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Padhuka Sahasram-277

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Aug 08 2000 - 20:00:00 PDT

SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,
Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

277. padhEShu mandhEShu mahathsvapi thvam
     nIranDhrasamshlEShavathI murArE: 
     prathyAyanArTham kila pAdhukE! na:
     svABhAvikam darshayasi praBhAvam

Oh Paaduka! The Lord can adopt a small or a large foot, depending on 
His form and size in that Avatara (say, Vamana and Trivikrama). Lord 
Ranganatha too can place His steps in small or large measure in His 
stride. You too can adapt Your size or stride to suite His, so that 
You will have unintermittent contact with the Lord's Feet. Certain it 
is that You show Your natural greatness in this in order to infuse in 
us a confidence in You!

Namo Narayana,
SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SaTakOpan (V.S):

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE!
You increase our faith in You by taking the small 
or big form to serve the Lord's feet during His 
many avathArAs. This way , You are never disassociated 
from Your Lord's Thiruvadi on any occasion . During 
VamanAvathAram , You took a smaller shape to fit 
the feet of the mystrious dwarf . When Your Lord
grew to His gigantic form as Thrivikraman and 
measured the earth , sky and the beyond ,You took on
another appropriate form to fit the growing feet. 
This way, You protected Your Lord's feet and displayed 
Your supermacy.

(2) Sriamth Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! You 
cling to Your Lord's feet , whether it is small or
gigantic . You take on the matching shape and protect
Your Lord's Thiruvadi. Through such display of 
devotion, You enhance our faith in Your innate

(3) The svAbhAvika prabhAvam (innate glory )of 
the Paadhukais is celebrated here.Paadhukai has
the power to be small, when it has to be small
and big , when it has to be big ( mandhEshu padhEshu
mandha:, mahathsvapi padhEshu mahath). The most
important feature inspite of all the transformations 
in dimensions of Paadhukai is its inseperablity from 
the Lord's Thiruvadi. That natural glory of
the Paadhukais instills reverence in
the minds of its devotees ...V.S  


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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