Nidhi Chala Sukhama
Nidhi chala Sukhama?
Ramuni sannidhi seva sukhama
Nijamuga balku manasa.
Dadhi, Nava neetha , ksheeramulu ruchiyo,
Dasarathi dhyana bhajana sudharasamu ruchiyo?
Kardhama durvishaya kupa snanamu sukhama?
Mamatha bandhana yutha
Sumathi Thyagaraja nuthani keerthana sukhama?
Tell the real truth my mind,
Is becoming more wealthy pleasurable,
Or is it serving Rama in his temple?
Are curd butter and milk more tastier than,
The nectar of meditating and Singing about Rama?
Is it more pleasant to take bath in
Or a turbulent bath in the well with lot of dirt?
Is the singing praises of a man which is full of praise and flattery,
More pleasant than singing new
songs in praise of Lord Thyagaraja.