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Padhuka Sahasram-479

From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Wed Dec 05 2001 - 04:03:05 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

479. thavAmbha! kila KhElathAm gathivashEna garBhAshmanAm 
     ramAramaNapAdhukE! kimapi manjuBhi: shinjithaI: 
     sayUTHyakalahAyitham shruthishatham samApadhyathE

Oh Mother Paaduka! The jingling sound caused by the gems set in You 
during the light walking pastime, are veritable chant of hundreds of 
Vedas. What is actually the import of the Vedic melody that You 
generate? I would assert that this Nada is engaged in a dispute with 
co-devotees, and is establishing the supremacy of the Padhukas over 
the Feet, in a conclusive manner!

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 479:

(1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here, Swamy Desikan says that
the PaadhukA naadham removes a third type of fear from him . He says 
that it  removes the fear about the intemperate and jealous people 
criticizing his composition on the Lord's Paadhukais. This verse 
alludes to the incident that was responsible for the creation of Sri 
RanganAtha PaadhukA Sahasram in front of the Lord at Srirangam . 

Swamy Desikan says: " Oh RanganAtha PaadhukE! The embedded gems 
inside Your toe hold move, when You transport Your Lord and a 
delightful Naadham arises as eulogies to the Lord. That delectable 
naadham arising through the assembly of many cascading notes remind 
one of the sound of the agitated recitation of hundreds of Veda 
manthrams at the same time. That naadham establishes Your glories".

Swamy Desikan hints here that a quarrel/agitation  among a section 
Of the Sri VaishNavA community of Srirangam led to the creation of
the Sri RanganAtha PaadhukA Sahasram . He comments  that the 
commotion arising from the forced competition to compose the 1000
slOkams in a Jaamam of a night was like a cacophony resulting from
hundreds of Vedic passages being recited at the same time. Swamy 
Desikan commends this competition inspite of the commotion , since 
the subject matter of his composition deals with Lord RanganAthan , 
whose feet are adorned with the PaadhukAs as well as by the VedAs, 
which serve as  the jewelery  for His feet. Both Paadhukais and the 
VedAs serve the Lord and are found at His Thiruvadi. In many verses 
of the PaadhukA Sahasram , Swamy Desikan has praised the superiority 
of the Lord's Paadhukais over the Lord's lotus feet. This is 
consistent with the Lord's own statement that His bhaagavathAs 
are dear and superior to Him .  VedAs also establish this principle 
that is widely accepted by the VaishNavaa community even today. It is 
no wonder that the Sri Sookthi about the Lord's Paadhukai (Sri 
RanganAtha PaadhukA Sahasram ) won over the composition by the 
contestant about the Lord's sacred feet ( Paadha Kamal sahasram ) . 

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Some portions of VedAs assert that
the the Lord is superior to His BhakthAs; other portions hold the 
opposite view. There seems to be confusion here among he different 
Veda manthrams. Your naadham also seems to have this type of 
dissonance. In actuality, there is no contradiction here  , since  
the vaibhavam of the BhaagavathAs is incorporated in the Vaibhavam of 
the Lord.  This apparent contradiction can therefore be reconciled. 

(3) Oh RamA RamaNa PaadhukE ! A great VaishNavan declared his 
intent to praise Your Lotus Feet . I responded that I will eulogize 
the greatness of the Paadhukai of the Lord. In actuality , there is no
conflict in the  efforts to choose the paadhukais over the paadham 
as the object of eulogy. After all , we both belong to the same side 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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