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Song: swara raaga sudhaa

swara raaga sudha
raagam: shankaraabharaNam

29 dheera shankaraabharaNam mela
Aa: S R2 G3 M1 P D2 N3 S
Av: S N3 D2 P M1 G3 R2 S

taaLam: aadi
Composer: Tyaagaraaja


svara rAga sudhA rasayuta bhakti svargApavargamurA O manasA


paramAnandamE kamalamupai baka bhEkamu celagEmi manasA

caraNam 1

mUlAdhAra nAda merugutE mudamagu mOkSamurA
kOlAhala sapta svara grahamula gurutE mOkSamurA O manasA

caraNam 2

bahu janmamulaku paini jnAniyai baraguTa mOkSamurA
sahaja bhaktitO rAga jnAna sahitudu muktudurA O manasA

caraNam 3

maddaLa tALa gatula teliyakanE mardincuTa sukhamA
shuddha manasu lEka pUja jEyuTa sUkura vrittirA O manasA

caraNam 4

rajata girIshuDu nagajaku delpu svarArNava marmamulu
vijayamu gala tyAgarAju-DErugE vishvAsinci delusukO O manasA

Devotion blended with the nectar of svara and raga alone is capable of leading one to salvation. How incongruous if a crane and frog (with their cacaphonous outpourings) sit on the lotus of supreme bliss? Understanding the divine nada emanating from the subtle primal source in the body gives one a forestate of the supreme bliss. To identify the subtle and mystic sources of the seven svaras of the musical scale in the body referred to as chakras is verily a yoga leading to salvation. If one bangs the mrdanga wildly without being aware of the intricacies of the rhythmic art, can the result give joy? Likewise, to offer worship to the Lord without mental purity points to a life base and repugnant (as a pig's) It is only after countless births that one is born wise enough to think of liberation and adopt himself to a life of devotion. Yet if any one, naturally devoted to the Lord is also equipped with the knowledge of raga, he attains salvation shortcircuiting the endless cycle of births and deaths. Tyagaraja has been blessed with Svararnava a musical treatise expounded by Lord Shiva to Parvati and is aquainted with the intricacies of music at the highest level. So, with faith in his words, understand these details.

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updated on 03/23/2009