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Sri Ranganatha Padhuka Sahasram

PADDHATHI #17: The lustre of the ruby

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Sloka #581

581. prapadhyE ranganathasya pAdhukAm padhmarAgiNIm padhaIkaniyathAm thasya padhmavAsAmivAparAm

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

I surrender myself to Paaduka, who is another Mahalakshmi, being padmaragini (having Padmaraga=ruby gems) like Lakshmi (loving to live in the lotus), and who is ever bound to the Lord's feet only (like Lakshmi ever being one participating in all the roles, such as the control of all worlds, being Seshi, etc., permanently sharing in His duty).

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

SlOkam 581

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:Oh PaadhukE! adiyEn surrenders unto You , who is predominantly adorned with PadhmarAga stones. Their red color is close to that of the red lotus flowers. You are exclusively associated with service to Lord's sacred feet. You are like another MahA Lakshmi at the Lord's holy feet.

2) Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! When adiyEn looks at the red rubies adorning You, adiyEn is reminded of another MahA Lakshmi , who stays only at the sacred feet of the Lord. MahA lakshmi stays only at the chest of Your Lord. Azhwar thinks of himself as the consort of the Lord performing kaimkaryam at the Lord's sacred feet .

3) Introduction : The PadhmarAga paddhathi is the first of the four chapters (17-20 ) dealing with four specific gems : Rubies , Pearls , Emeralds and Sapphires. In the previous section, Swami Desikan paid tribute to all the four of them . Now Swami singles out every one of them and devotes 30 verses for rubies (PadhmarAga Paddhathi), 50 for pearls ( MukthA Paddhathi ), 20 for emeralds ( Marataka Paddhathi ) and 30 for sapphires ( Indhra Neela Paddhathi). Altogether , there are 130 verses for these four gems that follow the 50 verses of the previous Paddhathi (Bahurathna Paddhathi) , which covered all of the four gems .

The Lord's body has four colors corresponding to the above four gems. He also created these four colors at the beginning of the universe. Since rubies have the red color resembling MahA Lakshmi, Swamy Desikan chooses this gem as the first of the four stones adorning the Paadhukai. PadhmarAgha literally means "having the color of red lotus", the flower has close affinity to MahA Lakshmi. The Paadhuka supports the lotus feet of the Lord ; MahA Lakshmi has the lotus forests as one of Her homes. The other home for Her is the Lord's chest. She also serves the Lord's lotus feet by pressing them, when He engages in Yoga Nidhrai…(V.S).

4) Swamy Desikan performs Prapatthi to the SrI RanganAtha Padhukais adorned with the PadhmarAgaa gems and suggests that they will confer purushArTams including Moksham on him ( PadhmarAghiNIm RanganAthasya PaadhukAm PrapadhyE ). Those Paadhukais, which like MahA Lakshmi (PadhmarAgiNi) never leaves the Lord's sacred feet or their proximity (Tasya padhaika-niyathAm RanganAthasya PaadhukAm prapadhyE ). They are like another MahA Lakshmi in the sense that they are adorned with red rubies, a color reminiscent of Periya PirAtti, who never leaves the Lord's side ( PadhaikaniyathAm aparAm Padhma-VaasAmiva PaadhukAm prapadhyE). She is fond of the red lotuses (Padhma-RagiNi)…(V.S).

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

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Sloka #582

582. athivAngmanasam vichinthya shoUrE: padharakshE! padhapadhmasoUkumAryam paripuShyasi padhmarAgaBhAsA padhavImAhithapallavAmiva thvam

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

Oh Paaduka! Taking into consideration the extreme tenderness of the Lord's Feet, You perhaps plan to spread tender sprouts on the path by means of the halo of the ruby gems.

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

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam : Oh PaadhukE! You contemplate on the beauty of the Lord's lotus feet, which is beyond thinking and description. You enhance the beauty of the steps taken by those lotus feet with Your red rubies resembling tender red shoots attached to those feet.

2)SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! As Your Lord walks around with You, the red lustre from the rubies spreads all around the path. That makes adiyEn think that You are spreading tender red shoots for the soft feet of Your Lord to step on during these yAthrAs. Here Swamy NammazhwAr is enchanted by the dhivya soundharyam of the Lord's lotus feet.

3)The beauty of the Lord's soft feet is beyond conception and description (SourE: Padha-Padhma SoukumAryam athivAng-manasam ). You reflect on their softness (vichinthya) and wish to protect them by spreading as it were soft, tender red shoots of creepers on His path through the spreading of Your red rays (PadhmarAga bhAsA padhavIm aahitha pallavAm paripushyasi)…(V.S)

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

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Sloka #584

584. vivruNOthi rangapathirathnapAdhukE! thvayi padhmarAgamaNipaDdhathi: shuBhA nibidOrusanGhatanapIdanaksharan maDhukaItaBhakshathajapankavAsanAm

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

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! The charming array of the ruby gems-which is incidentally very auspicious-is perhaps a continuity from the blood flow that the Lord caused by squeezing the asuras, Madhu and Kaitabha, between His thighs.

