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[sv-poetry] Padhuka Sahasram-538

From: rangaswamy_m (
Date: Thu Mar 28 2002 - 03:51:29 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

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

538. pruThagviDhAnAm dhyuthiBhirmaNInAm thvAm pAdhukE! 
lOhithashuklakruShNAm vihArahEthOriha rangaBharthu: pAdhAnuShakthAm 
prakruthim prathIma:

Oh Paaduka! When different gems shed their colours, one sees red, 
white and black on You. One imagines that the Lord created this in 
replica of prakriti, which is said to be of these three colours, red, 
white, and black (representing rajas, satva and tamas), for serving 
as the field for His sport.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

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

SlOkam 538:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! The white , black and red
Colored gems found on You resemble the three colors of the 
fundamental matter (Moola Prakruthi) out of which Your Lord creates 
the Universe. (Swamy Desikan is referring to the Upanishadic 
statement that Moola Prakruthi is constituted by three guNAs 
(Satthva , Rajas and Tamas), which have white, red and black colors.

2) SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: From our lOkam to Brahma lOkam is 
known as the region of leelA vibhUthi. This is made up of Moola 
Prakruthi with its three guNams : satthva-rajas and tamO guNams. The 
jeevans suffer form the effect of the three guNams. Satthva guNam 
produces clarity . RajO guNam enhances desire. TamO guNam makes one 
become stuporous. AzhwAr comprehends fully the troubles of the 
Jeevan. When the jeevan thinks about the lofty guNams of the Lord , 
it develops intense desire for the Lord and kaimkaryam for Him. When 
the jeevan is unable to focus on the Lord, it gets deluded. The Moola 
prakruthi helps with both samsAram and Moksham. AzhwAr helps only 
with Moksham and performs upadesam on how to overcome the sorrows of 

3) The lustre of the different colored gems  of the PaadhukAis 
(prTagvidhAnAm maNInAm dhyuthi : ) are of three kinds: red, white and 
black( LOhitha-sukla-krishNa dhyuthi: ). When one looks at that 
combined lustre, one is reminded of Moola Prakruthi staying at the 
sacred feet of the Lord for His sport in His LeelA
VibhUthi ( ThvAm iha Rangabarthu: vihAra-hEthO: Paadha anushakthAm 
prakruthIm PrathIma: ). (V.S).

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