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Sri Ranganatha Padhuka Sahasram

PADDHATHI #14: On the melody of Paaduka walking

Naadha Paddhathi





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Sloka #461

461. nijapadhavinivEshAnnirvishEShaprachArAn pariNamayathi BhakthAn ranganAThO yaThA mAm ithi viharaNakAlE manjushinjAvishEShaI: hithamupadhishasIva prANinAm pAdhukE! thvam

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! You appear, during the travels, to use Your pleasing Nada to render beneficial advice to all beings in terms, such as "the Lord places Bhaktas in His abode and makes them very much like Him, as He has done to me.*"

*Literally, the Lord places His Feet on to me and makes me have the like-walk with Him.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: During Your travel time with RanganAthA , You offer advice that could lead to the salvation of all living beings . You give this advice through Your Naadham. You seek their ( Jeevans') welfare. You seem to tell them : "I took refuge at the Lord's holy feet; He joined me to His holy feet. I have reached great status now as a result of His anugraham. I go every where He goes. You, the living beings can also achieve the same results , if you too take refuge in Lord's feet with total faith " . Oh PaadhukE! You give valuable advice that has been truly tested and proven effective in Your case.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! Your naadham appears like Your hithOpadesam to us to follow Your foot steps and seek refuge in the Lord and enjoy the blessings similar to Yours.

(3) The time is Lord's time of travel adorning His paadhukais ( ViharaNa Kaalam). The naadham emanating from these sanchArams are Sweet and sacred ( Majun SinjA-visEsham). That naadham is like the hitham (KshEma samaachaaram) for the people of the world ( Hitham prANinAm upadhisasIva). What is that message dealing with our hitham ? The message from the Paadhukais is Lord RanganAThan wishes to lift His devotees to His Parama Padham and give them the lofty status enjoyed by His Paadhukais ..(V.S)

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #462

462. ayamayamithi thaIsthaI: kalpithAnaDhvaBhEdhAn prathipadhamavalOkya prANinAm vyAkulAnAm chatulamaNikalApaI: shoUripAdhAvani! thvam muKharayasi vihAraIrmukthiGhaNtApaThAgrayam

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! You appear, as it were, to teach, by means of the Nada emanating from the movements of the rows of gemstones, in a manner lucid to all people, who had been confused by conflicting commands as regards the path of redemption, frequently offered by each and every one as per his own individual imagination, You pointing out (the Feet of the Lord Ranganatha) the best Royal Path for Moksha.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

of births and deaths . The aspirants were confused about the sure path to obtain Moksham until they heard Your sweet music; that nAdham offered the clarification they needed to sort out the various instructions that they had received earlier from their AchAryAs. Your music points out that single-minded devotion (MahA VisvAsam) to the Lord and total surrender to Him (Prapatthi) based on that devotion is the One sure way to gain Moksham.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Many philosophies/religions confuse the people about the true path to salvation . People become agitated not knowing the true path to follow to gain Moksham . Through Your Naadham , You instruct them that the enduring way to attain Moksha Siddhi is through seeking Sriman NaarAyaNa as the means and the goal. The inner meaning is that Swamy NammAzhwAr in His ThiruvAimozhi establishes the Parathvam (Supermacy ) of Sriman NaarAyaNa and Bhakthi or Prapatthi are the two sure paths to reach Him and receive His anugraham .

(3) Swamy Desikan refers here to the high road of Moksham ( Mukthi ghantA-paTAgrayam ) . The Paadhukais with its loud and sweet naadham announces the true way to that high road. This is a blessing to the agitated people , who until then were confused listening to the different routes offered by other systems of philosophies as the correct way ( ayam ayam ithi , thai :thai: kalpithAn adhvabhEdhAn prathipadhan avalOkya vyAkulAn prANInAm ). My way is the right one; my way is the right one shout the different darsanams( ayam ayam ithi kalpithAn ahdvabhEdhAn ) . The din and insistence confuse the people seeking help and they get agitated not knowing which is the right way. At that time , they hear the PaadhukA naadham loud and clear to help them with directions to reach the true way to mOksham : seeking Sriman NaarAyaNan as the goal…(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #463

463. padhakamalamudhAram dharshayanthI murArE: kalamaDhuraninAdhA garBharathnaIrvilOlaI: viShamaviShayathruShNAvyAkulAni prajAnA- maBhimuKhayasi nUnam pAdhukE! mAnasAni

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! Of sweet music arising from moving rows of gemstones! You direct, by Your Nada, the minds of men confused by conflicting concepts, and by aspirations after unattainable pleasures, on the Lord's Lotus Feet, most generous, suitable to grant their wishes.

