ST28. DEAD MAN CAME ALIVE

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

SAINT THYAGARAJA

After his Tirupathi visit,
The Saint then moved out
To Puthur in his palanquin
Followed by all his men.

In the early hours of the day,
While he was on the way,
He saw a crowd of people
Standing near a temple.

Before a corpse that was lying,
A woman was bitterly crying.
What happened in the night,
One of them told the Saint.

“Seshaiyer, the dead man
Came here to this town,
With his wife, last night,
When there was no light.”

“For their stay in the night,
As no place was at sight,
They came to this temple
To sleep in the temple hall.”

“The door was bolted inside.
To open the door he jumped,
O’er the boundary wall
Not knowing there is a well.”

“From the top of the wall,
He jumped into the well,
In the darkness of the night;
Alas, he died on the spot.”

It was a tragic story to hear.
The Saint took pity on her.
He called his disciple to sing
In Raga Bhilahari, his song.

(The disciple sang then:
Naajeevadhara Naanomu Balama)

“Oh Rama, my life supporter!
The fruit of all my prayers!
Oh among Kings, the first One!!
You’re the light of my vision!”

“Oh the smell of my nose!
The letters of my prayers!
For my worship, you’re flowers!
Oh Lord, King of Kings!”

The Saint then gently touched
The body of the man dead
Also Tulsi water he sprinkled
O’er the face of the dead.

As if waking up from sleep,
The dead man woke up.
The wife thanked the Saint
And fell down flat at his feet.

It was his spiritual power,
That worked at that hour,
One miraculous incident
In the life of the Saint.

ST27. THE SAINT'S PILGRIMAGE
SAINT THYAGARAJA
ST29. THIEVES RAN AWAY

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