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Padhuka Sahasram-358
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 13:56:17 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

358. shuDdhasatthvavapuShaIva BhavathyA
     pAdhukE! virajasoU haripAdhoU
     asthu kim punaridham rajasA thE
     shuDdhasathvamayathA manujAnAm

Oh Paaduka! You are made of pure sattva-without rajas or tamas. That 
You keep the Lord's feet free of dust, free of rajas is 
understandable. But how does it happen that Your dust (rajas) creates 
for men, who bear it, a character of pure unalloyed sattva?

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkam 358
(1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Swamy Desikan hints here
that BrahmA and others are purified by wearing the dust
specks from the Lord's paadukai and the Lord's feet are
proteced from dust by wearing the Paadhukais. The word
"Rajas" has two meanings.When we refer to guNAs ,
it relates to passionate nature and at other instances ,
it means dust particle.Using theirdouble meanings,
Swamy Desikan says: " Oh paadhukE! You are beyond three
guNAs like Your Lord. Hence You also do not have
relation to prakruti (viz), You are of aprAkruthA
form .That is why Your Lord's feet are virajas
(devoid of rajO guNA).You also protect His feet from
the dust (rajas). It is also understandable that dust
emanting from You makes human beings virajas (devoid of
rajO guNA) , when they wear Your dust on their heads .
They become of the form of Suddha Sattva and transcend
the three guNAs and attain immortality.

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: During the uthsava kaalams ,
those who follow the Lord get their rajO guNam removed from
the sambhandham of the rajas (dust specks) from the Paadhukais
of the Lord.They become fileld with Sathtva gunam.

(3)Swamy  addresses a question to Paadhukai :Oh PaadhukE!
Lord wears You with Suddha Satthava svaroopam and His feet
becomes free of dust ( Suddha satthva vapushA yEva BhavathyA
Hari-Paadhou Virajasou). Let it be ! How come the dust specks
associated with You make the people receiving them free of
RajO gunam (thE rajasA manujAnAm suddha satthvamayathA
asthi). Please explain how that transformation came to be?
(idham puna: kim?)..V.S

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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