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Swamy Desikan-17- Padhuka sahasram (933) -ThUppul maNdapam kaimkaryam appeal

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Oct 19 2001 - 05:08:39 PDT

SrImathe Ramanujaya namah:
SrImathe Nigamantha mahadesikaya namah:

SrImAn venkatanAthAryaH kavitArkika kesarI |
vedAntAcArya-varyome sannidhattAm sadA hRdi ||

May the glorious Sri Venkatanatha, the greatest of teachers of Vedanta, and 
the lion among poets and debaters, reside forever in my heart.

Dearest Srivaishnavas,

I am continuing on my appeal and posts on Swamy Desikan and appeal for 
Thuppul maNdapam kaimkaryam.

It is my humble request to please contribute your mite towards this 
kaimkaryam, as remembering Acharyan, and talking alone will not suffice. In 
another 3 posts, I will conclude this series. Let us enjoy PadhukA sahasram 
furthermore. I am giving an extract from our Sri Satakopan Swamin’s write up 
on one slOkam in Chithra Paddhathi of PadhukA sahasram: (Thanks to Sri 
Satakopan swamin for his permission)

933rd slOkam

paapaadhapaa paadhapaapaaa paadhapaa dhadhapaadhapaa I
dhapaadhapaa paadhpaadha paadhapaa dhadhapaadhapaa II

What a marvel! Stops have to be made at the right places when reciting it.

The words (padhams ) that come out of the above conglomeration of letters A 
,Aa, pa and dha are :

paapAth (5) apApAth (6)) , apApA (1)
apAdhapaadhadhapaadhapaa(2) ,
dhapaa dhapaa paadhapaadha paadhapaa (4)
and dhadhapaadhapaa (3).

The numbers behind the split of the words formed from the letters A, Aa , pa 
and dha are indicative of the sequence in the order of prosody (anvaya 
Kramam )of this verse : apaapaa(1)
dhapaa dhapaa paadhapaadha paadhapaa(4)
paapaadh(5)apApAth (6).

apaapaa(1)= one free from sins (paapam and apApam)/(1)

A=akAra Vaachya VishNu BhagavAn's         {2}
paadha= at His sacred feet                {2}
paadha = of the rays/kathir               {2}
paa=that pair of feet storing the power of-
those rays for our protection             {2}

dhadha =in the case of those , who offer unto Him ,
AchAryAs , who place the Jeevan at the feet of the Lord
through Prapatthi (3)
paath=that which protects (3)
apaa=that which is in the form of abhshEka jalam(3)
dha = of protction(4)
paadha = which it is capable of realizing(4)
paapa=of sin (4)
adha= that which removes(4)
paadha =those feet of VishNu( RanganaathA )/(4)
paadhapaa = those paadhukhAs that protect such sacred pair of feet of the 
Lord (4)
paapAth = from sins(5)
apaapapaath= they saved me from my sins )/(6)

It is a profound construction to say the least . One can not but marvel at 
the genius of this
great AchAryan . Sound and meaning are tightly coupled to celebrate the 
mahimai of Sri Ranganatha PaadhukhAs .

The chithra Bhandham is like this:

paa paa dha paa paa dha paa paa
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
dha paa dha paa paa dha paa dha
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
dha paa dha paa paa dha paa dha
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
paa paa dha paa paa dha paa paa

The English letters for the first P in Sanskrit alphabets and the fifth D 
(as in Daya ,GOdhA) makes the above bhandham look like a rectangle. When the 
Sanskrit words are used , it will look like a 8X8 Square instead of like a 
rectangle as shown above .When you check against rows and columns in the 
above Chithra Bhandham , we come across a world of additional meanings . 
Sabdha Chithram ( sound pictures for the audio memory ), Artha Vaachya 
chithram ( images based on special meanings ) are evoked through this 
mathematical (geometrical ) structures (slOkams). It is a source of endless 
mystery about the glories of the Lord , His AchAryAs ( paadhukhais),when we 
reflect on the individual slOkams of Swami Desikan's master piece of a 
KhAvyam , Sri Ranganaatha
PaadhukhA Sahasram .

