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Re: Padhuka Sahasram

From: T.C.A. Venkatesan (vtca_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 07:06:28 PDT

Thanks to Sri. Sadagopan for the wonderful translations of
Sri Vedantha Desikar's Padhuka Sahasram.

Recently adiyEn came across the following which adiyEn thought had
some interesting relevence.

Some of our poorvAchAryA's in their vyAkyAnams of thiruppANAzhvAr's
amalanAthipirAn, have mentioned the following. The first three 
letters of the first three stanzas in amalanAthipirAn are a, u and 
m. Thus, he introduced the pramANaSAram of aum (OM) in the beginning.
And the the first letters of stanzas 5, 6 and 7 are pa, thu and kai.
This, then refers to the pramEyaSAram which is emperumAn's pAdhukA.

The beginning letter of the 4th stanza is sa, which connects the
pramANam with the pramEyam - perhaps, the learned members of this
list can expand on that.

The interesting point is that amalanAthipirAn is the only 
thivyaprabantham for which Swami Desikan has written a vyAkyAnam
- called 'munivAhanabOkam'. I wonder if thiruppANAzhvAr was
the inspiration to his Padhuka Sahasram.

adiyEn recently received vyAkyAnams for amalanAthipirAn, and am
working on understanding it. Please let adiyEn know if the
translations of this wonderful work have already been posted
in this list, or should adiyEn make some feeble attempt at
translating and posting.

mathurakavi thAsan
T.C.A. Venkatesan


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