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Padhuka Sahasram-488

From: rangaswamy_m (rangaswamy_m_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Dec 31 2001 - 04:02:54 PST

Sri:

SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

488. samADhiBhAjAm thanuthE thvadhIyA rangEshapAdhAvani!
rathnapankthi: sThAnam prayAthum thamasa: param thath 
pradhIpakruthyam praBhayA mahathyA 

Oh Paaduka! I would even say that the arrays of bright light-streaks 
from the rows of gems, constitute the fire-torches 
(called 'theevattis' in Tamil) with which the path to Paramapada is 
being lighted (for the benefit of the Mukta to see and also as 
veneration-gesture as in Hindu tradition).

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 488: In the previous verse , Swamy Desikan described the 
sighting of the treasure of Srirangam with the friendly help of the 
rays of gems that adorn the PaadhukAs. Here, he describes how they 
help the yogis during their journey to Sri Vaikyntam at the  end of 
their earthly existence. He says: " Oh RanganAtha PaadhukE! the 
assembly of colorful beams emanating from Your gems brighten
the path beyond this universe and helps the yogis through their 
powerful illumination like  a lamp to find their way to Sri 
Vaikuntam ." After crossing the boundaries of the sky surrounding 
this universe , the jeevan has to travel through the darkness beyond 
to reach the  radiant supreme abode of Sri Vaikuntam . The jyOthi of 
the rays from the gems on the Paadhukais help the jeevan during the 
last  portion  of the journey to Sri Vaikuntam.

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that the jeevan
attains Parama Padham with the help of the upadEsams housed in Swamy
NammAzhwAr Prabhandhams .They help to acquire nithyAnithya vivEkam
( the discriminating knowledge about the transient and the 
imperishable) and thereby gain insights for Moksha Siddhi . 

3) Swamy Desikan says that the great luster associated with the 
exterior gems of the Paadhukais ( thavdheeyA Rathna Pankthi: mahathyA 
prabhayA ) helps those engaged in meditation to experience and attain 
Sri Vaikuntam ( mahathyA prabhayA  SamAdhibhAjAm , Tamasa: param  
tath  sthAnam prayAthum ). In this matter , the luster of the gems 
appear like a bright hand-held lamp (theevatti ) lighting  the  way…
V.S.




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