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

SlOkam 584:

1) UthtamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh RanganAthA's rathna paadhukE! The auspiciousness of the red hue associated with Your PadhmarAga gems seem to serve as the reminder of the blood that flowed from the bodies of the asurAs, Madhu and KaiDabhA, when lord HayagrIvan crushed them between His thighs . Your PadhmarAgA gems seem to remind us of that incident of yore vividly.

2) The inner meaning is that the red rubies of the Paadhukais are equated to Swamy NammAzhwAr's Paasurams dealing with His kaamam for the Lord. They remove the RajO and TamO guNams from those who experience them and creates special raagam (desire ) for the Lord . 3) Oh PaadhukE! Your rows of PadhmarAga gems are most auspicious ( SubhA PadhmarAga-maNi Paddhathi ). They highlight (VivruNOthi) the color of the thick blood ( Kashathaja pankam ) that flowed from the bodies of Madhu – KaiDabhaas, when they were crushed by the Lord ( niBhiDa Uru sangadana peedana Madhu-Kaidabha kshathja panka vAsanAm vivruNOthi). During His avathAram as HayagrIvA, the Lord crushed the two demons between His thighs and destroyed them effortlessly. The blood flowed copiously and formed thick, muddy red pools ( Madhu-KaiDabha Ksahtaja Pankam vivruNOthi)…(V.S).

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

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Sloka #585

585. prathiyanthi rangapathipAdhukE! janA: thava padhmarAgamaNirashmisanthathim aBhijagmuShAm thvadhanuBhAvaKhandithA dhaGhasanchayAdhvigaLithAmasrukChatAm

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

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! People viewing the wide extent of the bright effulgence from Your red stones consider, whether it is the blood from the sins (and their Abhimani devatas) (of Your devotees), slain by you!

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

SlOkam 585:

1) UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! Your devotees recognize the rows of Your PadhmarAga gems and their rays as the blood flowing , when the sins of the unrighteous are cut into shreds by Your grace.

2) SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that the sadAchArya sambhandham will banish all of our sins.

3) Oh PadhukE! When people witness the bright red hue of the rows of Your PadhmarAga gems ( janA: Tava padhmarAga-maNi rasmi anubhAvam pasyathi), then they consider that the assembly of the red rays is like the freshly flowing blood arising from the cutting of the bundle of sins of those, who sought Your refuge ( Thvath anubhAva khaNDithaath abhijagmushAm aga samchayaath vigaLithAm asrukchaDAm prathiyanthi) …(V.S).

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

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Sloka #586

586. pashyanthi rangEshvarapAdhukE! thvAm poUrAnganA: sparshitharAgabhanDhAm shrungArayOnErjvalanasya dhIpthaI: angArajAlaIriva padhmarAgaI:

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

Oh Ranganatha Paaduka! The women-folk of the city fall in love with You. They now regard the red colour resulting rom the ruby gems, as the heaps of red hot charcoal left behind, from the Fire of Cupid.

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

SlOkam 586

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Swami Desikan describes another result from the worshipping of the PadhukAs. In the earlier verse, he mentioned that the sins of people are destroyed through the worship of the paadhukais adorned with rubies. Here, he states that the desire of the ladies of Srirnagam are enhanced many fold by Paadhuka worship. Swamy Desikan says: " Oh PaadhukE! The feet of of the Lord has become reddened through association with Your PadmarAga gems. When the ladies of Srirangam worship You, they consider You as the red ember of the fire of the God of love interested to kindle and enhance the love of the ladies of Srirangam for RanganAtha. You provide them the means for their enhanced desire for the companionship of Your Lord's lotus feet".

2)SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh RangEswara PaadhukE! Those who recite Swamy NammAzhwAr's paasurams develop extraordinary devotion to Sri RanganAthan and intense desire to be near Him.

3) The ladies of SrIrangam (pouranganA: ) see You united with the red rubies, which is tantamont to You being united with desire (ThvAm sparsitha raaga BhandhAm iva pasyanthi). They interpret You as being united with the red flames of ManmathA's fire ( ThvAm srungAra-yOnE: jwalanasya dheepthai: angAra jaalairiva pasyanthi)…(V.S).

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

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Sloka #587

587. avaImi dhOShApagamasya hEthum thamOpahAm samBhruthapadhmarAgAm ashEShavandhyAm maNipAdhukE! thvAmrangEshasUryOdhayapUrvasanDhyAm

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

Oh Manipaaduka! I see in you th Dawn for the Sun of Ranganatha to appear. With Your appearance, our sin vanishes even as darkness disappears. Your Padmaraga gems also point to the blossoming of lotuses. You thus enable the Lord, worshipped by all his lieges to be seen by all!

