Works of Sree Narayana Guru in Malayalam

Atmopadesa Satakam (One-hundred verses of self – instruction) 
This is one of the major works of the Guru compared in 1897 when he was residing at Aruvipuram. This poem consists of 100 verses in beautiful Malayalam free from Sanskrit and Tamil words. One who is well versed in Vedanta and philosophy can understand the inner meaning of the verses.  

Deiva Dasakam ( The prayer for Humanity) 
This is the simplest free from all incomprehensible words. It is a prayer intended for all people. This is a highly melodious poem.  

Janani- nava- Ratna- Manjari ( A Nine-gem Nosegay to the mother) 
This poem consists of nine stanzas eulogizing the mother of the Universe. Devi or mother is worshipped based on Vedantha principles. The power of Brahma or Maya is being conceived as mother.  

Kundilini Pattu ( Song of the Kundilini Snake) 

Kundilini in Tamil means coiled serpent and Pattu means Song. This is a song about the coiled serpent. This coiled serpent is not the ordinary serpent but the symbolic representation of talent and misused energy in the body. But when properly made use of, it is capable of working out wonder inconceivable for ordinary beings. 

Jathi Meemamsa ( A critique of Caste) 
This poem is a bold proclamation against casteism. The author says that there is no difference among human beings. Here we see the universally acclaimed precept of the Guru, ‘One Caste, One Religion and One God for Man’.  

Composition in praise of Lord Shanmugha 
Shanmugha Stotram  
Shanmugha Desakam  
Subramania Keerthanam  

In praise of Lord Shiva 
Siva Prasada Panchakam  
Siva Satakam  
Ardha Nariswara Stavam  
Siva Stavam  
Sadasiva Darsanam  
Parama Siva Chinta Dasakam    
All the poems are in praise of Lord Shiva. The third one is in praise of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvathy. Ardha Nariswara means half God and Half Goddess.  

Chigjada Chintanam ( Thought and Inertia) 
This is composed of 10 stanzas written in simple malayalam. Here the author first divides the existence into pure chith ( conciousness) and Judham (Mattu) and asserts that Chith alone is truth and Jadam untruth.  

Anubhuti Desakam (Ten –songs on self- realisation) 
There is nothing physical in the universe which cannot be perceived by sense organs. But those are not truths (satyam) when Budhi or conciousness is trained in single pointedness one will experience Anubudhi or self-realisation.  

Jeeva-karunya panchakam (5 stanzas on kindness to life) 

Anukamba Dasakam ( Ten stanzas on compassion) 
Above two poems deals with kidness to life. The significance of non killing or Ahimsa is emphasised throughout Jeeva Karunya Pachakam. 

Thaivara Patikam 

Pindananni (Pre-natal gratitude) 
This piece marks a departure from the usual apocalyptic or liturgical form adapted in prayer, piety and questions of the hereafter.  

Homa Mantra (sanskrit) 

Sri Narayana Smriti ( A work on religious or social conduct) 

Indriya Vairagyam (Fifteen verses on Detachment ) 

Saravana Bhava Stuti (Ten verses on Subramania) 

Kali Natakam ( A long poem on the Dance of Kali) 

Bahuleya Ashtakam (Eight verses on Bahulaya) 

Chit Ambara Ashtakam ( Eight verses on the mental sky, Siva ) 

Otta Padyangal (A sequence of fifteen verses) 

Arivu (Fifteen verses on knowledge) 

Isa Vashya upanishad ( Translation of the Isa-Vasya) 

Advaita Deepika (The bright lamp of non-dual wisdom) 

Swanubhava Giti (Song of self-realization) 

Tiru Kural (Translation of Tiru Kural) 

Ozhivil Odukkam (Translation from Tamil ) 

Subramanya Ashtakam (Eight verses to Subramanya) 

Saravana Bhava Stotram ( Hymn to the lake born god Subramanya )



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