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Padhuka Sahasram-522

From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Thu Feb 28 2002 - 03:55:20 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

522. maNigaNakiraNaIsthE kalpithE gulmaBhEdhE
     murgayuriva kurangI thvAm puraskruthya BhavyAm
     harathi charaNarakshE! BhakthipAshAvaruDdham
     hrudhayahariNayUTham prANinAm ranganATha:

Oh Paaduka! Lord Ranganatha laying You as a lure, You being a 
veritable hind, kept hushed in a bush-namely, of radiation-arrays 
from Your gems-entices the hearts of devotees, as if they were stags 
(male deer) tying them with the rope of Bhakti and He leads them on 
to You!

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 522:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Allusion is made here to the act of a 
hunter, who uses a trained deer to attract other deers for catching 
them. The hunter is Lord RanganAthan  and the trained deer is the 
PaadhukA. The rays radiated by the gems form the bush, where the 
trained deer stands as a decoy. The path by which the flock of deers 
come to  the trained deer is through bhakthi maarga. Here Swamy 
Desikan suggests that the bhakthi of the evolved souls increase , when
led by the paadhukAs on the archirAdhi maarga to the Lord (the 
Hunter). Swamy says: " Oh PaadhukE! RanganAthA, the hunter   benefits 
from Your service as a trained deer  that attracts the herd of deer 
roaming in the forest. When the herd is brought near the bush of rays 
originating from Your gems, RanganAtha binds the deers with His rope 
known as Bhakthi.

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that Lord 
RanganAtha makes use of the SadAchAryAs to hekp the chEthanams 
struggling in samsAram with their deluding attachments to family, 
money and career and through them instructs them on the vaibhavam of 
Himself, Moksham and freedom from the cycles of births and deaths and 
lifts them upto His supreme abode. SadAchAryAs help to generate 
bhakthi in the chEthanam's minds and prepares them through upadEsams 
on Tathva –Hitha –PurushArTams.

3) Paadhukai is compared to a female deer that the hunter (RanganAtha 
uses to catch a herd of deers (Ranganatha: bhavyAm thvAm 
puraskruthya  hariNayUTam harathi). What are these deers ? They are 
the minds of  the chEthanmas. The rope that is used to catch them is 
the rope of Bhakthi ( RanganAtha: bhakthi paasa avaruddham prANinAm 
hrudhaya: harathi )..V.S

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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