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[sv-poetry] Padhuka Sahasram-532

From: muralidhar rangaswamy (
Date: Fri Mar 15 2002 - 11:58:59 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

532. maNiBhi: sitharakthapIthakruShNaIrBhavathI kAnchanapAdhukE! vichithrA 
yugaBhEdhavikalpitham murArE: yugapadhrurshayathIva varNaBhEdham

Oh Gold Paaduka! You exhibit, from Your gems, the different colours, white, 
yellow, red and black-the same as the Lord is said to adopt for himself 
depending on the Yuga-all at once.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 532:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Our Lord's body according to
SaasthrAs and PurANAs is said to take four different colors
during the four yugAs of the world known as Krita , TrEtA ,
DhvApara and Kali. DharmAs progressively decline from Krita
to Kali Yugams. Krita yugam is recognized therefore to be
the golden age and Kali yugam , the dark age.In these four
Yugams starting from Krita and ending with Kali , Lord's
body is described as having the hues of white, red , yellow
and black respectively. In this slOkam , Swamy Desikan
alludes to this phenomenon. He says: " Oh Golden PaadhukE!
You exhibit white, red, yellow and black colored gems on
Your body and thereby seem to combine at one place and time ,
the four different hues shown by the Lord at each of
the four yugAs".Reference here to yellow color in this verse
is connected to Swamy Desikan's addressing the Paadhukais
as "Kaanchana PaadhukE " or Golden Paadhukais.

2) SrImath Andvan's anubahvam:Oh PaadhukE ! On Your surface,
White (Diamond ), red ( ruby) , yellow ( topaz , Citrine )
and black ( Onyx) gems are enmeshed. That reminds me of
Lord RanganAthA with all those four colors in the different

3)Paadhukai is addressed here as "Kaanchana PaadhukE ".
On that golden (yellow ) background shine white (sitha:
white diamond) ,red ( raktha: Ruby) , yellow (peeta:
Citrine/Yellow tourmaline) and black (KrishNa : Onyx),
which are enmeshed in the golden Paadhukais. Together
they have many distinct colors ( VichithrA:). They are
all seen however at one place and time . Their sevai
reminds us of the four different hues chosen by the Lord
for the four different Yugams ( BhavathI vichithrA varNEna
yuga bhEda vikalpitham yugapath darsayathIva). Our Lord
has only one color per yugam. On You ,we have the darsana
soubhAgyam of all the four colors at one time
( Yugapath darsayath)...(V.S).

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