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Swamy Desikan-18- Paadhuka sahasram through Seva Swamy's enjoyment- first part

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Oct 26 2001 - 06:20:36 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. URL:

It is my humble request to please contribute your mite towards this 
kaimkaryam, as remembering Acharyan, and talking alone will not suffice. In 
another 2 posts, I will conclude this series hopefully. Let us enjoy PadhukA 
sahasram furthermore. This is an extract from Sri Sevaa Swamy’s article on 
Padhuka sahasram. (only few paragraphs are written):

The most wonderful creation of the most wonderful AchAryan is PadhukA 
sahasram. There can be hundreds of poets born in the world or yet to be 
born. None would have created such a poem. No one can deny that this 
(PadhukA sahasram) is the creation with wonders. The pAdhukAs, which do not 
have any thing in them for being talked about even, have been sung in such 
great glories and praises, discovered by Swamy Desikan in PadhukAs. It 
caught the entire gamut of Poets spellbound. Even VishwakarmA gets stunned 
at the way it is created in one yaamam of night (yaamam- three hours). 
Creation is adhbutham; the way it is created is adbhutham;

In Naadha paddhathi, Swamy does not hide from us a Rahasyam (secret). Latter 
part of the night, Swamy with Bhagawath niyamanam (at the command of the 
Lord) takes pledge (sankalpam) and performs saathvIka thyAgam to start 
Paadhuka sahasram. He starts: santha:… jayanthi… The Divya Dampathi, who are 
having Their “kaLLa” nithrA (Yoga nithrA) wake up.. They wonder as to what 
and how it is going to happen. They are curious. The Sarvasakthan; Sarvagnan 
Lord Ranganathan Himself is taken aback. “ThUppul PiLLai was sleeping; 
Suddenly, he has started off now. How is he going to finish 1008..? Feels it 
may be difficult (even for Rangan).

The way the poems sprung out of Swamy, the pAdhukAs are excited and start 
their beat to take count of slOkAs- Why? (asks Swamy Desikan). That beat- 
Swamy listens and composes that also in a slOkA. Nithrayaa dhUramuktha: (How 
can They and paadhukAs get sleep?) It is similar to parents being unable to 
sleep the night before the son’s most difficult competitive exam..  These 
parensts are maathaa dEvi thvamasi Bhagawaan VaasudEva: pithA mE.. jaathas 
sOham janani yuvayO: Eka lakshyam.. Swamy himself had written in SrISthuthi.

Even pAdhukAs think- How is he going to praise me that can not be praised by 
anyone.. So, when Swamy started with a grand gala opening Santha: it strated 
counting with excitement and happiness. Padhyaarambhaan gaNayasi.. If 
someone is asked to count, they may slip and hence paadhukAs do not want to 
take risk. .. swair ninaadhai: What a BEAUTY!

ANNan Swamy (Sri Prathivaathi bhayankaram ANNan Swamy) in his Sapthathi 
rathnamaalikA refers to paadhukA sahasram as “PaadhukA sthuthi sahasram”. 
Meaning, in each slokam, it is thousand praises for paadhukAs - says ANNAn 
Swamy proudly. For Ranganathan, there are few hundered slOkas. For His 
paadhukAs, have 1000 soThrAs, each one with thousands of meanings. What 
AchArya bhakthi! PaadhukA sthuthi sahasram ajasram..

Swamy Desikan always likes the simili of sugar and milk.. kshIram sarkara 
yEva..yaapirabruthak bhUtha: prabhUthai guNai:.. In Dasaavathaara sthothram, 
Swamy says, KrsihNan and Balaraaman are like sugar and milk – more tasty 
when combined. Here, in PaadhukA sahasram, Swamy says: the Thiruvadi (Lotus 
Feet) of the Lord and His Sandals (PadhukAs) are like Sugar and milk. 
Together, they are tastier for our eyes..

rangEswarasya yadhidham maNi paadharakshE!
paadhaaravindha yugaLam bhavathIsamEtham
pumsaamupOshithAvilOchana paaraNArham
kshIram thadhEthadhiha sarkarayaa samEtham.. (984)

Swamy desikan calls himself mandha buddhi (dull headed) (sloka 1002) after 
singing paadhuka sahasram.. similar to VedhAntha dEsika padhE vinivEsya 
baalam (in daya sathakam). What can we say about this! In hundred, there was 
saahasam; in thousand, here is saahasam. In both, he calls himself humbly as 
mandha buddhE and baalam.. (child).

One can sing about pAdhukAs in thousands (like Swamy Desikan did). One can 
never sing in praise of Swamy’s paadhukA sahasra sthOthram..

SrI Sevaa swamy writes: likyEtha paadhukA prabhAva: na likyEtha paadhukA 
sahasra prabhAva:

Let us see how SrI sevaa Swamy further enjoys in our next week post..

On this Greatest 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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