and dissolusion (Namasivaya), praise to you Vuru ve Portree Aruvaa Portree You are both form and formless (Namasivaya), praise to you Kaa-tre Portree Kanale Portree Wind and fire form (Namasivaya), praise to you Arulhe Portree Yen Kada-vulhe Portree Praise to you, the grace, my God, praise to you
PHILOSOPHY In this vakkiyam our Master starts to lay the ground rules for all that is forthcoming. Leading on from the first vakyum our Master makes it clear that Sivaperumaan is everything. Special note must be made in that He mentions Sivaperumaan as our universal Mother - Father and not Mother and Father. This clearly denotes that there is no gender separation of Sivaperumaan. The Master also states that Sivaperumaan is the giver of joy, protection, wealth and love, this also impacts in our conscious and subconscious that for all that is positive in our life we owe to Sivaperumaan. Another important aspect we must take note of is that our Master clearly states that Sivaperumaan is both form and formless. For all that is stated the overriding philosophy is one of praise to the Supreme. Let's take that a step further as it leads to the basic principle of Saiva Sithantham which is to get rid of one's ego. Praising another is one way of saying that I am lower or beneath You and therefore You are better than I am, by saying this and meaning it we are consciously lowering our ego which is the ultimate barrier in realising Sivaperumaan.
Om Namasivaya Intha Saga-mel-laam Nin Mayame Your all pervading presence in the universe (omnipresent) Om Namasivaya Nal-in-bang-gall Nin Mayame You are the embodiment of bliss and joy Om Namasivaya Naan Marrai Yel-laam Nin Mayame You are personified in the 4 scriptures as charity, substance, bliss and salvation Om Namasivaya Natru-nai Yaa-vathum Nin Mayame Realised souls visualize you everywhere Om Namasivaya Nal-lavar Kaann-bathum Nin Mayame Good devotees see you everywhere Om Namasivaya An-barai Kaa-pathum Nin Mayame You protect your loving devotees everywhere Om Namasivaya Arull Aa-nantham Nin Mayame Your grace and blissful joy is everywhere Om Namasivaya Yaan Kann-dathum Nin Mayame Your beautiful sight (vision) is everywhere
PHILOSOPHY The philosophy here is one of Siva's grace or the bestowing of his grace on his devotees. The devotees referred to are those that are realised souls or the good souls. The point our Master makes is that one has to live a good life in praise of Sivaperumaan to become realised souls as only realised souls can see Sivaperumaan. It is also stated that the realised souls will receive his protection. All of his attributes are all pervading. Devotion brings about realisation. Om Pran-hava Porulhe, Prag-gaassa Porulhe Vino-tha-maa-ga The primordial sound, the vital breath, effulgent light, loving countenance Villay Yaar-dum Aanantha Suththa Porulhe
The player of unique sport, the blissful and pure Substance Thei Veega Maai Thoandrum Yennam Wu-ru-ve Your divine sport, pure bliss, your divine presence and form can be visioned Ini-Mai-tharum Aagaara rassame Ull-purram Iren-dilum Magit-chi Koduk-kum Aum Namasivaaya-veh Your tasty sweet juice doubled my immense happiness within Yeng-al-lu-daya Rat-cha-ga-raai Irup-paai Saga Seeva Param Porulhe You are the embodiment of souls, give us protection Anna Maya-maai-yum Praana Maya-maai-yum Manho-maya-maai-yum Vin-jnaana-maya-maaiyum Aanandha Maya-maai-yum, Thondrum Yengall Kada-vulleh, You appear as the sheaths of food, vital breath, conscious and intelligence, our universal light Moolaa-thaa-rum, Swaa-thi-ttaanum, Manni-poo-ragam, Anaa-gatham, Visuth-thi Aag-nai Aagnai Aar-raa Thaar-ang-all-lil Nada-maa-dum Nithia Poruleh, Naan-gall Intha Maani-lath-thil vulla-varrai-yil Sugang-gall Than-tharul Vaai-yaa-ga Peh-rari- Vaa-nandha Porulhe Spiritual centres, base of spine, sacral plexus, navel, heart, throat, pituitary gland, pineal gland, you dance in these centres Grant Your bliss O Mighty One. The permanence that directs us in this world