(Prapatti is implied as the right path).

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 463:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! The moving gems incorporated in You raise a clear and sweet Naadham. You use that Naadham to point out that the holy feet of the Lord resting on You are the best means to attain Moksham. The human beings driven by many wordly afflictions are attracted by Your naadham and the message associated with it and turn their attention to where the naadham is coming from and see the Lord's lotus feet there. They offer their surrender as instructed by Your music and are saved. You perform this great service through Your naadham.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that Swamy NammAzhwAr's devout Paasurams got the Lord under His sway. They will help any samsAri to become devoted to the Lord.

(3) The Lord's feet are lofty ( MurArE: udhAram padha kamalam) and are not easy to get attached to unless one uses the right saadahna. The indescribably sweet naadham of the paadhukais ( KaLa madhura ninAdhA thvam ) come to the rescue of people suffering from attachment to insignificant and harmful pursuits ( vishama vishaya thrushNA vyAkulAni prajAnAm ) and help them with the ways to access the Lord's feet readily…(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #464

464. maDhuripupadharakshE! mandhabuDhoU mayi thvAm anavaDhimahimAnam thvathprasAdhAth sthuvAnE maNinikarasamutThaIrmanjunAdhaI: kavInAm uparamayasi thAmsthAn nUnamuthsEkavAdhAn

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Lord's Paaduka! A puny poet, that I am, seeks to sing Your praise, only by Your grace. It is clear. Rival poets in their haughtiness talk ill of my work. What if? Your sweet Nada submerges their noises, surely, I say.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 464:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukAs of Madhusoodhana! I do not have a sharp Intellect. Even then , I am able to compose these verses in praise of You through Your blessings . Other poets criticize my offerings to You , since they consider that I am not qualified to engage in the act of praising You Known for Your unlimited auspicious attributes. They are indeed right .But , they do not know that it is Your blessings are the ones that qualified me to initiate this effort. You seem to stop these arrogant observations of the other poets through Your naadham arising from the gems embedded in You.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! When I hear Your naadham, it becomes clear to me that there is no limit to Your glory. With Your anugraham , I engage in composing this eulogy about You. Yet many jealous ones criticize my effort. With Your naadham , You seem to command them to desist from such inappropriate activities.

(3) Oh PaadhukE ! I am of limited intellect (Mandha Buddhhi). You are of limitless Glory( anavadhi mahimA ). While I am engaged in offering my praise to You, the envious poets condemn my effort with haughty words (uthsEkavAdham ). Your enveloping naadham puts an end to their haughty words ( samutthai: Manju nAdhai: KavInAm uthsEkavAdhAn uparamayasi)..(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #465

465. sharaNamupagathE thvAm shArngiNa: pAdharakshE! sakrudithi viDhisiDdham thyakthukAmE vimOhAth prachalithamaNijAlavyanjithaI: shinjithaI: svaI: alamalamithi nUnam vArayasyAdharENa

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Lord's Paaduka! Your Nada sounds, words like 'Enough enough', with a kindly favourable spirit to one, who has surrendered unto You but who in ignorance of the Sastraic prohibition of repetition, thinks of re-doing the surrender!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukAs of SaarangapANi ! When those who took refuge in Your Lord's feet as PrapannAs attempt to repeat their SaraNAgathi , they go against the injunctions of the SaasthrAs, which declare that SaraNAgahti has to be done only once. The PrapannAs out of delusion and lack of faith attempt to repeat the act of SaraNAgathi and run the risk of provoking the ire of Your Lord. At those delicate and difficult moments , Oh PaadhukE , You come to the rescue of the PrapannAs through Your naadham and remind them they should not offer their SaraNAgathi more than once and save them from Lord's anger out of Your compassion for them.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Your naadham makes me think that You are halting the confused and anxious ones not to repeat their SaraNAgathi to the Lord since it is not permitted by the SaashtrAs .

