To the Father, to the Mother, Mangalam


This is a lyrical English version of the popular Tamil Natchintanai titled "Appanukkum Ammaikkum Mangalam" thanks to Sheela Venkatakrishanan and Rishi Thondan for helping with the translation.

  • Genre: natchintanai Deity: Siva
  • Artists: Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami
  • Original Script

    Glory to Father and Mother


    To the Father to the Mother mangalam mangalam
    To the oneness of all Being mangalam mangalam
    To the peerless Gurunathan mangalam mangalam
    To sincere devotees mangalam mangalam

    To those who pray thrice a day mangalam mangalam
    To those who conquer three desires mangalam mangalam
    To thirty-three million Gods mangalam mangalam
    To the sages and the rishis mangalam mangalam

    To those who know Self through self mangalam mangalam
    To those who give to others first, mangalam mangalam
    To the true sadhus, mangalam mangalam
    To eternal aatmaa mangalam mangalam

    To the Lord of Sirkaali mangalam mangalam
    Thirunaavukkarasar mangalam mangalam
    To the prosperous Sundarar mangalam mangalam
    To divine Manickar mangalam mangalam

    To living beings everywhere mangalam mangalam
    mangalam jaya mangalam
    mangalam jaya mangalam

    mangalam jaya mangalam
    mangalam jaya mangalam
    mangalam jaya mangalam
    mangalam jaya mangalam


    * Model for Study: A major impediment to the spread of Natchintanai has been the diversity of melodies used for any given song. Hindu music is very creative and professionally trained Carnatic singers have a great deal of freedom for improvisation, much like modern western jazz musicians. But this leaves the average lay person with a big problem as well as teachers of groups or children when they come to learn the song. "How should we sing it? What is the tune?" To facilitate the dissemination of Yogaswami's songs the Swamis at Kauai Aadheenam have selected standardized tunes. Wherever possible we have tried to source these melodies from the Sri Lankan Jaffna community itself. Sometimes a complicated carnatic melody by a professional Jaffna Tamil singer has been simplified. (Gamakams are reduced for children) In cases where melodies are not known or are "boring" from a modern youth angle, we have adopted a more rhythmic, upbeat melody. We have to give credit to the Tiruvadi Niliyam (Jaffna Sai Baba devotees) who have sponsored some recordings by the All Ceylon Radio Singers for leading the way in this regard. These are good examples of Yogaswami's songs sung in a pleasing style. It is well known that Yogaswami himself did on occasion tell his devotees to sing such-and-such a Natchintanai song according to the melody of a song sung by one of the current popular devotional singers of his day. The melodies for many Natchintanai have yet to be selected for groups and children. If you would care to suggest some tunes we would very much appreciate your suggestions. Please email studyhall@hindu.org

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    It is wise to have a free mind, a clear, serene and relaxed attitude toward life before partaking of food. That is why people on the inner path traditionally meditate for a moment, chant a mantra or say a prayer before a meal.
    —Gurudeva