PHILOSOPHY Our Master speaks about the vital breath, the vital sound and effulgent light which are the attributes of Sivaperumaan and in doing so praises Sivaperumaan as he does in all his compositions. The philosophy of one's ego comes into play again. The spiritual centres and the dancing of Sivaperumaan in these centres is our Master's urging devotees to awaken these centres in our body. Therefore the secret of knowing Siva or realising Siva is within each one of us. Paarellaam Ni-rainthu Thiru-vilhai Yaa-didum Parama Sugaa-nantha Porulhe Your omnipresence and divine play bring forth immense joy and bliss Karma Paa-sathile Varun-thidum Engall Karma Thun-bangall Azhi-theve Give us boon from bondage and get rid of our sufferings Nin-perumai Ari-yaatha Adi-yengall Aga-thile O famous one, we the unrealized devotees, do not leave us Kalan-thaadum Arut-perum-jothi In-ba-mozhi Paga-raayo Nin-olli-yaik Kaat-taayo Niththane Niraa-maya Theve Most gracious light dancing within me, you've declared your joyous words, showed your luminous light, eternal One. Nin-paatha Sev-vaiye Naa-di-vantha Adi-yaarin Agam Vittu Aga-laatha Sivame Do not leave our minds, we are here to serve your holy feet, come dancing to us Your devotees. Thinn-ha-maay Nin-paatham Nambuam Adi-yaar-gal Manam Punn-padha Thiruka Thinam Kaaraai Nin-paatha Ser-vaiye Nitham Ni-nainthu vuru-kum Adi-yaarin Thuyar Theer-ppaai Sivame Your unwavering feet we devotees trust, do not hurt our minds, grant protection daily, your holy feet we serve, our minds melting eternally, get rid of our sorrows. Pun-patta Engall Manam In-butru Vazhave Thun-nai-yaagie Nada-maadu Theve Our minds are sore, shower us with blessings and protect us O God of divine dance. Nin-paa-tham Thuthi-ppa-thaal Ninathu arull Wun-den-pa-thaik Kaa-ttu-vaay Karu-nai Kirik Koove We worship your golden feet, shower us your grace and compassion O mighty One. Pon-nolli Veesum-nin Pot-paatha Silambu olli Asainthu aattu Inba-mura Sivame Your golden light spreads everywhere and the sound of twinkling bells of your anklet feet, the rare dances bring great joy Siva. Man-nilhe Poon-dile Marath-thile Wuda-lile Ni-rain Thiru-pathai Ingu Kaatte You are in the earth, shrub, trees and the body, show me your twin feet. Son-maa-lai-yil Aadum Sun-tharaa-dhee-bame Sithantha Muththiye Muthale Your garlands of words and dance, the beautiful splendorous light O primordial source who ripened Sithantha.
PHILOSOPY By stating that Sivaperumaan plays mystic games our Master acknowledges the fact that Sivaperumaan cannot be fully understood. Even after acknowledging that our Master still asks Him to wash away the sins of His devotees. This illustrates to the devotees that the chain of births and deaths can be snapped by Siva Himself. Our Master also cries out to Siva not to leave the hearts and minds of His devotees. Our Master also tells us the devotees of Siva that through love and worship of Siva even our sorrows and unhappiness can be eradicated. The last sentence is of utmost importance as here our Master states that Sithantham is the primal path to follow. Om Saga-la Mangal-laa Nantha Saga Seeva Param Porule Kaarai Kadavulle Primordial sound, omnipresent, auspicious, joyful, partner of all souls, the universal One, protect us Om Sagala Sauk-kiaa-thee Vai-bhoaga Baakee-yeng-galay Nam-bin-noar-gal-lukku Than-thar-rulum Aanantha Jnaane-wuruve Neeye Thunai Karu-naa-gare Kadavulle Neeye Thunai O creator of the cosmos, primal sound, most handsome omnipresent Siva bless us with your fortunes, to your believers shower us with grace. Blissful, wisdom form, you alone are our protector.
PHILOSOPHY Here again our Master praises Sivaperumaan with the addition of creator of the entire universe. Once again he offers repetition of praise and its significance regarding the protection from ego by Siva. Samarasaa Jnaana Thayaa-laa, Samarasaa Seevaa Thaaraa Harmonious and the One of equality, Divine and merciful compassionate God is the supporter of all souls. Samarasaa Jnaana Selvaa The One rich in divine wealth Samarasaa Aanantha Kaaraai The One God of protection and bliss.
