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Padhuka Sahasram-477
Date: Mon Dec 03 2001 - 04:03:27 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

477. rangE dhEvi! raThAngapANicharaNasvacChandhalIlAsaKhi!
     sthOkaspandhitharamyaviBhramagathiprasthAvakam thAvakam 
     dhurvAraprathivAvadhUkamanaGham shrOShyAmi shinjAravam

Oh Paaduka Devi! Comrade of the Lord's Feet in their free sportive 
walks! May I hear your flawless music at my last moments-which 
musical Nada announces the slowly moving personage in His walking 
pastime, and which gives a fitting reply to the repetition of 
threatful commands heard from the Yama-convoy!

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 477:

(1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: In the previous verse , Swami Desikan 
indicated that the PaadhukA naadham assured him freedom from fear. 
During this and the subsequent three verses , Swamy explains the 
particular fears that are removed by the mangaLa naadham of the 
Paadhukais. He says: " Oh PaadhukA Devi adorning the feet of the Lord 
holding Sudarsanam in His hand ! May I hear Your majestic naadham 
that resembles the ocean at the time , when the servants of Yama 
Dharma Raajan argue with me loudly about my many sins. Your naadham 
At that time will readily answer the arguments of the servants of 
Yama and remind them that I have surrendered unto Your Lord . May You 
bless me to be at Srirangam during the time of my shedding the mortal 
coils , so that Your Lord does not need to travel too far to come to 
my side! ". Freedom from fear caused by the servants of Yamaa  is the 
first of the fears that the PaadhukA naadham removes. Here, Swamy is 
alluding to the story of AjAmiLaa , who was threatened unsuccessfully 
by the entourage of Yamaa. 

(2) Oh PaadhukE ! Duirng my last moments, my sins will bring hundreds 
of the servants of Yama , who will scream at me . At that time, You 
should rush the Lord on Your back to my side so that the Yama 
kinkarAs will run away. I should be blessed to hear Your naadham at 
those last moments announcing Your Lord's arrival. 

(3) Oh PaadhukE ! Thou art the dear friend of the Thiruvadi of the 
Lord, who adorns the Sudarsanam in His hand .( RaTAngapANi charaNa 
svacchnadha-leelA sakhi ). May I hear Your blemishless naadham 
( anaga sinjjA ravam ) at my last moments , when the army of the 
servants of  Yamaa are frightening me with their hoomkArams ( Kaala 
kimkara chamU hoomkAra paarampari ) .Those frightening screams of the 
Yama dhUthAs can only be silenced by the blemishless naadham of Yours 
as You arrive at my bed side transporting the Lord ( HoomkAra 
paarampari dhurvAra prathivAvadhUkam anagam sinjjAravam ). Please 
bless me to hear Your naadham during my last moments (V.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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