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Padhuka Shasram-367
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 12:36:47 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

367. ApAthavallavathanOrakumArayUna: 
     padhAvani! pravishathO yamunAnikunjAn
     AsIdhanangasamarAth puratha: pravruttha:
     sEnAparAga iva thE padhavIparAga:

Oh Paaduka! When Krishna, only superficially a gopa, in his youth 
without that age of youthfulness, ventured on His love-war with gopis 
behind the Yamuna-bed-shrubs, the dust from You was perhaps the dust 
of war, dust of army progress, in the 'war of love'.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkam 367
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:
After describing the power of the PaadhukA dust
to cure the SamsAric ills in the previous slOkam ,
Swami Desikan describes here how the power of
the dust creates aversion to the worldly pleasures
(VairAgyam). He says that the wearing of the dust on
one's head can bless one to develop indifference to
the worldly attachments .He illustrates this power of
the PaadhukA dust with incidents in KrishNA's life.

Swami says: " Oh PaadhukE! That KrishNA looked
as a cowherd , but in reality , He was Your Lord.
When this eternally young cowherd entered the banks of
YamunA river to wage the war of Love (amorous fights)
with the Gopis , You came to His rescue. Gopis lost
the war. They united however with the Lord of the Universe,
took refuge in Him and lost their interest in worldly
things. Their minds were filled with the thoughts about
KrishNA. They became rich in VairAgyam. The dust associated
with You rose like an army and defeated the Gopis and
made them blessed souls brimming with VairAgyam. "
Here , Swami Desikan points out that the detatchment
from the worldly pleasures arises from great love (Kaamam )
for the Lord and the dust specks from the Lord's
Paadhukais can empower one to attain that state of

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: On the banks of YamunA,
Lord KrsihNA spent time at the various tryst houses. His rapid
sanchAram from one house to the other raised a lot of dust .
That cloud of dust looked like the dust raised by the army
in the war of amorous god (Manmathan).

(3)KrishNa is visualized here as the one who has not
yet reached the age of sixteeen ( akumAra yoona:).
He is going to be engaged in Manmatha yuddham.
As He travels from one tryst house ( nikuncham)
to the other rapidly , there  is a lot of dust
from the paadhukais. That cloud of dust looked
like the dust created by the movement of the army
before the battle (Ananga SamarAth puratha: pravruttha
sEnAparAga iva aaseeth)..(V.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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