PHILOSOPHY Our Master brings into focus the merciful and compassionate side of Siva, this is opposed to the common belief that God is supposed to be feared or that Siva punishes. Om Parama Kiru-baa-kara Moor-thiyeh Sound of creation, universal merciful, gracious benevolent form Anu-thina-mum Yemmai-yaallum Be there for us every fraction of the day Aanantha Suththa Nithi-ya Porulle Blissful pure permanent One Nin-nathu Thiru-vadi-galhe Your holy feet Satha-mendru Nambum Adi-yaar-gall Thuyar Neekkum Sivame We are eternally as refugees, we trust as devotees for you to get rid of our sorrows our Siva Yentha Ner-rath-thilum Yemmai-yaalum Kadavule At all times our God Than-ja-mena Unnai Adain-thoam Than-ja-mendru Aa-dainthoar Thuyar Neekkum Support us as we have surrendered to You. Those devotees, who surrendered to you, remove their sufferings. Om Namasivaaya ve Nin Pon Adigall Vaazhga Vaazhga Our Namasivaya praise to your golden feet.
PHILOSOPHY Our Master refers to Siva as the permanent One and because of His permanence He requests Siva to never leave us for a fraction. Again our Master appeals to Siva to get rid of the sorrows of those that are devoted. Our Master makes special mention of the golden Feet of Siva. In our culture touching one's feet is acknowledged as showing great respect or reverence. This may also refer to as devotees to Siva we are only worthy of touching His feet as He is so immense. In reality Siva does not have anatomical feet but the mental picture drawn by our Master is clear enough. Inba-kazha-le Saga-jeeva Param-porulle Joyous anklet feet, embodiment of all souls Yega Perol-liye The one supreme light Yaangall Im-maani-la-thil vulla-varay-yil Noy-yillaa Vaazh-kkai-yum Kurai-yillaa Sel-vang-galhum Ini-the-Petru We who have come into this world, let us not suffer from disease and be short of wealth, you have created us out of sweetness Ellaa Seevaathmaak-kal-idum Anbum Kaa-runn-hiya-mum Kaatti To show love and compassion to all souls Yaan-gull Ivvul-lagil Vaazha Neeye Vazhi-kaatti-yaay Irunthu Engal-haip Pari-suth-tha-maana Guide us to live in this world the path of purity. Vazhi-yil Nadathi Kar-tharula Venn-dum Karun-naiye Umai Kadavule We pray for your protective grace and compassion, Mother Father praise to you.
PHILOSOPHY Our Master clearly refers to Siva as the One Supreme Light. In the Sithantha philosophy there is but one God and that is Sivaperumaan. Here our Master appeals for a disease less life and for undiminished wealth. This may refer to wealth to enable the good devotee to continue his devotion to Siva and to live a good life. Our Master also appeals to Siva to grant the good devotee compassion and love which the devotee must then show to all living beings. An appeal is also made to Siva to guide the devotee in life on a pure path. Our Master ends by praising the genderless Siva by saying Mother Father. Om Mithi-ra-raagi Varun-na-naagi Ari-ya-maa-vaagi The Sun, God of clouds, rain and the rest of the celestials. Inthi-ra-raagi Pragas-pathi-yaagi Om Vishnu-vaagi King of Godly beings, preceptor of the Gods, God Vitnu God of protection-water Om Ruk-ki-ra-maa-gi Brahma-maagi Soori-ya-raagi Form and shape causing distress, creator mother, Sun-heart Aath-maa-vaagi Para-maath-maa-vaagi Om Para-mes-wa-ra-raagi Soul, Universal soul, Supreme God Goddess Om Savi-thaagi Thev-vaagi Kuber-ra-naagi Elaborate exhaustive, angel, treasure of the Gods Prithi-vi-yaagi Sala-maagi Om Aa-gaas-sa-maagi Earth, Love joy, water, sky Om Anna-maagi Vasu-vaagi Rudh-ra-raagi Food, God of fire, God of dissolution Naar-raay-ya-na-naagi San-thra-raagi Om Mang-gala-naagi Vitnu, moon-shoulders, happiness joy Om Bhu-tha-naagi Guru-vaagi Sukki-ra-naagi Throat, navel, face Sani-yaagi Raagu-vaagi Ke-thu-vaagi-ya Saturn thighs, knee ascending, feet descending Sivame Kaaraay Anu-thina-me Oh Siva protect us daily
PHILOSOPHY Our Master mentions or refers to other celestial beings as well as the planets and connects them to our body parts. This is to clearly illustrate that the planets are represented in the body form and not be to confused by praying to the planets. Mention is also made of the 5 elements earth, water, space, fire and air. What is interesting to note is that our Master mentions all of the above i.e. other celestial beings one of them being Vitnu and the planets but by ends this vakyum by mentioning only Siva when He states Siva protect us daily. The inference may be that even if there are demi gods or semi gods it is only Siva that can grant protection. Om Agara Muthal Ezhu-thukku Yellaam Aathi-porulle- Om Sakthi Siva Jnaana Ol-hiye Aum as creator, the foremost primordial one as letter A, O ancient one before anything was recorded the light of wisdom of Siva Sakthi Prevailed. Vuna-thu Aru-laal Iv-vula-gil Thoandrum Bak-thar-gal-hukku Pala Vazhi-gallil Thunai Puri-ya Arrivu Theiva-maagi In this world your devotees of different walks of life need protection and grace. O divine one you impart pure knowledge Nalla Arrivu Unar-ththum Nava-maniye Neeye Yen-gal-hukku Yen-naal-hum Thunai Good knowledge, one like the shining planets protect us at all times.
