Narayana Guru devan
(This is a powerful prayer written in Malayalam. By Sri Narayana Guru , possibly the greatest social reformer that Kerala has seen. It was written in September 1014. The Hindus of Kerala are celebrating its centenary this month. The prayer does not mention or refer to any one God and talks of philosophy in very simple terms . It could easily be used as a universal prayer by any human being, belonging to any religion.
I am proud to present the translation of this great prayer and dedicate it to the memory of that social reformer.)
Daivame kollga angu kaividathingu gnangale,
Navikan nee Bhavabdhi korarivan thoni Nin padam. 1
God please protect us, without leaving our hand,
You are pilot in this sea of birth, and your feet is the boat.
Onnu onnai yenni thottennum porul odungiyal,
Ninnidum drukku pol ullum ninnilaspandamavanam 2
When the counting which starts one by one comes to an end,
The mind also would stop and merge in to you.
Anna vasthradhi muttadhe thannu rakshichu jnangale,
Danyarakkunna nee onnu thane jnagaljkku Thampuran. 3
You who give us food and close without stop,
And made us blessed are the only Lord to us.
Aazhiyum thirayum kaththu mazhavum pole jnangale ,
Mayayum Nin mahimayum neeuim yen ullil aaganam. 4
Like the sea , its tides , wind and depths , you should,
Become inside us along with illusion and your power.
Neeyallo srushtiiyum srushtavayathum srushti jalavum,
Neeyallo daivame srushtikkulla samagriyayathum. 5
You are the created , the creator and the magic of creation,
Oh God are you not the one who became raw material for creation.
Neeyallo mayayaum mayaviyum maya vinodhavum,
Neeyallo mayaye neeki sayujam nalgum aaryanum. 6
You are the illusion , the magician and the magical sport,
And are you not the one who removes illusion and grants salvation.
Nee sathyam jnanam aanandam nee thane varthamanavum,
Bhoothavum, bhaviyum vere ellothum mozhiyum orkkugil nee. 7
You are the truth , wisdom and you,
You are the present , past and future,
And you are all the languages we know.
Akavum , puravum thingum mahimavarnna nin padam,
Pugazhthunnu jangal ange , Bhagavane jayikkuga. 8
You are the thing that fills all insides and outsides,
And we praise you , Oh God , victory to you.
Jayikkuga Mahadeva , deenavana Parayana,
Jayikkuga chidananda , Dhaya sindho jayikkuga. 9
Victory to the great God , The protector of the forest of the oppressed,
Victory to the divine God , Victory to the sea of mercy.
Aazhamerum nin mahassam aazhiyil jnangal aagave,
Aazhanam, vazhanam, nithyam vazhanam vazhanam sukham. 10
In the very deep ocean of your divine greatness, we ourselves,
Should sink, should live , and should live daily, live happily.