ST12. CHANTING RAMA'S NAME

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

SAINT THYAGARAJA

All the songs of the Saint
Surpassed any time limit,
As each word is built
Of divinity hidden in it.

The Lord Rama’s name
He chanted the same,
Non-stop, every second,
As it was his very blood.

It became his daily routine
To get up early morn,
Wake up the Lord
Like waking a child.

(His song to wake up the Lord:
Melukovaiyya Mammeluko Rama
Melaina Sitasamedha Naa Bhagyama,
In Raga Bowli)

“Very fortunate we are,
To see you with Sita here
To take us up,
Please wake up!”

“Sage Narada and others
In praise of you now sings.
Now the Sun is up.
Please wake up! “

“To accept this offer
Of milk and butter,
Open your eyes now.
Please wake up!

“Oh you in the bed of snake,
Your maid servants are awake,
Ready to do their services.
Please wake up!”

“The glow of the night lamps
Has now become dim
Oh Master of solar race,
Please wake up!”

“”Oh King of all kings!
Moon’s face you’re having!
King of Ayodhya you are!
You’re of noble character!”

Thyagaraja worships your feet!
Oh warrior among kings!
Devas, kings wait for you!
To save this world, wake up!

(Note: In twenty one years
Ninety-six-crore times
Rama’s name he chanted
Average 1.25 lakhs per day,
Which is a record break)



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