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Padhuka Sahasram-396
Date: Tue Jun 12 2001 - 12:29:21 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

396. dhAthumarhasi thadhA mama shruthoU dhevi!rangapathirathnapAdhukE!
     vihvalasya BhavadhIyashinjitham svAdhu karNarasanArasAyanam

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka Devi! At the critical moment of death, when my 
ears will longingly throb for a relieving medicine, this Nada from 
You should come and serve as a panacea to the ears that will drink it 
as if they take the role of the tongue!

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special notes from V. Satakopan (V.S):

Slokam 396:

(1) Sri Utthamur Sawmy's anubhavam: Oh Paadhukai of RanganAthA !
When the ever-present enemies of my body cause me pain  and sorrow,
During  the last moments of my life ,  please fill my ears with Your 
Naadham. It will serve as medicine ( alchemy) to drive away those 

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh rathna PaadhukE! Your Lord
gave us this body so that the jeevan can reach Him . When that jeevan
leaves its cage of body , the ten indhriyAs diminish their 
activities. At this time , if the jeevan thinks of the Lord , it is 
assured of reaching the Lord's sacred feet . Therefore , Your sweet 
sounds should reach my ears at my last moments on this earth to think 
of the Lord.

(3) Swamy Desikan describes the state of his ears (mind) at  the time 
of his anthima  kaalam  as agitated (vihlavasya mama sruthou) and 
frightened . The ears are sick with a disease . Swamy Desikan states 
here how the delectable   Naadham arising from the Padhukais( 
bhvadheeya sinjitham svAdhu ) would serve as an effective medicine to 
cure his ears from this disease of fear about what was going to 
happen. He describes these delectable Naadhams as the powerful 
medicine (rasAyanam) for his ear assuming the role of  the tongue 
(karNa-rasanA) to taste that delectable and most effective medicine --

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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