You are here: SriPedia - ebooks - Vedanta Desikan - Works - Paduka Sahasram
Index - Tens: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 :: Matrix of Artistry (Chitra Paddathi)

Chitra Paddathi - Sunday Yanthram

 PApAth apApAth apApA apAdhapAdhadapAdapA
dapAdapaapAdhapAdhapAdhapA  dhadhapAdhapA 

Meaning & Details

The PaadhukA makes us sinless; it bestows luster to the
Lord's feet (It confers an effulgence to individual
souls, which are aspects of the Lord). Its ablution
water is capable of protection in respect of those who
perform the service of respectfully inserting the
PaadhukA into the Lord's feet. Interstingly, it confers
protection to the Lord's feet, which are the source of
protection to all the worlds and of annihilation of all
of one's sins. Those PaadhukAs saved me from sins!     
Special Notes by V. Sadagopan:
 SlOkam 933: This slOkam is used on SUNDAYS by the
ladies of the house. This slOkam is known as
"Dhvayaj~nAla SarvathO Bhadhram". This sabdha chithram
can be represented either as a 8x8 square or as an
ashta dhaLa padhmam housing a circle and a chathur
dhaLa padhmam. This entire slOkam is made up only of 2
aksahrams: dha and Paa.
1.UtthamUr Swami's anubhavam: The PaadhukAs are sinless
and protect in themselves the lustre of the jeevans,
who are derived from VishNu. They protect the Lord's
feet, which destroy the sins of Jeevans. These
PaadhukAs protect further those, who offer them water
for their sacred bath. They have protected me from the
2. SA's anubhavam: The inner meaning of this slOkam is:
(a) The AchAryAs as avathAra PurushAs establish the
Parathvam of the Lord out of their abiding love for
their Lord and intense compassion for the Jeevans
through successful debates with kumathis (b) by nature,
these AchAryAs are devoid of sins and are intent on
banishing the sins of those, who seek their protection.
They purify those who provide help for their Bhagavath-
AarAdhanam through the theertham from their AarAdhanam
and their own SrI Paadha Theertham. Thus they save
those who seek protection by banishing their nescience
and sins.
3. This 933rd slOkam consisting of 2 Uyir yezhutthukkaL
(A and Aa) and 2 Mey Yezhutthakkal (Pa, Dha) has to
split in the following manner to reveal the meaning:

pApAth apApAth apApA apAdhapAdhadapAdapA
dapAdapApAdhapAdhapAdhapA dadhapAdhapA
These PaadhukAs are free of sins (apApA); They store in
them the rays at the sacred feet of the Lord that save
chEthanams (a paadha padha dha pAdha paa). They have
the Thirumanjana theerttham from those who place them
at the Lord's feet for their protection. They bless the
seekers with rakshaNam (dha paadha); they chase away
the sins of those, who seek their rakshaNam (pApa
adha). These are the Paadhukais that protect the sacred
feet of the Lord (Paadha paadhapA). These Divine
paadhukais have protected me from sins (pApAth
933rd slOkam . a commentary [by Sri.Madhavak kaNNan in an earlier post]
paapaadhapaa paadhapaapaaa paadhapaa dhadhapaadhapaa I
dhapaadhapaa paadhpaadha paadhapaa dhadhapaadhapaa II
What a marvel! Stops have to be made at the right
places when reciting it. The words (padhams) that come
out of the above conglomeration of letters A, Aa, pa
and dha are: paapAth (5) apApAth (6), apApA (1)
apAdhapaadhadhapaadhapaa(2), dhapaa dhapaa paadhapaadha
paadhapaa (4) and dhadhapaadhapaa (3).
The numbers behind the split of the words formed from
the letters A, Aa, pa and dha are indicative of the
sequence in the order of prosody (anvaya Kramam) of
this verse: 

