Aa: S R2 M2 P D3 N3 S Av: S N3 D3 P M2 R2 S
baṇṭu rīti koluviyyavayya rāma
madādula koṭṭi nēla kūla jēyu nija
rōmāñcamane ghana kañcukamu
rāma bhaktuḍane mudra biḷḷayu
rāma nāmamane vara khaḍgamivi
O Lord Rama, as an orderly sentry,
Into your service, may I gain entry,
For, so shall I strike and blow to pieces,
Lust, arrogance and all of the six vices!
With fine armor that leaves one tingling,
'His devotee', the seal on my signet ring,
The power of your name, my sword transcendent,
Thus may I serve you truly, always resplendent.
This is again a beloved kriti, that is mostly the reason that its raga has become known. Prior to this Tyagaraja song, it was only known through a lakshana-gita i.e. a didactic or demo piece. Hamsanadam literally means 'call of a swan', or more figuratively, a 'swan song'. The six vices are lust, anger, greed, delusion, arrogance, and envy. In the lyrics, they are indicated as the vices 'beginning' from lust, as in the canonical order. Cf. Sangita Jnanamu, the previous kriti posted, where too, similar sentiments are expressed, but in the context of Nadopasana or worship through music. Here the context is 'Rama Bhakti' or devotion to Rama. There is some significance to the power of Rama's name or "Rama nama". Its mere utterance is said to be a 'taraka mantra' or 'life saving prayer' or 'liberating prayer' in itself, precluding the need for any other worship. Tyagaraja in particular, is said to have been formally initiated into chanting it daily, and is said to have done so millions of times in his life. 'His devotee' signifies 'Rama's devotee'- for Tyagaraja admitted no other deity to his most devoted worship.
"Signet ring" is used with some license for more literally an "identifying disc", which could be a badge, seal, standard or any royal token.
Lust is again figuratively mentioned in terms of the 'sugarcane bow' wielder or Kama. Cf: Heccharikaga ra ra, "green bow" wielder, incidentally, a favorable mention. In Telugu, there are a number of epithets for Kama that mention his bow.