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From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 03:51:03 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

510 rAmasya rangavasathEscharaNAnuShangAth
    kAShTam gathAm BhuvanapAvanathAm dhaDhAnA
    pAdhAvani! prachararathnashilAnivaDdhA
    samsArasantharaNasEthurasi prajAnAm

Oh Paaduka! You earned the previlege of being pure beyond all things 
pure; by reason of the contact with the Lord's Feet. It is therefore, 
appropriate that You are bejewelled with gemstones. You are the 
bridge for all people to cross the ocean of samsara.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 510:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here, Swami Desikan salutes the 
PaadhukAs as a holy bridge (Sethu) built with the  rays of gems that 
helps in crossing the ocean of SamsAram. He says: " Oh RanganAtha 
PaadhukE! Your Lord RanganAthaa took the incarnation of RaamA and 
built  a bridge over the salt waters of southern ocean to reach 
LankA. After that, He came back to Srirangam and continues to
live there. Oh PaadhukE! You have continous association with 
RanganAthA, who is none other than RaamA , the builder of Raama 
sEthu. Through Your association, You serve as today's sEthu. You are 
built with gems  this time instead of stones and wood. As the present 
sEthu , You help the suffering people cross the ocean of 
samsAram to reach Your Lord's feet.  

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! You excell as a bridge 
over the one built in the past over the waters of southern ocean . 
The reason is that the Lord  is always placing His Thiruvadi inside 
You. Therefore , there is no object that is more sacred than You. 
Your surface is enmeshed with gems. By reflecting on You and Your 
gems enmeshed in Your surface, the samsAris get rid of their samsAric 

3) Here, Swamy Desikan identifies the resident of Sriranga VimAnam as 
Raamachandran ( RangavasathE: Raamasya ) and Swamy NammazhwAr 
Ennobled by His Thiruvadi sambhnadham ( RangavasathE: Raamasya 
charaNa Anushanga kaashtAm gathAm ). That loftiness attained by 
association with the Lord's feet confers on the Paadhukis the power 
of sanctifying the world with its touch (Bhuvana paavanathAm 
dhadhAnaa Thvam). Therefore , You with Your tightly enmeshed  
assembly of gems become the bridge (sEthu) for people to cross over 
the ocean of SamsAram ( Prachura rathnasilA nibhaddha Thvam , 
prajAnAm samsAra santharaNa sEthu iva)..(V.S).  

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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