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Padhuka Sahasram-343
Date: Wed Feb 14 2001 - 14:13:54 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

343. paricharaNaniyukthaI: pAdhukE! rangaBharthu:
     pavanathanayamuKhyaIrarpithAm thvathsamIpE
     vinathaviDhimuKhEBhYo nirvishEShAm dhvirEPhA:
     kaThamapi viBhajanthE kAnchanIm padhmapAnkthim

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! Hanuman and other servants brought gold lotuses 
(from the Himalayan region) and presented them to You. The four heads 
of Brahma bent below You. The bees hovering nearby, could only 
distinguish between the two, only with difficulty, all heads looking 
exactly lotus-like.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S): SlOkam 343
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: In the previous slOkam,
Swamy Desikan dwelled on the Kaithaki petals and the heads of
Rudrans .Here , Swamy is reminded of the faces of BrahmA and
the lotus flowers and composes a sOkam connecting them .
He says: " Oh PadhukE! When RaamachandrA returned to AyOdhyA
from LankA , He wished to offer worship to His titular
deity, Lord RanganAthan.He sent HanumAn to collect the golden lotus
flowers needed for the AarAdhanam. HanumAn assembled those lotus
flowers and placed them close to You. At that time , BrahmA's
face was also near You to help the Lord with the AarAdhanam.
The bees in the worshipping hall were confused some what
between the lotuses and BrahmA's faces. They could not tell,
which is which without special effort on their parts".
Swamy Desikan hints that BrahmA was seated on a lotus
growing out of Lord RanganAthA's navel.

(2)The golden lotuses were placed by HanumAn and others
near You adorning the ThiruvadikaL of the Lord ( ParicharaNa
niyukthai: Pavana tanaya mukyai: thvath sameepE arpithAm).
There BrahmA was with His bent head near You .The bees had
a difficult time of differentiating between the heads of BrahmA
seated on a lotus and the golden lotuses placed near You
( Vidhi MukhEbhya: nirvisEshAm KaanchanIm Padhma pankthim).
Finally with effort , they were able to tell the two apart
( DhvirEphA: katamapi vibhajanthE)..(V.S)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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