Alai Alai – Oru Murai Unnai Kandaen

The album 'Alai' by Sounds of Isha, released on Mahashivratri has been received very well. Here's a look at the lyrics and inspiration behind the third song in the album.

Alai is a collection of Tamil songs by Sounds of Isha, released on the day of Mahashivratri this year. The music is available for download online, on a ‘name-your-price’ basis. So far, the album has been received very well and we have been getting requests to provide the lyrics of the songs along with translations. So Sounds of Isha have decided to do just that on the blog!



“A genuine seeker, a person who develops an urge within, will always find his Guru. He may find it in a man or a woman, or he may even find it in a rock. He will definitely find it somewhere; there is no doubt about it. When any being calls or really yearns, the existence answers.”Sadhguru

This song expresses a devotee’s experience of Sadhguru – an expression of the longing that was answered, the search for the self that culminated in Him and the grace that descended.

The song has a long and memorable history for us. The basic tune was born many years ago on one of our train journeys, but it was only sometime later, during the Vaibhav Shiva program in 2004 that we added lyrics. We were caught in a crunch situation (as usual), where we had only a few minutes to come up with a song for the next session. Narayan, our meditator from Mumbai, was with us and suggested putting some words to this tune. He gave the Hindi phrase:

एक नज़र देखा तुझे
अब हर एक पल सोचूं तुझे
[I had one sight of you, and now every moment I think only of you]

We thought it would be a nice idea to say similar lines in several different languages, so we added the English line:

A fleeting glimpse I got of you
Now every moment I long for you

and the Tamil:

ஒரு முறை உன்னை கண்டேன்
என்னை நானே கண்டு கொண்டேன்
[Once I saw you I found myself ]

and even the Arabic:

لو في قد ملك حالي
ما ابيبقا غيرك عا بلي
[If I could offer myself to you, no one else would remain but you]

After the program was over, we decided to keep the song completely in Tamil and add an additional verse, since the Tamil words expressed what we wanted to say in a more profound way. In the succeeding years we performed this version of the song for many of Sadhguru’s sathsangs, and we even sang versions in Telugu and Kannada for our meditators in Hyderabad and Bangalore. But it was only this year that we finally decided to record it and release it on CD.

Since the original song was composed for Vaibhav Shiva, we thought it would be apt if Narayan sang it this time too. We fit the vocal recording session into our travel in between Sadhguru’s programs – a joyful and somewhat spontaneous affair.  We were also fortunate enough to have Mr. VV Ravi, renowned Carnatic violinist (and Isha meditator – though not renowned for that), to add his touch to the song.

Some songs are completed in a single afternoon. This song was completed over almost a decade. And it so happened that just as the original verse was written on the spur of the moment all those years ago, so was the last verse – penned as we drove to the Mumbai recording studio... Maybe some things never change!

Oru Murai Unnai Kandaen

Lyrics with Meaning

Oru muṟai uṉṉai kaṇdēṉ Eṉṉai nāṉē kaṇdu koṇdēṉ
Once I saw you, I found myself

Thēdi thēdi eṉṉai pāartha piṉbum Uṟavu viḷaṅga villaiyē
I searched within but couldn’t understand the relationship

Nāadi nāadi antha nāaṭṭam koṇda yeṉ Kaṇgaḷ uṟaṅga villaiyē
My eyes had been searching, and could not sleep

Kāaṭchi tanthu eṉṉai āaṭchi koḷḷavē
Just one glimpse and you took me over

Ūtṟṟedutha uyir ōynthu viṭṭa piṉṉum Kāaṭci theḷiya villaiyē
This life that gushed forth has seen so much but still I don’t know myself

Āatṟṟu veḷḷam karai thāaṇdi vantha piṉṉum Thāgam thaṉiya villaiyē
And now, even when the flood has come, my thirst is still not quenched

Ēṅgi niṉṟa eṉṉai thāaṅgi chellavē
In longing I stood, and you took me with you

Oru muṟai uṉṉai kaṇdēṉ
Eṉṉai nāṉē kaṇdu koṇdēṉ
Once I saw you
I found myself

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7 years 3 months ago

please post all the lyrics of alai ---

7 years 4 months ago

Nice song..

7 years 3 months ago

Thank you for sharing your talent. Beautiful song that brings tears of gratitude and love for Sadhguru and the Isha Family.

7 years 4 months ago


7 years ago

Namaskaram, Do you have the hindi translation for the whole song? Please email me if you have at

7 years 4 months ago

so true....

6 years 10 months ago

it touches the soul

7 years 4 months ago

I think the lyrics is so apt and true for many of us in Isha family

6 years 6 months ago

Āatṟṟu veḷḷam karai thāaṇdi vantha piṉṉum Thāgam thaṉiya villaiyē

7 years 4 months ago

Since this recording was done over a period of time and in different places, I was unaware until now as I read this post that Shri VV Ravi hasmm embellished this with his masterful violin. Am really honoured that I have been part of this song.

5 years 11 months ago

I am not even a part of this ISha, but i got this song from my girl friend and this serves as a pain killer for me at any situation.. That opening music... Man it is tooo awesome
Kudos to the Composer

7 years 4 months ago

tears are flowing,always sounds of isha songs faciitate to connect with sadhgurus presence spontaneosly.this alai album took ride from happiness to ecstasy,tears are flowing,only blis!bliss!bliss!.pranams.

5 years 8 months ago

Awesome music, have been listening to this till now without even knowing the meaning. I thought the voice in the song is of Sadhguru himself, nice voice Narayana Parasuram. Thanks.
Its been 2 years since last post, is Telugu version also released?

7 years 4 months ago

Thank you very much!

4 years 2 months ago

What a beautiful composition....magical...doesn't matter if I understand the lyrics or not...bravo

7 years 4 months ago

Is a possibility to have this lyrics writing in a book, so I can read it any time I wan too? Namaste and thank you.

2 years 10 months ago

"Tears of Bliss"
When I heard "Oru Morai - for the first time
When I read the lyrics with meaning - second time
When I keep listening to it again and again - every time

7 years 4 months ago

All this lyrics of this music of Wave of Bliss to have them in a book or so.......please!!!!!!

7 years 4 months ago

Bless always be with you and all of us.