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23 gowri manOhari mEla
Aa: S R2 G2 M1 P D2 N3 S
Av: S N3 D2 P M1 G2 R2 S
gurulEka eTuvaNTi guNiki deliyaga bOdu
karukaina hrd-rOga gahanamunu goTTanu sad-
tanuvu suta dhanadhAra dayAdi bAndhavulu janiyinci cedaru jAlini karuNatO
manasunantaka cEyu mandanucu tatva bOdhana jEsi kApADu tyAgarAjAptuDanu
No one, however virtuous he may be, without the grace of a Guru will know! No one, however virtuous he may be, without the grace of a Guru will know how to cut through the forest of mental ills (the tApatraya)!It is the good Guru, who is Tyagaraja's friend who out of compassion imparts the knowledge of the Supreme, which is the medicine that cures one of the sorrows caused by the cycles of birth and death and the associated bodily suffering and attachments to offspring, wealth, wife, relatives and friends!
Notation available here at Shivkumar Kalyanaraman's Krithi Archive. Also, listen to the music class here.
Lyrics contributed by Lakshman Ragde. Meaning from Sangeetham.com here