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Padhuka Sahasram-420
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 12:37:55 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

420. nithyam padhAmburuhayOriha gOpikAm thvAm
     gOpIjanapriyathamO maNipAdharakshE!
     sampannaGhOShaviBhavAm gathiBhirnijABhi:
     prIthyEva na thyajathi rangasamAshrithOpi

Oh Manipaaduka! You too are a gopika (being the protector of the 
Feet!). The Lord who has great love for the gopis, has similarly 
great affection for this gopika of the Paaduka! You are supposed to 
emit loud sound equivalent to the Gopis' characteristic of their 
crowd in Gokulam. The Lord has now brought You to the stage (the 
Rangasthala) from cowherds' place. Nevertheless He does not wish to 
leave You off, because of His great love for You.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.Satakoapn (V.S): Slokam 420

1) Utthamur Swamy's anubhaavam: Swamy Desikan uses the double 
maeaning of the word "Ghosaham " in  this verse to equate Paadhukai 
to a Gopi. Gosham can mean either the colony of cowherds or the loud 
sound . "Gosha Vibhavam " in this context can mean either the wealth 
of  the cowherd colony or the Paadhukaa naadham . Swamy Desikan 
says: " Oh PaadhukE! Krishna took the form of the son of NandhagOpar 
and became a Gopa kumAran  Himself. You were attached to his lotus 
feet in the cowherd colonies at Gokulam and BrindAvanam, which were 
rich in wealth . You became a Gopi and raised the GhOsha Vaibhavam 
then. Your qualifications for the status of becoming a Gopi stem from 
His love for You , similar to the love He had for the other Gopis of 
BrindAvanam . When He left BrindAvanam  and settled in Srirangam   
as RanganathA, You still exhibit the status of Gopi and possess 
GhOsha Vaibhavam . Your Lord does not go anywhere without You because 
of His eternal affection for You. Hence , You continue to be His 
Gopi. Your ghOsha vaibhavam at Srirangam also continues from the 
majestic ghOshm that You, generate, when You accompany Your Lord . 

 2)  Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! The Lord never leaves
You raising sweet naadham, whether it is inside the Ranga VimAnam or 
during His sanchArams. The tradition has it that Lord RanganAthan 
wears His Paadhukais , while seated on His throne under the Ranga 
VimAnam. The inner meaning is that PerumAL is always with NammAzhwAr…

3) Oh PadhukE ! Your Lord is  dearest to the Gopis (Gopijana 
Priyathama:). You protect the lotus soft feet of Your Lord during His 
sanchArams here  in His leelA vibhUthi (iha padhAmbhuruhayO: nithyam 
gOpikAM ). That bhAgyam of protecting  the Lord's sacred feet has 
given You great Naadha vaibhavam ( nijAbhi: gathibhi: sampanna ghOsha 
vibhavAm ThvAm). Because of Your Lord's vaathsalyam for You and Your 
naadham , He never leaves You even when He is seated on His throne 
inside the Ranga VimAnam ( GhOsha VibhavAm ThvAm RangasamAsrithOapi 
preethyEva na Thyajathi). The sabhdha slEshai (double entendre)  for 
GopikAm used by  Swamy Desikan is splendid . Swamy describes the 
Thiruvadi protecting (gopikAm ) paadhukai as a GopikA dear to the 
Lord  as well…V.S 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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