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Padhuka Sahasram-264

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 15:46:48 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

264. rajasA thamasA cha dhuShtasathvE
     gahanE chEthasi mAmakE mukundha:
     uchitham mrugayAvihAramichChan 
     BhavathImAdhrutha pAdhukE! padhAbhyAm

Oh Paaduka! Rightly did the Lord wear You, when He proposed to sport 
in the forest that my heart is; this heart is clouded with dust (rajo 
guna also) and darkness (tamo guna also); this heart is of a 
villainous nature (also sattva tainted with rajo and tamo gunas). In 
such a forest the Lord can tread on only with You on, Oh Paaduka!

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

(1) Sri UthtamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE !
Lord RanganAthA travels on You and enters my mind
for hunting down the ill attributes (GuNAs ) of passion
(Rajas) and darkness/ignorance (Tamas), which
together destroy the Quality of goodness (Satthvam) ,
the noblest among the three guNAs. You transport
the Lord to the difficult terrain (jungle) of my mind ,
where the winds of paasion howl in utter darkness and
enable RanganAthA to destroy the three GuNAs and thus
prepare me for Moksham . Oh PadhukE ! In the  dusty and
dark interior of my mind , You become the key weapon for
the Lord to hunt down the wild beasts roaming there.

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam:  Oh PaadhukE !PerumAL
wears You to free my mind of RajO and TamO guNams , which
prevent me from thinking about Him. The inner meaning
is that PerumAL orders the incarnation of Nithya Sooris
as AzhwArs and AchAryAs for helping even MahA Paapis
(Great sinners) to think about Him. Even the greatest of
sinners begin to think about the Lord through
the anugraham of SadAchAryALs.

(3)As in the previous slOkam , Swami Desikan addresses
RanganAthan as Mukhundhan , the Moksham grantor .
He says: My mind is wicked because of the dominance of
RajO and TamO guNams. Therefore my mind is unable
to have satthva guNam and thus is unable to think
about the Lord ( satthvE gahanE maamakE chEthasi).
What does RanganAthA do ? He seeks Your help to
go on a hunt inside my mind to destroy the Tamo
and RajO guNams and helps me to think about Him
( maamakE chEthasi uchitham mrugayA vihAram icchan
Bhavatheem padhAbhyAm aadhrutha)..V.S

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