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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 33
« on: August 05, 2009, 12:12:20 PM »
Sankara proceeded from Srivali village to Srungagiri.  The king
Aditya Varma welcomed him, with all gifts and presentations.  He
continued his teaching of Upanishads, Brahmasutram etc., Hastamlaka heard these teachings for the first time.  In Srungagiri,
Padmpada developed a small sankalpa, determination, to build
a Math in the name of his Guru Sankara.  Sankara kept silent
without saying yes and no.  He told Padmapada:  A snake will
always live in the holes dug out by frogs and rats and will not
have its own house.  We, Sannyasis, should also be like that.
We should not become a Matathipathi, chief of Maths.

(Here, Brahmasri Nochur told a nice story.  There was a dog
howling on the forest, near a mediating sannyasi.  Sannyasi
became annoyed and threw a stone at that dog.  The dog died.
Both sannyasi and the dog went to hell.  Yama, the king of death
asked the dog:  What punishment should I give to the sannyasi?
You tell me, because you are the aggrieved.   The dog said:
'Sir, you make him a Matathipathi. a chief of Maths.'  Yama was
puzzled and asked:  Why?  Why?.  The dog said:  "Sir, I was also
a Matathipathi and then became dog, in the next birth.  As Matathipathi, I became greedy.  I wanted to expand the Math,
construct hospitals, schools.  I wanted to run TV channel.  I became
more and more greedy.  I started asking for money, more and more money.  I did a lot of misdeeds to achieve my goal and thus became a dog! So, if this Sannyasi is made to become a Matathipathi, he will also end up like me, as a dog!"

This is how most of the Maths are functioning today.  Take
the cases of today's Maths.  They run all sorts of auxillary activities.
Why all these?  Is not their only job to teach Vedanta and self enquiry? And feed the devotees who come to them, for teaching?
Sri Ramanasramam, is a glorious exception.  They do not take up
running hospitals, schools, tailoring classes for women, cookery
classes for housewives etc.,  All these are unwanted, sin-causing

Sankara here composed the famous Siva-Aparadhamana Stotram
and Kaupina Panchakam.  Hymn to Siva, for fivegiveness for transgressions, and five verses on the glory of codpiece.
Arunachala Siva.