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Padhuka Sahasram Sanchara Paddhati (11)-261

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Thu Jun 29 2000 - 19:36:26 PDT

SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,
Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

261. agrasthasthE gamiShyAmi mrudhnanthI kushakaNtakAn
     ithi sIthApi yadhvrutthimiyESha praNamAmi thAm

I prostrate to that Paaduka Devi, whose duty even Sita wished to 
perform, when she said, "I shall go ahead of You (the Lord), 
trampling, with the feet, on the grass and thorns on the way".

Namo Narayana,
SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

(1)Background: After describing the times of the day , 
when the PaadhukAs are worn by the Lord ( 9th Paadhathi:
VaithALika Paddhathi) and after describing the bliss
Sri RanganAthA experiences by uniting with them 
( 10th Paddhathi: SrungAra Paddhathi) , Swami Desikan
takes up the charming movement (SanchAram ) of the PaadhukAs
in this eleventh paddhathi (SanchAra Paddhathi). 
There are 60 slOkams in this eleventh (EkAdasa Paddathi)
to describe the beautiful sanchAram of the Lord on 
different occasions...(V.S)   

(2) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam : Oh PaadhukE! 
In Your work for Your Lord , You step on grass with 
sharp edges and thorns and thereby protect His feet 
from any harm caused by them.It appears as though You
are saying that You will go ahead and remove those obstacles 
that interfere with His comfortable travel in the forest .
AdiyEn bows to You , whose occupation of protecting 
the Lord's feet was desired even by SitA PirAtti 
Herself .

(3) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: When Raamachandran 
was ready to leave for the forest to fulfil the vow that 
He made to His father , He asked His consort , SitA
Piratti to stay behind in AyOdhyA until His return 
from vana vaasam . SitA Devi protested and offered 
to go ahead of Her Lord in the forest to step on 
the thorns and sharp blades of grass that will cause 
harm to Her dear Lord's feet . Thus, SithA PirAtti 
expressed Her longing to follow the occupation of 
the Paadhukais.

The inner meaning is that the Lord comes closer to 
the Jeevans after the AchAryans prepare the Jeevans 
through their anugrahams. Then the Jeevans begin 
to think of the Lord. SitA pirAtti Herself wanted 
to follow the duties of SadAchAryans. She wanted 
to perform upadEsam for RaavaNan and save him from
his evil ways.

(4) SitA PirAtti said " Kusa KaNDakAn Mrudhnanthee
tE agratha: gamishyAmi " ( I will go ahead of You
for stepping on the sharp DharbhA grass and the thorns
so that Your feet will not be injured). That is 
the chosen occupation (Vrutthi) of the Paadhukais .
SitA pirAtti wanted that Vrutthi of the Paadhukais
(AchAryAs) : " yath vrutthim SitA api iyEsha ".
Swamy Saluted the Lord's Paadhukais (Swamy NammAzhwAr )
for performing such a Kaimkaryam to the Lord...V.S     

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