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Padhuka Sahasram-366
Date: Wed Apr 25 2001 - 13:53:28 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

366. nEdhIyasAm nijaparAganivEshapUrva 
     sprUShtvA shirAmsi BhavathI BhavarOgaBhAjAm
     gADam nipIdya garudaDhvajapAdharakshE!
     mAnagraham shamayathIva paraIrasADhyam

Oh Paaduka! For those who come near You and who suffer from the bad 
disease of samsara (caused by conceit based on non-distinction 
between body and soul), You remove this evil spirit very much as a 
conjurer would do.

You as Sataari sprinkle dust on their head, then touch it; then press 
the head closely, even press the shoulders, and thus drive out the 
evil spirit from them-which achievement is impossible for any one 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkam 366
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Earlier , Swami Desikan
described how the demons of egotism are driven from children
by the smearing of the dust  from the paadhukais. Here,
he describes the power of the very same dust to banish
the arrogance of the elders. Swami says: " Oh PaadhukAs of
the Lord with GarudA on His flag ! You place the dust
arising from your sanchAram on the heads of the vain
and arrogant people and drive away their pride and
stubbornness in no time".

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! During Your
Lord's Uthsavams , the archakAs place You on the heads of
people. Some of them are deeply entrenched in SamsAram and
ego, anger , jealousy grip them like possessed by demons.
When the dust from You come into contact with their heads,
then these demons are chased away and they become blessed
with satthva guNams.

(3)Swamy Desikan says that the demons possessing
the samsAris like pride and egotism are not removed
easily by any means ( parai: asAdhyam samaiuthum).
Those dhOshams arising from Bhava rhOgam are shaken
out and driven by the placement of the dust from
the Paadhuaki (parAga nivAsam maana gruham samayathi).
The Parama padham of the Lord is also attained in
the same janmam after contact with the dust..(V.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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