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Padhuka Sahasram-279

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Wed Aug 09 2000 - 05:23:48 PDT

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

279. upAgathAnAmupathApashAnthyai
     suKhAvagAhAm gathimudhvahanthIm
     pashyAmi shoUrE: padhavAhinIm thvAm
     nimnEShu thungEShu cha nirvishEShAm

Oh Paaduka! I see You as the Ganga stream 
that flowed from the Lord's Feet. How? 
You are easily available for immersion 
and enjoyment by those who wish. You give 
the style for the Lord.You see to that He
grants good rewards, high ones. You see 
no difference between the lowly and the high; 
You give equal importance to all; You sit on 
each one's head without discrimination 
(though the Ganga will come down from the 
high to the lowly only, not vice versa!).

Namo Narayana,
SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: In an earlier 
slOkam , Swamy Desikan celebrated the Soulabhyam 
aspects of the Paadhukai. Here, he focuses on 
the souseelyam , yet another auspicious disposition of 
the Padhukais of PerumAL. He compares them to
the Souseelyam of river GangA.

Swamy says: " Oh PaadhukE! Both the holy GangA
and Yourself have close affiliation with the Lord's
Thiruvadi. Hence, both of You share the quality of
His Souseelyam. Gangai flows over hills and valleys 
and removes the sins of all, who immerse in it and
does not inquire whether they are men or women ,
rich or poor , are from higher or lower caste .
Mother GangA showers her grace on one and all
without discrimination. Oh PaadhukE ! You are 
identical to gangA in this regard. You remove 
the sufferings of every one , who worships You.
You confer on them a superior status on this earth
through Your anugraham . You do not ask them ,
where they came from or what their origin is . You 
rest on the heads of all people without
discrimination  and copiously shower Your
blessings ". Swamy Desikan has the souseelyam
aspects of GangA originating from the lord's
Thiruvadi and its descent to satya lokam to
fall on the ashes of the sons of Emperor 
SakarA to bring them back to life at
the request of BhagIrathA.

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! 
When perumAL moves about adorning You , Your
travel becomes leisurely so that the citizens
of Srirangam can enjoy Your movements without

(3)People come near the Paadhukais of the Lord 
to have their sorrows banished(upatApa saanthyartham) .
The Paadhukais move to a slow and joyous gait
to bless the people , who come near it (SukhAvagAhaam
gathim udhvahanthIm). Its gathi ( sanchAram) is 
nirvisEsham ( without ThAratamyam); it is seen at 
high places (thungEshu) and low places (nimnEshu).
As the Lord's paadhukai ( Sourai: PadhavAhini) ,
it resembles Gangai river , which flows at high altitudes
and plains. The Padhukai reaches every where to bless 
simple people as well as mukthAs and DevAs who adorn it 
on their heads.It does not discriminate between 
the low and mighty...V.S


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