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Padhuka Sahasram-380
Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 12:40:30 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

380. rajasA parOrajasthanna Khalu na lanGhYetha BhagavathOapi padham
     kimutha hrudhayam madhIyam BhavathI yadhi nAma pAdhukE! na syAth

Oh Paaduka! But for You, the Lord's feet cannot be beyond (that is 
free from) rajas (that is rajoguna, as well as the dust of the road), 
as Vedas declare. Then what wonder is there in regard to my heart? 
(Only Your presence grants dust-rajas and thereby eliminates rajoguna 
from my heart.)

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special Notes by V.SatakOpan(V.S): SlOkam 380
(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here, Swamy Desikan
uses slEshaa(double meaning) for the word " Rajas " to
remind us of th auspiciousness of the paadhukais.
Rajas can mean a speck of dust or the guNam of passionate
attachment to the worldly pleasures. Swamy says:
"Oh PaadhukE! If You are not covering the Lord's feet
and protecting them , they will be covered with dust,
whenever He walks. If You are not there to dispel our
RajO guNam through Your Rajas (dust),our minds will be
completely coated with rajas(worldly passion) that would
make us stray away from Your Lord.

(2)Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! If You
do not exist for the protection of the Lord's feet ,
they will be covered with dust (rajas) and they might
acquire rajO guNam.If that were to be so,there is no
question about my mind being inundated with rajO gunam.
The inner meaning is that the presence of Swamy
NammAzhwAr with great prEmai for the Lord's feet
and the SadAchAryAs belonging to His paramparai ,
Jeevans will be destitute .

(3)Swamy concludes this Paraaga Paddhathi with
a question and answer to illustrate the Mahimai
of the Lord's Paadhukais ( Swamy NammAzhwAr).
Our Lord's sacred feet is free from rajO gunam
since it is Suddha Sathva mayam. When the paadhukais
are not there to cover them and protect them , it is
possible to accumulate rajas ( coated with dust or
acquire rajO guNam). If that were to be so, what
will happen to my hrudhayam is the  question .
The rhetoric answer is : surely , my mind will
be filled with rajO guNam ( Bhagavatha:Padhamapi
rajasA na langhyEtha na khalu? madhIyam hrudhayam
kimutha ?)..(V.S).

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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