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Padhuka Sahasram-431
Date: Tue Aug 07 2001 - 13:27:24 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

431. dhAkshiNyamathra niyatham niyathA suDhAsmi-
     nnithyudhgathO niyathamachyuthapAdharakshE!
     prathyEkasamshrithapadhasthuthayE BhavathyO:
     sanGharShavAdha iva maDhyamaNipraNAdha:

Oh Paaduka! The sound even looks as from the tiff of mutually 
contending argument between the two sandals-one says "I bear the 
right foot-that has rightness, easy accessibility and generosity as 
qualities implied by the name dakshina or dakshinya", whereas the 
other Paaduka claims that the corresponding left foot only generates 
unending nectar stream.*

* This is alluded to in Ramanuja's 'Nitya' work as Vama Padangushta-

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Sadagopan (V.S): SlOkam 431 

1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here , Swamy Desikan invokes 
the name Achyuthan deliberately to indicate that He never abandons
the Right PaadhukA for the Left  and vice-versa. As a result , each of
the two PaadhukAs appear to boast about their special status and 
unique relationship to the foot they serve. The disputatious 
discussions about their relative superiority seems to emanate as the 
sweet Naadham generated by them. Swamy Desikan says: " Oh Achyutha  
PaadhukAs ! Each of You prefer the foot that you serve. You , the 
right (DakshiNa) Paadhukai claim that you have exclusivity with 
respect to the quality of DaakshiNyam (generosity , ease of access to 
Lord ). You , the left Paadhukai rightfully claim that nectar arose 
from you exclusively and that nectar is used to bathe jeevans to gain 
moksham. This loud contest and debate between you both seem to 
transform into the sweet sound that emanates from you ,when 
you transport the Lord together during His travels ". It is known 
that Ganga with the power of nectar arose form Lord's left foot , 
when it was washed by BrahmA during the ThrivikramAvathAram.

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh Paadhukais of the Lord! When we
hear the loud naadham emanating from You both , it appears like 
debates are taking  place in the form of sthOthrams about the 
supermacy of the feet of the Lord that each of You are serving . Your 
Lord's right feet has DaakshiNyam and  the left feet has amrutham . 
The inner meaning is that Swamy NammAzhwAr some times feels satisfied 
with the Lord's LeelA vibhUthi over His amrutha-maya Nithya VibhUthi..

3) There is a sangarsha Vaadham ( words of intense passion during a 
debate). What is this disputation about ? The Paadhukai on the right 
foot praises that foot as the loftier one because Bhaktha 
DhaakshiNyam resides there. The Paadhukai on the left foot praises 
that foot as "SudhA niyathA athra" ( Amrutham resides here always). 
Thus the sweet quarrel arises between the two Paadhukais that is the 
cause behind the sweet naadham (V.S)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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