Monthly Archives: October 2011

Naama Kusuma – Sri – Adi

Among numerous compositions of Tyagaraja where he goes all out to explain the significance and importance of Hari Naama, this kriti stands out where he describes the method of Maanasa[mind] puja. What bhagya indeed that we have a human life where we can chant the name of Lord Raama. He says Nara Janmame janmamu. Indeed this is also echoed in Purandaradasa’s composition Maanava Janma Doddadu. A life where one can chant the divine name of Lord Raama is all that Tyagaraja asks for.

On a platform (Vedika) adorned with Swaras born out of Naada, Tyagaraja visualises a beautiful golden pedestal (Kanaka Peeta) called the Mind. There he installs Lord Raama, the Jewel of his heart (hridaya bhooshana). At the lotus feet of the Lord-of-his-heart, the Saint offers Naama-pushpa Archana (offering of the flowers of the Lord’s names).  It is important to note that there is nothing more PURE than a clear, calm and quiet mind devoid of passion, anger, jealousy, greed etc. A pure mind full of bhakti (devotion) is all that the Lord wants from us. Lord Krishna himself says in the Bhagavad Geeta, “a leaf, a flower, a fruit or a drop of water if offered with devotion, I accept that devout offering.”

…..only then can one attain fulfillment in life!


nAma kusumamulacE pUjincE nara janmamE janmamu manasA


shrIman mAnasa kanaka pIThamuna celaga jEsikoni vara shivarAma


nAdasvaramanu vara navaratmapu vEDikapai sakala lIla vinOduni
paramAtmuni shrI rAmuni pAdamulanu tyAgarAja hrd bhUSaNuni