(3) The PaadhukAs seem to tell through its sweet naadham that we should not perform SaraNAgathi more than once since it is prohibited by SaasthrAs. They are confused about this injunction ( Vidhi siddham sakrudhithi vimOhAth) and You through the naadham of the gems inside Your toeholds seem to say with concern: Performance of SaraNAgathi once is enough ( Thvam prachalitha MaNi jAlai: Vyanjithai: svai: sinjithai: alam alam ithi aadharENa vaarayasi)..(V.S)

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #466

466. vikalakaraNavrutthoU vihvalAngE vilaksham vilapathi mayi mohAth biBrathI shoUripAdham parisaramaDhiganthu pashya pAdhAvani! thvam prathiBayamaKhilam mE BharthsayanthI ninAdhaI:

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! When my sense-organs become divested of their faculties, my limbs become worn out, my thinking becomes deranged, not knowing what to say, to whom, and when I tend to weep, may You please agree to come to me, with the Lord on You, with Your sweet Nada scaring away all the forces that threaten me.

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 466:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! During my last moments of life , my limbs will be out of control and I will be crying out of delusion. I will be totally incoherent with terror at the thought of the servants of Yamaa taking me to hell for the punishment of my sins. Please drive away the servants of Yamaa and all my other fears through Your sacred naadham and bring me close to Your Lord's lotus feet! I need Your naadham during my last moments of life to drive away those causes of fear .

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PadhukE! Please come to my side during my last moments with Your Lord on Your back and chase away the threatening forces with Your sweet naadham .

(3) During my last moments , my limbs will be helpless and would not be functioning efficently ( Vikala karaNa vrutthou vihvala angE mayI). I will be mumbling away incoherently at that time( mOhAth vilaksham vilapathi sathi). At that time , You should arrive at my side carrying the Lord on Your back and look at me ( Souri Paadham bhibrathi –parisaram pasya). Swamy Desikan requests the Paadhukais to quell the sources that threaten him with their naadham ( ninAdhai: akhilam mE prathibhayam bharthsayanthi parisaram adhiganthum pasya).. (V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #467

467. karaNavigamakAlE kAlahumkArashankI dhruthapadhamupagacChan dhatthahastha: priyABhyAm pariNamayathu karNE ranganAtha: svayam na: praNavamiva BhavathyA: pAdhukE! manjunAdham

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! When my organs sink down, may I hear Your sweet Nada, veritable PraNava, with the Lord speeding near me, with the two consorts holding His arms in theirs, lest I should happen to hear the menacing dicatates of Yama!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! During the final moments of human beings on this earth , Yamaa himself may elect to terrorize them through his roar of anger over their sins. Before that happens, may Your Lord rush to their side with the support of Sri Devi and Bhoomi Devi, while You announce His arrival through the sounds of Your unmistakable naadham. May Your Naadham fall on their ears like the OmkAram of PraNava naadham so that Yamaas' roar (hoomkAram) would loose its power to terrorize them. Once they hear Your Pranava Naadham, the frightened jeevans will know that Your Lord is not far away.

(2) The time is when the limbs are weakened. These are the last moments on earth ( vigama kaalam ). Yaman (Kaala;) threatenes the jeevan with hoomkAra sabdham as he looks at the jeevan's heavy bundle of sins. Oh PaadhukE ! at those stressful times , You should arrive at my side raising the PraNava Dhvani of Yours (na: karNE Pranavimva BhavahtyA: naadham pariNamayathu) and carrying the fast moving lord accompanied by His Devis ( Dhrutha padham priyAbhyAm dhattha hastha: RanganAtha : )..(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #468

468. kamalavanasaKhIm thAm koUmudhImudhvahantham saviDhamupanayanthI thAdhrusham rangachandhram pralayadhinasamutThAn pAdhukE! mAmakInAn prashamaya parithApAn shIthalAi: shinjithaI: svaI:

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! May You bring the cool moon, Sri Ranganatha, shining in Srirangam (with hands locked in those of the comrade of the lotus group and Bhoomi Devi) near me, thereby letting Your sweet jingling Nada alleviate my grief of the last moment in life!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 468:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! RanganAthA united with His consort RanganAyaki is like the Moon united with its cool rays. Please bring that Moon and the inseparable nectar-like Moon rays to my side during the last moments of my life to cool me off from the heat of my taapams. Please announce the dhivya dampathis' arrival through Your sweet naadham so that I will get relief from the taapams that scorch me.