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

SlOkam 587

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:Oh PaadhukE! You are like the dawn before the Sun rise of RanganAtha. Your padmarAga stones banish all TamO guNam and sins. Devotees worship You enmeshed with rubies. Just as the Sun rise chases away darkness and makes the lotus blossom , Your rubies destroy the darkness of ignorance . You announce the arrival of the lord with the light of Your padmarAga gems, which precede Him.

2)SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: Those who recite Sawmy NammazhwAr's paasurams get themselves freed from sakala paapams and their TamO guNam disappears. Their mind is cleansed and they develop limitless devotion to the Lord.

3) The Paadhukais and their padmarAga gems are the cause for the removal of all blemishes ( dhOshAgamasya hEthu) and removes the darkness of ajn~Anam (TamOpahAm). They are worshipped by all ( asEsha vandhyAm). They are considered as the dawn (poorva sandhyA ) for the Sun raise of Lord Ranganaatha ( Rangesa Soorya udhyam).…(V.S).

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

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Sloka #588

588. avApya padhAvani! rangaBharthu: pAdhAmbhujE pallavasamstharABhAm thvathpadhmarAgadhyuthayO BhajanthE kAlAnalathvam kaluShAmbhuDhErna:

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

Oh Paaduka! Your Padmaraga radiations provided a surface of tenderlings to suit the sensitive feet of the Lord. Even so, the same acts as a Deluge Fire to dry up the ocean of sins that we have made for over a long time.

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

SlOkam 588

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam:Oh PaadhukE!The glow of Your PadmarAga gems appear in one regard as the cool, tender red shoots and in another regard as the fire at the time of deluge, which burns our ocean of sins. Such are its diverse powers !

2) The inner meaning is that the deep reflections and the correct understanding of the bhAvam of Swamy NammAzhwAr paasurams will destroy all of our sins.

3) Oh PaadhukE! the radiance of Your PadhmarAga gems (Thvath PadhmarAga dhyuthi: ) reach a beauty similar to the bed made of tender shoots at the lotus soft feet of SrI RanganAthan ( Rangabhartu: padhAmbhOje pallava-samsthara aabhAm avApyathi). At the same time, those radiant rays from the PadhmarAga gems are like the Agni of deluge time for the ocean of our sins ( Na: kalusha- ambhudhE: kAlAnathvam bhajanthE)…(V.S).

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

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Sloka #589

589. nisargasiDdham maNipAdharakshE! dhEvasya rangavasaThapriyasya bAlArkavarNA: padhapadhmarAgam thvathpadhmarAgA: punarukthayanthi

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

Oh Manipaaduka! A discerning relisher of Sriranga kshetra, Lord Ranganatha, has His Feet naturally lotus-like with that colour, which Your Padmaraga gems, resembling the early morning sun, only accentuate.

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

SlOkam 589

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE! The young sun of the morning quickens the blossoming of the lotuses and enhances their beauty. Similarly, the PadhmarAga gems serve as the young sun that doubles the beauty of the Lord's red lotus feet.

2) SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: The inner meaning is that the people have already great desire for the Lord. That desire is enhanced multifold after hearing the paasurams of Swamy NammAzhwAr.

3) Swamy Desikan is referring to the doubling /enhancement of the natural red hue of Lord RanganAthA's sacred feet (nisargasiddham Devasya Padha Padhma raagam) due to the admixture of the red radiance from the PadhmarAga gems on the Padhukai, which have the hue of rising Sun ( Thvath BaalArka varNA: raagam Thvath PadmaarAgA: ). Those PadhmarAga stones double the red hue of the Lord's holy feet ( Thvath PadhmarAgA: punarukthayanthi)….(V.S).

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

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Sloka #590

590. padhEna vishvam maNipAdharakshE! pathnyA samam pAlayathO murArE: yasha: payODhoU parikalpayanthi pravALashOBhAm thava padhmarAgA:

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

Oh Manipaaduka! The Lord takes care of everything in the world appropriately, but enthusiastically and earnestly, with the able assistance of Mahalakshmi. His reputation for protection is a vast ocean in which Your red rubies would appear as corals.

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

SlOkam 590

1)UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Oh gem-bedecked PaadhukE! Lord and His consort are protecting the universe with determination. The Lord's fame as the protector of this universe and its beings is as profound as the ocean in its vastness. In that ocean of His valor, Your PadhmarAga gems are seen as the blossoms of the beautiful coral reefs.

2) SrImath Andavan's anubhavam: The refernece here is to the dhivya dampathis protecting this world by every means and Swamy NammAzhwAr's celebration of this Vaibhavam .

3)Oh PaadhukE! The glory of Your Lord's Thiruvadi along with MahA Lakshmi and Your PadhmarAga gems protects the whole universe ( Tava PadhmarAgA: PathnyA samam padhEna viswam paalayatha: MurArE: yasa : ). Oh PaadhukE! Your PadhmarAgam's beauty is like the beauty of the red coral in the vast ocean of the glory of the Dhivya Dampathis…(V.S).

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

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