Guruvuruvai oLir Arunachala
Arunachala! Root out all my defects along with (the main reason for the defects), the ego, and make me fit to be at your holy feet and take me over completely.
(Note: guNam is different from the three gunas, namely, sativa, rajas and tamas. In Tamil guNam roughly refers to character, nargunam means good character and dhur gunam means bad qualities. A guNavan is someone with noble, good characteristics. Kutram has a couple of meanings. A criminal is kutravaLi here it means crime. Other meaning is defect or fault as in ‘yaar kutram? = whose fault.)
The basic cause of all the miseries and troubles is the identification with the false sense of ‘I’, the ego. If you destroy this one fundamental cause of misery I will become a guNavan (someone with noble qualities). Then I will be fit for service at your divine feet. Do me this great favour and manifest as my Guru and dominate me, prays Bhagavan.
All the faults/defects are subsumed in the triad of lust, anger, delusion. These three cities (muppuram) are burnt when the ego which is their substratum, is destroyed. Just as the ego is the state where all the defects/faults lie, the egoless state is where all the good/noble qualities reside. It is only he who has no ego who becomes fit for divine grace, hence Bhagvan prays to Arunachala to manifest as his guru. Bhagavan had no guru in human form. Arunachala was his only guru. Here Bhagavan states how Arunachala became his guru.