apaapaa(1) apaadhapaadhadhapaadhapaa(2)dhadhapaadhapaa(3) 
dhapaa dhapaa paadhapaadha paadhapaa (4) paapaadh(5) apApAth (6).
apaapaa(1)= one free from sins (paapam and apApam)/(1)
A=akAra Vaachya VishNu BhagavAn's         {2}
paadha= at His sacred feet                {2}
paadha = of the rays/kathir               {2}
paa = that pair of feet storing the power of those rays for our protection             {2}
dhadha = in the case of those, who offer unto Him, AchAryAs, who place the 
         Jeevan at the feet of the Lord through Prapatthi (3)
paath = that which protects (3)
apaa = that which is in the form of abhshEka jalam (3)
dha = of protection (4)
paadha = which it is capable of realizing(4)
paapa = of sin (4)
adha = that which removes(4)
paadha = those feet of VishNu (RanganaathA)/(4)
paadhapaa = those paadhukhAs that protect such sacred pair of feet of the Lord (4)
paapAth = from sins (5)
apaapapaath = they saved me from my sins) /(6)
It is a profound construction to say the least. One
cannot but marvel at the genius of this great AchAryan.
Sound and meaning are tightly coupled to celebrate the
mahimai of Sri Ranganatha PaadhukhAs.
The chithra Bhandham is like this:
paa paa dha paa paa dha paa paa
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
dha paa dha paa paa dha paa dha
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
dha paa dha paa paa dha paa dha
paa dha paa dha dha paa dha paa
paa paa dha paa paa dha paa paa
The English letters for the 1st P in Sanskrit alphabets
and the 5th D (as in Daya, GOdhA) makes the above
bhandham look like a rectangle. When the Sanskrit words
are used, it will look like a 8 X 8 Square instead of
like a rectangle as shown above. When you check against
rows and columns in the above Chithra Bhandham, we come
across a world of additional meanings. Sabdha Chithram
(sound pictures for the audio memory), Artha Vaachya
chithram (images based on special meanings) are evoked
through this mathematical (geometrical) structures
(slOkams). It is a source of endless mystery about the
glories of the Lord, His AchAryAs (paadhukhais), when
we reflect on the individual slOkams of Swami Desikan's
masterpiece of a KhAvyam, Sri Ranganaatha PaadhukhA
Essential Meaning of this slOkam: The paadhukhAs of the
Lord are sinless. (the sadhAchAryAs /NammAzhwAr and his
successors are sinless). The paadhukhAs protect the
lustre of the eternal jIvans, who are part of the
akhila Tanu, Sriman NaarAyaNan (Sri Rangan). They
protect the Lord's feet as well, the sacred feet, which
destroy the sins of the jIvans. These PaadhukhAs
protect further those, who bathe them and partake that
Thirumanjana theertham. Swami Desikan states that he
has been protected by the PaadhukhAs of the Lord and
the Sri Paadha-PaadhukhA Theertham and made sinless.
Additional meanings: The divya paadhukhAs through their
generosity, DayA and vaatsalyam bless one with all
auspiciousness, when approached with reverence. Further
they protect the Lord's feet because of its wonderful
love (prEma adhisayam), which is the only upAyam for
the ujjIvanam of the jIva rAsis. It serves as a shield
against thorns et al during the Lord's sanchArams. It
removes the paapa raasis of the sajAthiyAL out of
immense compassion for them and restores in them the
enjoyment of the Lord (Bhagavadh anubhavam). It
recognizes that the Lord being up in Sri Vaikuntam does
not help the Jivaraasis here and brings Him on its back
here amidst us to LeelA VibhUthi and gives us the
Jn~Ana chakshus through manthrOpadEsams to us to see
Him and His splendor here. Since it (Paadhukha) is
equivalent to the Lord in its glory (AchArya
PrabhAvam), it (the PaadhukhAs) illuminate the Lord's
Thiruvadi further and blesses us with Sri Paadha
theertham and removes our ajn~Anam and destroys our
sins completely. It becomes the AasrayaNam to reach the
Lord and to receive His anugraham.
AchAryAs are avathAra purushAs and thru their prEmai,
kAruNyam for us establish clearly the parathvam of the
Lord for us, clear our minds about the confusion caused
by kumathis, who are virOdhis to VedAntha Saasthra
nirUpitha tattvArthams and rescue us. They give us the
pramANams from the Sri Sookthis of AzhwArs and are bent
on removing the paapa raasis of the jIvaraasis, while
being sinless themselves. They bless those, who help
them in their Bhagavadh AarAdhanam through the
prasAdham of the Sri Paadha theetham of the Lord and
sanctify us. They thus remove our paapams and
anishtams. That is what they (AchAryAs/ Divya MaNi
PaadhukhAs) represent and do. The above is by Sri
Satakopan mama.
All such greatest slOKAs in just 3 hours is simply the
GRANDEST work ever in the world. "na bhUthO na
bhavishyathi. We will see Paramapadhavaasi Sri Seva
Swamy's anubhavam now. (only few paragraphs from his
article are translated):