Essential Meaning of this slOkam :

The paadhukhAs of the Lord are sinless. ( the sadhAchAryAs /NammAzhwAr and 
successors are sinless ). The paadhukhAs protect the lustre of the eternal 
jIvans , who are part of the akhila Tanu, Sriman NaarAyaNan ( Sri Rangan ). 
They protect the Lord's feet as well , the sacred feet , which destroy the 
sins of the jIvans . These PaadhukhAs
protect further those , who bathe them and partake that Thirumanjana 
theertham . Swami Desikan states that he has  been protected by the 
PaadhukhAs of the Lord and the Sri Paadha-PaadhukhA Theertham and made 

Additional meanings:

The divya paadhukhAs through their generosity, DayA and vaatsalyam bless one 
with all auspiciousness , when approached with reverence .Further they 
protect the Lord's feet because of its wonderful love ( prEmAdhisayam) , 
which is the only upAyam for
the ujjIvanam of the jIva rAsis . It serves as a shield against thorns et al 
during the Lord's sanchArams . It removes the paapa raasis of the sajAthiyAL 
out of immense compassion for them and restores in them the enjoyment of the 
Lord ( Bhagavadh anubhavam ).
It recognizes that the Lord being up in Sri Vaikuntam does not help the 
Jivaraasis here and brings Him on its back here amidst us to LeelA VibhUthi 
and gives us
the Jn~Ana chakshus through manthrOpadEsams to us to see Him and His 
splendor here . Since it( Paadhukha) is equivalent to the Lord in its glory 
( AchArya PrabhAvam ), it (the PaadhukhAs ) illuminate the Lord's Thiruvadi 
further and blesses us with Sri Paadha theertham and removes our ajn~Anam 
and destroys our sins completely .It becomes
the AasrayaNam to reach the Lord and to receive His anugraham .

AchAryAs are avathAra purushAs and thru their prEmai, kAruNyam for us 
establish clearly the parathvam of the Lord for us , clear our minds about 
the confusion caused by
kumathis , who are virOdhis to VedAntha Saasthra nirUpitha tattvArthams and 
rescue us . They give us the pramANams from the Sri Sookthis of AzhwArs and 
are bent on removing the paapa raasis of the jIvaraasis , while being 
sinless themselves . They bless those , who help them in their Bhagavadh 
AarAdhanam through the prasAdham of
the Sri Paadha theetham of the Lord and sanctify us. They thus remove our 
paapams and anishtams .That is what they (AchAryAs/ Divya MaNi PaadhukhAs ) 
represent and do .

The above is by Sri Satakopan mama.

All such Greatest slOKAs in just 3 hours is simply the GRANDEST work ever in 
the world. “na bhUthO na bhavishyathi.. We will see Paramapadhavaasi Sri 
Seva Swamy’s anubhavam on Padhuka sahasram in the next post.

On this Great AchAryasaarvabhouman, isn’t it right and most appropriate for 
us to pay our humble samarpaNams to Swamy Desikan by contributing our mite 
towards the construction of ThUppul maNdapam for Swamy Desikan? LET US 


Please donate according to your shakthi. The money can be sent to "Thuppul 
Trust" and the address is:

Thuppul Trust
Old No.20, New No.24, Thiruvengadam Street
West Mambalam, Chennai-600033, India
Phone No: 91-44-4741559 / 91-44-3715771

Please contact Sri. V.K. Sudharshan at or Sri Lakshmi N 
Srinivasa (He can collect and send it as single amount 
in USA).

The address:

Lakshminarasimhan Srinivasa
3 Old Towne Road, #212
Ayer, MA-01432

For those in the South East Asia, please contact me at . Please pass on this kaimkaryam to as many people 
as possible in order to complete the same.

kavi-tArkika-simhAya kalyANa-guNa-SAline |
Srimate venkateSAya vedAntagurave namaH ||

Salutations to Sri Venkatesa, in whom all perfection resides, who is the 
teacher of Vedanta and the lion among poets and debaters!

Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Narayana Narayana
NarayaNa dAsan madhavakkannan

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