nidhicaala sukhamaa - Click to listen (Uma Ayyar)!
65 mEcakalyaaNi mEla
Aa: S R2 G3 M2 P D2 N3 S
Av: S N3 D2 P M2 G3 R2 S
nidhicAla sukhamA rAmuni sannidhi sEva sukhamA nijamuga balku
dadhi navanIta kSIramulu ruciyO dAsharathi dhyAna bhajana
dama shamamanu gangA snAnamu sukhamA kardama durviSaya kUpa
mamata bandhana yuta narastuti sukhamA surapati tyAgarAja nutuni kIrtana
O Mind! Tell me honestly which induces unalloyed bliss,
material wealth or the wealth of the Lord's
darshana and service at His shrine? Which is more delicious? Taste of
milk, butter and the curd or the nectarine
experience of meditation and worship of Rama , son of Dasharatha?
The divine tranquility experienced by one who has controlled his senses
is as refreshing as a bath in the Ganga,
whereas indulging in carnal pleasures is as detestible as wallowing in
the slush of a dirty well.
Is it not obviously the height of bliss to sing the glory of the
eternal compassionate Lord, rather than flatter or
praise a short-lived mortal bloated with arrogance and self conceit?
Lyrics contributed by Lakshman Ragde. Meaning from Compositions of Tyagaraja by TK Govinda Rao.
Song performed for karnATik by Uma Ayyar.