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Paduka Sahasram

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Date: Wed Jan 29 1997 - 07:43:39 PST

Dear Members of the Bhakti List,

I was thrilled to read Sri Sadagopan's summary of Padhuka 
Sahasram. His summary of the Padhuka's characteristic 
of curing the arrogant of their ego and elevating the status of the 
humble supplicant was brilliant. The related references to Lord Rama 
and Bharata were beautiful. I particularly liked his mention of the 
inner meaning of the Divya Mani Padhuka i.e., without the Padhuka there 
would be no Guru Parampara to mention.

In a related reference, motivated by Nammazhwar's works, Swami Desikan 
brilliantly salutes the Lord of Seven Hills in the Daya Shatakam, where 
Daya is described as an important Kalyana Gunam of Lord Srinivasa. Guru 
Parampara is mentioned in the salutation ".... Sheetalam Guru Santatim. 
Srinivasa Dayambodhi: Parivaha Parampara". This is a brilliant salutation 
in which Swami Desikan very succinctly states that "I salute the Guru Parampara
through the cool waters of the ocean of mercy known as Srinivasa-the 
Guru Parampara itself which originates from (the feet of) this ocean of mercy."
This salutation seen in the context of Sri Sadagopan's eloquent account of 
the Padhuka Sahasram beautifully ties in the "Satakopatvam" of Ranganatha 
Divya Mani Padhukas, the Guru Paramapara, Daya and its connection to the Lord 
of Seven Hills and Nammazhwar's genius. 

Thanks again Sri Sadagopan for a very moving piece on the blessed Padhukas of 
Lord Ranganatha.

Namo Narayana,

Muralidhar Rangaswamy