(2) At the time of my death, my body will be burning with taapams and the mind will be agitated over the many sins committed. During those painful moments, oh PaadhukE , You should bring near me the cool moon of RanganAthan with His Devi and help me gain freedom from these Taapams.

(3) Lord RanganAthA's divine consort is saluted here by Swamy Desikan as the friend of the forest of lotuses and as the chandra kaantham/nilavu of Lord RanganAthan ( Kamala Vana sakhIm thAmm KoumudhIm ) . The Lord is saluted as the Moon inside PraNavAkAra VimAnam ( Rangachandhram). Swamy prays to the paadhukais to bring the Lord with His devi near and to quench the flames of fear with their sweet sounds during the last moments of his life on earth ( Rangachandhram samvidham upanayanthi , seethaLai: Svai: sinjithai: praLaya dhina samutthAn maamkInAm parithApAn prasamaya). The day of death is described as " Pralaya dhinam ". The helpless and pitiable state of one is described as " PraLaya dhina samutthAn mamakInAm ParithApAn ) and the request is made to chase away those partithApams..(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #469

469. prashamayathu Bhayam na: paschimashvAsakAlE rahasi viharaNam thE ranganAThEna sArDham niyathamanuviDhatthE pAdhukE! yanninAdhO niKhilaBhuvanarakshAGhOShaNAGhoShalIlam

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! The walk that Sri Ranganatha enjoys in seclusion with You on, will produce a Nada, I am sure, which will be to the effect of proclaiming, to all the worlds, that all worlds stand protected by Him. May that same Nada be audible to us at the last moment so as to remove our fears!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 469:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! Your naadham is majestic and is known around the world for the assurance it provides to protect one and all. Your travels help to maintain the continuity of Your message. There is no secret about the message that Your naadham brings. I have however a personal request. Please bring RanganAthA with You quietly to my bed side during the last moments of my life on this earth and chase away all my fears !

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! When I hear your auspicious sound , It appears as though You are saying that You will protect the people of the world and telling them not to fear. With that SunAdham , please arrive at my side and remove my fears to be experienced during my last moments on this earth.

(3) The last moments are described here as " pascchima svAsa kAlam ". Swamy Desikan prays for removal of fear experienced during those times ( Pascchima svAsa kaalE bhayam prasamatyathu). Please arrive with Your RanganAthan in ekAntham ( tE RanganAthEna saarddham rahasi viharaNam kuru)....(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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Sloka #470

470. thrikavinihithahastham chinthayithvA kruthAntham gathavathi hrudhi mOham gacChathA jIvithEna parikalayathu bhODham pAdhukE! shinjitham thE thvarayithumiva sajjam thvadhviDhEyam mukundham

Meaning (translated by Sri. U.Ve. V.N. Vedanta Desikan)

Oh Paaduka! The last moment-life is about to ebb out of the body; Yama would lay his hand on the neck; the mind thinks of the ordeal for a moment and is maimed by the very thought. You then would urge the Lord who is controlled by You, to come to rescue me. May the Nada, emanating then from You, bestow on me the right realization!

Special Notes from Sri. U.Ve. V. Sadagopan

SlOkam 470:

(1) Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! When I am about to leave this world , I will feel the tightening of the hand of Yamaa on my neck and shoulder. I will be terror stricken over that thought and experience. Delusions will set in. At that time , Your naadham is very vital to me, since it signals the arrival of Your Lord to free me from my terrors and to grant me the blessings of Moksham . If RanganAthA does not take quick steps to rush to my side at that time, please increase the volume of Your naadham, so that He will know that You can travel faster and thereby permit Him to rush to my side.

(2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that the Jeeva- Paramathma vivEkam arising from the understanding of Swamy NammAzhwAr's Sri Sookthis should free me from delusions during my last moments.

(3) Oh PaadhukE ! Your Lord is under Your control and he listens to what You say ( Mukundha: Tvaddh-vidhEya:) . He is in no rush to get to my side ( tvarayithum sajjamiva) during my anthima prayANam. At that time , Yaman has his hands around my neck to wring my jeevan to take to naraka lOkam ( KruthAntham thrika vinihitha hastham ). My mind would have fainted (mOham gathavathi). Your auspicious naadham should intervene at this time as you hurry Your Lord to my side and rescue me from Yaman's grip ( BhOdham Parikalayathu) and kindle true Jn~Anam..(V.S).

Srimate Sri Laksminrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka Srivan Satakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya Nama:

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