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Padhuka Sahasram-503

From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Mon Jan 28 2002 - 04:02:52 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

503. pAdhAvani! praNayinAm prathipAdhithArThAm
     krIdAsarOjamiva shoUripadham vahanthIm
     pashyAmi rOhaNagirEraDhidhEvathAm thvAm

Oh Paaduka! You grant to Your dear ones what all they ask for. You 
sport in Your hand a lotus namely, the feet of the Lord. You have a 
horde of gems on You. All these make me conclude that You are the 
Presiding Deity of the Meru mountain. 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 503:

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here , Swamy Desikan explains furhter 
why the gems adorning the crowns of the Devaas are inferior to those 
found on the PaadhukAs of Lord RanganAtha. He says: Oh PaadhukE !You 
give wealth to those, who seek it. You hold the Lord's lotus feet  , 
sportingly . You have the lustre arising from the gems adorning You. 
For all these reasons, I consider You as being superior to the Meru 
mountain. You are revered as the presiding or titular deity of the 
Meru mountain. Since the DevAs get their gems from the Meru mountain 
for their crowns , those gems can not be superior to the lustre of 
Your gems, since their lustre is associated with Your sambhandham 
with the Lord's Thiruvadi. " here , Swamy Desikan cites the VedAs , 
which authoritatively state that Meru DevathA derives its power fro 
the sacred feet of the Lord . The Paadhukai as a  Parama BhAgavathA 
is superior to the Lord's own feet in holiness . Swamy iuses this 
line of reasoning to establish the superiority of the gems adorning 
the PaadhukAs over those on the crowns of  the DevAs. 

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! You with Your many 
splendours is the adhishtAna dEvathai for the golden Meru mountain 
known for its treasure of exquisite gems . There is a silver mountain 
( KailAsam ), a golden mountain (Meru) and a gem mountain ( rOhaNa 
giri) . Your gems are far far superior to any thing found on the 
heads of the DevAs.

3)Oh PaadhukE ! the greatness of the gems adorning You arise from two 
main factors : (1) responding to  those bhakthAs , who seek 
purushArthams  from you (praNayinAm prathipAdhitha arTAm ), (2) 
helping those, who are familiar with artha panchakam ( jeevan, 
PerumAl , UpAyam , phala VirOdhi and Phalan ) who seek you for 
anugraham. You support the sacred feet of the Lord( Souri padham 
vahanthi). You are like the lotus ideal for play( kiriDA SarOjamiva) 
in this regard . The many gems enmeshed on Your surface are shining 
splendorously ( Prahthyuptha rathnIkara prathipanna—shObhAm ThvAm ). 
I consider You as  the adhidEvathai of the mountain of gems (ThvAm 
rOhana girE: adhidEvathAm pasyAmi)..(V.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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