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Padhuka Sahasram-501

From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 03:54:51 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

501. thrAsAth svayam praNamathAm dhanujEshvarANAm
     sanKhyEvalUnashirasAmapi mouLirathnaI:
     AyOjayathyanukalam maNipAdhukE! thvAm
     saIranDhrikEva muravaIrikrupANaDhArA

Oh Manipaaduka! The sharpness of the Lord's sword is Your attendant-
woman plucking the gemstones from the crowns of asura chiefs-whether 
they surrendered and lay down before the Lord or they had to be head-
chopped off in a battle.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Satakopan:

Slokam 501:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam : Oh  Gem-bedecked PaadhukE! Your 
Lord's Sword is known as Nandhakam ; it removes the gems from the 
crowns of asurAs, whose heads have been cut by the Lord for their 
apachArams. Nandhakam  acts like Your lady-in-waiting and decorates 
You with the gems that it assembled. When the friendly kings bow 
before You with their crowned heads, nandhakam does not remove the 
gems from their crowns to place over You . The asura kings 
get an idea from this differential treatment meted out by the Lord's 
sword. They bow before You and declare that they are Your devotees 
and escape  from the wrath of Nandhakam ; further , they take some 
gems from their crowns on their own accord and place it on You  as 
their voluntary offering to protect their heads. 

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: PerumAl goes out on His Saadhu 
SamrakshaNa- Dhushta Nigraha YaathrAs . At the end of the journey , 
He returns to His aasthAnam with the crowns placed at His Paadhukai 
by some asurAs , who surrender to Him without fighting. He cuts off 
the heads of others, who fight Him and drops off their crowns in 
front of His Paadhukais. The inner meaning is that SaadhvikAs fear 
about the consequences of their paapams and surrender at the feet of 
the Lord. The dhushtAs are punished by the Lord and places their
crowns at His feet. 

2) Two kinds of crowns are seen at the feet of the Lord  . The power 
of the Lord's sankalpam and its execution through the sword of the 
Lord is  referred to here. One set of crowns were voluntary  
placements at the feet of the Lord by the scared asurAs, who do not 
wish to fight the Lord. They seek the Lord's protection. The second 
set of crowns lying at the Thiruvadi of  the Lord is from the head
of asurAs , who chose to fight and lost their heads. 

3) The gems from the crowns of the two sets of asurAs join with the 
lustre of the gems from the external surface of the PaadhukAs ( Mouli 
rathnai: anukalam aayOjayathi). The crowns from those who voluntarily 
surrendered (thrAsAth svayam praNamathAm dhanujEsvarA: ) and  those , 
who fought with the Lord and lost their heads ( SankhyE avaloon 
sirasaam dhanujEsvarA: ) ; both are seen at the feet of the Lord ..

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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