ST16. THE LADDER OF FAME

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

SAINT THYAGARAJA

In the ladder of fame
Saint Thyagaraja’s name
Rose up to the top,
Soon, but step by step.

His every breath spelled
“Rama,” every second,
Thus he was fully absorbed
In the spiritual world.

How he invited everyone,
To this spiritual heaven,
In Raga Bhairavi, this song,
Still takes us with him along.

(He sang in Telugu:
Koluvaiyunnade Kothandapani)

“Like the Star Rohini joined,
With the moon, side by side,
With his bow, Raghava
Is sitting with his Sita.”
Let us worship the Lord,
To get rid of our sins old,”

“Seated here is Rama,
With his consort Sita,
Amidst eight wealth, come,
Let us worship him.”

(He again wakes up the Lord
Thru’ this song in Raga Thodi
Kolu vamarekadha Kothandapani)

“Kothandapani is here,
In his grand posture,
This kind of rare scene,
None would have seen.”

“Not even by Brahma,
Saraswati, Rukmini,
Sita, Parasakti,
Or Lakshmana.”

“Early in the morning
Playing veena I’m singing,
To wake up the Lord
Sri Hari, from his flower bed.”

“After his bath in Rose water,
He willingly accepts the offer
Of variety of fine food
Fresh, tasty and good.”

“He takes then betel nuts
Wrapped in betel leaves.
Next, the camphor light
Turns his face very bright.”

“Over the incense sticks
Giving their fine smells,
All the assembled devotees
Chant and say their prayers.”








ST15. GIFT FROM SAGE NARADA
SAINT THYAGARAJA
ST17. BROTHER JALPESAN

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