The absolute sense of surrender echoes the feeling that we have none other to protect us other than our divine parents and seek their lotus feet .Our karmic parents , husband , wife friends even the demi gods will not be able to rescue us and it is LORD SRIMAN NARAYANA alone who can take care of us all the time .The divine feet constitute the ultimate solace for all sorrows.
Peria Azwar expresses his musings about Lord Krishna’s stay at Gokulam , Mathura and Vrindavan in his divine out pourings Naalayira Divya Prabhandam ( Appended link below about the divine pastimes )
The holy feet which walked on the ground had impressions they called it as samrajya lakshanam .
All those divine marks on the soles of his lotus feet , those lovely impressions were visible on the ground in gokulam .
Azhwars and Acharyas have expressed their divine thoughts about the lotus feet of Lord Krishna in several slokas . The holy feet is so tender that even when the goddess mahalakshmi the divine consort massages with love and tenderness the feet becomes red .
Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja surrendered to the lotus feet of Lord Ranganatha
Swamy Desikar surrendered to the lotus feet of Lord Varadarajar.
In the Holy Epic , Srimad Bhagavatam at one place the great devotee Akrura comes to Vrindavana to meet Lord Krishna.
He has the darshan of the the footprints of the Lord on the dust of Nanda-grama.
Immediately , with tears he at once jumps on the holy spot of Vrindavana and rolls about among those footprints overjoyed and expresses …
” My fortune !!!!! This is the dust from my master’s feet! How wonderful and blessed I am …
All together, around eleven distinguishing marks are decorated on the soles of Lord’s lotus feet.” ( Few scholars conclude there are Nineteen ) …
The auspicious marks on the soles of Lords feet bears the marks of a banner , a pot of ambrosia , an umbrella , a thunderbolt , a lotus , a kalpavruksha , a conch , the ankusa/spade, a fish , a rose apple and a disc .
Similar feelings were experienced by the advance devotees of Lord , the gopis of Vrindavana seing Lord Krishna’s footprints in the dust.
The gopis became overwhelmed simply by seeing those marks imprinted on the ground.
When Krishna went away from Vrindavana the Gopis could not forget their Lord . On the land of Vrindavana are the impressions of His footprints, that are the residence of the goddess of fortune.
Just by seeing Krishna’s all-attractive footprints, the gopis remembered many divine pastimes with Krishna.
The divine feet is the most important place for any devotee ….
At several places Lord reveals this place pointing one of his lotus hands towards HIS feet hinting that is the place we need to seek salvation .
A sloka from Rig veda glorifies …….
Tad vishno: paramam padam sadaa pasyanti sooraya: |
diveeva chakshuraatatam …
Tad vipraaso vipanyavo
vishnor yat paramam padam
Acharyas have expressed the auspicious qualities of the imprints , viz:
the conch bestows knowledge to the devotees ,
the disc ensures the Lord shall destroy the enemies and get rid of our sins ,
the kalpavruksha fullfills all our wishes ,
the banner captures the attention of the devotees ,
the umbrella protects him with shield from material desires ,
as a fish cannot live without water a devotee cannot live without LORD’s association ,
the lotus lends fragrance to those who seek succor at HIS lotus feet ,
the spade controls the elephant mind and bestows boons to a sincere seeker in his up liftment ..
In this manner, the Lord’s lotus-feet destroy all the inauspicious qualities of His devotee and confer him with supreme bliss.
Lord Srinivasa graces through His lotus Feet to the devotees by pointing His right Hand down and asks them to surrender for their redemption. Nammazhwar in his divine out pourings expresses his ineligibility , helplessness and having no one else to save and protect him. Having no qualifications, disability to pursue any other means be it Jnyana Yoga , Karma Yoga , Bhakthi Yoga and realizing the eternal nature of being His servant only always- seek HIS lotus Feet.
The lotus feet of the Divine are ageless and faultless, they eradicate all our misdeeds –
so goes one Vedic mantra …
caraNaM pavitraM vitataM purANaM yena pUtas-tarati dushhkRtAni.
The steps that the Divine Feet took are so great that LORD is glorified as ‘the Great Lord who measured the whole Universe’ ulagalanda-perumAL (in tamil) details mentioned in the below link …
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan