by Damodara Rao Dasu

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mariyAda gAdayA-bhairavi-Adi

In this Kruti Tyagaraja takes the liberty of telling SriRama that his prestige would be lowered,if he showed discrimination between devotees.

P mariyAda gAdayA manupava dEmayA || It is not befitting your dignity,if you neglect to protect me.
AP sari vArilO nannu chowka chEyuTella Sri
hari hari nee vanTi karuNAnidhiki ||
Oh Srihari,making me cheap among my peers is improper for you who is reputed as the repository of compassion.
C 1 tana vAralanyulanE tAratamyamu munu
ghanuDaina dASaradhikE galadani keertigAdA
ninubAya nErani nanu brOvakunDEdi
dhanada sakhuDagu tyAgarAja pujita ||
Does not Dasaradhi get bad reputation of discriminating some devotees as his and some as strangers? Do you want to abandon me who is incapable of leaving away Rama? Kubera is the friend of Siva but Siva wants nothing from him. Oh Rama,Tyagaraja worships you.

mAkElarA vichAramu-ravi chandrika-Adi

In this kruti Tyagaraja compares the world to a drama produced and conducted by SriRama.He feels that there is no cause for worry when Rama himself is our care-taking father.

P mAkElarA vichAramu mamu ganna Sri rAmachandra || Oh Sri Ramachandra our father, why should there be any worry for us?
AP sAkEta rAja kumAra sadbhakta mandAra Srikara|| You are the prince of Ayodhya.You are like the wish-fulfilling celestial 'Mandara' tree for the pious devotees.You are the bestower of prosperity.
C 1 jata koorchi nATaka sootramunu
jagamella mechchaga karamuna niDi
gati tappakADinchEvu summee
naTa tyAgarAja gireeSa vinuta ||
You conduct the drama of the world,holding control of threads in your hands.There is never a wrong move in your play.The world lauds it.Siva and Tyagaraja adore you.

mATADa vEmi-neelAmbari-Adi

In this Kruti Tyagaraja describes the divine experince of seeing Srirama but complains that Rama was not talking to him.

P mATADavEmi nAtO mAdhurya purandhara|| Oh Rama,your speech is full of sweetness. Why don't you talk to me ?
AP sATi dorakani rAma swAmi madi ranjilla || Oh Rama, you are incomparable.Why don't you talk delighting my heart?
C 1 eduredure choochi endu gAnaka nA
hrudayAni kentO hitavu lEka
sadayuDa nE nunDaga samukhamu dorikitE nee
rada varNa Sri tyAgarAjArchita mudduga ||
I've been yearning for you in vain. My heart is desolated.Oh compassionate Rama, you shine like water bearing cloud.I am blessed by your divine presence.Why don't you talk sweetly?

mElukO dayAnidhee-sourAshTram-rupaka

This is 'Utsava sampradaya keertana'(traditional song describing services to deity).Tyagaraja describes that celestials and devotees are at service to the deity.

P mElukO dayAnidhee mElukO dASaradhee || Oh Rama the son of Dasaradha,the repository of mercy,please wake up.
AP mElukO dayAnidhee mitrOdayamou vELa || Oh repository of compassion,it is sunrise time.
C 1 nAradAdi munulu suralu vArija bhavudindu kalA
dharuDu nee sannidhi nE kOri koluvu gAchinAru ||
Narada,Brahma the lotus borne,Siva and other celestials and sages seek to be in your esteemed presence to serve you.
C 2 venna pAlu bangAru ginnela nEnunchinAnu
tinnagAraginchi tETa kannulatO nannu jooDu||
I've kept milk and butter for you in golden vessels. Enjoy them well and look at me with your bright eyes.
C 3 rAja rAjAdi digrAjulella vachchinAru
rAja neeti teliya tyAgarAja vinuta nannu brOva ||
Kings and demi-gods ruling all the directions have arrived.They wish to learn royal polity from you.Oh Rama,Tyagaraja worships you. Please wake up and protect me.