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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Mon Oct 16 1995 - 05:38:41 PDT
Regarding the identiy of Nammazhwar(Satakopa Suri) and the Padhukas of Sri Rangapati, the ten slokas of the second chapter of Padhuka Sahsram dwell on this theme.I will send the full English translation of this chapter affter my return from the current trip. Meanwhile, here is a quick digest of therelevant portions of the verses of the Second chapter of the Glorious work of Swami Desikan on the relationship between Nammazhwar and the Swami Satari (Sandals):: 1. Satakopa Samaakhyaa Tava Rangaturina Paduke Yuktah: is the statement of The Composer of Padhuka Sahasram. He says it is indeed appropriate that You (Ranganatha Padhuka) have the name of Satakopa(Nammazhwar). Both indicate victory over the Sata Vayu , which results in total dedication and service to the Lord"s Lotus feet without cease. 2. Ranga Vibrama Padhuke! Svayameva Aavisati sma Padhukathma Satakopa: O, The foot rest of Ranganatha used by him for his plesant strollings! Satakopa has entered this universe as your form (Incarnation) to bring the suffering souls close to the Lord and His Consort thru adorning their heads (Padhuka Sekharatvam) thru your form. They by wearing the Satari on their heads (bearing you and your name sake Satakopa) get unparalleled blessings 3.Sataripu Tanoh Te Mukaat Nishpadhanti Praacheenaanam Sruti Parishataam Agraganyaa: --- You took the form of Satakopa and from your holy mouth emerged the Tamil Vedas , which took a place ahead of the Sanskrit Vedas. 4.. Satakopa Sureh: Karnamrutam Ghatasahasram, Manjupranaatham Tvam Anusmaranthi. The thousand verses of Nammazhwar , which are delectable to the ears remind one of the Most musical and delightful sounds associated with your movement. It is because You and Nammazhwar are one and the same. There are many more examples in Padhuka Sahasram that define the relationship between the Divine Padhukas of the Lord of Sri Rangam and Nammazhwar. Swami Desikan salutes them repeatedly as "Ranga pati Paadavani (sandals). Footrest may be a little misleading term to use for the Sandals , since footrest may imply the foot stool at the bottom of the throne of the Lord. Hence Sandals may be the better word for the describtion of Padhukas in English . V.Sadagopan Dear Tatachar: Thanks for your kind words.