PHILOSOPHY Our Master states that before all creation, before anything at all there was only SivaSakthi, therefore the creator of everything was none other than Sivaperumaan. The philosophy may mean that as creator then only Siva can grant grace, protection and knowledge. Sinthaa Maniye Siva Kaniye Divine gem, fruit of sweetness Enthaay Irraai-viye Yeka Wolhiye My mother goddess of supreme light Thanthaai Thava-thaal Intha vudale Mother Father this body I attained through penance-prayer Koon-tha laam Pala-kumari Kaaraai Thiname With flowing tresses maiden protect us daily Ong-kaara Meaday-yile Nada-maadum Maniye Doing the holy dance in the form of Aum on the raised platform Yea-ngi-varum Maan-thar Thuyar Neekkum Arull Maniye We as weeping suffering human devotees seek your grace o gem Thun-bamini An-hu-gaa-mal Thunai Irun-thum Arulle In suffering be near us to protect and shower your grace Thondar Yem-mozhigall Thiru Ullham Konndaa-dum Arulle Our prayer is to you to enter us and shower your grace Om Namasivaaya Endra vudan Vaa Vaa Kadavulle Namasivaaya come unto me Om Namasivaaya Endra vudan Kaatchi-thaa Kadavulle Namasivaaya come unto me as light Om Nama Sivaaya Endra vudan Inbam-thaa Kadavulle Namasivaaya come unto me as bliss Om Namasivaaya Enba-varai Sathaa Kaaththum Arule Namasivaaya come and remove the defect and protect with grace Namasivaaya Om Linga Perumaan Namasivaaya God of the Sivan Silai Namasivaaya Om Aanantha Perumaan Namasivaaya God of bliss Namasivaa Om Nadaraasa Perumaan Namasivaaya God of the holy dance Namasvaaya Om Nadanam Aadea Namasivaaya perform your holy dance Arul-laanai Aru-marai Vaguth-thaanai Gracious One You have revealed the rare scriptures Thiru Aanai Thiru-vaala- Vaa Yaanai Holy One, dwelling in the Aalavaai Temple in Maduray Preumaanaip Perum Pugazh Padai-thaanai Great One, the great famous creator Marull Nenje Mara-vaamal Iruppaaye Make us not to forget our Beloved Lord, O impure ungracious mind
PHILOSOPHY Our Master here again describes Siva as his Mother but then in the next line he qualifies that statement by stating Mother Father. The inference is that Siva is both Mother and Father but also genderless. In this statement (vaakkiyum) our Master implores Siva to enter us, in this case us being filled with suffering, deceit and impurities. Here our Master implores Siva to enter us as light which could mean to fill us with enlightenment, to enter us as bliss, to enter us and remove our defects and to enter us as and give us grace. The imploring to Siva to enter us could very well mean that we need to become pure internally so that we gain all that our Master implores Siva to do. Our Master also states that Siva is bliss, grace, protection and the Sivan Silai or Siva Lingam. The reference to the holy scriptures could well mean our very own prayer book as our Master states Mother Father this body I attained through penance-prayer, could it be that our Master cleansed himself by living the ideals he professes and thereby gained the spiritual knowledge he espoused or through Siva's grace all the agamas and all scriptures were written? O, Soma Sunthara Kadavule, Mannaagi, Neeraagi,Velli-yaagi, Wolhi-aagi, Kaat-raagi, Inba, Thun-bangal-hukku Moolamaagi O loving ambrosia substance, you are the 5 elements earth (body) water (blood) space (mind) light (heart) wind (lungs) and root cause of pleasure and pain Ella Seeva Rasi-gal-hukkum Ammai Aappa-naagi, To all souls you are mother father Marrain-thu Thoandrum Thei-veega arrive Yet lay hidden near the third eye to see Siva- eye of knowledge Neeye It-chaa Sak-thiyaa-yum, Kiri-yaa Sakthi-yaayum, Yoga Sakthi-yaayum, Jnaana Sakthi-yaayum, Thiru Vilhay-aa-dall-gall Seiva-thaalum Divine knowledge you are love and desire, internal and external worship, meditation (introspection) divine knowledge through your divine play. Om Namasivaaya-ve, Neeye Thunai, Neeye Thunai You are our support and protector
