raagam: naaTTai kurinji
28 harikaambhOji janya
Aa: S R2 G3 M1 N2 D2 N2 P D2 N2 S
Av: S N2 D2 M1 G3 M1 P G3 R2 S
manasu viSaya naTa viTula kosangitE mA rAmuni krpa galgunO manasA
tanTalu pokarinTiki disi peTTi tAgukkalu tOlu rIti gAdO
taviTiki upadEshincinaTu gAdO shrI tyAgarAja nutuni dalacaka
If one becomes a slave to the evil propensities of the five senses, how can he meditate on the holy feet of SrI RAma? Then where is the prospect of obtaining His grace? Is it not as ridiculous as lending the door of one's cottage to a neighbor and standing guard at one's own, all night trying to drive away the dogs itching to enter? It is as foolish as a faithless housewife going out to get some bran, leaving behind a potful of cooked rice to be carried away by monkeys. To advise such silly ones is like initiating a deaf person by whispering a sacred text in his ears.
Lyrics contributed by Lakshman Ragde. Meaning from Compositions of Tyagaraja by T.K. Govinda Rao.