Presentation on theme: "Disciples of Sankara Padmapada- is perhaps best known for the time he was washing Sankara's clothes on one side of the river while Sankara was on the."— Presentation transcript:
Disciples of Sankara Padmapada- is perhaps best known for the time he was washing Sankara's clothes on one side of the river while Sankara was on the other side. Sankara called to him to come quickly. Padmapada instantly responded and walked across the water. as he did, lotus petals appeared below his feet and supported him crossing the river. So devoted to Sankara was he that his only thought was to obey his master and come attend to him. Thus he was known thereafter as Padmapada (lotus-footed). Hastamalaka was brought to Shankara when he was a young boy. His parents told Shankara that the boy has never spoken a word. Shankara asked the boy who he was. Miraculously the boy answered, 'I am not the earth, ether, woman or man, I am pure consciousness.' amazed, the parents brought the boy home only to find he became dumb again. Shankara suggested the boy stay with him thereafter. Because the boy was able to explain deep philosophical truths as clear as an amalaki fruit in one's hand, he was named Hastamalaka.
Totakacharya is the essence of pure devotion, devoid of intellectual capacities. He never could understand the deep intellectual discourses Shankara conducted with the other disciples. Yet one day while washing his masters clothes in the river, Shankara would not begin the discussion until Totakacharya was present. The other disciples could not understand why as Totakacharya would not benefit from these talks anyway. Suddenly from the river bank they heard Totakacharya chanting self-composed poetry about his love for Shankara, reflecting the wisdom shared by the intellectual disciples. Self-realization is not only for the intellectual but for all devotees of God.