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Padhuka Sahasram-374
Date: Wed May 09 2001 - 13:04:27 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

374. panchAyuDhI BhUShaNamEva shoUrE:
     yathasthavaIthE maNipAdharakshE!
     vithanvathE vyApthadhisha: parAgA:
     shAnthOdhayAn shathruchamUparAgAn

Oh Manipaaduka! The Lord's five ayudhas-Sudarsana, Panchajanya, 
Kowmodaki, Sarnka and Nandaka- are, I believe, without any use and 
they may have to remain as mere ornaments, since these dust particles 
spread to all directions so as to make enemy-army's foot-dust subdued 
and settled down! 

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan (V.S):SlOkam 374
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:
In the previous verse , Swami Desikan described the speed
with which the Paadhukais rush to protect its devotees; here ,
he describes the haste with which they rush to destroy
the enemies of their Lord.He says: " Oh MaNi PaadhukE !
Your Lord blesses devotees with his five weapons (viz).,
the Disc, Conch, Knife, Bow and Mace ,and receives
the songs of praise from those , who are protected.
Why? It is because of the cloud of dust associated
with Your lightning movement attacks the enemies
and overcomes their will to fight. They get stupefied
and get subdued instantaneously. Your Lord does not
even have the opportunity to use any one of His five
weapons. His devotees see Him in this auspicious state
and eulogize Him. This was possible because of Your
intervention and the power of dust specks associated
with You.

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The armies of the enemies
run away as soon as the dust from the approaching Paadhukais
are seen. The weapons of the Lord do not have any thing
else to do. Victory is already won.The weapons serve then
as just alankAram for their Lord.

(3)Swamy points out that these dust particles assoicated
with the rushing Paadhukais with their Lord on the back
scare the armies of the enemies and makes them run away
before the battle starts( tava yEthE parAgA: sathru chamU
parAgAn sAntha udhayAn vithanvathE)..(v.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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