PHILOSOPHY Our Master again makes reference to the 5 elements as well as Siva being the Mother Father of all souls. Making reference to Mother Father could be our Masters way of telling us that Siva is a loving parent but to see Him in that light one has to open the third eye of wisdom through the varying stages to Sivahood, cleaning the temple, learning the mandhirams, practicing yoga and meditation. By doing all of this we will have the support and protection of Siva. Om Sathu Sithu Aanantha Porule, You are the attributes of truth (reality), conscious, bliss and substance Yennaa-yi-rak-Kanna-kkaana Seeva Raasi-gal-hukku For thousands of years which cannot be counted for all souls you have provided Ini-thea Amu-thalik-kum Muzhu Muthal Porule, Sweet ambrosia, you the primordial and foremost one Pallaa-yi-ra Aandu-gall Aadi-ya-thanaal, For thousands of years you have danced (omnipresent) Pallai-yira Naa-mangall Petru, For thousands of years you have earned many names Pallaa-yira Aandu-gall Ini-mea-lum Pala Thiru Vilhai-yaa-dal-gall Seyya Iruk-kum For several thousands of years your divine play will be witnessed Sugaa-nantha Kadavullea Yengal-haik Kaarpaay Yaaga God of joy and bliss protect us.
PHILOSOPHY Our Master makes us aware of the permanence of Siva, He has been here for thousands of years and will be here for many more thousands of years and in all that time he has provided truth, bliss, substance, protection and wisdom for all souls. The reference to thousands of names may also mean that Siva is prayed to by all religions as he is known and called by so many different names. Another unique concept in the Sungum is the reciting of mandhirams by the Guru and the repeating thereof line by line by the congregation. Aum Pari suththa maana Niraamaya Dheyvameh Inthap panja pootha wulagil, arriyaamayaal seytha Pizhai gallukaaga yengallai mannithu, kaatharul vaai Kadavulle Aum aadhi muthal porulleh, yellaa Seevath maakkall wullangalil Nirraintha Ammai Appanea, kirubaakara moorthiyeh Naangall vaazhum intha poomanndala maanadhu Inbangallaalum thunbangallaalum nirrainthu irupathaal Aum karunaagara Kaduvullea yengallukku thunnai irunthu kaappaayaaga O Yehgamba maana porulleh, unnarullaal petre, kann gallaalum Kaat gallaalum, sevigalaalum, manathaalum, arrivaalum Naavaalum, kaigallaalum, wudalaalum, arriyaamai yaal nerntha Pizhai galukkaaga manniththu, aram, porull, inbam Veedu yennum naangum yengallukku arulli, thunnai iruppaayaaga Aum Namasivaaya Namasthea
Philosophy: In essence the meaning of this Guru prayer Aum Absolute Pureness, disease less Siva In this world compromising of five elements Forgive us of the blunders committed by us due to ignorance Protect us, Oh Siva, Aum the first and foremost Substance You are filled in the hearts of all souls as Mother, Father Oh the gracious Siva As the earth inhabits us is filled with pleasure and pain Aum the gracious Siva Protect us by being with us as a Guide Oh! the presiding deity at Kancheepuram Through Your grace we obtained these eyes, legs, ears, mind, knowledge tongue, hands and body, but pardon us for the follies of the above and grant us virtue, wealth, happiness and liberation and be with us as a Companion Aum Namasivaaya, Namasthe