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Padhuka Sahasram-448
Date: Thu Oct 04 2001 - 04:13:23 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

448. thatthAdhrushIm praThayathA ruchirAm svarEKhAm
     varNADhikEna maDhusUdhanapAdharakshE!
     pashyanthi chitthanikaShE vinivEshya santhO
     manjusvanEna thava naIgamikam suvaRNam

Sadhus employing their heart as the touchstone, (rubbing against 
which they would rate gold) conclude that the sweet sound of 
Yourself, Oh Paaduka, leaves a streak of higher rating than the Gold 
(of Vedic fame; of the market place), that is the Lord. 

(Azhwar's words are of higher value than the Lord in sweetness).

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 448

(1)	Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here Swamy Desikan states 
that the sweet sounds of the Lord's Paadhukais make the scholars in 
the audience remember many Vedic texts . He says : "Oh PaadhukE! When 
the scholars hear the sweet music created by the appropriate 
modulation of individual notes (svarAs) , they compare  them in their 
minds with the various Vedic passages familiar to them . Their act 
appears to resemble the testing of Your melodious notes against the 
Vedic notes in the touch stone of their minds. ". The goldsmiths rub 
pure gold on a touch stone to check the quality of the gold that they 
are examining for purity.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The learned ones try to evaluate as 
to which One is superior over the other . They try to evaluate 
whether Your Naadham or the Vedha GhOsham  is more delectable to the 
ears. They come to the conclusion that Your Naadham is the better of 
the two. 

(3) Those with discriminating intellect try to assess like goldsmiths 
using touch stone(nikasham )  the relative merits of the Veda naatham 
and the PaadhukA naadham . These people with discriminating intellect 
(Santha : ) fully understand the differences  between JeevAthma-
ParamAthma Svaroopam. They conclude that the delectable naadham ( 
Manju Svanam ) of the Padhukais are sweeter  than the Vedha naadham 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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